Degrees and Requirements

History of Visual Arts

The visual art has the power to enrich experiences and culture and is part of the historical record of every civilization on earth.  The History of Visual Art minor enables students to engage with visual art across multiple creative disciplines and understand the role that they have played in shaping history.

NOTE: Students need to declare this minor by the end of their sophomore year due to course rotations.

REQUIREMENTS:  To successfully complete the History of Visual Arts Minor students will complete a minimum of 18 credits, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor coursework. Choose from Track 1, 2, or 3, depending on your major.

Summary of Requirements

Track 1: For Non-Interior Design or Non-Graphic Design Majors Required Courses: 6 Credits

  • ARTH1017
    HISTORY OF ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC |

    ARTH1017
    HISTORY OF ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of world art from prehistoric to late Gothic eras as well as an examination of the interaction of the social, political and economic forces that effected the production and appearance of such arts as painting, sculpture, architecture and the minor arts. Lectures, slides, discussion and field trips are utilized.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN |

    ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide a survey of world art from early Renaissance to the present day. Emphasis is on cause and effect in the various historical and technological developments of art. Lecture, discussion, slides, film strips and field trips are part of the course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 1: Minor Electives - Choose 1 course: 3 Credits

  • GCDN1023
    DRAWING I(IDSN1023) |

    GCDN1023
    DRAWING I(IDSN1023) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study-workshop in the language of drawing, including practice in expression and communication in various media utilizing principles of line, tone, gesture, exaggeration and lighting. Cross-listed with IDSN1023 |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is intended to provide an opportunity to explore Mac computer art. The students will experience the computer studio process of creating art in relevant software, using a digital camera to manipulate images and final image animation. The effect of styles, techniques and art movements on computer images will be explored. Attention will be given to archival inks and paper. Lecture and video will provide an introduction to the new and brief history of electronic images. Cross-Listed with SLAE1003|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1002
    INTRO TO ART |

    SLAE1002
    INTRO TO ART |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course consists of a series of directed studio art experiences in basic and painting techniques, specifically designed for the non-art/design major.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    As an element of design, color defines the world around us. We react to it both physically and emotionally throughout our lives. This course for non-design majors will provide students with a broad understanding of color, encourage color awareness, and provide a basis for the creative and confident use of color.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1013
    INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY |

    SLAE1013
    INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of photography, including composition, lighting, and exposure. The course will cover the basic functions of smart phones & tablets and software. Images and issues in the History of Photography as well as in contemporary fine-art photographic practice will be explored. Aspects of black-and- white photography and printing will be included but, this is a digital photography course and working in a darkroom is not included. The course culminates in a final project which requires students to display their technical knowledge while creating a visually coherent group of images. Students must provide their own smart phone or tablet or DSLR camera and portable drive to take the course. |

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 1: Minor Electives - Choose 3 courses: 9 Credits

  • ARTH2002
    HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN |

    ARTH2002
    HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of the history of graphic design from the invention of writing to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be given to the evolution of graphic communication and will include the origins of printing and typography. The impact of the industry on visual communication and the development of modern graphic design will also be presented.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ARTH3016
    HISTORY OF FILM(GCDN3016) |

    ARTH3016
    HISTORY OF FILM(GCDN3016) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The course attempts to make the student more aware of the medium as well as its place in the development of our culture. While the approach is historical, emphasis is placed upon development of the student's visual literacy. Additionally, important topics such as censorship and film propaganda are discussed. Cross-listed with GCDN3016|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ARTH3020
    HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART |

    ARTH3020
    HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of modern art from the 19th century to the present day. This course explores the revolutionary forms, methods and media invented by contemporary artists to continually defy our expectations of what art should be.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the ancient world through the gothic period. Emphasis is on understanding the development of our consciousness of space and the relationship between plan development, structural concepts, technology and materials.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the Renaissance through the 18th century, with special emphasis on styles and furniture.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 & IDSN2032

  • IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III |

    IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Survey of nineteenth and twentieth century interiors and architecture in Europe and the United States. Special emphasis is placed on designers and their contribution to contemporary American environment. Prereq: IDSN2039 recommended. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Overview of the development of dance in the western world, within the context of the historical, practical, theoretical, and cultural.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory history of the development of dance. Dance will be examined as a form of human expression. Forms of ritual as well as art forms will be analyzed. Ballet, modern and jazz will be emphasized from their beginnings through their evolution to contemporary choreographed styles.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the early years of rock music (1950s - mid 1970s) for the non-musician. The class will include the roots of rock and roll, teen idols, the folk music craze, the British invasion, Motown, psychedelic music, singer-songwriters and the roots of metal. The history of the 50’s and 60’s will be highlighted by the various styles of music. |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of musical theater and its development from its roots through the early 20th century, the Ziegfield follies, the 1920's in New York, Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930's, the golden age of musicals and movies up to and including todays musical theater. Cross-listed with PART2025|

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 2: For Graphic Design Majors - Required Courses: 6 Credits

  • ARTH1017
    HISTORY OF ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC |

    ARTH1017
    HISTORY OF ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of world art from prehistoric to late Gothic eras as well as an examination of the interaction of the social, political and economic forces that effected the production and appearance of such arts as painting, sculpture, architecture and the minor arts. Lectures, slides, discussion and field trips are utilized.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN |

    ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide a survey of world art from early Renaissance to the present day. Emphasis is on cause and effect in the various historical and technological developments of art. Lecture, discussion, slides, film strips and field trips are part of the course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 2: Minor Electives - Choose 1 course: 3 Credits

  • GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is intended to provide an opportunity to explore Mac computer art. The students will experience the computer studio process of creating art in relevant software, using a digital camera to manipulate images and final image animation. The effect of styles, techniques and art movements on computer images will be explored. Attention will be given to archival inks and paper. Lecture and video will provide an introduction to the new and brief history of electronic images. Cross-Listed with SLAE1003|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    As an element of design, color defines the world around us. We react to it both physically and emotionally throughout our lives. This course for non-design majors will provide students with a broad understanding of color, encourage color awareness, and provide a basis for the creative and confident use of color.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 2: Minor Electives - Choose 3 courses: 9 Credits

  • IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the ancient world through the gothic period. Emphasis is on understanding the development of our consciousness of space and the relationship between plan development, structural concepts, technology and materials.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the Renaissance through the 18th century, with special emphasis on styles and furniture.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 & IDSN2032

  • IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III |

    IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Survey of nineteenth and twentieth century interiors and architecture in Europe and the United States. Special emphasis is placed on designers and their contribution to contemporary American environment. Prereq: IDSN2039 recommended. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Overview of the development of dance in the western world, within the context of the historical, practical, theoretical, and cultural.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory history of the development of dance. Dance will be examined as a form of human expression. Forms of ritual as well as art forms will be analyzed. Ballet, modern and jazz will be emphasized from their beginnings through their evolution to contemporary choreographed styles.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the early years of rock music (1950s - mid 1970s) for the non-musician. The class will include the roots of rock and roll, teen idols, the folk music craze, the British invasion, Motown, psychedelic music, singer-songwriters and the roots of metal. The history of the 50’s and 60’s will be highlighted by the various styles of music. |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of musical theater and its development from its roots through the early 20th century, the Ziegfield follies, the 1920's in New York, Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930's, the golden age of musicals and movies up to and including todays musical theater. Cross-listed with PART2025|

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 3: For Interior Design Majors - Required Courses: 6 credits

  • IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the ancient world through the gothic period. Emphasis is on understanding the development of our consciousness of space and the relationship between plan development, structural concepts, technology and materials.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the Renaissance through the 18th century, with special emphasis on styles and furniture.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 & IDSN2032

Track 3: Minor Electives - Choose 1 course: 3 Credits

  • GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    GCDN2005
    DIGITAL FINE ARTS(SLAE1003) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is intended to provide an opportunity to explore Mac computer art. The students will experience the computer studio process of creating art in relevant software, using a digital camera to manipulate images and final image animation. The effect of styles, techniques and art movements on computer images will be explored. Attention will be given to archival inks and paper. Lecture and video will provide an introduction to the new and brief history of electronic images. Cross-Listed with SLAE1003|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    SLAE1006
    THE AESTHETICS OF COLOR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    As an element of design, color defines the world around us. We react to it both physically and emotionally throughout our lives. This course for non-design majors will provide students with a broad understanding of color, encourage color awareness, and provide a basis for the creative and confident use of color.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1013
    INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY |

    SLAE1013
    INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of photography, including composition, lighting, and exposure. The course will cover the basic functions of smart phones & tablets and software. Images and issues in the History of Photography as well as in contemporary fine-art photographic practice will be explored. Aspects of black-and- white photography and printing will be included but, this is a digital photography course and working in a darkroom is not included. The course culminates in a final project which requires students to display their technical knowledge while creating a visually coherent group of images. Students must provide their own smart phone or tablet or DSLR camera and portable drive to take the course. |

    PREREQUISITES:

Track 3: Minor Electives - Choose 3 courses: 9 Credits

  • ARTH2002
    HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN |

    ARTH2002
    HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of the history of graphic design from the invention of writing to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be given to the evolution of graphic communication and will include the origins of printing and typography. The impact of the industry on visual communication and the development of modern graphic design will also be presented.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ARTH3016
    HISTORY OF FILM(GCDN3016) |

    ARTH3016
    HISTORY OF FILM(GCDN3016) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The course attempts to make the student more aware of the medium as well as its place in the development of our culture. While the approach is historical, emphasis is placed upon development of the student's visual literacy. Additionally, important topics such as censorship and film propaganda are discussed. Cross-listed with GCDN3016|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Overview of the development of dance in the western world, within the context of the historical, practical, theoretical, and cultural.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory history of the development of dance. Dance will be examined as a form of human expression. Forms of ritual as well as art forms will be analyzed. Ballet, modern and jazz will be emphasized from their beginnings through their evolution to contemporary choreographed styles.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    SLAE1011
    HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the early years of rock music (1950s - mid 1970s) for the non-musician. The class will include the roots of rock and roll, teen idols, the folk music craze, the British invasion, Motown, psychedelic music, singer-songwriters and the roots of metal. The history of the 50’s and 60’s will be highlighted by the various styles of music. |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    SLAE1097
    HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER (PART2025) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of musical theater and its development from its roots through the early 20th century, the Ziegfield follies, the 1920's in New York, Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930's, the golden age of musicals and movies up to and including todays musical theater. Cross-listed with PART2025|

    PREREQUISITES: