Art


The successful artist needs to develop personal qualities in three important areas: intellectual, philosophical, and technical strength; a liberal arts/“world view” educational background; and self-assured, creative, problem-solving ability. USAO’s art discipline created its program of studies around these three basic tenets. Our professionally staffed art courses are specifically designed to teach the visual language in a logical sequence. This program reinforces and broadens one's professional education, preparing students for successful careers. The emphasis on liberal arts at USAO is an emphasis on communication, and this department is devoted to aesthetic visual communication. USAO’s art discipline offers two degrees–a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of fine arts–both in art, with concentrations in painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, graphic design, computer graphics, photography, printmaking, and teacher certification.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Art
Required Art Core (52 hours)

ART 1003 Beginning Drawing Studio I (3)

ART 1013 Beginning Drawing Studio II (3)

ART 1112 Design and Composition Studio I (2)

ART 1122 Design and Composition Studio II (2)

ART 1212 Ceramic Hand building (2)

ART 1312 Sculpture Studio I (2)

ART 2112 Figure Drawing Studio I (2)

ART 2122 Figure Drawing Studio II (2)

ART 2222 Pottery on the Wheel (2)

ART 2322 Sculpture Studio II (2)

ART 2413 Oil Painting and Composition Studio I (3)

ART 3413 Oil Painting and Composition Studio II (3)

ART 3102 Watercolor (2)

ART 3113 Graphic Design I (3)

ART 3513 Printmaking Studio I (3)

ART 3523 Printmaking Studio II (3)
 

Required Art Electives (choose 6 hours)

ART 3493 Ancient Art History (3)

ART 4113 European Art History (3)

ART 4223 History of 19th Century Art (3)

ART 4433 History of 20th Century Art (3)

plus:

• 3 hours of elected craft courses with approval of the art chair

• 4 hours of advanced level courses (studio concentration to be selected with approval of art chair)

• cumulative GPA of 2.50 in art for art majors.

 

Bachelor of Fine Art
Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must meet the following requirements:

1. Students must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in art to complete degree.

2. Receive a satisfactory review of a portfolio presentation.

3. Make application for admission into the program when the student has second-year standing in art.

4. Complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree core of 54 hours in art. In conjunction with the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree core, students must work with their faculty advisor to develop an individualized studio concentration. This concentration requires a minimum of 29 hours of advanced level studio art courses in addition to the BFA core and art faculty approval. Students must maintain 3.00 G.P.A. in concentration.

5. Students must present a professional quality exhibition for faculty review consisting of both technical and conceptual maturation.
 

Required Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Core (54 hours)

ART 1003 Beginning Drawing Studio I (3)

ART 1013 Beginning Drawing Studio II (3)

PHOT 2133 Digital Photography I (3)

ART 1112 Design and Composition Studio I (2)

ART 1122 Design and Composition Studio II (2)

ART 1212 Ceramic Hand building (2)

ART 1312 Sculpture Studio I (2)

ART 2112 Figure Drawing Studio I (2)

ART 2122 Figure Drawing II (2)

ART 2222 *Pottery on the Wheel or ART 2322 *Sculpture Studio II (2)

ART 2413 Oil Painting and Composition Studio I (3)

ART 3102 Watercolor & Composition Studio (2)

ART 3413 *Oil Painting II (second semester) or ART 3102 *Watercolor (second semester) (2)

ART 3113 Graphic Design I (3)

ART 3123 Graphic Design/Computer Graphics (3)

ART 3513 *Printmaking Studio I or ART 3523 *Printmaking Studio II (3)

ART 3493 Ancient Art History (3)

ART 4113 European Art History (3)

ART 4223 History of 19th Century Art (3)

ART 4433 History of 20th Century Art (3)

ART 4333 Seminar (BFA Exhibit) (3)

*Courses selected based on advisors approval, also courses maybe utilized in the advanced level requirements.

Plus: 29 hours of advanced level studio art courses.

ART 1662 Jewelry will be utilized as Artistic Expression.
 


