MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : ART (ART)
 
ART (ART)
Craig B. Coleman, Chair/Professor of Art
Benjamin Dunn, Lecturer
Erin McCleanathan, Assistant Professor
Eric O’Dell, Associate Professor
Tennille Shuster, Associate Professor
 
The Art Department offers areas of study which lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as the Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art or art history, and an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design.
Grounded in the strong tradition of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the critical and creative skills developed in art courses are essential to a wide range of professional fields that are increasingly informed and dependent upon visual communication and understanding. Courses without prerequisites are available for the non-major in drawing, design, visual literacy, and art history. Students intent on post-graduate studies in the visual arts are encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in art, art history, or graphic design may complete the University’s Declaration of Major form at any time.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts program, as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provides a signature BFA program. Art students are initially accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as intended art majors. Before the end of the fourth semester of study, each art student who desires to proceed into upper-level study toward a Bachelor of Fine Art degree must request permission to pursue that degree by presenting a portfolio of their work and a completed Application to Bachelor of Fine Arts form. Upon completion of portfolio review by the department, students accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program declare that major using the Registrar’s Declaration of Major form. Due to the demands of this degree, the College of Liberal Art’s Additional Depth of Understanding is not required. Any elective hours beyond the seventy-five needed for the BFA must be in areas other than ART.
Please see the major and minor requirements for courses in Graphic Design under the GRAPHIC DESIGN heading of this catalog.
 
Major in Art for Bachelor of Fine Arts
75 semester credit hours
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
ART 106. History of Art I
ART 107. History of Art II
ART 115. Drawing Fundamentals
ART 116. Fundamentals of Design and Color
ART 117. Fundamentals of 3-D Design
ART 202. Intermediate Drawing
ART 224. Sculpture or ART 223. Ceramics
ART 225. Painting
ART 226. Printmaking
ART 254. Beginning Digital Imaging
ART 240. The Art of Photography
One course from:
ART 222. Image/Text
ART 229. Light and Color in the Nineteenth Century
Two courses from:
ART 361. Classicism and Art History
ART 367. Modern Art History
ART 373. Picturing Gender
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art
ART 380. Special Arts Subjects
Five courses from:
ART 340. Digital Photography
ART 350. Life Drawing
ART 352. Advanced Painting
ART 355. Watercolor
ART 381. Junior Studio I
ART 382. Junior Studio II
ART 383. Junior Studio III
ART 384. Junior Studio IV
ART 481. Senior Studio I
ART 482. Senior Studio II
ART 483. Senior Studio III
ART 484. Senior Studio IV
ART 475. Problems in Art Criticism
ART 485. Senior Exhibition Seminar, culminating in a graduation exhibition undertaken during the senior year.
 
 
B.A. in Art: Studio Emphasis
39 semester credit hours minimum
Foundational courses
One art history course:
ART 106. History of Art I
ART 107. History of Art II
ART 115. Drawing Fundamentals
ART 116. Fund. of Design and Color
ART 117. Fundamentals of 3-D Design
Intermediate courses
One course from:
ART 222. Image/Text
ART 229. Light and Color, 19th Century
Two courses from:
ART 224. Sculpture
ART 225. Painting
ART 226. Printmaking
ART 240. The Art of Photography
ART 254. Beginning Digital Imaging
Advanced courses
Three courses from:
ART 340. Digital Photography
ART 350. Life Drawing
ART 352. Advanced Painting
ART 355. Watercolor
ART 381. Junior Studio I
ART 382. Junior Studio II
One course from:
ART 361. Classicism and Art History
ART 367. Modern Art History
ART 373. Picturing Gender
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art
ART 380. Special Arts Subjects
ART 475. Problems in Art Criticism
ART 485. Senior Exhibition Seminar, culminating in a graduation exhibition undertaken during the senior year.
 
B.A. in Art: Art History Emphasis
33 semester credit hours minimum
Foundational courses
ART 106. History of Art I
ART 107. History of Art II
Two courses from:
ART 115. Drawing Fundamentals
ART 116. Fund. of Design and Color
ART 117. Fundamentals of 3-D Design
Intermediate courses
One course from:
ART 222. Image/Text
ART 229. Light and Color, 19th Century
Two courses from:
ART 223. Ceramics
ART 224. Sculpture
ART 225. Painting
ART 226. Printmaking
ART 240. The Art of Photography
ART 254. Beginning Digital Imaging
ART 350. Life Drawing
Advanced Courses
Three courses from:
ART 361. Classicism and Art History
ART 367. Modern Art History
ART 373. Picturing Gender
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art
ART 380. Special Arts Subjects
ART 475. Problems in Art Criticism
ART 485. Senior Exhibition Seminar, culminating in a major research paper undertaken during the senior year.
 
