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Department of Art
204 Tower Fine Arts Building
Chair and Associate Professor: Phyllis Kloda, MFA, Ohio University; Associate Professors: Debra Fisher, MFA, Ohio State University; Jennifer Hecker, MFA, University of Minnesota; Lori Mills, MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts; Jim Morris, MFA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Gallery Director and Associate Professor: Timothy Massey, MFA, Ohio State University; Assistant Professors: Christian Carson, MFA, University at Albany; Alisia Grace Chase, PhD, University of Minnesota; Sara DiDonato, MFA, University at Albany; Visual Resource Coordinator, Art/Delta College, Associate Professor: Kitty Hubbard, MFA, Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY Brockport.
I still can find no better definition for the word art than this: nature, reality, truth; but with a signifi cance, a conception, a character which the artist brings out in it, and to which he gives expression; which he disentangles and makes free and clears up.
- Vincent Van Gogh
Art has been defined as many things: ability, process and product. The Department of Art at SUNY Brockport offers courses and programs which integrate the formal, technical, conceptual and historical aspects of the visual arts.
Programs: The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Studio Art, and a minor in art history. Once a student declares a major, a faculty member in the appropriate area will be assigned as academic advisor. The Department of Art reserves the right to retain students’ work for a limited period and reproduce work for offi cial purposes such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, and slide lectures. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in their courses. Many studio courses have an additional studio fee for materials used in class.
Resources and Facilities: The Department of Art, located in the Tower Fine Arts Center, has well-equipped studios, two galleries, and a Visual Resource Center, which houses a MacIntosh computer lab and more than 112,000 slides and videotapes. An active Art Students Association organizes critiques, visiting artist programs, field trips and exhibitions. Students at SUNY Brockport have an opportunity to study abroad in the summer program in Faenza, Italy. In addition, students have the opportunity to study the visual arts from a non-Western perspective at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Transfer students: A maximum of 18 transfer credits in art will be accepted by the department toward the studio art major; and a maximum of 39 transfer credits in art will be accepted toward the BFA. Other credits may be used as electives. Credits that correspond to the required courses within the major program may be accepted, as may certain related transfer courses not included in our curriculum. All transfer grades must be “C” or higher to be used to fulfill major requirements.
Studio Art Major (BA/BS) The studio art major is designed to provide a well-rounded art experience, encompassing twodimensional and three-dimensional media, art history courses, and a specialty (three levels) in one area. Students majoring in art are encouraged to expand their understanding of art as it relates to other disciplines, cultures, and global concerns.
Studio Art Major Requirements: In addition to meeting all general SUNY Brockport requirements, studio art majors must complete a total of 36 credits in art and art history as listed below. No more than 54 credits in studio art (or any other single discipline) can be used to satisfy the 120-credit requirement for the BA or BS. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all courses in the major.
|Required Courses (18 credits)||Credits|
|ARH 201||Survey of World Art I||3|
|ARH 202||Survey of World Art II||3|
|ART 210||2-D Design or ART 212 3-D Design||3|
|ART 221||Drawing I||3|
|ARH 420||20th-Century Art||3|
|ART 401||Senior Seminar||3|
|Any two two-dimensional courses from the following: (6 credits)||6|
|Visual Studies (book arts, film/video, or digital art)|
|Drawing (excluding ART 221)|
|2-Dimensional Design (if not taken in the above required courses)|
|Any two three-dimensional courses from the following: (6 credits)||6|
|3-Dimensional Design (if not taken in the above required courses)|
|A three-course sequence (specialty) in one of the following areas: (6 credits)||6|
The BFA is an intensive degree program in studio art, intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or to prepare for graduate study. BFA students work closely with a professor/mentor in their area of concentration, as well as interact with the entire art faculty through the required courses and BFA reviews and BFA walkthrough. BFA students are encouraged to be active in the Art Students Association, which runs Rainbow Gallery, where BFA senior exhibitions take place. BFA students may also take DCE 323 Career Explorations in Art, in which they may receive credit for apprenticeships or internships in artists’ studios, galleries or alternative spaces.
