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The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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101 Signifying Practices: Art and Visual Culture
4 hours. Introduction to theoretical perspectivs for analyzing experiences of visual and multi-modal phenomena. Strategies for researching and writing about topics related to contemporary aesthetic practices. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

112 Introduction to Drawing
4 hours. Introduction to drawing: orientation to the description and expressive potential of drawing through exposure to a variety of subjects, media, and formal concepts. Previously listed as AD 102. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

130 Introduction to Painting + Color
4 hours. Beginning painting: introduction to major directions of contemporary painting; underlying historical precedents; orientation to subjects and formal concepts using relevant materials and process. Field Trip required at a nominal fee. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll for one Lecture and one Laboratory.

140 Introduction to Sculpture
4 hours. The study of major directions and underlying historical precedents in contemporary sculpture. Orientation to concepts of 3-dimensionality through use of relevant processes and heuristic approaches to making. Previously listed as AD 140. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

150 Introduction to New Media Arts
4 hours. An introduction to the theory and practice of responsive arts. Through hands-on exercises, students learn to design interactive interfaces and responsive environments. Survey lectures focus on current practices and the history of new media. Previously listed as AD 100. Extensive computer use required. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

160 Introduction to Digital Photography
4 hours. Introduction to digital photography: basic familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, Photoshop, low level lighting and high end printing. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of the medium. Previously listed as AD 150. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Fully manual Digital Camera and laptop computer with appropriate Photoshop software is required. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

170 Introduction to Moving Image
4 hours. Introduction to the practice, history and context of the moving image. Basic experimentation with image/sound capture and editing as related to film, video and audio. Previously listed as AD 170. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Open to non-majors by approval, obtained in Room 208 Jefferson Hall. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

190 Introduction to Socially Engaged Art
4 hours. Introduces the concept of socially engaged art, a practice that blurs the line between art and life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and action. Includes field visits and dialogue with artists. Students design and realize a public art project. 3 hours. Previously listed as AD 190. Field trips required at a nominal fee. No previous art and studio experience is necessary for this class. Field Trips Required: Mess Hall, Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation, Threewalls, Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Station, and South Side Community Art Center, are all site-specific resources for this course. Students will visit at least two of these sites as part of their analysis and exploration of socially engaged art practices. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160. Creative Arts course.

212 Topics in Drawing I
4 hours. This course addresses current practices and theories in drawing. The course is an investigation of drawing as a vehicle by which to explore a variety of media. Previously listed as AD 203. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor; and completion of the art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

230 Topics in Painting I
4 hours. Direct experience and related readings investigate innovations and major directions in contemporary painting. The instructor directs in-depth focus regarding a specific topic or emphasis. Previously listed as AD 230. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor; and completion of art foundation program.

240 Topics in Sculpture I
4 hours. Specific topics, designed by the instructor, address current practices and theories in sculpture and installation. The course is an investigation of sculptural practices as a vehicle by which to explore a variety of media. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field trip required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

250 Topics in New Media Arts: Intermediate
4 hours. Concentration course in New Media Art. Students create artwork with new media technologies, interactive installations, software and computer animation. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of new media. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

260 Topics in Digital Photography
4 hours. Intermediate digital phography: specific topics designed by instructor, conceptual/contextual image making, familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, Photoshop, basic lights techniques and high end printing. Previously listed as AD 267. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the first-year art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

261 Topics in Analog Photography
4 hours. Introduction to analog black and white photography: advance familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, printing and basic lighting. The course is an investigation of analog photography. Previously listed as AD 268. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of instructor; and completion of the first-year art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

270 Topics in Film I
4 hours. An introduction to 16mm film production in theory and practice. Assignments, screenings, discussions and readings related to experimental cinema supplement topics such as: cinematography, editing, composition and cameraless film making. Previously listed as AD 271. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

272 Topics in Video I
4 hours. An intermediate video production course in theory and practice. Assignments, screenings, discussions, and readings related to video art as well as technical skills needed for production and post-production. Previously listed as AD 278. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of instructor; and completion of the art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

274 Topics in Motion Graphics I
4 hours. Introduction to basic film/video animation techniques including direct animation, stop-motion, cycles, metamorphosis, and special graphic processes and effects. Previously listed as AD 274. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the art foundation program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

275 Topics in Screenwriting
4 hours. Project-based course is an introduction to screenwriting. Students learn the principles of substance, structure and style and how to write in proper script format. Previously listed as AD 275. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or abaove; or cnsent of the instructor; and completion of the art foundation program.

