Course Descriptions - Department of Fine Arts

GENERAL AND INTRODUCTORY


FA 1000 Introduction to Art (3)
An exploration of the theories and techniques of art and the creative process, through direct experience with material and ideas. For non-art majors only.
General Education Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary in Humanities
Prerequisites: None


FA 1001 Beginning Painting for Non-Art Majors (3)
An introductory studio course for non-art majors dealing with the materials, techniques, and history of the painting medium. A course offering a direct experience with the creative process through color and paint, as well as an introduction to historical and contemporary painting through slides and museum/gallery visits. No previous art experience necessary.

FA 1003 Beginning Printmaking for Non-Art Majors (3)
An introductory studio course for non-art majors dealing with the hand printed image as an art form. Emphasis is on conceptual development and technical skills. Supply fees required.
Prerequisites: None

FA 1020 Visual Awareness Workshop (3)
A workshop in developing and strengthening visual response. Combines both visual and studio experiences with sensory exercises designed to develop greater visual awareness. Designed for the Fine Arts major as well as others interested in the visual arts.

FA 2300 Visual Thinking (3)
An introduction to creative problem solving. Emphasis is on creative solutions to problems that range from the abstract to the real. Students will learn to “think with a pencil.”
Prerequisites: Completion of Developmental Studies requirements.
General Education Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary in Humanities

STUDIO


FA 1100 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
A studio course concerning the visual elements and principles of design with focus on two-dimensional concepts and media. Supply fees required.
Prerequisite: None

FA 1101 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
A studio course concerning the visual elements and principles of design with focus on three-dimensional concepts, media, and techniques. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisite: None

FA 1230 Drawing I (3)
Studio course exploring materials, concepts, and methods of drawing, with emphasis on personal artistic expression. Historic and contemporary examples of style, media, and technique will also be addressed.

FA 2000 Directions in Studio Art (3)
Media and methods used in studio arts. Inter-relationship of media and evaluation of their uses. Ideas and issues in studio art. Overview of the professional field. Lecture course.

FA 2100 Color Theory (3)
A studio course which investigates various color theories and their interaction with perceptual, cultural and individual responses.

FA 2110 Computer Art I (3)
Studio course exploring the computer as a tool for artists. Emphasis on concept development and an overview of techniques such as basic drawing/illustration, collage, and image manipulation. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2150 Digital Multimedia Arts (3)
Studio and lecture course using digital arts hardware and software for artistic expression and professional development. Emphasis on developing creative and technical skills, and integrating still images, audio and video. The software is cross platform and the laboratory is equipped with Macintosh computers.
Prerequisites: GE 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

FA 2200 Introduction to Painting for Fine Art Majors (3)
An introduction to fundamental methods and theory of painting with emphasis on both traditional and contemporary forms and materials. For art majors only.
Prerequisite: FA 1100, FA 1230, FA 2100 (or as Corequisite)

FA 2250 Basic Metalwork and Jewelry (3)
Introductory studio course for designing and creating jewelry and other metal objects. Emphasis on conceptual development and technical skills such as soldering, fabrication, and forming. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2210 Watercolor (3)
Materials and methods in the art of water-color with experience in both opaque and transparent pigments. Theory and studio practice with historic developments in style.

FA 2230 Life Drawing (3)
A study of human form through drawing from life. The human form in the expression of other cultures and our own. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1230

FA 2240 Illustration I (3)
Studio course teaching the preparation and presentation of illustrative art for various commercial media, consistent with recognized professional standards. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1100, FA 1230

FA 2259 Papermaking and Book Arts (3)
Introductory studio course in papermaking and bookbinding techniques. Emphasis on conceptual development and technical skills dealing with various traditional and non-traditional applications of the media. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1100 and FA 1230

FA 2260 Introductory Printmaking (3)
Introductory studio course exploring the basics of non-toxic printmaking techniques including relief and intaglio. Emphasis on creative development and technical skills.
Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1230

FA 2270 Photography (3)
Basic Photography, including exposure, developing, printing and enlarging. Historic and contemporary forms in photography. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2275 Digital Photography I (3)
An introductory studio course in modern digital photography and its applications including the use of digital cameras and all of their controls. Emphasis is also placed on photography as a creative medium and Photoshop and its application to digital photography. Students are required to have their own camera and purchase materials/supplies.

