May 17, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


This section of the Catalog includes course descriptions, listed alphabetically by discipline. The descriptions provide information on course numbers, titles, the level of instruction, credit, course sequence, content, and prerequisites as shown in the following example:

CHE 2100 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: CHE 1100
Description: A study of the elements of organic and biological chemistry. This course satisfies requirements for nursing programs and other fields requiring a survey of organic and biological chemistry.

The first two to four letters, called the course subject code, represent the area of study or discipline, e.g., CHE represents chemistry. The course number follows the course subject code, e.g., 2100. The first digit in a four-digit course number designates the level of instruction. Only courses numbered 1000 or above will be included in credits toward a degree. Courses with numbers up to and including 1999 are primarily for freshmen, 2000 through 2999 primarily for sophomores, 3000 through 3999 primarily for juniors, and 4000 through 4999 primarily for seniors. In general, students should not take courses above the level of their class (based upon semester hours earned), but they may do so at one level above if they have the specified prerequisites. In special cases, students may be permitted to take courses more than one level above that designated for their class if they obtain the permission of their advisor and of the faculty member teaching the course and if they meet the prerequisite requirements. Course descriptions provide a summary of the content of the course. If a prerequisite must be met before a student can register for a course, this information is listed above the course description. Attributes, such as Multicultural, General Studies, or Guaranteed Transfer, are listed after the course description. A list of courses being offered in a given semester, instructors, class meeting times, and locations is described in the Class Schedule located on the Office of the Registrar's website, msudenver.edu/registrar/classschedules.

Types of Courses

  • Regular courses appear in this section of the University Catalog and are offered on a regular basis.
  • Independent study courses provide students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of a topic of special interest. Independent study courses are specified as 498_ and include an alpha character in the course number. Independent study courses are published in the Class Schedule.
  • Special topics or omnibus courses are temporary courses that are not listed in the Catalog. They may be used to pilot-test a course, present a special topic, or provide a unique, experiential-learning opportunity. Omnibus courses use a specified range of course numbers: 190_, 290_, 390_, 490_ and include an alpha character in the course number. Omnibus courses are published in the Class Schedule.
  • Variable topics courses allow courses of varying titles under an overall theme or “umbrella” course. Variable topic courses include an alpha character in the course number and are published in the Class Schedule.
 

Anthropology

  
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    ANT 3920 - Biocultural Interactions: Anthropological Perspectives in Evolutionary Medicine



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ANT 1010 or permission of instructor

    Description: This course examines the field of physical anthropology as it pertains to evolutionary medicine. Students learn about evolutionary principles, basic human anatomy and physiology, the biocultural approach in physical anthropology, and how human culture has affected human biology and vice versa throughout history. The course further examines how past interactions have impacted health and wellness in modern human populations, as well as how an evolutionary approach to modern medical problems may be part of the treatments of the future.

  
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    ANT 4251 - Advanced Ethnographic Field Experience



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ANT 3251

    Description: This course requires students to conduct ethnographic research through qualitative methods of data collection, management, interpretation, and analysis. Class discussion, lecture, and student fieldwork will focus on ethnographic research and methods to obtain in-depth information on human behavior and beliefs in their natural settings.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ANT 4400 - Recent Issues in Anthropology: Variable Topics



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

    Description: This course is an examination of current issues related to new discoveries and ongoing or completed work in archaeology, cultural anthropology, or physical anthropology. Each section will address different areas of anthropology and may be repeated under different topics.

  
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    ANT 4410 - Paleopathology: The Archaeology of Disease



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Studies requirements and senior standing; or permission of instructor.

    Description: This course is an examination of how anthropologists utilize current techniques and information in the analysis and discovery of disease, diet and injury on fossil and human skeletal material. Some analysis of archaeological techniques and impact of burials will be reviewed as well as various means of morphological analysis.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ANT 4420 - Applied Anthropology



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ANT 1310, 3 hours of upper-division anthropology coursework, and senior standing; or permission of instructor

    Description: This course explores the field of applied anthropology through a detailed study of directed culture change programs and applied anthropology projects. It focuses on the benefits, costs, problems and ethical concerns of programs which seek to change or preserve traditional cultures.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ANT 4710 - Advanced Archaeological Field Research



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

    Description: The course covers advanced-level archaeological field work, including survey design, mapmaking, transit survey, sampling strategies, artifact conservation, methods of assisting and supporting the logistical aspects of excavation and survey projects, field sample preparation, computer coding of artifact types and their distribution, archival research, site recording, and report writing. The course may be repeated for up to a maximum of six hours. No more than three credit hours may be applied toward a major or minor in anthropology.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience


Architecture

  
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    ARCH 2001 - Introduction to Architecture



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): CET 1215 with a grade of "C" or better

    Description: In this course, students will recognize the complexity and beauty of architecture, and develop a specialized area of interest within the field of architecture. The course provides a foundation in the culture of architecture, which students will pursue through affiliated courses on the subject.

  
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    ARCH 2002 - Architectural Design-Studio 1



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): CET 1215 with a grade of "C" or better

    Description: In this course, students will focus on a practical, residential building design. The small-scale dwelling design will include the overall planning process from creating a basic building concept to its finished plan and documentation.

  
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    ARCH 2003 - Building Structures



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): CET 1215 or IND 1450 or MET 1200 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor

    Description: The focus of this course will be on the importance of collaboration between related fields in the building industry, development of the architectural and building structural knowledge of students and encouraging creative design integration through class projects.

  
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    ARCH 3001 - Architectural Interior Design



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 2002 with a grade of "C" or better

    Description: In this course, students will focus on the dual nature of interior design and architecture. One part will reveal how interior design is an integral part of complex architecture; the other part will show how interior design is independent. The main goal is for students to gain experience in interior design and the exciting world of object design.

