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Studio Art - Requirements

This track is designed for those who wish to prepare for careers in the fine arts in areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, digital video, ceramics, or digital or traditional photography. It may also serve as a foundation for graduate study in the fine arts. This track consists of twelve course units and is built on the foundation of the common core of four courses.

Core Courses

ART 113. Global Perspectives in Art History to the Renaissance

The basic problems of the development of Western art are considered in terms of the major civilizations and epochs that produced them from ancient civilization to the Renaissance. Also introduces Non-Western art, such as African, Asian, Islamic, Judaic, Aboriginal (Australia and New Zealand), and Art of the Americas. (Fall.)

ART 142. Visual Foundations

Visual Foundations: Composition, Color and Design is a guided investigation of basic concepts and techniques of visual organization. The course will address both the theory and application of two-dimensional design and color using a variety of concepts, media, and techniques. Through a series of weekly projects, students will develop awareness of the formal elements of composition, a working knowledge of fundamental design principles, and an understanding of the interrelationship between form and content. The formal elements of design include line, shape, value, color, and space and principles of organization – harmony, variety, balance, proportion, scale, dominance, movement, and economy. Learning to analyze one's own work and the work of others is as important a skill as making the work. Students will learn and use the appropriate vocabulary necessary to verbalize their creative process and critical thinking.

ART 170. Drawing I

Skills and critical understanding of the fundamentals of drawing: composition, perspective, value, and balance are developed through rendering the observed world. Students engage in the pictorial issues of drawing, in particular the relation of subject and context. These fundamentals should be taught in context with a pictorial language, rather than elements of abstract design. (Fall and Spring)

ART 180. Painting I

Emphasis on investigation as related to historical, individual, and creative problems of space, composition, structure, and image. (Fall)

Additional Required Courses

ART 114. Art History Since the Renaissance

Study of the major movements in Western art from the Renaissance to the present. (Spring)

ART 229. Modern Art (Writing Intensive)

Development of European and American Art from the Post-Impressionists (1890s) to Pop Art (1960s). Prerequisite: ART 113, ART 114 or permission of instructor.

ART 270. Drawing II

Development of personal and innovative composition through a wide range of techniques and media. Prerequisite: ART 170 or permission of instructor. (Spring)

ART 280. Painting II

Continuation of the investigations and problems explored in ART 180, Painting I. Prerequisite: ART 180. (Spring)

ART 370. Advanced Drawing

Advanced problems in the development of skills of graphic expression with major emphasis on the human figure. Prerequisite: ART 270 or permission of instructor.

ART 380. Advanced Painting

Advanced problems in painting: structured, composed, and created by the student. Prerequisite: ART 280.

ART 371. Advanced Studio Seminar

This seminar focuses on contemporary issues of art-making both in the context of criticism and theory and as practice (studio/creative/scholarly work). Students will engage in a collaborative dialogue with the participating art faculty members, guest speakers, and each other. On-site visits to installations and galleries will form a regular part of the pedagogical program. Senior status, Studio track. (Fall)

ART 372. Senior Projects

Students will design and realize a semester-long project. Students will meet with faculty and solicit advisers from the adjunct faculty. This class is designed to let students advance their personal creative techniques, content, and vocabulary using a variety of traditional and digital media and to develop their own practice. Prerequisite: ART 371. Senior status, Studio track. (Spring)


Studio Track, Photography and Media Arts concentration:


Students may complete the studio track with a concentration on photography and media arts, substituting photography and media courses for intermediate and advanced levels of drawing and painting.


Required courses for the photography and media arts concentration:


ART 114, Art History Since Renaissance
ART 142, Visual Foundations
ART 170, Drawing 1
ART 180, Painting 1
ART 220, History of Photography
ART 229, WI: Modern Art
ART 268, Digital Photography
ART 368, Digital Photography 2
ART 371, Advanced Studio Seminar
ART 372, Senior Projects
Plus two additional courses chosen from Digital Video 1 or 2, Digital Photo 3, Independent Study, or Internship, to be determined with the student’s adviser


Studio Electives




ART 146.2. Printmaking and Book Arts.

This half-semester course introduces materials, tools, and procedures of printmaking and may include linocut, woodcut, intaglio, solarplate, and paper-making. Final project may include a book designed, produced, and bound by the student. (Fall)


ART 245. Printmaking I.

