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Art


Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

  • Chair: Kenneth Sakatani
  • Associate Chair: Lesley Krane
  • Art and Design Center (ADC) 120
  • (818) 677-2242
  • www.csun.edu/art

Courses


ART 100/L. Introduction to Art Processes and Lab (1/2)

Corequisite: ART 100L. Not available for Art Major credit. Experiences for the non-art major in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art processes. Provides an understanding of the place of art in life through actual participation. 1 hour discussion, 4 hours studio. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)


ART 110. World Arts: The Western Tradition (3)

Survey of the visual arts of the Western cultural tradition from ancient to modern times emphasizing historical, religious and socio-cultural contexts. Discussion, research and writing on the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, book arts, ceramics, textiles and body arts. For non-art major. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)


ART 112. World Arts: Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)

Survey of the visual arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas emphasizing historical, religious and socio-cultural contexts. Discussion, research and writing on the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, book arts, ceramics, textiles and body arts. For non-art major. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultures)


ART 114. World Arts: Asia (3)

Survey of the visual arts of India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, emphasizing historical, religious and socio-cultural contexts. Discussion, research and writing on the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, book arts, ceramics, textiles and body arts. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)


ART 120/L. Arts Immersion: Visual Art and Lab (1/1)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in the ITEP Freshman Option Program. Corequisite: ART 120L. Introduction to the study of visual arts foundation skills, concepts and ideas, based on the Visual and Performing Arts Framework and the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. Foundation study in the visual arts includes application of the creative processes and skills, responding to and deriving meaning from works of art and developing an understanding of art in historical and cultural context. 1 hour of lecture per week; 2 hours of lab per week.


ART 124A. Drawing I (3)

Introduction to basic drawing experiences. Graphic representation of objects stressed through a variety of techniques and media. Emphasis on form, structure, values, line and systems of perspective and space. For non-art majors; 5 hours lab. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)


ART 124B. Drawing I (3)

Prerequisite: ART 124A. Basic drawing experiences dealing with the human figure. Emphasis on form, structure, proportions, gesture and systems of perspective and space. 5 hours per week.


ART 140. Beginning Two-Dimensional Design (3)

Introduction to the elements and principles of 2-dimensional design that are common to the visual arts. Foundation course stressing visual perception and an effective knowledge of the graphic means of expression and communication. 5 hours per week. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)


ART 141. Beginning Three-Dimensional Design (3)

Study of the elements and principles of 3-dimensional design and their applications, with emphasis on form in space, design systems and contemporary art concepts. Experimentation in both natural and synthetic material. For non-art majors; 5 hours per week. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)


ART 148. Color Theory (3)

Prerequisite: ART 140. Introduction to basic theories of color. Investigations of color harmony and its development as applied to 2-and 3-dimensional visual form. Introductory studies of physiological and psychological aspects of color are investigated. 5 hours per week.


ART 151. Photography as Art (3)

Not available for Art Major credit. Students must provide their own digital camera (SLR or compact digital). Introduction for non-art majors to the subject matter and aesthetics of photography. Review of artists’ works that have been a major influence in the field and that reflect broader issues in visual culture. Assignments include learning basic camera anatomy, functions and digital applications. Students need basic working knowledge of computer operation. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning)


ART 200. Art, Media and Visualization (3)

Practical study of the way art, technology and theories in visual representation shape contemporary visual practice.


ART 201. Introduction to Web Art (3)

This course is an introduction to web art and design. In addition to an exposure to the history of the web/internet, the course will cover basic web development tools, terminology and aesthetics. Students will create web pages using current computer web applications. For non-Art majors. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.)


ART 202. Introduction to Video/Digital Art (3)

Prerequisite: ART 200. Introduction to the uses of time-based media as a means of personal expression. Investigations into basic concepts in digital media result in short artistic statements presented in video/digital format. 5 hours lab.


ART 222. Illustration Materials and Techniques (3)

Prerequisites: ART 124B. Introduction to the use of materials and techniques used in a variety of art areas and specifically in the field of illustration. Emphasis on understanding media potential and the development of refined technical skills required for the successful execution of illustrations. Covers wide range of wet- and dry-media tools and techniques. 5 hours lab.


ART 224A Drawing II: Anatomy (3)

Prerequisite: ART 124B.Study of the human form and its graphic representation. Problems dealing with anatomy, form and structure introduced by studies of the posed model. 5 hours per week.


ART 224B. Drawing II: Portraiture (3)

Prerequisite: Art 124B.Study of human form with emphasis on hands and the head. Investigation of traditional techniques and concepts of portraiture. 5 hours per week.


ART 227. Painting I (3)

Prerequisite: Art majors: Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: ART 140. Non-Art majors: Consult Department for equivalency. Emphasis on 2-dimensional pictorial structure. Application of design fundamentals to graphic space, organization and imagery. Use of various painting media. 5 hours per week.


ART 228A. Painting Techniques and Media (3)

Prerequisites: ART 140, 227. Study of 2-dimensional media and materials with emphasis on traditional concepts, form and imagery. Materials such as encaustic, tempera, watercolor, oils, etc., are used. 5 hours per week.


ART 228B. Painting Techniques and Media (3)

Prerequisite: Art majors: Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: ART 140. Non-Art majors: Consult Department for equivalency.Study of 2-dimensional media and materials with emphasis on new materials and their expressive potential. Uses contemporary materials such as acrylics, plastics, fabric, natural and modern industrial materials. 5 hours per week.


