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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course TitleCourse Description
Foundation Drawing
Develops the drawing skills of students. Emphasizes observation, analysis, basic pictorial composition, and spatial organization. Students draw primarily from direct observation, exploring a variety of drawing media, processes, and attitudes. Require,d of all art majors. Each semester.|
Digital Art Foundations
This course will introduce students to basic computer software and hardware related to the creation, documentation, and presentation of art. The course looks at digital media as an investigative and creative tool in art and design, and as a method of, communication. Topics and programs covered include, but are not limited to, digital photography, scanning, Photoshop, and PowerPoint. Fall and Spring semesters annually|
Color And Design
A study of two-dimensional design concepts and their applications. Emphasizes the principles and elements of design. Required of all art majors. Fall Semester and on demand.|
3-D Design
Explores three-dimensional design forms to gain a deeper understanding of the elements and principles of design. Required of all art majors. Spring Semester.|
Teach Art Elem Grades
Analyzes the place of art in the elementary school curriculum, and provides the skills and knowledge needed to teach art. Develops classroom planning, presentation, motivation methods, and lesson plans in workshops or actual teaching situations. Each, semester.|
Intro To Hist Of Photography
Surveys the history of photography from 1827 to the present. Developments in photographic processes, styles and movements in photography, and the work of individual photographers will be covered. This class is aimed at art students and also at stud,ents from a variety of disciplines who are interested in art, history, or modes of visual representation.|
Drawing Concepts
Continues exploration of a variety of drawing media and techniques in order to solve more complex pictorial and spatial problems. Encourages development of individualized responses. Offered concurrently with ART 121. Prerequisites: ART 121, 122. Each, semester.|
Figure Drawing II
Continues exploring the figure and its expressive potential. In-depth analysis of anatomy, including musculature and surface features. Expanded media and problem solving. Offered concurrently with ART 122. Prerequisites: ART 121, 122. Spring Semester,.|
Figure Drawing I
Develops students' knowledge of human anatomy. Emphasizes an intuitive approach to recording the figure. Students work directly from the skeleton and models, analyzing the figure, and exploring a variety of media and pictorial problems. Required of a,ll art majors. Spring Semester.|
Intro to Jewelry
This course provides initial experiences in and an overview of traditional and contemporary jewelry design, materials, forming, fabricating, and surfacing processes and techniques against a background of contemporary and historical applications.|
Intro to Ceramics
This course provides initial experiences in traditional hand building and wheel forming techniques and an introduction to and overview of ceramic technology and processes against a background of contemporary and historical developments and applicatio,ns.|
Intro to Weaving & Fabric Des
This course provides an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of textile design. Through group and individual projects, demonstrations, lectures, and readings, students will learn several traditional textile construction and design techni,ques, and they will gain an understanding of textile art history. Each semester.|
Illustration II
Utilizes skills and knowledge acquired from Level I to produce portfolio quality pieces. Emphasizes the creative process and advanced software knowledge. Offered concurrently with ART 145. Prerequisite: ART 145. Fall Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Intro to Graphic Design
Introduces graphic design, typography, and computer graphic modes and functions. Focuses on state-of-the-art industry software and creativity. Each semester.|
Graphic Des & Comp II
Continues exploring layout, typography, and computer graphics. Students build on the skills and knowledge acquired from Level I to produce portfolio quality pieces. Emphasizes advanced computer software techniques. Offered concurrently with ART 155.,Prerequisite: ART 155. Spring Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Intro To Painting
Introduction to oil painting. Students explore basic materials and techniques of painting. Stresses fundamentals of pictorial organization and visual expression; includes introduction to Contemporary and Art Historical painting. Prerequisite: Art, 121 or ART 110. Each semester|
Printed & Dyed Fabr II
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Intro to Printmaking
This course provides an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of printmaking. Through group and individual projects, demonstrations, lectures, and readings, students will learn several traditional printmaking techniques, and they will ga,in an understanding of printmaking history as well as critical theory that surrounds the medium.|
Intro to Sculpture
This course introduces students to a variety of sculptural materials, methods, and concepts as a viable contemporary practice. This course concentrates on the basics of sculptural form building, with an emphasis on spatial awareness and problem solv,ing.|
Jewelry II
Continues study in the design and construction of jewelry pieces. Students continue advancing their skills and knowledge of metals, stones, woods, and other materials. Prerequisite: ART 181. Annually.|
Special Topics
Topics of interest in various areas of art. The instructor selects the format. Offered when faculty available.|
Intermediate Ceramics
This course facilitates the refinement of hand building techniques and throwing skills in conjunction with formal and conceptual considerations. Clay body formulation and glaze calculation, development and testing are introduced while experience is g,ained in firing various kiln types. Emphasis is placed on continuing aesthetic and technical development and the ability to critically evaluate an individualized approach to form function and content. Prerequiste: ART 230. Fall and Spring annually|
Interm Weaving & Fabric Des
This course offers students the opportunity to discover the possibilities of textile media as a viable contemporary practice. Print, dye, woven, and off-loom techniques will be taught. Through group and individual projects, demonstrations, lecture,s, and readings, students will be asked to consider the varied potential of textile art for visual communciations. Prerequisite: ART 125, ART 240. Fall or Spring annually|
Illustration III
Incorporates all previous knowledge acquired in Levels I and II. Encourages students to develop their personal aesthetic and to produce portfolio quality pieces. Offered concurrently with ART 145. Prerequisite: ART 246. Fall Semester, annually, or on, demand.|
Intrm Graphic Des I - Typgr
Continues exploring layout, typography, and computer graphics. Students build on the skills and knowledge acquired from Introduction to Graphic Design to produce a professional portfolio. Emphasizes advanced computer software techniques and typogra,phy. Prerequisite: ART 250 Introducation to Graphic Design. Fall semester annually|
Intrm Graphic Des II - Photo
This course incorporates all previous knowledge acquired in Introduction to Graphic Design and Graphic Design I - Typography. Coursework is based on student-initiated projects, independent research, and professional development. Students are expect,ed to be self-motivated and capable of working in an interdisciplinary and mature fashion. Prerequisite: ART 350 Graphic Design I - Typography. Spring semester annually|
Illustration
Entry-level studio course introduces students to a variety of drawing and painting media. Industry standard computer software is also taught. Encourages utilization of the principles of design, creative problem-solving, and the integration of illus,trations into media. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Spring semester annually|
Graphic Des & Comp III
Incorporates all previous knowledge acquired in Levels I and II, including proficiency in advanced software. Encourages students to develop their personal direction and to produce portfolio quality pieces. Offered concurrently with ART 155. Prerequis,ite: ART 256. Spring Semester or on demand.|
Intermediate Painting
Encourages integration of conceptual concerns and thematic focus in painting. Experimentation with subject and materials; working toward developing a personal aesthetic direction in relation to Contemporary art. Regular critiques and assignments.,Prerequisite: ART 260. Each semester|
Intermediate Printmaking
This course offers students the opportunity to discover the possibilities of print media as a viable contemporary practice. Students will explore ways that photographic, mechanical, and electronic tools have influenced both artistic production and t,he dissemination of art. Through group and individual projects, demonstrations, lectures, and readings, students will be asked to consider the varied potential of the two-dimensional multiple for visual communication. Screenprinting, photo-litho, p,hoto-etching, and transfer/copier processes are introduced. Prerequisite: ART 124, ART 270. Spring semester annually|
Intermediate Sculpture
This course introudces students to a variety of sculptural materials, methods, and concepts as a viable contermporary practice. Coursework and projects produced are self-governed with a strong focus on artistic value, conceptual clarity, and cultura,l and art historical contexts. Through group and individual projects, demonstrations, lectures, and readings, students will be asked to consider the varied potentials of sculptural form. Prerequisite: ART 126, ART 280. Fall or Spring semester ann,ually|
Jewelry III
Continues study of the design and creation of jewelry and metalwork, emphasizing development of an individual aesthetic through the use of multiple techniques and processes. Prerequisite: ART 282. Annually.|
Latin American Art
A study of selected art traditions in the Spanish and Portuguese and French-speaking Western Hemisphere, including ancient, medieval and contemporary examples. Contributions of native, African, European, and other cultures will be considered. This,is a writing intensive course with frequent essays, hands-on art making processes, a research project, and a required museum field trip. The course may be offered on location in Central or South American or the Caribbean, and will become part of the, Latin American and Caribbean studies minor program. Visits and apprenticeships to artist' and artisans' workshops will be arranged when possible. Students who received credit for ART 217 may not subsequently enroll in ART 417/517.|
Senior Drawing
