2015 – 2016 Course Descriptions and Prerequisite Requirements.

Foundation Courses

KSA100 - Color and Design I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to train the eye and hand while giving students a working knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in visual thinking. It is an introduction to the formal elements of art with an emphasis on color. Projects approach color in terms of phenomenology (how color “appears” to change depending on relationships with other colors), observation, and expressiveness. Playfulness and rigor will set the pace.

KSA101 - Color and Design II

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course builds on the principles taught in Color and Design I. Students will work on larger, more ambitious pieces that focus on specific aspects of color interaction.

Prerequisites: KSA100

KSA110 - Drawing I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the creative process and their own potential while investigating various aspects of seeing and translating it into visual, pictorial language. Experimentation with line, value, composition, the establishment of form and space, ground planes and perspective will be practiced. Students will weave both quantitative (touch) and qualitative (measurement) approaches.

KSA111 - Drawing II

Credit: 3 semester hours

A continuation of Drawing I, this course will further develop students’ abilities in observational drawing and move them toward more individualized problems with a broader conceptual range. Students will integrate exploration and personal response in their efforts to find visual relationships and gain clarity in the language of drawing and richness in their approach. This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the creative process through drawing.

Prerequisites: KSA110

KSA120 - Painting I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This class is designed to offer students the personal, sensual experience of responding to what is seen by painting from observation. There will be discussions about use of the materials, strategies toward laying out a painting, use and recognition of color relationships, issues of pictorial organization, development of space and how all these things affect the content of painting. Examples of paintings throughout the last 500 years to the present will be shown. By becoming aware of the languages and traditions of painting, students will recognize and develop their own personal vision and sensibility. One field trip will be mandatory to look at paintings “in the flesh.”

Prerequisites: KSA110 (concurrent registration allowed)

KSA130 - Introduction to Three Dimensional Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and formal language of three-dimensional design. Assigned problems explore visual and physical principles of three-dimensional design: line, plane, volume, structure, and surface. Emphasis is on personal investigation, problem solving and exploration through diverse materials, processes and approaches.

KSA140 - Digital Media & Art I

Credit: 3 semester hours

Digital Media & Art I introduces basic technical skills and fundamental concepts of digital art and design through projects using Adobe Photoshop. Through an investigation of the changing history of digital media, students will gain an understanding of digital culture and its connection to social, aesthetic and theoretical issues. This course is vital to all undergraduate majors in KSA curriculum.

KSA141 - Digital Media & Art II

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students may explore experimental digital technologies, including virtual and interactive environments, and time-based art, including stop-motion, animation, and digital video. There will also be discussion on contemporary issues related to time-based arts. This course expands and complements the other foundation course and prepares students for further study with time-based media. Upon completion of Digital Media I and II, students should be able to use After Effects and Premiere.

Prerequisites: KSA140

KSA300 - Junior Focus

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to encourage the development of personal process and direction as an artist through a combination of written and studio work. Regular class meetings will engage students in writing exercises that will help students explore, understand, and explain their ideas and work while independently developing a series of projects relevant to their chosen major. Throughout the course students will receive scheduled critiques culminating in a final project that they will present to faculty, classmates, and a visiting artist(s). This course is taken during the junior year and prepares students for the independent exploration of ideas and materials, and also the work ethic that it is required for Senior Thesis.

Requirement: Junior standing

KSA350 - Professional Seminar

Credit: 2 semester hours

Taken during the junior or senior year this course will help students prepare to succeed as professional artists after graduation. Students will be taught to write resumes, grants, cover letters, and other documents relevant to marketing themselves and to produce a portfolio of professional quality images (which is required for graduation). This course is taught by studio faculty and will integrate presentations by professionals from a variety of fields.

Requirement: Junior standing

KSA360 - Internship

Credit: 3 semester hours

The internship provides students with the hands-on experience and valuable exposure to a professional art-related field of their choice. In addition to a minimum of 50 contact hours, the internship will require students to keep a regular journal and produce a written reflection. Site supervisors will provide evaluations and reviews. A full-time faculty member will be assigned as Intern Supervisor and will be responsible for administering the internship and awarding the grade.

Requirement: Junior standing

KSA400 - Senior Thesis I

Credit: 3 semester hours

Senior Thesis I will help students to develop an independent studio practice under the guidance of two faculty members. Students will work independently, but closely with two faculty members, one of which must be from within the major.