FA 2276 Sculpture Workshop: Fabrication (3)
A studio course in the materials and methods of sculpture emphasizing individual expression and selection through fabrication techniques. Field trip(s). Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisite: FA 1100, 1101, 1231, 2100 (or as co-requisite)

FA 2277 Sculpture Workshop: Modeling and Casting (3)
A studio course in the materials and methods of sculpture emphasizing individual expression and selection, through modeling and casting processes. Field Trip(s)
Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisite: FA 1100, 1101, 2100 (or as co-requisite)

FA 2280 Ceramics I (3)
Studio course in ceramic art. Deals with hand-building, potter's wheel, surface treatment, chemical and physical properties of clay and glazes, as they relate to three-dimensional design in clay. Historical and cultural aspects of ceramics.

FA 2284 Textiles and Fibers (3)
An introductory studio course exploring basic textile and fiber techniques. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2285 Surface Design on Fabric (3)
An introduction to basic surface design on fabric. Studio course. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2286 Weaving (3)
An introductory studio course exploring basic weaving on the floor loom. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2288 Furniture Making I (3)
Studio course in designing and making furniture as an art form. Emphasis on creativity and originality. Techniques of fabrication, joining and finishing. Integration of concept, materials and process. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2290 The Woodworker’s Art (3)
Studio course in designing and working with wood, emphasizing original expression. Exploring the nature of wood, and related materials, and working with the tools, equipment, processes of the designer-craftsman woodworker. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: None

FA 2405 Drawing II (3)
Intermediate studio course exploring materials, concepts, and methods of drawing, with emphasis on observation, visual perception, and training of the imagination. Historic and contemporary examples of style, media, and technique will also be addressed. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1230

FA 2406 Drawing: Rapid Visualization (3)
Studio drawing course in quick visual expression. Meets the needs of artists, designers, teachers, and anyone interested in developing skills of drawing quickly and communicating clearly with images.
Prerequisites: None

FA 3111 Computer Art II: Drawing and Painting (3)
In depth studio course focusing on 2-D electronic painting and drawing as artistic expression. Techniques addressed include, editing, manipulating and simulated hand painting and drawing. Emphasis is on creative and technical skills. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2110 or permission of instructor

FA 3115 Internet Art (3)
Studio course exploring the Internet as a production tool, medium, and distribution outlet for artists. Emphasis on concept development, expressive potential, and media techniques, as well as an overview of the medium's history as it applies to creating a web based art project. Supply fees required.
Prerequisites: FA 3110 or FA 2150 or permission of the instructor 

FA 3202 Painting Workshop (3)
A continuation of FA 2200 Introduction to Painting for Art Majors and FA 1001 Beginning Painting for Non-Art Majors. Emphasis on
student choice and the development of a series of paintings in a single medium.
Prerequisite: FA 1001, FA 2200. May be repeated for credit.

FA 3240 Fine Arts Internship (3)
Work related experience at sites approved by the Fine Arts Department, providing student with on-the-job opportunities in galleries, artist studios, or museums. Placement at a daily or weekly site for one semester. Hours to be arranged with the faculty advisor and employer/mentor. Generally requires 10 hours per week for 15 weeks of on-site service.
Prerequisite: Approval of Chair

FA 3251 Intermediate Metalwork and Jewelry (3)
Intermediate studio course on metalworking skills including casting, mechanisms, raising, sinking, and die forming techniques. Projects encourage creative expression and the broadening of traditional concepts of the field. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2250 or permission of instructor

FA 3252 Basic Enameling (3)
Introductory studio course exploring the basics of enameling on metal and its application to jewelry and object making. Emphasis on creative development and technical skills.
Prerequisites: None

FA 3261 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
Introductory studio course exploring intermediate skills of non-toxic printmaking techniques with focus on planar applications including silkscreen. Emphasis on creative development and technical skills. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 1230, 2260

FA 3271 Intermediate Photography (3)
Technical procedures for achieving consistent and high-quality images in black-and-white photography. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2270

FA 3272 Large-Format Photography (3)
Studio course in the use of large format cameras, film handling, exposure, development and darkroom considerations. New trends in large format digital photography.
Prerequisites: FA 3271 or GCOM 3607 or permission of instructor

FA 3273 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (3)
Studio course to examine the history and contemporary directions in photojournalism and documentary photography. Student will use this information to develop a personal artistic philosophy along with technical knowledge in producing a portfolio of photographs.
Prerequisite: FA 3271 or GCOM 3607 or permission of the instructor.

