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ARD 100 Introduction to Visual and Plastic Arts (3)
Introduces students to several art and design disciplines and examines how they are interrelated through applied work using various mediums and techniques.
ARD 101 Drawing Foundations (3)
Students develop their ability to draw what they see through the application of perspective, contour, and tonal study. Basic drawing techniques and the use of different materials are introduced.
ARD 124 Ceramic Design I (3)
Introduction to ceramic design. During this class students become familiar with the design and making of ceramic products and the properties of the media. Students learn basic manufacturing methods and techniques.
ARD 126 Sustainable Design Systems (3)
Introduces students to an evolving array of alternative design systems that are based on a philosophical paradigm shift toward Earth-awareness and environmental stewardship. Also contains a design studio component in which students select a specific sustainable design system and use it to address a particular design problem. Online.
ARD 173 Color And Composition (3)
Exploration of the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design and its applications. Dot, line, shape, field, texture, brightness, and color are introduced as basic and interrelated components in solving design problems. Color theories including the physics and psychophysics of color, and cultural and aesthetic considerations are discovered. Projects encourage students to express ideas in a visual context, while exploring the interaction of ideas and principles.
ARD 202 Life Drawing (3)
Emphasis on accurate drawing of the human form using a wide variety of media focusing on proportion and problems of foreshortening. Students develop a greater understanding of anatomy and skeletal structure through applied study of figure. Prerequisite: ARD 221.
ARD 205 Weaving And Off-Loom Structures (3)
Students discover fiber structure through sampling construction methods, including twining, coiling, knitting, crocheting, knotting, and weaving. Emphasis on loom preparation, drafting graphics, basic structures. Includes research and analysis of historic and contemporary examples. Students use these techniques to create art objects, one-of-a-kind garments, or design prototypes for multiples.
ARD 214 Design Thinking (3)
A thorough introduction to contemporary graphic design studio practices, emphasizes the development of creative and analytical skill sets utilized to solve complex visual problems involving image-making, storytelling and design matrices. Prerequisite: ARD 114.
ARD 226 Design Studio I (3)
The first full design studio for Sustainable Design, Product Design, and Interior Design concentrations. The design studio uses design projects as a vehicle to learn and apply design systems and methodologies to creative problem solving. Students learn to define projects, perform research, and generate diverse concept responses.
ARD 273 Painting Fundamentals (3)
Introduction to the use of paint as a medium to explore the fundamentals of pictorial organization and construction, introduction is given in the use of materials. This course will begin to explore the materials and techniques of painting with acrylic, oil and watercolor. Material discussed and demonstrated will include application techniques, color mixing, creative visual problems solving, and the rendering of form and volume. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 101 or ARD 173.
ARD 277 Professional Drawing (3)
Professional drawing is used to describe proposed but as yet non-existing design concepts. Students are instructed in the various languages of professional drawing for communication with other professionals as well as clients. A hands-on overview of orthographic projection, axonometric projection, perspective drawing construction and free-hand perspective sketching is followed by one-on-one exploration of discipline-specific modes of professional drawing that focus on individual portfolio development in preparation for professional practice. Prerequisite: ARD 101.
ARD 322 Advanced Studio I (3)
Exploration and mastery of chosen media while researching present and past artists to guide the student’s direction. The student begins to form a personal point of view and develop a focus in relation to the larger social and aesthetic environment. The emphasis is on content and awareness of varying approaches as means to understand others and one’s self and gain the ability to create images with impact and personal style. The student develops the use of conceptual and narrative skills in the problem solving process with emphasis on pictorial composition and use of color theory. Prerequisite: ARD 222 or ARD 273.
ARD 329 Art & Design Project Management (3)
Project management skills and how to apply design thinking and the design process in the management of an art and design project. Project scope and objective, time management, and professional communication. Students choose an entrepreneurial project and learn about opportunity recognition, market analysis, and how to develop a business idea through the basics of a business plan. Includes Studio.
ARD 334 Emerging Design (3)
Concentrated creative investigation of emergent digital delivery formats and frameworks (web, mobile). Way-finding, navigation, interface, and information architecture methodologies emphasized. Prerequisite: ARD 314.
ARD 336 Design Studio II (3)
The second full design studio for the Sustainable Design, Product Design, and Interior Design concentrations. A continuation of creative problem solving using design projects as a vehicle to learn and apply design systems and methodologies. Students in Design Studio II aim for improved level of research, conceptualization, and ‘real-world’ response.
ARD 345 Illustration Studio II (3)
Focused on book illustration. The whole process of storybook or picture book illustration is introduced. Each student actualizes a book on chosen literature, which interprets the theme into illustrations. By working with a variety of media, students develop conceptual and narrative skills. Students are challenged to create pictures that communicate the original meanings and information of the literature to a mass audience effectively with impact and style. Prerequisite: ARD 245.