Requirement: Senior standing

KSA410 - Senior Thesis II

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students continue to develop the independent studio practice which began in Senior Thesis I, working toward a formal body of work and Senior Exhibition including a comprehensive oral defense in front of a panel of faculty. Throughout the course, students will work independently, but closely with two faculty members, one of which must be from within the major, who will manage the oral defense and administer the grade. The panel critique will constitute 50% of the course grade. Senior Thesis will challenge students to exercise their work ethic, develop and resolve concepts to completion, exhibit, and ultimately prepare them to work as professional artists.

Prerequisites: KSA400

Graphic Design

KSAG210 - Graphic Design I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course provides students with the tools necessary to solve conceptual problems in creative and concise ways. Students will be taught how to effectively use design elements and technology in order to accurately communicate a concept. Within the course, they will work on projects such as designing logo design, packaging and signage systems, and may be introduced to book design. They will be taught the foundation of graphic design as a medium, based on the structural systems of grids, modules, proportion, progression, symmetry, and rhythm. Students will engage in critical thinking regarding cultural identity, product, and design.

Prerequisites: KSA100 , KSA140

KSAG220 - Typography I

Credit: 3 semester hours

Typography requires an ability to compose classical and contemporary forms expressively. In this course students learn the principles of creating and organizing letters in space and time. History, theory, practice and technology associated with typography will help students learn the power of typographic form and teach them to become adept at creating meaning and emotional impact.

Prerequisites: KSA100 , KSA140 , KSAG210

KSAG310 - Graphic Design II

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course broadens basic skills and expands the conceptual arsenal mastered in Graphic Design I, increasing the students’ abilities to solve more complex and comprehensive design challenges. Critical thinking, application of visual principles and technical processes, including interactive media and web design are emphasized.

Prerequisites: KSA100 , KSA140 , KSA141 , KSAG210

KSAG320 - Typography II

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an extension of Typography I emphasizing typographic form and function. More complex problems challenge students’ command of typographic hierarchy, context and sequence. Projects may include three-dimensional, sequential page or time-based assignments.

Prerequisites: KSA100 , KSA140 , KSAG220

KSAG330 - History of Graphic Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an historical survey of Graphic Design including pivotal events and achievements that led to the current state of graphic communication. Students are introduced to the creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication. The course will study how Graphic Design is affected by international, social, political, and technological developments in history. Students will create design projects in response to particular historical epochs. May be taken as KSAH 330 to fulfill an art history elective.

Prerequisites: KSAG210

KSAG350 - Graphic Design Professional Seminar

Credit: 2 semester hours

Students will develop their design portfolio in preparation for job interviews and interactions with future clients. Students will build their knowledge of design discourse and professional practice in Graphic Design. In addition to presentations and critiques by design professionals, faculty, students, and local graphic designers will regularly review their work.

Requirement: For Graphic Design majors with a Junior standing.

KSAG370 - Basic 3D Graphic Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students are taught to translate their design concepts into digital 3D objects. This course introduces students to general 3D design and animation techniques using software to learn basic 3D modeling, lighting, textures, effects, sound and animation. Basic 3D rendering techniques are emphasized.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG 310 only.

KSAG371 - Book Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students explore sequencing of images in various formats and structures while learning the craft of bookmaking: photography, drawings, digital prints and mixed media on handmade paper will be options. Exposure to images of contemporary books and historical traditions of books from other cultures and time periods will broaden the range of possibilities.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG372 - Color

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course investigates the perception of color and how it is used in print and digital media. Students will focus on the effective use of color in the context of design problems. The course will instruct students to create color both with physical media, such as paint, and with the computer. Specific focus is placed on the attributes of color, color interaction, and the impact of color on composition. Students will also explore the psychological, symbolic, and cultural associations of color. Key color systems and terminology used in the field of Graphic Design will also be introduced.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG310 only.

KSAG373 - Design and Photography

Credit: 3 semester hours

Through a series of photographic assignments, this course investigates design elements including color, perspective, contrast and composition. Students learn basic camera and equipment usage, and begin to manipulate lighting and set to impact their photographs. Adobe Photoshop is used throughout the course.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG374 - Information Graphics

Credit: 3 semester hours

In order to develop an understanding of the field of information design, this course addresses visual problem solving and methods of solving complex design problems. The student is exposed to methods that translate data into visual solutions to include all styles of printed communications.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG310 only.

KSAG375 - Meaning and Image

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course challenges students’ visual thinking and expands their skills in storytelling through pictures. Example projects may include inventing a graphic map from a short walk, using photos to tell a story from multiple points of view, or designing postcards to convey the political ideas of a candidate.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG310 only.

