William Wadley (Head)
Location: Main Office is in the Art Building, Room 104, 903-886-5208, Fax 903-886-5987
General Information: Art@tamuc.edu
Graduate Student Advisor: Marilyn Thompson, 903-886-5208 - 903-886-5456, Marilyn.Thompson@tamuc.edu
Graduate Visual Communication Advisor: Virgil Scott, 214-752-7770, Virgil.Scott@tamuc.edu
Director of Visual Communication, Universities Center at Dallas: Lee Whitmarsh, 214-752-9009, Lee_Whitmarsh@tamuc.edu, Fax 214-752-9059
Teacher Certification Coordinator: Marilyn Thompson, 903-886-5456, Marilyn.Thompson@tamuc.edu
Photography Coordinator: Chad Smith, 903-886-5208, Chad.Smith@tamuc.edu
Art Web Site: http://sites.tamuc.edu/art/
Mission Statement: The Department of Art inspires and prepares students to excel in the art profession, including the fine and applied arts, art history, and art teaching fields and also expands the educational experiences of non-majors.
The Department of Art offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the visual arts leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Subsequent acceptance into the graduate program allows students to pursue Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. Majors receive broad-based instruction in the foundation areas and proceed through increasingly specialized programs of study that emphasize personal concepts and technical refinement.
The degrees offered are: Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with emphasis areas in Art History and Studio Art; Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography with emphasis areas in Commercial and Studio Art: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with emphasis areas in All-Level Certification, Ceramics, Experimental Studies, Painting, or Sculpture; Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication with emphasis areas in Art Direction, Design, and New Media.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication prepares students for careers in the advertising industry. Advanced courses in these areas are offered at the Universities Center at Dallas, where new facilities, field trips, and internships keep students abreast of the latest trends and technologies in the rapidly-growing field of Communication Arts.
The Department of Art utilizes several buildings on campus for its many different programs and courses, including the University Gallery which hosts an annual series of exhibits of interest to the university and the surrounding area.
Transfer of Art Credits from Other Institutions
Students wishing to transfer art credits to A&M-Commerce will have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions and the Department of Art. Courses taken at other institutions that have no exact equivalents at A&M-Commerce may still be transferable by a portfolio review in the Department of Art. Transfer courses counted towards a major at A&M-Commerce must have a grade of “C” or higher. A&M-Commerce has established a 2-plus-2 program with Collin College in Photography facilitating the evaluation of course credits and ease of transfer for students from that institution. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in any of the following majors must complete:
- Degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts, and
- Core Curriculum Requirements (refer to those sections of this catalog).
In addition, majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Art and Photography courses counted towards graduation requirements.
Teacher Education Programs
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in a teacher education program must complete:
- degree requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree with Emphasis in All-Level Certification (refer to the bachelor’s degree requirements section of this catalog),
- Core Curriculum Requirements (refer to that section of this catalog),
- requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program (refer to the information on Educator Certification and Academic Services in this catalog), and
- professional development courses (refer to the appropriate departmental section in this catalog, i.e. Department of Curriculum & Instruction).
In addition, courses in the major must be completed.
ART 110 - Drawing I
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) The development of perceptual and descriptive skills through an introduction to a variety of drawing media, techniques and subject matter.
ART 111 - Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) An exploration of the fundamental elements and organizing principles of two-dimensional design.
ART 112 - Drawing II
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) A continuation of Drawing I, this course reinforces basic rendering skills and introduces additional drawing media and techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of expressive and conceptual capabilities.
ART 140 - Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory
(3 lecture/3 lab) Students tackle a variety of challenging 3-D Design projects while expanding upon their knowledge of color theory. Students will consider craftsmanship, color and texture while completing projects that involve prototype making and invention, product parameters and marketing, shape, scale and material construction.
ART 141 - Intro to Shop Safety
Introduction to Practical Woodworking Applications and Woodshop Safety - One semester hour. Students are introduced to woodshop tools, methods and shop safety practices. In the process of learning how to use the shop and tools safely and effectively, students will complete basic projects that will assist them in future, more advanced studio classes. Such projects include frame, stretcher, pedestal and shelf building. All students must complete this course prior to taking upper-level art courses in order to gain access to the woodshop.
