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ART 1100 -- Introduction to Art,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goals 6C and 8)

Introduction to Art is the historical and topical study of art and its relationship to culture and society. This course incorporates the extensive use of visual materials to teach the essentials and aesthetics of art, civilization, and daily life.


ART 1107 -- Art History I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

This course is an introduction to the art and architecture of cultures in both the East and West from Pre-History to the Renaissance period. Students will consider the historic and symbolic nature of the work and explore how art and architecture reveal the behavioral patterns and value systems of various cultures. The course will include museum visits, slide presentations, writing assignments, and visiting lecturers.


ART 1108 -- Art History II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goals 6 and 8)

This course is an introduction to the art and architecture of cultures in both the East and West from the Renaissance to the Contemporary. Students will consider the historic and symbolic nature of the work and explore how art and architecture reveal the behavioral patterns and value systems of various cultures. The course will include museum visits, slide presentations, and visiting lecturers.


ART 1115 -- Foundation Design I: 2 Dimensional Design,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course covers the fundamental design concepts of two dimensional visual theory. This course prepares students to succeed in future art studio courses, both two dimensional and three dimensional, and provides a solid understanding of basic visual theory in preparation for an art degree and a career in visual art. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1116 -- Design II: Color Theory,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ART 1115, ART 1141, or ART 1241

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of color. The course covers hues, tints, complementary color, color wheel structure, color saturation, optical mixing and the physiological impact of color. Students work in a variety of materials including collage, paint, color pencil, ink, pastel, watercolor, and computer imaging. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee, see course notes or contact the instructor. Students should be prepared to spend between 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1117 -- Foundation Design II: 3 Dimensional Design,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course covers concepts concerning the elements of design as they apply to three dimensional art. Students work in a variety of materials and techniques to build an understanding of the foundation of three dimensional expression. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1121 -- Stained Glass I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

This course introduces the basic techniques used in designing and constructing leaded glass windows. The class also introduces copper foil and glass etching techniques. A course fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1122 -- Stained Glass II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1121 with a grade of C or better

This course expands upon the stained glass techniques covered in Stained Glass I. Students will explore the copper foil process, three-dimensional construction techniques, and sandblast etching. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1131 -- Glass Blowing I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

This course introduces the basic techniques involved in forming glass from its molten state. The primary concern is creative expression with a technical understanding. The purpose of this course is to give the student the experience, understanding, and technical knowledge for shaping and forming glass vessels. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1132 -- Glass Blowing II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1131 with a grade of C or better

This class expands upon the glass blowing techniques covered in Glass Blowing I. Students will approach glass in an experimental and creative way and address more advanced aesthetic ideas. The purpose of this course is to teach the student to push the traditional boundaries of glass blowing, to work in series to create a cohesive body of work, and to explore the aesthetic challenges of glass as an artistic material. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1141 -- Foundation Drawing I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course introduces the fundamental principles of drawing, including an emphasis on basic drawing technique and live observation. The class covers a range of approaches to drawing, from traditional realism to abstraction. The class addresses the creative energy of the student and teaches drawing as a positive and lifelong creative outlet. Drawing is an essential skill required for working in all art forms both 2D and 3D. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1142 -- Foundation Drawing II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1141 or ART 1241 with a grade of C or better

The course introduces the student to a more complex and developed approach to drawing. The course further develops the technical aspect of drawing through rigorous and challenging assignments. Students learn to manipulate new materials. The class emphasizes process, color, style, personal imagery, and conceptual ideas. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1143 -- Introduction to Figure Drawing,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Previous drawing or painting experience recommended

Students will draw from live model (both clothed and nude). The class will view and discuss works of art relevant to the figure, and be assessed on progress toward their individual figure drawing goals. A supply fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information.


ART 1144 -- Watercolor I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of Watercolor, with an emphasis on the basic watercolor techniques. The class covers color theory, visual theory, and both traditional and experimental approaches to watercolor technique and imagery. Personal expression is an important aspect to this class in addition to the technical information. A supply fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need; see course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1145 -- Watercolor II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1141, ART 1144, or ART 1241 with a grade of C or better

Watercolor II introduces the student to a more complex and developed approach to wet media. The course further develops the technical aspect of watercolor through rigorous and challenging assignments and the students learn to manipulate new materials as well. The class emphasizes process, color, style, personal imagery and conceptual ideas. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee, see course notes or contact the instructor. Students should be prepared to spend between 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1150 -- Introduction to Graphic Design,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic computer skills or Photoshop is helpful