KSAG376 - Motion Graphics

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is a medium for experimentation, idea generation, problem solving and communication when creating motion in graphics. Students will learn to apply design principles to time-based media, and to develop a language of applied design that reflects their own artistic identity. Utilizing photography, video and music students will work on projects applicable to today’s media applications. Basic design principles will be applied through software such as Final Cut Pro. Real-world projects and deadlines will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG310 only.

KSAG377 - Narrative Drawing including the Graphic Novel

Credit: 3 semester hours

This studio course is for students interested in abstract and figurative sequential image making. Various aspects of bookbinding will be included. Graphic novels, photo-collages, children’s stories, film or animation studies will develop students’ visual and conceptual thinking.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG378 - Package Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on the commercial and design aspects of three-dimensional packaging of a wide range of products. Form, color, type, concept and materials will be analyzed and how these impact the experience of the user. Prototyping and layout will be explored as well as sustainability and environmental issues.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG 310 only.

KSAG379 - Pattern Making

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will study pattern-making in both 2D and 3D designs as well as the applications of patterns to a surface including packaging, fabric, book covers, wallpaper and more. Issues of scale, proportions, geometrics and pattern relativity will be discussed. Design development will engage both software based and manual methods.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG380 - Publication Graphics

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course involves the student in lectures and studio work as well as discussion about both historical practices and current practices in Graphic Design. Students will create designs for publications utilizing layout, typography and art. Students are taught skills to produce vector and raster-based digital file development, and the study of the applications utilizing each. Projects require an exploration and understanding of color, software and techniques as well as printing options.

Prerequisites: KSAG210 Graphic Design Majors, prerequisite: KSAG310 only.

KSAG381 - Self-Publishing and Production

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is specifically designed for students who want to learn to self-publish and design images and/or hand-made objects. The course will include such practices as handmade silk-screening on textiles, designing and printing notecards, craft objects, altering found objects to become your own sellable artwork, etc. Students will design, create and contribute to selling work made during the semester while building a made-from-scratch KSA Etsy storefront account. Students will gain professional practice within the online self-marketing world and internet-based storefronts.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG382 - Web Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course prepares students for creatively designed web content including interactive websites. The curriculum focuses on conceptual development and design implementation. The principles of Graphic Design and interactivity are emphasized when developing the visual design. Projects will include animation, image preparation, structural hierarchy and more.

Prerequisites: KSAG210

KSAG383 - Intro to Animation Techniques

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials. Drawing on paper/hand drawn non-computer originated animation, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-out animation, computer generated drawn animation, rotoscoping, and an introduction to the fundamentals of animated movement, timing and sound design/editing will be explored. Throughout the course students will screen and discuss a wide range of independent animated work spanning history, culture, and different techniques used within the field of animation.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAG400 - Graphic Design Senior Thesis

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will work with two faculty members (one from the major who will orchestrate the Senior show and administer the grade) toward independent development of a final exhibition of Senior Thesis work. A panel will listen to each student’s oral defense and critique the body of work. Graphic Design Thesis will challenge students to exercise their work ethic, develop and resolve concepts and ultimately prepare them to work in the professional world.

Requirement: Senior standing

KSAG490 - Special Topics: Graphic Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will practice and develop graphic design studio art concepts and techniques either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other studio art courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above studio elective requirements.

Art History

KSAH252 - Modern Through Contemporary

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will survey the beginning of Modern art through Postmodernism (from the mid-19th century to the present) and the art of recent years, including painging, sculpture, architecture, and photography as well as recent developments in installation art, performance art, digital art, and conceptual art. The focus will cover art from the United States as well as art from cultures and artistic traditions outside of the U.S. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

KSAH253 - Survey of Art I: Ancient – 14th century

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course covers a global perspective from Ancient cultures through the 14th century. Emphasis will be placed on the western art however, other non-western arts and cultures will also be covered. Through key examples from these cultures, styles and periods, students will examine the principals of visual art, its vocabulary, media, and historical context.

KSAH254 - Survey of Art II: 14th century – Modern

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course covers a global perspective from the 14th century through the mid 19th century. There will be an emphasis on Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe art, however non-western arts and cultures will also be explored. Through key examples from these cultures, styles and periods, students will examine the principals of visual art, its vocabulary, media, and historical context.

KSAH310 - Eastern Art

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will survey artistic traditions of non-Western cultures such as Africa, China, India, Japan, the Middle East, Oceania, and pre-Columbian Central and South America. Relevant philosophies, customs, and values will be discussed and will enhance the aesthetic appreciation of the culture. Illustrated lectures and analytical practices will be supported by students visiting local museums and galleries to examine selected works of art.

KSAH320 - Western Art

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will survey artistic traditions of Western cultures in America and Europe through the study of artworks ranging in media, from cave painting to digital art, and time periods ranging from Prehistoric through Contemporary. Illustrated lectures and analytical practices will be supported by students visiting local museums and galleries to examine selected works of art.

KSAH330 - History of Graphic Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an historical survey of Graphic Design including pivotal events and achievements that led to the current state of graphic communication. Students are introduced to the creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication. The course will study how Graphic Design is affected by international, social, political, and technological developments in history. Students will create design projects in response to particular historical epochs. May be taken as KSAG 330 to fulfill a studio elective.

Prerequisites: KSAG210

KSAH340 - Fresh: Currents in Contemporary Art Today

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will survey a global perspective of contemporary art. This course will contextualize and introduce contemporary artists featured in the most recent venues, publications websites, and international art fairs. Illustrated lectures and analytical practices will be supported by students visiting local museums and galleries to examine selected works of art.

KSAH490 - Special Topics: Art History

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students study art history topics either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other art history courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above art history elective requirements.

Illustration

KSAI205 - Illustration I

Credit: 3 semester hours

Illustrators must be dedicated to two undertakings: communication of concepts put forth by the material they illustrate, and self-fulfillment in the enjoyment of their work. This course will be a survey regarding the concepts, techniques, and methodology of illustration. Students will examine illustration genres, including book, editorial and corporate illustration, while working with a variety of methods and materials. Frequent demonstrations of materials and techniques commonly used by illustrators will be explored. Students will additionally gain an awareness of the professional paths an illustrator may take, experiment with a limited range of materials and techniques, and develop a sense of how to balance practical image-making with creative fulfillment. In this course, students will learn how to render forms, both known and imagined, observed and unobservable, from the micro to the macro using a range of rendering techniques. Various traditional and nontraditional skills and techniques will be used to produce illustrations. This course applies composition and design, color and conceptualization to a range of materials and techniques.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAI220 - Typography I

Credit: 3 semester hours

Typography requires an ability to compose classical and contemporary forms expressively. In this course students learn the principles of creating and organizing letters in space and time. History, theory, practice and technology associated with typography will help students learn the power of typographic form and teach them to become adept at creating meaning and emotional impact.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAI305 - Illustration II

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an extension of Illustration I. Students will practice with digital media/software as well as mixed media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, colored pencils and gouache. Throughout the course, students will complete traditional and nontraditional assignments and are encouraged to develop and explore individual techniques.

Prerequisites: KSAI205

KSAI310 - Intro to Animation Techniques

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials. Drawing on paper/hand drawn non-computer originated animation, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-out animation, computer generated drawn animation, rotoscoping, and an introduction to the fundamentals of animated movement, timing and sound design/editing will be explored. Throughout the course students will screen and discuss a wide range of independent animated work spanning history, culture, and different techniques used within the field of animation.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAI311 - The Narrative and Non-Narrative in Collage and Assemblages

Credit: 3 semester hours

Emerging from the catastrophic and widespread destruction of World War I, the artists in the European art movements known as Dadaism and Surrealism created artwork through collage and assemblage that deconstructed the rational world system that led to World War I. One of their main methods to critique, attack, and disassemble the artificial order of the ‘bourgeoisie’ was to use commercial images and objects in their collages and assemblages. Through this work, the artists embraced chance, accident and improvisation, and explored the poetic subconscious. In this course, students will explore the ideas and concepts that led to the popularity of collage and assemblage in the 20th century. They will create their own while re-contextualizing collage/asswmblage within recent history in the current digital age. Artists explored will include Romare Bearden, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, Jean Hans Arp, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Joan Miro, Joseph Cornell, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, et al.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAI312 - Maps of Places, Information and the Mind

Credit: 3 semester hours

“I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future and in some way involve the stars.” Jorge Luis Borges

This course will look at contemporary and historical methods and concepts involved in the illustration and mapping of places, information, and the minds. Employing the techniques of illustration, students will learn the underlying structures and philosophies of mapping while creating their own visual and conceptual maps. In computer science mapping is the connection between two entities, in geography it is a diagram that represents an area of land or sea, and according to Tony Buzan in 1974, a mind map was the use of diagrams that visually map information.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAI490 - Special Topics: Illustration

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will practice and develop illustration studio art concepts and techniques either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other studio art courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above studio elective requirements.

