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ART

ART 101. ART APPRECIATION
The student will be exposed to different areas of the visual arts which will include the study of the visual elements and the principles of design. The course will also cover a brief survey of the highlights of art from the Paleolithic period to modern times. One semester; three credits

ART 102. 2-D DESIGN
Elements and principles of design will be the primary focus through the use of mixed media and collage techniques. How line, form, shape, and color influence composition will be the primary learning outcome of this course. One semester; three credits

ART 106. PHOTOSHOP ESSENTIALS
This course is an introduction to the user interface, tools, and features of Adobe Photoshop CS4. Students begin working with the industry standard for creating raster/bitmap graphics. This incredibly deep program is used for graphic design, web design, image manipulation, photo restoration, digital illustration. lighting effects, and animation. By the end students will have progressed from a beginning to intermediate skill level able to command many of the powerful tools Photoshop has to offer. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. One semester; three credits.

ART 107. ILLUSTRATOR ESSENTIALS
This course is an introduction to the user interface, tools, and features of Adobe Photoshop CS4. Students get hands-on practice working with a sophisticated graphics application that has the capabilities to create complex designs. Students will explore digital drawing basics, combine text and graphics, and design and print packaging for mock products. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. One semester; three credits.

ART 108. INDESIGN ESSENTIALS
This course is an introduction to the user interface, tools, and features of Adobe InDesign CS4, a powerful but intuitive page layout application. Students work through basic toward advanced techniques ranging from: type contols; graphics file management, layers and doucment setup. Students will explore designing a range of documents from simple and attractive to complex and spectacular. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. One semester; three credits.

ART 109. FLASH ESSENTIALS
This course is an introduction to the user interface, tools, and features of Adobe Flash CS4. Students learn how to create basic Flash animations and movies using the timeline; discovering how the timeline in Flash can be used to create basic frame-by-frame animations and motion tweened animations. Confidence builds throughout the semester while novice animators learn to navigate the Flash interface, create new Flash files, set stage properties, import images into Flash, create and work with text, create and format drawing objects and add layers. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. One semester; three credits.

ART 111. DRAWING I
The student will learn the basics of composition, visual elements, and principles of design. One semester; three credits

ART 200. OIL PAINTING I
The student will learn the basics of design along with techniques of oil painting, using paint from tubes as well as oilbars. One semester; three credits 

ART 201. CONCEPTS AND CREATION IN THE VISUAL ARTS
The intended audience for the course Is art majors, minors, and students interested In an art related career. Art 201 is an introduction to the concepts underpinning artisitic creation. Through lectures and studio work students will explore relationships between artistic processes and everyday life. The objective of the course is to foster the development of student’s appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through an examination of art and contemporary social, cultural, and political issues surrounding artistic practice. One semester; three credits.

ART 203. PAINTING WATER-BASED MEDIA
A study of painting methods in a variety of traditional and non-traditional water-based material and techniques. Students will begin to combine their understanding of drawing and design in the form of problem-solving exercises focusing on composition, value, color, and surface for both abstract and realistic work. One semester; three credits

ART 204. 3-D DESIGN
An introduction to three-dimensional design concepts through traditional and non-traditional methods. Emphasis will be placed on the elements and principles of design as applied to the sculptural form. One semester; three credits

ART 205. BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
An introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. The course emphasis is on understanding photography as a tool for visual expression. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. One semester; three credits

ART 210. INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
This course will cover the creative arts approach to counseling. The theoretical basis for using art in counseling will be identified as well as evidence-based practice guidelines for assisting individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Biological, psychological, and social perspectives will be integrated into the student’s knowledge of counseling methods. One semester; three credits

ART 211. WORLD ART HISTORY I
A survey of major visual art forms from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. One semester; three credits

ART 212. WORLD ART HISTORY II
A survey of major visual art forms from the Renaissance period to the present. One semester, three credits

ART 215. ART OF THE AMERICAS
A study of the art of ancient America from the pre-Columbian art of Mexico to the art and crafts of native Americans. One semester, three credits