ART 230. Perspective (3)

Prerequisite: Art majors: ART 124A. Non-Art majors: Consult Department for equivalency. Understanding and use of various systems of perspective. Emphasis upon linear perspective and applications to rendering which are based upon uses of perspective. 5 hours per week.


ART 235. Sculpture I (3)

Prerequisites: Art majors: ART 141. Non-Art majors: Consult Department for equivalency.Introduction to a variety of sculptural concepts. Involvement in basic processes, including modeling, casting, carving and construction. 5 hours lab.


ART 237. Printmaking I (3)

Prerequisites: Art majors: ART 140. on-Art majors: Consult Department for equivalency.Introduction to the materials and basic processes of printmaking with a thorough exploration of monotypes and relief techniques, including wood and linoleum cutting and other processes. 5 hours lab.


ART 243. Introduction to Typography (3)

Prerequisites: ART 140; Corequisite: ART 200. History, theory and practice of letter forms and typography as they apply to graphics, advertising and other areas of design and visual communication. Projects cover principles of typography, letter structure, typeface selection, fundamentals of computer typesetting and typographic layout. Fee required. 5 hours lab.


ART 244. Graphic Design I (3)

Introductory survey to the professional field of advertising and graphic design as related to print, multimedia, entertainment, environmental and other areas of visual communications. Emphasis on fundamental principles and skills with a broad approach to the application of techniques and concepts of the field. 5 hours lab. Course fee.


ART 250. Photography I (3)

Basic instruction in the creative use of the camera and printing techniques. Instruction in basic principles and darkroom experience. Emphasis on photography as a fine art, stressing beginning visual awareness and craftsmanship. 5 hours lab.


ART 263. Animation I (3)

Introduction to the fundamental principles of animation that are the basis for traditional and computer animation. Hand-drawn exercises are utilized to learn timing, motion and weights. Covers introduction to the early history of animation. 5 hours lab.


ART 267. Introduction to Ceramics (3)

Basic methods of hand-building and wheel-forming. Emphasis on designing, decorating, glazing and firing procedures. 5 hours lab.


ART 296A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Art (1-3)

Experimental courses in Art with course content to be determined.


ART 300. Digital Technologies in Art (3)

Prerequisite: ART 200.Exploration of the use of digital media in art and design. Provides practical experience in designing digital media products. 5 hours lab.


ART 301. Web Design (3)

Prerequisite: ART 200; Preparatory: ART 201 or 244. Introduction to principles and techniques for visual and information design for websites. Includes an introduction to website animation technologies. 5 hours lab.


ART 302. Video/Digital Art (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 200 or 202. Studies into artistic concepts and technologies involved in the creation of video art and digital time-based art forms. Investigations into digital imaging, non-linear compositing and visual effects result in the creation of short artistic statements presented in video/digital format. 5 hours lab.


ART 304/L. Visual Art and the Child (1/1)

Prerequisites: ART 120/L; Restricted to students in the ITEP Freshman Option Program.Provides students with the opportunity to revisit visual art and apply their knowledge of this area to working with children in a school setting. Students extend and integrate their knowledge of visual arts foundation skills, concepts and ideas, based upon the Visual and Performing Arts Framework and the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. Experiences include planning, teaching and assessing art lessons in field based settings. Students also engage in critical analysis and reflection to discover ways to guide children in both the creation of art and thoughtful appreciation of art.


ART 305. Art Today (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Not available for Art Major credit. Art majors may take this course for University elective credit. Introduction for the non-art major to the art, design and architecture of our time. Illustrated lectures explore the development, techniques and ideas underlying the contemporary visual environment. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.) (IC)


ART 306. Motion Graphics (3)

This course is an introduction to Motion Graphics, which includes the categories of commercial, broadcast, main sequence and music video. The course will include lectures, showcases and demonstrations of the history, techniques and applications of motion graphics. Projects will cover design, composition, narrative and sound development. Current industry standard computer applications will be introduced and applied. This course may be repeated twice for credit. 5 hours lab.


ART 308/L. Color Application and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: ART 140, 200. Corequisite ART 308L.Exploration of the theories of color with emphasis on its application to a wide range of artistic formats. Functions of color and its associative aspects are studied in studio activities. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 311. Bibliography, Research Methods and Historiography of Art History (3)

Prerequisite: ART 110.Seminar designed to acquaint the student with basic bibliography, methods of research and the historiography of art history. Required of all students who specialize in Art History within the art major. Does not satisfy Upper Division core requirement for Art majors.


ART 313. History of Design (3)

Study of important developments in the history of design: architecture and ornament, interior and furniture, decorative arts, textile design, industrial design, product design and graphic design. (Offered Fall semester)


ART 315. Perspectives in Art History (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement.Not available for Art Major credit. Introduction for non-art majors. Art as a means of examining Western civilization from prehistory to the present. Comparative study of the visual/plastic arts from the historical perspectives of their function in society. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)


ART 318. Survey of 19th and 20th Century Arts (3)

Prerequisite: ART 110.A survey of major movements in 19th- and 20th-century art and art theory with reference to social, political, economicand ideological contexts. Included are visits to major museums, galleries and performance art venues in the Los Angeles area.