Digital Media

KSAM205 - Digital Photography I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an intensive introduction to digital camera operation, image exposure, negative / flatbed scanning, processing workflow, ‘non-destructive’ image processing, image manipulation, and inkjet printing. Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom will be used as conduits for visual expression throughout the semester. Assignments will be given to develop the students’ awareness of the fundamental elements of tone, texture, light and form through digital practices. This studio course will additionally include slide lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Students will be introduced to the photographic medium and its history. Focus is on the context of digital imaging as it relates to contemporary practice. No prior experience is required, but access to a digital camera and the knowledge of the Macintosh work platform is necessary.

Prerequisites: KSAM210 or consent of the instructor

KSAM210 - Darkroom Photography I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This studio course introduces the fundamentals of hands-on photographic practice. Students will become proficient in all aspects of using a manual 35mm camera; as well as exposing, processing, and printing black & white film. Aesthetics and conceptual development of the photographic vision will be explored. The Darkroom Photography course will include class demonstrations, lab work, slide lectures, field assignments and critiques. Students will be introduced to the photographic medium and its history, beginning the semester with the construction of their own 4×5 pinhole cameras. Students will be challenged to further their everyday experience and dialogue with photography and its potential for visual imagery expression.

Prerequisites: KSA140 or consent of the instructor

KSAM220 - Digital Video I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will introduce students to the basic skills of high-definition video production and electronic moving images: video camera work and digital non-linear editing. Screenings and readings will expose students to the history of video art, as well as various ways moving images are used in fine arts and the cinema. Students will learn digital video capture by shooting projects on digital video cameras. This course will teach students to edit their own projects using FinalCut Pro or Premiere.

Prerequisites: KSA141 , KSAM205 or consent of the instructor

KSAM305 - Digital Photography II

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is a continuation of Digital Photography I encompassing further use of computer imaging skills in Adobe Photoshop. Digital Photography II provides a deep understanding of the intermediate-level workflow in film capture, scanning and digital camera RAW file capture techniques. Advanced tonal / color correction techniques, masking, image manipulation and RAW file processing will be explored. These advanced workflows will allow students to produce high quality inkjet prints on large-format printers. Topics from assigned readings, slide lectures and discussions will develop concepts and lead to a self-initiated final project of each student’s ongoing personal body of work.

Prerequisites: KSAM205

KSAM320 - Digital Video II

Credit: 3 semester hours

A continuation of Digital Video I – Students will work on video composition skills and advanced production techniques both individually and in groups. Assigned readings will engage students in sophisticated contemporary thinking involving cinema today. Students will be introduced to Adobe After Affects in order to incorporate masking and animation techniques into their FinalCut / Premiere editing practices. Students will work on site-specific projections and other experimental uses of film throughout the course. A final project will include creating a digital film short, either live-action or a combination of live-action and animation, which will involve a group-initiated crew to produce and execute.

Prerequisites: KSAM220

KSAM330 - Documentary Photography

Credit: 3 semester hours

Discussion and overview of the history, theory and political influences of documentary and contemporary photography will inform and inspire students to develop their own rigorous, exploratory body of work. Students choose projects that document social, environmental, historical or other topics that may include the option to participate in a community outreach program.

Prerequisites: KSAM205

KSAM370 - Electronic / Digital Game Art

Credit: 3 semester hours

In this course students will learn to create visual effects and manipulate sound along with still and moving images including modeling people, vehicles, weapons and scenery. Concept development will be emphasized in Motion Graphics. Students will be taught to design games for use by individuals, groups and institutions for entertainment, training, social networking and education purposes. (Flash, Arcade, console, hand-held, and or/ web-based).

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM371 - Internet Art

Credit: 3 semester hours

Through the design of websites, blogs and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Etsy; students will explore ways that the Internet can become an interactive art gallery to reach a global audience. Lectures and reading assignments will cover the history of Internet art; as well as various forms of visual and text-based communication through the World-Wide-Web. Students will create their own online interactive “Internet Art” site that showcases their own work as a final portfolio project.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM372 - Interactive Media

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students investigate concepts of two-way effect and interaction through a range of technology and diverse approaches including computers, sensors, the internet, electronics, installation and performance. This course includes elements of time and interactivity, and explores intersections of art, science, & technology through integrated systems such as Flash, Max, MSP, Jitter & Arduino Microcontrollers.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM373 - Pattern Making

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course will study pattern-making in both 2D and 3D designs as well as the applications of patterns to a surface including packaging, fabric, book covers, wallpaper and more. Issues of scale, proportions, geometrics and pattern relativity will be discussed. Design development will engage both software based and manual methods.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM374 - Self-Publishing and Production

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is specifically designed for students who want to learn to self-publish and design images and/or hand-made objects. The course will include such practices as handmade silk-screening on textiles, designing and printing notecards, craft objects, altering found objects to become your own sellable artwork, etc. In this course students will design, create and contribute to selling work made during the semester while building a made-from-scratch KSA Etsy storefront account. Throughout the course students will gain professional practice within the online self-marketing world and internet-based storefronts.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM375 - Sound Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to provide a basic framework for recording, editing, and composing with sound in a variety of media. No prior production knowledge is assumed. Classes will focus on creative projects while establishing a common technical and aesthetic vocabulary through in-class demonstrations, discussions, and learning the history of experimental sound practices. Sound processing, editing and performance software such as Reason, Ableton Live, audiomulch, and turntables will be covered.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM376 - Modeling / Computer Animation

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course offers instruction in animation software and computer-generated 360-degree images for artistic and commercial settings such as exhibition, film, TV and video games. Students will develop characters, environments & backgrounds using wire-frame structures, digital mapping and key-frame animation for movement in a virtual environment.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM377 - Web Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This is an intermediate course to prepare students for creatively designed web content including interactive websites. The course will cover basic HTML and CSS practices within Dreamweaver with an introduction to basic Flash concepts. A final project will require students to develop, design and create their own finished portfolio site while exploring the expressive possibilities of user interactivity.

Prerequisites: KSAG210

KSAM378 - Intro to Animation Techniques

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials. Drawing on paper/hand drawn non-computer originated animation, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-out animation, computer generated drawn animation, rotoscoping, and an introduction to the fundamentals of animated movement, timing and sound design/editing will be explored. Throughout the course students will screen and discuss a wide range of independent animated work spanning history, culture, and different techniques used within the field of animation.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM379 - The Narrative and Non-Narrative in Collage and Assemblages

Credit: 3 semester hours

Emerging from the catastrophic and widespread destruction of World War I, the artists in the European art movements known as Dadaism and Surrealism created artwork through collage and assemblage that deconstructed the rational world system that led to World War I. One of their main methods to critique, attack, and disassemble the artificial order of the ‘bourgeoisie’ was to use commercial images and objects in their collages and assemblages. Through this work, the artists embraced chance, accident and improvisation, and explored the poetic subconscious. In this course, students will explore the ideas and concepts that led to the popularity of collage and assemblage in the 20th century. They will create their own while re-contextualizing collage/asswmblage within recent history in the current digital age. Artists explored will include Romare Bearden, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, Jean Hans Arp, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Joan Miro, Joseph Cornell, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, et al.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAM490 - Special Topics: Digital Media

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will practice and develop digital media studio art concepts and techniques either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other studio art courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above studio elective requirements.

Drawing / Painting

KSAP220 - Painting II

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will further examine and practice the basics of painting. Establishing pictorial space through drawing with paint, seeing and developing abstract relationships of color, shape and rhythm, and the overall dynamic of the perceptual response will be practiced. Students work primarily from observation to gain the personal, sensual dynamic experience of the painting process. Conceptual venues will also be explored to deepen students’ relationship with their work and find personal content. A broader exposure to multicultural, and historical to contemporary work in painting, will stimulate and open students’ awareness to possibilities.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAP370 - Advanced Figure Painting

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will learn to paint the figure expressively and convincingly by working directly from the model. Issues and processes of gesture, anatomy, space, composition and color will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP371 - Advanced Painting: Individual Series Development

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is for students who want to broaden their skills in perceptual painting while developing a unified theme or approach.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP372 - Color Abstraction

Credit: 3 semester hours

This is an exploration of the nature of abstraction in painting while focusing on specific areas of color phenomenology.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP373 - Interiors and Still Life: Personal and Metaphorical

Credit: 3 semester hours

The idea of an interior space can be interpreted as a room or an abstract place that offers protection and intimacy. Readings and observational studies will be a starting point of this course that will lead the student to create both observed and imagined spaces.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP374 - Landscape Painting: Site, Sight, and Structure

Credit: 3 semester hours

Spatial structure, gesture and color from direct observation will be the emphasis of this course. Students will visit traditional and non-traditional landscape sites and investigate possibilities for structuring paintings. A “site” might include an interior space or set-up. Direct observation as well as manipulation and reconstruction of what is seen to create an experience of a space will lead students to concepts that interest them and inform their work.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP375 - The Expanded Picture Plane

