• Senior Andrew Tyler Brown, Jackson, is majoring in Graphic Design
  • Students get real world experience designing posters for Todd Gallery shows
  • Graphic Design major Kyle Patterson is catching early morning light in Walnut Grove
  • MTSU faculty work together to create learning opportunities

Art - Graphic Design, B.F.A.

Graphic design is much more than a visual solution but rather a creative process for solving problems. That’s the approach the Department of Art takes as Graphic Design students learn to use art and technology to convey ideas. Graduates should acquire formal, technical, and conceptual skills necessary for an entry-level position in the graphic design industry. In addition to the graphic design curriculum, class options range from interactive design to book arts. The four graphic design computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art Apple computers and software.

Experienced illustrator joins art faculty

Experienced illustrator joins art faculty

Over the span of 30 years, James Mravec has completed illustrations for books, graphic novels, children's books, magazines, wallpaper, and paper products. He’s also worked in the design and interactive media fields and created and maintained websites for large and small clients. He has been involved in programming and the creation of kiosks for several museums, non-profit organizations, and a higher-education institution. An advertising agency hired him for his animation and online game development skills, and he’s worked on many projects for national clients. With degrees from Cleveland Institute of Art and Hartford Art School, Mravec has taught illustration, software, and design at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, and Kent State University. He recently joined the faculty at MTSU to teach illustration and graphic design.

Student receives gold in national Addy competition

Student receives gold in national Addy competition

It’s exciting to complete a degree and graduate, and Matt Roberts did that in May 2016, earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. But he had even more to celebrate in June! He flew to Anaheim, California, to attend Admerica 2016 and receive a gold student Addy for a Portfolio I class project. Called Yampa, it was a social media campaign for a pop-up retail store that builds environmentally friendly kayaks. Roberts worked on the initial concept with classmate Andrew Turner. Before the project arrived in California, it made stops at the local (Nashville) and Regional (District 7) competitions where it was also awarded gold. With only 23 national student golds, this is a significant honor for Roberts and the program. He interned at Fivestone Studios, Nashville, and is an independent contractor for interactive and animation work.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Graphic Design program is designed for those who wish to work professionally as graphic designers and/or pursue a graduate degree. Career options are as creative as the field itself. Some potential job opportunities include

  • Advertising designer
  • Animator
  • Art director
  • Book designer
  • Communications specialist
  • Corporate designer
  • Creative director
  • Design director
  • Educator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive designer
  • Motion graphics designer/editor
  • Package designer
  • Photographer
  • Publications designer
  • Website designer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Blue Tractor Design
  • Emma
  • Ethos3
  • Gannett
  • Griffin Technology
  • HealthLeaders
  • iostudio
  • LaCroix Design Co.
  • Mother Nature Network
  • Nashville Predators
  • Primarily Rye
  • South Central Media
  • The Lampo Group
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Yeah Yeah Creative

Programs in the Department of Art lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.

The department offers a B.F.A. with a major in Art; students may choose between two concentrations: Studio or Graphic Design. Studio students select an emphasis in ceramics, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Graphic Design student requirements include a senior exhibition of student work and a professional portfolio.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

A major inArt Education leads to the B.S. degree.

Two concentrations—Art History or Art Practices—leading to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree are available under an Art major.

Minors in Art and Art History also are available.

Art, Graphic Design Concentration, B.F.A.

Department of Art 
615-898-2455
Jean Nagy, program coordinator
Jean.Nagy@mtsu.edu

The B.F.A. program is designed for those who wish to work professionally as artists in art-related fields and/or work toward a graduate degree (M.F.A.). All students pursuing a major in Art are required to complete the General Education requirements as specified by the department. Students should consult with their advisors each semester in order to plan their schedules of courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Art, Graphic Design, B.F.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • Art 1920 (Hum/FA)

Major Requirements (55 hours)

Foundation (18 hours)

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1620 - Drawing I  3 credit hours  