ART 233. FIGURE DRAWING
A drawing class using live models as subjects. Drawing materials will include brush and ink, charcoal, pastel and various other media. One semester; three credits

ART 290-299. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS.
Open to members of the Honors Program or by permission of instructor and Honors Director. One semester; three credits

ART 301. ADVANCED DESIGN: MIXED MEDIA
An emphasis on cultivating individual creativity through combining the elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design using collage techniques. At this level, students will have a wide knowledge base of a variety of materials and techniques in order to make creative choices, with the guidance of the instructor, when meeting the goals for project assignments. One semester; three credits

ART 302. CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY
A survey of contemporary developments in art from 1945- present. This course emphasizes student discussion, critical thinking, and writing. One semester; three credits

ART 304. INTERNSHIP FOR VISUAL ARTS: GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES
Major related work experience through which students apply skills to professional activity. Prerequisites: Permission of arts faculty and good academic standing. One hour in class is required. One semester; three credits.


ART 305. INTERNSHIP FOR VISUAL ARTS
Graphic design major related work experiencee through whichh students apply skills to professional activity. Prerequisites: Permission of arts faculty and good academic standing. One hour in class is required. One semester; three credits.

ART 308. OIL PAINTING II
An extension of the techniques learned in Basic Oil Painting (ART 200) with an emphasis on personal growth and creativity. One semester; three credits

ART 309. DRAWING II
A continuation of Drawing I and Figure Drawing with the introduction of advanced techniques. One semester; three credits

ART 310. INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING
The student will be instructed in the basics of printmaking using the techniques of woodcut, linocutting, screen printing, and monoprinting. One semester; three credits

ART 311. PRINTMAKING II
Students will build on printmaking techniques learned in ART 310. An emphasis will be placed on personal growth through projects directed by the instructor. One semester; three credits

ART 312. PAINTING III
At this level the student will have mastered basic oil painting techniques and have the ability to apply a more creative approach to the work. One semester; three credits

ART 314.  BEGINNING DIGITAL IMAGING
This course will cover the basic tools used in digital imaging software.  A variety of different software may be offered, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.  Students will be introduced to developing a design language and vocabulary. Corequisite: ART 314L. One semester, two credits 

ART 314L. BEGINNING DIGITAL IMAGING LAB
Introduction to methodological and research practices for designers.  Corequisite:ART 314. One semester, one credit 

ART 315. ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING
This course will be a build on information, vocabulary and visual language learned in ART 314. Prerequisites: ART 314 and 314L. Corequisite: ART 315L. One semester; two credits

ART 315L. ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING LAB
Advanced research practices for designers. Corequisite: ART 315. One semester: one credit

ART 316. TYPOGRAPHY
An introduction to the history of typography for the graphic design students. This course emphasizes type identification, type faces and families, type compiling, letter and word spacing, copy-fitting, designing with type, and type as a communication tool. These topics will be introduced through lectures and practiced In project-based assignments. One semester; three credits

ART 316L. TYPOGRAPHY LAB
Lab to accompany ART 316. Corequisite: ART 316. One semester; one credit

ART 330. SCULPTURE II
Students will apply design principles learned in ART 104 to three dimensional projects using various materials. One semester; three credits

ART 331. INTRODUCTION TO HANDMADE PAPER
Using a variety of fibers students will learn the basics of papermaking. This course will also encourage the use of handmade paper in book arts and other art projects for sustainability purposes. One semester; three credits.

