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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Art Department

Undergraduate Courses

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/artdept/undergraduatecourses.html

Student throwing a pot on a wheelART 100 (3) Elements and Principles of Art
2-D visual problem solving and art-making strategies using the elements and principles of design. For elementary education majors and general education.
Fall, Spring
GE-6

ART 101 (3) Design Foundations
For art, art history and art education majors.
Fall, Spring

ART 103 (3) Three-Dimensional Design
An introduction to concepts and processes related to the visual and physical organization of three-dimensional form and space.
Fall, Spring

ART 110 (3) Drawing Foundations
Introduction to traditional drawing techniques and concepts.
Fall, Spring

ART 160 (3) Introduction to Visual Culture
Introduction to Western and non-Western visual arts and the variety of methods by which art is understood. These may include art appreciation, art criticism, the history of art, popular culture, and aesthetic awareness.
Fall, Spring
GE-6, 8 CD-Related

ART 202 (3) Introduction to Digital Media
This graphic design course is an introduction to digital media technology as a creative tool for the development of visual expression. The course is taught using the Mac OS and explores vector and bitmap image making.
Pre: ART 100 or ART 101, ART 110

ART 204 (3) Digital Imaging
This course is a further exploration in to the meaning and power of imagery developed on the computer. It covers creation and manipulation of various image forms with current computer software. Students should have some Macintosh experience. This course will present image and vector manipulation, software for painting, collage, photo manipulation, and layering.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, ART 103, ART 110 and ART 202

ART 210 (3) Drawing
Continued exploration of drawing techniques and concepts.
Pre: ART 110
Fall, Spring

ART 212 (3) Life Drawing
Experience in drawing from the human fi gure.
Pre: ART 110
Fall, Spring

ART 220 (3) Graphic Design I
This course explores the basic principles of graphic design. Emphasis is placed on developing an awareness and effective use of type, image, and symbol. Students focus on the design process as a way to develop and refine design solutions.
Pre: ART 100 or ART 101, ART 103, ART 110 and ART 202
Fall, Spring

ART 230 (3) Fibers
Experience with various introductory fiber techniques.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 231 (3) Mixed Media
Multimedia art exploration is a problem solving art studio experience involving the use of a variety of traditional and non-traditional art materials.
Fall, Spring
GE-6

ART 240 (3) Painting
Beginning experience with oil and/or acrylic paint. Emphasis upon technical and conceptual development.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, ART 110 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 245 (3) Watercolor
Introduction to basic techniques in watercolor.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, ART 110 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 250 (3) Ceramics: Beginning Wheel
An introduction to basic wheel throwing techniques exploring the potential of
clay as a creative and expressive material.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, ART 103 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 251 (3) Ceramics: Beginning Handbuilding
An introduction to basic sculptural hand building techniques exploring the nature of clay as a creative-expressive medium.
Pre: ART 100, ART 101, ART 103 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 260 (3) Art History Survey I
Introduction to art history from prehistoric and ancient cultures through the Middle Ages. Includes representative examples and styles of art and architecture of Western (Europe and the Near East) and non-Western cultures (China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, Africa, Mesoamerica, South America, North America, Australia).
Fall
GE-6, 8 CD-Related

ART 261 (3) Art History Survey II
Lecture-based survey of the Art and Architecture of both Western and non-Western countries from the thirteenth through twentieth centuries.
Spring
GE-6, 8 CD-Related

ART 270 (3) Printmaking: Relief/Screen
Introduction to relief and silk-screen printmaking processes.
Pre: ART 101, ART 110 or consent
Fall

ART 271 (3) Printmaking: Lithograph/Intaglio
Introduction to intaglio and lithographic printmaking processes.
Pre: ART 101, ART 110 or consent
Spring

ART 275 (3) Photography
Introduction to the techniques and expressive potential of B/W photography.
Fall, Spring
GE-6

ART 280 (3) Sculpture
Exploration of the visual and physical organization of three-dimensional form and space through problems employing various media and processes.
Pre: ART 103 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 300 (3) Graphic Design: Form

ART 302 (3) Interactive Design Survey
This course explores the foundations of screen-based design. The course emphasizes the application of design sensibilities to both motion and web design production.
Pre: ART 202, ART 220

ART 304 (3) Typography I
This course investigates the use of letterforms in the message making process. Topics include historical overview of letter development, type terminology, type and image relationships, and technical and aesthetic applications of type.
Pre: ART 202, ART 220

ART 310 (3) Drawing
This course encourages experimental approaches that build on drawing skills developed in ART 110 and ART 210. Formal and conceptual issues will be addressed as students pursue individualized subject matter. Course may be repeated.
Pre: ART 210