ART 211 - Introduction to Visual Communication
An introduction to visual communication in computer based electronic media. Emphasis on typography, design, and visual concept development through software application methods and techniques.
ART 213 - Figure Drawing
(3 lecture, 3 studio) The solving of total compositional problems, through drawing media. Emphasis is placed upon the figure, with additional concentration upon other subject matter and nonobjective image-making.
ART 227 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting
(3 lecture, 3 studio) Introduction to the fundamentals of painting with an expanded practical investigation of color interactions beyond the basics introduced in Two-Dimensional Design and Three-Dimensional Design. Exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques and methodologies through a variety of subjects including still life, figure, self-portrait and landscape from direct observation or imagination
ART 240 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This course provides an introductory exposure to woodworking, moldmaking and casting. Students will learn basic methods and techniques while discussing how specific mediums and processes are being used in a sculptural and art making context. Gallery and museum visits will be incorporated into the class as students research and discuss the work of contemporary artists.
ART 250 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This course provides an introductory exposure to the history of ceramics and a beginning level experience in the use of clay as a fine art medium. Forming techniques, surface development and glazing, and kiln firing practices will be introduced. Both the functional and sculptural ceramic traditions will be explored.
ART 300 - Typography
This course emphasizes the utilization of type design in the broader arenas of printed and electronic media. Initial emphasis is placed on hand-eye skills and accurate visual judgments, while later topics include letter-spacing, overall visual order, positive/negative space, and historical and original usage of type design and design concepts. Students will sometimes work in groups to simulate the team efforts found among professionals in Visual Communication. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
ART 305 - Integrated Arts for Elem Teach
Integrated Arts for Elementary Teachers. Three semester hours. (Same as MUS 305 and THE 305) This course is designed to introduce students to various creative theatre, visual, and musical arts content and experiences in the elementary school classroom.
ART 306 - GLB/History of Ancient Art
History of the visual arts in the ancient world comprising the civilizations of The Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Emphasis on the study of art within historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 309 - Digital Imaging and Motion for Visual Communication
An introduction to the digital manipulation of a variety of image types. Students will learn the preparation and application of images for use with print, motion and web-based applications. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
ART 310 - Electronic Media and Methods
The study of electronic media combined with a variety of methods for visual communication comprehensive solutions. Students will learn skills for artifact building from computer application to advanced fabrication processes as applied to packaging, multi-page and promotional visual communication projects with intent of developing industry knowledge for design execution. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
ART 311 - User Experience in Multimedia
Students explore how design is used to guide user experience, build an understanding of behavior, choices and how design interfaces with them through the authoring of multimedia projects. Prerequisites: ART 300, 309, 310 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 312 - Web and Mobile Development
An introduction to the production of web and mobile media solutions. Students will learn to author projects with audience interaction as the goal through the study of typography, navigation, interface, information architecture and the basics of programming. Prerequisites: ART 300, 309, 310 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 313 - 2 -D Animation
This course develops skills in basic two dimensional animation techniques. Students focus on the production of animated assets for use in a variety of platforms. Prerequisites: ART 300, 309, 310 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 316 - Advanced Drawing
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Emphasis on experimental and individually based, expressive statements using drawing media. A variety of subjects, including the figure, will be used. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, ART 111, ART 112.
ART 317 - Three-Dimensional Imaging
This course focuses on 3D modeling. Students will develop the skill sets involved in creating 3D artifacts for use in various media. Prerequisites: ART 365 or permission of the instructor.
ART 318 - GLB/History of Medieval Art
History of the visual arts in Europe and Byzantium in the Middle Ages. The course begins with the origins of Christian art in the Roman Empire and concludes with the art of the Gothic Age. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 320 - Airbrush Painting
(3 lecture, 3 studio) Introduction to fundamentals of painting with an airbrush, and operation and maintenance of the basic airbrush with an emphasis on fine arts applications. Stencils, frisket, and freehand techniques are explored. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, ART 111.