  
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    ARCH 3002 - Architectural Design-Studio 2



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 2002 with a grade of "C" or better

    Description: This course provides a knowledge base in the theory and practice of architecture and urban design, focusing on complex architectural issues. Students will explore the relationship of public building design and urbanism. Students will gain insight into the connections between architectural projects and urban design, and overview urban planning history from its beginnings to the present. Students learn to create large-scale, urban-development projects through case studies that demonstrate design precedents, to procedure, to implementation.

  
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    ARCH 3003 - Digital Presentations in Architecture



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): CET 1215 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor

    Description: The course introduces students to traditional and contemporary presentation techniques that could be applied to the architecture profession. The goal of the course is to enable students to self-manage their professional life and creatively use different media platforms.


Art

  
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    ART 1101 - Studio Foundations: 2D



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces the fundamental principles and elements of two-dimensional art and design through a survey of concepts, techniques, and material practices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative problem solving through investigations of compositional arrangement, visual perception, studio practice, and the intersections of form and concept in two-dimensional space.

  
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    ART 1141 - Studio Foundations: Drawing



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces drawing as the common denominator to all art-making media. Students practice fundamental drawing skills by employing a variety of black and white media and techniques through line, shape, value and texture. Coursework emphasizes conceptual and technical abilities, as well as visual perception and problem solving.

  
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    ART 1212 - Non-Majors Ceramics: Handbuilding



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces students to the basic hand-building techniques and technical knowledge required to work and fire ceramics. Students develop both a conceptual understanding and practical knowledge of the ways in which three-dimensional ceramic form functions. Lectures and visual presentations explore historical and contemporary approaches to ceramics. This course is restricted to non-Art majors.

  
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    ART 1213 - Non-Majors Ceramics: Wheelthrowing



    Credits: 3

    Description: This ceramics course focuses on wheel throwing as an expressive tool with which students develop their ceramic techniques of thrown and altered forms. Students investigate traditional vessel making, as well as thrown and altered sculptural and functional objects. Topics of study include contemporary and historical wheel-thrown objects and an introduction to high-fire, atmospheric firing. This course is restricted to non-Art majors.

  
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    ART 1251 - Jewelry and Metals for Non-Art Majors



    Credits: 3

    Description: Restriction: Course restricted to non-Art majors

    This course explores traditional and contemporary approaches to the creation of handcrafted jewelry and precious or semiprecious metal objects. The course will introduce basic casting and  fabricating techniques such as hollow construction and surface embellishment. This course is restricted to non-Art majors.

  
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    ART 1261 - Painting for Non-Art Majors



    Credits: 3

    Description: Restriction: Course restricted to non-Art majors

    This course explores acrylic painting techniques and materials. Students study composition, the use of color, and design  elements and principles. This course is restricted to non-Art majors.

  
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    ART 1271 - Film Photography for Non-Majors



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces basic photographic problem-solving focused on technical and aesthetic concerns while addressing the history of photography. Students learn black and white film exposure, development and printing. This course is restricted to non-art majors.

  
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    ART 1273 - Digital Capture for Non-Art Majors



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces basic digital photographic strategies for image making focused on technical and aesthetic concerns while addressing how photographic images function in visual culture. Students learn image capture, fundamentals of basic camera functions, processing, manipulation and printing of digital image files, and maintenance and archiving of a digital archive. Contemporary photography topics are integrated into the curriculum through assignments and related independent research. This course is restricted to non-art majors.

  
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    ART 1300 - Woods: Materials and Fabrication



    Credits: 3

    Description: An introductory course designed to give the student basic information about wood material properties, species selection criteria, practical design applications, and ordering and specifying protocol.  The design process is presented and applied in the development of a furniture design and fabrication plan, which is utilized to construct design.. The course also provides instruction for basic skill development in the use of wood working tools, machines, and processes.  Wood finishing materials and processes are also studied and utilized in student projects.

    Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: ART or IND.

    Cross Listed Course(s): IND 1010
  
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    ART 1501 - Studio Foundations: 3D



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course examines the fundamental principles of three-dimensional art and design through a survey of concepts, techniques, and material practices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative problem solving through investigations of physical form, process, context, and studio practices.

  
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    ART 1505 - The Visual Journal



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None

    Description: This course focuses on developing a series of thematic concepts within the visual journal. These thematic assignments function as points of departure for students to research and develop their subject matter. Students generate journals that serve as vehicles for growth as well as experimentation with non-traditional media. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 1531 - Studio Foundations: 4D



    Credits: 3

    Description: This course introduces the fundamental principles of four-dimensional art and design through a survey of concepts, techniques, and technological practices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative problem solving through investigations particularly relevant to four-dimensional art and design; that is, form and innovation in technological environments, time and motion, ephemerality, and four-dimensional studio practices.

  
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    ART 2241 - Drawing II: Color



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1141 and ART 1531 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: This course expands upon the fundamental drawing skills learned in ART 1141 Drawing I, employing color in a variety of media and techniques that apply the art elements and design principles. Coursework emphasizes conceptual and technical abilities as well as visual perception and problem solving.

  
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    ART 2611 - Beginning Ceramics: Handbuilding



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1141, and ART 1501 with C- or better in each; or permission of the department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1531, and ART 1101; or permission of the department

    Description: This course introduces students to the basic hand-building techniques and technical knowledge required to work and fire ceramics. Students develop both a conceptual understanding and practical knowledge of the ways in which three-dimensional ceramic form functions.

  
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    ART 2613 - Beginning Ceramics: Wheelthrowing



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1141, ARTH 1600, and ART 1501 with C- or better in each prerequisite; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1531, and ART 1101; or permission of department

    Description: This course focuses on the potter's wheel to investigate conceptual and utilitarian ideas associated with vessel and sculpture making. Students investigate both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with ceramics. In addition to building skill on the potter's wheel, topics of study include contemporary and historical uses of the potter's wheel and an introduction to high fire atmospheric firing. Assigned projects are given in sequence with the underlying goal of building toward fluid proficiency with use of the potter's wheel and of ceramic materials.