FA 3274 Extended Forms in Photography (3)
Studio course designed to explore non-traditional directions in the art of photography using new technology and mixed media.
Prerequisite: FA 3271 or GCOM 3607 or permission of the instructor

FA 3275 Digital Photography II (3)
An advanced studio course in modern digital photography and its applications, including the use of advanced ditital cameras controls, Raw file format, color management, PhotoShop, and advanced applications in digital photography. Emphasis is also placed on a student portfolio of digital photographs and the development of a clear aesthetic vision. Students are required to have their own camera and purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisite: FA 2275 or permission of Instructor

FA 3279 Ceramic Sculpture (3)
Exploration of clay as a sculptural medium, using traditional ceramic forming techniques. Clay body development, surface treatment, kiln firing instruction and glaze chemistry. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisite: FA 2280 or FA 3276 or FA 3277

FA 3281 Ceramics II (3)
Continuation of Ceramics I, with emphasis on student's controlling more of the process, including preparation of clay and glazes, and loading and firing kilns.
Prerequisite: FA 2280

FA 3287 Weaving II (3)
Continued exploration of weaving on the floor loom. Intermediate studio course. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2286

FA 3289 Furniture Making II (3)
Experimentation with furniture as abstract art form. Individual problems in designing and making furniture, continuing previously acquired skills. Emphasis on originality and creativity with design as a process. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisite: FA 2288 or permission of instructor

FA 3342 Illustration II (3)
Studio course designed to teach the preparation and presentation of illustrative art for various commercial media which will be consistent with recognized professional standards. Second semester emphasizes the development of personal style. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2340

FA 3345 Drawing from the Clothed Model
A drawing course which will teach form, proportion, and perspective through the use of the clothed model. Current fashion and period costumes will be used and the emphasis will be on drawing the figure in a variety of movements.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

FA 3370 Commercial Photography Fundamentals (3)
Photography for advertising, industrial, and editorial applications. Emphasis on creative solutions to problems with specific objectives. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2270

FA 3671 Single-Camera Video Production (3)
Introduction to basic camcorder operation, elementary editing, and preparation of single-camera video production. Emphasis on developing ideas and interpreting them visually and creatively.

FA 3672 Experimental Video (3)
Introduction to the use of video as a creative medium. Use of a variety of sources and special effects to produce alternative and music videos. Emphasis on originality and concept development.

FA 4000-4001 Independent Study in Fine Arts I and II (3, 3)
Independent projects in art initiated by the student and executed under close supervision of a faculty member. Projects should be advanced or specialized.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

FA 4201 Portfolio - Studio Art (3)
Advanced development and ongoing review of the student's portfolio of creative work. Emphasis on meeting standards of professional competence and developing individual strengths. Evaluation by Fine Arts/BFA Studio Art faculty in appropriate area of specialization. Exhibition.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor.

FA 4202 Senior Seminar (3)
Investigation of ideas and issues in contemporary art focusing on art of the latter half of the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: AH 3741 and FA 3800
Writing Emphasis Course

FA 4262 Advanced Printmaking (3)
A continuation of FA 3261 on an individualized basis. Advanced studio course with concentration on refining technical skills and developing a personal voice through creative expression. Emphasis on conceptual development and technical skills dealing with image development. May be repeated for credit. Students required to purchase materials/supplies.
Prerequisites: FA 2260 and 3261

FA 4270 Problems in Photography (3)
Individual and group problems in photography, selected to build upon previously acquired photographic skills, amplify expressive powers, and strengthen understanding of two-dimensional design.
Prerequisite: FA 3271 or equivalent

FA 4276 Advanced Sculpture (3)
Continuation of experiences in FA 3276 and 3277 on an individualized basis.
Prerequisites: FA 3276, FA 3277

FA 4280 Ceramics III (3)
Continuation of Ceramics I and II, with an emphasis on individual student's identification of individual problems and goals. Technical information includes clay body and glaze chemistry and kiln design and repair. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisites: FA 3280, FA 328l

FA 4281 Ceramics IV (3)
Study of whiteware techniques, using casting, throwing, and handbuilding skills. Development of porcelain, white stoneware, and talc clay bodies; with subsequent use and development of celadons, low fire glazes, underglazes, and overglaze techniques.
Prerequisites: FA 3281 or permission of instructor

