Courses in Art Studies

Art Appreciation

ART 100     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Art Appreciation is the historical and topical study of art and its relationship to culture and society. This course incorporates the extensive use of visual materials to teach the essentials and aesthetics of art, civilization, and daily life. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Art Appreciation (CONSORTIUM)

ART 101     3.00 Credits
Consortium from Iowa Lakes Community College

Art Structure

ART 110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Art Structure is an introductory studio course for all students. It is designed to acquaint the student with the materials and techniques of the visual artist, principles of design, basic color theory, creativity, and the artistic process. Students will explore and produce works in various traditional and contemporary media of the visual arts. (Prerequisites: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Three Dimensional Design

ART 115     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to creating art in three dimensions. It is designed to acquaint students with traditional and non-traditional 3D materials, techniques and concepts. Students will learn about the elements and principles of composition in three dimensions and the various ways this art can be used as a tool for aesthetic and conceptual understanding. Students will apply their understanding of these concepts through hands-on studio work as well as through evaluation and analysis in critiques and class discussions. (Prerequisite: none.) (MNTC 6: The Humanities--The Arts, Literature and Philosophy)

Metal Art

ART 120     3.00 Credits
This course introduces you to the creative process of metal arts. You will use a variety of materials and will work with both traditional and contemporary methods of metal fabrication. Designs will initially be art ideas which will be articulated through a traditional mode of drawing before articulated into a metal form. Primary Assemblage methods include Brazing, Welding, Cutting, Fabricating, Finishing, and Patina; Primary Materials include a variety of steel, brass/bronze, aluminum, and found objects. Lectures and critiques include some historical, cultural, and environmental issues of public sculpture. The emphasis on art ideas as they relate to form, space, and time. (Prerequisites: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Sculpture

ART 125     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Sculpture will introduce students to the basic concepts, techniques, materials and methods used to create three-dimensional objects, installations and site-specific works. Students will explore three-dimensional form, and space while experimenting with fabrication, assemblage and carving techniques. Students will learn basic principles of design as they relate to sculpture and the three-dimensional environment. Extra learner supplies required. (Prerequisites: ART 110) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Painting

ART 130     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Painting is an introductory studio course in the elements of traditional and contemporary oil painting. Students will explore and discuss the various techniques and methods basic to the creation of paintings. Students will participate in the discussions and critiques of traditional and contemporary paintings and explore the creative process via the medium of oil paint. (Prerequisites: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Introduction to Watercolor

ART 135     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to Watercolor and the various ways it can be used as a creative tool for aesthetic and conceptual understanding. Students will expand their skills in compositional design through the study and practice of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Organization: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Color, Space, Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm, Scale/Proportion and Unity. Also examined and practiced in class are the painting techniques of watercolor, including the preservation of whites, transparencies, bleeds, dropping color, wet on wet technique, drybrush and lifting. Through lectures and visual references, historical and contemporary examples of watercolor will be explored and analyzed to expand students understanding of fine art and their won work within this context. In addition, students will learn how to discuss, analyze and evaluate their own work as well as the work of their peers, through class discussions and critiques. Additional learner supplies will be required for this course. (Prerequisites: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Digital Photography

ART 140     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Introduction to the conceptual, technical and historical aspects of photography as a creative medium using digital technology within the fine arts context. Students study camera operation and techniques, composition and design, digital image capture, related software, and digital output. This class also utilizes the computer as a digital darkroom to enhance photographic images. Projects provide students with an understanding of how photographs function, not only technically, but also visually and conceptually. Students must have a digital camera; (variable F. Stop, and shutter recommended) Textbook and other supplies will also be required. (Prerequisite: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Mixed-Media

ART 145     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course engages students in a three-dimensional art making experience that draws from a variety of studio practices. Students will participate in artistic endeavors involving traditional and non-traditional materials, techniques and concepts. Emphasis is placed upon the development of aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills to further personal artistic evolution. (Prerequisite: none.) (MNTC 6: The Humanities--The Arts, Literature and Philosophy)

Drawing I

ART 150     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This drawing course will further the students' understanding of the core elements of drawing: line, composition, perspective, proportion, texture, value, and shading. These drawing elements will be taught through both traditional and modern methods. The course will also include several short lectures to give examples of the work, and to expand art appreciation. There will be a strong emphasis on the student's ability to critique their own work along with their peers. The dialogue within the classroom will help to expand the student's skills and process. (Prerequisites: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Visual Narrative