The course introduces students to the basic processes and techniques of traditional hand-drawn and computer-aided graphic design. The course will address image manipulation, page layout, font style, and printing options. Basic visual design principles are an important component of this course. Students will create dynamic designs that express a conceptual idea, persuade the viewer, or convey information. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1151 -- Graphic Design II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 1150 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Advanced computer skills

Graphic Design II will provide students the opportunity to explore current graphic design software programs and concepts in depth. Students will apply the software creating advanced designs and images. The course will cover major visual design principles and how design influences the consumer market. A portfolio of work will be produced that reflects an in-depth understanding of design software and thematic images. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee, see course notes or contact the instructor. Students should be prepared to spend between 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1155 -- Introduction to Digital Photography,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic computer skills

The course introduces students to the basic process and techniques of digital photography. The course covers camera operation, shooting styles, image adjustments, and correction using image-editing software. Students will learn how to use photography as a creative tool for self-expression, social exploration, and documentation. Students will address the social impact of photography in history. A course fee is required and students need a (DSLR) Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. The Art department has a limited supply of cameras for student check out. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1161 -- Introduction to Sculpture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course introduces the basic sculpture techniques including modeling, mold making, casting, and fabrication. Students will explore three-dimensional sculptural forms and structures including an emphasis on how formal elements relate to the world outside of an art context. The course introduces students to a variety of styles from representational to abstract and includes an overview of historic examples. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1162 -- Sculpture II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: Art 1161 with a grade of C or better

The course expands upon the techniques covered in Sculpture I. Students will approach sculpture in an experimental, creative manner and address advanced aesthetic ideas. The concepts first explored in Sculpture I will be addressed and studied in greater depth and understanding and more advanced techniques will be introduced. Students will begin to create their own personal style and pursue ideas and concepts of their own making. A course fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the sculpture studio outside of class.


ART 1164 -- Pinhole Photography,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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This course will introduce students to the pinhole camera and creating photographs using handmade cameras and a pinhole lens. Students will make their own pinhole cameras, learn pinhole exposure methods, and print black and white photographs using the traditional darkroom.


ART 1165 -- Introduction to Black and White Film Photography,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course introduces students to black and white silver gelatin FILM photography. This is a darkroom course that covers camera operation, film types, film developing, photo printing, and darkroom experience. Photographic styles and history, aesthetic understanding, and the social impact of the medium will also be covered. Students will learn how to use photography as a creative tool for self-expression and social exploration. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. The Art department has cameras available for students to check out. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class periodically during the semester.


ART 1166 -- Photography II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1165 with a grade of C or better

This course expands on the photography techniques covered in Photo I and explores a variety of photo-based materials and processes. Topics may include double-exposures, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown and Liquid Light printing, Ortho-Kodalith negative developing, panning, and stop-action photography. In addition to these techniques, the class will consider the photograph in an experimental and creative way, while addressing more advanced aesthetic ideas. A course fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. A 35mm manual exposure FILM camera is required; the Art department has a limited number of cameras available for students to check out. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week working in the darkroom outside of class.


ART 1170 -- Foundation Digital Imaging I: Photoshop,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course introduces students to digital imaging as a creative tool for fine art. The course will explore both the creative and technical aspects of digital imaging, symbolism, and visual content. Some topics included are digital image manipulation, scanning, image compositing, and inkjet printing. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class during the semester.


ART 1171 -- Digital Imaging II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: ART 1170 with a grade of C or better

Digital Imaging II explores beyond the technical aspects of digital software. Students will address aesthetic issues, visual language, content, and advanced formal concerns. The course allows students to create their own personal imagery in a digital media. The empahsis on content and creativity is the focus of the course. The class will introduce students to advanced imaging ideas, focus on style, symbolism and creating a body of work. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1172 -- New Media Design I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

New Media Design I introduces students to interactive and digital/new media design. The course explores a variety of media to introduce the concept of user interactivity and includes an introduction to animation, web coding, and website design and creation. Current industry standard software will be used to combine traditional forms of artistic expression with new media to create conceptual, functional, and engaging interactive projects for participation by a wide audience. A course fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1173 -- New Media Design II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 1172 with a grade of C or better

New Media Design II explores interactive and digital/new media design through visual experience, traditional and experimental design projects, field trips and lectures. New Media Design II focuses on animation and film/video production for the purpose of narrative storytelling and documentary projects. The course will cover the language of animation and aesthetic understanding of animated works, and students will create original animation content digitally and by hand. The course will also cover film/video language, aesthetic understanding of video, cinematography skills (camera angles, composition, light, movement), and video content editing. Basic introduction to audio design will be a component of project realization. Current industry standard software will be used to combine traditional forms of artistic expression and new media to create conceptual, functional, and engaging interactive projects. A course fee is required. Students will also be required to have their own digital video camera and to buy additional supplies not covered by the course fee; see course notes or contact the instructor. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1175 -- Animation I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic computer skills, Photoshop helpful

