Chair: Associate Professor Murphy
Assistant Professor: Amin
Assistant Professor of Practice and Interim Chair: Rosania-Harvie
Adjunct Faculty: Acerra, Adams, Brown, Ciganick, Colegrove, Galbiati, Hovencamp, Farinella, Kearns, Kilburg, Lycan, Myers, Rubinstein, Poster, To, Torok, Wynne,
The Moravian University Art Department cultivates a vibrant academic community committed to creative and critical thinking. Our faculty and students share a passion for art as a celebration of the mind’s imaginative and intellectual powers. Art is by nature an interdisciplinary and trans-cultural field that invites students to consider how art reflects and shapes society, politics, ethics, and culture. At Moravian University, art-making is a form of meaning-making that relies on invention, research, and an infinitely curious mind to construct new knowledge, foster self-expression, and explore visual communication. Students are given the opportunity to unleash their creativity through dynamic projects that embrace risk-taking, problem-solving, revision, and self-reflection.
Working at the forefront of new approaches to teaching, learning, and technology, the Art Department is grounded in strong traditional foundations. Our program lays the groundwork for students to integrate and appreciate art throughout their lives, encouraging leadership in their fields and within the global community. Under the mentorship of our outstanding faculty, our students are provided with a strong, personalized academic major, combined with innovative hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for community engagement and collaboration. The Art Department is committed to providing professional opportunities through our internships; in-house graphic design studio; student teaching; on- and off- campus student exhibitions; visiting guest lectures; study abroad experiences; student-run organizations; and participation in conferences, workshops and presentations.
Five concentrations or tracks are available: studio art, studio art with photography/media concentration, art history and criticism, art education, and graphic and interactive design. Foundational courses in studio art are the basis for all tracks. Working from observation, students learn technique while developing conceptual strategies. Students utilize a variety of traditional and digital media. Advanced students are eligible to apply for studio space to encourage sustained production of their work. A variety of classes in media-related arts including photography, video, website design, and printmaking are offered; the studio art photography/media concentration allows students to specialize in this area. The study of art history integrated into the studio experience is an essential element for creative and intellectual growth; students may also pursue the track in art history and criticism. Art education students take courses in art and education and complete 200 hours in the field prior to a full semester of student teaching in grades K-12, to earn a Pennsylvania Department of Education art teacher certification in Art Education, grades, PK-12. Art education courses encourage our students to support and challenge the cognitive, artistic, and social development of all learners. Studio majors create and develop a cohesive body of work that becomes their thesis, and exhibit their work on and off campus. Graphic and interactive design students pursue advanced coursework that focuses on professional creative work and complete an internship in their field.
The Major in Art
Moravian University offers programs in Studio Art; Studio Art, Photography-Media Concentration; Graphic and Interactive Design; Art History and Criticism; and Art Education.
The BA is available in all art programs (tracks), and the BFA is available in Studio Art, Photography-Media Concentration, or Graphic and Interactive Design. The BA in art consists of 10 to 13 course units in art, depending on the track, and the the BFA requires 17 course units in Art. In all tracks, the BFA and BA, utilize a common core of four courses that emphasize the historical traditions of art, introduce the elements of design and principles of composition, and develop skills in drawing and painting. These courses are: ART 113, 142, 170, and 180. The student then selects one of the art tracks:
- Studio Art. The studio art track is designed to help students cultivate a vibrant academic community committed to creative and critical thinking, while also preparing students for careers in the arts or continued graduate study.
- BA in Studio Art: This track consists of 13 course units and is built on the foundation of the four common-core courses listed above. In addition, ART 114, 229, 270, 280, 370, 371, 372, 375, and 380, are required.
- BFA in Studio Art: This track consists of 17 course units and is built on the foundation of the four common-core course units listed above. In addition, ART 114, 119 (or 159), 131, 229, 268, 270, 280, 370, 371, 372, 375, and 380, and one art elective as approved by the adviser, are required.