FA 4282 Ceramics V (3)
Exploration of clay as a sculptural medium, using traditional ceramic forming techniques. Clay body development, surface treatment, kiln firing instruction and glaze chemistry. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisites: FA 2280 or FA 3276 or FA 3277

FA 4283 Advanced Metalwork and Jewelry (3)
Continuation of FA 3251 on an individualized basis. Emphasis on refining technical skills and maximizing creative expression in the medium. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: FA 3251 or permission of instructor

FA 4795 Mentor Sequence I (1)
Begin to develop, with a faculty mentor, competency in the visual arts process by producing a body of work, engaging in critical assessment and developing a philosophical approach which emphasizes craft, aesthetic sensibility and professional growth. First course in the required Mentor Sequence which leads to a solo exhibition.
Prerequisites: Approval of BFA Program Advisor and Junior Standing

FA 4796 Mentor Sequence II (1)
Continue to develop, with a faculty mentor, competency as an artist producing a body of work in preparation for a solo exhibition. Second course in the required three semester Mentor Sequence which leads to a solo exhibition.
Prerequisites: FA 4795, Approval of BFA Program Advisor and Junior/Senior Standing

FA 4797 Mentor Sequence III (1)
Organize and mount, with a faculty mentor, a solo exhibition which demonstrates competence in a selected studio specialization. Final course in the required three semester Mentor Sequence.
Prerequisites: FA 4795, FA 4796, Approval of BFA Program Advisor and Senior Standing Museum Training

FA 4500 Museum Training: Theory (3)
The functions of the museum. Aspects of professional museum work; collection administration, education services.
Prerequisites: FA 1100, FA 1700 and FA 1701 or permission of instructor

FA 4501 Museum Training: Practice (3)
The application of the theory of museum training. Techniques of exhibition and curatorship, care of collections and connoisseurship. Introductory demonstrations in conservation for curators given in a technical laboratory.
Prerequisites: FA 1100, FA 1700, FA 1701 and FA 4500 or permission of instructor

PHILOSOPHY AND ESTHETICS


FA 4800 Meaning and Making in the Visual Arts (3)
Concepts of art production, aesthetics, creativity and the various social, economic and cultural relationships between art, artist, and society are examined through reading, research, writing and discussion.
Prerequisites: AH 1700, AH 1701, Completion of Foundation Course sequence Writing Emphasis Course.

ART EDUCATION


FA 2900 Field Experiences in Multicultural Art Education Settings (3)
An observational and analytical study of teaching and learning about art in multi-cultural urban and suburban education settings; includes visits to various education settings. Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification. GPA of 2.5 (Kean plus transfer credits) required.

FA 2950 Creative Concepts in Arts and Crafts (3)
Studio course in arts and crafts focusing on the contributions of various cultures. Emphasis on understanding the creative process and life-long development in art. Materials and techniques will include those suitable for expression by children and adults.
General Education Option

FA 3900 Introduction to Art Education I (3)
Elementary Art Education teaching methodology including observation of teaching procedures, working with small groups, evaluation of programs, discussions, demonstrations and readings. Students are required to spend 1/2 day per week in the field preparing to teach K-6. Fall semester/Junior year. Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification.
Prerequisites: FA 2900 and Junior standing
Corequisite: EDUC 3000 and FA 3902
Writing Emphasis Course

FA 3901 Introduction to Art Education II (3)
Secondary Art Education teaching methodology including observation of teaching procedures, working with small groups, evaluation of programs, discussions, demonstrations and readings. Students are required to spend 1/2 day per week in the field preparing to teach 7-12. Spring semester/Junior year. Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification.
Prerequisites: FA 3900, FA 3902 and Junior standing (60 credits)
Corequisite: FA 3903

FA 3902 Artist/Teacher Field Experience I (1)
Supervised field experience. Emphasis is on curriculum content and basic teaching strategies. Students spend 1/2 day per week (45 hours) per semester in a selected art education setting, K-6. Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification.
Prerequisite: FA 2900
Corequisite: FA 3900

FA 3903 Artist/Teacher Field Experience II (1)
Supervised field experience. Emphasis is on curriculum content and basic teaching strategies. Students spend 1/2 day per week (45 hours) per semester in a selected art education setting, 7-12. Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification.
Prerequisites: FA 3900, FA 3902
Corequisite: FA 3901