ART 322A. Illustration I (3)

Prerequisites: ART 200, 222. Basic principles and practices of publication and advertising illustration. Projects emphasize conceptual problem-solving, composition and the development of personal style. Projects are designed for inclusion in a professional portfolio. 5 hours lab.


ART 322B. Illustration II (3)

Prerequisite: ART 322A. Techniques used in illustration, with an emphasis on problem solving and the development of skills necessary in illustration for publication and advertising. 5 hours lab.


ART 322C. Digital Illustration (3-3)

Recommended Preparatory Course: ART 322A. The study and practice of digital illustration that uses both traditional fine art media and digital technology. Emphasis is on illustration problem-solving, experimental techniques and the development of portfolio quality illustrations. 5 hours lab.


ART 324A. Drawing III: Figure Drawing (3)

Prerequisites: ART 124A, 124B, 200. Study of the human figure using models. Emphasis on creative interpretation of structure, gesture and space as they relate to the elements of line, form, value and color. 5 hours per week.


ART 324B. Drawing III: Figure Drawing and Painting(3)

Prerequisite: ART 324A. Study of the human figure using models. Emphasis on creative interpretation of structure, gesture and space as they relate to the elements of line, form, value and color. Introduction to a broad range of problems in the combined area of drawing and painting that are non-linear and apply to the study of human form. 5 hours per week.


ART 326. Painting II: Abstract Painting (3)

Prerequisites: ART 227, 200. Emphasis on an individuality of response to contemporary problems in painting incorporating a variety of media, techniques and concepts related to abstract painting. 5 hours per week.


ART 327. Painting II: Representational Imagery (3)

Prerequisites: ART 227, 200.Emphasis on individuality of response to contemporary problems in painting, incorporating a variety of media, techniques and content related to representational imagery.


ART 328. Water Color (3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 200. Corequisite: Upper Division standing; portfolio review required for repeat credit.Transparent and opaque watercolor techniques. Emphasis on technical proficiency and creative expressions. 5 hours per week.


ART 330. Drawing III: Composition (3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 124A, 124B, 140, 200.Problems, utilizing various drawing media and techniques, stressing the elements of 2-dimensional composition and pictorial organization. 5 hours per week.


ART 335. Sculpture II (3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 141, 200, 235.Further exploration of sculpture concepts and media, with emphasis on individual invention. 5 hours lab.


ART 337A. Printmaking II: Intaglio (3)

Prerequisite: ART 237.Intaglio methods, including collagraph, on metal and related materials. Color processes. 5 hours lab.


ART 337B. Printmaking II: Serigraphy (Silkscreen) (3)

Prerequisites: ART 200, 237.Methods and materials used to create stencils for multicolor registration and printing, including photo processing. 9 hours lab.


ART 337C. Printmaking II: Lithography (3)

Prerequisites: ART 200, 237. Lithographic methods on stone or metal plates. Black/white and color processes. 5 hours lab.


ART 339. Figure and Portrait Sculpture (3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 200, 235. Corequisite. Preparatory: 124B.Exploration of various 3-dimensional means of expression utilizing the human body. Direct modeling from life in clay and wax. Emphasis on structural analysis and personal interpretation of the figure. Experience in armature construction, mold making and casting techniques. Nine hours lab.


ART 341. Graphic Design Production (3)

Prerequisites: ART 200, 244.Production mechanics of designed projects are prepared for offset printing and digital reproduction. In-depth review of color separations, ink, paper and current trends in print production as well as digital reproduction and multimedia. 5 hours lab.


ART 342. Exhibition Design (3)

Prerequisites: ART 140 or 141; 200.Study of techniques of exhibition design. Problems of design and production in projects that emphasize creating gallery and related exhibitions or venues. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation. 5 hours per week.


ART 343. Advanced Typography (3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 243, 244.Theory and practice of letter forms and typography as they apply to graphics, advertising and other areas of design and visual communication. Projects cover principles of typography, letter structure, type face selection, fundamentals of computer typesetting and typographic layout. 5 hours lab.


ART 344. Graphic Design II (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 244. Corequisite: ART 200. Preparatory: ART 341 or equivalent. Introduction to intermediate skills and conceptual problems of the field. Stressed is the integration of theory with practical applications. Projects demand creative solutions to typical problems faced by the graphic designer. 5 hours lab.


ART 350A-B. Photography II (3-3)

Preparatory for (A): ART 200; 250. Preparatory for (B) ART 350A.Continuation of the principles learned in Photography I with more advanced problems. Students explore the medium more fully through experience with slide-making, multiple imagery, solarization and other techniques. History and heritage of photography is integrated into the course. 5 hours lab.


ART 351. Digital Photo Imaging (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 250. Preparatory: ART 200. Exploration of digital photography, integrating established principles of the photo medium with digital technologies. Photo images are created and manipulated through digital software processes for both fine art and commercial application. Assignments result in a portfolio. May be repeated once for credit; 5 hours lab.


ART 352. Visual Effects (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 302. Studies in the conceptualization and techniques of digitally generated visual effects in time-based media. Creative self-expression is emphasized in the production of experimental short videos.