Students are admitted to the program by a portfolio review. Those who do not have a portfolio may enroll in the BA or BS program in studio art, and begin work on foundation courses to assemble a portfolio. BFA candidates are reviewed each semester and are expected to maintain a 2.5 minimum overall cumulative SUNY Brockport GPA and a 3.0 GPA in art. If advised to discontinue the program, a student may continue as a studio art major in the BA or BS program. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all courses in the major.
Candidates for the BFA must meet all general SUNY Brockport requirements and complete a total of 81 credits in art and art history as indicated below.
|Required ART Courses (39 credits)||Credits|
|ART 210||2-Dimensional Design||3|
|ART 212||3-Dimensional Design||3|
|ART 221||Drawing I||3|
|ART 322||Drawing II||3|
|ART 330||Digital Art I||3|
|ART 331||Photography I||3|
|ART 341||Painting I||3|
|ART 351||Printmaking I||3|
|ART 361||Sculpture I||3|
|ART 371||Ceramics I||3|
|ART 401||Senior Seminar||3|
|ART 402||BFA Senior Exhibition||3|
|ART 403||Mixed Media||3|
|Required ARH Courses (12 credits)||12|
|ARH 201||Survey of World Art I||3|
|ARH 202||Survey of World Art II||3|
|ARH 410||Contemporary Art Criticism||3|
|ARH 420||20th-Century Art||3|
|Electives in ART, ARH, or related discipline (9 credits)||9|
|The following courses are approved electives in the BFA:|
|ANT 401||Native American Art and Culture||3|
|DNS 115||Introduction to Dance||3|
|MUS 276||Arts and Humanity||3|
|MUS 278||African-American Music and Culture||3|
|PHL 308||The Arts in Society||3|
|PHL 428||Philosophy of Art||3|
|THE 235||Stage Lighting I||3|
|THE 244||Costume Construction||3|
|Concentration in one of the following (21 credits)||21|
|Minors in Studio Art|
|Studio Art: 18 credits, including the following:|
|ARH 201||Survey of World Art I|
|ARH 202||Survey of World Art II|
|ART 221||Drawing I|
|Nine additional credits of art studio electives|
Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Art Specialty
In addition, the School of Arts and Performance offers an Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program, in which studio art is one of the specialties. (Note: The art specialty in Arts for Children is not designed to prepare students to become art teachers in the public schools of New York State, but it can be used as an academic major by students who are seeking New York State Certification for teaching general education in public elementary school classrooms.) Students seeking an interdisciplinary major in Arts for Children with a specialty in art are required to complete a 48-credit program consisting of: (1) two interdisciplinary courses, IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children, and IAC 491 Seminar in Arts for Children; (2) an art specialty of 21 credits; and (3) a 21-credit block consisting of two courses in each of the other three arts and one approved elective. Students wishing to major in Arts for Children with an art specialty must present and successfully pass a portfolio review conducted by the art specialty advising committee toward the end of the junior year. They are also urged to take additional studio art courses. A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in all required courses.
For detailed information and a comprehensive listing of courses required in this specialty area, refer to the section Arts for Children-Interdisciplinary Major in this catalog.
ART 101 Visual Art Experience (A,P). Course fee. An introductory course for students with little or no art experience, designed to broaden their visual vocabulary. Explores the basic elements and principles of art through a sequence of problems to be solved by the execution of original works in various media. 3 Cr. ART 110 Art and Artists (A,F). S
ART 210 Two-Dimensional Design (A,P). Course fee. An introduction to the elements and principles of two-dimensional visual composition. The course explores visual problem solving and concepts of creating two-dimensional images via line, shape, color, value, etc. Includes lectures, written assignments, demonstrations, and critiques. Assignments include the production of two-dimensional artwork using various media. 3 Cr.
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design (A,P). Course fee. An introduction to the elements and principles of three-dimensional art making. The course explores visual problem solving and concepts of creating three-dimensional artwork via line, form, volume, texture, color, spacial relationships, etc. Includes lectures, written assignments, demonstrations, and critiques. Assignments include the production of three-dimensional artwork using various media. 3 Cr.
ART 221 Drawing I (A,P). Course fee. Provides an introduction to the basic elements of drawing and two dimensional imagery; including drawing from natural forms; aesthetic elements, such as line, value, composition, space, perspective, and mark making; and a basic understanding of the development of content in a work of art. 3 Cr.
