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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 107 Hand-Built Ceramics

This course will introduce students to basic hand-building construction techniques. Students will produce a variety of traditional vessel shapes, and explore fundamental essentials of the ceramic process such as glaze application and firing. Contemporary ceramic artists and other important topics related to the ceramic process are investigated to offer context for designing and producing ceramic vessels. 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 influences 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: Ancient to Medieval

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: Renaissance to Modern

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 205 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 209 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 105 or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: FA 105 or permission of instructor. (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

An introduction to printmaking processes, with a focus on relief and monotype methods. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 213 Painting

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. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA, DSINQ. (3)

FA 215 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics

This course will introduce students to working with clay on the wheel. Students will learn basic throwing techniques consisting of centering, pulling, and shaping clay into functional vessels while concentrating on design and craftsmanship. They will supplement their wheel throwing skills with process related activities such as making clay and glazes as well as procedures for oxidation firings. Students will also learn about contemporary artists and their concepts through writing reviews from articles given, and through visiting local art exhibitions. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 222 Mold Making and Slip Casting

Students will learn and apply methods for constructing two-part and three-part molds for use in slip casting production process.  Students will also design original functional ceramic products using three-dimensional design software and create models from the 3D printing process.  Prerequisite: FA 107, or FA 215, or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 225 Glaze and Clay Formulation

This course focuses on the knowledge and application of natural and manmade materials used in claybody and glaze development in the ceramic process.  Students will learn and explore techniques for developing original glaze and claybody recipes, and apply techniques for solving defects in their applications.  Prerequisite: FA 107, or FA 215, or permission of instructor (3)

FA 251 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. (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. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. (1) 

FA 380 Movements in 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: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA, 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 395 Advanced 2D Studio

A studio course offering advanced study in drawing, painting, and printmaking, allowing a continuing exploration of methods and techniques, and the principles of composition. This course will focus on advanced problems in the different media, with a greater emphasis on developing individual style and personal expression.  Can be taken up to 3 times, for a total of 9 credits. Prerequisite: FA 205, or FA 211, or FA 213, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3-9)

FA 396 Advanced 3D and Ceramics Studio

Students will complete several proposed projects that employ different techniques relating to the ceramic process or 3-dimensional design. This course will focus on advanced problems concerning the production of 3-dimensional objects, with greater emphasis on developing individual style and personal expression. Prerequisite: FA 107 and FA 215, or FA 210, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (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

A course designed to take advantage of works of art in the Washington-Baltimore area, and using them as the basis for a seminar-style discussion of particular topics in the history of art. The topic will change each time the class is offered, and students may enroll in this course more than once under different topics. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA, WI. (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: DSINQ. (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, 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)

Department of Fine Arts

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

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