- Studio Art, Photography/Media concentration. This track is designed to help students cultivate a vibrant academic community committed to creative and critical thinking. It prepares students for careers in photography and the arts, including historic, darkroom and digital photography and video, and also serve as a foundation for graduate study.
- BA in Studio Art, Photography/Media concentration requires the same four common core courses, except substituting ART 114 for 113 (or taking ART 220 for the art history requirement). In addition, ART 167, 229, 268, 371, 372, 375, either 267 or 368, and two electives to be chosen from ART 131, 147, 220, 254, 265, 267, 354, 367, 368, 369, independent study, or internship, as approved by the adviser, are required.
- BFA in Studio Art: Photography/Media concentration requires the same four common core courses, except substituting ART 114 for 113. In addition, ART 131, 167, 220, 229, 265, 268, 346, 368, 371, 372, 375, and two electives to be chosen from ART 254, 267, 354, 367, 369, independent study, or internship, as approved by the adviser, are required.
- Art History and Criticism. This track is designed for students to pursue careers as art historians, critics, or curators in museums or galleries. It may also serve as a foundation for graduate study in art history. It consists of 10 course units and is built on the foundation of the four common-core courses listed above. In addition, ART 114, 218, 229, 310, and at least two additional art history courses (approved by the advisor) are required. Art History and Criticism Departmental Recommendations: Students of art history and criticism who plan to pursue graduate degrees in art history/museum studies are strongly recommended to pursue advanced study in a relevant foreign language (French, German, Spanish, etc.).Students who plan to pursue graduate studies should contact their advisor to plan additional courses for study.
- Art Education. This track is designed for students to receive certification in teaching art (PreK-12) and to pursue careers in art education. This track is built on the four common core courses lists above and as follows: ART 113, 114, 119, 131, 159, 160, 170, 180, 270, 280, 371, or 372 EDUC 100.2, 130, 160, 244, 250, 366.2, 369.2, 375-377, and 379.
- Graphic and Interactive Design. This track is committed to creative and critical thinking and is designed for students interested in careers in the field of design, including graphic, publication, interactive, marketing, or branding design, or as preparation for graduate study and teaching. Majors in Graphic and Interactive Design should consider taking courses, minoring, or double-majoring in Computer Science or Marketing.
- BA in Graphic and Interactive Design consists of 13 course units and is built on the foundation of the four common-core courses listed above. In addition, ART 131, 229, 230, 231, 268, 331, 346, 373 and 374 are required.
- BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design consists of 17 course units and is built on the foundation of the four common-core courses listed above. In addition, ART 131, 229, 230, 231, 236, 268, 331, 346, 356, 358, 373, 374, and 378 are required.
Majors in Graphic and Interactive Design should consider taking courses, minoring, or double-majoring in Computer Science or Marketing.
Also offered is the MAT (Masters of Art in Teaching) with teacher certification in art. Practicing (in-service) teachers can also earn their M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Art Education. Please see the Education Department section of the catalog for more information.
The Minor in Art
The minor in art consists of ART 113, 170, and three additional course units selected with the approval of the advisor. Two of the additional courses must be at the 200 or 300 level. A student may choose courses that emphasize studio art, graphic and interactive design, or art history and criticism. The art minor is available only to non-art majors. It is not possible to minor in art education. Those interested in adding an Art Education Certification should refer to the education courses in the Art Education section of the catalog and plan accordingly, please see the Art Education Coordinator for more information.
The Minor in Art History and Criticism
This program is designed for students outside the art department with an interest in art history. It includes ART 113, 114, 218, 229, and one additional course in art history at the 200-level or above. Certain special topics courses may count towards the minor. Consult with an advisor.
The Minor in Graphic Design and Interactive Design
This program is designed as a minor for students outside the art department with an interest in Graphic and Interactive Design. It includes ART 131, 142, 230, and 231; plus one additional course chosen from among ART 254, 268, 331, 346, and 374. Certain special topics courses may count towards the minor. Consult with an advisor.
The Minor in Photography
The minor in photography will consider the medium as a professional and academic discipline. Creativity, visual literacy, and communication skills will be stressed through practice and critical theory via strategies emphasizing interdisciplinary relationships among a broad range of curriculum and personal experience. The following 5 courses constitute the photography minor: ART 167, 268; one course in art history (ART 220, 114 or 229); and two additional courses in Photography or Media Arts: ART 131, 254, 265, 346, 354, 367, 368, 369, 381, or 386. Certain special topics courses may count towards the minor. Consult with an advisor. The photography minor is not available to students pursuing a major in art.
The Interdepartmental Major in Art
The Studio Art Set I of the interdepartmental major includes: ART 113, 142, 159, 170, and two additional courses that, with the six courses of Set II, are selected by the student with the approval of the advisor.
The Graphic and Interactive Design Set I of the interdepartmental major includes ART 131, 142, 170, 229, 230, and 231. One additional course should be chosen from ART 268, 331, 373, and 374. This course and those of Set II are selected by the student with the approval of the advisor.
The Art History and Criticism Set I of the interdepartmental major includes ART 113, 142, 170, and three additional art history courses that, with the six courses of Set II, are selected by the student with the approval of the advisor.
Through arts education, learners expand their thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The study of art education allows the future educator to help students understand new ways of thinking about the world around them through the study of Studio Habits and Visual Culture. Future Art Educators at Moravian learn to harness the power of art education to create a student-centered, creative, and collaborative atmosphere in their classrooms. They learn by example in the Art and Education classrooms at Moravian and through four years of field experience. We strive to support our future art educators as they discover themselves as teachers and begin to understand our changing educational systems and their prospective students. At Moravian, we hope to develop enthusiastic teachers who know the possibilities and opportunities within their communities. In the art education program, our students will learn to do the same for their future students.
A central component of the Moravian Art Education program is the ability to conceptualize and practice learner-centered lessons rooted in solid and authentic pedagogical approaches based on the PDE Visual Arts and Humanities Standards and National Core Art Standards. Courses in the program ensure that teacher candidates understand students’ diverse learning needs and build a firm belief and confidence that the arts can strengthen our educational system. In addition to four years of field experience, Moravian Art Education students also sustain a studio art practice to inform and enhance their future careers in Art Education.
The Art Education track is designed for students who are interested in Art Education (PreK-12) teaching certification. Students in this program take courses in art and education.
Required art courses include:
ART 113, 114, 119, 131, 142,159, 160, 170, 180, 270, 280, and 371 or 374.
Required Education courses include:
EDUC 100.2, 160, 230, 244, 250,366.2, 369.2, 375-377, and 379.
Please refer to the updated Undergraduate Art Education Advising Sheet for course sequencing.
Art Education Graduate Programs
Moravian University also offers a Masters of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) with PA Art Education PK-12 teaching certification and a Masters of Education (M.Ed.). Candidates may also earn their M.A.T. or M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Art Education, with our without certification.
Additionally, teachers currently working in the field may earn a PA teaching certification while on the job through the Teacher Intern Certification program. Teachers in this program take courses and earn intern hours in their current teaching position, with the support of a Moravian University supervisor. Please see the Education Department section of the course catalog for more information.
Courses Related to Field Trips
In art history and some studio art courses, students are required to take a course-related field trip. Trip costs are not included in tuition or lab fees. The cost of the field trips may fluctuate depending on destination and transportation costs. The cost of field trips can range from $50 to $175. Students will be notified when payment is due with a payment link. The payment must be made using a debit or credit card.
Art students are required to attend lectures and workshops by visiting artists. Art students are strongly encouraged to participate in exhibition opportunities and arts events on campus and in the community.
Gallery space is designated for exhibitions by students.
All art majors in graphic and interactive design; studio art; studio art, photo- media concentration; and art education must participate in a review of their art work during the spring term of the sophomore year. The review is optional for art history majors.
Transfer students (as determined by their advisor), students who declare their major late, who may be studying abroad, and students in other unique situations, will be scheduled for a review as soon as they are ready. Students who do not pass the initial review, as determined by the art faculty, will be required to repeat it in the following semester.
Lab fees are required for some art classes and are charged to the student account, including ART 119, 125, 131, 146.2, 147, 155, 159, 160, 167, 230, 231, 254, 265, 267, 268, 270, 280, 331, 346, 367, 368, 369, 370, 373, 374, 380. Lab fees cover usage of the lab and lab supplies, such as photographic chemicals, clay, printmaking supplies, models, computer software, hardware, and printing costs. In courses that utilize the color printers in the graphic and interactive design lab, a portion of the lab fee goes toward color printing costs.
Art Kit Fees
Kit fees are required for some studio art classes, including ART 142, 170, 180. Kit fees cover the costs for an art supply kit that includes materials relevant for the course (paper, markers, paint, brushes, etc.). Kit fees are billed to each student's account. Art Kit fees are only refundable if students drop the course and return all of the supplies included in the kit and the supplies are unused.
Courses in Art History
Note: All courses in art history meet for a minimum of 140 minutes a week.
ART 113. Art History Survey: Caves to Cathedrals. Basic problems of the development of Western art are considered in terms of major civilizations and epochs that produced them, from ancient times to the Renaissance. Introduces non-Western art such as African, Asian, Islamic, Judaic, aboriginal (art of Australia and New Zealand), and/or art of the Americas. Fall. (M6)
ART 114. Art History Survey: Renaissance to Abstraction. Major movements in Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Spring. (M6)
ART 212. Artists as Activists. How do artists, graphic and interactive designers, writers and performing artists raise questions and advocate social change? Global examples of visual culture will include propaganda, graphic, design, film music video, and theatre. Relationships between art, images, mass media, and acts of conscience will be evaluated using ethical/philosophical frameworks and formal and contextual analysis. Discussion will include historical, social, and political context of art, its method of production and distribution, and its inherent privileges or risks. Prerequisite: Junior or senior class standing. (U2)
ART 218. Art of the Renaissance. Development and growth of art in Italy and northern Europe, 14th-16th centuries. Prerequisite: ART 113, ART 114, or permission of instructor. Fall, alternate years. (M6)
ART 220. History of Photography. This course explores the social, cultural, political, scientific, and artistic contexts surrounding the history of photography, from its invention to the present day. The course will emphasize how the medium has influenced the way we interpret images and the impact that photography has had on visual culture. Through discussions, readings, hands-on activities, and museum visits, students will become familiar with photography's rich and diverse history. (M6)
ART 222. African Art. (also AFST 222) Students will develop an aesthetic and cultural overview of African art, from prehistory to the present day. Sculpture is the primary medium studied in the course, but textiles, painting, artisanal works and architecture are also included. Students will consider how religion and cultural influences affect the development of regional and national styles. The influence of the African diaspora on art in Europe, Latin America, and the United States will be considered. Students will acquire the critical vocabulary required to analyze and interpret African art, and apply it in both discussion and writing. (M5)
ART 226. Art of the 19th Century. Development of art from neoclassical and romantic periods through the post-impressionists. Prerequisite: ART 113 or ART 114. Alternate years.
ART 229. WI: Modern Art. Development of European and American art from the post-impressionists (1890s) to Pop Art (1960s). Prerequisite: ART 113 or ART 114. Writing-intensive.
ART 310. Art History Methodology: Criticism, Theory and Practice. What is it you want to know about a work of art? The questions you ask and how you go about finding the answers lead straight to the issue of methodology. This course's goal is to understand the development of the discipline of art history and its theoretical underpinnings. It will survey the major art historians, the questions they asked, and the answers they proposed. Additional topics include connoisseurship and contemporary exhibit practices. Prerequisites: ART 113 and ART 114. Alternate years.
ART 190-199, 290-299, 390-399. Special Topics.
ART 286, 381-384. Independent Study.
ART 288, 386-388. Internship.
ART 400-401. Honors.
Courses in Studio Art and Graphic and Interactive Design
Note: All studio courses in studio art, studio art-photo/media concentration, and graphic and interactive design meet for two 150-minute periods a week or as a five-hour seminar once a week.