ART 320 (3) Graphic Design II
This course expands upon the beginning and intermediate design experience. Emphasis is placed on concept development and the exploration of meaningful solutions applied across a variety of media. The technical skills of preparing work for production will be strengthened.
Pre: ART 202, ART 220, ART 304

ART 330 (3) Fibers
Fabrication of textiles using four or multi-harness fl oor looms and off-loom techniques. Must be taken two times before advancing to ART 430.
Pre: ART 230 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 340 (3) Painting
Intermediate painting. Emphasizing individual creative development. Must be taken twice before advancing to ART 440.
Pre: ART 240 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 345 (3) Watercolor
Experience in advanced watercolor techniques and concepts. Must be taken twice
before advancing to ART 445.
Pre: ART 245 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 350 (3) Intermediate Ceramics
An intermediate course emphasizing personal exploration and creative research relating to hand building, molding processes and/or the potters wheel. Must be taken twice before advancing to ART 450.
Pre: ART 250 or ART 251
Fall, Spring

ART 370 (3) Printmaking
Continued exploration of intaglio, lithographic, relief and silk-screen processes. Must be taken twice before advancing to ART 470.
Pre: ART 270 or ART 271
Fall, Spring

ART 372 (3) Digital Printmaking
This is an intermediate course focusing exclusively on materials, technique, process, equipment, and safety in contemporary digital printmaking processes.
Pre: ART 202, ART 271

ART 375 (3) Black and White Photography
Intermediate level material on camera work, processing, and calibration. In rotation with ART 376, ART 377.
Pre: ART 275
Variable

ART 376 (3) Color Photography
Processing, color theory, color correction, and other considerations in color photography. In rotation with ART 375, ART 377.
Pre: ART 275
Variable

ART 377 (3) Digital Photography
Covers the making, manipulation and use of electronically produced photographic images. Topics include Kodak Photo CD, digital camera use, electronic photo retouching, computer image enhancement and combination, and incorporation of traditional techniques for creative solutions of fi ne and commercial art problems. In rotation with ART 375, ART 376.
Pre: ART 275
Variable

ART 380 (3) Sculpture
Investigation of three-dimensional form, space and media in search of a personal aesthetic statement. Must be taken twice before advancing to ART 480.
Pre: ART 280
Fall, Spring

ART 391 (0) Portfolio Review
Required of all B.F.A. majors before taking 4XX advanced studio specialization sequence to continue in program.
Fall, Spring

ART 400 (3-9) Graphic Design Special Topics
This advanced course investigates design related topics in greater depth.
Pre: ART 302 and ART 320

ART 402 (3-6) Motion Graphics
This course is an advanced study of motion design. The study and exploration of digital narrative and non-linear storytelling are key components. Students build on existing motion design skills to create conceptually and technically advanced time-based solutions. This course is repeatable.
Pre: ART 302 and ART 320

ART 404 (3) Typography II
This course is an advanced study of typography. Students build on existing type sensibilities while exploring traditional and non-traditional applications of type.
Pre: ART 304 and ART 320

ART 406 (3) Web Design
This course is an advanced study of front-end web design that focuses on current web standards and aesthetic trends.
Pre: ART 302 and ART 320

ART 410 (3-9) Drawing Workshop
Continued in-depth exploration of drawing techniques and concepts. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 310
Fall, Spring

ART 412 (3) Life Drawing
Advanced experience in drawing from the human fi gure. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 212 or ART 310
Fall, Spring

ART 413 (3) Scandinavian Art
Overview of representative examples of the history of Scandinavian art from pre-Viking to modern times, concentrating on elements typical of each country or period and on developments that were particularly infl uential in the broader history of Western art.
Pre: ART 260, ART 261 or consent
Variable

ART 416 (3) Art of Africa, the Americas, and the South Pacific
Introduction to the art and architecture of indigenous peoples. Examination of representative works of art and major styles and cultures of preliterate societies in Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and of Pre-Columbian civilizations in the Americas.
Variable
CD-Related

ART 417 (3) Medieval Art and Architecture
Introduction to art and architecture of Western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic world, from the second to the fi fteenth centuries. Examination of representative works of art and major styles of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures, including the Romanesque and Gothic periods.
Spring
Pre: ART 260 or consent

ART 419 (3) Gender in Art
Historical survey of the representation of gender with comparison of the artistic efforts of males and females and examination of art used to present gender-based issues including homosexuality, feminism, censorship and pornography.
Pre: ART 261 or consent
Variable
CD-Core

ART 420 (3-6) Graphic Design III
This course is split between engagement in advanced design problems and preparation for entry into the graphic design field. This course is repeatable.
Pre: ART 304 and ART 320

ART 421 (2) Art Methods Elementary School
Art expression related to child growth, development and teaching strategies.
(Required for student teaching and certifi cation.)
Pre: ART 100 or ART 101, Jr. status or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 423 (3) Elementary Art Materials II
Advanced elementary teaching methods and art materials, emphasis on three dimensional
projects.
Pre: ART 421
Variable