ART 334. INTRODUCTION TO BOOKMAKING
Using a variety of bookbinding techniques students will learn the basics of bookmaking as an art form. This course will encourage the use of recycled and handmade papers as an introduction to the use of sustainable materials as an art medium. One semester; three credits

ART 390-399. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART
Special topics in art open to members of the Honors Program or by permission of the instructor and Honors Program Director. One semester; three credits

ART 400-405. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART
Content and credit are variable with interest and instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. One semester; one to three credits

ART 411. DRAWING: EXPERIMENTAL
An advanced drawing course that allows students to experiment with techniques, materials and subject matter learned in previous courses. At this level the student will be expected to apply contemporary art historical references to their work along with creative choices when fulfilling assignments. One semester; three credits

ART 412-414. PAINTING: EXPERIMENTAL
An advanced painting course that builds on the techniques, materials and subjects learned in other painting and art history courses. Students will fulfill assignments through the painting medium of their choice. One semester; three credits

ART 415. GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Continuing development of design language, vocabulary, methodological and research practices for graphic designers. Multifaceted projects explore continuity of design in two-dimensional space, each one focusing on a specific set of relationships. Prerequisite: Art 314 & Art 315. Corequisite: ART 415L. One semester; two credits

ART 415L. GRAPHIC DESIGN I LAB
Required time in lab used to complete research and projects. Corequisite: ART 415. One semester; one credit

ART 418. GRAPHIC DESIGN II
Comprehensive problem solving with emphasis on design uniformity in more than one medium or format. Simulated client-based projects focus on typography, communication, legibility/readability, language sequence and information hierarchy. Course concludes with portfolio review for admission into Graphic Design III. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. Prerequisite: Art 314,Art 315,& Art 415. Corequisite: ART 418L. One semester; two credits

ART 418L. GRAPHIC DESIGN II LAB
Hours required to complete all research and projects using the computer lab. Corequisite: ART 418. One semester; one credit

ART 419. GRAPHIC DESIGN III
This course merges prior knowledge and skills, and sets the stage for independent design projects. The course requires students to research and analyze all components of the design process. New, practical and conceptual skills will be discussed in order to develop meaningful, interactive user experiencees. Payment of expendable materials fees is required. Prerequisite: ART 418 and 418L. One semester; three credits

ART 419. GRAPHIC DESIGN III LAB
Required time in lab used to complete research and projects. Corequisite: ART 419. One semester; one credit

ART 420. GRAPHIC DESIGN IV
This course combines lectures with studio work to facilitate a goal directed environment. Students will learn to integrate theory and practical applications while sharpening conceptual, computer, and research skills. All projects are required to meet capable standards stressing the highest quality. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 419 and 419L. One semester; three credits

ART 420. GRAPHIC DESIGN IV LAB
Required time in lab used to complete research and projects. Corequisite: ART 420. One semester; one credit

ART 470. ADVANCED STUDIO
Students will work on thesis paper and concept building related to their senior exhibition. Projects will be decided through careful advising from instructor. One semester; three credits.

ART 475. SENIOR SEMINAR
The student will be required to produce a large body of work which would be indicative of the level the student has achieved. The theme of the works will be decided by the student and instructor. The student will be required to have an exhibition of these works to be viewed by the public. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor. One semester; three credits

ART 476. SENIOR SEMINAR (GRAPHIC DESIGN)
Students with an emphasis in Graphic Design will be required to produce a portfolio for review. Students will learn professional practices and work on presentational skills.  In the end, each student is required to have an exiting portfolio review with faculty and have an exhibition of these works to be viewed by the public. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor. One semester; three credits

ART 480-485. SPECIAL STUDIES IN ART
Content and credit are variable with interest and instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. One semester; one to three credits 

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ART HISTORY 


ART 215. ART OF THE AMERICAS
A study of the art of ancient America from the pre-Columbian art of Mexico to the art and crafts of native Americans. One semester, three credits 



ART 302. CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY 

A survey of contemporary developments in art from 1945- present. This course emphasizes student discussion, critical thinking, and writing. One semester; three credits

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ART THERAPY

ART 210. INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY

This course will cover the creative arts approach to counseling. The theoretical basis for using art in counseling will be identified as well as evidencebased practice guidelines for assisting individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Biological, psychological, and social perspectives will be integrated into the student’s knowledge of counseling methods. One semester; three credits 