ART 142, ART 170 and ART 180 are offered as foundational studio art courses; they are required for art majors, but are also open to non-majors without prerequisites. ART 119 is required in the Art Education track, but also open to other art majors and non-majors without prerequisites. ART 119, 147, 167, 170, 180, and 268 meet the M6 LinC rubric. It is suggested that Art majors in the graphic and interactive design, studio art-photo/media concentration, and art education tracks take ART 142 and ART 170 in the fall term of their first year, and ART 180 in the spring term of the first year. Art majors in the art history and criticism track should take ART 170 in the fall term of the first year and ART 142 in the spring term of the first year. Art Education students should refer to the Art Education section of this catalog for more information on course sequencing.
ART 119. Art Processes & Structures: Material Investigations. Students in this introductory, process-based studio art course work with 2D and 3D art making tools and materials such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, metals, and fibers (and other materials determined by student and instructor interest), to question and discover the visual language in works of art. Students will develop cross-disciplinary skills such as effective communication of ideas, problem solving, critical thinking, reflection, recording observations, working with materials, and forming meaning and metaphor. No prerequisites. (M6)
ART 125. Art in Public Places. Public space is produced by imagination. How we think of a space and how we direct action to it is how a space becomes public. This course will examine the role of art in public places and introduce students to the professional practice of making site-specific art. We will examine significant public artworks from around the world and make site visits to noteworthy public works in the Lehigh Valley area. Students will gain the skills to create a public work of art while considering a variety of media, taking an interdisciplinary approach, and working collaboratively. No prerequisites. (M6)
ART 131. Introduction to Graphic Design. Foundation skills in the formal and conceptual principles of graphic design: concept, composition, legibility, language, typography. Projects develop visual literacy and skills in text, drawing, and image production using the Macintosh computer as primary design tool. Critical thinking is stressed through analysis of content and its most effective form of visual presentation. Prerequisite: ART 142 or permission of instructor.
ART 142. Visual Foundations: Composition, Color and Design. A guided investigation of basic concepts and techniques of visual organization, addressing theory and application of two-dimensional design and color using various concepts, media, and techniques. Weekly projects develop students' awareness of formal elements of composition and interrelationships between form and content. Utilizing fundamental design principles, including line, shape, color, value, space, balance, proportion, and scale, students learn and use appropriate vocabulary to verbalize their creative process and critical thinking. Learning to analyze one's own work and the work of others is as important a skill as making the work. No prerequisites.
ART 146.2. Printmaking and Book Arts. This half-unit course introduces materials, tools, and procedures of printmaking and may include linocut, woodcut, intaglio, solarplate, and paper-making. Final project may include a book designed, produced, and bound by the student. No prerequisites.
ART 147. Screen Printing. For beginning through advanced students, this course addresses concepts of design; elements of color, motif, pattern, and repetition; and techniques of stencils, open-screen color, drawing methods, photo emulsion, and C.M.Y.K. registration and printing. Field trip to observe state-of-the-art commercial screen printing operations. Emphasis on student projects, student presentations, and instructor-led formal critiques. No prior printmaking experience necessary. (M6)
ART 155. Communicating with Social Media. An entry-level course where students will explore the history and role of social media in public relations, marketing, advertising and other related fields. Students will develop knowledge and skills relevant to digital communication with a focus on social media marketing. Students will investigate professional, theoretical, cultural and societal aspects of social media while gaining tactical skills to produce digital content for a semester-long social media campaign project.
ART 159. Design: Three-Dimensional. In-depth investigation of basic forms involving a variety of multidimensional media. Recommended foundation course for sculpture.
ART 160. Ceramics. This course introduces the fundamentals of ceramic art—including hand-built and wheel techniques—applied to tiles, objects, and vessels, and methods of glazing. The history and use of ceramics will be discussed. The basics of operating a ceramics classroom are included: loading, unloading, firing and maintaining electric kilns, including low-fire and high-fire; purchasing clay, glazes and other supplies; health and safety concerns.