ART 321 - Watercolor I
(3 lecture, 3 studio) Exploration of a variety of traditional and contemporary experimental watercolor processes and concepts. Ongoing evaluation of development of personal expression. Prerequisites: ART 1303 and ART 1304. Or permission of instructor.
ART 326 - Painting II: Introduction to Basic Concepts in Painting
(3 lecture, 3 studio) Exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques and methodologies through a variety of subjects including still life, landscape, the figure and imagination. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, ART 111, ART 140, ART 227, or permission of instructor.
ART 330 - Printmaking
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) A technical and conceptual exploration of fine art printmaking that may include relief, intaglio, planographic, and stencil processes and collographic prints. Emphasis is placed on the development of the student's personal expression. Screenprinting may be a follow-up for the course. Prerequisites: ART 1303 and ART 1304. Or permission of instructor.
ART 331 - Screenprinting
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) A technical and conceptual exploration of fine art printmaking using screenprinting techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of the student's personal expression. Prerequisites: ART 1303 and ART 1304. Or permission of instructor.
ART 332 - Printmaking II
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) This course is intended for students who have previous experience with printmaking and wish to continue exploring various print media. It is also open to those who wish to work independently on printmaking projects or would like to incorporate printmaking into other media. Monoprinting, etching, and all kinds of relief printing are covered in this course with an emphasis on experimentation and idea development. Students will work with color, choose their own subject matter, and will be instructed in the non-hazardous use of printmaking materials. Prerequisites: ART 330. Or permission of instructor.
ART 333 - GLB/History of Photography
History of Photography - Three semester hours. An examination of the scientific and aesthetic history of photography from its origins to the present. Emphasis is placed on early processes, the pioneers of photography, photography as a visual art and developments in modern photography. Media, trends, and the work of photographers are analyzed. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 334 - GLB/Topics in Renaissance Art
Examines specific topics in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Western Europe from the end of the 13th to the late 16th Century. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 336 - GLB/Topics in Baroque Art
Explores topics in art from 1600 to 1750 across Western Europe, which will be examined in terms of historical context, formal content, and cultural developments. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 338 - GLB/Topics in Non-Western Art
Art will be presented as an integral aspect of culture, focusing on areas such as China, Japan, Africa, Oceania, Native America, and pre-Columbian Mexico and Central and South America. Aesthetic appreciation will be enhanced through a presentation of various philosophies, customs and values. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 340 - Sculpture I A
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Students will be introduced to fabric and video as sculptural mediums while learning basic patterning, sewing, camera and editing techniques. Additionally, students will study the role of public and performance art by researching and discussing a variety of contemporary artists who use this exhibition format to communicate ideas. Museum and gallery trips will be incorporated into this class. Prerequisites: ART 140.
ART 341 - Sculpture I B
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Students will use metal as a sculptural medium as they are introduced to basic welding and cutting techniques. Additionally, students will begin to study kinetic sculpture by creating motor and handle-operated cam and pulley systems as an introduction to making mechanical and electro-mechanical systems. Students will study the role of kinetic art by researching and discussing a variety of contemporary artists who use this approach to communicate ideas. Museum and gallery trips will be incorporated into this class. Prerequisites: ART 140.
ART 350 - Ceramics I
(3 lecture/3 studio) An exploration of ceramic techniques, processes, and concepts pertinent to the use of clay as a fine art medium. The focus of the course is on the ceramic vessel as functional form and as a vehicle for creative expression. Handbuilding, wheelthrowing, surface options including slip and glaze, and experience in firing kilns will be covered. Clay body and glaze formulation will be introduced. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, and ART 250. Or permission of instructor.
