Design and Color

ARTS 101. Design and Color I. 3 Units.

Organizational and structural projects as a basis for the development of style. Studies in line, texture, shape, space, value, color, and two dimensional composition through studio problems, art studio media and techniques.

ARTS 201. Design and Color II. 3 Units.

Continuation of ARTS 101. Composition: three-dimensional projects. Advanced work in the properties and uses of color and materials. Prereq: ARTS 101.

ARTS 365B. Design and Color. 3 Units.

Advanced design projects determined in consultation with instructor. Prereq: ARTS 101 and ARTS 201.

Creative Drawing

ARTS 106. Creative Drawing I. 3 Units.

Development of graphic fluency in black and white through direct observation of nature and the model. Drawing as a means of enlarging visual sensitivity using a wide range of media and subject matter. Work from nude model.

ARTS 206. Creative Drawing II. 3 Units.

Continuation of ARTS 106. Advanced work in graphic representation. Development of visual acuity and a personal drawing style while working in color. Work from nude model. Prereq: ARTS 106.

Weaving, Fibers, and Textiles

ARTS 212. Weaving, Fibers, and Textiles I. 3 Units.

Learn basic concepts and methods for designing textile surfaces: fabric painting and dyeing. Construct textiles using off-loom weaving and interlacing techniques. Emphasis on development of technical skills, application of design concepts and personal expression.

ARTS 312. Weaving, Fibers, and Textiles II. 3 Units.

Continuation of ARTS 212. Exploration of a selected area of textiles in surface design or constructed textiles. Development of a personal aesthetic through design and execution of a series of projects. Prereq: ARTS 212.


ARTS 214. Ceramics I. 3 Units.

The techniques of hand building in pinch, coil and slab methods. Development of sensitivity to design and form. Basic work in stoneware, earthenware, and glazing.

ARTS 314. Ceramics II. 3 Units.

Continuation of ARTS 214. Problematic approach to technical aspects of ceramics; experience in wheel throwing and option of hand-building. Experimentation with glaze and clay body formulation available. Prereq: ARTS 214.

ARTS 365G. Ceramics. 3 Units.

Advanced ceramics projects determined in consultation with instructor. Prereq: ARTS 214 and ARTS 314.


ARTS 216. Painting I. 3 Units.

The creative, conceptual, visual, and technical aspects of painting. Style ranging from naturalism to abstraction. Work in acrylic and mixed media.

ARTS 316. Painting II. 3 Units.

The creative, conceptual, visual and technical aspects of painting. Styles ranging from expressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstraction. Work in acrylic and mixed media leading to the development of personal painting style. Prereq: ARTS 216.


ARTS 220. Photography Studio I. 3 Units.

Camera, film, and darkroom techniques. Development of basic black and white perceptual and photographic skills. Darkroom and photographic field and lab work. 35mm camera required.

ARTS 320. Photography Studio II. 3 Units.

Continuation of ARTS 220. Advanced theory and black and white techniques. Development of personal aesthetic encouraged. Field work. 35mm camera required. Prereq: ARTS 220.

ARTS 322. Digital Photography I. 3 Units.

Introduction of color and digital photography. A systematic approach to the digital photography workflow and its application to creative photography. History of the medium. Field and computer lab work. Advanced amateur digital camera required. Prereq: ARTS 220.

ARTS 323. Creative Digital Photography II. 3 Units.

Creative Digital Photography II: Advanced theory and techniques of the digital photography workflow and its application to creative photography. Field and computer lab work. Advanced amateur digital camera and access to Photoshop CS6 required. Prereq: ARTS 322.

ARTS 325. Creative Photography. 3 Units.

Creative photography through photographing and responding to photographs. The question of self-expression and photographic medium explored in the pursuit of understanding images. Prereq: ARTS 220and ARTS 320 or ARTS 322.

ARTS 365D. B&W Photography Studio. 3 Units.

Advanced black and white projects determined in consultation with instructor. Prereq: ARTS 220 and ARTS 320.


