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Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

ART 100

Visual Communication

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is an introduction to basic visual communication in a variety of media formats, including the still, moving and interactive image. Theoretical, historical and perceptual models of visual communication will be covered. Students will be engaged in the creation, execution and analysis of visual presentations. This course is not for art majors. Studio.

ART 101

Drawing I

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is an introduction to the basic elements, techniques and media of drawing. Emphasis is on the role of perception. Group critiques help students assess the effectiveness of their efforts. Studio.

ART 103

Introduction to Art

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is a survey course covering the basic principles underlying the arts and their application to selected examples of architecture, sculpture, painting and graphic arts. This course is not for art majors.

ART 105

Painting I

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is an introduction to the general techniques and uses of oil painting and will explore visual painting problems and ideas. Studio.

ART 111

Introduction to Film Analysis

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course will introduce the field of film studies, including the formal analysis of film, film style, national cinemas and technological developments in the medium. In addition to in-class film screenings, the class takes a field trip to the Chicago International Film Festival. Through screenings, discussion and writing, students develop an enhanced understanding of film art and industry.

ART 113

Art: Photography I: Digital

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This is an introduction to digital photography course. Emphasis will be on composition, camera craft, and visual expression. In a series of assigned problems, the students will learn to use their digital cameras to communicate effectively and artistically with images. Studio.

ART 116

Computer Graphics

3 credit hours

Course Types: GFA,LITFA,DGHUM

This course is an applied introduction to digital art and design. Students will be introduced to the elements of art and the principles of design while exploring the tools and processes of the contemporary graphic artist and designer. Projects in this course will focus on digital illustration and two-dimensional design. Students will be introduced to the Macintosh computer and Adobe Illustrator. Former equivalency: Art 102: Design: Two Dimensional. Studio.

ART 118

Drawing and Painting from Nature

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,ESS

In this introductory-level course, the theme of nature is used to explore basic drawing and painting principles such as line, space, value, color, texture, perspective, balance and repetition. Weather permitting, students will work both outside and in the studio, sketching on-site and from memory. Imagery derived from "Mother Nature" will provide a focus, expanding each participant's awareness of the environment and him/herself. Studio.

ART 119

Digital Imagery

3 credit hours

Course Types: GFA,LITFA,DGHUM

Digital image manipulation and design is the focus of this course, which includes photo enhancement, altering and manipulating photographs, computer-generated images, animation and design. Instruction in Adobe Photoshop and Painter programs will be used to explore the digital image environment. Studio.

ART 120

Graphic Design I

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-116 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This course is an introduction to graphic design emphasizing the elements and principles of visual communication as applied to print formats. Consideration of type, image and space are presented in a series of studio projects. Hand-rendered and computer-generated approaches to the design process are included. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 124

Art Portfolio Seminar

3 credit hours

Through the analysis of gallery visits, critiques, lectures and the creation of a variety of portfolios, the students in this class will be introduced to the world of the artist/designer. The goal of this course is to provide a critical and technical foundation for speaking, writing, and cataloging the student's creations for successful completion of the Art and Design degree at Saint Xavier University. This course is highly recommended for all Art and Design majors and not recommended for non-majors. Seminar. Offered fall.

ART 135

Art Scenes in Chicago

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course explores some highlights of the vast and ever-growing cultural resources of the city of Chicago. In the classroom we examine the artworks in a historical context considering the issues of who makes art and why it is made. Field trips to museums and galleries downtown supplement the students' understanding of the Chicago art scene, past and present. Lecture.

ART 160

Art: Special Topics

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 201

Drawing II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-101

Course Types: LITFA

This course is designed to enhance the basic skills developed in Drawing I. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing tools and techniques, encouraging them to develop a conceptual framework for each drawing project. Majors and non-majors alike will benefit from the problem-solving emphasis that allows for personal solutions. Studio. Offered spring.

ART 202

Design: Three-Dimensional

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course explores the fundamental organization of 3-D objects and spaces, considering both formal and functional aspects of design, through the planning and creation of scale model objects, theater set designs, toys and seating devices. Experience with a variety of materials, concepts and processes will be explored. Studio. Offered spring.

ART 203

Book as Art and Design

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course explores traditional and non-traditional book formats with an emphasis on the design of the page, sequentially developed ideas and the relationship of book structure and content. Various hand-binding methods are demonstrated. Printing options for text and image span a spectrum from hand-rendering to computer generation. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 205

Painting II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-105

Course Types: LITFA

This course is a continuation and expansion of Painting I problems. More opportunity for concentration on individual development. This course involves outside assignments and field trips. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 206

Watercolor Painting

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-101 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This is a course in exploration of the techniques and methods of watercolor painting. Studio.