ART 360 - Creative Thinking
Students will explore a variety of approaches to conceptual solutions based in visual communication. An introduction to user experience, information visualization, and advanced color theory for communicating effective and unique solutions. Identifying a creative mindset through research and writing will help provide the tools and skills for bringing creative content to different media.Prerequisites: ART 300, 309, and 310 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 365 - Design Communications I
Introduction to, and resolution of, design problems, including logos, letterheads, billboards, and ad campaigns. Emphasis upon creative solutions and conceptual thinking. Prerequisite: ART 300, 309 and 310 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 380 - Experimental Concepts
(3 lecture/3 studio) In-depth experimentation with concepts that address the creative process. Media selection is up to the individual students with the intent of arriving at innovative and effective individual expressions that explore the relevant concepts.
ART 389 - Independent Study
ART 397 - Special Topics
ART 403 - Practicum in Art
Practicum in Art. Three semester hours This course prepares students for the job market in the visual arts through exercises in resumé writing, artist's statements, and grant writing. It also provides information to help students in compiling and organizing portfolios, presenting slide lectures, entering into gallery and sales contracts, and understanding copyright and IRS laws. Generally to be offered every third semester.
ART 404 - GLB/History of Contemporary Art
This course considers criticism, theory, styles, processes and other issues relevant to an understanding of art since 1960. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better. Crosslisted with: ARTS 539.
ART 405 - History Of Modern Art
History of Modern Art. Three semester hours. This course surveys the major developments in the visual arts of Europe and North America from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the 1960s. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 407 - GLB/History of Graphic Design
A survey of the evolution of graphic arts as they relate to the history of art. Topics include formal, stylistic, social, political, economic, and historical aspects. Emphasis on art movements, schools of thought, individuals, and technology as they interrelate with graphic arts.
ART 408 - History of Advertising and Consumerism
This course is designed to give a broad overview of the nature of a consumerist society. Lectures will explore the history, causes, and types of consumerism, the significance of some purchase categories, America’s evolving definition of “the good life,” the impact of advertising, and the role of the individual in this complex socio-economic dynamic.
ART 409 - History of New Media
A survey of the technology, ideas, and movements of new media as used in visual communication. Course focuses on new media technologies in historical and social contexts.
ART 410 - Animation Application
Students learn the different applications for animation. Students explore industry concepts in a variety of environments. Prerequisites: ART 317 and 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 411 - Advanced User Experience in Multimedia
An advanced study of multimedia projects and mobile apps with the incorporation and understanding of positive user experience. Students apply authoring techniques to incorporate digital imagery, audio and video into a interactive solutions. Prerequisites: ART 365 and 311 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 412 - Video in Visual Communication
An introduction to video for the use of story telling to create conceptual solutions for various environments. This course explores video in the context of visual communication with attention paid to understanding scripts, storyboarding, casting, and location scouting. Students learn basic videography skills and editing techniques reflective of the industry to produce short videos. The goal is to incorporate video components into advanced course projects. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 414 - Motion Graphics
Exploration of linear animation. Students will learn the basics of how to composite multiple assets and apply special effects over a time sequence. Students learn authoring techniques to incorporate digital imagery, audio and video into their conceptual solutions. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 416 - Advanced Motion Graphics
Advanced creation of projects involving motion graphics. Students learn advanced techniques for the integration of 2-D, 3-D and special effects into motion graphics. Concepts and solutions focus on gaming, web and mobile devices. Prerequisites: ART 414 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 417 - Advanced Animation
Students learn the creation of complex animations using a cross section of software to produce conceptual solutions. Prerequisites: ART 410 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.
ART 418 - Cross Cultural Design
Students will explore a variety of societal differences as well as the differences in their own creative approach when working with various cultures. Students will be required to look beyond their traditional approaches in creative development and explore other means of developing ideas, visual language, color theories and messaging for the Chinese and American markets. Prerequisites: ART 466 and 472 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.
ART 420 - Painting III - Intermediate Concepts in Painting
Investigation of a personal direction and sensibility utilizing various painting materials and techniques that emphasize the relationship between form and content Prerequisites : ART 111 – 2D Design + Color ART 140 – 3D Design + Color ART 227 – Soph Studio: Introduction to Painting, or permission of the instructor Prerequisites: ART 1303 and ART 1304; or permission of instructor.