ARTS 302. Architecture and City Design I. 3 Units.

The social spatial, and aesthetic elements in architecture; the components of the building: the window, door, roof, enclosing walls, and character of interior and exterior space. Projects related to small, intimate scale and residential structures. Lectures, field trips, studio experiences. Recommended ARTS 101 or ARTS 106 courses prior to enrollment. Offered as ARTS 302 and ARTS 402.

ARTS 303. Architecture and City Design II. 3 Units.

The social, spatial, and aesthetic elements of the urban setting of architecture, the organizational components of the city, the path, the node, the edge, and the grid. Projects related to large-scale and public buildings and their relationship to the encompassing visual world. Lectures, field trips, studio experiences. Recommended ARTS 101 or ARTS 106 courses prior to enrollment. Offered as ARTS 303 and ARTS 403.

ARTS 304. Architecture and City Design III. 3 Units.

A study of historic precedents and the social implications of modern and contemporary architecture including analysis and form interpretation as it relates to building and materials technologies. Practical application and synthesis of architectural knowledge through site visits and research of local and regional architecture. Discussions of historic and contemporary architects, engineers and significant architecture and engineering firms. Prereq: ARTS 302 and ARTS 303.

ARTS 305. Study Abroad: Architecture, Design & Culture. 3 Units.

Problem Solving is at the very core of Design, and every city is inventive in its own unique way when it comes to Problem Solving, based on its history, culture, geography and native materials. This intensive international summer course immerses students into a culture that solves architectural problems through a sophisticated appreciation for design, aesthetics and conceptualization. The program introduces students to critical inquiry through the shared principles and theories of Art, Architecture, and Design, as experienced in an international cultural center. Using the city as our classroom, students will visit well-known sites, museums and monuments as well as hidden gems that reinforce the concepts presented in readings and reviewed in class discussions. While no art or drawing skills are required, participants at every level will learn how to improve their visual skills through sketching, observation studies, and analyses. Each week students will complete a design project, each exploring a different aspect of the culture. The course offers Global and Cultural Diversity credit and is open to undergraduate students and graduate students. There is no language requirement for this course. Offered as ARTS 305 and ARTS 405. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.


ARTS 286. Introduction to Video Game Design. 3 Units.

Game design creates meaningful play through interactive experiences. This introductory studio-based course explores games through the development and creation of 2D video games. The course aims to provide a critical vocabulary and historical context for analyzing games and gaming theory and focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to develop 2D video games.

ARTS 350/450.  Intro to Multimedia Art. 3 Units.

This studio course explores the theories and practices of screen-based new media art.  Students will manipulate video, audio, images and code to create new multimedia works.  The class will use free, open source tools as well as Adobe Creative Cloud apps.  This class will examine the emerging culture of contemporary new media art and its hisotrical antecedents.  There are no prerequisites  Students will need to provide their own laptops and purchase access to Creative Cloud apps through Utech.


ARTS 300/400: Art For Different Futures 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the movements for social justice (Black Lives Matter, Me Too) are rapidly and dynamically altering long-held conceptions about the role of art in society. The culture industries (along with many other sectors) have been forced to re-examine the viability and utility of their current models, and the assumptions these models are predicated upon. Art institutions are in the process of reconciling their complicated and often contradictory relationship with white, sexist, ableist, and classist ideology, in which they have tacitly perpetuated dominant structures and perspectives while rhetorically advocating for reform and radical change. In this course, we will explore this contemporary cultural moment and unravel the seismic changes that have brought uncertainty to the art world. We will speculate potential futures free of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and classism, and the role that art could play within those possible futures. And we will explore alternative models of artmaking with the potential to instigate those futures through a focus on social engagement, community, and radical inclusion.

ARTS 399. Independent Study in Art Studio. 1 – 3 Units.

Independent Study in Art Studio; by permit of Director only.

ARTS 605. Final Creative Thesis. 1 – 3 Units.

Students receive individual guidance for an approved self-designed creative project from program faculty members. A public exhibition or presentation is required. By permit only.