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Studio Art Minor

Studio Art Minor

The studio art minor provides the opportunity to explore various artistic media, techniques, and processes in a studio setting. The program allows students to integrate creative and artistic practice with other academic or research pursuits, as this minor complements a variety of majors including those in the disciplines of theatre, science, arts administration, and education. This minor encourages the development of creative thinking, conceptualization, and visual literacy skills, enabling students to become versatile, valued prospects for future research or academic endeavors.

Studio Art Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Select 18 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

ARTS 1200 - Introduction to Drawing (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the development of drawing and observational skills. Students will learn to effectively use various studio materials and drawing techniques while representing form and space on a two-dimensional plane.

ARTS 1700 - Fundamentals of Color (3 credits)

In this course, students develop the foundation to apply basic design principles to a variety of visual effects. Students will explore color theory, including additive and subtractive color. 


ARTS 1800 - 2D Design (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the visual organization of two-dimensional art and design. Students will practice making representational and non-objective designs and utilize design terminology, theory and studio materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing compositional skills. A historical and contemporary survey of visual art and design will be examined.

ARTS 1250 - Life Drawing (3 credits)

This course will examine the anatomy, proportion and movement of the living form using live and skeletal models. Beginning with skeletal and muscular studies, the students will develop detailed drawings exploring gesture, movement and structure. Students will also learn historical and contemporary depiction of living forms.

ARTS 2100 - Painting I (3 credits)

This course explores painting as a studio medium emphasizing the practice of painting and compositional skills. Students will represent form and space on a two-dimensional plane and utilize traditional and contemporary techniques while examining the history and aesthetics of various painters and styles. Prerequisite: ARTS 1200.

ARTS 2200 - Digital Photography (3 credits)

This course will explore the basic principles of photography and digital imaging. Camera operation, exposure, effect of the shutter and aperture, composition for impact, lens selection, and the qualities of light will be covered. 

ARTS 2900 - Three Dimensional Design/Sculpture (3 credits)

In this course, students will further develop their understanding of basic design principles in a three dimensional form. Students will explore processes, materials and sculpting techniques through the function of space, plane, scale, line, volume and mass.

ARTS 3040 - Museum Studies and Gallery Practices (3 credits)

This course offers an investigation of the many characteristics of museum and gallery management including hands-on participation in Gallery 217's ongoing productions. Students will gain experience with exhibition research, design, development, and management. Additionally, students will have a real-world application to the continued operations and/or programs of Gallery 217. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 and any 1000/2000 level ARTS course or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.

ARTS 3100 - Painting II (3 credits)

This course will continue the study and practice of painting. Students will develop an individual creative direction working thematic projects in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Students are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual components of painting related to both the studio practices and the history of painting. Prerequisite: ARTS 2100.

ARTS 3550 - Ceramics I (3 credits)

Students will create pottery, using multiple techniques such as hand building as well as throwing on the potter's wheel. Students will apply ceramic glazes and firing procedures in order to produce finished ceramic ware. The course will also include some discussion of the historical development of the ceramic arts. Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level ARTS course.

ARTS 3700 - Methods and Materials (3 credits)

Through a practical exploration of theoretical/conceptual issues, students will become aware of the complexity and interrelatedness of the elements of art. Students complete a series of studio projects emphasizing the awareness, creative use, and practical application of various materials as a formal means of visual communication and expression. Prerequisite: ARTS 1200.

ARTS 3750 - Printmaking (3 credits)

In this course, students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques and gain an understanding of the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes and qualities of prints e.g. overlays, transparency, offset, and multiple images. Students will produce multiple images by hand printing and working on a press while exploring personal visual expression. Class sessions are comprised of independent and collaborative printing, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critique. Additionally, students will be introduced to the work of influential printers and the history/tradition of printmaking. Prerequisites: ARTS 1200 OR ARTS 1800 OR ARTS 2410.

ARTS 4900 - Special Topics in the Arts (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with an interest in a particular period or genre of art, music, or theatre, specific artist, composers, dramatists, or topics not covered in other art, music, or theatre courses. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one ARTS course and COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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