ART 422 - Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting
(3 lecture/3 studio) Emphasis on developing a personal, creative, articulate, visual language. Focus on the conception and completion of a series of paintings involving the development of personal direction and sensibility. Study and reference to artists who relate to the student's project will be emphasized. Course divided into (A) Tutorial Practice: Basic Studio Problems; (B) Tutorial Practice: Studio Emphasis; (C) Tutorial Practice: Advanced Problems. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, ART 111, ART 140, and ART 227. Or permission of instructor.
ART 432 - The Art of the Book
Study and development of original books, with emphasis upon unifying aesthetic relationships between visual and literary contents. The class will address original concepts, and both contextual and practical aspects of visual imagery, design, writing and production. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.
ART 433 - Screenprinting II
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Expanded study of the technical and conceptual practices and uses of this fine art medium. The student will be encouraged to expand and broaden their own views related to the creation of imagery as well as honing their technical skills. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, and ART 331. Or permission of instructor.
ART 436 - GLB/Women and Art
This course is a survey of women's involvement in the art world from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. Focusing primarily on the work of artists who are women, this course explores inequities in the field, the development of feminism, and the various and distinct artistic practices of women that are often overlooked in the historical canon. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 438 - GLB/History of Architecture
This is an historical analysis of the built environment. Various styles and types of buildings are related to time and place, defining and identifying central characteristics, social function, cultural expression, technology, and changes in architectural practice. Prerequisites: Completion of ART 1303 or 1304 with a grade of a C or better.
ART 440 - Sculpture II A
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Students will create advanced projects while learning large-scale, site-specific, installation techniques. Prior to this course, students will have learned to use a variety of materials and methods, which will allow them to more accurately problem-solve when planning, creating and installing room-sized works. Students will research and discuss a variety of contemporary artists who effectively communicate ideas using large-scale and site-specific installations. Museum and gallery trips will be incorporated into this class. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, and ART 140. Or permission of instructor.
ART 441 - Sculpture II B
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) Students will continue to create advanced sculptural objects, performances, and/or installations using knowledge about a variety of materials and methods gained from previous coursework. Students will continue to study and discuss the work of contemporary artists while learning to place their own work in an art and art history context. Each student will be required to design, build and advertise a solo exhibition of recent works. Museum and gallery trips will be incorporated into this class. Prerequisites: ART 340 and ART 341.
ART 450 - Ceramics II
This course offers further exposure to ceramic forming processes; surface treatment; and firing processes, including oxidation, reduction, raku, soda, and wood. Increased attention will be given to the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of ceramics and the development of an expressive, individual direction. Increased emphasis on critical research in contemporary and historical ceramics. May be taken up to 9 sch for credit. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, and ART 250. Or permission of instructor.
ART 451 - Ceramics III
(3 lecture/3 studio) Advanced studio practice emphasizing the development of a personal approach to the creation of expressive objects using clay. Continued research in historical and contemporary ceramic trends and issues. Increased experience with clay body formulation, glaze formulation, and a variety of firing methods. Prerequisites: ART 1303, ART 1304, and ART 250. Or permission of instructor.
ART 458 - Visual Communication Professional Practice
This course teaches general theory, concepts and techniques of Visual Communication professional practice. Students will learn how to navigate issues that arise in the various professions within Visual Communication through research, discussion and self promotion. Prerequisites: ART 365 and ART 472 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.
ART 460 - 3-D Painting
An introduction to painting using three dimensional software as the tool. Emphasis in conceptual thinking applied to the production of dimensional artifacts and environments. Prerequisites: ART 365 and ART 317 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.
ART 462 - Visual Communication Branding
The course focuses on the understanding of branding as it relates to the identity of a company, organization, or individual in the current business environment. Students will execute a communications plan and use branding concepts and strategies to produce multiple projects. Prerequisites: ART 466 or 467 and 472 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 463 - Advanced Typography
Advanced study of typography and its application in visual communication. Students learn through concept development, typographical refinements, and polished execution of projects focusing on type relationships. Prerequisites : ART 300 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 464 - Screen Printing for VisCom
Students will explore the silkscreen printing process through demonstration, technique application and design projects. Correct art authoring, screen preparation, multi-color and halftone solutions, and print registration will be covered. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 465 - Letterpress
Course will address letterpress history, type anatomy, terminology, formal and aesthetic issues, tools, materials of the trade and safety issues. Thumbnail ideation, writing, type setting and linoleum carving will be explored. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.