  
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    ART 2641 - Color Drawing: Wet and Dry



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, ART 1141 and ART 1531 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700 and ART 1501; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces students to color theory and various techniques employing colored pencil, water-media, and pastel while expanding upon graphite skills. Coursework emphasizes conceptual and technical abilities, as well as visual perception and problem solving.

  
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    ART 2643 - Figure Drawing: Wet and Dry



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, ART 1141, and ART 1531 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700 and ART 1501; or permission of department

    Description: This course emphasizes the human form through observational rendering from live models. Students examine human anatomy, both structural and muscular systems, through both in-class exercises and assigned homework. Both wet and dry applications are investigated; as are black and white media, color media, and conceptual development. Historic and contemporary artists and themes are reviewed and inspected through lectures, critiques and outside assignments.

  
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    ART 2651 - Beginning Jewelry



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ARTH 1600 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1531 and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces basic jewelry design materials and processes. Basic fabrication and casting techniques, including surface embellishment, soldering, stone setting and wax carving, are introduced. Through the creation of thematic projects, students explore traditional and contemporary approaches designing artworks for the body.

  
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    ART 2653 - Beginning Metalsmithing



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ARTH 1600 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1531 and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces small-scale metalsmithing materials and processes. Basic fabrication and forming techniques, including hollow construction, forging, and sinking, are introduced. Students explore traditional and contemporary approaches to metalsmithing through the creation of thematic projects.

  
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    ART 2661 - Beginning Painting: Acrylic and Oil



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, and ART 1141 with C- or better in each; or permission of the department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1501, and ART 1531; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces students to both traditional and contemporary painting practices employing various materials, techniques and processes specific to the field. Students develop both a conceptual understanding and practical knowledge through material exploration and experimentation. Essential skill development includes identifying and applying color theory principals, perceptual skill refinement, and analysis and use of art elements and design principles as a visual language to create expressive works. Historical and contemporary works of influential styles and movements in painting are explored throughout the course.

  
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    ART 2666 - Beginning Painting: Watermedia



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, and ART 1141 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1501, and ART 1531; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of transparent watermedia painting as a medium for creative expression. Coursework begins the development of creative and technical skills through a series of structured watermedia projects. Visual problem solving, individualized approach to content and the expression of ideas are stressed.

  
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    ART 2671 - Beginning Photography: Film and Darkroom



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, ART 1141, and ART 1531 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700 and ART 1501; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces basic photographic strategies for image making with technical and aesthetic concerns while gaining an understanding of how photographic images function conceptually. Students learn fundamentals of basic camera functions, processing of black and white film, and darkroom printing techniques. Photographic history is integrated into the curriculum through assignments and related independent research.

  
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    ART 2673 - Beginning Photography: Digital Capture



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, ART 1141, and ART 1531 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700 and ART 1501; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces basic photographic strategies for image making with technical and aesthetic concerns, while gaining an understanding of how photographic images function conceptually. Students learn image capture, fundamentals of basic camera functions, processing, manipulation and printing of digital image files. The maintenance and archiving of digital images is also addressed. Photographic history and contemporary photographic practice is integrated into the curriculum through assignments and related independent research.

  
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    ART 2681 - Printmaking I



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501 and ART 1531 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department.

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1700

    Description: This course introduces the student to monotype, intaglio, photo-digital, and relief printmaking methods. Students explore fine art techniques and image manipulation in creating diverse prints.

  
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    ART 2682 - Beginning Printmaking: Screen Printing and Monotype



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, and ART 1141 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1501, ART 1531, and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: Students develop knowledge and skills of traditional and contemporary fine art planographic printmaking processes of screen printing and monotype through a series of thematic projects that address invention, problem solving, medium experimentation, technical skills, research, and criticism. Students explore various methods of layering, stencil making, and image generation through unique and repeatable matrices. Photomechanical techniques and direct drawing methods are utilized to generate and produce editioned and one-of-a-kind prints on paper and alternative surfaces.

  
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    ART 2683 - Beginning Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, and ART 1141 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1501, ART 1531, and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: Students develop knowledge and skills of traditional and contemporary fine art intaglio and relief printmaking processes through a series of thematic projects that address invention, problem solving, medium experimentation, technical skills, research, and criticism. Students employ a variety of methods and materials to produce singular and multiple layer color prints while exploring historical and contemporary intaglio and relief techniques, including etching, photo-etching, engraving, linocut, and woodcut. An emphasis is placed on technical, aesthetic, and conceptual development through readings, lectures, demonstrations, and the experimentation with the methods and materials of the intaglio and relief processes.

  
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    ART 2691 - Beginning Sculpture: Woods and Assembly



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ARTH 1600 with a C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1531 and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores fundamental object making and spatial practices through conceptual and thematic projects. These projects address a variety of basic material, strategic, and technical processes including wood construction using dimensional lumber, plywood sheeting, and hardwood species; acrylic sheeting; two-axis CNC wood routing; laser cutting; assemblage & found materials; multiples; fibers & fabrics; inflatables; and objects in context. Emphasis is placed on contemporary artists and theories as a framework for the creation of objects and environments.

  
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    ART 2693 - Beginning Sculpture: Metals and Fabrication



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501 and ARTH 1600 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1531 and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores fundamental object making and spatial practices through conceptual and thematic projects. These projects address a variety of basic material, strategic, and technical processes, including metal faabrication using ferrous sheet, rod, and tube metals; cold fastening; welding; multiples; assemblage; 3D printing; light; sound; site; and interactivity. Emphasis is placed on contemporary art practices, including the role of criticism and critique as it informs studio development.

  
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    ART 2781 - Lithography



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ART 1101, and ART 1141 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 1501, ART 1531, and ARTH 1700; or permission of department

    Description: Students develop knowledge and skills of traditional and contemporary fine art lithography printmaking processes through a series of thematic projects that address invention, problem solving, medium experimentation, technical skills, research, and criticism. Through projects, students are provided a working understanding of the principles of stone, plate, and the photo lithography process, including multi-matrix color printing. Students gain knowledge through readings, lectures, and demonstrations, including the examination of historical and contemporary lithographic prints and the commercial and fine art application of the media.