ART 167. Black & White Photography 1. This basic course covers the fundamentals of black and white photography through a hands-on approach to the use of the 35 mm camera, light meter, film development, wet darkroom printing, and the final presentation of photographs. (M6)
ART 170. Drawing 1. Skills and critical understanding of the fundamentals of drawing: composition, perspective, value, and balance, developed through rendering the observed world. Students engage in the pictorial issues of drawing, especially the relation of subject and context. These fundamentals are taught in context with a pictorial language, rather than elements of abstract design. (M6)
ART 180. Painting 1. This course introduces students to classical and contemporary painting techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Painting in this course is primarily observation based, working from still-life, landscape, and models. Exploration of technical and formal aspects of painting including value, color and temperature relationships, color mixing, brush and paint handling while compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will be emphasized. As the semester progresses, there is a growing emphasis on content and meaning, experimentation and the development of personal aesthetics through idea-based prompts. We will study and research major painting styles and movements in historical context. Hands-on learning, demonstrations, lectures, group and individual critiques will be given throughout the course. Water-miscible oil paint will be the primary medium for this class. (M6)
ART 230. Typography and Information Design. What language is to writing, typography is to graphic and interactive design. Today's designers, who work primarily in digital media, create messages that are both "virtual" (time-based and in perpetual motion) and fixed in place by ink on paper. This course explores how typography shapes content. Designing with letters, words, and texts develops legibility, emphasis, hierarchy of meaning, personal expression, and appropriateness. Students will learn the principles of clear, strong, effective design using current design applications and technology. Projects will explore design as rhetoric, information, and expression. Prerequisite: ART 131.
ART 231. Publication Design. Design of magazines, books, and brochures requires collaboration between writers, editors, and designers. Students learn to analyze and organize written and visual narratives. Research, planning, editing, and computer skills are developed and combined with clear and appropriate design vocabulary. Macintosh platform utilizing InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Prerequisite: ART 230 or permission of the instructor.
ART 236. Graphic Design History. This course is an overview of the history of visual communication with an emphasis on graphic design. The history of writing systems and images, and their interaction, will be explored in order to develop a better understanding of communication. Letterforms and design thinking will be studied from the development of the printed page to the present, with particular emphasis on the past century of design. Slide lectures and readings on graphic design history and theory will focus on grounding design in cultural and historical context. History-based design projects will be included. Prerequisite: ART 131.
ART 245. Printmaking 1. Introduction to traditional and innovative techniques and ideas in relief, silk-screen, etching, mixed media. Prerequisite: ART 170 or permission of instructor.
ART 254. Digital Video. Focuses on the study of moving imagery and its use as an artistic tool for creative expression and social inquiry. Starting with problem solving and idea generation, students move into the traditional language of film, and the theories, disciplines, and procedures used to plan and produce works in video. Through classroom lectures, demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on experience, students learn the basic technical and operational skills involved in video making as well as creative strategies for producing their own individual works.
ART 259. Sculpture. Problems of various aspects of sculptural form in a wide range of media. Prerequisite: ART 159 or permission of instructor. Offered as individualized study with permission of instructor.
ART 265. Alternative Photographic Processes. Without the tools traditionally used to fix an image, how might we visually record our lives? This course begins with that question as a premise for photographic thinking into the 21st Century. Students will engage in an exploratory image-making practice that is at once steeped in the origins of photographic seeing and married to increasingly urgent concerns about sustainability in artmaking and environmentally conscious image-making processes. The course encourages a deep appreciation for natural materials fostered by research and rich experimentation. Freed from the strict handling and disposal procedures of a traditional analogue photography course, students will create a rich hybrid language that celebrates photographic history, incorporates technology-based tools, and fosters materials-based experimentation and play. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing. (U1)
ART 267. Black & White Photography 2. This course will introduce advanced darkroom and camera techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of a personal point of view. Historic precedents and contemporary examples will be explored as well as issues pertaining to form, content and craftsmanship. Prerequisite: ART 167.