Introduction to traditional and innovative techniques and ideas in relief, silk-screen, etching, mixed media. Prerequisite: Art 170 or permission of instructor. (Spring)


Special Topics in Silkscreen Printing:

Screen printing is an extension of the introduction to silkscreen printing covered in the regular printmaking course.  Because screen printing is unique, no prior printmaking prerequisite is required.  This course will require the student to put the elements of design and color to use.  Students must develop personal imagery and motifs and apply them to functional and fine art works. The elements of repetition, rhythm, and all over pattern, will be emphasized as well as the principals of color and composition. A current exposure to the “state of screen printing” will be met by regional field trips throughout the semester. Three basic techniques will be explored in screen printing, stencils, drawing fluid methods, and photo emulsion technique. Any or all of these methods may be combined when developing an image. Several projects emphasizing these techniques will be required throughout the semester. Instructor-led formal critiques will be held throughout the semester to evaluate student progress and the development of the student’s personal imagery.  There is also a Personal Discovery Project/Presentation required.  (Spring)


Ceramics and Sculpture:


ART 159. Design: Three-Dimensional.

In-depth investigation of basic forms involving a variety of multidimensional media. Recommended foundation course for sculpture. (Spring)


ART 160. Ceramics.

This course introduces the fundamentals of ceramic art—including hand-built and wheel techniques—applied to tiles, objects, and vessels, and methods of glazing. Outdoor raku firing will be introduced. The history and use of ceramics will be discussed. The basics of operating a ceramics classroom are included: loading, unloading, firing and maintaining electric kilns, including low-fire and high-fire; purchasing clay, glazes and other supplies; health and safety concerns.  (Fall and Spring)



Photography and Media Arts:


254. Digital Video.

Focuses on the study of moving imagery and its use as an artistic tool for creative expression and social inquiry. Starting with problem solving and idea generation, students move into the traditional language of film, and the theories, disciplines, and procedures used to plan and produce works in video. Through classroom lectures, demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on experience, students learn the basic technical and operational skills involved in video making as well as creative strategies for producing their own individual works. Spring.


268. Digital Photography.

A critical seminar for the production and study of digital image making. Students learn the basic technical and operational skills involved in creating photographic work electronically. Discussions and readings investigate issues pertaining to art and media culture, as well as similarities and differences between the objective nature of traditional photography and the inherent subjective quality of digital imagery. The class will build a critical, theoretical, and artistic framework to help students develop their own unique vision in the context of digital art making.


354.  Digital Video 2.

This course is intended to provide Intermediate students with the opportunity to further develop their work and clarify their individual "voices" in the context of video, film, and electronic media.  Frequent workshops will expand upon the concepts and techniques covered in Video 1, covering areas such as special equipment, lighting, sound recording/mixing, advanced editing, special effects, and creating a DVD.  Projects will consist of short, video sketches that highlight particular technical skills and several longer projects that will conceptually explore a variety of genres in electronic media (i.e., documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, interactive, installation).  Outside weekly reading is an essential component to this course which gives students a critical, theoretical, and artistic context in which to develop their own work as well as provide a platform for class discussion on issues pertaining to art and media culture.  Assignments will include various pre-production, production, and post-production deadlines where progress can be assessed and critical discussion can take place. Classes will be structured around group and individual critiques, screenings of works by prominent video makers and digital artists, technical demonstrations as needed, readings about the history and technology of video and electronic art, and presentations from students.  The semester will culminate with the Moravian Student Video Premiere in late April.  Every video student will be required to submit at least one work to the premiere as well as participate in organizing and facilitating the event.


368.  Digital Photography 2.

This course is intended to provide intermediate students with the opportunity to further develop their skills and individual “voices” in the context of digital photography and imaging. Treated as an experimental studio seminar for the production and study of digital image making, the course will expand upon the processes and techniques covered in Art 268.  Advanced demonstrations and tutorials will be offered, and students will develop several small photographic series.  The focus of this course, however, is on camera handling and image optimization rather than image “manipulation” in Photoshop. All assignments are tailored to emphasize conceptual vision and problem solving as students learn how images can communicate on both a visual and intellectual level. Class examples, discussions, and readings will investigate issues pertaining to art, photography, and contemporary culture, providing a critical, theoretical, and artistic framework for students to develop their work.  Along with several short in-class exercises, there will only be 5 projects scheduled for the semester so that students can explore ideas in-depth and gain experience creating small, coherent bodies of work.  A Digital SLR camera is required.


Advanced Special Topics

Courses are regularly offered in Digital Photography, Digital Video, and other Photography/Media areas.