ART 353. Color Photography (3-3)

Preparatory: ART 200, 250 or equivalent.Investigation into the various aspects of color photography, which include: exposure and development of negative film; printing with color materials utilizing the subtractive color principles that underlie color filtration and correction; a brief survey of contemporary color photographers with an emphasis on the aesthetics of their works; and refinement of the students’ visual eye while pursuing their own stylistic expression. May be repeated once for credit. 5 hours lab.


ART 354. Computer Graphics (3-3)

Prerequisites: Art majors: ART 200, 244. Non-art majors: Consult department for equivalency. Application and principles of computer graphics as a creative technological medium. Practical experience with micro-computers in studying the potentials of graphic communication and visual expression. 5 hours lab.


ART 355. Large Format Photography (3)

Exploration of the various aspects of large format (4×5) photography, including camera operation, darkroom techniques and artificial lighting. Emphasis on exercising control over all aspects of the image-making process, including recognizing visual problems and selecting the appropriate techniques to bring about their solution. Addresses wide range of photographic situations. 5 hours lab.


ART 356. Computer Publishing Design (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 244. Corequisite: ART 200. Application of graphic design principles to computer-generated page layout. Using current software applications, covers design of text documents, graphic elements and their incorporation into page layouts. Emphasis on the use of the computer for decision making and experimentation. 5 hours lab.


ART 363A. Animation II (3)

Prerequisite: ART 263. Further study of animation skills for both traditional and computer animation. Introduction to storyboard process, character design and story development. Intermediate-level animation principles, including character expression, lip sync and staging. Continuation of animation history 1943 to the present. 5 hours lab.


ART 363B. Animation II (3)

Intermediate animation emphasizing concept development in preparation for a 3-D computer or 2-D animation project. Includes research, story development, character design, timing studies, scenic design and storyboards. Work culminates in a process book and animatic. 5 hours lab.


ART 364. 3-D Computer Animation (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 263. Investigation of 3-D computer animation with emphasis on animation timing, modeling and lighting. 5 hours lab.


ART 365. 3-D Computer Animation II (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 364.Intermediate study of 3-D computer animation with focus on 3-D character creation and animation. Includes: design, modeling, rigging, key-frame lip-sync acting, background, lighting, texturing, coloring and critical analysis of 3-D characters from the game and animation fields. 5 hours lab.


ART 366. Ceramics II (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 267. Investigation of the use of clay as a medium with an emphasis on sculptural applications. Discussion of ideas, technical processes and approaches as they relate to clay’s use as a non-utilitarian medium. Experimentation with mold making, casting, clay bodies, glaze formulation and surface treatments. 5 hours lab. Course fee.


ART 367. Ceramics III (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 267. Further investigation of the use of clay as a medium with emphasis on experimental practice. Further discussion of ideas, technical processes and approaches as it relates to the work and contemporary visual art. Continued experimentation with wheel forming, hand building, clay bodies, glaze formulation and surface treatments. 5 hours lab. Course fee.


ART 368. Game Animation and Design (3-3)

Recommended preparatory courses: ART 365. Investigation of the creative process of game design and game animation. Practical, theoretical and global aspects of game design will be explored by creating game assets and producing animation work. 9 hours lab.


ART 380/L. Children’s Art and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: ART 380L. Recommended for Multiple Subjects Credential Candidates. Development of fundamentals and principles for determining art experiences for children. Understanding the significance of art in the child’s development. Emphasis on developing basic art skills in criticism, aesthetics, history and studio production. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio and visits to art exhibitions.


ART 383/L. Art in Early Childhood and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: ART 383L. Analysis and discussion of the significance of art in the development of young children ages 3 through 8 combined with studio experiences in 2- and 3-dimensional materials. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 385/L. Children’s Crafts and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: ART 385L.Basic skills and understandings that provide meaningful craft experiences for children. Emphasis on the educational value of crafts. Beginning techniques and processes involving 3-dimensional materials. 2 hours discussion, 2hours studio.


ART 396A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Art (1-3)

Experimental Topics Courses in Art


ART 400/L. Developing Visual Literacy and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisites: ART 380; Junior standing. Corequisite: ART 400L. In-depth exploration of selected art processes culminating in a significant research paper or project. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 401. History of Native North American Art (3)

The visual arts of North American native cultures from the Eskimo to Canada, the Northwest and Southwest areas of the United States, the Plains and Eastern Indian societies.


ART 402. Advanced Video/Digital Art (3-3)

Preparatory: ART 302. Advanced studies into video/digital art involve exploration into a broad range of artistic concepts and visual technologies utilized in video/digital media and time-based art forms. Investigation into art software applications and experimental methods lead to the production and refinement of artistic statements presented in video/digital format. 5 hours lab.


ART 403. History of Latin American Art (3)

Survey of Latin American arts from pre-classic cultures in Central and South America through the evolution of high cultures to the conquest. Art and architecture of the colonial period to the modern.


ART 404. History of African and Oceania Art (3)

Visual arts of sub-Saharan tribal Africa are considered in their cultural context, including related art forms, such as literature, music and ritual observances. Arts of the South Pacific, the tribal societies of Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Australia.


ART 412. History of Korean Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Korean visual culture from the Neolithic period to the present time. Investigation of various art forms in different media (including ceramics, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock print, photograph, video, installation and performance) and ways in which different artistic features are connected to specific historical, religious, philosophical and political contexts.