ART 466 - Design Communications II
Development of design solutions for multiple clients to create portfolio pieces using a variety of design concepts, methods, and technologies. Emphasis will be upon the visual and thematic relationships of design and its execution applied to a wide variety of projects that may include book covers, posters and packaging.Prerequisite: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 467 - Design Communications III
Advanced problems in design communications with an emphasis upon conceptual design applications for solutions across a broad range of products for a single client, focusing on web and mobile app solutions. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 468 - Design Communications IV
Development of design solutions for multiple clients to create portfolio pieces using a variety of design concepts, methods, and technologies. Emphasis will be upon the visual and thematic relationships of design and its execution applied to a wide variety of projects that may include environmental graphics and multi-piece projects. Prerequisites: ART 466 or 467 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 469 - Applied Typography
This course focuses on unique approaches to typography in visual communication. Students will study and produce typography using various methods, focusing on hand skills and conceptual thinking to execute techniques. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 472 - Art Direction
This course introduces students to the development of conceptual solutions for client based advertising problems. Relationships between design and copy with an emphasis on contemporary advertising trends will be studied and critiqued. Prerequisites: ART 365 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 473 - Advertising Art Concepts/Copywriting I
This course focuses on the development of strategic advertising visual concepts and copywriting, with emphasis on brainstorming and group collaboration. Students develop their skills through the creation of advertising traditional and innovative campaigns. Prerequisites: ART 365 and 472 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.
ART 474 - Advertising Art Concepts/Copywriting II
Students expand their conceptual thinking by authoring solutions to advanced problems in advertising art concepts and copywriting. Students focus on applying innovative solutions for clients across a wide array of the current media used in advertising. Prerequisites: ART 365 and 472 with a minimum grade of C.
ART 475 - Visual Communication Senior Studio
Students prepare for the job market with a focus on portfolio completion, interview skills and resume presentation with the application of professional series of critiques. Students also conceptualize, design and produce all collateral for their senior exit show, including invitations and websites. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
ART 478 - Visual Communication Senior Practicum
The course focuses on all aspects of the Senior Exit Portfolio group show. Students work in a group setting to develop a single brand that encompasses multiple collateral pieces and a variety of social media. Students learn about budgets and project time lines. Students will hear industry speakers and visit studios and agencies. The class culminates in an exhibition at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
ART 482 - Theories and Methods
Study of the theories and methods applied to the study of the visual arts with emphasis on approaches taken in art history and the related areas of art theory, aesthetics, and art criticism. Crosslisted with: ARTS 595.
ART 489 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of art faculty and department head.
ART 490 - H Honors Thesis
ART 491 - H Ind Honors Research
ART 495 - Internship
Supervised work in the field of Visual Communication. Terms and conditions of the internship must be approved before enrollment. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
ART 497 - Special Topics
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.
ART 1301 - GLB/Art Appreciation
This course examines the relationships between the visual arts and other expressions of human imagination and invention. Special attention is given to parallel developments in the histories of ideas, technology and art.
ART 1303 - GLB/History of Art I
A survey of the visual arts throughout the Western and Non-western world from prehistory to the Renaissance. Both the form and content of major works of art will be examined in relation to their social and cultural contexts.
ART 1304 - GLB/History of Art II
A survey of the visual arts from Early Renaissance to 1960 throughout the Western and Nonwestern world. Major examples of architecture, sculpture and painting will be examined in relation to their social and cultural context.
PHO 111 - Introduction to Digital Media
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This is an intensive semester-long course in which you will learn the technical and conceptual tools to understand the basics of digital media as well as begin to learn the language of the visual narrative. You'll begin to explore the photographic fundamentals of composition and lighting.