Capstone course allows students concentrating in drawing to develop their work for the B.F.A. exhibit. Offered concurrently with other drawing courses. Prerequisites: ART 424 and 425. Each semester.|
Advanced Ceramics
This course facilitates the development self-directed research and explorations, focusing on the creation and refinement of a cohesive body of work reflecting an individualized aesthetic based on the technical competency to actualize, the critical in,sight to evaluate, the verbal and writing skills to articulate, and the facility to professionally exhibit and document. Prerequisite: 6 Cr. Hr. of ART 330 - Intermediate Ceramics. Fall and Spring semester annually|
Adv Weaving & Fabric Design
This course offers students the opportunity to further explore the possibilities of constructed and printed/dyed textile media as a viable contemporary practice. Coursework is based on student-initiated projects, independent research, and profession,al development. Students are expected to be self-motivated and capable of working in an interdisciplinary and mature fashion. Prerequisite: ART 340. Fall or Spring semester annually|
Illustration IV
Encourages students to develop their personal aesthetic and produce portfolio quality pieces. Intermediate-level course emphasizes business aspects of illustration. Offered concurrently with ART 145. Prerequisite: ART 347. Fall Semester, annually, or, on demand.|
Illustration V
Students develop a portfolio geared toward their particular skills and interests. Students entering this advanced-level course should have a solid creative and technical background in illustration. Students can seek their own clients at this time so,they have printed pieces in their professional portfolios. Offered concurrently with ART 145. Prerequisite: ART 448. Fall Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Illustration VI
Students develop a portfolio geared toward their particular skills and interests. Students entering this advanced-level course should have a solid creative and technical background in illustration. Students can seek their own clients at this time so,they have printed pieces in their professional portfolios. Offered concurrently with ART 145. Prerequisite: ART 449. Fall Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Advanced Graphic Design
This course incorporates all previous knowledge acquired in Introduction to Graphic Design and Graphic Design I - Typography and Graphic Design II - Photography. Coursework is based on student-initiated projects, independent research, and profession,al development. Students are expected to be self-motivated and capable of working in an interdisciplinary and mature fashion. The goal is a professional digital and hard-copy portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 351 Graphic Design II - Photography. Fall, and Spring semester annually|
Advanced Illustration
Advanced studio course using a variety of drawing and painting media and industry standard computer software. Encourages use of the principles of design, creative problem-solving, and the integration of illustrations into media to create a professio,nal portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 355 - Illustration. Spring semester annually|
Graphic Des & Comp IV
Encourages students to develop personal direction and produce portfolio quality pieces. Intermediate-level course explores software. Offered concurrently with ART 155. Prerequisite: ART 357. Spring Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Graphic Des & Comp V
Students develop a portfolio geared toward their particular skills and interests. Students can seek their own clients at this time so they have printed pieces in their professional portfolios. Advanced-level course emphasizes advanced software compet,ency. Students should have a solid creative and technical background in computer graphics and graphic design. Offered concurrently with ART 155. Prerequisite: ART 458. Spring Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Graphic Des & Comp VI
Professional portfolios are reviewed at the beginning of the course, and weak projects are replaced with higher quality pieces. Stresses business skills, especially promotional pieces. Students entering this advanced-level course should have a solid,creative and technical background in computer graphics and graphic design. Offered concurrently with ART 155. Prerequisite: ART 459. Spring Semester, annually, or on demand.|
Advanced Painting
Integrating conceptual concerns and thematic focus in painting and working toward developing a personal aesthetic direction in relation to Contemporary art in preparation for BFA Exhibition. Regular critiques and assignments. Prerequisite: ART 360,. Each semester|
Weaving & Fiber Scu IV
Advanced studio production and study of textile construction history and techniques; continued development of portfolio through regular critiques. Prerequisite: ART 363. Fall, annually, and on demand.|
Weaving & Fiber Scu V
Preparation for B.F.A. exhibition and continued development of portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 464. Fall, annually, and on demand.|
Weaving & Fiber Scu VI
Preparation for B.F.A. exhibition and continued development of portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 465. Fall, annually, and on demand.|
Fabric Sur Des IV
Advanced studio production and study of surface design history and techniques; continued development of portfolio through regular critiques. Prerequisite: ART 367. Spring, annually, and on demand.|