Majors may attain Departmental Honors by fulfilling the following requirements: (1) earn an overall grade point average of 3.50; (2) earn a 3.50 grade point average in all art courses; and (3) complete with-distinction a major project consisting of a graduation exhibition or a research paper during the senior year.
 
Minor in Art
15 semester credit hours minimum
One course from:
ART 106. History of Art I
ART 107. History of Art II
One course from:
ART 115. Drawing Fundamentals
ART 116. Fundamentals of Design and Color
Three ART electives, two of which must come from courses numbered 300 or above
 
ART 106. History of Art I (3 hours)
A survey of the major works of visual art from prehistoric times to the late Middle Ages (c. 1500). An investigation of how changes in subject matter and styles reflect the power structure, ideals, philosophy, religion, scientific ideas, and literature of cultures around the world. This course can be part of the Classical Studies major. (Every year)
ART 107. History of Art II (3 hours)
A survey of the major works of visual art from around 1400 to the mid-1900s. Attention is given to the various roles of the artist and to how styles in art relate to social, political, philosophical, religious, literary, and scientific ideas. (Every year)
ART 108. Visual Literacy (3 hours)
This course will focus on the use of critical thinking to interpret images and derive meaning by analysis of their essential elements in order to ask questions about what the images denote and connote. The course will also serve as formal training in understanding visual communication, visual thinking, and visual language. This course will not count toward the ART major. (Every year)
ART 114. Art Methods and Materials (3 hours)
A practical course that explores the tools, materials, and processes used in sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and photography; their use and historical development will be stressed over making of finished artwork. (Every two years)
ART 115. Drawing Fundamentals (3 hours)
An introductory course with emphasis on basic drawing skills and idea development. Composition, perspective, line, value, and drawing technique will be explored through the use of a variety of drawing media. (Every semester)
ART 116. Fundamentals of Design and Color (3 hours)
An introductory course in two-dimensional design concepts and color theory. Projects in a variety of media are used to investigate the properties and uses of color and to solve problems in two dimensional design. (Every semester)
ART 116C. Fundamentals of Design and Color (3 hours)
This course is identical to ART 116, with the exception that it is taught using computer- based media. It may not be counted together with ART 116. (Every semester)
ART 117. Fundamentals of 3-D Design (3 hours)
An introductory course in three-dimensional design concepts. Projects in a variety of media are used to investigate the properties of solid form and to solve problems in three dimensional design. (Every semester)
ART 198. Special Introductory Topics in Art or Graphic Design: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Art not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may not be applied to the Art major or minor. (Occasionally)
ART 202. Intermediate Drawing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 115.
An advanced course in drawing, stressing an individual approach to specific problems. Attention will be given to style development and presentation of finished work. (Every other year)
ART 222. Image/Text (3 hours)
An investigation of various aesthetic and symbolic relationships between image and text in a variety of media, from medieval illuminated manuscripts to contemporary graphic novels. (Every two years)
ART 223. Ceramics (3 hours)
Construction and decoration of pottery and sculpture with an introduction to three dimensional design. Coil and slab construction, glazing and kiln firing will be taught. (Every year)
ART 224. Sculpture (3 hours)
Basic three-dimensional design, wood and metal fabrication and small object casting. Preliminary models are developed into final sculptures. (Every year)
ART 225. Painting (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 115 or ART 116 or ART 116C.
An introductory course in painting that explores pictorial composition through a variety of media. Completion of ART 115 and 116 prior to enrollment is recommended. (Every year)
ART 226. Printmaking (3 hours)
Instruction in the creation of relief and intaglio prints (woodcut, linocut, etching, aquatint, monotype, and collagraph). (Every year)
ART 229. Light and Color in the Nineteenth Century (3 hours)
An analysis of concurrent developments in art and science in nineteenth-century Europe and North America, especially color theory, the early history of photography, and subsequent democratizations of artistic practices. (Every two years)
ART 240. The Art of Photography (3 hours)
An introduction to the history, theory and practice of photography. The special qualities of photography as an art and as an expressive tool are illustrated through a unique blend of pinhole cameras, digital printing and black and white film. (Every semester)
ART 254. Beginning Digital Imaging (3 hours)
An introductory-level course focusing on the use of computers as aids in designing artwork and as mediums for creative work. This course includes an introduction to the concepts of using new media and how it relates to contemporary art theory and practice. Work created will be produced for print media, interactivity, and motion. This will culminate in the creation of a digital portfolio. (Every year)
ART 340. Digital Photography (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 240.
This course covers the creation of photographic images using digital media. The differences between film and digital photography will be explored. Topics covered will include the use of digital cameras and the transfer, storage, adjustment and printing of digital files. (Students must provide their own digital camera of at least four megapixels.) (Every two years)
ART 350. Life Drawing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 115.
A study of the human figure from life and anatomical models in charcoal, pen and ink, and other graphic media. (Every year)
ART 352. Advanced Painting (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 225 or consent of instructor.
Wide latitude is given in the choice of painting media, problems, and techniques, encouraging individual creative expression. (Every two years)
ART 355. Watercolor (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 115.
