Studio Art Emphasis | Art Major | Concordia University Irvine

Art Major

Studio Art Emphasis

School of Arts and Sciences

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The undergraduate Studio Art Emphasis within the Art major provides students the opportunity to study how art reflects history, and create a body of work that explores a focused theme, conducting research for the works produced for a group exhibition.

Building on a foundation of core courses that hone your artistic skills, Studio Art majors are trained in a variety of mediums including drawing and painting, and a choice of sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, video art or digital photography. With plentiful studio space, students will create a senior project and have the opportunity to display their work.

Concordia is also home to the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall, curated by Professor Niclas Kruger. Here students are exposed to exhibitions and artists that specialize in a variety of mediums and techniques.

With a degree in Art: Studio Art, some of the jobs and skill sets you will be prepared for include:

  • Art Conservation
  • Illustration
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Programming
  • Photographer
  • Textile Design
  • Art Sales

Curriculum

  • Art Core
  • 27 Units
  • ART 200: Elements of Art
  • 3

In this course students will be given a practical introduction to the basics of art through creative studio activities involving the elements of art in a variety of media with two- and three-dimensional projects. A lab fee is required.

  • ART 201: Drawing I *
  • 3

This studio art course will introduce the basic approaches to observational drawing in a variety of media, methods, and subject matter through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio drawing, out-of-class drawing, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required.

  • ART 202: 3D Design and Visualization *
  • 3

This studio art course is an introduction to the study of three-dimensional (3D) design. Students will be exposed to the principles of 3D design and its similarities and departure from 2D design. By translating ideas and 2D images to 3D constructions, students will begin to master 3D design processes, solve design problems three-dimensionally and enhance their 3D visualization quotient. Students will also develop a basis competency and appreciation for craftsmanship and digital 3D design tools (Stetchup). Lab fee is required.

  • ART 251: Design *
  • 3

This course is a continuation of Elements of Art, with emphasis on the properties and handling of color as a design tool. Students will gain an understanding of color relationships, as well as learn to identify, and analyze the principles and elements of design. Students will utilize these theories and principles in the creation of their own unique designs.

  • ART 301: Drawing II *
  • 3

Students will be helped to establish a style and technique emphasizing discipline, craftsmanship, and imagination in this course as they use a variety of drawing materials and investigate perspective, composition, line, tone control, and a personal point of view. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 201 or consent of instructor.

  • ART 321: Painting I *
  • 3

This studio art course will introduce students to the basic approaches of acrylic painting, painting techniques, form, content, visual appreciation, and personal expression through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio painting, out-of-class painting, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 201.

  • ART 498: Senior Art Seminar *
  • 3

The purpose of this course is to assist students to gain a more complete understanding of the complex nature of art making and its role in a social, historical, cultural, and personal context. Intended to serve as a capstone experience for students in the Studio Arts major, this course is designed to complement and work in conjunction with preparations for the Senior Exhibition. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of the instructor.

  • Choose two of the following courses:
  • ART 331: Sculpture I *
  • 3

This studio art course will introduce students to the basic approaches of acrylic painting, painting techniques, form, content, visual appreciation, and personal expression through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio painting, out-of-class painting, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 201.

  • ART 341: Ceramics I
  • 3

This course will introduce clay from the process of construction through the completion of a finished piece using the following methods: pinch, coil, slab, wheel, and decorative. A lab fee is required. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 351: Printmaking I
  • 3

This course will provide an introduction to printmaking media with an emphasis on experimentation through techniques such as the monoprint, relief, and silkscreen. Prerequisites: ART 200 and ART 201 or consent of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • Studio Art Emphasis
  • 27 Units
  • ART 311: Art History I
  • 3

This is a survey course of Western art from the Prehistoric Period through the Renaissance, employing illustrated lectures, independent research, museum visits, and discussion. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 312: Art History II
  • 3

This course is a survey of Western art from the Renaissance through the present employing illustrated lectures, independent research, museum visits and discussion. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 315: The History of Contemporary Art
  • 3

This course will examine the art of the last half of the 20th and 21st centuries as it explores the ideas that became seminal points of interest for contemporary artists during this period. Students will study how art reflects history; how style communicates the concerns of the artist and their culture; and how symbols, techniques, materials, and subjects are used to convey the issues important to contemporary artists. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 401: Figure Drawing
  • 3

In this course students will obtain the basic skill of drawing the human figure including anatomy, observation of the human form, fundamental exercises in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. In-class observation of artist's models will be complemented with studies of plaster casts and master drawings with composition being considered at all times. By concentrating on proportion, light, shape, and movement, students will acquire skills in representing the human form using a variety of materials. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 201 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 421: Painting II *
  • 3

In this course students will be encouraged to establish a painting style and technique emphasizing discipline, craftsmanship, and imagination as they expand their knowledge and skill of acrylic paint through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio painting, out-of-class painting, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 321.

  • Choose four of the following courses:
  • ART 431: Sculpture II *
  • 3

Principles, use of equipment, and safety factors will be addressed in this studio course with an emphasis on individual development of form and craftsmanship, and using creative assignments involving metal, wood, and other materials. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 331 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ART 441: Ceramics II
  • 3

Building on the foundation of Hand Building Ceramics 1, this course will challenge students to pursue a more individual exploration of ceramic forms and texture with an emphasis on the technical understanding of surface treatments and ceramic processes as tools toward formal and conceptual success. Along with hand-building techniques, glazing, and kiln firing, the aesthetics of form will be investigated with a focus on design and visual thinking. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 341 or consent of instructor.

  • ART 451: Printmaking II
  • 3

In this course students will expand their knowledge of certain printing techniques such as the monoprint, collagraph, relief, and silkscreen methods as they conduct research that combine art history and practical experience to produce prints that are rich in content. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 351 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 471: Video Art
  • 3

In this studio course, students will create relationships between image and sound by using the time-based medium of video with an emphasis on students developing strong concepts for their projects and learning to create a storyboard, film, and edit video art pieces together using Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. Prerequisites: ARTG 271 and ART 301 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 481: Digital Photography
  • 3

This course will provide students with an introduction to visual concepts, basic image capture, and camera functions with digital cameras, including software basics for photographic imaging and digital printing. A lab fee is required. Offered alternate years.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

Get in Touch

For more information about the Art major at Concordia University Irvine, we invite you to contact us directly.

Rachel Hayes
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
rachel.hayes@cui.edu
(949) 214-3290


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