Art - Studio Art Emphasis

The studio art emphasis exposes students to the contemporary practice, visual culture theory and historical perspectives for the visual arts. Students in the art studio emphasis are exposed to a wide range of media and develop the critical and conceptual skills needed to realize a personal artistic vision. Students will learn requirements of a professional career and be guided in the building of a professional artistic portfolio.


Required Courses (30 Units)

  • ART-170 Sculpture I (3)
  • ART-180 Ceramics I (3)
  • ART-320 Painting II (3)
  • ART-340 Drawing II (3)
  • ART-380 Ceramics II (3)

Select four of the following:

  • ART-305 Life Drawing (3)
  • ART-315 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART-325 Modern and Contemporary Art (3)
  • ART-435 Museum Studies (3)
  • COM-390 Creating on the Web (3)
  • COM-440 Performance and Culture (3)
  • MKT-300 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • MKT-307 Advertising and Promotion (3)
  • Study abroad (3)

Select one of the following:

  • ART-450 Project in Art (3)
  • ART-482 Internship in Art (3)

Course Descriptions

ART 110: Art Appreciation (3 units)

This course discusses the history, vocabulary, methods and media of art through presentation of examples from various art movements and cultures.

ART 120: Painting I (3 units)

This course is an introduction to painting processes through studio problems and critiques. This class is designed to foster an understanding of color harmony and compositional balance in a painting.

ART 140: Drawing I (3 units)

This class serves as an introduction to the basic principles of observational drawing. Students will learn about drawing media, techniques and composition through group critiques, lectures and individual research.

ART 150: Principles of Design (3 units)

This course covers design elements and their fundamental application in two-dimensional visual art. Students explore the principles of visually organizing those elements, while exploring creative thought processes and methods of visual analysis. Students also explore a variety of materials, techniques and vocabulary specific to the fine art of design.

ART 170: Sculpture I (3 units)

This course covers basic practice in the expressive use of form and color in space. Students use a variety of media, such as clay, plaster, wood and mild steel. Both historical and contemporary approaches are used to develop content.

ART 180: Ceramics I (3 units)

This course covers the fundamentals of forming both hand-built and wheel-thrown objects. Basic techniques of surface embellishment and glazing will be featured. An awareness of three-dimensional form will be stressed.

ART 305: Life Drawing (3 units)

This course is an advanced drawing course dedicated to the rendering of the human figure. Students will explore a variety of techniques and materials, expanding their visual understanding and sensitivity to the proportions of the human body.

ART 315: Digital Photography (3 units)

This class is an introduction to photo processes through studio problems and critiques. This class is designed to foster an understanding of color, harmony and compositional balance in photography.

ART 320: Painting II (3 units)

This course is an extension of what has been learned in Painting I. Students will be encouraged to rely on intuition for creative ideas and directions.

ART 325: Modern and Contemporary Art (3 units)

This course will consider various modernist artistic developments in the 20th century through to artistic developments of the present day including issues facing artists today.

ART 330: Art and Religion (3 units)

This course examines how spirituality has been present and evident through artistic expression since the beginning of time. Through the examination of various examples of art and architecture, students will learn about the creativity of different cultures and religions, and how they compare to the Christian faith.

ART 340: Drawing II (3 units)

This course further explores principles introduced in Drawing I. A competent handling of the drawing medium, strong understanding of the elements and principles of design, and a conceptual approach to subject matter will be fostered through critiques, discussions and individual research.

ART 350: History of Western Art I (3 units)

This course explores Western art in its historical and cultural contexts, from prehistory to the Renaissance, in an attempt to better understand the creativity of those who lived before and how art has influenced modern culture.

ART 355: History of Western Art II (3 units)

This course explores Western art in its historical and cultural contexts, from the Renaissance to the present day, in an attempt to better understand the creativity of those who lived before and how art has influenced modern culture.

ART 380: Ceramics II (3 units)

This course covers higher levels of creative expression through clay. Large, nonfunctional pieces such as wall hangings and sculptures will be encouraged. A more competent handling of the potter's wheel will be required.

ART 435: Museum Studies (3 units)

This course examines various aspects of the museum industry and equips students with the skills necessary to seek careers and job opportunities in the arts and museum industry.

ART 440: Exhibition and Gallery Design (3 units)

This course examines art theory and technique and applies it to the gallery space. Student will learn practical aspects of exhibition and gallery design. This course is essential for those who wish to pursue careers as practicing artists, curators, gallery or museum workers.

ART 450: Senior Project (3 units)

For advanced students with an art major, this course is seen as the final project before completion of the major. It involves a public presentation of work from production to exhibit.

ART 460: World Art (3 units)

This course examines visual art and architecture from diverse cultures from prehistory to the present day presented in their historical, social, religious and stylistic contexts. Students study the diverse cultural and artistic highlights which have illuminated the past and which continue to fuel contemporary culture.

ART 482: Practicum in Art (3 units)

Practicum in Art should be a project of study planned out by the student and the art program director. The study project could involved working as an assistant for the Fresno Art Center, various other agencies or doing an apprenticeship with a Fresno artist.

COM 390: Creating on the Web (3 units)

This course critically examines the nature of communication on the World Wide Web. Students explore web sites and forms of discourse found in new technologies for creative, theoretical and interpretative purposes.

COM 440: Performance and Culture (3 units)

This course explores the role of performance in the making of culture. Students look at individual and group performance, everyday and staged performances intended for an audience and performances characterized by performer-participants. Types of performances include: religious services and celebrations; transitional ceremonies such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings, graduations; storytelling as oral performance; modes of play such as sports events and games; gender and identity performances; and artistic performances. The Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in March/April provides students the opportunity to practice performance ethnography as do in-class experiences.

MKT 300: Principles of Marketing (3 units)

This course trains students in the understanding of concepts in marketing. In order to be successful in business, one must understand how to market to the needs and wants of a consumer target group. Hence, students learn the marketing process, developing the marketing mix and managing marketing services.

MKT 307: Advertising and Promotion (3 units)

This course is a study of advertising and promotions from a marketing communications perspective. The course focuses on decision making in the management of the elements of the firm's promotional mix, such as advertising, sales promotion, packaging and publicity. (Recommended prior coursework: MKT 300)

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