Fabric Sur Des V
Preparation for B.F.A. exhibition and continued development of portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 468. Spring, annually, and on demand.|
Fabric Sur Des VI
Preparation for B.F.A. exhibition and continued development of portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 469. Spring, annually, and on demand.|
Advanced Printmaking
This course offers students the opportunity to further explore the possibilities of print media as a viable contemporary practice. Coursework is based on student-initiated projects, independent research, and professional development. Students are e,xpected to be self-motivated and capable of working in an interdisciplinary and mature fashion. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. On demand.|
Printmaking IV
Emphasizes development of individualized approaches to printmaking relevant to the student's personal aesthetic and conceptual interests. Students work with intaglio and silkscreen each fall semester, and lithography and relief each spring semester., Evidence of refined technical skills is expected. Prerequisite: ART 373. Each semester.|
Printmaking V
Continuation of Printmaking IV. Emphasizes development of a cohesive portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 474. Each semester.|
Printmaking VI
Continuation of Printmaking V. Focuses on preparation of the B.F.A. exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 475. Each semester.|
Advanced Sculpture
This course offers students the opportunity to expand upon a variety of sculptural materials, methods, and concepts as a viable contemporary practice. Coursework and projects produced are self-governed, and should focus on artistic value, conceptual, clarity, and cultural and art historical contexts. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Fall or Spring semester annually|
Senior Seminar
This course involves preparation, research, proposal development, and studio exploration for the senior B.F.A. exhibition requirement or B.A. capstone project. Students will have the opportunity to present their research and artwork for discussion a,nd critique in a group environment. Focus will be placed on the preparation of a comprehensive portfolio,and forming a statement that incorporates the understanding one's work in relation to current works by mature artists. Prerequisite: The stude,nt must co-register with any 400-level studio class and Permission of Instructor. Fall semester annually|
Latin American Art
A study of selected art traditions in the Spanish and Portuguese and French-speaking Western Hemisphere, including ancient, medieval and contemporary examples. Contributions of native, African, European, and other cultures will be considered. This,is a writing intensive course with frequent essays, hands-on art making processes, a research project, and a required museum field trip. The course may be offered on location in Central or South American or the Caribbean, and will become part of the, Latin American and Caribbean studies minor program. Visits and apprenticeships to artist' and artisans' workshops will be arranged when possible. Students who received credit for ART 217 may not subsequently enroll in ART 417/517.|
Visual Arts
Introduces art appreciation. Deals with the form and content of art as well as the processes and products of art. Enriches the student's awareness and understanding of visual art forms. Each semester.|
Survey Of World Art
Surveys art and architecture from around the world in its cultural context. Spring semester annually|
African Trad In Art
Introduces traditional sculpture, masks, crafts, and other arts of selected Subsaharan African groups, and African American artists. Develops students' understanding of the meaning and cultural context of the art through hands-on experience in relat,ed art processes and a required museum trip. On demand.|
Women In Art
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Intro To Latin American Art
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Special Topics In Art Hist
Topics of interest in various areas of art history. The instructor selects the format. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Offered on demand|
Italian Renaissance Art
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19th Century Art
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20th Century Art
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Oriental Art
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Art/Arch Of Ancnt Greece
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Modernism: Art 1850 - 1950
Surveys art and architecture of Europe and the United States between 1850 and 1950, its historical and cultural context, and its connection to concepts of modernity. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Fall semester, every two years|
Changing Times: Art Of 60's
Surveys the art of the sixties, its historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Spring semester every two years|
Topics In Contemp Art
This course introduces contemporary art and theory. It covers art and artists from the 1960s to the present. This class deals with conceptual issues facing today's artists and introduces the main currents in contemporary critical theory. It is aim,ed at students who: 1) have a strong interest in contemporary art; 2) are interested in recent critical theory and its applications in visual art; 3) are artists or other students in the humanities planning to attend graduate school.|