ARD 360 Technical Aspects Of Ceramic Design (3)
Students study the chemistry and physics of the raw materials used in ceramic products, and the behavior of the materials during the different stages of production. The students become familiar with the different types and compositions of clay bodies, ceramic kilns, and equipment operating principles.
ARD 370 Human Factors And Ergonomics (3)
Students study the interface between humans and the built environment. Course work includes the study of anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics, human sensory, and psychological response in relation to human-made objects and environments. Also explored are ADA specifications and regulations, and the principles of universal design and sustainable design.
ARD 373 Painting II (3)
Continuation of the concepts approached in Painting Fundamentals. Intermediate problems in painting will be handled with an emphasis on individual expression based on historical and contemporary concerns and approaches in art. Students are encouraged to explore different painting methods and practice critical thinking by examining the work of other artists in both past and present times. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 273.
ARD 414 Advanced Typography(3)
Advanced graphic design theory and application exploring formal and informal structures, with an analysis of contemporary and historic precedents. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 314.
ARD 425 Studio Practices In Fiber/Fashion Design (3)
Students will continue study of design and fiber structure in weaving, knitting and other systems and combined processes. Includes Studio. Prerequisites: ARD 205 and 225.
ARD 434 Interactive Design (3)
An extensive overview of interactive tools, principles and concepts in screenbased delivery mechanisms. The student designer will explore and construct innovative frameworks of interaction using coding and industry standard electronic applications. Prerequisite: ARD 334.
ARD 446 Design Studio III (3)
The third and final project-based studio course in the Integrate (Product/Interior/Sustainable) Design Studio sequence. Fourth year designer nearing entry-level competence design in a professional studio atmosphere employing design methodologies and applying creative problem-solving in specific projects. This includes the composition of concise project definitions, engagement in project-specific research, generation of 2-D and 3-D concept sketches, development and evaluation of concepts, selection of appropriate materials and processes, and the generation of complete project presentations.
ARD 460 Technical Aspects Of Ceramic Design II (3)
A continuation of ARD 360, students will focus on glaze calculation from scratch as well as develop a deeper understanding of clay bodies and firing temperature The investigation will be directed toward the student’s individual studio practice and will involve chemistry and mathematics as a related to ceramics. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 360.
ARD 465 Studio Practices In Fiber/Fashion Design II (3)
Professional practices in design development, studio practices and presentation for entrepreneurial artists, small businesses, and industry are emphasized. The semester will focus on the advanced development of the student’s individual area of focus in fiber design leading to Diploma Works. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 425.
ARD 497 Diploma Works Preparation (2)
This seminar prepares students for ARD 499 Diploma Works. The student is introduced to the approaches, basic standards, and required guidelines for ARD 499 Diploma Works. Students plan their diploma works project and present it for approval. Requirement: Student must enroll in ARD 499 the following spring semester.
ARD 498 Art & Design Internship (6)
Art & Design Internship students are required to participate in a one-semester internship with a professional design firm or company. Students may also elect to study abroad in lieu of professional practice. Fall and spring semesters.
BUS 125 Art Business (3)
Introduces students to aspects of business within the art industry and prepares them to develop a professional artist’s statement, résumé, and portfolio. Students will develop a conversational knowledge of galleries and artist opportunities such as commissions, grants, and residencies. Presentations, critiques, criticism, and rejection will also be covered.
BUS 325 Art Entrepreneurship (3)
Prepares students to develop and run a business. Students will demonstrate a conversational knowledge of the development and implementation of a business plan, as well as basic art business practices and terminology as they apply to new or existing small-scale business ventures. Prerequisite: BUS 125.
HIS 103 History Of Art I (3)
Examines sculpture, architecture, and painting from pre-history through the medieval periods of Western Civilization. It also explores the arts of non-Western cultures.
HIS 303 History Of Art III (3)
Survey of major movements and modern perspectives in 20th and 21st century art. Media Art consisting of photography, video and computer generated imagery will also be discussed. The social and political context of each is examined. Prerequisite: HIS 103 or HIS 203.
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ARD 114 Digital Design Foundations (3)
ARD 160 Art Appreciation For Non-Art Majors (3)
Involves the student in an examination of the visual arts from a variety of cultures and time periods, with a focus on developing a personal aesthetic vocabulary. By looking at painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, fashion, and design, we will study how the visual arts impacted society, and how society influenced the art being made. Explores visual elements to enhance the student’s understanding of the power and purpose of art.
ARD 207 Digital Photography (3)
Covers digital photography as it applies to publication, artistic expression and advertising. Use of a digital camera to illustrate communication concepts, explore aesthetic endeavors and produce images that convey personal vision. Focus on developing visual solutions that explore the control of composition, lighting, subject selection, photo illustration and communication. Adobe Photoshop will take the place of a traditional darkroom for processing images, making adjustments and outputting images to the printer.