    ART 1620 - Drawing I

    3 credit hours

    Develops observational drawing skills and a formal drawing vocabulary; introduces various drawing materials. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 1640 - Drawing II  3 credit hours  

    ART 1640 - Drawing II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620 . A continuation of ART 1620 with specific emphasis placed on drawing processes and expression. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Graphic Design (21 hours)

  • ART 2310 - Graphic Design Technologies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620. Procedures involved in the production of graphic design materials by means of computer. Basics of word processing, drawing, and page layout programs for graphic design. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 2325 - Typographic Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  ART 2310 or permission of instructor. An introduction to typography including the history, usage, and anatomy of letterforms. Projects focus on creative problem-solving using type as image as well as a means of communication. Projects range from word interpretation to page layout using industry-standard applications. Six -hour studio course.

  • ART 3325 - Word and Image  3 credit hours  

    ART 3325 - Word and Image

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 2325 and permission of instructor. Explores the relationship between word and image. Projects focus on visual language, concept, formation, and technical skills. Various design methodologies covered using industry-standard applications. Current designers and design trends introduced.Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3330 - Portfolio I  3 credit hours  

    ART 3330 - Portfolio I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 2325, ART 3325, and portfolio review after both ART 2325 and ART 3325 (or for transfer students, permission of instructor and portfolio review). The beginning of portfolio-based problems, more advanced and complex conceptual skills, production techniques, and an introduction to the offset printing process.Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4310 - Portfolio II  3 credit hours  

    ART 4310 - Portfolio II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 3330. Continued production of portfolio-based problems with increased emphasis on advanced design skills related to the specific needs of the workplace. Includes basic collateral problems, ad campaigns, corporate identity, signage, plus a self-promotional package. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4320 - Senior Project  3 credit hours  

    ART 4320 - Senior Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 4310 or permission of instructor. Following a portfolio review, each class member will devise a project that conceptually and visually addresses his or her design/illustration goals. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4330 - Internship  3 credit hours  

    ART 4330 - Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting as an intern. Approximately 150 work hours required for the semester.

Graphic Design Electives (16 hours)

  • ART 3930 - Interactive Design I  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 3930 - Interactive Design I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 2310, good working knowledge of digital imaging, and permission of instructor. Multimedia design, including the design, planning, and creation of web sites. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4390 - Interactive Design II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 3930 and permission of instructor. An intermediate interactive design class with an emphasis on interface design. Focuses on design, planning, and creation of Web sites using industry-standard Web design applications. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3550 - Book Arts I  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 3550 - Book Arts I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, and ART 1630 or permission of instructor. An introduction to basic processes involved with papermaking, bookbinding, and using paper as a creative medium.Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3770 - Letterpress I  3 credit hours  

    ART 3770 - Letterpress I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, and ART 1630 or permission of instructor. Introduction to hand papermaking processes and letterpress printing using raised type to form text and relief printing processes to create images. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4280 - Digital Illustration  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 4280 - Digital Illustration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1640, and ART 2310; permission of instructor required. Vector software and the conceptualization, technical skills, and professional practices of digital illustration. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4290 - Beginning Illustration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Introduces basic methods, materials, and business practices of illustration, with an emphasis on development of rendering skills. Six-hour studio course.

  • PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography

    3 credit hours

    Black and white chemistry based darkroom printing and film processing with tactile materials. Introduces the fundamentals of photographic practice and procedures combined with aesthetics, theories of visual perception, and photographic vision. Emphasis placed upon the in-camera exposure, development of black and white film, the traditional silver print, conceptual theory, problem solving, and portfolio presentation. Class format includes demonstrations, lab work, assignments, and critiques. Emphasis placed on the SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a SLR camera and darkroom materials for the class.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • ADV 3020 - Principles of Advertising

    3 credit hours

    Overview of advertising principles and practices including the role of advertising in society and the marketplace, consumer behavior, advertising media, budgeting and planning, and the creation and production of advertising messages.

  • PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3200.)

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050 or instructor approval.