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will have the opportunity to use shaped supports, projections, installations and mixed media to break the traditions of rectangular perimeters. Artists such as Frank Stella, Elizabeth Murray, Julie Mehretu, and Matthew Ritchie will be discussed.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP376 - Abstract Drawing and Systems

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course offers inspiration and guidance for students who want to find their own language of abstract imagery through concept and process. A broad spectrum of past and contemporary approaches will be examined. Various systems will help students to find fresh visual, contextual relationships.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP377 - Advanced Figure Drawing

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is a study of the nude through intensive analysis of anatomy, volume, structure, movement, and composition. Students will gain expressive power as they gain confidence in drawing the figure.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP378 - Drawing with Color

Credit: 3 semester hours

Pastel, colored pencils, oil pastel and other materials will be used to work primarily from observation. This course explores perceptual color from observation and expressive color from memory.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP379 - Narrative Drawing including the Graphic Novel

Credit: 3 semester hours

This studio course is for students interested in abstract and figurative sequential image making. Various aspects of bookbinding will be included. Graphic novels, photo-collages, children’s stories, film or animation studies will develop students’ visual and conceptual thinking.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP380 - Expressive Light

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students explore the expressive power and magic of light and its relation to space, form and feeling. Using a wide variety of materials, students will develop a sensitivity and proficiency toward drawing and painting of light of all kinds as it reveals form.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP381 - Forging Identity: Race, Gender, Class

Credit: 3 semester hours

This is a conceptually driven course in which students will explore cultural stereotypes of race, sexuality, and class. Students will reexamine the origins of how these issues are visually represented and reclaim them in a fresh, powerful way.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP382 - Microart: Intricate Pattern and Obsession

Credit: 3 semester hours

From electron microscope imagery to map-making and cross-cultural pattern making, this course will allow those students who are detail-oriented to explore this venue for their own production of art. Creation of patterns or imagery and their conceptual underpinnings will be the subject of this course through various media and disciplines. The history of pattern-making and “microart” and its cultural meaning will be integrated throughout the course while contemporary practices of artists including Vija Celmins, Ding Yi, James Sienna, and Tim Hawkinson will be discussed. Students will gather subject, material and motif central to their own interest and conceptual development.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP383 - Spatial Investigations

Credit: 3 semester hours

In this course both western and eastern perspective systems including Chinese, Japanese, and Islamic art will be explored. While some work will be based on observational drawing and painting with an emphasis on active processes of hollowing out and structurally building space, the study of dynamic and symbolic flattening of space and geometric systems will also be analyzed and practiced. A wide range of materials will be used for small and large-scale drawings and paintings. Emphasis will be on students finding their own relationship to pictorial space.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP384 - Intro to Animation Techniques

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials. Drawing on paper/hand drawn non-computer originated animation, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-out animation, computer generated drawn animation, rotoscoping, and an introduction to the fundamentals of animated movement, timing and sound design/editing will be explored. Throughout the course students will screen and discuss a wide range of independent animated work spanning history, culture, and different techniques used within the field of animation.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP385 - The Narrative and Non-Narrative in Collage and Assemblages

Credit: 3 semester hours

Emerging from the catastrophic and widespread destruction of World War I, the artists in the European art movements known as Dadaism and Surrealism created artwork through collage and assemblage that deconstructed the rational world system that led to World War I. One of their main methods to critique, attack, and disassemble the artificial order of the ‘bourgeoisie’ was to use commercial images and objects in their collages and assemblages. Through this work, the artists embraced chance, accident and improvisation, and explored the poetic subconscious. In this course, students will explore the ideas and concepts that led to the popularity of collage and assemblage in the 20th century. They will create their own while re-contextualizing collage/asswmblage within recent history in the current digital age. Artists explored will include Romare Bearden, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, Jean Hans Arp, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Joan Miro, Joseph Cornell, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, et al.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP386 - Maps of Places, Information and the Mind

Credit: 3 semester hours

“I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future and in some way involve the stars.” Jorge Luis Borges

This course will look at contemporary and historical methods and concepts involved in the illustration and mapping of places, information, and the minds. Employing the techniques of illustration, students will learn the underlying structures and philosophies of mapping while creating their own visual and conceptual maps. In computer science mapping is the connection between two entities, in geography it is a diagram that represents an area of land or sea, and according to Tony Buzan in 1974, a mind map was the use of diagrams that visually map information.

Prerequisites: KSA101 , KSA111 , KSA120 , KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor. Painting Majors, prerequisite: KSAP220 only.

