Department of Art and Design

Department Head: J. Seth Johnson, jsjohnson@jsu.edu

MFA Program Coordinator: Jamie Runnells, jrunnells@jsu.edu

The Department of Art and Design offers courses leading to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with a major in Visual Communication Design and supporting courses for the Master of Arts (MA) degree with a major in Integrated Studies. The Department of Art and Design is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is a member of the College Art Association (CAA).

Visual Communication Design includes graphic design for print and web, typography, art direction, motion and interactive design, illustration, photomedia, and other specializations. Designers analyze, plan, and create visual solutions to communication problems.

ART 590  Independent Study  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department head.

Students may take this course to obtain competencies in industry standard software, practices, and vocabulary necessary for MFA course sequence. Course does not count toward MFA degree requirements. Course may be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) hours.

ART 602  Visiting Designer Artist Project  (3)  

Design studio with visiting designer/artist. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of twelve hours, with permission of the instructor and Graduate Coordinator.

ART 605  Graduate History of Graphic Design  (3)  

In depth study of major works, movements and artists associated with the history of graphic design. Course should be taken in the second semester of enrollment. Offered in the Spring semester. This course may be taken as part of the Faster Master's program.

ART 606  Design Education Pedagogy Andragogy  (3)  

History, practice and theory of graphic design education.

ART 619  Design Studio  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Graduate design studio work. Author/designer focused project with interpretation of complex materials at multiple levels.

ART 620  Advanced Design Studio  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): ART 619.

Continuation and application of Design Studio Graduate design studio work. Students will author advanced designer-focused projects with interpretation of complex media and materials at multiple levels using both traditional and modern techniques. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

ART 621  Graduate Interactive Design Studio  (3)  

Graduate design studio work focusing on the theory and application of interactive design problems. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with instructor permission.

ART 622  Graduate Screen Printing Design Studio  (3)  

Graduate design studio work focusing on screenprinting theory and application. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor.

ART 623  History of Graphic Design I  (3)  

Study of major works, themes, movements, and theories relating to visual communication and design before the Industrial Revolution.

ART 624  History of Graphic Design II  (3)  

Study of major works, themes, movements and theories relating to visual communication and design from the Industrial Revolution to the present.

ART 625  Design Research Readings and Seminar  (3)  

Presentation, analysis, and discussion of readings in visual communication and design theory and criticism. Should be taken in the first semester of enrollment. Offered in the Fall semester.

ART 626  Contemporary Visual Studies  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Study of major works, themes, movements and theories in contemporary art and design.

ART 636  Design Research, Readings and Seminar  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Presentation, analysis, and discussion of readings in visual communication and design theory and criticism.

ART 638  Special Topics in Graphic Design  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

An in-depth independent investigation of topics and techniques in the field of graphic design such as: exhibition design, time-based media, advanced motion studies, experience design, etc. May be duplicated for credit up to 9 hours.

ART 639  Special Topics in Photomedia  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

An in-depth investigation of topics and techniques in the field of visual communications relating to photomedia. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 640  Contemporary Media Communication Studio  (3)  

Design studio in new media. Students will utilize time-based and digital techniques to create modern projects for interactive, time-based, web, and app based media. Course should be taken in the first semester of enrollment. Offered in the Fall semester. This course may be taken as part of the Faster Master's program.

ART 641  Traditional Communication Studio  (3)  

Design studio in traditional graphic design print media. Course should be taken in the second semester of enrollment. Offered in the Spring semester. This course may be taken as part of the Faster Master's program.

ART 642  Design Studio  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Graduate design studio work. Students will author designer-focused projects with interpretation of complex media and materials at multiple levels using both traditional and modern techniques.

ART 643  Design Studio Exhibition Research  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): successful completion of Candidacy Review and Thesis Proposal approval.

This course will begin the planning and research for students final MFA exhibit.

ART 644  Design Studio Exhibition Research II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): ART 643, successful completion of Candidacy Review and Thesis Proposal approval.

As the MFA capstone course, this course will prepare and produce the final MFA Exhibition. Students will be assigned a grade of Pass or Fail only.

ART 645  Advanced Design Studio  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): ART 462.

Continuation and application of Design Studio Graduate design studio work. Students will author advanced designer-focused projects with interpretation of complex media and materials at multiple levels using both traditional and modern techniques. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

ART 647  Graduate Typography Design Studio  (3)  

Graduate design studio work focusing on typographic design, theory, and application. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor.

ART 648  Design Studio  (3)  

Graduate design studio work. Students will author designer-focused projects with interpretation of complex media and materials at multiple levels using both traditional and modern techniques. May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of eighteen hours, with permission of the instructor and department head. This course may be taken as part of the Faster Master's program.

ART 650  Art Theory  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

An investigation of the theoretical background associated with artistic production.

ART 660  Advanced Contemporary Media/Communication Studio  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): ART 640.

Building on Contemporary Media/Communication Design studio in new media. Students will utilize time-based and digital techniques to create modern projects for interactive, time-based, web, and app based media.

ART 677  Seminar in Art History  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of 300+ AH courses and/or permission of instructor.

A course for students to investigate special topics in Art History in a seminar format which focuses on independent research and presentation. Topics may include such things as: Post-Impressionism, Far Eastern Art, The History of Photography, American Printmaking, etc. Course may be repeated for credit up to 6 hours.

ART 679  Independent Study in Art History  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): May be repeated for credit; up to a maximum of six hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Intensive independent study in art history.

ART 680  Graduate Seminar in Art History  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Intensive seminar and research course to explore many varied aspects of design and/or art history. May be duplicated for credit for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 690  Graduate Independent Study  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Each course may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of twelve hours, with permission of the instructor and department head.

Intensive graduate independent studies coordinated and approved by a faculty advisor.