    Use of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras in addition to flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • ART 3610 - Introduction to Computer-Assisted Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Explores the use of the computer in relation to art and design concepts in two- and three-dimensional media. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3620 - Intermediate Computer-Assisted Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Computer-generated or assisted art work. Development of original work in art or design. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3100 - In-House Design  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ART 3100 - In-House Design

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 3330 or permission of instructor. An understanding of graphic design process in a design business. Emphasizes real world aspects of graphic design through individual projects for real world clients.

Studio Courses (9 hours)

Choose three of the following courses:

  • ART 2130 - Printmaking I  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 2130 - Printmaking I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. An introduction to printmaking, including photo-silkscreen using water-based inks. Handmade stencils used as well as those generated by computer and copy machine. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3140 - Printmaking II  3 credit hours  

    ART 3140 - Printmaking II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. A printmaking course introducing etching, aquatint, soft-ground, drypoint, photoetching (intaglio-type). A non-toxic approach is stressed, substituting high-quality acrylic resists, vegetable oils, salts, and film for traditional toxic grounds, solvents, acids, and chemicals. Six-hour studio course.

 

  • ART 2510 - Sculpture I  3 credit hours  

    ART 2510 - Sculpture I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Processes and techniques used in sculpture including modeling, welding, and wood construction. Six-hour studio course.

 

  • ART 3650 - Figure Drawing  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 3650 - Figure Drawing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1620 and ART 1640. Introduces concepts. Specific concepts include gesture and expression, spatial structure and proportion, and the effects of light and drapery on the human form. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3660 - Color Drawing  3 credit hours  

    ART 3660 - Color Drawing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1620 and ART 1640. Develops visual thinking processes and objective drawing skills using a variety of color drawing media, the principles of color theory, and an understanding of the broader context of the historical, cultural, psychological, and physiological aspects of color.

 

  • ART 2710 - Painting I  3 credit hours  

    ART 2710 - Painting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Introduction to painting techniques in particular media with emphasis on basic representational skills, awareness of formal issues, and vocabulary specific to particular media. Six-hour studio course.

 

  • ART 2810 - Ceramics I  3 credit hours  OR

    ART 2810 - Ceramics I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Basic processes and techniques of creating three-dimensional clay forms on the wheel (cylinders, bowls, and mugs). Some basic hand-building methods introduced. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 3820 - Ceramics II  3 credit hours  

    ART 3820 - Ceramics II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Studio experiences in designing and creating three-dimensional ceramic forms emphasizing techniques of hand construction. Some basic techniques introduced on the wheel. Six-hour studio course.

Upper-Division Art History (6 hours)

Art Cognate (9 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Candidacy Program

The Graphic Design concentration includes a candidacy program based on successful completion of certain required classes with specified minimum grade point expectations and performance for retention in Graphic Design. The candidacy program imposes requirements in several areas:

  1. Admission to most upper-division professional courses in the Graphic Design concentration will be restricted to students admitted to candidacy.
  2. All students in the Graphic Design concentration should apply for admission to candidacy at the end of the semester in which they will have completed 45 semester hours of coursework.
  3. At a minimum, students in the Graphic Design concentration must have completed each of the following courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better before applying for candidacy:
    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design
    ART 1620 - Drawing I
    ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design
    ART 1640 - Drawing II
    ART 2310 - Graphic Design Technologies
    ART 2325 - Typographic Design
    ART 3325 - Word and Image
  4. At a minimum, students applying for candidacy in the Graphic Design concentration must have an overall GPA of at least 2.00 on all University-level coursework.
  5. Students applying for candidacy in the Graphic Design concentration must twice submit for juried review a portfolio containing work completed in the courses listed in item 3 above (specified graphic-related electives). (The majority of the work in the portfolio must be two-dimensional.) The first portfolio review will follow completion of ART 2325 and a second review will follow completion of ART 3325. If after the second portfolio review a student is not admitted to candidacy the student may, with modifications, submit the portfolio one additional time before being asked to find another major or concentration.