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STUDIO ART

ART 200. OIL PAINTING I
The student will learn the basics of design along with techniques of oil painting, using paint from tubes as well as oilbars. One semester; three credits



ART 203. PAINTING:WATER-BASED MEDIA

A study of painting methods in a variety of traditional and non-traditional water-based material and techniques. Students will begin to combine their understanding of drawing and design in the form of problem-solving exercises focusing on composition, value, color, and surface for both abstract and realistic work. One semester; three credits



ART 233. FIGURE DRAWING 

A drawing class using live models as subjects. Drawing materials will include brush and ink, charcoal, pastel and various other media. One semester; three credits



ART 290-299. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS.
Open to members of the Honors Program or by permission of instructor.



ART 301. ADVANCED DESIGN: MIXED MEDIA 

An emphasis on cultivating individual creativity through combining the elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design using collage techniques. At this level, students will have a wide knowledge base of a variety of materials and techniques in order to make creative choices, with the guidance of the instructor, when meeting the goals for project assignments. One semester; three credits

ART 308. OIL PAINTING II 

An extension of the techniques learned in Basic Oil Painting (ART 200) with an emphasis on personal growth and creativity. One semester; three
credits



ART 309. DRAWING II

A continuation of Drawing I and Figure Drawing with the introduction of advanced techniques. One semester; three credits



ART 311. PRINTMAKING II
Students will build on printmaking techniques learned in ART 310. An emphasis will be placed on personal growth through projects directed by the instructor. One semester; three credits



ART 312. PAINTING III 

At this level the student will have mastered basic oil painting techniques and have the ability to apply a more creative approach to the work. One semester; three credits



ART 330. SCULPTURE II 

Students will apply design principles learned in ART 104 to 3-dimensional projects using various materials. One semester; three credits



ART 400-410. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART 

Content and credit are variable with interest and instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. One semester; one to three credits



ART 411. DRAWING: EXPERIMENTAL
An advanced drawing course that allows students to experiment with techniques, materials and subject matter learned in previous courses. At this level the student will be expected to apply contemporary art historical references to their work along with creative choices when fulfilling assignments. One semester; three credits



ART 412-414. PAINTING: EXPERIMENTAL
An advanced painting course that builds on the techniques, materials and subjects learned in other painting and art history courses. Students will fulfill assignments through the painting medium of their choice. One semester; three credits



ART 475. SENIOR SEMINAR
The student will be required to produce a large body of work which would be indicative of the level the student has achieved. The theme of the works will be decided by the student and instructor. The student will be required to have an exhibition of these works to be viewed by the public. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor. One semester; three credits



ART 480-485. SPECIAL STUDIES IN ART
Content and credit are variable with interest and instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. One semester; one to three credits

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

ART 314. BEGINNING DIGITAL IMAGING 

This course will cover the basic tools used in digital imaging software. A variety of different software may be offered, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Students will be introduced to developing a design language and vocabulary. Prerequisites: ART 102. Corequisite: ART 314L. One semester, two credits

ART 314L. BEGINNING DIGITAL IMAGING LAB
Introduction to methodological and research practices for designers. Corequisite:ART 314. One semester, one credit



ART 315. ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING
This course will be a build on information, vocabulary and visual language learned in ART 314. Corequisite: ART 315L. One semester; two credits



ART 315L. ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING LAB
Advanced research practices for designers. Corequisite:ART 315. One semester: one credit



ART 415. GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Continuing development of design language, vocabulary, methodological and research practices for graphic designers. Multifaceted projects explore continuity of design in two-dimensional space, each one focusing on a specific set of relationships. Prerequisite: Art 314 & Art 315. Corequisite: ART 415L. One semester; two credits



ART 415L. GRAPHIC DESIGN I LAB
Required time in lab used to complete research and projects. Corequisite: ART 415. One semester; one credit



