Courses For Non-Majors

 

No special permission necessary to register for the courses listed below: simply add the course to your schedule.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts offers students in other majors the opportunity to pursue an interest in the visual arts. If you are interested in taking art and design courses but aren’t a major, there are many options available to GVSU students. These include studio art, art history, and art education classes. The courses are typically three credits and can be used as electives towards graduation, to count for General Education requirements (categories noted), or for the studio art and art history minors.


Courses offering General Education Foundation - Arts credit

ART101 - Introduction to Art

Introduction to the visual arts. Examination of creative, social, historical, and aesthetic aspects of selected works of art. 

General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offering: Fall and Winter semesters
Credits: 3

Introduction to various verbal and visual techniques for creative problem solving, including the use of the computer as a creative tool. 

General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offering: Fall and Winter Semesters
Credits: 3

For non-art and design majors. Studio Art or Art Education majors must take ART155.

Drawing course designed for non-art and design majors and minors outside of the Department of Art and Design. Students will learn how to create observational and expressive drawings using the elements and principles of art, and how to develop ideas for drawing.

General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offerings: Fall and Winter
Credits: 3

Fundamentals of painting in opaque media with a variety of subjects and styles. 


General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offerings: Fall and Winter Semesters
Credits: 3

Direct modeling, carving, and construction as approaches to sculpture. Experimentation with plaster, clay, wood, and metal. 


General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offerings: Fall and Winter Semesters
Credits: 3

All basic hand-building techniques, glazing, and concepts relating to ceramics and pottery. Included will be historical background, some clay geology, clay making, kiln loading and unloading. All other general studio practices and safety will also be covered. 

General Education Requirement: Foundation - Arts
Offerings: Fall and Winter Semesters
Credits: 3

Introductory course on film as a significant cultural form. Examines the formal elements through which films tell stories, and the kind of stories they tell in response to audience needs and desires. Focuses on how audience interaction shapes narrative filmmaking. Fulfills Arts Foundation. Offered every semester.

Credits: 3

A course for those who want to be able to use still photography at an introductory level but do not require darkroom expertise. Covers camera operation, composition, aesthetics, and visual communication. 35mm camera required. Does not count toward the photography major. Offered fall semester.

Credits: 3


Courses offering General Education Issues credit

ART335 - Digital Creativity

Fulfills Information, Innovation and Technology category

This course is a hands-on studio course that provides basic skills and an understanding of computer technology in the creative process. Emphasized exploration of digital media concepts and methods for supporting creativity through examination of the themes and issues in contemporary arts and culture. Part of the Information, Innovation, and Technology Issue. 

Prerequisite: junior standing.
Offerings: Fall and Winter semesters
Credits: 3


Courses with no pre-requisites that welcome all majors

ART109 - Graphic Design Basics

The course is designed for any non-graphic design student who requires or seeks an overview of the graphic design process and its application in visual composition, symbol development, typography and layouts. Students produce solutions to visual communication problems and learn to articulate and present effectively their design choices.

Offerings: Fall and Winter
Credits: 3

For non-art and design majors. Studio Art or Art Education majors must take ART150.

Explores two dimensional composition by applying visual elements and design principles. All work is computer generated. It is designed for any student outside the Art and Design Department who requires or seeks a background in composition. 

Prerequisites: Photography majors or by permit.
Offerings: Fall and Winter semesters
Credits: 3

Explores the theories and concepts of two-dimensional art forms. Basic visual design principles, their application, comparison of contemporary and historical examples are presented through lectures and slides and applied to studio problems. 


Offerings: Fall and Winter Semesters
Credits: 3

Fundamentals of design with an emphasis upon projects that develop the language of art as applied to three-dimensional forms in space. O

Offerings: Fall and Winter semesters
Credits: 3

A study of fundamental pictorial concepts of drawing. Experimentation with varied technical means and media directed toward both descriptive and expressive ends. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

The history of design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Discussions of the politics and ethics of design. Offered fall and winter semester.

Credits: 3

A survey of art history from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Offered fall semester.

Credits: 3

A survey of art history from the Renaissance to the present day. Offered winter semester.

Credits: 3

Experimentation with varied techniques and with different composition ideas related to some fundamental forms of printmaking. Work with wood/linoleum cut, intaglio, and collagraph. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

During Fall/Winter semesters, contact the professor to obtain their permission to register for this course.