Curriculum: Art, Graphic Design

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1620 - Drawing I  3 credit hours  

    ART 1620 - Drawing I

    3 credit hours

    Develops observational drawing skills and a formal drawing vocabulary; introduces various drawing materials. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)*

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Freshman Spring

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 1640 - Drawing II  3 credit hours  

    ART 1640 - Drawing II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620 . A continuation of ART 1620 with specific emphasis placed on drawing processes and expression. Six-hour studio course.  

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Sophomore Fall

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • ART 2310 - Graphic Design Technologies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620. Procedures involved in the production of graphic design materials by means of computer. Basics of word processing, drawing, and page layout programs for graphic design. Six-hour studio course.

  • Graphic Design elective 3 credit hours
  • Studio elective 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Sophomore Spring

 

  • ART 2325 - Typographic Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  ART 2310 or permission of instructor. An introduction to typography including the history, usage, and anatomy of letterforms. Projects focus on creative problem-solving using type as image as well as a means of communication. Projects range from word interpretation to page layout using industry-standard applications. Six -hour studio course.

  • Upper-division art history 3 credit hours
  • Studio elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior Fall

 

  • ART 3325 - Word and Image  3 credit hours  

    ART 3325 - Word and Image

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 2325 and permission of instructor. Explores the relationship between word and image. Projects focus on visual language, concept, formation, and technical skills. Various design methodologies covered using industry-standard applications. Current designers and design trends introduced.Six-hour studio course.

  • Graphic Design elective 3 credit hours
  • Studio elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division art history 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Junior Spring

 

  • ART 3330 - Portfolio I  3 credit hours  

    ART 3330 - Portfolio I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ART 2325, ART 3325, and portfolio review after both ART 2325 and ART 3325 (or for transfer students, permission of instructor and portfolio review). The beginning of portfolio-based problems, more advanced and complex conceptual skills, production techniques, and an introduction to the offset printing process.Six-hour studio course.

  • Graphic Design elective 3 credit hours
  • Art cognate 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Senior Fall

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ART 4310 - Portfolio II  3 credit hours  

    ART 4310 - Portfolio II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 3330. Continued production of portfolio-based problems with increased emphasis on advanced design skills related to the specific needs of the workplace. Includes basic collateral problems, ad campaigns, corporate identity, signage, plus a self-promotional package. Six-hour studio course.

  • Graphic Design electives 6 credit hours
  • Art cognate 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Senior Spring

 

  • ART 3100 - In-House Design  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ART 3100 - In-House Design

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 3330 or permission of instructor. An understanding of graphic design process in a design business. Emphasizes real world aspects of graphic design through individual projects for real world clients.

  • ART 4320 - Senior Project  3 credit hours  

    ART 4320 - Senior Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 4310 or permission of instructor. Following a portfolio review, each class member will devise a project that conceptually and visually addresses his or her design/illustration goals. Six-hour studio course.

  • ART 4330 - Internship  3 credit hours  

    ART 4330 - Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting as an intern. Approximately 150 work hours required for the semester.

  • Art cognate 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

 

NOTE:

 *Students who count ART 1920 as a Humanities/Fine Arts credit must choose one additional art course.

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Art

ART 1030 - Art Appreciation
3 credit hours

An introduction to art structure and styles of art; relationships between past ideas and current trends.

ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design
3 credit hours

The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course.  

ART 1620 - Drawing I
3 credit hours

Develops observational drawing skills and a formal drawing vocabulary; introduces various drawing materials. Six-hour studio course.  

ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design
3 credit hours

Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course.

ART 1640 - Drawing II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620 . A continuation of ART 1620 with specific emphasis placed on drawing processes and expression. Six-hour studio course.  

ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art
3 credit hours

Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I
3 credit hours

Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

ART 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as SPAN 2105, PS 2105, SOC 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region in terms of pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

ART 2130 - Printmaking I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. An introduction to printmaking, including photo-silkscreen using water-based inks. Handmade stencils used as well as those generated by computer and copy machine. Six-hour studio course.