ART 311 Introduction to Video (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop, lab hours weekdays at VSW) Provides an introduction to the use of video as a medium for individual expression and creativity. Develops basic video skills (i.e., the operation of the video camera, analogue editing and digital video systems) and fundamental procedures in planning and producing a videotape are presented through demonstrations, lectures and practice sessions. Uses screenings and artists’ presentations to illustrate contemporary work in video. 3 Cr.
ART 322 Drawing II (A). Prerequisite: ART 221. Course fee. Provides studio experience using a variety of drawing materials to teach drawing skills and allow students to acquire the necessary background for further study. 3 Cr.
ART 330 Digital Art I (A). Prerequisite: ART 210. Course fee. Introduces students to the use of the computer as a tool of art making. Uses multimedia software to create digital art. Encourages students to explore and combine computer-based techniques with traditional studio art techniques. Requires short readings to accompany the assignments to help students contextualize their work within the historical, social and political arena that surrounds the production of computer-based art. 3 Cr.
ART 331 Photography I (A). Prerequisite: ART 210. Course fee. (Two sections: SUNY Brockport campus and Visual Studies Workshop.) Explores photography’s creative potential for personal expression. Covers 35mm camera operation, processing and developing film, and printing black and white photographs in the darkroom. During the first half of this class focus is on technical skills. During the second half focus is on the use of the students’ newly found skills and their creative potential. Requires students to have access to an adjustable 35mm camera. 3 Cr.
ART 332 Photography II (A). Prerequisite: ART 331. Course fee. (Taught at Brockport Campus and Visual Studies Workshop.) Expands on the basic darkroom skills covered in introductory photography courses, with an emphasis on the conceptual aspects of image making. Prompts students to experiment with expanded processes such as digital imaging, hand applied photo emulsions, etc. Teaches students how to test equipment accuracy to ensure proper exposures. Employs a variety of assignments using technical tools learned as applied to conceptual themes. Entails lectures and field trips to supplement the studio work. 3 Cr. ART 333 Introduction to Color Ph
ART 341 Painting I (A). Prerequisite: ART 221. Course fee. Provides an introduction to painting and design theory. Emphasizes such design elements as form, texture, line, tone, and the spatial and structural aspects of color through the application of various painting techniques. Uses principally oil and acrylics. 3 Cr.
ART 342 Painting II (A). Prerequisite: ART 341. Course fee. Provides a continuation of ART 341 with emphasis on composition, structure of space, and the human figure. Uses principally oil and acrylic paints. 3 Cr.
ART 351 Printmaking I (A). Prerequisite: ART 221. Course fee. Entails an introduction to printmaking processes including monotype, intaglio and relief processes. Stresses conceptual development, technical skills and compositional elements throughout the semester. 3 Cr.
ART 352 Printmaking II (A). Prerequisite: ART 351. Course fee. Provides advanced skills and techniques from ART 351 and includes bookmaking, papermaking and alternative methods in printmaking. 3 Cr.
ART 358 Introduction to Visual Books (A). (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop) Introduces bookworks, which combines text, images, unexpected materials and unusual bindings, through examples, discussions and demonstrations, including access to outstanding collections. Requires students to work on individual projects, including one-of-a-kind books, and small editions. Emphasizes developing books that integrate word, image, and structure. 3 Cr.
ART 361 Sculpture I (A). Prerequisite: ART 212. Course fee. Familiarizes students with the conceptual, technical, and visual vocabulary of sculpture well enough to create dimensional works of artistic merit and personal expression. Expects students to gain basic skills with materials as well as understanding of sculptural concepts. Designs problems to distinguish between technique and idea in sculpture, and how materials are used to express concepts. 3 Cr.
ART 362 Sculpture II (A). Prerequisite: ART 361. Course fee. Expands student’s knowledge of sculptural materials and techniques, with an emphasis on metal-working through both direct and indirect methods. In addition, allows students to further explore sculptural concepts and 3-dimensional spatial organization as they apply to the completion of class projects. 3 Cr.
ART 371 Ceramics I (A). Prerequisite: ART 212. Course fee. Introduces students to basic hand-building techniques that are used to form objects out of clay. Students address projects in a problem-solving approach which utilizes and develops creative thinking capabilities and technical knowledge about clay as an expressive art material. Covers traditional and non-traditional glazing techniques and applications. 3 Cr.