FA 3910 Art in Education (3)
Understanding the child's natural modes of expression, selection of media to develop this expression, and finding ways of teaching in the elementary school which will increase aesthetic awareness, develop skills, enrich experience, and invite expression. Not intended for fine arts majors.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

FA 3920 Art in Early Childhood Education (3)
Content similar to that of Fine Arts 3910 but dealing with children of the nursery school age through the third grade. Not intended for fine arts majors.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

FA 3921 Art Media for Occupational Therapists (3)
Understanding natural modes of expression through arts and crafts and the selection of media suitable to diverse age, social, economic and cultural groups; analysis of tasks and skills needed, and the knowledge required to teach techniques for working with individuals and groups. Required during sophomore year for admission to Occupational Therapy program. Closed to all others, except with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: BIO 1000; PSY 1000, PSY 2100 and OT 2400. Recommended: FA 1000

FA 4921 Art Media in Gerontology (3)
Development and assessment of art media and programs for use with the elderly in natural and confined settings.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor

FA 4950 Problems in Art Education (3)
Principles and practices in art education studied through individual research and group critique.
Prerequisite: FA 3902

FA 4990 Student Teaching in Fine Arts (10)
Students will teach in two different educational settings under the direction of a college art supervisor and cooperating art teachers. Includes work with normal, gifted and talented, mainstreamed, special education, and ethnically diverse students. Includes three on-campus evening seminars.
Required for Fine Arts Teacher Certification.
Prerequisites: FA 3900, FA 3901, FA 3902, FA 3903, EDUC 3000, EDUC 3400 or EDUC 3401, EDUC 4000, completion of 95 semester hours. (For graduate students: FA 5015, FA 5016, FA 3902, FA 3903, Senior or Graduate status)


ART HISTORY

 

AH 1700 Art from Prehistory Through the Middle Ages (3)
A study of important works of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory to the Renaissance with emphasis on stylistic analysis and relationships of art to its cultural and historical setting.
General Education Humanities

General Education Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Option

 

AH 1701 Art from the Renaissance to the Modern World (3)

A study of important works of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on stylistic analysis and the relationship of art to its cultural and historical setting.


AH 3275 History of Photography (3)

An overview of technological developments, artistic movements, and important trends in photography from 1839 to the present and an introduction to the major artists in the discipline. Emphasis will also be placed on contemporary directions and the use of digital photography.

 

AH 3700 American Art (3)

American art and its cultural and historical contexts from colonial times to the present.

 

AH 3710 Italian Renaissance Painting (3)
Italian painting from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century in Florence, Siena, Rome, and Venice.

Prerequisite: AH 1701.

 

AH 3711 Italian Art and Architecture: The Early Renaissance (3)
The history of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with emphasis on the art of Florence, Siena, Rome and Venice.

Prerequisites: AH 1700, AH 1701, or permission of instructor. Students who have taken AH 3710 may not take this course for credit.

 

AH 3712 Italian Art and Architecture: The High Renaissance and Mannerism (3)
The history of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture ca. 1470-1580 with emphasis on the art of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan.

Prerequisites: AH 1700, AH 1701, AH 3711, or permission of instructor.

 

AH 3720 Baroque Art (3)
European painting, sculpture, and architecture in the seventeenth century.

Prerequisite: AH 1701.

 

AH 3725 Women in the Visual Arts (3)

An exploration of the history of women artists with emphasis on the western world.


AH 3730 Art of Ancient Egypt (3)
Chronological survey of the arts of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic Era through the Late Period. Includes discussion of related topics such as kingship, religion, and burial customs.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

 

AH 3740 Modern Art: 1900-1950 (3)
From cubism to abstract expressionism: a study of major artists, art works and movements in Europe and America from 1900 to 1950.

Prerequisite: AH 1701.

 

AH 3741 Contemporary Art (3)
A study of painting and sculpture in Europe and America from 1945 to present, including new media such as performance art and site-specific installations.

Prerequisite: AH 1701

 

AH 3745 Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (3)

European art from Manet to Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

AH 3750 The Art of China (3)

The art of China from Neolithic time to the Ch’ing Dynasty.

 

AH 3751 The Art of Japan (3)

The art of Japan from prehistoric times to the end of the Edo Period with emphasis on painting, sculpture and architecture.


AH 3752 The Art of India (3)

The art and culture of India including Buddhist art, Moslem art, Hindu art and art of Southeast Asia.