ART 2200 - Introduction to Art Education
3 credit hours

Examines the recent history and contemporary theories of art education, with special emphasis on the essential content of discipline-based art education (aesthetics, criticism, history, and production); introduces general curricular concerns, assessment, and advocacy issues.

ART 2310 - Graphic Design Technologies
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610 and ART 1620. Procedures involved in the production of graphic design materials by means of computer. Basics of word processing, drawing, and page layout programs for graphic design. Six-hour studio course.

ART 2325 - Typographic Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ART 2310 or permission of instructor. An introduction to typography including the history, usage, and anatomy of letterforms. Projects focus on creative problem-solving using type as image as well as a means of communication. Projects range from word interpretation to page layout using industry-standard applications. Six -hour studio course.

ART 2500 - Art Study Abroad
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or specific Study Abroad program director. Explores lower-division issues in art. Subject will vary with instructor. May be repeated up to 9 hours.  

ART 2510 - Sculpture I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Processes and techniques used in sculpture including modeling, welding, and wood construction. Six-hour studio course.

ART 2710 - Painting I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Introduction to painting techniques in particular media with emphasis on basic representational skills, awareness of formal issues, and vocabulary specific to particular media. Six-hour studio course.

ART 2810 - Ceramics I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Basic processes and techniques of creating three-dimensional clay forms on the wheel (cylinders, bowls, and mugs). Some basic hand-building methods introduced. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3000 - Professional Practices for Artists
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nine credit hours in any studio concentration area or permission of the instructor. Offers career preparation for the contemporary visual artist; preparation of professional documents and discussion of professional roles and responsibilities.  

ART 3100 - In-House Design
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: ART 3330 or permission of instructor. An understanding of graphic design process in a design business. Emphasizes real world aspects of graphic design through individual projects for real world clients.

ART 3110 - Senior Studio
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Any one of the following: ART 4130, ART 4520, ART 4720, or ART 4820 and permission of instructor. Focuses on developing, creating, and exhibiting individual artworks within a group dynamic towards the successful completion of the senior exhibition.

ART 3140 - Printmaking II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. A printmaking course introducing etching, aquatint, soft-ground, drypoint, photoetching (intaglio-type). A non-toxic approach is stressed, substituting high-quality acrylic resists, vegetable oils, salts, and film for traditional toxic grounds, solvents, acids, and chemicals. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers
3 credit hours

Lecture class with hands-on component designed to inform about the role of art in the life of the child; exposure to art history and appreciation; children as image makers; the importance of curiosity, observation, and imagination to the child and classroom; and methodology related to the integration of visual art into the classroom.

ART 3210 - Elementary Art Education Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2200. Investigates child development theories and concerns related to children, the elementary school culture, curriculum development and implementation, and teaching and management strategies. Materials and processes appropriate to K-6 art education explored in studio lab. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3220 - Secondary Art Education Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2200. Focuses on the nature of middle and high school students, the secondary school culture, curriculum development and implementation, and teaching and management strategies. Materials and processes appropriate to 7-12 art education explored in studio lab. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3230 - Art Education Practicum
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2200 or permission of instructor. Participation in the K-12 art classroom setting with class discussions and readings about the teaching experience. Advanced art curriculum development for the K-12 level. A maximum of 9 credits may be applied to a degree. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3240 - Curriculum Design for Aesthetics and Criticism in Art E
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2200. Effective strategies for teaching aesthetics and art criticism to K-12 students through curriculum development, research-based learning, and classroom teaching opportunities.

ART 3325 - Word and Image
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 2325 and permission of instructor. Explores the relationship between word and image. Projects focus on visual language, concept, formation, and technical skills. Various design methodologies covered using industry-standard applications. Current designers and design trends introduced.Six-hour studio course.