ART 424 (3) Art for Exceptional Child
Theory and practice of teaching mentally challenged, physically handicapped
and other exceptionals.
Pre: ART 421
Variable

ART 425 (3) Current Issues in Art Education
Teaching art as related to current trends, philosophies, and issues.
Pre: ART 421
Variable

ART 426 (3) Art Methods Secondary School
The characteristics of art expression and evaluation at the junior and senior high level: the status, curricula and strategies of teaching. (Required for student teaching) Should be taken concurrently with KSP 420.
Pre: ART 421
Fall

ART 428 (3) Teaching Art History and Appreciation
Application of instruction in art history and appreciation to elementary and secondary schools.
Pre: ART 260, ART 261, ART 421 or consent
Variable

ART 429 (1) Art Education Seminar
Capstone experience for students preparing to teach art. Explores and emphasizes information and skills appropriate for teaching art.
Variable

ART 430 (3-9) Fibers
Advanced fabrication of textiles using loom and off loom techniques. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 330
Fall, Spring

ART 440 (3-9) Painting
Advanced painting. Continued development of a focused individual expression. May be repeated.
Fall, Spring

ART 445 (3-9) Watercolor
Advanced experience in watercolor. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 345
Fall, Spring

ART 450 (3-9) Advanced Ceramics
An advanced course which emphasizes individual research in technical, aesthetic and conceptual considerations. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 350
Fall, Spring

ART 460 (3) Ancient Art
Introduction to the art and architecture of the ancient era in its historical and cultural frameworks. Examination of representative works of art and major styles of ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman
cultures.
Pre: ART 260 or consent
Variable

ART 462 (3) Renaissance Art
Origins and development of Northern and Italian Renaissance art and architecture as an expression of historical, cultural and religious issues.
Pre: ART 261 or consent
ALT-Spring

ART 463 (3) Mannerism to Romanticism
Historical survey of art, architecture and urban planning in Europe and America from the late sixteenth to mid-nineteenth century: Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism.
Pre: ART 261 or consent
ALT-Spring

ART 466 (3) Realism to Postmodernism
Historical survey of art, architecture and urban planning in Europe and America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present: Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, Pop Art, and Post-modern issues and trends.
Pre: ART 261 or consent
Fall

ART 467 (3) Art of the Islamic World
Historical survey of art and architectural developments from Islam's origins through the twentieth century. Course focuses on contextualizing monuments, paintings, and other arts from various regions around the world.
Fall, Spring

ART 468 (3) Design: History and Theory
Survey of Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Architecture from historical and theoretical perspectives. Design issues examined from formal and contextual points of view, using analysis strategies that consider style, composition, historical context, functional/propagandistic signifi cance and communicative ability.
Variable

ART 469 (3) Asian Art
Historical survey of the art and architecture of China, India, Korea and Japan from pre-history to the 20th century.
Pre: ART 260, ART 261 or consent
Variable
CD-Related

ART 470 (3-9) Print Studio
Continued investigation of advanced print making techniques and concepts. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 370
Fall, Spring

ART 475 (3-9) Photography
Expanding technical knowledge and visual awareness while building a portfolio in selected areas. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 375, ART 376 or consent
Fall, Spring

ART 480 (3-9) Sculpture
Continuing development of a strongly personal means of aesthetic expression in three dimensions. May be repeated.
Pre: ART 380
Fall, Spring

ART 490 (1-6) Workshop

ART 491 (1-4) In-Service

ART 492 (1-6) Art History Seminar
Specific problems in art emphasizing both individual research and contributions to the seminar group on advanced, in-depth topics.
Pre: Consent
Variable

ART 494 (3) Topics
Lecture/discussion/studio course on a selected area of discourse relating to the study of Art History, Art Criticism, Art Education or Art Studio. May focus on a specifi c artist, style period, cultural group or technical or methodological problem.
Variable

ART 495 (1) Senior Exhibit
A required course in all art major degree programs. Students plan and present art work in an exhibition. Can not be taken same semester as student teaching.
Pre: Consent
Fall, Spring

ART 496 (1) Art History Senior Thesis
Capstone writing project. Advanced study and research required. Topic of the senior thesis determined jointly by the student and the faculty advisor. Required for art history specialization and art history major. A less expansive project is required for the art history minor.
Pre: Consent of advisor
Fall, Spring

ART 497 (1-6) Internship
Field experience in professional settings relating to the specialization: graphic design, museum or arts administration, etc.
Pre: Jr. standing with consent of advisor and department chair.
Fall, Spring

ART 499 (1-9) Individual Study
Advanced level pursuit of special projects of research on an independent basis. Requires contractual agreement in art office for registration.
Pre: Consent
Fall, Spring