  
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    ART 3101 - Professional Practices I



    Credits: 1

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101 or ART 1141 or ART 1501 with C- or better; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, and ART 1501; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces students to options, expectations, and preparations for an art career. This course combines guest speakers, site visits, and studio reflection. Students learn to explore, write and think about their artwork in a career-building context.

  
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    ART 3215 - Moldmaking and Casting



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ARTH 1700 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 2611, ART 2613, ART 2641, ART 2643, ART 2651, ART 2653, ART 2661, ART 2666, ART 2671, ART 2673, ART 2682, ART 2683, ART 2691, ART 2693 or IND 2450; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores the creation and use of molds from three-dimensional objects for reproduction. While primarily making plaster molds for use with slip-cast clay, students also explore rubber, urethane, and silicone molds for use in casting a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials, such as paper, silicone, soap, etc. This course explores the application of these techniques in professional ceramic production, by designers and in industry. The use of these techniques by contemporary artists for both technical and conceptual reasons is explored and discussed. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3235 - Video Art



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1531 with "C-" or better; plus either ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ARTH 1600; or COM 2430 and JRN 1010; or permission of department.

    Description: This course combines video production with a critical examination of experimental video and time-based media as an art form, cultural tool, and social practice. Through studio practice, screenings, readings, and critiques of student work, students examine the diverse languages and practices of video and time-based media within a contemporary context. Students experiment with monitors, projectors, and other media while addressing concerns of site and scale, issues of narrative, identity, reception, audience, and private/public space. Students learn the technical and conceptual aspects of production and develop individual aesthetic, analytic, and critical skills. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3244 - Advanced Figure Drawing



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 2643 with a "C-" or better or permission of the department

    Description: This course requires the student to apply knowledge of human anatomy to drawing the human figure. Students extend conceptualization skills and expand use of varied media and techniques.

    Note: This course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours.

  
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    ART 3266 - Community Painting: The Mural



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, and ARTH 1700; and ART 2661 or ART 2666 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: This studio art course briefly surveys the history of murals and the mural movement. A site is located at an agency or business in the Denver metro community where a mural is to be painted. A series of designs and concepts are then researched and  proposed by the students for approval by the site agency or business. Students work as a team and collaborate to complete the approved mural concept.

    Note: This course is repeatable once for a maximum of six semester hours.

  
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    ART 3301 - The Artist's Book



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ART 1531 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department.

    Description: This studio course deals with the book as an art object, emphasizing structure, craft and conceptual ideas. Students build various traditional and non-traditional book types and provide display methods for books in an exhibition context. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3391 - Fiber Structures



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501; and ART 1531 or IND 2100 with "C-" or better in
    each; or permission of department.

    Description: This course investigates traditional fiber techniques, such as crocheting, netting, weaving, lashing, felting, and papermaking, with an emphasis on their role in the contemporary art and design practice. Lectures demonstrate these traditional techniques using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and strategies while highlighting contemporary artists and theory.

  
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    ART 3393 - Electronics and Experimental Systems



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501; and ART 1531 or IND 2100 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department.

    Description: This course introduces basic electronics, mechanics, open source hardware, and simple software coding for the creation of artwork. The history and theory of experimental systems within a contemporary art and design context are discussed. Projects address movement, light, sound, space, context, behavior, agency, and interactivity. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3591 - Digital Fabrication



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501; and ART 1531 or IND 2100 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department.

    Description: This course introduces the spatial and contextual application of digital, three-dimensional modeling and rapid prototyping technologies for the creation of artwork. Data acquisition, modeling, and visualization is explored through the artistic application of 3D scanning, computer modeling, and laser cut or solid free form fabrication. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3612 - Intermediate Ceramics



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, AND ART 2611 OR ART 2613 with C- or better in each prerequisite; or permission of department

    Description: This course addresses the broad range of perspectives found in historical and contemporary ceramic art, including sculpture, vessel making, and pottery. Emphasis is on the full integration of creative works within the complex array of studio choices such as clay, glaze, and firing temperatures. Students become fully independent in the ceramics studio through an exploration of firing theory, clay, and glaze chemistry, as well as the conceptual and theoretical development of creative works.

    Note: This course is repeatable twice for a maximum of nine semester hours.

  
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    ART 3613 - Pattern Networks



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700; and ART 2611, ART 2613, ART 2641, ART 2643, ART 2651, ART 2653, ART 2661, ART 2666, ART 2671, ART 2673, ART 2682, ART 2683, ART 2691, ART 2693, or CDES 2225; C- or better reguired in each prerequisite; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces traditional texts on ornamentation and pattern theory, as well as seminal texts on networks and city planning as the basis for making artwork. Employing a research-based practice, students make creative work of varying media that shares an exploration of patterning, ornamentation, and additional organizational structures. Lectures examine and demonstrate traditional strategies and the role of this subject in contemporary art, craft and design practice. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3637 - Socially Engaged Art



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141 , ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, and ARTH 2080 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department.

    Description: This course introduces students to the field of socially engaged art through an emphasis on conversations, communities, situations, participation, places, aesthetics, and activism. Course content demonstrates the increasing use of relational and dialogical aesthetics informing conceptual and formal structures in contemporary art and design. Socially Engaged Art adopts a field-based model for its curriculum that is designed to provide students with opportunities to work contextually in a variety of public spheres. This is an Integrated Media course.

  
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    ART 3639 - Performance Art



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, and ARTH 2080 with "C-" or better in each; or THE 2210 or MUS 2130; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores performance as a major paradigm informing the methods and languages of contemporary practices in art and design. Emphasis is placed on border crossings, porous disciplines, and contingent identities as a central component in performance-based studio practice. Lectures and discussions engage the historically shifting nature of embodiment in contemporary art and design. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3642 - Intermediate Drawing



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 AND ART 2641 OR ART 2643 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of the department

    Description: This course examines the expanded field of contemporary drawing through experimentation with nontraditional materials, as well as readings and discussions. Emphasis is on creating artwork based on thematic projects and serial production. Students critically assess their material selection and how it supports the artwork content.