ART 413. History of Chinese Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Chinese visual culture from the Neolithic period to the present time. Investigation of various art forms in different media (including ceramics, jade and bronze objects, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock print, photographs, video, installations and performance) and ways in which different artistic features are connected to specific historical, religious, philosophical and political contexts.


ART 414. History of Japanese Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Japanese visual culture from the Neolithic period to the present time. Investigation of various art forms in different media (including ceramics, bronze objects, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock print, photographs, video, installations and performance) and ways in which different artistic features are connected to specific historical, religious, philosophical and political contexts.


ART 415. History of the Art of India (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Indian visual culture from the Neolithic period to the present time. Investigation of various art forms in different media (including ceramics, bronze objects, painting, sculpture, architecture, photographs, video, installations and performance) and ways in which different artistic features are connected to specific historical, religious, philosophical and political contexts.


ART 416. History of Ancient Near Eastern Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Study of the architecture, sculpture and related art forms of the ancient Near East, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Iran from prehistoric times to the beginning of the Sassanian Empire.


ART 420. History of Greek Art and Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Art and architecture of the Aegean area from the early Archaic to the end of the Hellenistic periods.


ART 421. History of Roman Art and Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Art and architecture of the Roman World from circa 700 B.C. to 400 A.D.


ART 422. Illustration III (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites ART 322B.Advanced study of specific problems in publication and advertising illustration. Projects require the creative implementation of the ideas, media and techniques used by illustrators. 5 hours lab.


ART 423. History of Early Christian and Medieval Art (3)

Prerequisites: ART 110; Upper Division standing. A study of the art and architecture of Europe and the Mediterranean from the 3rd century to the end of the 14th century.


ART 424. Drawing IV: Life Drawing (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 324B.Advanced problems in draftsmanship and study of the human figure, with special emphasis on freedom of expression and experimentation. (Portfolio review is required to be eligible for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit.) 5 hours per week.


ART 425. History of Italian Renaissance Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Study of the developments in art and architecture of Italy from 1300 to 1520, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the visual tradition and cultural context. Regular written assignments are required.


ART 426. Art and Architecture of Italy and Spain During the 16th Century (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Comprehensive survey of architecture, painting and sculpture in Italy (High Renaissance and Mannerism) and Spain during the 16th century. Particular emphasis on the relationship between style and cultural context.


ART 427. Painting III (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 326, 327.Emphasis on individuality and invention through independent research and experimentation. Guidelines and objectives to be established with individuals. (Portfolio review is required to be eligible for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit.) 5 hours per week.


ART 428. History of Northern Renaissance Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Study of the developments in art and architecture of Northern Europe from the 14th through the 16th centuries. Particular emphasis on the relationship between the visual tradition and cultural context. Regular written assignments required.


ART 429. Advanced Study in Contemporary Painting (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 326. Portfolio review required upon entering the course. Projects emphasize conceptual development in painting through visual and material based research, development of advanced critique and presentation skills, and exposure to contemporary painting. Students are encouraged to explore contemporary painting media, including installations, 3-D elements and non-traditional materials and processes, in addition to traditional painting technique. Portfolio development is emphasized. 5 hours per week.


ART 430. Drawing IV: Composition (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 330.Advanced drawing problems in 2-dimensional composition and pictorial organization. 5 hours per week.


ART 431. History of Baroque Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Preparatory: ART 426. A study of the arts from the Counter Reformation (1563) to the death of Louis XIV (1715). Painting, sculpture and architecture in Europe with a special emphasis on the arts of Italy, the Netherlands and France. Regular written assignments required.


ART 432. History of European Art 1720-1850 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Development of painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts in Europe from c. 1720 to 1850.


ART 433. History of European Art 1850-1900 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Europe during the second half of the 19th century. Emphasis on major figures of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau and the close relationship between the visual arts, literature and political history.


ART 435. Sculpture III (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 335. Advanced study with special consideration of conception, media and techniques through emphasis on individual projects. (Portfolio review is required to be eligible for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit.) 5 hours lab.


ART 437. Printmaking III (3-3-3-3)

Preparatory: ART 337A. Intensive study of etching, collagraph, silkscreen, lithography or experimental processes and combinations, stressing individual growth and aesthetic control imagery and technique. (Portfolio review required to be eligible for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit) 5 hours lab.


ART 438/L. Senior Projects and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisite: ART 438L. Projects that afford students the opportunity to assess their training, summarize their achievement and analyze their place in the visual arts. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation.


ART 439. Bronze Casting Sculpture (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 235. Lost-wax bronze-casting foundry projects. Students create sculpture to be cast in bronze. 5 hours per week.


ART 441. History of American Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Study of the American tradition of art and architecture from 1620 to the early 20th century. (Offered Fall semester.)


ART 443. Animation Drawing (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 224A. Exploration of the various forms of drawing related to the field of animation. Direct drawing of the human figure from models; drawing a variety of animals from live observation; and development of layout drawing used for background painting. Emphasis on volume, mass, weight, movement/gesture, conveying attitude, dramatic expression, action poses, acting, anatomy, consistent perspective and economy of line. 5 hours per week.


ART 444. Graphic Design III (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 344.Advanced and complex problem-solving consistent with those of graphic designers in the field. Emphasis on project of substantive scope, integration of skills and presentation. Students should have developed a professional resume and portfolio by the end of this series. 5 hours lab.


ART 445. History of Modern Art (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing.Investigation of major movements in 20th century painting, sculpture architecture with reference to the social, economic and ideological context.


