Visual and Media Arts Practice

  • Department Information

    Visual and Media Arts Practice

    Department of Art and Art History

    Elena Calvillo, Chair
    Professors Sjovold, Softić
    Associate Professors Calvillo, Drummond
    Assistant Professors Driscoll, Nelson, Szymanska
    University Museums Executive Director Waller and Deputy Director Schlatter
    Visual Resources Librarian Keefer
    Professionals from the fields in art are also employed as adjunct faculty members.

    The Department of Art and Art History offers programs in visual and media arts practice, Western and non-Western art history, and museum studies. In the Modlin Center for the Arts, students work in an environment where they can develop their intellectual and creative abilities to the fullest potential. In addition to a rigorous and stimulating curriculum, students also participate in the activities of the university museums. The museums present exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art with related lectures, workshops, and symposia with visiting artists, critics, and art historians. A study abroad program allows students to study art and art history in approved programs under the direction of the Office of International Education. In visual and media arts practice, our integrated, rigorous art foundation program offers students broad exposure to the core areas of our curriculum; including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and film and video. Emphasis is placed upon developing artwork that bridges established and emerging media and dismantles traditional divisions between the core areas of our curriculum. Our program is tailored to supporting individual student interests through creative studio projects, individual research, gallery and museum visits, and critiques and visual presentations.

  • Major

    The Visual and Media Arts Practice Major

    Note: A grade of not less than C (2.0) is required in each course comprising the major. 

    11 units, including: 

    Group A: Foundation Requirements 

    Foundations are prerequisites for all upper level Visual and Media Arts Practice classes and should be taken first and as early as possible. 

    VMAP 211 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice A 

    VMAP 212 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice B 

    Group B: Intermediate & Advanced Visual and Media Arts Practice 

    Five electives, including at least one course at the 300-level and no more than one course at the 100-level, chosen from: 

    VMAP 112 Introduction to Drawing 

    VMAP 113 Introduction to Painting 

    VMAP 114 Introduction to Sculpture 

    VMAP 115 Introduction to Printmaking 

    VMAP 116 Introduction to Photography 

    VMAP 117 Introduction to Film, Sound and Video 

    VMAP 250 Drawing Techniques and Concepts 

    VMAP 251 Human Figure Drawing 

    VMAP 252 Observational/Representational Painting: The Figure and Its Spaces 

    VMAP 253 Painting: Abstract, Conceptual, Process, and Material 

    VMAP 254 Sculpture Methods: Materials and Processes 

    VMAP 255 Sculpture Methods: Computer Modeling and Fabrication 

    VMAP 256 Printmaking Techniques and Concepts 

    VMAP 257 Artist's Book 

    VMAP 258 Darkroom Photography 

    VMAP 259 Digital Photography 

    VMAP 260 Thematic Explorations in Sound and Video Art 

    VMAP 261 Independent Film and Video: Curatorial Practice and Presentation 

    VMAP 262 Digital America Journal and Internet Art History

    VMAP 279 Selected Topics 

    VMAP 300 Drawing Media Studio 

    VMAP 302 Painting Media Studio 

    VMAP 304 Sculpture Media Studio 

    VMAP 306 Printmaking Media Studio 

    VMAP 308 Photography Media Studio 

    VMAP 310 Time-Based Media Studio 

    Group C: Art History and Theory requirements 

    One Art History Survey ARTH 121 or ARTH 122 

    One Art History elective 

    VMAP 351 Contemporary Theory and Practice for Artists* OR (in consultation with the major advisor and Art History Coordinator) ARTH 365 Art Theories and Methodologies* 

     Group D: Capstone Course  

    VMAP 465 Advanced Studio Practice**

     Senior Thesis Exhibition Option 

    VMAP 466 Senior Thesis Exhibition*** 

     

     *Offered only in spring semesters. Should be taken in the spring of junior year. 

     **Offered only in fall semesters. Must be taken in the fall semester of senior year. 

     ***Enrollment in this course is contingent upon individual student plans, successful completion of VMAP 465 and faculty recommendation.  While it is not required for completion of the Visual and Media Arts Practice Major, it is highly recommended for students planning to develop careers as artists. 

  • Minor

    The Visual and Media Arts Practice Minor

    Note: A grade of not less than C (2.0) is required in each course comprising the minor. 

    Six units, including: 

    Group A: Foundation Requirements 

    Foundations are prerequisites for all upper level Visual and Media Arts Practice classes and should be taken first and as early as possible. 