ART 207

Collage: Alternative Expressions

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,FCULT,LS,AAS,WMSTU,GGLST,GFA

This course is a cross-cultural study of designer/artists of the African Diaspora and the Americas, primarily women, with special attention to their influence on 20th century modern art movements. Textiles, tribal and populist arts will be the focus of lectures. Hands-on collage project assignments will encourage creative response. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 208

Ceramics: Hand Construction

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course focuses on hand construction techniques emphasizing three-dimensional drawing, construction of sculptural forms, concept realization and creative personal invention. Appropriate surface design treatments, ceramic glazing and firing methods will be presented. Studio. Offered fall.

ART 209

Figure Drawing I

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-101

Course Types: LITFA

This course is about exploration based on the figure (all media). Emphasis on form, expressive content and composition. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 210

Printmaking: Silkscreen and Lithography

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-101 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This is an introduction to stencil and planographic printmaking techniques in the form of silkscreen and stone lithography processes. Emphasis upon the development of the student's technical understanding of each process and the visual and conceptual relationship of image to media. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 211

Typography

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-116 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This course develops an aesthetic, historic and organizational sensitivity to type. Emphasis on formal visual principles (structure, form, weight, texture, size, color and direction) is applied in exercises that require both hand-rendered and computer-generated letterforms. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 212

Photography II: Digital/Darkroom

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-112 or ART-113, or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

Experimental and thematic photographic work will incorporate all aspects of photography, including digital and darkroom manipulations for this course. Creativity and advanced visual awareness are the main goals of this course, as well as a complete understanding of the craft of photography in silver-based and digital media. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 217

History of Film

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is a survey of the history of film. This class examines technical, social and artistic influences on film from its inception to 1960. In-class screenings, lectures and discussions provide opportunities to examine original materials. Lecture. Offered as needed.

ART 220

Graphic Design II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-119 or ART-120 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This course is a series of sequential visual communication projects that challenges the student to further refine visual thinking and extend basic graphic design concepts into formal and practical commercial applications. A variety of software programs, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, are integrated with hand-rendering projects. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 222

Art of the Renaissance Through Enlightenment

3 credit hours

Course Types: GFA,LITFA,FCULT

This course is a survey of European art from the 14th to the 18th century. Theoretical formulations, particularly contrasts between the stylistic modes of the Renaissance and Baroque are tested by firsthand evaluations of masterpieces in The Art Institute of Chicago. Offered spring.

ART 223

Modern and Contemporary Art

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is a survey of art from the Neo-Classicism and Romanticism in the early 19th century through Post-Modernism and other contemporary developments. Efforts are made to integrate the class lectures with current exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and the commercial galleries. Lecture. Offered fall.

ART 224

Contemporary Cinema

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course focuses on in-depth look at special issues and types of films, from international cinema to the films of independent filmmakers to the influence of gender on films. The focus changes each time the class is offered. Screenings, lecture and discussion will focus on developments related to the semester's theme. Lecture. Offered as needed.

ART 226

Chicago Architecture and Design

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course focuses on an in-depth look at Chicago's celebrated architecture and the individuals who shaped its legacy. Chronological range is from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the present, with special focus on the skyscraper boom, with both corporate and residential examples. Site visits/field trips included with some out of class time required. Lecture.

ART 228

Design: History and Inspiration

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course will trace the development of modern graphic design and its inter-relatedness to architectural, industrial, interior and craft design, as well as modern painting and sculpture through a chronological survey of 20th-century styles. Students will develop their own design sensibilities through experiential design projects. Studio.

ART 229

Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-101 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA

This course is an introduction to relief and intaglio print-making techniques in the form of woodcut, linoleum block, etching, aquatint and soft ground processes. Emphasis on the development of the student's technical understanding of each process and the visual and conceptual relationship of image to media. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 241

Illustration: Image and Story

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course is an introduction to making illustrations for advertising and publishing, including fashion, medical, cartoon and children's book approaches. Visual problems solved in stages of thumbnail, rough and comprehensive sketches to finished artwork. Various media explored from hand rendering to computer-generated production. Studio.

ART 243

Women in Art

3 credit hours

Course Types: GDVST,GFA,WMSTU

This course explores the topic of art by and about women through notions of feminism, colonialism/orientalism, representation, reception and the art historical canon. It will consider media including painting, printmaking, photography, video, film, textile arts, ceramics, architecture, installation art, performance and sculpture and comics. It looks at the way artists address issues of gender and sexuality, identity, history, violence, labor, embodiment, just to name a few. Taking historical context(s) into account, the course will emphasize contemporary iterations of women and representation. Lecture. Offered as needed.

