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Virginia Butera, Ph.D.
Chairperson of Art, Dance, and Music
Professor of Art
Director of the Maloney Art Gallery

Phone: 973-290-4315
Email: vbutera@cse.edu
Office: Annunciation Center - Room 202

Art

Program Overview

The mission of the Art Program is dedicated to the development of the creativity of the individual, respect for human expression, and understanding of the importance of the world's artistic objects from various religious, political and social contexts throughout the ages. The Art Program promotes communication, social responsibility and service to others, and the understanding and expression of our shared human condition through the practice and study of art.

All CSE students are invited and encouraged to take courses in Studio Art and Art History to experience the excitement of artistic creation which supports innovative learning across the disciplines and adds to the education of a well-rounded person who can enjoy making and reflecting on art for the rest of his or her life.

New studios, equipment, an art history lecture room, and the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery with an active professional art exhibition schedule, all in Annunciation Center, provide increased learning opportunities for all CSE students. Embedded within the Art Studios area is a MAC computer lab which has up-to-date hardware and photographic, graphic design, and multi-media related software programs which promote the incorporation of computer-generated graphics in all courses.

The Art Program offers two levels for an art major and two separate minors. The general Art Major Program (39 credits) provides the artistically minded major with the opportunity to become skilled and esthetically enriched through a variety of art experiences. By earning a B.A. degree in Art, the student is prepared for entrance into art-related professions. If paired with a major in another discipline or with a minor in Art or another discipline, the Art major will offer students visual acuity and design excellence beneficial in a variety of professions.

For the especially talented Art major interested in pursuing graduate study in Art, a more rigorous Art major curriculum (71-77 credits) will offer that student broad as well as in-depth exposure to skills and techniques and the chance to be immersed in one medium as they prepare to apply for an M.A. or M.F.A. program. This program must be approved by the Chairperson. The student will work closely with an Art Program faculty mentor and will take art courses at CSE as well as at other nearby campuses.

The general Art minor (17-19 credits) introduces basic artistic skills and allows each student to sample a variety of media and courses without the greater rigors of the full major.

The new minor in Graphic Design (24 credits) was created to help students increase their fluency in graphic design esthetics, strategies and computer software which, in turn, will enhance their viability for employment. By combining a Major in Art and a Minor in Graphic Design, students will be better prepared for a graphic design related job and for possible application to graduate school in Graphic Design or a related design field.

Outcomes

  • Students will develop conceptual, analytical and creative skills related to their own artistic practice and to the understanding of art around the world and across the centuries.
  • Students will acquire the technical skills, familiarity with materials and safety procedures as related to the practice of art in general and in their individual courses.
  • Students will acquire knowledge about major works of world art; learn to contextualize those objects within the societies, time periods and circumstances in which they were created; be knowledgeable about the major methodologies for interpreting art; and be able to research and communicate about the history of art.
  • Students will learn professional practices in the field of art to enable their participation in a variety of esthetic pursuits, internships and apprenticeships, and to seek employment in art-related fields.
  • Highly qualified and motivated students will learn about the esthetic, practical and professional requirements to prepare themselves for applications to graduate schools and for a professional career as an artist.

Graduates

Students completing the B.A. degree in Art are equipped with skills to succeed in a variety of art-related careers. Some of our students become professional artists while others work in art museums, art galleries or other art related careers. Many combine Art with Education and use their art skills in the classroom or teach art as a specialized subject.

A double major or a major and minor in the following areas are just some of the combinations students follow to pursue various career paths:

  • Art and Business
  • Art and Communication
  • Art and English
  • Art and Justice Studies
  • Art and Math
  • Art and Psychology

Now with our minor in Graphic Design, students can be even better equipped to bring their artistic and design skills to their chosen professions.

Recent graduates who have pursued graduate studies have studied in programs such as Graphic Design at Pratt University, Visual Culture at New York University, Art Therapy at Caldwell College, Painting at Kean University and Montclair State University, Studio Art at Marywood University and Art Education at Kean University.

We encourage students who wish to go on to graduate programs at the M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. levels to speak with the Chairperson as soon as possible to construct the proper program to qualify for graduate school and to learn about the application procedures. Please contact the Chair no later than the first semester of your Junior Year.