ART 418. GRAPHIC DESIGN II 

Comprehensive problem solving with emphasis on design uniformity in more than one medium or format. Simulated client-based projects focus on typography, communication, legibility/readability, language sequence and information hierarchy. Course concludes with portfolio review for admission into Graphic Design III. Payment of expendable materials fee is required. Prerequisite: Art 314,Art 315,& Art 415. Corequisite: ART 418L. One semester; two credits



ART 418L. GRAPHIC DESIGN II LAB 

Hours required to complete all research and projects using the computer lab. Corequisite: ART 418. One semester; one credit



ART 475. SENIOR SEMINAR

The student will be required to produce a large body of work which would be indicative of the level the student has achieved. The theme of the works will be decided by the student and instructor. The student will be required to have an exhibition of these works to be viewed by the public. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor. One semester; three credits

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MUSIC

MUSC 111. MUSIC APPRECIATION
Open to all students. Required for all music minors. An introduction to perceptive music listening through study of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, etc. Extensive listening to characteristic selections and major forms from different periods of music. One semester; three credits

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SPEECH

SPCH 125. SPEECH COMMUNICATION
A study of the principles of public speaking. Emphasis placed on differences between spoken and written language, organization, persuasive argument, and delivery skills. One semester; three credits

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THEATRE

THEA 107-108; 207-208; 307-308; 407-408. THEATRE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP I
A set of practical courses which provide instruction and lab in five areas of theatre production: Costumes/Make-up; Acting/Directing; Scenery/Props; Light/Sound; and Publicity/Management. A minimum of 45 lab hours plus a written summary of the student’s experience is required. Offered in the Fall and Spring. Eight semesters; one credit each

THEA 115. INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE
A brief but comprehensive study of the theatre, designed to arouse a wide range of interests—critical, historical, artistic—needed for a well-rounded appreciation of the whole. Includes attendance at plays for evaluation. One semester; three credits

THEA 127-128; 227-228; 327-328; 427-428. THEATRE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP II
A set of practical courses which provide instruction and lab in five areas of theatre production: Costumes/Make-up; Acting/Directing; Scenery/Props; Light/Sound; and Publicity/Management. A minimum of 90 lab hours plus a written summary of the student’s experience is required. Offered in the Fall and Spring. Eight semesters; two credits each

THEA 221. ACTING
Introduction to the craft of acting with focus on elementary techniques and principles. Designed to meet the needs of those directly concerned with theatre production but valuable also for students seeking to make better use of imagination and poise in social and professional situations. Taught primarily through improvisation with exercises in relaxation and techniques of body and voice flexibility and control. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

THEA 231-239. SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
Topics in the areas of speech or theatre, based on special interest of students or special expertise of faculty. No prerequisite. One semester; one to three credits

THEA 315. HISTORY OF THE THEATRE
An in-depth study of the theatre including samples of dramatic literature from ancient Greece to the present. (Same as ENG 315) One semester; three credits

THEA 317. FIELD STUDY IN LIVE THEATRE
A study of live theatre. The plays covered will be seen during the semester at local Memphis theatres. Emphasis will be placed on contact with the professional theatre as well as opportunities to analyze and discuss the productions seen. One semester; three credits.

THEA 377. ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE
The development of responsiveness to prose, poetry, and drama and the ability to communicate the logical, emotional, and aesthetic elements to others. Students certifying in elementary education will study children’s literature in the content of this course. One semester; three credits

THEA 401-402. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THEATRE
An individual study project that will have as its end result the presentation of a well researched thesis or an approved project in Fine Arts. Syllabus and credit hours contracted by the student with the Chair of the Visual & Performing Arts program. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester each; one to three credits

THEA 421-426. SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
Topics in the areas of speech or theatre, based on special interest of students or special expertise of faculty. One semester each; one to three credits each

THEA 475. SENIOR RECITAL
Rehearsal of monologues or concert theatre piece culminating in performance before an audience. Program will be evaluated and approved by instructor prior to public performance. Written work includes script analysis, character profiles, and detailed written critiques of videotapes of performances. One semester; three credits 

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