    Note: This course is repeatable twice for a maximum of 9 semester hours.

  
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    ART 3652 - Intermediate Jewelry and Metalsmithing



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 AND ART 2651 OR ART 2653 with C- or better in each prerequisite; or permission of department

    Description: This course develops students' skills in jewelry design and metalsmithing while addressing a broad range of related formats, themes, and topics. Students generate functional, sculptural and/or wearable works through the application of intermediate and advanced level techniques, such as fabrication, chasing, die forming, raising, and stone setting. Emphasis is placed on individual research, conceptual inquiry, compositional development and critical analysis.

    Note: This course is repeatable twice for a maximum of nine semester hours.

  
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    ART 3653 - Miniature Casting Methods



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): One of the following: ART 1251, ART 2611, ART 2613, ART 2651, ART 2653, ART 2691, ART 2693, IND 1250, or IND 2450 with C- or better

    Description: This course introduces historical and contemporary practices of small-scale casting techniques, such as lost-wax casting processes, alternative direct casting methods and mold making are applied to the creation of individualized projects. Emphasis is placed on individual research, conceptual inquiry, compositional development and critical analysis.

  
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    ART 3655 - Enameling Processes



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): One of the following: ART 1251, ART 2611, ART 2613, ART 2651, ART 2653, ART 2691, ART 2693, IND 1250, or IND 2450 with C- or better

    Description: This course covers contemporary and historical practices in the process of enameling. The course applies various enameling techniques to the creation of art metal objects. Techniques include cloisonné, champlevé, and plique-à-jour, among others. Emphasis is placed on individual research, conceptual inquiry, compositional development and critical analysis.

    Note: This course is repeatable once for a maximum of six semester hours.

  
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    ART 3662 - Intermediate Painting



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700; and ART 2661 or ART 2666 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: This course further explores the concepts and techniques in painting, emphasizing the individuation of students' pictorial language, including various approaches from representational to abstract painting. Development of individual themes, through independent studio practice, allows for creative problem solving through the pictorial representation of ideas. Thematic discussions pertaining to topics in historical and contemporary painting inform studio artwork production.

    Note: This course is repeatable twice for a maximum of 9 semester hours.

  
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    ART 3663 - Painting and New Contexts



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700; and ART 2661 or ART 2666 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores innovative and emergent approaches to painting within the context of contemporary art practices. Emphasis is on nontraditional approaches to painting through an exploration of materials and techniques. Students learn to question assumptions about the practice of painting, creating works that allow them to explore the use of alternative approaches to paint media through the implementation of various tools and technologies. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 3666 - Advanced Watermedia



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ART 2666 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores advanced transparent and opaque watermedia, as well as mixed media techniques. Students learn to choose techniques and media to enhance their expressive content. Course emphasis is on developing a unique, individualized approach to content and media expression.

    Note: This course is repeatable once for a maximum of six semester hours.

  
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    ART 3672 - Intermediate Photography



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ART 2671 OR ART 2673 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: This course provides a thematic forum for intermediate level students to develop critical skills as they relate to contemporary practices in the field of photography and lens-based media. Students refine their technical and critical proficiency using methods and processes relevant to image-making. Engaged in an innovative learning environment, students connect research and theory to their creative projects.

    Note: This course is repeatable for a maximum of nine semester hours of credit.

  
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    ART 3677 - Experimental Photography



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, and ART 2671 with "C-" or better in each; or permission of department

    Description: Students in this course learn alternative photographic techniques utilizing historical, non-silver and silver-based processes. The term alternative process is generally used to describe 19th century approaches to photographic printmaking; contemporary photography is experiencing a renaissance in the use of traditional methods applied in hybrid and/or interdisciplinary practices.  This course includes the use of low-tech and handmade cameras, the production and integration of digital negatives, and combining wet and digital lab processes. Students go beyond technical knowledge to critically assess the reasons for using alternative processes conceptually in their creative practice. Slide lectures, technical demonstrations and hands-on labs as well as readings, discussions and regular critiques all contribute to a practice that is conceptually and theoretically rich. This course is designated as Integrated Media.

     

  
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    ART 3682 - Intermediate Printmaking



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ART 2682 OR ART 2683 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: Students develop knowledge and skills of traditional and contemporary fine art printmaking processes with an emphasis on relief, intaglio, screen printing, monotype, and lithography. Emphasis is on an advanced level of technical and conceptual proficiencies through thematic projects while becoming more independent in the studio. Further exploration with traditional and alternative printmaking outcomes will lead to initial developments toward an independent body of work.

    Note: This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 total semester hours of credit.

  
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    ART 3692 - Intermediate Sculpture



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ART 2691 OR ART 2693 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: This course focuses on developing individual studio production while responding to themes most relevant to contemporary art theory and practice. Students explore the materials and techniques most appropriate to their needs while working toward the development of a cohesive body of work. Students are encouraged to explore work that is ambitious, experimental, and challenging; work that pushes both technical and conceptual boundaries. Topics include: artwork in context; the role of new materials in contemporary art; the document as primary object; systems in art; and issues of temporality and ephemera.

    Note: This course is repeatable for a maximum of nine semester hours of credit.

  
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    ART 3701 - Professional Practices II



    Credits: 2

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, and ART 3101 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 2611 OR ART 2613 OR ART 2641 OR ART 2643 OR ART 2651 OR ART 2653 OR ART 2661 OR ART 2666 OR ART 2671 OR ART 2673 OR ART 2682 OR ART 2683 OR ART 2691 OR ART 2693; or permission of department

    Description: This course investigates studio professional practice through a series of studio visits, guest lectures from visiting artists and studio based explorations; students discuss and further develop career building in the arts. Emphasis is placed on research, execution and refinement of studio-based practices in an interdisciplinary learning environment. Students begin the process of interweaving studio-based practices with academic research, establishing an outline for future professional practice.