Requirements

Major in Art (General Studio Art)

Level I

  • ART 105: Creating Art in the 21st Century (3)

Level II

  • ART 119: Intro to Digital Photography (4)
  • ART 121: Intro to Advertising and Graphic Design (4)
  • ART 201: Color and Design (4)
  • ART 205: Drawing (4)
  • ART 220: Great Works of World Art I (4)
  • ART 230: Great Works of World Art II (4)

Level III

  • ART 300: Painting Processes (4)
  • ART 305: Sculpture Processes (4)
  • ART 330: Junior Professional Practices Seminar (1)

Level IV

  • ART 433: Senior Art Seminar (3)

Total: 39 credits

Capstone Requirement

The Capstone Requirement for Art majors consists of preparing a portfolio of their best artwork and passing a three hour comprehensive exam on art terms and art history as determined by the professor each year. These requirements are part of the Art 433 Senior Art Seminar. In addition, seniors hang 8-10 works as part of a Senior Art Exhibition, usually held during their last semester, which is also part of their Seminar grade.

Major in Art (Graduate School Preparation)

Requirements are all the courses in the General Studio Art major plus another 32-40 credits of Studio Art courses both at CSE and other colleges and universities. This program must be approved by the Program Chairperson and your Studio Art mentor by the beginning of your first semester Junior Year.

Total: 71-79 credits

Minor in Art (General Studio Art)

Level I

  • ART 105: Creating Art in the 21st Century (3)

Level II

  • ART 201: Color and Design (4)

OR

  • ART 205: Drawing (4)

Level II: Art History (one required)

  • ART 220: Great Works of World Art I (4)

OR

  • ART 230: Great Works of World Art II (4)

Any Level: 2 Electives (choice of any Art courses; prerequisites may apply) (3-4)

Total: 17-19 credits

Minor in Graphic Design

Level I

  • ART 121: Intro to Advertising and Graphic Design (4)
  • ART 119: Intro to Digital Photography (4)

OR

  • ART 131: The Digital Canvas (4) (Art majors must select this course)

Level II

  • ART 230: Great Works of World Art II (4)

OR

  • Comm 275: Visual Communication (4) (Art majors must select this course)

Electives: Select three of the courses below:

Level III

  • ART 255: Typography and Layout (4)
  • ART 260: Intermediate Advertising and Graphic Design (4)
  • ART 310: 2-D and 3-D Package Design (4)
  • ART 315: Advanced Graphic Design and Portfolio (4)

Total: 24 credits

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

ART-105
Ceating Art:21st Cent
Credit Hours: 3

This is a wide-ranging introduction about how to think and act creatively by using tools in the visual arts, with applications for all other disciplines. Students will experiment in the art studio by beginning with traditional drawing and painting and then by exploring newer techniques, media, materials and styles to generate their own creative concepts and objects. In addition, by interacting with practicing artists and creators, watching clips about world innovators and doing website and library research, students will further build their own creative and innovative abilities. Open to all students; intro requirement for all art major and minors.

ART-117
Crafts and Alternative Materials
Credit Hours: 3

This is an introduction to various craft tools and techniques and alternative materials which can be used to produce both traditional and innovative objects. Techniques such as surface design, bookmaking, felting, glass work, collage and assemblage will be explored.

ART-119
Intro to Digital Photo
Credit Hours: 3

The theory, practice, technique and technology of still photography both in black and white and in color are studied by hands-on use of a 35 mm SLR digital camera and by research into the history of documentary and fine art photography. Students will study composition, lighting, exposure, control and other features while creating photographic projects. Emphasis will also be on learning and using Adobe Photoshop to correct and enhance digital photographs. Satisfies a Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

ART-121
Intro to Advertising & Graphic Design
Credit Hours: 4

An introduction to the concepts and methods of modern graphic design including layout, typography, and color through advertising and graphic design projects. Skills are developed in the MAC Lab where students utilize Photoshop, Quark, and the Adobe Suite of programs. Lecture: 1 1/4 hours; studio: 2 1/2 hours.