A painting course in which the medium of transparent watercolor is used to explore a wide range of subjects. Much of the work for the class will be done on location. (Every year)
ART 361. Classicism and Art History (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 106 or consent of instructor.
The arts of Greece and Rome give form to classical style and inform techniques interpreting works of art across eras. Course topics range from ancient art to neoclassicism to contemporary practices with emphasis on the ways in which classicism has shaped art history as an academic discipline. (Every two years)
ART 367. Modern Art History (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 107 or consent of instructor.
A study of the aesthetic, philosophical, technological, and political debates surrounding the historical avant-garde, with close analysis of individual artworks produced ca. 1875–1975. (Every three years)
ART 373. Picturing Gender (3 hours)  
(Same as WGS 373)  
Prerequisite: ART 106, ART 107, or consent of instructor. 
A consideration of the changing roles of visual art and mass media in the understanding of gender.  Primary texts and images are interpreted through scholarship that incorporates feminist, queer, visual, and critical theory. (Every three years)  
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art (3 hours) 
Prerequisite: ART 107 or consent of instructor. 
A comparative examination of current artistic production across cultures, incorporating a variety of visual material and theory from artists, critics, and scholars. (Every year) 
ART 380. Special Arts Subjects: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and chair.
A study of some significant area not otherwise covered in credit offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. (Occasionally)
ART 381. Junior Studio I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior standing.
This course provides students with the time and space to explore mediums of their choice. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in Art 381 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty. (Every year)
ART 382. Junior Studio II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior standing.
This course is an extension of ART 381. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in Art 382 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty. (Every year)
ART 383. Junior Studio III (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 381 or ART 382.
This course is an extension of ART 381 and ART 382. Students will be expected to focus their efforts on two mediums. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in ART 383 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty. (Every year)
ART 384. Junior Studio IV (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ART 381 or ART 382.
This course is an extension of ART 381 and ART 382. Students will continue to focus their efforts on two mediums. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in Art 384 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all art faculty. (Every year)
ART 398. Internship in Art or Graphic Design (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, and permission of department chair.
An intensive practicum experience at an approved business, organization, or academic institution. Students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection. In addition, students may be required to attend training events, workshops or weekly seminars. This course may be repeated for a total of 9 hours and does not count toward a major or minor in art. Graded S/U. (Every year)
ART 470. Gallery Internship (1 hour)
Prerequisite: a declared art major.
Students learn the general operation and management of a gallery and exhibition planning and presentation. Students propose, design, hang exhibitions; write and publish catalogs and publicity; read and discuss articles on theory of exhibitions; act as docents for student groups as well as possibly doing volunteer work for local museums. Graded S/U. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 hours credit. (Occasionally)
ART 475. Problems in Art Criticism (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ART 367 and senior standing.
An investigation of the origins, nature, and functions of the visual arts to develop criteria of aesthetic judgment. (Every year)
ART 481. Senior Studio I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: senior standing.
This course is the first of four studios that when combined provide the art student with the unique opportunity to develop mastery in two mediums of their choice. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in ART 481 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty.
ART 482. Senior Studio II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: senior standing.
This course is the second of four studios that when combined provide the art student with the unique opportunity to develop mastery in two mediums of their choice. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in ART 482 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty.
ART 483. Senior Studio III (3 hours)
Prerequisite: senior standing.
This course is the third of four studios that when combined provide the art student with the unique opportunity to develop mastery in two mediums of their choice. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in ART 483 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty.
ART 484. Senior Studio IV (3 hours)
Prerequisite: senior standing.
This course is the fourth of four studios that when combined provide the art student with the unique opportunity to develop mastery in two mediums of their choice. Weekly critiques will be attended by all students in ART 484 regardless of medium. Critiques will be open to all Art Department faculty.
ART 485. Senior Exhibition Seminar (3 hours)
This course will prepare students to explain the work in their senior exhibition both orally and in writing. Content, aesthetics, and cultural relevance will be stressed.
ART 490. Directed Independent Study (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and chair.
An advanced course in art theory, practice, or research may be designed for a student who evidences clarity of purpose and unusual ability in art. This course may complement but not replace or duplicate the major project. May be taken for variable credit of 1-3 hours, one hour of credit for each three hours of studio work per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. (Occasionally)