    VMAP 211 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice A 

    VMAP 212 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice B

     Group B: Three electives (no more than one course at the 100-level) chosen from:  

    VMAP 112 Introduction to Drawing 

    VMAP 113 Introduction to Painting 

    VMAP 114 Introduction to Sculpture 

    VMAP 115 Introduction to Printmaking 

    VMAP 116 Introduction to Photography 

    VMAP 117 Introduction to Film, Sound and Video 

    VMAP 250 Drawing Techniques and Concepts 

    VMAP 251 Human Figure Drawing 

    VMAP 252 Observational/Representational Painting: The Figure and Its Spaces 

    VMAP 253 Painting: Abstract, Conceptual, Process, and Material 

    VMAP 254 Sculpture Methods: Materials and Processes 

    VMAP 255 Sculpture Methods: Computer Modeling and Fabrication 

    VMAP 256 Printmaking Techniques and Concepts 

    VMAP 257 Artist's Book 

    VMAP 258 Darkroom Photography 

    VMAP 259 Digital Photography 

    VMAP 260 Thematic Explorations in Sound and Video Art 

    VMAP 261 Independent Film and Video: Curatorial Practice and Presentation 

    VMAP 262 Digital America Journal and Internet Art History 

    VMAP 279 Selected Topics 

    VMAP 300 Drawing Media Studio 

    VMAP 302 Painting Media Studio 

    VMAP 304 Sculpture Media Studio 

    VMAP 306 Printmaking Media Studio 

    VMAP 308 Photography Media Studio 

    VMAP 310 Time-Based Media Studio 

     Group C: One Art History unit, chosen from: 

    ARTH 121 Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages 

    ARTH 122 Survey II: Renaissance to the Present

     

     

  • Honors

    Honors Program in Visual and Media Arts Practice

    Majors are encouraged to apply for and pursue the honors program in studio art. To earn honors in visual and media arts practice a student must complete three units of honors credit with distinction through a combination of upper-level courses with thesis development and honors thesis exhibition. The program must be planned in consultation with the student's major advisor and the department. Honors students also must maintain an overall GPA of no less than 3.30 while in the program.
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  • VMAP 112 Introduction to Drawing

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Explores materials, methods, and concepts in drawing with an emphasis on observational practice. Fundamental skills and knowledge required for further study within the field as well as insight into the realm of drawing at a general and theoretical level. Studio work is supplemented by lectures, presentations, seminar discussions, and museum visits.

  • VMAP 113 Introduction to Painting

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to the practice of painting with emphasis on fundamental painting modes: perceptual/representational, conceptual/abstract, and process/system-based. Emphasizes working understanding of methods and materials of oil and/or water-based painting while investigating basic aspects of visual perception, historical precedent, contemporary culture, and critical assessment of subject, form, and content in a work of art.

  • VMAP 114 Introduction to Sculpture

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to basic three-dimensional design and contemporary sculptural practices. Fundamental skills and knowledge required for further study within the field as well as insight into the realm of sculpture at a general and theoretical level. Through hands-on studio assignments, lectures, presentations, seminar discussions, and museum visits, students gain technical and conceptual skills applicable to art, architecture, and all other forms of three-dimensional design and sculpture.

  • VMAP 115 Introduction to Printmaking

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Explores formal and conceptual problems through printmaking exercises. Understanding of the potential of graphic media and introduction to new imaging methods and concepts, including experimentation with scale, sequencing, and multi-technique works.

  • VMAP 116 Introduction to Photography

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Explores historical and contemporary film photography as a means of achieving a working knowledge of experimental darkroom methods and processing techniques. Develops an understanding of photography as art through lectures, presentations, critiques, and assignments that encourage creation and interpretation.

  • VMAP 117 Introduction to Film, Sound and Video

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to film, sound and video production within the context of contemporary art. Uses readings, screenings, workshops, and hands-on assignments, to gain the technical and conceptual skills required to produce resolved independent projects in 16mm film, digital video, and analog/digital sound. By foregrounding the distinct features of these media, this course also illustrates their many similarities and differences -- from the technical and perceptual to the historical, cultural, and socio-political. Production of independent work that explores creative approaches to film, sound and video production that fall beyond the aesthetic and cultural norms of mainstream media.

