Art and Design Course Requirements

The art and design major is only available through art classes on campus.

In addition to the studio art major and graphic design major, SMWC offers majors in art education.

Art and Design Major - Graphic Design Major
(54 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College graphic design major, you need to complete at least 54 credit hours in graphic design and related courses:

Graphic Design Major - Required Courses

Required Courses: (51 hours)

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration required in the creation of sculptural forms. Winter, every year.

Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids, and drawing in perspective. this class also covers techniques such blending, shading, and crosshatching. Winter, every year.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. this course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121.

Surveys the history of art in the western world beginning with prehistoric and extending to twenty-first century art. This course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events that have molded contemporary art. Fall, even years.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD260

Furthers the understanding of principles of graphic design, including structure typography, layout design, and color. Pagination, organization, structure, and grids for printed publication are also emphasized. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257, AD350

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Through the advanced study in graphic design, the student continues to apply the principles learned in previous courses to develop a total graphic product from concept to finish. Students use a variety of mediums to create promotional designs for a fictitious company product. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD351.

This course simulates the operation of a professional design studio in which students work with real clients. Students are encouraged to solicit jobs for themselves during this class or may be assigned projects. Before the conclusion of this course, students are expected to individually present their professional portfolio to the Art & Design faculty, as well as participate in a senior exhibition required during the senior year prior to graduation. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD450.

Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student's major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, even years. Prerequisites: JM 157, JM257.

Graphic Design Major - Elective Courses

Choose one: (3 hours)

Presents the origins of traditional and contemporary visual communications and design, along with related concepts and processes. Studies significant and current designers, their philosophies and problem solving strategies, how design has been affected and shaped by industrial technology, art movements and the age of information. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD240 or consent of instructor.

Surveys the history of women's involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: AD250.

Art and Design Major - Studio Art Major
(51 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods college requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College art and design major with an emphasis in studio art, you need to complete at least 51 credit hours in art and related courses:

Art and Design Major - Studio Art Emphasis Requirements

Required Courses: (48 hours)

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration required in the creation of sculptural forms. Winter, every year.

Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids, and drawing in perspective. this class also covers techniques such blending, shading, and crosshatching. Winter, every year.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. this course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121.

Surveys the history of art in the western world beginning with prehistoric and extending to twenty-first century art. This course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events that have molded contemporary art. Fall, even years.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD260

Students continue to learn and refine drawing and painting skills learned in foundation courses. Emphasis will be placed on the students' exploration of their unique interests. Conceptual origins of the artistic process will be examined. This course examines drawing and painting as a conceptual tool. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD221

An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration, and applications, including technical development. Introduces when thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing, and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Examines a variety of approaches to 3D and 4D art forms including modeling, construction, and installation. Studies the relevance of time and space as it applies to communication of the art form. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite:AD353.

In this capstone class for the Studio Art Emphasis, seniors develop self-directed proposals, processes and artifacts under the guidance of the instructor. This concluding experience will result in a presentation, exhibition, and/or performance. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD452.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, even years. Prerequisites: JM 157, JM257.

Art and Design Major - Studio Art Emphasis Electives

Choose one: (3 hours)

Presents the origins of traditional and contemporary visual communications and design, along with related concepts and processes. Studies significant and current designers, their philosophies and problem solving strategies, how design has been affected and shaped by industrial technology, art movements and the age of information. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD240 or consent of instructor.

Surveys the history of women's involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: AD250.

Studio Art Emphasis + Art Therapy
(18 hours in addition to 51 hour studio art emphasis)

Art therapy utilizes art in therapy and art as therapy to help individuals express thoughts and feelings. The art major with art therapy emphasis provides an educational foundation in art and psychology. Art therapists serve a variety of people in numerous settings including mental health centers, medical and cancer treatment programs, schools, nursing homes and art centers. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requires a master's degree as the entry-level degree for practicing art therapists in the United States. The College offers a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. Undergraduates can prepare for graduate instruction, leading to the career of their choice.

Studio Art Emphasis + Art Therapy

Art Therapy Concentration Courses: (18 hours)

Provides introductory exposure to the theories, practices and literature of the profession (concern for the distinction of the appropriate therapeutic application, different populations, assessment and diagnosis, ethical issues and standards and history). Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: AR110, AR111 and PS111.

An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS111.

Considers the processes of learning and memory based on contemporary research and theory. Focuses on how learning processes work in animals and humans, as well as the practical aspects of the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Studies the way in which peopleā€˜s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics covered include attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 111 or SO 211.

Graphic Design Minor (24 hours)

The graphic design minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours of graphic design and related courses.

Graphic Design Minor

24 credit hours required

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Presents the origins of traditional and contemporary visual communications and design, along with related concepts and processes. Studies significant and current designers, their philosophies and problem solving strategies, how design has been affected and shaped by industrial technology, art movements and the age of information. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD240 or consent of instructor.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD260

Introduces the discipline, function, and tradition of typography as it relates to visual communication. Includes how and when to use type, how to use the problem solving process to solve visual problems, the basics of symbol/logo design, promotional graphics, typographic history and theory. Provides a general understanding of the field of design, including theory, practice, and technology. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121 or consent of instructor.

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Studio Art Minor (24 hours)

The studio art  minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours of art and related courses.

Studio Art Minor

24 credit hours required

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration required in the creation of sculptural forms. Winter, every year.

Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids, and drawing in perspective. this class also covers techniques such blending, shading, and crosshatching. Winter, every year.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. this course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121.

Surveys the history of art in the western world beginning with prehistoric and extending to twenty-first century art. This course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events that have molded contemporary art. Fall, even years.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration, and applications, including technical development. Introduces when thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing, and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Information about Course Requirements
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