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FA 101
Painting
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Through observation of still life and the figure, students are introduced to the use of oil or acrylic paint. Students develop color-mixing techniques emphasizing varied approaches to the use of paint. (G6: Arts)

FA 102
Painting
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 101 (waived for Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students)
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Continuation of painting from still life and the figure with advanced painting techniques such as underpainting, glazing, and a la prima. (G6: Arts)

FA 103
Painting
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Abstract painting explored through design, color, and composition. Experimentation with materials is encouraged. Painting medium is open. Any level of experience. (G6: Arts)

FA 104
Sculpture - Basic
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Introduces the basic principles of sculpture and relief through the figure and other references. Clay and plasteline are used, and basic casting techniques are introduced. (G6: Arts)

FA 105
Life Drawing
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Fashion Design and Menswear students. Focus on figure drawing, stressing line, gesture, and composition. Study of proportion and anatomy of the human figure is undertaken. (G6: Arts)

FA 106
Printmaking - Basic
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Fundamental procedures in relief and intaglio printing are studied, using linoleum, woodcuts, and etching techniques. Students are introduced to basic printmaking processes, with an emphasis on exploring printmaking as a medium. Some drawing experience helpful.

FA 107
Basic Design
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, and Menswear students. Exploration of fundamental concepts of two-dimensional design. Line, shape, texture, rhythm, and color are emphasized, with an introduction to three-dimensional design. (G6: Arts)

FA 108
Basic Drawing
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
For Photography majors. Students are introduced to drawing in black and white. Line, volume, composition, and perspective are taught through observation of still life and interiors. (G6: Arts)

FA 109
Portrait and Figure Painting
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 101
For students not majoring in Fine Arts. Students paint the portrait and the figure from an objective point of view, utilizing fundamental approaches. Initial studies are in charcoal and culminate in finished paintings of the head and figure. Oil or acrylic paint is used.

FA 113
Fundamentals of Design I: 2D and Color
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students explore the principles of two-dimensional design and color for the designer and fine artist, including the study of line, shape, positive and negative space, texture, and composition. (G6: Arts)

FA 114
Fundamentals of Design II: 3D Form and Structure
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
The concepts basic to all three-dimensional design are studied: definition of space through the use of line, planes, and solid forms; manipulation of mass, volume, and void; the use of structural systems; the relationship of surface and color to form; and the importance of proportion and scale, light, and shadow. (G6: Arts)

FA 116
Creative Media
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Using a wide variety of materials and design concepts, this course offers an opportunity for students to explore different approaches in creating non-traditional works of art. Emphasis is on enlarging student's capacity for imaginative expression in two- and three-dimensional projects. (G6: Arts)

FA 117
Traditional Techniques in the Fine Arts
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course develops students' insight into the techniques of masterworks in art history. The course combines lecture, demonstrations, visits to museums, and hands-on work in the studio. Students study and create works using such techniques as wet and dry media, ink and silverpoint, and encaustic, tempera, and oil painting.

FA 131
Life Drawing I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
An introduction to drawing the figure, students study line, proportion, gesture, and composition using pencil and charcoal. Study of anatomy is introduced. (G6: Arts)

FA 132
Life Drawing II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 131
This course continues the study of the figure, with focus on a more sophisticated use of materials and the study of anatomy. (G6: Arts)

FA 141
Drawing I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
This course introduces drawing with an emphasis on developing perceptual skills. Line, value, placement, and perspective with still life and interiors as subjects are studied. Black-and-white materials are used. (G6: Arts)

FA 142
Drawing II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 141 (waived for Interior Design students who have taken CD 113)
A continuation of Drawing I, this course emphasizes compositional concepts using still life, interiors, and the figure. A variety of media, including ink wash, and color, are used. (G6: Arts)

FA 151
Painting I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
An introduction to the use of oil paint, this course uses a perceptual approach to still life and the figure. Color mixing, paint application, and compositional strategies are emphasized.

FA 152
Painting II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 151
This course is a continuation of Painting I, focusing on the figure, with further exploration of painting techniques and continued emphasis on drawing, composition, and color.

FA 153
Watercolor and Its Applications
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
The basic principles of watercolor technique are introduced. Students gain knowledge of color mixing and perception by direct observation and study of color theory as it pertains to watercolor, both transparent and opaque. Museum visits provide the opportunity to examine artists' uses and applications of various techniques.

FA 161
Sculpture I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
This basic course emphasizes traditional sculpture skills with the head and full figure as the subject. Clay is the medium. Basic casting techniques are introduced.

FA 171
Printmaking I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Stressing the expression of imaging unique to printmaking, students are introduced to basic printmaking processes, with an emphasis on exploring printmaking as a medium. Relief (woodcut, lino cut), intaglio (etching on metal or plastic), and monotype techniques are explored. Hand tools, edition printing, artists' proofs, and press operation are discussed.