ART 372 Ceramics II (A). Prerequisite: ART 371. Course fee. Provides further exploration of clay as an expressive material while focusing on production methods utilizing the potter’s wheel. Introduces glaze calculation, oxidation, reduction firing, and formulation of clay bodies. 3 Cr.
ART 381 Metals: Fabrication (A). Prerequisite: ART 212. Course fee. Introduces 3-dimensional design concepts using basic jewelry disciplines. Emphasizes the study of design form through metal-working techniques, using and integrating various materials, metal, wood, plastic, glass, stone and synthetic materials. 3 Cr.
ART 382 Metals: Forging (A). Prerequisite: ART 381. Course fee. Provides a continuation of ART 381. Focuses on intermediate design and studio procedure. 3 Cr.
ART 399 Independent Study in Art (B). Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. May require a course fee. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. May be repeated for credit. 1-6 Cr.
ART 401 Senior Seminar (A). Prerequisite: ARH 201 and ARH 202, and ART 221. Class to be taken in the senior year. Requires readings, portfolio development, exhibition preparation, advanced studio problems and a discussion of the theory and criticism of art. 3 Cr.
ART 402 BFA Senior Exhibition (A). A Senior Exhibition is required of all BFA students prior to graduation. Allows students to work with the professor in their area of specialization to produce an exhibition of quality that represents their accomplishments in the program. Covers exhibition design, installation and advertising as well as other pertinent responsibilities and information relative to a successful exhibition. 3 Cr. Every Semester
ART 403 Mixed Media (A). Prerequisites: either ART 210 or ART 212 and ART 221. Course fee. Explores the content and formal possibilities of the interaction of two- and three-dimensional media. Investigates the process of how ideas take physical form and how artists use mixed media to manifest their ideas. Traditional and non-traditional media will be used to investigate a series of thematic assignments. Group discussion and critiques will be held during the semester. 3 Cr. Spring
ART 412 Video II (A). Prerequisite: ART 311. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop, lab hours weekdays during Media Center hours.) Designed for people with prior experience in video, presents advanced techniques for those who wish to further explore the ideas and meaning behind their work in video. Allows students to combine the elements of performance, scripting, sound, computer graphics, and special effects within individual projects. Uses class time to study film, computer, and video techniques, as well as have in-group discussions about the tapes and DVDs created during the course. 3 Cr.
ART 414 Advanced Problems in Visual Studies (A). Provides for reading, advanced projects and discussion of theory and criticism applied to electronic imaging, visual books, digital media and film/video. 3 Cr.
ART 415 16mm Film I (B). Prerequisite: expects students to demonstrate competence with equipment as a prerequisite for working on individual projects. Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop, lab hours weekdays during Media Center hours.) Provides an introduction to independent 16 mm film production. Focuses on individual expression through script writing, film production and post-production. Includes sessions covering topics such as the history of film, camera operation, the use of light meters, lighting, composition, directing actors, and the principles and techniques of editing. 3 Cr.
ART 416 16mm Film II (B). Prerequisite: ART 315 or instructor’s permission. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop) Provides a follow-up to basic filmmaking, with a more in-depth analysis of sound production including sync recording mixing of complex tracks, working with ensemble acting and dialogue. Highlights animation techniques, titling, and counterpoint in editing. Requires students to ready film projects for final post-production and distribution. 3 Cr.
ART 417 Methods of Teaching Art at the Elementary Level (B). Prerequisite: introductory art course or instructor’s permission. Course fee. Explores the philosophical and psychological basis for teaching art. Investigates problems of artistic and creative development. Examines methods of teaching art through practice and observation. Includes teaching of art to children. 3 Cr.
ART 418 Documentary Film/Video (A). (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop, lab hours weekdays during Media Center hours.) Provides insight into the practice of documentary film/video making. Introduces and discusses basic tools and the principles of film narration and montage, as they apply to documentary film/video making. In hands-on exercises, allows participants to explore the creative process of interpreting “the world out there” by means of the moving image. 3 Cr.