ART 3330 - Portfolio I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 2325, ART 3325, and portfolio review after both ART 2325 and ART 3325 (or for transfer students, permission of instructor and portfolio review). The beginning of portfolio-based problems, more advanced and complex conceptual skills, production techniques, and an introduction to the offset printing process.Six-hour studio course.

ART 3500 - Study Abroad - Studio
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or specific Study Abroad program director. Explores upper-division issues in art. Subject will vary with instructor. May be repeated up to 9 hours.  

ART 3520 - Sculpture II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Introduction to the processes and techniques used in sculpture, including casting techniques; subtractive and constructive experiences with a variety of materials. Six hour studio course.

ART 3530 - Sculpture III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3520 or permission of instructor. Development of concepts and techniques with primary emphasis on wood sculpture. Wood construction, carving, laminating, and subordinate use of other sculpture materials. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3550 - Book Arts I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, and ART 1630 or permission of instructor. An introduction to basic processes involved with papermaking, bookbinding, and using paper as a creative medium.Six-hour studio course.

ART 3560 - Drawing III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630,and ART 1640. An advanced course in drawing with an emphasis on the creation of original imagery and the development of the ability to render images objectively using a variety of methods and media. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3610 - Introduction to Computer-Assisted Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 or permission of instructor. Explores the use of the computer in relation to art and design concepts in two- and three-dimensional media. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3620 - Intermediate Computer-Assisted Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Computer-generated or assisted art work. Development of original work in art or design. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3650 - Figure Drawing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1620 and ART 1640. Introduces concepts. Specific concepts include gesture and expression, spatial structure and proportion, and the effects of light and drapery on the human form. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3660 - Color Drawing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1620 and ART 1640. Develops visual thinking processes and objective drawing skills using a variety of color drawing media, the principles of color theory, and an understanding of the broader context of the historical, cultural, psychological, and physiological aspects of color.

ART 3720 - Painting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2710 or permission of instructor. A continuation of ART 2710 with additional attention paid to individual expression and art historical perspectives. Six-hour studio course.

 

ART 3730 - Painting III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3720 or permission of instructor. The creative process, idea development, and project planning in painting. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3760 - Romanesque and Gothic Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or permission of instructor. Art from the age of the Crusades and Pilgrimages and Romanesque and Gothic periods as viewed from both European and Islamic perspectives.

ART 3770 - Letterpress I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, and ART 1630 or permission of instructor. Introduction to hand papermaking processes and letterpress printing using raised type to form text and relief printing processes to create images. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3820 - Ceramics II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Studio experiences in designing and creating three-dimensional ceramic forms emphasizing techniques of hand construction. Some basic techniques introduced on the wheel. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3830 - Ceramics III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 2810, ART 3820, and permission of instructor. Studio experiences in designing, forming, and decorating functional/non-functional forms. Introduction to some basic materials processes (clay and glaze formulation and firing techniques). Six-hour studio course.

ART 3840 - Islamic Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or permission of instructor. Surveys the art of the Islamic world from the late seventh century to the sixteenth century. Focuses on the materials, iconography, style, and historical context of architecture, sculpture, painting, manuscript production, and decorative arts in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe.

ART 3850 - Early Medieval Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or permission of instructor. Surveys Early Christian, Byzantine, and Early Medieval art in Europe. Focuses on the materials, iconography, style, and historical context of art and architecture produced in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean region from the third century to the eleventh century.

ART 3860 - Northern Renaissance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Art of Northern Europe from the late fourteenth century through the sixteenth century focusing on architecture, sculpture, and painting from England, France, Germany, and the Low Countries.

ART 3870 - Native American Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of the instructor. Survey of the arts of indigenous cultures of North America.

ART 3871 - Mesoamerican Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of the instructor. Survey of pre-Columbian arts of Mesoamerica from the Olmec to the Mexica.

ART 3872 - Andean Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of the instructor. Survey of the pre-Columbian arts of Peru from the Chavin to the Inca.

ART 3880 - Latin American Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of instructor. A survey of the art of Latin America from the period of Independence (1821) to the present, focusing on architecture, sculpture, and painting from Mexico through South America. Impact of these cultural expressions on Hispanic/Chicano/Latino arts of the United States.