ART 155     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of visual narrative and the various ways it can be used as a tool for aesthetic and conceptual expression. Students will expand their knowledge of storytelling in artistic practice by examining compositional design, symbolic imagery and sequential image making. While studying the methodology of narrative, students will create their own storyboard layout in preparation for a final, refined visual narrative presentation in the student's format of choice, (film/video, graphic novel, drawings/paintings, etc.) In addition, this course will also explore visual narratives from cultures that are not mainstream American culture. Included in this examination is the study of non-linear and multi-linear formats. Through the investigation of traditional and non-traditional visual narrative, students will be provided with the tools to express their own voice with new insight and perspective. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 6, 7: Humanities and Fine Arts, Human Diversity)

Public Art

ART 165     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Public Art is a painting course focused on the creation of art through painting a large-scale mural. Students will work collaboratively to complete the site-specific work while developing and refining their painting and drawing skills. Through lectures and presentations, historical and contemporary examples of mural painting will be explored, giving students a sound basis for understanding the significance of murals in the historical and global context. Students will hone drawing skills while transferring the design onto the wall surface, learn to mix colors and to adapt painting techniques to the use of exterior latex paint. Students will also learn to work cooperatively with others on the completion of the project, and to align their work with one another in order to develop a cohesive single painting. They will critique the work on a weekly basis as the project progresses, keeping journals of their experience and using photographic documentation as a means of analyzing technical development. (Prerequisite: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Digital Video Production

ART 170     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital video production. Students will learn how to produce digital video productions utilizing story-boarding, lighting and shooting techniques. Students will use video and audio editing software to import, assemble and edit clips, add transitions, create super-impositions and titles in finished video productions. In addition, they will learn hardware set-up, capturing techniques and video compression schemes as they output their work to various video formats. The course also examines the history and application of video in contemporary art, documentary, film and television production. (Prerequisite: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Digital Photography 2

ART 180     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will introduce the student to both the practical and theoretical application of controlling the digital photographer's most important tool, light. The course will deal with, through the use of light modifying devices and software, how to control the direction, quantity, quality, ratio and color of light for both outdoor (natural) and indoor (existing) light. Students enrolled in this course will study advanced lighting techniques, contemporary practices and theories in digital photography. Students will work with intermediate and advanced digital imaging software. This course will emphasize the student's development of individual artistic voice applied in a portfolio of digital photographic images. Students enrolling in this course are required to supply their own digital camera, tripod, image editing software, and lighting equipment as specified in the course syllabus. Image editing software will also be available for use in the open computer lab at South Central College's North Mankato campus. (Prerequisite: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Art History I

ART 201     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of visual culture from prehistory through the Middle Ages, including art and architecture from both Western and non-Western cultures. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 6, 8: Humanities and Fine Arts, Global Perspective)

Art History II

ART 202     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of visual culture, including art and architecture, from the Middle Ages to the present time. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 6, 8: Humanities and Fine Arts, Global Perspective)

Digital Photography 2

ART 240     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will introduce the student to both the practical and theoretical application of controlling the digital photographer's most important tool, light. The course will deal with, through the use of light modifying devices and software, how to control the direction, quantity, quality, ratio and color of light for both outdoor (natural) and indoor (existing) light. Students enrolled in this course will study advanced lighting techniques, contemporary practices and theories in digital photography. Students will work with intermediate and advanced digital imaging software. This course will emphasize the student's development of individual artistic voice applied in a portfolio of digital photographic images. Students enrolling in this course are required to supply their own digital camera, tripod, image editing software, and lighting equipment as specified in the course syllabus. Image editing software will also be available for use in the open computer lab at South Central College's North Mankato campus. (Prerequisite: None) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Drawing II

ART 250     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course builds upon the concepts of Drawing I (ART 150). Students will further their understanding of drawing issues by creating artwork that explores process, personal imagery, formal analysis, and conceptual goals. Historical and contemporary models will continue to be explored and discussed relative to the students' own artwork. (Prerequisite: ART 150) (MNTC 6: The Humanities--The Arts, Literature and Philosophy)

Digital Video Production 2

ART 270     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers advanced digital video techniques including scripting, lighting, shooting, editing and the overall video/audio production sequence. Students will develop advanced skills for any profession that involves video production such as television, documentation, filmmaking, contemporary art, web design, multimedia communication, animation and computer gaming. Students will use advanced non-linear video and audio editing software. Final project is a video series or single production of substantial length within the field of artistic, commercial and/or documentary video. Students will examine and utilize advanced application of cinematic philosophy, production techniques and technologies in the fields of film, videography, documentary production, and multimedia. This course also covers the current visual culture and how it applies to a digital cinematic/video production. Students will participate as a member of a production crew on college productions when available. (Prerequisite: a grade of C or higher in ART 170 or instructor permission) (MNTC 6: Humanities and Fine Arts)