Animation I introduces students to contemporary animation art through visual experience, traditional and experimental animation projects, field trips and lectures. This course will cover the language of animation, aesthetic understanding of animated works, creating animated projects using several methods and software programs and presenting final project outcomes and presentations. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of animation by creating original content digitally and by hand. Basic intro to audio design will be a component of project realization. Students will create compelling and engaging short animation using a number of tools to express a concept or a story. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee, see course notes or contact the instructor. Students should be prepared to spend between 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
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This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


ART 1241 -- Introduction to Painting,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ART 1115, ART 1141 or ART 1144

The course introduces the student to painting techniques and history. The course covers canvas preparation, basic color theory, and visual theory. It also covers a range of painting approaches, from traditional realism to abstraction. Painting I will introduce various artists' styles and art movements. This course will focus on personal expression in addition to an emphasis on technical skill. Students will work on exercises in class as well as independently. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to work in the studio outside of class periodically during the semester.


ART 1242 -- Painting II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ART 1241 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ART 1115, ART 1141

Painting II introduces the student to a more complex and developed approach to painting. The course further develops the technical aspect of painting through rigorous and challenging assignments. The student will learn to manipulate experimental materials in addition to traditional painting techniques. The class emphasizes process, color, style, personal imagery, and conceptual ideas. A course fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the painting studio outside of class.


ART 1251 -- Introduction to Ceramics,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

The course introduces students to hand-crafted ceramic art. The course covers the basic material and techniques of ceramic art including methods of construction, forming on the potter's wheel, glazing, and firing. Historic perspective, the contemporary expression using ceramic media, and discussion of ceramic issues are part of the class. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class periodically during the semester.


ART 1252 -- Ceramics: Intermediate Wheel-Throwing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: Art 1251 with a grade of C or better

This course expands the student's investigation of pottery as an art form. The course provides an opportunity to broaden knowledge of ceramics and to further develop style and form. Areas of study include intermediate methods of pottery construction, form, and glaze. Students are introduced to clay formulation, kiln loading, and firing techniques and will continue to investigate historical and contemporary perspectives of ceramic issues. A course fee is required. Students will be required to buy additional supplies not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1271 -- Glass Fusing I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Introduction to the basic techniques used to create fused glass art. Students will make projects using a variety of kiln-forming techniques that emphasize experimentation and personal direction. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1272 -- Glass Fusing II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 1271 with a grade of C or better

An exploration of advanced techniques in fused and kiln-formed glass. Students will create glass sculpture that utilizes mold making, glass casting, sandblast etching, fusing and slumping. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 1281 -- Ceramics: Beginning Hand-building,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Ceramics: Introduction to Hand-building introduces a variety of clay hand-forming and sculpting techniques. These techniques may include coil and slab construction, pinch modeling, glaze application, surface embellishment, carving, and firing techniques. This course allows students to explore the expressive qualities of clay from a vessel form to object making. A course fee is required. Students will be required to buy additional supplies not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1282 -- Ceramics: Intermediate Hand-building,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: ART 1281 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Previous ceramics experience

This intermediate ceramics class builds on skills covered in a beginning hand-building course. The class includes an in-depth study of contemporary hand-building methods and surface techniques in clay. The use of molds will be introduced and students will learn to fire their work in the electric kiln. A course fee is required. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 1290 -- Introduction to Printmaking,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ART 1141 with a grade of C or better

The course introduces the visual language of printmaking. Students will use relief and intaglio methods to create woodcuts and linoleum cuts in black and white ink. Students will be informed about all four major areas of printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen-printing, and lithography. The history and development of printmaking will be integrated into projects, and the link between digital image-making software and traditional printmaking will be covered. The interconnections of printmaking to both two- and three-dimensional art will be explored. A course fee is required and additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to work in the studio outside of class periodically during the semester.


ART 1291 -- Introduction to Printmaking II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: ART 1290 with a grade of C or better

This course expands upon the techniques covered in ART 1290 Introduction to Printmaking I. Students may work in one or more of the following print media: Intaglio, Relief, Lithography, or Silkscreen and elements of color will be introduced. The students' sense of personal style, symbolism, and creating a body of work is a focus of the course. A course fee is required. Students will be required to buy additional supplies not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 2121 -- Stained Glass III,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 1121

An exploration of advanced techniques in stained and fabricated glass. Students will create glass sculptural forms that utilize copper foil, Dalle de Verre, glass painting, and adhesive fabrication techniques. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2131 -- Glass Blowing III,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: ART 1131 with a grade of C or better