  
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    ART 3711 - Current Practices in Ceramics



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, and ARTH 1700 with C- or better in each; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 2611 OR ART 2613 OR ART 2641 OR ART 2643 OR ART 2651 OR ART 2653 OR ART 2661 OR ART 2666 OR ART 2671 OR ART 2673 OR ART 2682 OR ART 2683 OR ART 2691 OR ART 2693; or permission of department

    Description: This course focuses on themes, techniques and conceptual practices relevant to contemporary studio ceramics. Students investigate contemporary movements and concepts, including collaboration, community-based practice, happenings, postmodern aesthetics, the sculptural object, theories of the quotidian, craft, and material-based issues with presentations, readings and their own research. The themes, content, techniques, processes, context and display relevant to this particular subject serve as a basis for creative assignments in ceramics whereby students begin to integrate theoretical concerns and ideas relevant to the topic into their creative practice.

  
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    ART 3980 - Internship in Art



    Credits: 1-15

    Prerequisite(s): Major in art; junior or senior status; permission of instructor

    Description: Supervised by a faculty member within the major department, internships provide practical, hands-on experience in a professional field related to the major. Internship placements must be established prior to enrollment in this course in consultation with the Applied Learning Center.

    To register with the Applied Learning Center, students must meet the following qualifications:

    • Completed at least one semester at MSU Denver
    • Sophomore, junior or senior status
    • Declared major in an undergraduate program
    • 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA at MSU Denver
    • Currently enrolled and taking classes at MSU Denver

    For information and instructions on finding and enrolling in an internship, contact the Applied Learning Center at 303-556-3290 or internships@msudenver.edu.

    Note: Variable Credit

  
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    ART 4030 - Variable Topics in Integrated Media



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 2080 with C- or better; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): One of the following: ART 3612, ART 3642, ART 3652, ART 3662, ART 3672, ART 3682, ART 3692; or permission of department

    Description: This course provides a thematic forum for advanced level students of any art concentration to develop critical skills as they relate to contemporary practices in the field of integrated media. Students refine their critical and technical proficiency using interdisciplinary methods and techniques to art design and making. Students engage in innovative, creative, and theoretical techniques within a cross-disciplinary and hybrid studio environment. This is an integrated media course.

    Note: This course may be repeated under different topics for up to 6 credits total.

  
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    ART 4101 - Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 3101, and ART 3701, with a C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: This course provides a critical forum for students in advanced-level art areas to develop their work in an interdisciplinary context. Students implement skills acquired through intermediate courses by preparing a mature, cohesive body of work for exhibition, graduate school application, or professional practice. The course emphasizes the relationship of the artist to broader cultural, social and theoretical contexts. Students investigate artwork employing various methods of critique as it informs the artistic practice. Students in this course should also take an upper-division studio course in the same semester.

    Note: This course is repeatable once for a maximum of six semester hours.

  
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    ART 4266 - Unraveling the Figure



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, and ART 2641 OR ART 2643 OR ART 2661 OR ART 2666 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of the department

    Description: This course focuses on employing the body as a tool for exploration, moving beyond the descriptive to address the diverse roles of the figure in art, including issues of representation. The rich heritage of painting, drawing and sculpting the body, as well as current developments, provide a space for investigating the complexities of depicting the figure as narrator, where gesture, expression, identity, culture and location inform how images are perceived and received. Students make new artwork to explore and utilize the past figuration and to move beyond the traditional historic form. This is an integrated media course.

    Note: This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

  
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    ART 4601 - Installation Art



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): One of the following with C- or better: ART 3612, ART 3637, ART 3639, ART 3642, ART 3652, ART 3662, ART 3663, ART 3672, ART 3682, ART 3692, ART 4643, or ART 4644; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTH 2080 or permission of department

    Description: This course explores the potential of immersive or sensory experiences through artwork that engages site, space, and context. A diverse selection of objects, materials, and techniques may be utilized through group and individual installations; these environments may range in scale from the intimate to the expansive. Demonstrations and discussions trace the lineage of installation art emphasizing contemporary spatial practices. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 4643 - Drawing in Space



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700; and ART 2641 or ART 2643 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: This course examines alternative applications to drawing in space. Students create artworks with traditional, as well as non-traditional, media through a series of assignments that stipulate required space. Assigned thematic projects generate resolutions between concepts and resources in creating multi-dimensional drawings. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 4644 - Drawing Identity



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531, ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700; and ART 2641 or ART 2643 with C- or better in all prerequisites; or permission of department

    Description: This course explores the fundamentals of portraying identity through an anatomical examination of facial structure, as well as body language, clothing, body ornamentation and cultural influences. It surveys the notion of "ideal beauty'' historically and in contemporary societies. Various cultural canons are discussed and contrasted with today's technology, which provides access to alterations of the face and body. Class dialogue engages moral and ethical questions concerning art, culture and humanity whether virtual or reality. A variety of media and techniques, which embrace literal and inventive explorations of anatomy and surface forms, are explored. Students create through identity-driven projects that serve as points of departure in constructing finished artwork. This is an integrated media course.

  
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    ART 4701 - Studio Art Senior Experience: Exhibition and Thesis



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all General Studies requirements: BFA in Art or BFA in Art Education major with senior standing: ART 4101 and ARTH 4480 with "C-" or better in each; and permission of department

    Description: This course completes professional practices at an advanced level and serves as the required senior experience for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. Students synthesize content from coursework throughout their academic career by articulating their aesthetic style, connecting their artwork to theories and movements in art, and finding links to conceptual and philosophical frameworks of historic and contemporary artists. Emphasis is placed on students working collaboratively in the organization and installation of their artwork produced specifically for a public thesis exhibition. (Senior Experience)

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ART 4703 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Elementary K-6



    Credits: 6

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all requirements of the concentration in art education including ART 4201, elementary licensure program, and General Studies content courses; successful completion of Gateway requirements for each level (I-IV) of the elementary licensure program, including initial evaluation and sign-off of the program requirements; (e.g., teacher work sample/portfolio) by the education advisor

    Description: This is a supervised, full-time field experience in an accredited public or private elementary school, providing increasing responsibility for the teaching, supervision and assessment of learners (grades K-6). Five hours of seminar is part of the field experience requirement. To pass this course, teacher-candidates must be minimally rated as proficient in all Performance -Based Standards for Colorado Teachers to receive MSU Denver's recommendation for teacher licensure. Each student teacher is required to present a completed teacher work sample to the college supervisor and peers at a student-teaching seminar.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ART 4704 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary 7-12



    Credits: 6

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all requirements of the concentration in art education including ART 4201 and the Secondary Education Program; initial sign off on program requirements (e.g., teacher work sample/portfolio) by faculty advisor

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ART 4703

    Description: This course is a supervised, full-time, eight-week, student-teaching experience in an accredited public or private secondary school, providing increasing responsibility for the instruction, assessment, and supervision of an identified group of learners, 7-12 grade levels. Regularly scheduled observations and five hours of seminar conducted by an appointed college supervisor are part of the student teaching requirement. Teacher candidates must complete a teacher work sample and be rated as proficient in all Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers to receive MSU Denver's recommendation for teacher licensure.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ART 4710 - Art Senior Experience



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of all General Studies course requirements. Art major with senior standing; ARTH 2600 and ARTH 2080 with "C-" or better in each; at least 9 additional credits of upper-division ART courses; or permission of department.

    Description: This course is designed for students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Art. It builds upon and synthesizes coursework from throughout the student's academic career. Students prepare a portfolio of scholarly and creative work that effectively articulates connections between visual forms and meaningful content in works by historical, contemporary and student artists.

    University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

  
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    ART 4801 - Studio Assistantship



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

    Description: This studio course allows the advanced student to put into use the studio skills learned in previous courses to assist faculty and other students through demonstrating and critiquing. Students will learn to run laboratories, maintain tools and equipment, mix chemicals (if appropriate), and handle and stock supplies in an appropriate manner. They will demonstrate techniques and assist other students with technical and creative questions.

    Note: (Variable credit: course may be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit in a different studio area or with significantly different duties.)

  
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    ART 4841 - Directed Studies in Ceramics



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4211 with "C-" or better and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in ceramics with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit; this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4842 - Directed Studies in Communication Design



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4241 or ART 4244 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in communication design with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual voice and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4843 - Directed Studies in Digital Art



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4235 or ART 4631; and Permission of instructor

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in digital art with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, software, and skills learned in previous courses to develop a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4844 - Directed Studies in Drawing



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4241 or ART 4244 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in drawing with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: This variable-credit course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4845 - Directed Studies in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4251 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in jewelry and metalsmithing with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials, and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4846 - Directed Studies in Painting



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 3666 or ART 4261 or ART 4266 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced studio work in painting with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials, and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4847 - Directed Studies in Photography



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4271 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in photography with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials, and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4848 - Directed Studies in Printmaking



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4281 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in printmaking with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials, and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4849 - Directed Studies in Sculpture



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4291 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course provides advanced, independent studio work in sculpture with emphasis on the production of finished work in preparation for the senior exhibition. The student will integrate techniques, materials, and skills learned in previous courses to develop an individual style and create a coherent body of work.

    Note: Variable credit: this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.

  
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    ART 4873 - Photography Assistantship



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ART 2671 and ART 3271 with "C-" or better in each; and permission of department

    Description: This studio course allows the advanced photography student to serve as teaching assistant to a member of the faculty. The student learns to handle and stock supplies in an appropriate manner and demonstrates techniques and assists other students with technical and creative questions.


Art Education

  
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    ARTE 2060 - The Arts and Creative Thinking



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1020 or ENG 1021 with C- or better; or permission of department

    Description: This course introduces contemporary ideas and strategies exploring creative thinking informed by the visual arts. Students are exposed to the interconnectedness of creative and critical thinking and develop strategies for thinking that embrace the habits of creativity, dispelling the myth that people are born creative or uncreative. Using the visual arts as an entry point for the development of creative and critical-thinking skills, students learn how to approach problems in novel ways.

    General Studies: Arts and Humanities

  
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    ARTE 3601 - Introduction to Art Education: History and Philosophy



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700, ART 1101, ART 1141, ART 1501, ART 1531 with "C-" or better in each; six additional semester hours of ARTH or ART coursework; or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): EDS 3130, EDS 3140, and EDS 3150 or permission of department

    Description: This lecture course introduces the historical, philosophical, social, political, legal, psychological, and educational concepts that have influenced the development of art education in the United States. The current status of advocacy for the arts and art education within the context of general education is explored.

  
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    ARTE 3605 - Creating an Inclusive Art Classroom: Curriculum and Instruction



    Credits: 2

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTE 3601 or permission of department

    Description: This lecture/practicum course addresses the steps needed to create and implement effective curriculum in an inclusive or mainstreamed art classroom. Students learn about various exceptionalities of pre K-12 students, ranging from mild to severe. The challenges to meet the individualized needs of a diverse student population through effective instruction are explored in the classroom and in the field. During the semester, students meet in-class for the first eight weeks to prepare for their practicum experience, completed during the second half of the
    semester. Putting into practice the theories discussed in class, pre-service art education students develop effective techniques for fostering student engagement, individualization strategies, problem solving, and classroom management techniques, while working directly with special needs students in an inclusive learning environment.

  
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    ARTE 4202 - Elementary Art Education: Curriculum and Instruction



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601 with "C-" or better; or permission of department

    Corequisite(s): ARTE 4302 or permission of department

    Description: This lecture/studio course, preparing K-12 art specialists, is designed to provide students with the resources and methods needed to develop standards-based art curriculum. Students develop age-appropriate curriculum and instructional methodologies for teaching that will foster fluency, flexibility and ingenuity in the elementary classroom. ARTE 4302 Field Experience: Art Education Elementary, taken concurrently, provides practical application of concepts, including lesson and unit planning, instructional strategies, and assessment procedures, taking into consideration district, state, and national standards. Students draw connections between concepts developed in class, studio practices, and discussions based on observations made in the concurrent field experience. Using these skills, students will then explore, analyze, and formulate pedagogical strategies necessary to become scholarly practitioners and advocates within the field of art education.