Bachelor of Arts in Art/Teacher Certification
This program qualifies individuals to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certification and teach art in grades PreK-12. For a program checklist for teacher certification in art, students should consult the art education advisor. Students seeking Teacher Certification in Art must meet the following requirements:

Professional Education Core (31 hours),

Art Core (52 hours)

ART 3273 Teaching Art in the Public School

ART 1662 Jewelry (complete 2 or 3 hours of craft, required for Teacher Certification)

2 semesters in Foreign Language

 

Minor in Art

Required Courses (24 hours)

ART 1003 Beginning Drawing Studio I (3)

ART 1013 Beginning Drawing Studio II (3)

ART 1112 Design and Composition Studio I (2)

ART 1122 Design and Composition Studio II (2)

ART 1212 Ceramic Handbuilding (2)

ART 1312 Sculpture Studio I (2)

ART 2112 Figure Drawing Studio I (2)

ART 2413 Oil Painting and Composition Studio I (3)

ART Art History (one of four) (3)

Plus: 2 hours of art electives (with approval of discipline chair)

 

Minor in Art Photography
Program descriptions and course listings for the art photography minor immediately follow the course listings in art.

 

COURSE LISTINGS in ART

1003 BEGINNING DRAWING STUDIO I
Parallel and angular perspective using basic drawing techniques representing the third dimension on a two-dimensional surface. Media used: pencil. For the beginner. 3 hours.

 

1013 BEGINNING DRAWING STUDIO II
Continuation of ART 1003. Introduction of color and media techniques. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1003.

 

1112 DESIGN AND COMPOSITION STUDIO I
Elementary course in the principles of space, breaking in line, mass, and color with emphasis on the principles of space composition. 2 hours.

 

1122 DESIGN AND COMPOSITION STUDIO II
Continuation of ART 1112. Emphasizes color theory and application. 2 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1112.

 

1212 CERAMIC HANDBUILDING
Introductory course in the techniques of pottery making. Emphasizes hand building, skill development, and appreciation of three-dimensional form. Study of ceramic history and terminology is provided. Firing treatments include low-fire, reduction stoneware, and Raku. 2 hours.

 

1312 SCULPTURE STUDIO I
Clay modeling and plaster casting. Study of sculptural form, animal anatomy, pouring, firing, and coloring. 2 hours.

 

1662 JEWELRY STUDIO I
Metal forming, casting, soldering, raising, stone cutting, stone setting with emphasis on design craftsmanship. 2 hours.

 

2112 FIGURE DRAWING COMPOSITION STUDIO I
Study of human skeleton and muscles, sketches and finished drawing of live models; stress on pose, composition, and use of varied media. 2 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1013 and ART 1122.

 

  1. FIGURE DRAWING COMPOSITION STUDIO II

Sketches and finished drawing of live models; stress on pose, composition. Emphasis of varied media. 2 hours. Prerequisite ART 2112.

 

2222 POTTERY ON THE WHEEL
Secondary course in pottery studio. Emphasizes developing skills on the potter’s wheel. Glaze theory and formulation are studied. 2 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1212.

 

2322 SCULPTURE STUDIO II
Continuation of ART 1312. Emphasizes human head construction, including the skull, muscles, portrait bust, and casting. 2 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1312.

 

2413 OIL PAINTING AND COMPOSITION STUDIO I
The subject matter is to include still-life, landscape, and portraits. Emphasis would be on painting methods, composition, and color theory. 3 hours. Prerequisites: ART 1013 and ART 1122.

 

2662 JEWELRY STUDIO II
Secondary course in Jewelry. Continuation of Jewelry techniques: metal forming, casting, soldering, raising, stone cutting, stone setting with emphasis on design craftsmanship. 2 hours. Prerequisite: ART 1662 Jewelry I.

 

2701 BUSINESS OF ART
Introduction of the art student to the practical and theoretical concerns of the professional artist. 1 hour.

 

2711 CREATIVITY
Class is designed to analyze and engage the creative processes of the individual student regardless of academic rank or artistic experience. 1 hour.

 

2732 STAINED GLASS
An introductory class covering history, design theory, and basic construction procedures used in the production of stained glass. 2 hours (may be repeated for maximum of 4 hours, to include additional stained glass technologies, with emphasis on technical and conceptual development).

