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):     

Course                Title                                                                  Hours Required

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):

Course                Title                                                                Hours Required

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 may be 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):

Course                Title                                                                Hours Required

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 Minor in photography

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

COURSE LISTINGS in ART (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.

2122       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 an important consideration 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 an important consideration 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 an
              important consideration 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. 3 hours. 
              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):

Course                                                                Title Hours                                                 Required

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 (PHOT)

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.