ART 3910 - Italian Renaissance Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Examination of the visual arts of the Italian Renaissance (c. 1300-1600 CE).

ART 3920 - Art History Visual Resources Practicum
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1910, ART 1920, ART 1930, and ART 3940; Art History majors only. Practical visual resources management course for students in a professional setting. Theory, standards, techniques, and management of digital and analog image collections in academic or not-for-profit settings.

ART 3930 - Interactive Design I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 2310, good working knowledge of digital imaging, and permission of instructor. Multimedia design, including the design, planning, and creation of web sites. Six-hour studio course.

ART 3940 - Art History Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1910, ART 1920, and ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Considers the historical and philosophical foundations of art history as a modern discipline as well as the various interpretive methods used by art historians.

ART 3950 - Art History: Professional Practices
1 credit hour credit

Ethical and professional practices of the art history field. Surveys career options available to art history majors; acquaints students with job preparation and graduate school applications; investigates the ethics of collecting, scholarships, conservation, and the art market.  

ART 3960 - The Art History of the Book
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Interdisciplinary investigation of the forces which have conditioned the composition, production, and consumption of the Western book from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on such transitional phases as the replacement of the roll by the codex in the fourth century and the fifteenth-century advent of printed books which replaced handwritten ones.

ART 3990 - Art of the United States
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Survey of American painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Colonial period to the Armory Show (1913).

ART 4000 - Workshop
1 to 3 credit hours

Subject matter and credit to be determined by the instructor. The workshop may be conducted in the area of art education or any art discipline. (A maximum of 9 credits may be applied toward a degree.) Depending on topic, may be six-hour studio course.

ART 4100 - Printmaking III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, and ART 2130. An intermediate course in printmaking. The making and printing of lithographic images on stones and plates, including both traditional and contemporary techniques such as photolithography, transfer lithography, and color lithography. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4110 - Advanced Book Arts
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3550 or permission of instructor. Further work with papermaking, bookbinding, and the production of artist's books. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4120 - Printmaking IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 2130, ART 3140, and ART 4100 or permission of instructor. Further work in one or more of the following media: silkscreen, intaglio, lithography, or relief printmaking. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4130 - Printmaking V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4120. Advanced work in one of the printmaking media as described in ART 4120. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4140 - Printmaking VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4130. Intensive independent research in one of the areas chosen by the student and planned in consultation with the instructor. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4280 - Digital Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1640, and ART 2310; permission of instructor required. Vector software and the conceptualization, technical skills, and professional practices of digital illustration. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4290 - Beginning Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640. Introduces basic methods, materials, and business practices of illustration, with an emphasis on development of rendering skills. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4300 - Advanced Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4290 or permission of the instructor. Continued exploration of methods and materials with an emphasis on development of a personal style. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4310 - Portfolio II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3330. Continued production of portfolio-based problems with increased emphasis on advanced design skills related to the specific needs of the workplace. Includes basic collateral problems, ad campaigns, corporate identity, signage, plus a self-promotional package. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4320 - Senior Project
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4310 or permission of instructor. Following a portfolio review, each class member will devise a project that conceptually and visually addresses his or her design/illustration goals. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4330 - Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting as an intern. Approximately 150 work hours required for the semester.

ART 4390 - Interactive Design II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 3930 and permission of instructor. An intermediate interactive design class with an emphasis on interface design. Focuses on design, planning, and creation of Web sites using industry-standard Web design applications. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4400 - Interactive Design III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 3930 or ART 4390 and permission of instructor. An advanced interactive design class that emphasizes the design and implementation of visually engaging, immersive environments. Students work individually and as teams using industry-standard Web design applications to create stand-alone and Web projects. Six -hour studio course.