 

2880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in the area of art. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

2900 WORKSHOP
A guided study in art under faculty supervision. Topics and methods of instruction may vary. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

 

2990 TUTORIAL
An independent study in art under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 9 hours with change in topic and content).

 

3052 ADVANCED FIGURE DRAWING AND COMPOSITION STUDIO
Live model. Varied drawing media. Stress on pose and composition. 2 hours (may be repeated for maximum of 4 hours). Prerequisite: ART 2112.

 

3102 WATER COLOR AND COMPOSITION STUDIO
Subject matter unrestricted; attention to subject and composition in line, shape, value, color, texture, etc. 2 hours (may be repeated for maximum of 4 hours). Prerequisite: Third-year art standing.

 

3113 GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Orientation to typographical structures and design; layout, paste-up, and product presentation; 2-D illustration techniques and procedures. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Third-year art standing.

 

3123 GRAPHIC DESIGN/COMPUTER GRAPHICS
An introduction to basic computer graphics technology, including terminology, Macintosh operating system, Raster/Vector software, 3D software, multimedia, and input/output devices. 3 hours.


 

3133 GRAPHIC DESIGN II
This course is designed to introduce the graphic design student to the basic design formats which are used in publication. Emphasis will be placed on considering graphic design as a fine art. Technological and conceptual development are important considerations for grades. 3 hours.

 

3143 GRAPHIC DESIGN/COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION
This course is designed for the advanced graphic design student. The course will cover advanced graphic design, illustrational computer graphics software, and techniques. Technological and conceptual development are important considerations for grades. Professional-level work ethic will be employed. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ART 3113 or portfolio equivalent.

 

3153 GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION
This course is designed for the advanced art student. The course will cover advanced graphic design illustrational techniques such as airbrush and color markers. Technological and conceptual development are important considerations for grades. Professional-level work ethic will be employed. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ART 3113 or portfolio equivalent.

 

3233 ADVANCED SCULPTURE STUDIO
Advanced modeling and casting, or wood carving, or stone carving, or metal sculpture. 3 hours (may be repeated for maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: ART 2112.

 

3243 ADVANCED OIL PAINTING COMPOSITION STUDIO
Continuation of ART 3413. 3 hours (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours).

 

3262 PUBLIC SCHOOL ART
Studio art course for elementary education majors with emphasis on building confidence and experience in the skills of drawing, perspective, shading, color, and design. Application of right-brain theory to appropriate crafts for the elementary curriculum is provided. 2 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

 

3273 TEACHING ART IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
Philosophy and methods of teaching art in the public school, kindergarten through grade 12, with emphasis on experience in lesson presentation and evaluation, and development of a personal philosophy of art education. 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

 

3413 OIL PAINTING AND COMPIOSITION STUDIO II
Subject matter would be unrestricted. Emphasis would be on painting methods, composition, and color theory. Course would include choice of subjects and composition in line, shape, value, color, and texture. 3hours. Prerequisites: ART 2413.

 

3443 ADVANCED CERAMIC STUDIO
Designed for greater mastery of ceramic medium through strengthening vital skills of potter’s art, including advanced hand building, throwing skills, glaze technology, techniques, historical and philosophical issues of the professional potter-artist. 3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

3493 HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND CLASSICAL ART
History of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Early Christian, Byzantine. Open to all students. 3 hours. Prerequisite: second-year standing or permission of the instructor.

 

3513 PRINTMAKING STUDIO I
Introduction of practical and conceptual application of process of relief and intaglio printing, emphasizing manual and photo-mechanical methods of printing in black and white, as well as color ink, technical ability, conceptual development, and media experimentation. 3 hours.

 

3523 PRINTMAKING STUDIO II
Introduces the art student to the practical and the conceptual applications of the silkscreen and Plano graphic printing processes. Emphasizes the manual and photographic methods of printing in black and white, as well as color ink, technical ability, conceptual development, and media experimentation. 3 hours.

 

3663 ADVANCED JEWELRY/METALSMITHING I
Advanced Jewelry/Metalsmithing techniques and exploration of design concepts and media. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ART 2662.

 

 

3673 ADVANCED JEWELRY/METALSMITHING II
Advanced Jewelry/Metalsmithing techniques and continued development of design concepts and media. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ART 3663.