  • VMAP 211 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice A

    Units: 1

    Description

    One of two foundation-level classes required for all Visual and Media Arts Practice majors and minors. Serves as a prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced level courses in the curriculum. Explores the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and sculpture in three distinct modules. In addition to producing artwork, introduces the history and theory surrounding these media as well as their significance within contemporary art practice. Each module will educate students on health and safety issues and procedures that are applicable to these media and our facilities.

  • VMAP 212 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Practice B

    Units: 1

    Description

    One of two foundation-level classes required for all Visual and Media Arts Practice majors and minors. Serves as a prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced level courses in the curriculum. Explores the fundamentals of printmaking, photography, and time-based media production in three distinct modules. In addition to producing artwork, students are introduced to the history and theory surrounding these media as well as their significance within contemporary art practice. Each module will educate students on health and safety issues and procedures that are applicable to these media and our facilities.

  • VMAP 250 Drawing Techniques and Concepts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Builds upon the concepts, techniques and media introduced in the two foundation-level classes and introduces drawing as a vehicle of creative visual thought, a tool for observing and recording the world around us, and a versatile medium that extends into media such as printmaking, sculptural installation and animation, for example. Projects in charcoal, pencil, ink, acrylic, collage on paper, and alternative surfaces.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 112; or the former ARTS 105 or 201

  • VMAP 251 Human Figure Drawing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Advances understanding and skill in drawing the human figure with emphasis on interpreting formal aspects of proportion, surface anatomy, volume, and composition. Projects range from rigorous academic, observational studies to independent, interpretive projects. Students draw directly from live models using a variety of drawing media such as graphite, charcoal, ink, color pastel, and watercolor. Explores the human figure through aesthetic, conceptual and historical contexts that inform representations of the figure in past and contemporary cultures.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 112; or the former ARTS 105 or 201

  • VMAP 252 Observational/Representational Painting: The Figure and Its Spaces

    Units: 1

    Description

    Emphasizes observational skills and the conventions of representational art while exploring the human figure and its contextual spaces as subjects. Develops methods of oil and/or water-based painting and how to assess subject, form and content in a work of art. Begins with traditional academic methods for representing the figure working directly from live model before exploring a series of independent approaches to the figure. Includes historical and contemporary contexts for interpreting the human figure.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 113; or the former ARTS 105 or 205

  • VMAP 253 Painting: Abstract, Conceptual, Process, and Material

    Units: 1

    Description

    Emphasizes interpretive and independent based studies while exploring abstract, conceptual, and process/system-based painting. Variety of paint media (ex. Oil, water-based, non-traditional, etc.) and surfaces/supports (ex. Canvas, various papers, polypropylene, wood panel, patterned fabrics, ephemeral supports, non-traditional, etc.) used to investigate historical, contemporary and experimental methods of painting. Refines critical skills in examining painted content, including its forms, concepts, and contexts.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 113; or the former ARTS 105 or 205

  • VMAP 254 Sculpture Methods: Materials and Processess

    Units: 1

    Description

    Intermediate-level course engaging students in the material exploration of a variety of sculptural media and processes within the context of contemporary art. Emphasis upon wood fabrication, metal fabrication, mold making and casting, and mixed-media objects and installation. Lectures, presentations, and critiques that address problems dealing with perception, the conceptualization of space, and objects in space.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 114; or the former ARTS 108, 208, or 210

  • VMAP 255 Sculpture Methods: Computer Modeling and Fabrication

    Units: 1

    Description

    Intermediate-level course in the exploration of computer modeling techniques within the context of contemporary sculptural practice. Emphasis is upon using 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing to fabricate three-dimensional forms, multiples, and installations. Students participate in lectures, presentations, and critiques that address current issues in the field of sculpture and technology-based production, as well as problems dealing with perception, the conceptualization of space, and objects in space.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 114; or the former ARTS 108, 208, or 210

  • VMAP 256 Printmaking Techniques and Concepts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Builds upon the concepts, techniques and media introduced in the two foundation-level classes and introduces printmaking in the context of creative graphic arts as well as an image/multiple image-making tool in media such as installation, sculpture and graphic design. Work in woodcut, intaglio, screenprint and lithography on paper and alternative surfaces. Explores digital image making and printing methods as well as multi-color printing, postprinting interventions, and printmaking applications beyond the paper surface.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 115; or the former ARTS 105, 206, or 225