This course expands upon the glass blowing techniques covered in Glass Blowing II. Students will approach glass blowing in an experimental and creative way and the class will introduce basic cold-working techniques. The purpose of this course is to teach students to push the traditional boundaries of glass blowing, to work in series to create a cohesive body of work, and to explore the aesthetic challenges of glass as an artistic material. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 2132 -- Glass Blowing IV,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: ART 1131 with a grade of C or better

This course expands upon the glass blowing techniques covered in Glass Blowing III and includes an in-depth study of both furnace and cold-working concepts. Students will approach glass blowing in an experimental and creative way using both furnace and cold-working processes to address more advanced aesthetic ideas. The purpose of this course is to teach students to push the traditional boundaries of glass blowing and to create a series of work that explores glass as an artistic material. A supply fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 2133 -- Glass Sculpture I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 2132 with a grade of C or better

Expands upon glass blowing techniques covered in Glass Blowing IV. We will begin with a review of historical techniques and use them to help in defining an indiviual aesthetic and visual vocabulary. This course will focus on refining technical skills in both the hot and cold shop to create both traditional and innovative glass forms. A supply fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2134 -- Glass Sculpture II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Art 2133 with a grade of C or better

Expands upon glass techniques covered in Glass Sculpture I. This course will focus on refining technical skills in both the hot and cold shop to create innovative glass forms. Students are expected to create a body of work that pushes beyond traditional concepts of the material. A supply fee is required; additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2165 -- Digital Photography II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisites: ART 1165 or ART 1155

This course expands on the photography techniques covered in Digital Photography I. The course covers camera operation and menu options, image editing software, digital photographic printing, and photographic color theory. Students will learn about early digital photography, photographic history and aesthetics, and digital photography's social impact. The class explores digital photography as a creative tool for self-expression, social exploration, and still documentation. A course fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. This is a DIGITAL course and a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is required; the art department has a limited number of cameras available for students to check out. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2167 -- Photography III: Medium Format,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: ART 1165 and ART 1166 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Advanced camera and darkroom skills

Photography III introduces the student to medium format film photography. Students will learn to shoot, process and print medium format black and white photographs. The course will cover various types of cameras that shoot medium format, including twin lens reflex and rangefinder cameras. The large format 4x5 camera will be introduced. The formal and aesthetic concerns of creating photographs in medium format will be emphasized throughout the class. A course fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. A medium format camera is required; the Art department has a limited number of cameras available for students to check out. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2168 -- Photography IV,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: ART 1165 and ART 1166 or ART 2167 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Advanced camera and darkroom skills

Photography IV provides an opportunity for advanced students to develop a body of work, prepare the work for exhibition, and assemble a mature portfolio of photographs. Students may create work using traditional film and/or digital photographic methods. A course fee is required. Additional costs may be incurred based on individual student need. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students should be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class working on assignments in the on-campus art studios and facilities.


ART 2200 -- Portfolio and Professional Practice,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: Students must complete the following core courses with a C or better: ART 1107, ART 1108, ART 1115, ART 1117, ART 1141, ART 1170

The student will be introduced to the professional practices required for success as an artist. Students will prepare a portfolio of work, produce a final exhibit, and write an artist statement regarding their work. This course is only for AFA students in their final semester who have, or will be completing, all required AFA core requirements.


ART 2253 -- Ceramics: Kiln-Firing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: ART 1252 or ART 1282 with a grade of C or better

Ceramics: Kiln-Firing investigates the contemporary and historical firing methods of ceramics. Students will expand upon the methods of ceramic construction techniques covered in previous ceramics courses and focus on the expressive qualities of kiln-fired clay. A course fee is required. Students will need to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 2254 -- Ceramics: Glaze Formulation,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: ART 1252 or ART 1282 with a grade of C or better

This course is an exploration of ceramic glazes focusing on the expressive qualities of clay and glaze combinations. Students will develop their own glaze formula. This course expands upon the ceramic construction techniques covered in previous courses. A course fee is required. Students will need to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee. See course notes or contact the instructor for additional information. Students must be prepared to spend 6-8 hours per week in the studio outside of class.


ART 2255 -- Wood-Fired Ceramics,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ART 1252 or Art 1282

This course provides an investigation of the ceramic process of wood-firing. Students will create new wares for wood-firing. A variety of slips and glazes appropriate for the particular firing will be introduced. As a class, students will work together to complete the necessary preparations then load and fire the wood kiln. After cooling and unloading, the results will be evaluated. A brief history of wood-firing will be covered. Students will be required to buy additional supplies that are not covered by the course fee. Students should be prepared to spend 6-9 hours per week working in the studio outside of class.


ART 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.