280 Topics in Color
4 hours. Course presents a wide range of historical and contemporary color theories and investigates color in terms of color science, reproduction and communication. Provides a conceptual framework for approaching color and working knowledge of its attributes. Previously listed as AD 209. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the Art Foundation Program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

312 Topics in Drawing II
4 hours. Topics directed by the instructor; may include individual study and related readings in contemporary art; further investigation and extended applications in drawing. Previously listed as AD 304. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): ART 212; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

330 Topics in Painting II
4 hours. In-depth focus regarding a specific topic/emphasis under the direction of the instructor; direct experience and related readings investigate innovations and major directions in contemporary painting. Previously listed as AD 332. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite(s): ART 230; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

340 Topics in Sculpture II
4 hours. Specific topics--designed by the instructor--address current practices and theories in sculpture and installation. The course is an investigation of sculptural practice as a vehicle by which to explore a variety of media. Previously listed as AD 342. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): ART 240; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

350 Advanced Topics in New Media Arts
4 hours. Concentration course in New Media Art. Students create artwork with new media technologies, interactive installations, software and computer animation. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of new media. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 250. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

360 Topics in Photography
4 hours. Direct experience and related readings investigate innovations and major directions in contemporary photography. The instructor directs in-depth focus regarding a specific topic or emphasis. Previously listed as AD 360. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): ART 260; and junior standing or above; and consent of instructor. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

362 Topics in Photography: View Camera and Lighting Studio
4 hours. View Camera control applied to interiors and exteriors, set-up and lighting of people and still life subjects, and other artistic considerations. Direct experience and related readings investigate innovative and major directions in contemporary photo. Previously listed as AD 262. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and completion of Art Foundation Program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

370 Topics in Film II
4 hours. An advanced 16mm production course that uses screenings, readings, and discussions of experimental film to supplement such practical topics as sync-sound recording, color film, digital editing of 16mm film, and post-production techniques. Course Informaion: Previously listed as AD 371. Prerequisite(s): ART 270; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

372 Topics in Video II
4 hours. A topics-based project-oriented course that emphasizes advanced media production in the areas of 16mm film, video, motion graphics, and sound. Previously listed as AD 378. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 272; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

374 Topics in Motion Graphics II
4 hours. Applications of advanced methods in film/video post-production graphics. Creative projects utilizing sound synchronization, computer motion synthesis, and related techniques. Previously listed as AD 374. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 274; and junior standing or above.

376 Topics in Audio
4 hours. Audio production for film, video and sound artists. Study of basic recording, mixing and dissemination techniques and contemporary/historical overview of how artists engage with audio. Previously listed as AD 276. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of instructor.

380 Topics Seminar
4 hours. Seminar and discussion with focus on specific topics relevant to contemporary art practice, examined in relation to critical readings, research, and writing. Previously listed as AD 391. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): AH 160. Open only to juniors and seniors.

381 Topics in Documentary Media
4 hours. Specific topics varying each semester will address current practices and theories in documentary media. The mechanical reproduction applied to recording, documenting, and interpreting real life situations and events. Previously listed as AD 362. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): ART 270 and ART 370; or ART 272 and ART 372; or ART 260 and ART 261; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

382 Topics in Art
4 hours. Multidisciplinary art making course based on a topic chosen by instructor. Course consists of art production and written assignments, lecture, class critiques and individual meetings. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.

401 Senior Projects: Critique
6 hours. Critique/discussion for advanced art majors. Previously listed as AD 462. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; and consent of instructor.

402 Senior Projects: Thesis
6 hours. Exhibition/thesis production and seminar culminating in an exhibition/final thesis show for graduating seniors. Previously listed as AD 453. Prerequisite(s): ART 401; and senior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.

452 Informational Aesthetics I
4 hours. Introduction to information visualization and programming in the context of art and design. Project oriented course using computer code and custom software for information analysis, representation and creative expression. Same as DES 452. 4 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): DES 319 or DES 322 and sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

453 Informational Aesthetics II
4 hours. Intermediate course emphyasizing the database as cultural form. Creative projects and research in information aesthetics through date driven two, three and four dimensional visualizations and custom computer interfaces. Same as DES 453. 4 hours. May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): DES 452 or ART 452 and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

454 3D Space I: Modeling
4 hours. Introduction to 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Students develop a cross-media skill set that can be used for visualizing sculptural and/or architectural installations, filmic animation and compositing, gaming and object design. Previously listed as AD 454. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

455 3D Space II: Animation
4 hours. Continuation of 3D Space I: Modeling. Includes a focus on environment design with advanced texturing, lighting, rendering and particles. Previously listed as AD 455. May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 454; or consent of instructor.