ART 446. Packaging Design (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 344.Designing for product containers, identification graphics, product line packaging and related displays. Coordination of the fundamental elements of packaging such as typography, color, imagery and package structure. 5 hours lab.


ART 448. History of Contemporary Art (3)

Prerequisite: ART 110. Deals with American and European art from the mid-20th century to the present. Includes a study of developments in non-traditional media, crafts and popular arts, as well as painting and sculpture. Regular written assignments required.


ART 450. Photography III (3-3-3-3)

Preparatory: Art 350AB.Advanced problems in photography. Emphasis on content: The student is encouraged to apply technical and expressive skills in photography toward some original and meaningful use of the medium. Students are required to present an original project to the class for discussion and is then required to execute it. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Portfolio review required for eligibility for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit. 5 hours lab.


ART 455A. Advertising Photography I (3)

Preparatory: ART 250.Professional problems, techniques and equipment of advertising photography. Activities include the use of large format camera, equipment, professional lighting, environmental and studio product photography, professional printing and print finishing techniques. 5 hours lab.


ART 455B. Advertising Photography II (3)

Prerequisite: ART 455A.Advanced projects in advertising photography. Emphasis on problems of large product and exterior photography, portrait and figure studies and uses of complex lighting. 5 hours lab.


ART 455C. Advanced Advertising Photography (3-3)

Preparatory: Art 455B. Investigation of advanced advertising problems in photography exploring both the technical and conceptual challenges of visual communication. Advanced projects in portraiture, fashion, table-top, photo-illustration and editorial will be addressed. Computer imaging introduced as an important area of investigation. May be repeated once for credit. 5 hours lab.


ART 458. Graphics Seminar (2)

Prerequisites: ART 344; Six additional units of Upper Division advertising graphics; Senior standing.Review of career options that relate to advertising graphics. Study of particular problems faced by the graduate in selecting, planning and becoming established in a profession. Discussions and assignments are designed to aid the student in meeting professional requirements. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation.


ART 461. History of Graphic Arts (3)

History of the development of the original print as a work of art from the 15th century to the present, including relief, intaglio and planographic media. (Offered Spring semester.)


ART 462. History of Photography (3)

Emphasizes the aesthetics of photography and its emergence and acceptance as a fine art. In addition to slide lectures and discussions, students are required to attend several photography exhibitions and lectures at galleries and museums in the area.


ART 463. Animation III (3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 363B. Advanced level development and production of an original animation project. Students may utilize 3-D computer animation or 2-D methods. May be repeated once for credit. 5 hours lab.


ART 467. Ceramics IV (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 367.Advanced investigation of the use of clay as it relates to a personal direction. Advanced refinement of ideas, technical processes and approaches as they relate to a unified body of work and to contemporary visual art. Continued experimentation with technical processes, clay bodies, glaze formulation and surface treatments. Development of portfolio materials and documentation of the unified body of work. (Portfolio review is required to be eligible for enrollment for 3rd and 4th semester repeat credit). 5 hours lab. Course fee.


ART 468. History of Women in the Visual Arts (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Preparatory: WS 200. Covers the history of women as artists in the European and American traditions. Art by women in non-Western cultures also is studied, together with related issues such as images of women and feminist art analysis.


ART 479/L. Art Education Across Cultures and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: 479L. Provides knowledge and practice in planning and relating art experiences and increases teacher effectiveness in cross-cultural teaching of the arts. Meets requirement for multicultural education for Multiple and Single Subject Credentials; Category B for the Clear Credential. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 480/L. Art Experiences for Exceptional Children and Lab (2/1)

Corequisite: ART 480L.Significance of art for exceptional children, including the deaf, blind, emotionally disturbed, learning handicapped, hospitalized children and the gifted. Meets the Special Education requirement for a Clear Credential for Single Subject Credential; Art only. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 484. Art Education Portfolio (1)

Prerequisite: Complete admission to Teacher Education Program (Credentials Office). Capstone course in which students are assessed in their subject matter competency prior to student teaching. Course must be successfully completed to be cleared for entrance into student teaching. (Credit/No Credit only)


ART 485/L. Studio Problems in Teaching Crafts and Lab (1/2)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: 485L.Required for a Single Subject Credential in Art. Emphasis on the development of basic skills in a variety of crafts, such as: weaving, textiles, ceramics, wood and paper. Introduction to principles of design and craftsmanship. Discussions of aesthetics, criticism and cultural heritage related to the crafts accompany the studio component. Develops strategies for integrating these skills and understandings into a variety of education and recreational settings. 1 hour discussion, 4 hours studio.


ART 486/L. Studio Problems in Teaching Art and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: ART 486L.Required for a Single Subject Credential in Art. Skills and understandings related to organizing and developing strategies for teaching art in a variety of educational settings. Emphasis upon 2-dimensional media such as drawing, watercolor painting, poster painting and printmaking. (Offered spring semester.) 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 487. Puppetry (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing.Examines the art of the puppet in its various forms: rod, string, hand and shadow. Application to schools, libraries, hospital, recreation, special education and other settings. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours studio.


ART 488CS. Public Art (3-3)

Development and completion of art forms in the public realm. Public art investigated in a workshop format that includes speakers, demonstrations, field trips and art products. Emphasis on studio skills, proposal development and service learning activities. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation. 5 hours per week.