Image studio explores the creation, use, and presentation of images and the theoretical discourse specific to such practices within a studio context. The studio incorporates uses of current image creation and presentation technologies. (may be repeated once for credit). Offered fall semester.

Credits: 3

Interactive Studio addresses the study and creation of art works in which the audience is involved in an interactive exchange. Media explored include interactive situations, community collaborations, social/political interactions, and current electronic interactive interfaces. (May be repeated once for credit.) Offered fall semester. 

Credits: 3

Space Studio addresses the creation of site-specific works based in the primary form and experience of space typically referred to as ‘Installations’. It includes studio considerations of space, site, installation, public art, presentational practices and the related theoretical discourse within a studio context. (may be repeated once for credit.) Offered every third semester (Fall/Winter).

Credits: 3

Time Studio explores temporal and presentational practices and the theoretical discourse specific to such practices within a studio context. Time-based works include time and change as central elements. This includes ephemeral and kinetic objects, performance, sound works, and works incorporating moving images. (may be repeated once for credit.) Offered winter semester. 

Credits: 3


Courses with pre-requisites that welcome all majors

 

Permission from instructor and/or an override will be needed to register for the courses in the list below:

 

ART152 - Foundations: Color and Design

Fundamentals of design using more complex themes and including an in-depth study of color theory. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: ART 150.

Pre-Requisite: ART150
Credits: 3

A continuation of techniques and media from Introduction to Drawing I. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: ART 155.

Pre-requisite: ART155
Credits: 3

A study of the fundamentals of metalsmithing: fabrication techniques, surface embellishment, simple stone setting, and finishing placed within a conceptual context. Offered fall and winter semesters. 

Pre-requisite: ART152, ART157 (waived for non-majors)
Credits: 3

Introduces students to three dimensional computer technologies and their application in studio art practice. Activities focus on using good computer “craft,” employing appropriate compositional principles, and choosing subjects and content that engage viewers and encourage rich conceptual associations. Offered fall semester.

Pre-requisites: sophomore, junior, or senior standing
Credits: 3

This course will be offered in the Fall 2016 semester only.

A thematic examination of  the arts and visual culture created between the 6th and 15th centuries in Europe and the broader Mediterranean. Explores diverse media in relation to their political, religious, and social contexts. Also considers 19th century and contemporary reception of medieval art and ideas.

Prerequisite: ART221, or junior standing
Offerings: Every Fall semester of even-numbered years
Credits: 3

This course will only be offered during the Winter 2017 semester.

A thematic examination of the visual arts of Europe created between 1350 and 1600. Topics include the artist in society, civic and domestic settings for the arts, and global contexts, as well as the representation of gender, ethnicity, and social class. Also considers the reception of renaissance art in later eras.

Prerequisite: ART222, or junior standing
Offerings: Every winter semester of odd-numbered years
Credits: 3

This course will be offered in the Fall 2016 semester only.

n introduction to the field of art education, including the study of its historical, sociological, and theoretical foundations and their effect on its practice in the K-12 classroom. Offered fall semester. 

Prerequisites: ART 152, ART 157
Credits: 3

This course will be offered in the Fall 2016 semester only.

This class will explore the varied facets of human-animal relationships by examining representations of animals in the visual arts. Using a thematic approach, we will consider works from prehistory to the present, incorporating imagery from cultural traditions throughout the world. 

Prerequisite: ART221, ART222, or junior standing.
Offerings: Every Fall semester of even-numbered years
Credits: 3

This course will be offered in the Winter 2017 semester only.

This course provides an in-depth investigation of the Surrealism movement, addressing its artistic, as well as its historical, political, philosophical, and psychological implications. Offered winter of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: ART 222, or junior or senior status.

Pre-requisites: ART222, or junior standing
Offerings: Every Winter semester of odd-numbered years
Credits: 3


How to enroll

To receive permission and an override to enroll, log in to MyBanner, go to Students, under Students look for the Registration tab. Under Registration find the tab to Add or Drop Classes, click on it to go to a page where you indicate in a drop/down box, which semester the request is for. Select a semester and click Submit. This will take you to your Registration Worksheet. On the Registration Worksheet, go to the bottom of the sheet and look for “Registration Override Request Form”. Click on it, and this will take you to the “Registration Override Requests” page. Follow the instructions on the page to request permission and/or an override.


Questions?

For any questions, please contact the Department of Art and Design office during its regular hours (listed at the bottom of the site).

 

 



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