  • VMAP 257 Artist's Book

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to bookbinding (Western and non-Western), material and digital printing techniques, and typesetting skills through work on individual and collaborative studio projects. Explores concepts such as sequencing, text and image, and content and structure relationships. Study of the evolution of the artist's book and contemporary practice in this medium, basic bookbinding and printing skills, and creation of artist books using woodcut, photopolymer etching, digital text and imaging tools, and collage and extended media.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or 115; or the former ARTS 206 or 225

  • VMAP 258 Darkroom Photography

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to the fundamental, technical, and aesthetic issues of black and white photography with an emphasis on using the medium for personal expression. Students confront a series of problems that are designed to increase their understanding of basic camera operation, darkroom techniques, and art making strategies. The history of photography is covered through the study of historical and contemporary works and different styles of photography are explored through lectures, presentations, critiques, and assignments.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 116; or the former ARTS 109, 204, 219, or 265

  • VMAP 259 Digital Photography

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to the field of digital photography and digital imaging within the context of contemporary art. Production of original works of art while studying the impact of technology upon human perception, visual art, and contemporary culture. Emphasis upon the ways in which digital technologies have transformed our understanding of traditional photographic media.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 116; or the former ARTS 109, 204, 219, or 265

  • VMAP 260 Thematic Explorations in Sound and Video Art

    Units: 1

    Description

    Intermediate-level course in the study and production of sound and video within the context of contemporary art. Each year, the thematic focus of this course will change based upon current trends in the field. Possible topics may address methods of production (audio/video synthesis, online broadcasting, or multimedia performance and installation), genres significant to the field of contemporary art (appropriation, performance, documentary, narrative), or broader themes that have sustained lasting interest and significance (landscape and the environment, protest and social practice, media criticism, gender and identity politics). In addition to learning production and postproduction techniques, students participate in seminar discussions and presentations that seek to expand our understandings of the theme and/or mode of production in question. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 117; or the former ARTS 109; or FMST 202 or 203

  • VMAP 261 Indepdendent Film and Video: Curatorial Practice and Presenation

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to all aspects of researching, curating, promoting and presenting public programs of independent film and video art. Research on and participation in seminar discussions, presentations, and readings pertaining to the field prior to developing a curatorial theme or framework for a screening series, festival and/or gallery exhibition. Once determined, students preview works from the collections of international film and video art distributors, resulting in a curated program of works to be presented publicly at the close of the semester. In addition to programming, students are responsible for writing curatorial program descriptions, film and video synopses, and designing program brochures, posters, and websites. Through this process, students are exposed to contemporary trends in the field of independent film and video art while developing skills in graphic design, comparative analysis, writing about art and media, and presenting challenging work to a captive audience.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 117; or the former ARTS 109; or FMST 202 or 203

  • VMAP 262 Digital America Journal and Internet Art History

    Units: 1

    Description

    Focuses on internet history and corresponding internet and digital arts practices. Students also edit and publish the online journal Digital America as they study and curate submissions throughout the semester. Students work as editors, curators, and contributors to the journal while developing a context for digital scholarship and art through readings and discussions.

  • VMAP 263 Digital America Journal Design and Production

    Units: 1

    Description

    Focuses on online content and editorial production within the arts and beyond by examining UX/UI design, digital platforms, and production practices. Students will focus on producing the bi-yearly issue of the journal, which includes reviewing and curating submissions, redesigning the website, reviewing and updating our outreach practices, and more.

  • VMAP 279 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examples of past courses include: printmaking and cross-cultural communication, figure and narrative, and comic books and zines. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

  • VMAP 300 Drawing Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Studio-intensive course providing students with the opportunity to independently conceive and develop projects that expand their prior knowledge of drawing-based media. Emphasis is placed upon developing a personal voice while exploring various techniques and advanced concepts in drawing. Projects that integrate or extend into media such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, and video, are supported. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of our curriculum where working across media is encouraged. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 112 or the former ARTS 105 or 201; or VMAP 250 or VMAP 251

  • VMAP 302 Painting Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Productive and critical framework for creating independently conceived painting projects within a broad array of painting media, multimedia, and interdisciplinary contexts. Emphasis will shift between highly focused and exploratory processes as each student develops coherence between paint's materiality, supports, concepts, and context. Encourages historical and experimental methods and includes painting's extension into other media such as photography, printmaking, film, video, and sculpture. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of our curriculum where working across media is encouraged. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 113 or the former ARTS 105 or 205; or VMAP 252 or VMAP 253