ART 494. Internship in Arts (3-3)

Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing; Portfolio review. Available for Art Major credit. Academic Internship course. Experiential education in appropriate aspects of specific area of interest. 6 units maximum. (Credit/No Credit only)


ART 495A-Z. Extended Study (3-3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing; Prerequisite course in selected study area (listed below); Consent of instructor, Advisor and Department Chair.Portfolio required by course instructor. Continued study in designated studio areas. Students attend the scheduled class of the prerequisite course. Only one Extended Study is permitted in each study area. Maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a degree requirement. Activity courses: 6 hours per week (A) Anatomy (Prerequisite ART 224A); (B) Portraiture (Prerequisite ART 224B); (D) Watercolor (Prerequisite ART 328),; (F) Exhibition Design (Prerequisite ART 342); (I) Animation Drawing (Prerequisite ART 443). Lab courses: 9 hours per week. N) Large Format Photography (Prerequisite ART 355);(P) Animation III (Prerequisite ART 463).


ART 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Art (1-3)

Experimental courses in Art with course content to be determined.


ART 499. Independent Study (1-6)

Enrollment in Independent Study is by Department Chair’s consent and instructor’s consent to act as sponsor. Admission based on evidence of ability to pursue in-depth Independent Study and approval of a project submitted at the time of registration. Regular progress meetings and reports are required throughout the semester. Completion of the project is required before credit may be received. No more than 6 units of credit in 499 may be earned toward the Bachelor’s Degree in Art. Enrollment in Independent Study is not allowed for the purpose of substitution for an existing course.


ART 500. History of Art Museums and Collecting in Western Civilization (3)

Prerequisites: ART 110, 111; two 400-level courses in art history. Study of how the museum concept has developed through the centuries. Survey of the world’s most important public museums and their content. Importance of art collecting since the 19th century and problems in museology.


ART 502. Gallery and Museum Practices (3)

Introduction to problems in gallery and museum organization, management and administration, including preparatorial and curatorial functions.


ART 520. Studio Problems Video/ Digital Art (3-3-3-3)

Investigation into artistic studio problems in video/digital art. Explorations lead to resolution of personal artistic statements. Increasing complexity in concept, media and presentation is required in the sequence of course work. Available for repeat credit. 6 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 521. Studio Problems: Painting (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of artistic problems in painting, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 522. Studio Problems: Illustration (3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of artistic problems in illustration with exploration leading to concrete resolutions. Problems of increased complexity and greater depth of practical problem solving required in the sequence of course work. 5 hours lab.


ART 524. Studio Problems: Drawing (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 424. Investigation of advanced problems in drawing or in drawing and related art disciplines. Projects of increasing complexity that require evidence of greater depth and skill in the resolution of visual statements. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 525. Studio Problems: Printmaking (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of artistic problems in printmaking, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 535. Studio Problems: Sculpture (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of advanced problems in sculpture.


ART 539. Advanced Figure Study (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 339. Advanced sculptural problems dealing with the human figure. Large-scale sculpture from the model emphasizing expressive content. 5 hours lab.


ART 542CS. Advanced Exhibition Design (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Advanced study of the primary components of exhibition design, including curating, budgeting, installation and promotion. Focuses on public relations, education, community service, tours, publicity and publication as they pertain to the CSUN and/or community galleries and their functions. Several class meetings held in each of the art galleries, as well as other venues. Offers a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. 5 hours per week.


ART 544. Studio Problems: Graphic Design (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 444 or equivalent; Graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of advanced problems in graphic design exploring both the technical and conceptual challenges of visual communication. Projects of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 5 hours lab.


ART 550. Studio Problems: Photography (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Portfolio review; Graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of advanced problems in photography exploring both the technical and conceptual challenges of visual communication. Projects of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 5 hours lab.


ART 560. Studio Problems in Ceramics Design (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of artistic problems in ceramics and/or glass design, exploration and experimentation leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems in increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 588. Studio Problems in Public Art (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 488; 400-level Art course; Instructor consent.Development and completion of art forms planned for placement in the public realm. Increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth required in the sequence of course work. Public art investigated in a workshop format that includes speakers, demonstrations and field trips. Emphasis on studio activities, proposal development and service learning. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented in the course. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation. 5 hours per week.


ART 590. History and Philosophy of Art Education (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing.Required for Single Subject Credential in Art. May be used as Upper Division Art elective for B.A. degree. Intensive study of the historical and chronological development of Art Education in America and abroad. Emphasis on significant trends and movements that have affected its growth and present structure.


ART 611. History and Philosophy of Art (3)

Prerequisites: Minimum 1 year Art History (2 years recommended); Graduate standing. Seminar examining the development of movements and ideas in 20th century art. Research in modern art and artists. (Offered Fall semester.)


ART 615. Art Analysis and Criticism (3)

Prerequisites: Minimum 1 year of Art History; Graduate standing.Seminar exploring the critical approach to the work of art in terms of form, content and expression. Aesthetic and methodological problems will be treated in particular relationship to contemporary art and its criticism. (Offered Spring semester.)


ART 619. Seminar in Art History (3-3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 311 or equivalent; Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Restricted to graduate students in Art History. In-depth research on specific problems of art history. May be repeated twice for credit.