ART-130
The Digital Canvas
Credit Hours: 4

This course emphasizes the utilization of the computer as a creative tool for the fine artist, designer and illustrator, using software, styluses and tools applicable for digital painting, illustration and design projects. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop programs will be taught.

Course Level: 2

ART-201
Color & Design*
Credit Hours: 4

This is a hands-on and theoretical study of the principles of color and design. Applications to traditional and contemporary esthetic issues are addressed in both two- and three dimensional objects. Satisfies a Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

ART-205
Drawing
Credit Hours: 4

The practice and theory of drawing using various materials and techniques will be explored through studio exercises in portraiture, the figure, landscape, still life and abstract images. The study of anatomy, theories of perspective, analysis of master drawings and drawing from the model will supplement the studio work.

ART-209
Calligraphy
Credit Hours: 3

The evolution of forms and styles of lettering is studied through presentations of varied and creative alphabet designs and studio practice. The course aims to develop in the student the skills necessary for the art of fine lettering.

ART-211
Metalcraft & Jewelry
Credit Hours: 3

This introduction to the design and hand-fabrication of jewelry and small metal objects is taught through sawing, soldering and stone setting in silver, bronze, copper sheet and wire. Pre-requisite: Art 201 or 205

ART-213
Ceramics
Credit Hours: 3

This introduction to clay manipulation through slab, coil and wheel construction focuses on traditional as well as contemporary approaches, shapes and objects. Glazing and firing techniques will also be emphasized.

ART-215
Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3

This course will permit students to take an elective in Studio Art that focuses on a different topic each time it is offered. Topics may include: Anatomy, Collage, Encaustic Painting, Illustration, Interior Design, Landscape Painting, Life Drawing, Mixed Media Sculpture, Portraiture, and Weaving. Lecture: 1 1/4 hours; studio: 2 1/2 hours. Prerequisites may apply.

ART-220
Great Works of World Art I
Credit Hours: 4

This introduction to art history explores art from the world's prehistoric times through the 14th century. Investigation of secular and religious themes around the world in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and architecture will reveal their similarities and differences. The focus will be 100 important works of world art prior to the year 1400. Lectures, discussions, DVDs, library and website research, and museum visits provide insight into the topic. Satisfies a Cluster 1 or 5 General Education requirement

ART-230
Great Works Wrld Art II
Credit Hours: 4

This art history course compares artistic tradition and innovation in various countries from the year 1400 to the present. Students will learn about the range of artistic possibilities by exploring, for example, Italian Renaissance, Japanese Momoyama, French Impressionist, and American Abstract Expressionist art in addition to contemporary conceptual and installation projects from around the world. The focus will be 100 important works of world painting, sculpture, decorative art, and architecture during the last six centuries. Lectures, discussions, DVDs, library and website research, and museum visits provide insight into the topic. Satisfies a Cluster 1 or 5 General Education requirement

ART-239
The Feminine Aesthetic:Women in Vis Art*
Credit Hours: 4

This history of women artists reveals their contributions and the social strictures which affected and often impeded their careers. The course will investigate how and why women triumphed in their attempts to create great art. Lectures, discussions, DVDs, library and website research, and museum visits provide insight into the topic. Satisfies a Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

ART-240
American Art
Credit Hours: 4

The history of American Art, 1600 to the present, will be explored and contextualized based on its Native American and European origins, internal developments and the influence of immigrant and world cultures. The focus will be 100 important works of American painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography and architecture. Lectures, discussions, DVDs, library and website research, and gallery and museum visits provide insight into the topic. Satisfies a Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

ART-250
Artists in Film
Credit Hours: 4

The history of American Art, 1600 to the present, will be explored and contextualized based on its Native American and European origins, internal developments and the influence of immigrant and world cultures. The focus will be 100 important works of American painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography and architecture. Lectures, discussions, DVDs, library and website research, and gallery and museum visits provide insight into the topic. Satisfies a Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

ART-255
Typography and Layout
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with comprehensive processes for developing and choosing typography and layout. Students are taught how typography relates to different creative fields in the advertising and graphic design industries and fine arts. Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop will be used. Pre-requisite: Art 121 or permission of the instructor.