ARD 211 Noetic Skills (3)
Though necessary for survival, left-brain focus too often undermines right-brain spontaneous creativity, generative lateral thinking, and intuitive response. We will expose blocks to creativity, demystify inspired innovation and identify strategies to aid in unlearning pattern thinking in order to access one’s unique creative response to any and all challenges in art, in design, in life.
ARD 221 Life & Visual Narrative (3)
Students continue to develop their ability to draw what they see through the application of perspective, contour, and tonal study. Students will develop a greater understanding of anatomy and skeletal structure through applied study of the figure. Sequencing, time and narrative will be addressed. Various drawing techniques and the use of different materials will be studied. Prerequisites: ARD 101, ARD 173
ARD 222 Intermediate Studio (3)
Students begin the exploration of a personal approach through one or more chosen media. Research to discover the properties, history, and various uses of the materials appropriate to the beginnings of one’s own aesthetic expressions is stressed. Prerequisite: ARD 101 and ARD 173.
ARD 224 Ceramic Design II (3)
Introduces students to several art and design disciplines and examines how they are interrelated through applied work using various mediums and techniques.
ARD 225 Surface Design For Textiles (3)
This studio course covers the application of design elements to textiles. Through dyeing, printing, and surface embellishment methods, students create original yardage for home, garment and fine art. Motif development, color theory, textile history, and individual expression are emphasized. Prerequisites: ARD 101 and ARD 173.
ARD 234 Typography (3)
An exploration and development of the graphic design portfolio. Coursework includes advanced level assignments with emphasis on developing elevated professional skills. Prerequisite: ARD 214.
ARD 240 Digital Modeling And Rendering (3)
Students learn three-dimensional modeling and rapid prototyping techniques as applied to product development and the production process. Beyond learning the basics of surface modeling and rendering, students will be challenged to use the software as a tool in their chosen field. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: ARD 127.
ARD 245 Illustration Studio I (3)
Students work through the process of illustration with a specific reproduction purpose. In the conceptualization process for visual communication, students build up abilities in the use of research, reference material, models and props for illustration, and develop skills in composition and value/color correspondence through exercise and the thumbnail process. Survey of professional media skills and techniques is provided throughout the course. Prerequisite: ARD 221 or ARD 273.
ARD 261 Fundamentals Of Garment Design (3)
This introduction to garment design includes both flat-pattern drafting and draping methods. Students develop designs through sketch ideating. Understanding of fabric structure and fiber content inform the process and results. Students machine and hand-sew their final designs. Participation in a student fashion show is part of the class. Includes Studio.
ARD 263 Technical Aspects Of Materials I (3)
Students gain ‘hands-on’ experience with a wide range of materials, discover inherent characteristics of materials, and learn the processes used to produce and form them. New materials generated in response to concerns about conservation, renewable and reusable resources, recyclability, product life cycle analysis, and associated environmental impacts are explored. *One cross- concentration Technical Aspect course may be substituted.
ARD 276 Sculpture (3)
Introduces the elements and principles of three-dimensional design through form development. Students discover materials and processes while developing an awareness of surface. Individual expression through unique objects and the production of multiples is encouraged
ARD 311 Design Research Skills (2)
Good design requires competent design research. Knowing how to ask the right questions precedes looking for answers. In an age of too much information a good designer seeks quality research information to integrate human behavior with ecological preservation. Includes Studio.
ARD 314 Graphic Design: Intermediate Problems (3)
Theory and practice related to the understanding of how symbolism and semiotics function in graphic design. Includes a broad overview of graphic design history and an understanding of how graphic design functions in the third dimension. (Packaging, environmental, architectural and signage touch points). Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 214
ARD 354 Jacquard Design (3)
Builds on knowledge of woven structure and surface design principles teaching students to create patterns and weaves for jacquard upholstery. Through the use of professional software, students’ designs are woven as samples in a textile mill. Students use drawing, color theory, basic math, and organizational skills to complete design projects for industry. Prerequisites: ARD 205 and ARD 225.
ARD 363 Technical Aspects Of Materials II (3)
Students research the technical aspects of alternative materials developed in response to issues regarding conservation, renewable and reusable resources, and recyclability. Students gain a pragmatic understanding of these new materials and how they can be used to the benefit of society and the environment. *One cross-concentration Technical Aspects course may be substituted.
ARD 395 Art and Design Project (3)
Deepens the skills learned in ARD 329. Emphasis on individual professional development and the production of a product, set of products, or piece(s) of art. Instructors approve the project topics. Students prepare a report of the project and complete a project portfolio using advanced presentation techniques. Students are encouraged to select a challenging and inspiring topic that generates individual expertise and lays the groundwork for subsequent professional projects. Prerequisite: ARD 329.