PHO 112 - Basic Photography I
(3 lecture, 3 studio) The primary learning objectives are related to digital camera techniques and controls in the context of the creative process. Students will learn the operation of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, as well as the characteristics of different lenses as they relate to specific photographic requirements. This class will also explore advanced color and printing techniques and introduce sound and video. Students must have a fully adjustable digital camera for this class. Prerequisites: PHO 111.
PHO 209 - Introduction to Video
This course introduces the basic technical and conceptual skills of working with video. Students study basics of contemporary video and audio recording technology, video editing software, and visual storytelling. Through both group and individual projects, students will build a video-based portfolio by the end of the course. Prerequisites: PHO 111 Intro to Digital Media.
PHO 210 - Introduction to Studio Lighting
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This course introduces the use of advanced studio and location lighting to create photographic illustrations in controlled environments. Lighting techniques are demonstrated and applied in a series of photographic exercises of both tabletop and portraiture. Medium format digital cameras and electronic flash are used to attain control of design, composition, contrast and color temperature. Along with the physical principles of light, concentration on aspects of design, composition, perception and content with an emphasis on technical mastery of photography studio equipment will be addressed Prerequisites: PHO 112 Basic Photography I.
PHO 212 - Visual Perc Photography
Visual Perception in Photography. Three semester hours. Involves photographic seeing and thinking, communicative camera techniques that organize the elements of composition. Students learn the psychology of photography in terms of space, light, time and emotional impact. Lecture only.
PHO 301 - Digital Black and White Photography Techniques
This course is an exploration of advance digital photographic tools and techniques to gain an understanding of color file conversion to black and white, advanced digital printing techniques, basic studio lighting, professional presentation of photographic work and investigation of critical issues in contemporary photography. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments, field trips and critiques with an emphasis on the creation of a cohesive final project and web site Prerequisites: PHO 112.
PHO 339 - Environmental Portraiture
(3 lecture, 3 studio) An exploration of the creative potential inherent in the relationship between subject and environment in portraiture. Basic portrait strategies in both location and studio settings will be covered. Considerations in lighting, composition, gesture and mood will be discussed. Contemporary issues in portraiture for commercial, editorial and art purposes will be covered. Prerequisite: PHO 112, PHO 210.
PHO 341 - Commercial Photography
This course introduces students to the innovation, evolving technologies, marketing strategies, and business practices employed in the field of professional photography. Students solve real-world client-based needs by applying both traditional design methods and innovative approaches to photography, video and multimedia. Prerequisites: PHO 112 & PHO 210.
PHO 349 - Nature & Wildlife Photography
(3 lecture, 3 studio)Nature and wildlife photographic techniques with emphasis on digital capture and digital portfolio production. One week of shooting in a wilderness area is required. Prerequisites: Photography 111.
PHO 350 - Advanced Digital Photography
(3 lecture, 3 lab). A continuation of Photography 250, this course places increased emphasis on the computer as a tool for the enhancement of photographic images and illustration. Prerequisites: PHO 112.
PHO 351 - Introduction to Photojournalism
An introduction to photojournalism. This class covers techniques and equipment needed when shooting for publication and places an emphasis on producing digital images.
PHO 352 - Advanced Photojournalism
Photojournalism students will refine their photo reporting skills while expanding techniques to include visual storytelling and documenting with emerging technology. Students must be published. An emphasis will be placed on students publishing assignments to further portfolios. Critiques will be an integral part of the course.
PHO 357 - Documentary Photography
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) A workshop on photographic documentary strategies. A range of documentary approaches will be covered. Each student will choose a semester long photographic project. At the conclusion of the class students will assemble an exhibition. Prerequisites: PHO 112.
PHO 358 - Architectural Photography
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course explores the technical challenges of photographing both interior and exterior architectural structures and the human-altered landscape for both personal expression and historical documentation. Lecture topics will include the historical and contemporary technical and conceptual aspects of photographing architectural spaces. Assignments will focus on photographing both rural and urban structures using both natural and artificial light. Individual and group critiques will guide student production. Prerequisites: PHO 112.