ART 244

Latin American Cinema

3 credit hours

Course Types: GFA,GGLST,LS

This course provides an introduction to Latin American cinema. From Cuba to Brazil, from Argentina to the Latino U.S., filmmakers have theorized and made films that express the unique conditions of (Latin) American identity and life. The focus of the course is film of the last 50 years and key film movements in Latin America. These include the Edad de Oro, Mexico's cinematic Golden age of the 40's and 50's; Nuevo Cine Latino Americano and third cinema of the 60's and 70's, and the 90's to present, globalization and continental film production renaissance. In addition to in-class screenings, students attend a field trip to the Chicago Latin American Film Festival. Lecture. Offered as needed.

ART 245

Latin American Visual Culture

3 credit hours

Course Types: GFA,GGLST,LS

This course looks at the visual culture(s) of Latin America. It will explore expressions of Latin American and Latino culture from the ancient Andean region to contemporary Chicago. Along the way, we will look at pre-Columbian indigenous visual culture, the curious hybridity of the colonial era, with its violent contestations between indigenous and European systems of knowledge and the explosion of the modern in popular and fine arts, including murals and revolutionary posters, fotonovelas, performance art, graffiti and low-rider art. Lecture. Offered as needed.

ART 258

Ceramics Wheel Throwing

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,GFA

This course is an introduction to the potter's wheel, glaze application and the firing process. Emphasis is placed on the development of design and construction skills with ceramic materials, concept realization and creative personal invention. Studio. Offered spring.

ART 260

Special Topics in Art

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 300

Independent Study

1 to 3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA

This course focuses on individual study projects for advanced students in art. Topic to be determined by instructor and student. Consent of department chair and instructor.

ART 305

Senior Seminar I

3 credit hours

This course is the first part of the seminar aimed at professional awareness and graduate preparation. Guest artists, rotating lectures, group discussions of contemporary trends and field trips are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Students taking the seminar will have their work reviewed by the Art and Design Department faculty in critique formats, culminating in the required presentation of the Senior Exhibition in the SXU Gallery and/or the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery. Senior art major; at least two semesters of any SXU studio or design art course. Presentation of a portfolio of creative and dynamic art work that shows student is prepared for independent artistic creation. Seminar. Offered fall.

ART 306

Senior Seminar II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-305

This course is the second part of the seminar aimed at professional awareness and graduate preparation. Guest artists, rotating lectures, group discussions of contemporary trends and field trips are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Students taking the seminar will have their work reviewed by the Art and Design Department faculty in critique formats, culminating in the required presentation of the Senior Exhibition in the SXU Gallery and/or the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery. Seminar. Offered spring.

ART 309

Figure Drawing II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-209

Course Types: LITFA

This course involves the continuation and expansion of the content of Figure Drawing I. Studio.

ART 314

Studio Photography

3 credit hours

This course will introduce the fundamentals of Studio Photography such as the use of lights, lenses, flash, and other essential tools and techniques. Studio.

ART 315

Web Site Art and Design

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-119 or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA,DGHUM

This course is an applied introduction to principles governing effective coordination of text with images for the Internet. While knowledge of programming languages is not required, basic user-competence with Macintosh computers is presumed. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 317

Photo III: Advanced Photography

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-112 or ART-113, or consent of instructor

This course is the study and practice of color and studio photography. Color theory, advanced portraiture, lighting, view camera use and experimental techniques will be included. Knowledge of digital and film-based systems will be enhanced. The development of a professional portfolio through the practice of critical, creative aesthetics is a major goal of this course. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 322

Advertising in Marketing

3 credit hours

This course focuses on a wide variety of techniques used in advertising and commercial art from conceptualization to audience consumption. Discussion will center around creative processes, methods of application, marketing theory and how the agency creative department works in the development and execution of creative advertising solutions. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 326

Art of the Islamic World

3 credit hours

Course Types: LITFA,FCULT,MES

An introduction to the arts of architecture, book, illumination, ceramics, metalwork and carpets from Spain, North Africa, Middle East and South Asia. Emphasis is placed on the Islamic world's strategic role in the cultural exchange between East and West. Lecture.

ART 327

Multimedia

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ART-116 or ART-119, or consent of instructor

Course Types: LITFA,DGHUM

This digital production course offers students a range of experiences, techniques and tools for developing screen-based, time-based art. Projects in this course will allow students to experiment with a variety of digital processes for collecting, capturing and editing material. Output will include web publishing and digital video projection. Studio. Offered as needed.

ART 360

Special Topics: Art Topics

1 to 3 credit hours

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 365

Internship

1 to 9 credit hours

For this course, students will work in a professional design facility or on a faculty- supervised project of sufficient depth and responsibility. Consent of department chair is required.

ART 371

Methods of Teaching Art in the K-12 School

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDU-370

This course focuses on theoretical and applied investigation of practical and creative aspects of teaching art. Through classroom and field experiences, students will explore and discuss major visual art educational concepts and techniques including curriculum development and presentation of visual arts lessons. Course also includes field trips to a variety of schools where different teaching modes can be examined. 30 field experience hours. Offered fall.