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FA 103 Two-Dimensional Design
An introduction to the basic principles of pure design using the elements of dot, line, form, shape, value, and texture, while investigating a variety of media. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 104 Color Theory
This course is an exploration of the element of color, its properties and its impact on art and design. The course investigates hue, value and intensity, and examines how color relates to its surroundings. Color temperature and psychology will also be explored. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA.(3)

FA 105 Drawing I
A course designed to introduce basic fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptive and technical skills used in rendering accurate form. The recognized elements and principles of art will be explored as they relate to unified composition. Critiques will be used to expand visual analysis and vocabulary. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 106 Drawing II
Students will be challenged to further their knowledge of the perceptive and technical approaches to rendering introduced in FA 105, but with the addition of the element of color. Through expressive color drawing, students will have the opportunity to explore various subjects and expand their visual thinking. Prerequisite: FA 105. (3)

FA 107 Ceramics I: Into to Hand-building
This course will introduce students to basic hand-building construction techniques in clay while exploring and executing a variety of vessel shapes. Students will also learn about and participate in the fundamental elements of the ceramic process such as glaze application and firing. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3) 
 
FA 110 Cross-Cultural Visual Thinking
This course is an investigation of how art is used to reflect cultural ideology. Through field trips, videos, audio and lectures, students will be encouraged to relate to various cultural mindsets as they create relevant projects. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA, GP. (3)

FA 120 Music Fundamentals
For the student interested in exploring and understanding the fundamentals of music, this course begins with the basic elements of music. The study of the various notes, rests, clefs (treble and bass), rhythms, major and minor scales, key signatures, chromatics, sharps and flats, and construction of chords found in music will be covered. No previous instrumental or vocal knowledge or ability on a musical instrument is necessary. (3)

FA 121 Music History I
Introduces basic elements of music composition and the relations among these elements. Students learn to recognize various musical forms and styles and to correlate the musical periods to other art forms and sociological factors. Covers early music to Beethoven. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 122 Music History II
Introduces basic elements of music composition and the relations among these elements. Students learn to recognize various musical forms and styles and to correlate the musical periods to other art forms and sociological factors. Covers Beethoven to 20th century. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 150 History of Jazz
Designed for understanding the development, styles, and use of jazz throughout American culture and history. This course also examines its influence on other popular idioms. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3) 
 
FA 161 Dance Appreciation
An introduction to dance as theatrical and social art forms. The course examines how dance affects culture and how culture affects dance. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 165 Beginning Modern Dance
Teaches different styles of modern dance with an emphasis on anatomical awareness and rhythmic sensitivity. Expressional choreography and improvisations are introduced. (Also listed as HPR 165.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 170 Beginning Jazz Dance
Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of jazz dance technique and its historical context. (Also listed as HPR 170.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 201 Introduction to Art History I
A survey of painting, architecture, and sculpture in the Western world, from Prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages, investigating meaning in the visual arts and the development of artistic style within an historical context. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 202 Introduction to Art History II
A survey of painting, architecture, and sculpture in the Western world from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century, with particular emphasis on works of art from the Washington, D.C. region. This course uses those works to investigate meaning in the visual arts and the development of artistic style within an historical context. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 210 Three‐Dimensional Design
An introduction to three‐dimensional design and the application of design principles to the element of form through a variety of media and methods. Students will explore aesthetic and practical considerations of working in a three‐dimensional space. Prerequisite: FA 103 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 211 Printmaking I
An introduction to printmaking processes, with a focus on relief and monotype methods. Prerequisite: FA 103. (3)

FA 213 Painting I
A beginning studio course where students explore the expression of ideas using painting media and techniques, with an emphasis on color, composition, and self‐expression. Prerequisite: FA 104 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 250 History of Jazz
Designed for understanding the development, styles, and use of jazz throughout American culture and history. This course also examines its influence on other popular idioms. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 295 Sophomore Portfolio
The fundamentals of building, preparing, and presenting a Foundations studio portfolio. Students will present original art from Foundation courses to Fine Art Faculty who will evaluate the progress and establish goals/expectations for advanced studies. Artwork will illustrate competency in the visual elements and principles of design, drawing, color theory, and three‐dimensional fundamentals. This course is Pass/Fail; Prerequisites: Permission of department chair.

FA 305 Pre-Classical Art
An examination of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Prehistory to the end of the first millennium B.C. in the context of the different cultures that produced them, and focusing on the roles that the visual arts played within those cultures. Prerequisite: FA 201 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 307 Advanced Printmaking
This course will provide a continuation of the printmaking processes of FA 211 with the introduction of other methods, including photo lithography. Prerequisite: FA 211 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 309 Figure Drawing
A studio course in rendering the human figure for art and design applications. Students will also research renowned artists’ rendering styles. Prerequisite: FA 106 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 310 Advanced Drawing
In addition to advanced study of the rendering of form and the use of color, students will be encouraged to explore more contemporary drawing applications. Focus will be on developing an individual drawing style, with either figurative, non‐figurative, still life or landscape as a concentration. Prerequisite: FA 106 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 313 Advanced Painting
An advanced studio course studying painting techniques and the principles of color and composition. This course will focus on advanced problems in painting with a greater emphasis on personal expression. Prerequisite: FA 213 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 315 Classical Art
An examination of the art and architecture produced by different Mediterranean societies from around 2500 B.C. to around 300 A.D. with particular emphasis on ancient Egypt, Greece, Etruria, and/or Rome. Works of art will be studied in the context of historical developments in philosophy, religion, and political power. Prerequisite: FA 201 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 325 Medieval Art
An examination of sculpture, painting, and manuscript illumination, plus architectural decorations such as mosaic, fresco, and stained glass, from the 4th through the 14th century in Western Europe and Byzantium. Works of art are investigated within the historical context of theology, political power, changing social structures and practices, and Europe’s interactions with non-Western civilizations. Prerequisite: FA 201 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

FA 330 Jewelry Design
A studio course in jewelry design that includes an understanding of materials, techniques, and applied two‐ and three‐dimensional design in creating original handmade jewelry. Prerequisite: FA 210 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 345 Renaissance Art
This course examines the development of the visual arts of Italy, Germany, France, and/or the Low Countries from the 14th through the 16th century within the historical context of religious practice, humanist philosophy, politics, socio‐economic development, and science. Particular emphasis will be given to works of art in the Washington, D.C. region, with field trips to area museums. Prerequisite: FA 202 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

FA 353 Handmade Books
In this course, students create original books using traditional and contemporary binding styles. The historic development of the book is explored, while creative concept development and technical proficiency are emphasized. Prerequisite: FA 103 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

FA 360 Book Illustration in Mixed Media
An exploration of a variety of hands-on methods and techniques toward the creation of aesthetically sound and conceptually appropriate sequential images that "tell a story." Prerequisite: FA 105 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 365 Baroque Art
This course examines developments in European painting, graphic art, and sculpture from around 1560 to around 1750 within the historical context of international politics and national identity; religion and philosophy; and other expressions of culture. It will rely primarily on works of art in the greater Washington, D.C. region to study the period, with field trips to area museums. Prerequisite: FA 202 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

FA 370 19th-Century Art
This course examines European and American art from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century, within the context of rapidly developing ideas (e.g. Enlightenment, Romanticism, Socialism) and changes to society brought on by industry, revolution, etc. Emphasis will be given to works of art from local and regional museums, with field trips to different collections. Prerequisite: FA 202 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

FA 380 Modern Art
An examination of different movements in art beginning around 1900 in Europe and North America, as they react or contribute to historical developments of the century, including politics, nationalism and war; shifting social structures and practices; and radical changes in media and technology. Special emphasis will be given to works of art from local and regional museums, with field trips to area collections. Prerequisite: FA 202 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

FA 385 Approaches to Teaching Art (K-12)
This course prepares the student to teach art at the elementary and secondary levels by integrating content mastery with effective pedagogical strategies. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 250, ED 327S, and PSY 110 or PSY 312. (3)

FA 400 Internship
Senior students may register for a field experience with cooperating institutions in the Washington metropolitan area. The internship is monitored by a supervising professor and a representative of the cooperating institution. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of Arts and Sciences. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

FA 410 Topics in Art History
Designed to take advantage of current art exhibitions in the Washington-Baltimore area, using them as the basis for an in-depth study of particular topics in the history of art. Conducted in a seminar fashion. The theme and focus will change each time the class is offered, depending upon the exhibit. Prerequisite: EN 102, FA 201, FA 202 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 421 Project
Continuing investigation of a particular artistic medium within the student’s Concentration and under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project will be conducted within a studio shared with an advanced course in the same medium and taught by the faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Application and approval of the department chair. (3‐6)

FA 422 Senior Project
An investigation of a selected topic in the student’s Concentration that takes place in the senior year under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project develops the student’s independent research skills through a written paper and an artistic product. Upon completion, the artwork and paper are presented to a panel of professionals for evaluation. Prerequisites: EN 102, senior status, and application and approval of the department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ, WI. (3-6)

FA 427 Senior Portfolio
Covers the fundamentals of building, preparing, and presenting a portfolio for the field of fine arts and/or application to graduate school. Students will prepare and present original art, Web, and/or CD portfolios. Prerequisites: senior status in the major, GD 101, FA 422, or permission of instructor. (1)

FA 433 Research
A student in this course will conduct collaborative re-search (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

FA 481 Accelerated Design
An introduction to the basic principles of pure design in the context of historic art movements. Emphasis is on two- and three-dimensional spatial relationship and color theory. Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. (4)