ART 210. Digital Imaging I
This project-based course emphasizes interpretive analysis of contemporary and historical visual media. Students gain expertise in using professional imaging software to enhance and transform digital imagery. Projects address photo manipulation and digital painting, color correction and enhancement, photo retouching and compositing. Students are encouraged to employ inventive and stylistic solutions to visual problems. No previous computer experience is necessary.

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ART 237. Graphic Design I
This project-based analog course introduces students to the fundamentals of graphic design. Readings address both contemporary and historical design topics. Students solve graphic problems that address issues of composition, typography, and the relation of form to content. The iconography of our contemporary culture and its relationship to foundational forms are explored. This course emphasizes craftsmanship and nurtures an analytical approach necessary to succeed in the field of graphic design.

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ART 338. Graphic Design II: Digital
This course explores design principles using form and content to solve visual communication problems. The logic inherent in organizing information in hierarchal structures necessary for communication is emphasized along with an analysis of form as it relates to historical and contemporary design theory and culture. Students become proficient using professional desktop publishing software to explore the formal and contextual relationships between typography and photography. All projects are structured to prepare students for advanced study and preparation for portfolio quality print media.

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ART 344. Typography and Image
This course considers type and image as abstract forms as well as vehicles enabling communication. Assigned readings will address historical aspects of typography, photography and their interrelated design issues. A critical understanding of aesthetic and stylistic judgments is presented through lectures, demonstrations and studio projects. Graphic problems address analytic interpretations of textual content in relation to pictorial form. Students integrate software applications as vehicles to produce creative design solutions.

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ART 411.  Senior Art Seminar

This capstone course for the art major provides an overview of the contemporary art world and professional opportunities. As an important co-curricular experiential component, students visit contemporary cultural exhibitions and formulate critical written responses to the work. Students select a project that upon conclusion will demonstrate proficiency in one of the areas of concentration: graphic design, photography or studio art and participate in a group senior thesis exhibition. Some of the topics of special concern are funding for the arts, legal issues, marketing strategies, copyright and intellectual property. Weekly lectures and workshops will be augmented by expert guest speakers. In the exploration of these topics students develop an action plan to further their creative careers in the personal and professional realm and will include researching profit and non-profit venues and graduate programs.

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ART 480. Professional Portfolio
This is a senior seminar class in which students apply the theories and skills learned throughout their college career toward developing a professional portfolio. Students identify a genre of study within the field of communication media. These areas of study may be editorial, advertising, corporate design and identity, web design, illustration, packaging and information design. This study is inclusive of readings, writings, research, creative production and oral presentations. The portfolio enables postgraduate student to advance to entry-level positions in the professional field of their choice or entry into graduate design programs.

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