KSAP490 - Special Topics: Drawing & Painting

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will practice and develop drawing and painting studio art concepts and techniques either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other studio art courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above studio elective requirements.

Interdisciplinary Sculpture

KSAS205 - Introduction to Sculptural Processes I

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course provides an introduction to the essentials of sculptural practice through traditional media such as metal fabrication, woodworking, mold-making, and clay. Historical, aesthetic and technical approaches to generating and understanding sculpture guide students toward hands-on practice.

Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS305 - Introduction to Sculptural Processes II

Credit: 3 semester hours

The exploration of the historical, aesthetic and technical approaches to sculpture with an emphasis on new media and emerging technologies such as installation, kinetics, performance, and soft sculpture. Greater emphasis is put on the investigation of how sculpture gets situated within the context of culture and society at large.

Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS370 - Altering Space and Place

Credit: 3 semester hours

In this course students explore the viewer-space relationship by breaking down the traditional parameters of where and how art is experienced. What happens when the viewer experience of a constructed social environment becomes the art? Can the artist be a conduit for a valuable social experience such as a communal meal or a discussion? What happens when art enters a situation outside the art world? Can artists effectively alter the spaces in which we live causing us to change the way we see and use them? Students have the opportunity to consider these questions as they develop a series of unrelated works or a body of related ones. Individual interests determine the direction and content of the work.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS371 - Ephemeral Effects and Processes

Credit: 3 semester hours

In this course students produce work that explores the ephemeral through organic materials and processes which change and evolve over time. Food, plants, insects, water, fire and air are some of the potential sources of investigation and exploration.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAS372 - Forging Identity: Race, Gender, Class

Credit: 3 semester hours

This conceptually-driven course explores issues of identity. Students will explore these issues through exposure to contemporary work, producing mixed media and/or cross-disciplinary projects.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS373 - Inspired by Nature

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course explores the interaction of humans with nature. Readings and exposure to a broad range of modern and contemporary artists will provide a context for producing work. Students will be introduced to approaches such as rearranging natural materials within the indigenous habitat, presenting nature indoors in a human-made environment, or simulating nature. Students will find their personal approach through material, scale and process.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS374 - Installation, Environment and Site

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will explore how spaces, large and small, vast or intimate, can be transformed to change the viewer’s perception of that space. Site-specificity and context will lead students toward installation-based work that alters specific spaces or environments of the students choosing.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS375 - Interactive Media

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students investigate concepts of two-way effect and interaction through a range of technology and diverse approaches including computers, sensors, the Internet, electronics, installation and performance. This course includes elements of time and interactivity, and explores intersections of art, science, & technology through integrated systems such as Flash, Max, MSP, Jitter & Arduino Microcontrollers.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAS376 - Material and Process

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course offers an opportunity to explore one material or process in-depth; options include clay, wood, plaster, metal, fiber, installation, performance, casting, etc. This course may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS377 - Sound Design

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to provide a basic framework for recording, editing, and composing with sound in a variety of media. No prior production knowledge is required. Classes will focus on creative projects while establishing a common technical and aesthetic vocabulary through in-class demonstrations and discussions. Sound processing, editing, and performance software will be utilized.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 , KSA141 or consent of the instructor

KSAS378 - The Body

Credit: 3 semester hours

This conceptually-driven course takes a broad approach to the body as a source of investigation within contexts such as gender, biology, race, sexuality and mortality. Students produce work in which these issues are considered while exploring a variety of materials and techniques. Assigned readings and research provide historical and contemporary background information.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS379 - The Figure

Credit: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on the in-depth study of the human figure through a range of materials and processes. Projects will represent the human form as conceived by the individual student.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS380 - The Object, Mass Production and Multiples

Credit: 3 semester hours

In this course students will consider the aesthetic and/or socio-cultural aspects of everyday items from the domestic to the industrial, from the rare to the common place. Through the study of contemporary artists and course projects students will explore approaches including appropriating and presenting materials virtually unaltered, finding and modifying objects, and inventing objects to look like mass-produced items. Technical demonstrations and assistance will be provided as appropriate.

Requirement: Sophomore standing
Prerequisites: KSA130 or consent of the instructor

KSAS490 - Special Topics: Interdisciplinary Sculpture

Credit: 3 semester hours

Students will practice and develop interdisciplinary sculpture studio art concepts and techniques either beyond the level or more varied than those addressed in other studio art courses. Students may repeat this course with approval of the instructor. This course is offered at the advanced level. This course can be used to satisfy 300 level or above studio elective requirements.