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Print Media Minor

The Print Media minor is an 18-credit minor open to students from other areas of emphasis in the Department of Visual Arts, as well as students majoring in other disciplines who are interested in artistic expression through forms of mark making with manual, photographic, and digital print processes. Students interested in pursuing this minor should contact a faculty member in the Print Media area for further details and advisement. Print Media Minors must pass a portfolio review to be admitted into the Visual Arts Department.

Print Media Minor

For students desiring to minor in print media, the following foundation courses are required:

Foundation Courses (9 CREDITS)

ART 210
Visual Concepts I: Two Dimensions[3]
Visual Concepts I introduces the art major to basic design principles, various perception and notation techniques, personal narrative, expression and time. Other issues covered include symmetry and asymmetry, formal and informal organization, proportion, perspective, dimensions in space, visualization, imagination, illusion, rhythm, typography, narrative (linear/non-linear), drawing, painting, collage and text/image relationships.

ART 214
Drawing I: Beginning Drawing[3]
Drawing I will introduce the visual art major to the visual vocabulary of drawing. Through materials and processes, drawing will be explored as a means of visual thinking, a way to depict what we see and visualize what we think, and a method of communicating ideas. Technical skills will be applied to an exploration of representation and visual invention, including figurative imagery. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that students take ART 210 either previously or concurrently.

ART 216 
Studies in Visual Culture (Prehistory through the 1750s) [3]
This course engages students in a focused study of six or seven specific, momentous periods in the history of world art dating from prehistory to the mid-eighteenth century. The selection of topics will be determined by the particular organizing principle adopted by the course instructor. For example, the organizing principle could be that of medium (architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts); of belief systems (religion, philosophy); of patronage; or of prevailing technological inventions and discoveries. By studying selected moments in the history of world art in some depth, students will gain an awareness of how art objects and visual culture both shape and represent societies and their histories.
Note: This course may be taken before Art History I.


ART 320
Introduction to Printmaking [3]
An introduction to a variety of printmaking processes, this course will investigate traditions of printmaking, as well as contemporary applications of the medium. The process will be used as a vehicle for exploration of the student’s creative work.
Prerequisite: ART 210 (required); ART 214 (strongly recommended)


ART 314
Drawing II [3]
This is an intermediate drawing course that will continue the study of the visual vocabulary of drawing through its materials and processes. Technical skills will be applied to an exploration of representation and visual invention. Issues addressed will include color, figurative imagery, and conceptual approaches to drawing.
Note: Repeatable for a total of six credits.
Prerequisite: ART210 and 214

The Dao of Intermedia[3]
This course explores the connection between art and the everyday through lectures, and readings of Asian philosophy. The course consists of discussions about the philosophy and how traditional and contemporary artists/craftspeople have related the philosophy to their work. Students learn traditional arts/crafts such as brushpainting, papermaking, paper/textile decorative arts as well as creating art that is both physical material and performative. No prior visual arts experience needed. Must be passed with a “C” or better.
Prerequisites: One of the following: ART 210 or ART 215 or ASIA 100

ART 360
Mixed-Media Book Arts [3]
In this studio course, students investigate the book art form as an artistic statement. All elements of this medium — images, text and structure — are integral to the theme of book arts. The multiple dimensions of the artist’s book are analyzed, including its status as a document; its identity as a piece of sculpture; its portability; and its function in the contexts of time, space and performance.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 305, 315, 320, 331, 341, 362, or 382

ART 370
Silkscreen Printing [3]
This studio course introduces a variety of approaches to screenprinting, including stencil techniques, direct mark-making, and photographic processes utilizing film positives, digitally generated images, photocopies and drawings. Historical uses of screenprinting as medium for communication and ornamentation are discussed in the context of contemporary art practice. This course continues the fusing of artistic skills in various media developed during the intermediate level, such as color, pattern, layering, print output and composition.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 305, 315, 320, 331, 341, 360, 362, or 382

ART 375
Photo Processes in Print Media [3]
This studio course investigates a variety of photographic processes in print media, including digital print methods, photo-printmaking, xerography, and manual print processes. Historical and theoretical relationships between the photographic image, appropriation strategies, and print practice are discussed as a context for technical explorations in the media. Image and surface manipulations, materials, as well as theoretical concepts related to the subjects of language, installation and performance are applied to the process. Repeatable for up to six credits.
Prerequisite: ART211 or 320

ART 376
Origins and Issues of Print Media [3]
An intensive seminar discussing topics in print media from pre-history to the present. Subjects may include early forms of printmaking, and how print media revolutionized communication and the distribution of information in society. This course will explore the historical framework of print culture and discuss contemporary and future directions in print media.
Prerequisite: ART 215 or ART 216 or ART 221. Must be passed with a “C” or better.

ART 460
Installation Art [3]
This advanced studio-seminar studies the ways in which artists have defined and utilized space. An interdisciplinary approach to installation allows students to integrate a variety of materials, methods, and concerns into their studio projects. Modes of exhibition and display are examined both within gallery/museum spaces and alternative settings. A variety of approaches may be explored, including performance and documentation, memory, alternative narratives, textual strategies, materiality, real and recorded time, site-specificity and spatial interventions.
Repeatable for up to six credits.
Prerequisite: Two 300-level art studio courses

ART 465
Intermedia Studio [3]
This advanced studio course integrates the multiple possibilities of mark-making and form. Emphasis is on the development of a student’s individual direction in the theoretical and conceptual framework of contemporary art. Specific topics will be announced each semester. ART 465 facilitates the independent thesis work of ART 489: Senior Projects, and may be taken concurrently. Repeatable for up to six credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Since special circumstances might exist that could make any of the listed courses ineligible for the minor, and, conversely, other courses may be offered from time to time that would be eligible, all prospective minors should select a print media advisor and meet with him or her regularly.