  
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    ARTE 4203 - Secondary Art Education: Curriculum and Instruction



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601 with "C-" or better; or permission of department

    Corequisite(s): ARTE 4303 or permission of department

    Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ARTE 4202 or permission of department

    Description: This lecture/studio course, preparing K-12 art specialists, is designed to provide students with the resources and methods needed to develop standards-based art curriculum. Students develop age-appropriate curriculum and instructional methodologies for teaching that will foster fluency, flexibility and ingenuity for grades 6-12. ARTE 4303 Field Experience: Art Education Secondary, taken concurrently, provides practical application of concepts, including lesson and unit planning, instructional strategies, and assessment procedures, taking into consideration district, state, and national standards. Students draw connections between concepts developed in class, studio practices, and discussions based on observations made in the concurrent field experience. Using these skills, students will then explore, analyze, and formulate pedagogical strategies necessary to become scholarly practitioners and advocates within the field of art education.

  
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    ARTE 4302 - Field Experience: Art Education Elementary



    Credits: 1

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601, EDS 3130, and EDS 3150 with "C-" or better in each; EDS 3140; or permission of department

    Corequisite(s): ARTE 4202

    Description: This field experience course taken concurrently with ARTE 4202 Elementary Art Education: Curriculum and Instruction provides students with the opportunity to put into practice educational theories and teaching methodologies used by art teachers in the elementary classroom. During the fifty-hour field experience, preservice art education students work directly with a mentor teacher in the classroom fostering an understanding of the intellectual and artistic growth of elementary school children. In an immersive field experience, application of practical issues such as classroom management, budgeting, and community engagement are observed by the student, building an informed understanding of pedagogical practices needed for a professional career at the elementary school level. Successful completion of the field experience will be in accordance with the Colorado Performance Based Standards for Teachers and the Colorado Academic Standards: Visual Arts.

  
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    ARTE 4303 - Field Experience: Art Education Secondary



    Credits: 1

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601, EDS 3130, and EDS 3150 with "C-" or better in each; EDS 3140; or permission of department

    Corequisite(s): ARTE 4203 or permission of department

    Description: This field experience course, taken concurrently with ART 4203 Secondary Art Education: Curriculum and Instruction, provides students with the opportunity to put into practice educational theories and teaching methodologies used by art teachers at the middle school and high school level. During the fifty-hour field experience, pre-service art education students work directly with a mentor teacher in the classroom, thereby fostering an understanding of the intellectual and artistic growth of children at the secondary level. In an immersive field experience, application of practical issues such as classroom management, budgeting, and community engagement are observed by the student, building an informed understanding of pedagogical practices needed for a professional career at the secondary school level. Successful completion of the field experience is in accordance with the Colorado Performance Based Standards for Teachers and the Colorado Academic Standards: Visual Arts.

  
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    ARTE 4701 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Art Education K-12



    Credits: 12

    Prerequisite(s): ART 4701, ARTE 4202, and ARTE 4203 with "C-" or better in each; ARTE 4302 and ARTE 4303; and permission of department

    Description: This course is a supervised, full-time, sixteen-week, student teaching experience in an accredited public or private elementary and secondary school. Providing increasing responsibility for the instruction, assessment, and supervision of an identified group of learners, K-12 grade levels. Regularly scheduled observations at both eight-week placements, and ten hours of seminar conducted by an appointed college supervisor are part of the student teaching requirement. Teacher candidates must complete a Teacher Work Sample and be rated as proficient in all Performance Based Standards for Colorado teachers to receive MSU Denver's recommendation for licensure.

  
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    ARTE 4715 - Professional Practicum in Art Education



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601 with "C-" or better and permission of department

    Description: This elective course addresses the needs of individual, advanced, senior-level students completing the Art Education concentration who want to pursue a focused study of a pedagogical problem. Students reflect upon their prior learning in art education and their studio art concentrations, identifying the interdisciplinary learning connections that they have made through courses that have influenced their professional knowledge in the field of teaching. Evidence of these influential learning connections is documented and presented in a professional portfolio. Students plan, instruct and assess a one-week studio workshop for students in grades K-12.

  
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    ARTE 4850 - Directed Studies for Art Educators



    Credits: 1-4

    Prerequisite(s): ARTE 3601 with "C-" or better; and permission of department

    Description: This course is an interdisciplinary studio art class that addresses the need for art education students and K-12 Art Licensure candidates to link their professional practice as artists with their practice as educators. Students will create a portfolio of work that is conceptually driven, and seek out a variety of materials that will best express their vision. Students will be responsible for scheduling, preparing and presenting their portfolio of work in a professional format as a visiting artist in a K-12 art classroom.

    Note: This course is variable credit and may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours total credit.


Art History, Theory and Criticism

  
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    ARTH 1500 - Art and Visual Literacy



    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1009 or ENG 1010 or permission of department

    Description: This course is a general introduction to the tools and methods used to analyze and interpret works of art in a variety of contexts. Students learn how to effectively communicate how visual forms work in conjunction with cultural beliefs both in the past and present. Analytical tools appropriate to the disciplines of art criticism and art history, including the use of research, are used by the student to support interpretations. A variety of artistic traditions, including materials and techniques from across the globe and throughout time, are introduced so that students are prepared to identify and interpret historical and contemporary examples of visual art and design. By developing an awareness of the relationship between visual forms and the messages they convey, students increase their ability to respond critically to their own increasingly complex, visual environment.  This course is designed for the non-major and recommended for the General Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities.

    Note: This course is restricted to students who are not majoring in Art, Communication Design, or Art History, Theory and Criticism. Credit will be granted for only one prefix: ARTH or HON.

    General Studies: Arts and Humanities

    Guaranteed Transfer: GT-AH1

    Cross Listed Course(s): HON 1500
 

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