ARD 403 Contemporary Criticism (3)
Cross-listed with HIS 403. Senior-level discussion about the place of art and criticism in contemporary global culture. It explores questions such as: What are artists and critics doing and saying now? What kinds of new media and venues are being developed? What is the place of art criticism in the 21st century? The course explores the responsibility of artists and critics (if any) to society, themselves, the environment, and the ecology of the planet. Prerequisite: HIS 303.
ARD 422 Advanced Studio II (3)
The student is expected to arrive at a focus that is personal, well informed, and articulate. This series of works expressing the student’s refined individual style leads to the final senior project. Students complete the project and prepare a professional-level portfolio and presentation. Illustration concentration students work through the entire illustration process in specific advertising, book, or editorial illustration projects to enhance conceptual abilities and technique with a career-oriented direction. Prerequisite: ARD 322.
ARD 424 Studio Practices In Ceramic Design (3)
Advanced problem solving related to the process of creating ceramics. The aesthetics of clay as an expressive medium are explored. Prerequisites: ARD 224 and ARD 360.
ARD 445 Illustration Studio III (3)
Students are expected to develop a focus that is personal, well informed, an articulate. The semester is dedicated to working in the chosen focus to develop an artistic vision that embraces one’s background, philosophy and environment Student’s work is a series that leads to the final senior project expressing refine individual illustration style. Students must complete the projects and prepare digital portfolios and presentations. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 345.
ARD 454 Studio Practices In Ceramic Design II (3)
Continuation of Studio Practices in Ceramics I. Students will explore their own path through the ceramic medium with faculty advising. Aesthetics of form and color as well as the role of ceramic art in the 21st century will be explored. Prerequisites: ARD 360 and ARD 424.
ARD 461 Advanced Technical Aspects Of Fiber/Fashion Design (3)
Students continue study of design and fiber structure in weaving and other structures, garment and surface design. Individual projects emphasize the technical aspects taking full advantage of the studio facilities. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 261.
ARD 464 Senior Problems (3)
An exploration and development of the graphic design portfolio. Coursework includes advanced level assignments with emphasis on developing elevated professional skills. Includes Studio. Prerequisite: ARD 414.
ARD 499 Diploma Works (6)
Intensive class in which the student researches, develops, and completes a final diploma works project with the supervision of faculty. Topics and requirements vary according to the student’s focus. A paper and support materials that document the development of the work are required. Prerequisites: ARD 311, ARD 329, ARD 395, and ARD 497.
CHM 131 Chemistry Of Artists’ Materials (4)
Covers basics of chemistry concepts, including elements, compounds, atoms, chemical bonding, the periodic table, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, and basic inorganic and organic chemistry. These chemistry topics are studied in the context of artists’ materials: paints and dyes, paper, fibers and plastics, metals and alloys, ceramics and glass. Light and color of materials are examined. Includes laboratory. Art and Design students only or instructor permission.
HIS 203 History Of Art II (3)
Explores sculpture, architecture, painting, and other art forms of Western and non-Western cultures from the Gothic period to the late 19th century.
HIS 406 Design And Culture (3)
An overview that spans human activity from prehistoric antiquity to the unfolding of design and culture of the 21st Century. Artistic, social, political, and economic issues that have stimulated a design response are explored. Emphasis is on how individual and collective human needs and wants have dictated design, and how, in turn, design then influences human behavior.
MAT 146 Geometry For Art And Design (4)
Demonstrates a non-traditional way of thinking about mathematics. Linked with art and design, the inner logic of symmetry, shape, and space are discovered through innovative hands-on practice. The course develops the fundamental concepts of geometry through visual projects. Course topics contribute perspectives on application in art and design.
A Note About Department Fees
The studio fees go towards the purchase and maintenance costs associated with large A&D concentration specific equipment, tools, technology, and renewing a variety of supplies.
The greater quantity of the fee is utilized for capital expenses, which are pieces of large equipment the school and it's programs use…. Some examples include the purchasing/maintaining kilns, looms, digital printers, design shop tools, and other essential equipment.
Due to the fact that Finlandia University is remotely located and there are no local large-scale art supply stores, fees also goes to purchasing consumable artist materials. This in turn helps offset some of the worry of finding supplies by providing many of the materials needed for A&D studio coursework. Freshmen and sophomores use the same materials in a class as a group, so a lot of these initial supplies are provided. By the time students become seniors, the work often becomes more specialized. At this point, some materials are supplied, while other components are left to the students to purchase. Like any Art and Design school, it costs more to deliver this style of education due to the specialization of the materials required and the nature of the work.