ART 620. Advanced Studio Problems: Video/Digital Art (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisite: ART 502 or equivalent. Investigation into advanced concepts involved in the production of video/digital art forms. Explores resolution of problems dealing with media, technique and presentation. Increasing complexity and evidence of conceptual depth is required in the sequence of coursework. 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 621. Advanced Studio Problems: Painting (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of artistic problems in painting, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of coursework. May be repeated 3 times for credit. 1 hour per week in seminar, 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 622. Advanced Studio Problems: Illustration (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of advanced problems in illustration, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar, 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 624. Advanced Studio Problems: Drawing (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent. Investigation of advanced problems in drawing and related art disciplines. Projects of increasing complexity that require evidence of greater depth and skill in the resolution of visual statements. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 625. Advanced Studio Problems: Printmaking (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of artistic problems in printmaking, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar; 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 635. Advanced Studio Problems: Sculpture (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of advanced problems in sculpture.


ART 644. Advanced Studio Problems: Graphic Design (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of advanced problems in graphic design, exploration leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems of increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar, 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 650. Advanced Studio Problems: Photography (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: 6 unites of ART 550; Classified graduate standing; Portfolio review.Investigation of advanced problems in photography exploring both the technical and conceptual challenges of visual communication. Projects of increasing complexity with evidence of greater depth of artistic concept and proficiency required in the sequence of course work. 5 hours lab.


ART 660. Advanced Studio Problems in Ceramics Design (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Investigation of artistic problems in ceramics, exploration and experimentation leading to resolution in artistic statements. Problems in increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth of artistic concept required in the sequence of course work. 1 hour per week in seminar, 5 hours per week in supervised studio work.


ART 681A. Seminar in Art Education (3)

Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing. Graduate students from outside the Department of Art permitted with consent of instructor. Study of the nature of creativity in art, place of art in the curriculum, improving teaching methods and inquiry into other disciplines for related implications. Identification of areas of greatest need for research.


ART 681B. Seminar in Art Education (3)

Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing. Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: ART 681A. Investigation and identification of areas in greatest need of research in art education. Special emphasis on selection of projects most appropriate for development and for advanced research.


ART 686. Research in Art Education (3-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Restricted to M.A. Art candidates. Recommended Corequisite: ART 681B. Current experiments and studies in art education; problems of conducting research unique to the area of investigation. Development of research studies with emphasis on design, criteria, measurement and standards of proof.


ART 688. Advanced Studio Problems: Public Art (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: ART 588; Classified graduate standing; Instructor consent.Participation and leadership required in the development and completion of public art projects that are planned for the public realm. Increasing complexity and evidence of greater depth required in the sequence of course work. Public art investigated in a workshop format that includes speakers, demonstrations and field trips. Emphasis on studio activities, proposal development and service learning activities. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented in the course. Check the schedule of classes for the CS designation. 6 hours per week.


ART 690A-Z. M.F.A. Studio (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: M.F.A.; Classified status; Instructor’s and Graduate Advisor’s consent. Investigation of advanced artistic problems leading to a highly specialized and personal aesthetic. 5 hours per week.


ART 691A-Z. M.F.A. Seminar (3-3-3-3)

Prerequisites: M.F.A.; Classified status. Orientation to the procedures and requirements of the MFA professional degree programs in Studio or Visual communication Arts. Exploration into career development, professional issues and writing about art. Philosophies pertaining to disciplines in the visual arts are examined through a series of guest lectures. 3 hours per week.


ART 696A-C. Directed Graduate Research (1-3)

Prerequisites: Classified status; Advisor consent.


ART 698C M.A. Thesis/Artistic Performance (3)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Completion of or current enrollment in all required Area of Concentration courses for the M.A. Degree in Art; Consent of Graduate Advisor and Thesis Committee; Conformance to University standards for graduate thesis.Provides the M.A. degree candidate with a culminating experience, approved and supervised by the student’s Thesis Committee, to be undertaken only with the Thesis Committee’s consent after all other requirements have been met. Encompasses the preparation, completion and formal presentation of the culminating work for the degree. Within the M.A. in Art program, there are three areas of study: Art Education, Art History and Visual Arts. Each of these areas of study follows its own specific department-approved procedures. The final form of the thesis must adhere to University regulations for thesis presentation and be approved by the Office of Graduate Research and International Programs.


ART 698F. M.A. Thesis/Artistic Performance (6)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; Completion of or current enrollment in all required courses.


ART 698MFA. MFA Thesis/ Artistic Performance (3)

Prerequisites: M.F.A.; Classified status; Completion of or current enrollment in all required Area of Concentration courses for the M.F.A. Degree; consent of Graduate Advisor and Thesis Committee; Conformance to University standards for graduate thesis. Provides the M.F.A. candidate with a culminating experience, approved and supervised by the degree committee, which presents the artistic endeavors pursued during the graduate program. Consists of an exhibition and/or performance of the student’s work, photographic documentation and a written statement addressing the aesthetic, philosophical and, when appropriate, technical aspects of the work. The final form of the thesis must adhere to University regulations for thesis presentation and be approved by the Office of Graduate Research and International Programs.


ART 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Enrollment limited to qualified classified graduate students with the consent of the department, Graduate Advisor and the departmental graduate committee. Intensive independent investigation into that area of the fine arts in which the graduate student is specializing.