FA 172
Printmaking II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 171
A continuation of Printmaking I, this course studies more advanced printmaking techniques, including color, paper, and metal plate lithography, resulting in the development of a portfolio or artist's book.

FA 202
Basic Design: 3D
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Fine Arts, this course is an introduction to the vocabulary of form in space and encourages inventiveness in concept and use of materials. (G6: Arts)

FA 203
Drawing for Accessories
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students draw still life and the figure from observation. Emphasis is on proportion, line, composition, and value. Accessories are incorporated as part of the subject matter from which the students will draw.

FA 231
Life Drawing III
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 132
A study of the human figure, this course introduces the use of color, experiments with scale and materials, and further develops compositional strategies.

FA 232
Life Drawing IV
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 231
A continuation of Life Drawing III, this course emphasizes sustained drawings using mixed media and the development of a more complex relationship between the figure and space.

FA 251
Approaches to Abstract Painting I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 152
Students are introduced to the tradition of abstraction. Projects emphasize color, composition, and experimentation with paint application in a non-objective context.

FA 252
Painting III
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 152
Students explore painting from a representational viewpoint (portrait, figure, and/or landscape).

FA 253
Approaches to Abstract Painting II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 251
This course is a continuation of Approaches to Abstract Painting I with an emphasis on developing a personal style.

FA 254
Painting IV
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 252
A continuation of work in Painting III. Students are encouraged to develop a personal style in their preparation of work for exhibition.

FA 261
Sculpture II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 161
This course is a continuation of the aims of Sculpture I with emphasis on the use of new materials and methods.

FA 299
Independent Study in Fine Arts
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

FA 301
Anatomy for Toy Designers
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Toy Design students. Students learn the basic human bone and muscle structure and compare it to the anatomies of other living forms in order to nurture creativity and invention.

FA 341
Drawing Workshop/Experimental Drawing
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: FA 142 and FA 232 or equivalent
Co-requisite: FA 351
Experimenting with material, scale, imagery, and process, students integrate observation, imagination-invention, abstraction, and conceptualization into their working methods. Through the drawing process, students develop their perception of visual components and their relationships in the physical world.

FA 351
Painting V: Contemporary Concepts
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 252 or equivalent
This course explores the postmodern idea that imagery may be combined with abstraction to construct pictorial space. Students study the use of the figure in a perceptual context and as an element in a narrative construct.

FA 352
Painting VI: Sources of Painted Imagery
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 351
Students develop their own vocabulary by learning to assimilate multiple sources of information and processes to meet their own creative needs. Art of other cultures, technology, personal psychology, and popular cultures provide resources for their work.

FA 361
Sculpture III: Advanced Traditional Materials
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 261 or equivalent
The study of figurative sculpture in abstract or realistic modes continues using such materials as wax, plaster, stone, wood, and clay. Concepts include fragmentation and/or large-scale execution of the subject.

FA 363
Sculpture: Casting as a Creative Medium
3 credits; 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 361
Mold-making and casting as methods of reproduction, a way to transfer work into other materials, and a medium of sculptural expression are studied. Students research the use of traditional and nontraditional materials and produce finished works of art using the methods of mold-making and casting. A commercial casting operation is observed.

FA 371
Printmaking III: Advanced Works on Paper
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 172
Co-requisite: FA 351
Projects in lithography, relief, intaglio, stencil, collagraph, and the monotype are undertaken to explore both traditional and contemporary ideas in visual expression.

FA 411
Interdisciplinary Media
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 451
Exploring the use of technology in art, students break traditional boundaries that have defined the disciplines of painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking in order to create multimedia work.

FA 451
Painting VII: Development of Personal Aesthetics
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 352
Students focus on an area of aesthetic or cultural concern in a series of paintings and sketches to develop conceptual consistency while also exploring differences among individual works.

FA 462
Sculpture: New Materials
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 363
The exploration of sculpture continues with a focus on how the choice of materials communicates artistic voice and sensibilities. Students are introduced to the concept of public art and site-specific works.

FA 471
Advanced Experimental Printmaking
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 371
Advanced photo techniques in printmaking are studied. Students explore new ideas and printmaking formats by using photosensitized plates in methods of lithography, etching, and relief printmaking. The course deals with contemporary issues of content in printmaking technology.

FA 491
Senior Project Thesis: Painting
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 451
Under faculty supervision, students produce a coherent body of work in painting or related disciplines and write and present a paper addressing the developmental process and aesthetic concerns of the work. This capstone project represents the culmination of the students' studies.

FA 492
Senior Project Thesis: Sculpture
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: FA 462
Students pursue individual work supervised by faculty, producing a coherent body of work in sculpture or related disciplines that represent a culmination of their studies. In this capstone course, they present a paper which addresses the developmental process and the aesthetic concerns of the work.

FA 499
Independent Study in Fine Arts
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

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