ART-260
Intermed Advertising and Graph Des
Credit Hours: 4

This course offers the student intermediate processes and practices in different creative fields in the Advertising & Graphic Design industries through poster, book jacket and magazine layout projects. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign programs will be used. Pre-requisite: Art 121 or permission of the instructor.

Course Level: 3

ART-300
Painting Processes
Credit Hours: 4

This is an introduction to the study and creative practice of traditional and contemporary watercolor, acrylic and oil painting techniques. Students will become familiar with paint chemistry and application on a variety of surfaces through various exercises and projects. Pre-requisites: Art 201 and Art 205, or permission of the instructor.

ART-307
Printmaking
Credit Hours: 3

Basic printmaking techniques and processes are introduced and explored through wood and linoleum relief printing, monotype printing, and both traditional and photo etching. Pre-requisite: Art 205 or permission of the instructor.

ART-310
2D and 3D Package Design
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with a comprehensive history as well as the processes and practices in 2-D and 3-D design as they relate to the packaging industry. Students will develop their own products, research the market for comparisons and present their product in various packaging options. They will also develop a digital model of their product. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop programs are used together with hands-on comping techniques. Pre-requisite: Art 121 or permission of the instructor.

ART-315
Advanced Graph Design and Portfolio
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with an opportunity to re-think, modify, and amplify their prior graphic design projects and create more advanced ideas. Students will then prepare a comprehensive professional portfolio and presentation kit in both traditional and digital formats for graduate school or job interviews. Graphic Design minors only. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

ART-321
Advanced Painting
Credit Hours: 4

Further study of painting techniques is conducted by means of individual projects in various media according to the student's interests and capabilities. Trends in traditional and contemporary painting methods and media are explored during the studio practice and through lecture, discussion and studio problems. Pre-requisites: Art 201, Art 205 and Art 300.

ART-325
Adv Sculpture
Credit Hours: 4

Further study of sculptural techniques is conducted by means of individual projects in various media according to the student's interests and capabilities. Trends in contemporary sculptural methods and media are explored. Pre-Requisites: Art 201, Art 205 and Art 305.

ART-330
JR Professional Practice Seminar
Credit Hours: 1

This course introduces Art Majors in their junior year of study to professional preparation through the creation of a business card, cover letter, resume, artist's statement, and art portfolio. Professional 'do's and don'ts,' as well as an introduction to careers in various art related fields, will be discussed by program professors and outside professionals working in the visual arts. Pre-Requisite: junior status.

ART-365
Junior Creative Research
Credit Hours: 1

This is an opportunity for students to work under the guidance of an instructor to create original work in a selected area of studio art or to independently research a topic in art history. Open to junior art majors or other juniors at the discretion of the Program Chairperson. Can be taken for 1 - 4 credits

Course Level: 4

ART-433
Senior Art Seminar
Credit Hours: 3

This seminar investigates themes and ideas in international art from 1900 to the present. The course is guided by readings, discussions, and museum and gallery visits that encourage contemplation of significant issues and problems addressed in modern and contemporary art. The course includes preparation for the Senior Art Major Capstone exam as well as the guided development of the Senior Art Portfolio and the Senior Art Exhibition. Open only to senior art majors.

ART-465
Senior Creative Research
Credit Hours: 1

This is an opportunity for students to work under the guidance of an instructor to create original work in a selected area of studio art or to independently research a topic in art history. Open to senior art majors or other seniors at the discretion of the chairperson. Can be taken for 1 - 4 credits.

ART-491
Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

An independent study is a carefully supervised advanced art project, designed through consultation between the student and the instructor. Variable Credit, students can register 1-4 credits.

ART-495
Internship
Credit Hours: 1

A unique opportunity is offered to the serious art student to work and study under arts professionals in galleries, museums, studios or other appropriate locations. Each student in this internship will receive additional guidance from a mentor within the Art Program. The student's performance will be evaluated by both the field instructor and the mentor. Students must be a junior or senior, art major or minor, or have the permission of the Program chairperson. Can be taken for 0 -4 credits

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