 

AH 3760 Medieval Art (3)

Study of architecture, painting and sculpture of the Early Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic periods. Emphasis on evolving style and meaning within cultural and historical context.

 

AH 3770 Greek and Roman Art (3)

Study of works of art from Archaic and Classical Greece, the Hellenistic Age, Ancient Etruria, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

 

AH 3771 Byzantine Art (3)
Study of art and culture of the Byzantine period (Medieval Eastern Roman Empire). Emphasis on function and style within cultural and historical context. Museum entrance fee may be required.

Prerequisites: AH 1700 or AH 1701.

 

AH 3780 Art in Africa (3)
Selected topics in the arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Emphasis on traditional art of West Africa. Other topics of discussion: Central, Eastern and Southern Africa and non-traditional art.

Prerequisites: AH 1700 or AH 1701; Permission of instructor.

 

AH 3781 African-American Art (3)
Survey of major contributions of American artists of African descent from the 18th century to the present. Discussion includes painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and textile art (e.g., quilting).

Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

 

AH 3790 History of Furniture and Interiors (3)
Chronological examination of the formal, structural and motivating characteristics of furniture and interior decoration in significant periods, especially the classic, Gothic, Italian, French, English, and American. Textiles, their qualities, designs, and colors. Special attention given to the adaptation of past work to contemporary usage.

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“Getting my undergraduate degree at Kean University was my greatest educational experience (having attended other colleges prior). The personal attention I received, not only in the classroom, but in faculty advisement, campus services, and student organizations, was extraordinary. The individual and career growth I developed could not have been matched elsewhere.”

 

AH 3792 History of Western Architecture (3)
Chronological survey of selected key monuments from prehistory to the twenty-first century, emphasizing structural, programmatic, and formal analysis. Emphasis on western traditions and the cultural and historical significance of architecture.

Prerequisites: AH 1700 or AH 1701


AH 3793 Sacred Space and Sacred Landscape (3)
An examination of how humans have construed the sacred in history, particularly how they have imbued landscape and created architecture to embody and give shape to sacredness. Course will cover theoretical, religious, ritual, and mystical aspects of the sacred, and then examine examples of sacred architecture and sacred landscape from different time periods and cultures.

Prerequisites: AH 1700 or AH 1701


AH 3795 Pre-Columbian Arts of Central America (3)
A survey of the cultures of Mexico and Central America prior to the conquests of Cortez beginning in 1519, considering the archaeological evidence in a chronological sequence, stressing their arts and using interdisciplinary methodologies.

 

AH 3796 History of Modern Latin American Art and Architecture (3)

A chronological and thematic survey of key monuments and artists in 20th century Latin America that emphasizes regional historical, cultural, and social contexts as well as international currents of Modernism. Painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture as well as connections with politics and other arts in a historical context will be covered.

Prerequisites: AH 1700 or AH 1701

 

AH 4000-4001 Independent Study in Fine Arts (3,3)

Independent projects or research in a specific field of interest, by arrangement with a sponsoring professor. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

 

AH 4700 Art History Research Seminar (3)
Advanced projects in art history pursued through independent research and group critique. Students conduct original art historical research.

General Education Capstone

Prerequisites: Required of Art History majors. Others by permission of instructor.


AH 4710 History of Drawings and Prints (3)

Techniques, uses, and historical development of drawing and printmaking, with emphasis from Durer and Rembrandt through the modern era. Prerequisite: AH 1701 or FA 3260 or 3261.

 

AH 4720 Exhibiting Modern Art (3)
Traces the history of art exhibition practices from the nineteenth century to the present. How modern art was defined, promoted and interpreted through art exhibitions. Innovative exhibitions and installations will be studied as case examples.

Prerequisites: AH 1701 or AH 3740, or permission of instructor.

 

AH 4770 Italian Art and Architecture Study Tour: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day (3)
A four-week course in Italy that introduces the wonders of studying art and architecture in their original location and cultural context. Visit museums and archaeological sites to explore Italy’s Ancient Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern monuments.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES

The following are found under Interdisciplinary courses. (See Index.)
ID 3700 Survival of Classical Mythology in Art (3)
ID 4051 Art for the Exceptional Child (3)
ID 4545 Marketing Communications Workshop (3)
ID 4850 Interrelating the Arts (3)

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