456 Embedded Media: Physical Computing
4 hours. A practical and conceptual exploration into electronic sensors, processors and actuators as applied to interactive media. Previously listed as AD 456. Extensive computer use is required. Prerequisite(s): AD 205; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

457 Interactive 3D
4 hours. An introduction to real-time ineractive art theory and to the design and production practices used in creating 3D applications for games and the web. Previously listed as AD 457. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

458 Advanced Interactive 3D
4 hours. Advanced theory and practice of real-time interactive art and producing 3D applications for games and the web. Conceptualization, planning, and development of interactive 3D and virtual reality environments. Previously listed as AD 458. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 457; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

480 Independent Study in Art
0 TO 5 hours. Intensive workshops in specific art related topics and techniques directed and announced by the instructor. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 5 graduate hours. May be repeated. Previously listed as AD 406. Prerequisite(s): Junior or graduate standing; and consent of the instructor.

499 Art Internship
0 TO 4 hours. Introduction to professional practice offering students the opportunity to couple academic learning with professional experience in an off-campus placement. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Only 8 hours of credit may apply toward Art major requirements. Requirements for the organization offering an internship: understanding/agreement that a student intern is an artist in training (not a volunteer, not a freelancer) positions are paid (at or above federal minimum wage) student is seeking professional experience (not a portfolio piece) setting is a studio environment (the student is not the only artist on site) 15 hours per week expected, 20 hours per week maximum. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

500 Art Teaching Internship
0 TO 2 hours. Practical and theoretical aspects of teaching lecture/lab studio, and/or seminar courses in Art. Previously listed as AD 500. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Conference and one Practice.

508 Advanced Electronic Visualization and Critique
4 hours. Individualized graduate study; creative projects and research in electronic visualization through a consultive agreement with graduate faculty committee. Previously listed as AD 508. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of the School graduate faculty committee. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

509 Advanced Electronic Visualization
5 hours. Individualized graduate study; creative projects and research in electronic visualization through a consultive agreement with graduate advisor. Previously listed as AD 509. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the School graduate faculty committee and the student's advisor. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

520 Seminar in Contemporary Theory
4 hours. Developments and current issues in contemporary design, studio and media arts: major philosophies, debates, and social/environmental aspects (may include visiting lecturers, critics, and discussants). Previously listed as AD 502. Must be repeated for a minimum of 16 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the School, graduate faculty committee, and the student's advisor. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion.

530 Advanced Studio Arts and Critique
4 hours. Idividualized graduate study; creative projects and research in studio arts by each student through consultive agreement with graduate faculty committee. Previously listed as AD 530. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of the School graduate faculty committee. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

531 Advanced Studio Arts
5 hours. Individualized graduate study; creative projects and research in studio arts by each students through consultive agreement with graduate advisor. Previously listed as AD 531. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the School graduate faculty committee and the student's advisor. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

560 Advanced Photography and Critique
4 hours. A forum for presenting and discussing individual work with all photography graduates and faculty participating. Previously listed as AD 560. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of the School graduate faculty committee. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Discussion.

561 Advanced Photography
5 hours. Individualized graduate study; creative projects and research in photography by each student through consultive agreement with graduate advisor. Previously listed as AD 561. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the School graduate faculty committee and the student's advisor(s). Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

570 Advanced Moving Image and Critique
4 hours. Individualized graduate study; projects for creative research in film, video, and animation by each student through conference and consultive agreement with graduate faculty committee. May involve supportive consultation in other areas. Previously listed as AD 540. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of the School graduate faculty committee. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

571 Advanced Moving Image
5 hours. Individualized graduate study; projects for creative research in film, video, and animation by each student through consultive agreement with advisor. May involve supportive consultation in other areas. Previously listed as AD 571. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the School graduate faculty committee and the student's advisor. Course Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

597 Master's Project
0 TO 16 hours. Independent research under faculty supervision in a specific area of interest. Previously listed as AD 597. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisites: 20 hours of 500-level courses and consent of the instructor.


Information provided by the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment.

This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.