 

4102 ADVANCED WATERCOLOR AND COMPOSITION STUDIO
Subject matter unrestricted; attention to composition design and procedure. 2 hours (may be repeated for total of 4 hours). Prerequisite: ART 3102.

 

4113 HISTORY OF EUROPEAN ART
History of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo. Open to all students. 3 hours. Prerequisite: second-year standing or permission of instructor.

 

4223 HISTORY OF NINETEENTH CENTURY ART
History of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism. Open to all students. 3 hours. Prerequisite: second-year standing or permission of instructor.

 

4333 SEMINAR
Advanced study in student's art area of interest. Prerequisite: all hours in the chosen area, permission of instructor, or third-year art standing. 3 hours (may be repeated as needed to complete B.F.A. requirements).

 

4335 SEMINAR PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATION
Advanced study in student's art area of interest leading to a professional competence. 5 hours (may be repeated as needed to complete B.F.A. requirements). Prerequisites: completion of all hours in chosen area and permission from instructor.

 

4433 HISTORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY ART
History of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Op-Art, Super-Realism, Conceptual Art, Funk Art, Performance Art, Earth Art. Recent developments since 1900. Open to all students. 3 hours. Prerequisite: second-year standing or permission of instructor.

 

4880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in art. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

4900 WORKSHOP
Guided study in art under faculty supervision; various topics and methods of instruction. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

 

4990 TUTORIAL
Independent study in art under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

 


Minor in Art Photography
The successful photographer needs to develop personal qualities in three important areas: conceptual/technical strength; a liberal arts "world view"; and a self-assured creative problem-solving ability. USAO’s photography minor program addresses all three issues, stressing both the practical and the theoretical. The photography courses are designed and offered in a logical sequence to build the strongest conceptual and technical photographic skills. The emphasis on liberal arts at USAO is an emphasis on communication, and the photography program is devoted to aesthetic visual communication.

Required Photography Core (23 hours)

ART 1112 Design and Composition Studio (2)

PHOT 1023 Black & White Photography I (3)

PHOT 2133 Digital Photography I (3)

PHOT 3013 Graphic Arts Photography (3)

PHOT 3113 Color Film and Photography (3)

PHOT 3123 Black & White Photography II (3)

PHOT 3133 Digital Photography II (3)

PHOT 4033 Digital Photography III (3)

or

PHOT 4133 Portfolio (3)

 

COURSE LISTINGS in ART PHOTOGRAPHY

1023 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY I
This course is an introduction to beginning analog photography. Emphasis will be placed on basic manual 35mm camera operation, as well as elementary black and white film & paper processing techniques. Technical ability and conceptual growth will be stressed. 3 hours.

 

2133 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
An introductory course orientating the photography student to basic digital photography workflows. This will include basic manual DSLR camera, programming, menu and export options. Technical ability and conceptual growth will be stressed. 3 hours.

 

3013 GRAPHIC ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY
An introduction to ortho film technology and contact printing, including film processing, screen texture, tonal separation, and contact printing as an art form. 3 hours (may be repeated for maximum of 6).

 

3113 COLOR FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY
An introductory course for color negative and positive film exposure, processing, scanning and digital printing. Emphasis will be placed on the use of color materials as well as conceptual and technical development. Prerequisite: PHOT 1023. 3 hours.

 

3123 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY II
A black and white analogue photography course introducing medium format equipment. Emphasis will be placed on use of medium and large format cameras as well as lighting equipment and fiber base archival printing. Technical ability and conceptual growth will be stressed. Prerequisite: PHOT 1023. 3 hours.

 

3133 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II
An intermediate course used to further develop the photography students’ camera control, image editing and outsource options. Technical ability and conceptual growth will be stressed. Prerequisite: PHOT 2133. 3 hours.

 

4033 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY III
An advanced course used to further develop the photography students camera control, image capture option, editing, and outsourcing. Technical ability and conceptual growth will be stressed. Prerequisite: PHOT 3133

 

4133 PORTFOLIO
An advanced course used by the student to organize and produce an interview portfolio and support documentation. Technical and conceptual resolution to at least four professional categories will be stressed. Course may be repeated. This course requires minimum junior status or permission of instructor.