ART 423 Drawing III (A). Prerequisite: ART 322. Provides a continuation of ART 322. Course fee. Allows for in-depth studio experience, concentrating on drawing the humane, the nature of space, individual exploration of imagery and further experimentation with a variety of media. 3 Cr.
ART 424 Advanced Problems in Drawing (A). Prerequisite: ART 423. Course fee. Provides for intensive drawing, research on concepts, readings, advanced projects, and discussion of theory and criticism as applied to creative drawing. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.
ART 430 Digital Art II (A). Prerequisite: ART 330. Course fee. Further develops skills and principles relating to the exploration of the computer as a tool for creating art. Encourages students to do a more advanced exploration and combine computer-based techniques with traditional studio art techniques. 3 Cr.
ART 433 Photography III (A). Prerequisite: ART 332. Course fee. (Taught at Brockport Campus and Visual Studies Workshop.) Explores independent creative projects throughout the semester, emphasizing a continued development of a project. Focuses on print quality, issues of presentation and sequencing, as demonstrated in the work of other photographers and through class discussion. Teaches advanced darkroom skills. 3 Cr.
ART 434 Advanced Problems in Photography (A). Prerequisite: ART 433. Course fee. (Taught at Brockport Campus and Visual Studies Workshop.) Structured for students to gain independence in their working methods. Expects students to locate an area of interest and create a substantial project that reflects a thoughtful and developed investigation. Requires conceptual and technical readings to supplement their work. 3 Cr.
ART 443 Painting III (A). Prerequisite: ART 342. Course fee. Covers advanced painting, painting from life, and the human figure. Emphasizes creative forms of self expression. Intensive painting and research on imagery begins in the second half of the semester. 3 Cr.
ART 444 Advanced Problems in Painting (A). Prerequisite: ART 443. Course fee. Emphasizes personal solutions related to content in the work as well as technical issues in painting, advanced projects, and discussion of theory and criticism applied to creative painting. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.
ART 453 Printmaking III (A). Prerequisite: ART 352. Course fee. Allows advanced students to design their individual projects for the semester. Requires a minimum of four projects exploring advanced technical and conceptual development. 3 Cr.
ART 454 Advanced Problems in Printmaking (A). Prerequisite: ART 453. Course fee.Allows for a continuation of personal development of ideas, skills and varied technical approaches to the art of printmaking at the advanced level. 3 Cr.
ART 463 Sculpture III (A). Prerequisite: ART 362. Course fee. Allows students to expand their knowledge of materials and techniques used in the production of sculpture. Assignments address contemporary concerns in working three-dimensionally, such as permanence, process and site-specificity. Allows students to gain knowledge and experience with public art, installation art, and performance art. Entails readings to supplement class demonstrations, critiques, slide lectures, and videos on contemporary sculpture. 3 Cr. Every Semester
ART 464 Advanced Problems in Sculpture (A). Prerequisite: ART 463. Course fee. Students will expand their knowledge of sculptural materials and techniques while working toward the development of their own vision. Individual explorations into various approaches to art making will be encouraged. Information and guidance will be given on documentation and presentation of sculpture for portfolios. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.
ART 470 Gallery Management and Exhibition Design (B,T). Cross-listed as ARH 480. Course fee. This course is designed as an intense practicum to prepare students for careers as curators, gallery directors and gallery professionals. Students will actively engage with diverse mediums, arts and curators to develop public exhibitions and programs. Through hands-on experience, students will be challenged to address meanings conveyed consciously and unconsciously by exhibition design and presentation. 3 Cr.
ART 473 Ceramics III (A). Prerequisite: ART 372. Course fee. Emphasizes continued development of creative thinking and problem solving as students address assigned problems and investigate individual areas of interest. Provides students the opportunity to expand their technical knowledge and skills in either hand construction or wheel-thrown techniques. 3 Cr.
ART 474 Advanced Problems in Ceramics (A). Prerequisite: ART 473. Course fee. Provides for individualized, advanced projects, and discussion of theory and criticism applied to the art of ceramics. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.
ART 491 Topics in Art Studio (B). Course fee. Provides an upper-division art studio experience. Allows students to earn credit for a special offering not normally a part of regular department curriculum. 1-6 Cr.
ART 499 Independent Study in Art (A). May require a course fee. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. May be repeated for credit. 1-6 Cr.[an error occurred while processing this directive]