  • VMAP 304 Sculpture Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Constructive and critical framework to develop independently conceived projects in a wide spectrum of sculptural media. Emphasis on the production of works that bridge material processes in wood, metal, and various forms of casting with contemporary tools such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing. The production of multi-media installations that incorporate or extend into areas such as painting, printmaking, photography, and digital or electronic media is both supported and encouraged. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis levels of our curriculum where working across media is common practice. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 or VMAP 114 or the former ARTS 108, 208, or 210; or VMAP 254 or VMAP 255

  • VMAP 306 Printmaking Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Studio-intensive course providing a constructive and critical framework to develop independently conceived projects across a variety of printmaking media. Emphasis on the exploration of advanced processes and concepts while deepening student¿s appreciation for printmaking, broadening their knowledge of the history of print-media, and developing an understanding of contemporary printmaking practices. Projects that integrate or extend into areas such as painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media installation, are supported. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of the curriculum where working across media is common practice. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 115 or the former ARTS 105, 206, or 225; or VMAP 256 or VMAP 257

  • VMAP 308 Photography Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Independent conception and development of projects that expand prior knowledge of digital and/or darkroom photography, image post-production, and printing techniques. Photo-based projects that integrate or extend into other media such as painting, printmaking, film, and video, are supported. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of the curriculum where working across media is encouraged. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 116 or the former ARTS 204, 219, or 265; or VMAP 258 or VMAP 259

  • VMAP 310 Time-Based Media Studio

    Units: 1

    Description

    Critical framework to develop independently conceived projects in a variety of media. Production of electronic time-based works that integrate animation, film, sound, video and performance into interactive, mixed-media installations that may also incorporate other art making processes such painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. A variety of electronic tools (analog and digital) that expand or augment more traditional forms of time-based media are developed and explored. Prepares students for the advanced and thesis-levels of the curriculum where working across media is encouraged. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 212 or VMAP 117 or the former ARTS 109, or VMAP 260 or VMAP 261, or FMST 202 or FMST 203

  • VMAP 351 Contemporary Theory and Practice for Artists

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to international contemporary art, theory, and criticism with the purpose of increasing critical aptitude and deepening understanding of art and visual culture. Examines the lasting impact of avant-garde practices as well as current trends in the visual arts. Research contemporary art practices through intensive reading, writing, and seminar discussions. To be taken no later than the spring of the junior year.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 and VMAP 212.

  • VMAP 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Supervised work experience at approved artist's studio, museum, or gallery. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval.

  • VMAP 395 Independent Study

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Individually designed program under faculty supervision. Independent studies cannot be substituted for required courses in the Visual and Media Arts Practice major.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval.

  • VMAP 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval.

  • VMAP 465 Advanced Studio Practice

    Units: 1

    Description

    Senior-level open studio course. Students propose an independently conceived body of work in any medium or media of their choice. Emphasis ion the development and completion of a cohesive body of work grounded in independent research and supported by resolved written statements. Provides students with the opportunity to develop a sustainable studio practice that embodies rigorous research, conceptual problem solving, and an in-depth understanding of how their practice exists within field of contemporary art. Work presented in the form of critiques as well as more formal presentations to the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Following a successful final review, the Visual and Media Arts Practice faculty grant acceptance into ARTS 466: Senior Thesis Exhibition.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 and VMAP 212, or the former ARTS 105, 106 and 109; and VMAP 351 and 375 or the former ARTS 351 and 375. Special Note: For Seniors Only - to be taken in Fall of Senior Year

  • VMAP 466 Senior Thesis Exhibition

    Units: 1

    Description

    Graduating Visual and Media Arts Practice majors are granted acceptance into this course based upon a successful review of their performance in ARTS 465: Advanced Studio Seminar. In addition to preparing their work for exhibition, students write thesis papers to support their research and creative work and learn practical skills for developing careers as professional artists. This course concludes with a thesis exhibition in the Harnett Museum of Art, where students publicly present their work in the form of a gallery talk, and an off-campus group exhibition that is organized, installed, and promoted as a collaborative class effort.

    Prerequisites

    VMAP 211 and VMAP 212, or the former ARTS 105, 106 and 109; and VMAP 351 and 375 or the former ARTS 351 and 375; and VMAP 465 or the former ARTS 465, and permission of the Department. Special Note: For Seniors Only - to be taken in Spring of Senior Year