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The art major is designed to provide students with a dynamic and comprehensive instructional program in the visual arts. Students may earn a B.A. in Art and Design with tracks in studio art or graphic design. The art degree program prepares students for careers as freelance artists or for employment with public and private organizations in various industries.

The art major is offered during the day and evening on NSU's main campus.

Learning Outcomes

The successful art graduate is expected to:

  1. Effectively apply visual design and composition concepts to produce original work in area of concentration.
  2. Examine major historical art/design movements and artists.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism in the exhibition of works.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Art Major Requirements (46 credits)

ARTS 1200 - Introduction to Drawing (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the development of drawing and observational skills. Students will learn to effectively use various studio materials and drawing techniques while representing form and space on a two-dimensional plane.

ARTS 1700 - Fundamentals of Color (3 credits)

In this course, students develop the foundation to apply basic design principles to a variety of visual effects. Students will explore color theory, including additive and subtractive color. 

ARTS 1800 - Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the visual organization of two-dimensional art and design. Students will practice making representational and non-objective designs and utilize design terminology, theory and studio materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing compositional skills. A historical and contemporary survey of visual art and design will be examined. 

ARTS 2200 - Digital Photography (3 credits)

This course will explore the basic principles of photography and digital imaging. Camera operation, exposure, effect of the shutter and aperture, composition for impact, lens selection, and the qualities of light will be covered.

ARTS 3800 - Art History I (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the historical developments in artistic expression from the Prehistoric to Renaissance period. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

ARTS 3850 - Art History II (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the historical developments in artistic expression from the sixteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

ARTS 4995 - Senior Project (1 credit)

In this course, students will prepare a portfolio of artwork for participation in a senior exhibition. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 90 credits and written consent of the department chair.

Concentrations (21 credits)

Select one of the following concentrations:

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design. 

ARTS 2450 - Graphic Design II (3 credits)

This course will focus on the understanding of the design process and developing effective graphic design concepts for a variety of formats, with an emphasis on form, content, and principles of design and layout composition. Students will further their knowledge of industry-standard computer software as applied to various formats of visual communication. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

ARTS 3450 - Graphic Design III (3 credits)

Students explore the underlying principles of grid theory, text and display typography, sequence, page layout, and type and image integration as they relate to a range of publication design applications. Prerequisite: ARTS 3650.

ARTS 3650 - Typography (3 credits)

This essential course explores the fundamentals of typography including the history, theory and practical employment of type. Through a variety of challenging and informative projects, the creative function of type as an illuminative graphic design element will be examined. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

Select 9 credits from the following concentration course

ARTS 3200 - Digital Photographic Design (3 credits)

This course provides the skills and concepts required to develop professional-quality illustrations, and photo manipulations. The focus of the course will be on both technical and aesthetic issues, and the relationship of image manipulation to different graphic design formats. Prerequisite: ARTS 2200.

ARTS 3750 - Printmaking (3 credits)

In this course, students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques and gain an understanding of the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes and qualities of prints e.g. overlays, transparency, offset, and multiple images. Students will produce multiple images by hand printing and working on a press while exploring personal visual expression. Class sessions are comprised of independent and collaborative printing, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critique. Additionally, students will be introduced to the work of influential printers and the history/tradition of printmaking.

ARTS 4500 - Professional Print Design (3 credits)

The focus of this course is on multiple page documents and extended design systems. Students will create professional print design projects that reflect the range of work designers encounter in the studio, agency, or corporate design environment. Print production techniques will be investigated. Prerequisite: ARTS 2450.

ARTS 4900 - Special Topics in the Arts (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with an interest in a particular period or genre of art, music, or theatre, specific artist, composers, dramatists, or topics not covered in other art, music, or theatre courses. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one ARTS course and COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.

COMM 3900 - Web, Mobile, and Interactive Design for Communication (3 credits)

Students learn the historical background of the web’s evolution, basic design guidelines for creating effective visual presentations, and essential design and building techniques for creating web sites and mobile applications. Using this foundational knowledge, students plan, design, and develop a website. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

ARTS 1250 - Life Drawing (3 credits)

This course will examine the anatomy, proportion and movement of the living form using live and skeletal models. Beginning with skeletal and muscular studies, the students will develop detailed drawings exploring gesture, movement and structure. Students will also learn historical and contemporary depiction of living forms.

ARTS 2100 - Painting I (3 credits)

This course explores painting as a studio medium emphasizing the practice of painting and compositional skills. Students will represent form and space on a two-dimensional plane and utilize traditional and contemporary techniques while examining the history and aesthetics of various painters and styles. Prerequisite: ARTS 1200.

ARTS 2900 - Three-Dimensional Design/Sculpture (3 credits)

In this course, students will further develop their understanding of basic design principles in a three dimensional form. Students will explore processes, materials and sculpting techniques through the function of space, plane, scale, line, volume and mass.

ARTS 3700 - Methods and Materials (3 credits)

Through a practical exploration of theoretical/conceptual issues, students will become aware of the complexity and interrelatedness of the elements of art. Students complete a series of studio projects emphasizing the awareness, creative use, and practical application of various materials as a formal means of visual communication and expression. Prerequisite: ARTS 1200. 

Select 9 credits from the following concentration course

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design.

ARTS 3100 - Painting II (3 credits)

This course will continue the study and practice of painting. Students will develop an individual creative direction working thematic projects in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Students are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual components of painting related to both the studio practices and the history of painting. Prerequisite: ARTS 2100.

ARTS 3550 - Ceramics I (3 credits)

Students will create pottery, using multiple techniques such as hand building as well as throwing on the potter's wheel. Students will apply ceramic glazes and firing procedures in order to produce finished ceramic ware. The course will also include some discussion of the historical development of the ceramic arts. Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level ARTS course.

ARTS 3750 - Printmaking (3 credits)

In this course, students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques and gain an understanding of the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes and qualities of prints e.g. overlays, transparency, offset, and multiple images. Students will produce multiple images by hand printing and working on a press while exploring personal visual expression. Class sessions are comprised of independent and collaborative printing, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critique. Additionally, students will be introduced to the work of influential printers and the history/tradition of printmaking. Prerequisites: ARTS 1200 OR ARTS 1800 OR ARTS 2410.

ARTS 4900 - Special Topics in the Arts (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with an interest in a particular period or genre of art, music, or theatre, specific artist, composers, dramatists, or topics not covered in other art, music, or theatre courses. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one ARTS course and COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.

Major Electives (6 credits)

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 2600 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course introduces basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the arts industry, leadership in the arts industry, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, and intellectual property. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

ARTS 3020 - Women in the Arts (3 credits)

A study of the particular contributions of women in art, music, theatre, and dance. Prerequisites: One ARTS course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

ARTS 3040 - Museum Studies and Gallery Practices (3 credits)

This course offers an investigation of the many characteristics of museum and gallery management including hands-on participation in Gallery 217's ongoing productions. Students will gain experience with exhibition research, design, development, and management. Additionally, students will have a real-world application to the continued operations and/or programs of Gallery 217. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 and any 1000/2000 level ARTS course or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H. 

ARTS 4950 - Internship in the Arts (3 credits)

Training and practice at a professional arts venue. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent of the department chair.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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