ART 4410 - Typography in Motion
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2325 or permission of instructor. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the graphic design process in time-based media. Emphasizes formal, conceptual, and technical aspects of kinetic typography through individual projects created with industry specific software applications. Six-hour studio course

ART 4510 - Sculpture IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3530 or permission of instructor.  Development of concepts and techniques with primary emphasis on metal sculpture. Gas and electric welding, fabricating, grinding, finishing, and subordinate use of other sculpture materials. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4520 - Sculpture V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3530 or permission of instructor. Development of concepts and techniques with primary emphasis on casting activities in the foundry; covers various metal casting techniques and subordinate use of other materials. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4530 - Sculpture VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4510 and ART 4520 or permission of instructor. Problems in sculpture selected by the student after approval by the instructor. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4640 - Advanced Art Problems
1 to 3 credit hours

Structure and content determined by the art faculty on the basis of individual need. The student should be prepared to do independent research and experimentation in the area selected. (A maximum of 9 credits may be applied to a degree.) Six-hour studio course.

ART 4710 - Painting IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3730 or permission of instructor. Projects in painting; content of the course is planned by the student under supervision of the instructor. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4720 - Painting V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4710 or permission of instructor. Independent studies course in painting which continues the concerns of Painting IV. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4730 - Painting VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4720 or permission of instructor. Directed individual study; a continuation of Painting IV at a more advanced level. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4770 - Letterpress II: The Tulip Poplar Press
3 credit hours

 An advanced course in letterpress printing with an emphasis on the creative process of collaboration and on designing for the marketplace. Students work as apprentices for the Tulip Poplar Press to design and produce limited edition publications for the marketplace. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4810 - Ceramics IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 3830 and permission of instructor. Directed individual studies of problems mutually agreed upon by the student and course instructor. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4820 - Ceramics V
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4810 and permission of instructor. Further work as described in Ceramics IV (ART 4810). Six-hour studio course.

ART 4830 - Ceramics VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4820 and permission of instructor. Further work as described in Ceramics V (ART 4820). Written paper and exhibition required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4870 - African Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of instructor. Survey of visual art from the African continent and an examination of selected artists of the African diaspora. Discussion of ancient through contemporary artistic production, with focus upon nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

ART 4880 - African American Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of instructor. An art historical survey of African American culture and visual arts, beginning with eighteenth century expressions in painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts, but focusing on the twentieth century expressions.

ART 4890 - Design History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 or ART 1930 or permission of the instructor. Surveys the history of two-dimensional design in Europe and North America, focusing mainly on the role of visual culture in modern society and on the influence of fine art, architecture, advertising, and the professionalism of the field on modern and contemporary design.

ART 4900 - Nineteenth-Century Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of the instructor. Examines visual arts of the nineteenth century from Europe, the United States, Africa, or the Americas. Topics will vary according to areas of expertise of the professor.

ART 4905 - Survey of Women Artists: Renaissance to Modern
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Painting and sculpture produced by women artists from Europe and the Americas during the period from the Renaissance (1400) to the Modern era (1945).

ART 4920 - Contemporary Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of instructor. Western visual art movements and issues in American painting and sculpture in the twentieth century.

ART 4940 - Special Studies in Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite will vary. Content varies. When offered, particular topics addressed are indicated by the course title in the class schedule. Depending on the nature of the material to be covered, prerequisites may be imposed by the instructor. Can be repeated for up to 9 hours.

ART 4960 - Independent Studies in Art History
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  Permission of instructor. Independent investigations into art history under the guidance of a member of the art history faculty. Topic(s) of investigation must be agreed upon by both student and faculty prior to registration. May not be repeated.  

ART 4970 - Senior Thesis in Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of art history core, and at least 18 hours of upper-division art history. An intensive research and writing project under the direct guidance of a supervising art history faculty member.  

Contact and Student Information

Brenda Johnson
bjohnson@mtsu.eduu

Phone | 615-898-2455

Karen Austin (A-M)
Karen.Austin@mtsu.edu
615-494-7662

Christinaann Graves (N-Z)
Christinaann.Graves@mtsu.edu
615-494-7662

Department of Art
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