PHO 359 - Junior Photography Seminar
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course is an advanced photography seminar course in which students will work to deepen their photographic practice. This course will foster the development of a creative body of work and your professional practice as a photographer. In addition to individual self-driven projects, students will read and discuss writings on current trends in photography. Prerequisites: Photography 112.
PHO 360 - B&W Darkroom Techniques
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course examines traditional wet darkroom techniques, including film cameras and processing, exposure, development and printing silver-gelatin paper. The student will explore different films, papers and processing techniques and how they relate to perception and content in traditional black-and-white photography. Prerequisites: PHO 112.
PHO 369 - Alternative Print Making
Course will explore antique and non-silver processes such as, but not limited to, gum-bichromate, cyanotype, van dyke, along with unconventional photographic processes involving digital negative production, montage, collage, masking, toning, intensification, and reduction. Prerequisites: PHO 111.
PHO 370 - Video Production Tech
Video Production Techniques - Four semester hours This course introduces the basics of video production utilizing the latest recording technology and video editing equipment. Students study basic equipment operation, video composition, lighting and audio production planning, and visual narrative storytelling. Students work individually and in groups to create video projects
PHO 389 - Independent Study
PHO 390 - Location and Event Photography
This is an intensive semester long course that addresses the technical and conceptual aspects of photographing events and on-location based photographic work. Students will learn about how to address site-specific issues of lighting and the dynamic nature of working at a wide range of events. Students will build a portfolio of work by the end of the semester. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.
PHO 397 - Special Topics
This course will be an intensive semester long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. A wide range of topics will be offered such as (but not limited to) commercial applications of photography, photojournalism/documentary, environmental portraiture, and art photography. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.
PHO 403 - Business Practices in Pho
Business Practices in Photography. Three semester hours. This course introduces the student to business practices, copyright law, studio operation, marketing, financial management and other practical matters related to the business of photography. Prerequisite: Photography 111.
PHO 444 - Advanced Commercial Photography
Advanced commercial photography is an intensive course in which studio and location assignments are driven by client-based problems for end-use applications such as advertising, marketing and public relations. Students rely on traditional elements of art and design while integrating the latest photographic technology and software to make photographic images for social media, multimedia, print and web applications. Students may work in teams with writers, designers and account managers to develop campaigns marketing products and services within an active business environment that takes into account budget, timelines and feasibility. Prerequisites: PHO 112 with a minimum grade of C and PHO 210 with a minimum grade of C.
PHO 450 - Photography Seminar
This course is an advanced photography portfolio-building course in which students will work to deepen their photographic practice. It will foster the development of students' creative body of work and their professional practice as photographers. In addition to individual self-driven projects, students will read and discuss writings on current trends in photography. This course will be an intensive semester-long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.
PHO 489 - Independent Study
Independent Study. One to Three semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of a member of the Photography faculty.
PHO 490 - H Honors Thesis
PHO 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
PHO 495 - Photography Internship
Approved work experience in photography. Supervision under the guidance of a practicing professional and departmental faculty member. Prerequisites: PHO 210.
PHO 497 - Special Topics
This course will be an intensive semester long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. A wide range of topics will be offered such as (but not limited to) commercial applications of photography, photojournalism/documentary, environmental portraiture, and art photography. May be repeated when topics vary.
B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., Yale University.
B.F.A., University of North Texas; M.F.A. Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.F.A., Indiana University; M.F.A., Syracuse University.
Gerard D. Huber
B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art.
B.F.A.,Texas Tech University; M.F.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.F.A. University of New Mexico; M.F.A., Mills College
BA., Carleton College, MA., The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
B.A., University of North Texas; M.F.A., Indiana State University
B.F.A., M.F.A., University of North Texas.
M.S., East Texas State University; M.A., Texas AM University-Commerce.
B.A., Northwestern State University; M.A., Emporia State University; M.F.A., Kansas State University
Professor and Department Head
B.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
B.F.A., Youngstown State University; M.F.A., Columbia College.
Director of Visual Communication Arts
B.F.A., Baylor University; M.F.A., Texas State University