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Catalog

Art/Art and Graphic Design

Betty Friedman
Chair
(650) 508-3631
bfriedman@ndnu.edu

The Department of Art offers a curriculum that seeks the aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual fulfillment of its students through the development of creative intuition, technical competence and cultural sensitivity.

The Art major is offered for emerging artists to explore their artistic vision through rigorous studio work and the study of Art History. For those seeking a studio art program, including painting, drawing, printmaking, design fundamentals and photography, the Art Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the major of Art for those planning to pursue a career in Art as this degree is preferred and often required for entrance into an MFA program. Further studio practice in this major provides a focus for portfolio development within a major technique.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Graphic Design is offered for those who are interested in a career in the graphic design field. Courses include graphic design skills and concepts, production techniques, industry technology and Web design. Art and Graphic Design majors must complete an internship in graphic design and produce a final design portfolio.

The Art Department offers a special articulated program with NDNU's graduate program in Art Therapy Psychology. This program allows qualified students in their last year of undergraduate work to begin study for the master's degree while completing the bachelor's degree. They are allowed to enroll in up to 6 units of selected graduate course work in Art Therapy that fulfills part of the undergraduate general elective requirement while also counting those graduate units toward the master's degree. Undergraduate Art majors who are interested in NDNU’s Art Therapy Psychology graduate program are encouraged to also minor in Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Art Major Program Level Learning Outcomes

Students completing a degree in Art

  • Will be familiar with art history from the past to the present, including the recognition and comprehension of art movements, cultural and regional styles, technical developments, and visual content
  • Can demonstrate visual problem-solving using basic design principles in 2-D design, 3-D design, and color dynamics
  • Will be able to combine risk-taking and experimentation with disciplined work habits as part of the creative process
  • Will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of visual, written, and oral forms with vocabulary specific to Art
  • Will develop a portfolio integrating their best examples of paintings, drawings, prints, photography, and sculpture

Art and Graphic Design Major Program Level Learning Outcomes

Students completing a degree in Art and Graphic Design

  • Will demonstrate familiarity with art history from the past to the present, including the recognition and comprehension of art movements, cultural and regional styles, technical developments, aesthetics, visual content, and industrial design
  • Will demonstrate visual problem-solving using basic design principles in 2-D design, 3-D design, aesthetics, and color dynamics
  • Will be able to combine risk-taking and experimentation with disciplined work habits as part of the creative design process
  • Will learn to communicate effectively in a variety of ways, including written, oral, and visual with vocabulary specific to Art and Graphic Design
  • Will learn graphic design industry-specific software and technology and demonstrate this through use in their class assignments and portfolios

Bachelor of Arts in Art

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

Prerequisites Units
ART1001 Drawing I 3
ART1002 Drawing II 3
ART1018 Life Drawing I 3
ART1019 Life Drawing II 3
ART1101 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART1109 Color Design 3
ART1118 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART1127 Advanced Design 3
ART1201 Art through Time: An Art History Survey 3
Total Prerequisites 27

 

Major Requirements Units
ART2215 Art History: Contemporary Art since 1945 3
Three units of Art History from the following: 3
     ART2201      Art History: Modern Art
     ART2210      Art History: Art in Business and Industry
Three units of Painting from the following: 3
     ART2301      Representational Painting
     ART2305      Projects in Painting
     ART2310      Outdoor Painting
Three units of Media Graphics from the following: 3
     ART2405      Media Graphics: Layout and Typography
     ART2410      Media Graphics: Production Techniques
Three units of Printmaking from the following: 3
     ART2501      Printmaking: Etching
     ART2505      Printmaking: Multimedia Workshop
ART2615 Sculpture I 3
ART2625 Photography I 3
ART2635/2635C Gallery Techniques 3
ART2881 Senior Seminar 3
Upper-division electives in Art History 3
Total Major Units 30
Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives 67
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).
Total Unit Requirement 124

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art are the same as the requirements for the corresponding Bachelor of Arts degree in Art except that the BFA degree students must satisfy the following additional requirements:

ART2001 Advanced Life Drawing 3
Three upper-division courses in a Major Technique 9
Two upper-division courses in a Minor Technique 6
Total additional BFA units 18

Major and minor techniques may be chosen from painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, or graphic design.

Minor in Art

Students who wish to minor in Art must complete 15 units, of which a minimum of six must be upper-division and taken in residence, to be arranged in consultation with the Art Department Chair.

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Graphic Design

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

Prerequisites Units
ART1001 Drawing I 3
ART1010 Drawing with Illustrator 3
ART1018 Life Drawing I 3
ART1019 Life Drawing II 3
ART1101 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART1109 Color Design 3
ART1118 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART1127 Advanced Design 3
ART1201 Art through Time: An Art History Survey 3
Total Prerequisites 27

 

Major Requirements Units
ART2215 Art History: Contemporary Art since 1945 3
Three units of Art History from the following: 3
     ART2201      Art History: Modern Art
     ART2210      Art History: Art in Business and Industry
Three units of Painting from the following: 3
     ART2301      Representational Painting
     ART2305      Projects in Painting
     ART2310      Outdoor Painting
ART2401 Media Graphics: Graphic Design 3
ART2405 Media Graphics: Layout and Typography 3
ART2410 Media Graphics: Production Techniques 3
ART2415 Elements of Web Design: Photoshop 3
Three units of Printmaking from the following: 3
     ART2501      Printmaking: Etching
     ART2505      Printmaking: Multimedia workshop
ART2625 Photography I 3
ART2635/2635C Gallery Techniques 3
ART2880 Senior Graphic Design Portfolio 3
ART2990 Graphic Design Internship 2
Total Major Requirements 35
Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives 62
* Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).
Total Unit Requirement
124

Minor in Art and Graphic Design

A minor in Art and Graphic Design is available to any student and comprises the following classes:

Required Courses Units
ART1010 Drawing with Illustrator 3
ART1101 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART2401 Media Graphics: Graphic Design 3
ART2405 Media Graphics: Layout and Typography 3
ART2410 Media Graphics: Production Techniques 3
Total Unit Requirement 15