ART 268. Digital Photography. A critical seminar for the production and study of digital image making. Students learn the basic technical and operational skills involved in creating photographic work electronically. Discussions and readings investigate issues pertaining to art and media culture, as well as similarities and differences between the objective nature of traditional photography and the inherent subjective quality of digital imagery. The class will build a critical, theoretical, and artistic framework to help students develop their own unique vision in the context of digital art making. Students are required to use either a dSLR or a mirrorless digital camera with manual controls and the ability to shoot RAW in order to take this course. (M6)
ART 270. Drawing 2. Development of composition through a wide range of techniques and media. Prerequisite: Art 170 or permission of instructor.
ART 280. Painting 2. This course emphasizes formal development and critical dialogue and will focus on technical assignments intended to increase one’s ability to manipulate paint. Concentration is heavily located in representational exercises intended to advance skills while developing a more assertive conceptual approach. Emphasis is placed on contour, gesture, value and volume coupled with the accuracy of rendering illusionistic space. Assignments are seen in the context of both classical and contemporary artists who are investigating related conceptual and technical terrain. Different approaches to image making are explored to develop unique bodies of work. Prerequisite: ART 180.
ART 331. Graphic and Interactive Design Practice. Students refine visual and problem-solving skills in design through research and writing, using text- and image-based design programs. Projects may include identity design, résumé writing, and/or the creation of a robust social media presence. The business of design will be discussed with a focus on building design management skills including Art Direction, Project Management, and Account Management. Prerequisite: ART 231.
ART 346. Interactive Design. Introduction to the principles of website design, creation, and implementation. Creation and preparation of web graphics, design and critiques of websites, blogging and website development. Advanced work in image creation and manipulation. Comprehensive introduction and use of HTML/CSS development. Prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 268, or permission of instructor.
ART 348. Animation for the Web. The purpose of this class is to give the student an overview of storytelling with motion to create animation for the web. Within this framework, the student will learn professional practices of motion graphic design, including the fundamentals of animation and programming for animation. Skills will be developed using major design applications, including Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks and/or AfterEffects.
ART 354. Digital Video 2. This course is intended to provide Intermediate students with the opportunity to further develop their work and clarify their individual "voices" in the context of video, film, and electronic media. Frequent workshops will expand upon the concepts and techniques covered in Video 1, covering areas such as special equipment, lighting, sound recording/mixing, advanced editing and special effects. Classes will be structured around group and individual critiques, screenings of works by prominent video makers and digital artists, technical demonstrations as needed, readings about the history and technology of video and electronic art, and presentations from students. Prerequisite: ART 254.
ART 358. UX-UI. User Experience and User Interface is a senior level seminar course, where students learn to use industry standard tools such as Sketch and Adobe XD to prototype, wireframe and then design solutions. Students will also put together a full suite of UX documentation for a digital product, from user personas and wireframes to interactive prototypes. This course will help students connect and convey how insights into customer behavior — from problems to solutions — can optimize any product or service. Prerequisite: ART 346. Senior class standing, advanced juniors with prerequisite by permission of adviser or instructor.
ART 367. Black & White Photography 3. This is primarily an advanced portfolio class for self-motivated students who are capable of working independently. Students will meet as a group and individually with the instructor to monitor the progress of each student’s work and participate in informal discussions regarding theory, practice and history. New work must be presented at each meeting. Prerequisite: ART 267 or permission of the instructor.
ART 368. Digital Photography 2. This course is intended to provide intermediate students with the opportunity to further develop their skills and individual voices in the context of digital photography and imaging. Treated as an experimental studio seminar for the production and study of digital image making, the course will expand upon the processes and techniques covered in ART 268. Advanced demonstrations and tutorials will be offered, and students will develop several small photographic series. Class examples, discussions, and readings will investigate issues pertaining to art, photography, and contemporary culture, providing a critical, theoretical, and artistic framework for students to develop their work. Along with several short in-class exercises, there will only be 5 projects scheduled for the semester so that students can explore ideas in-depth and gain experience creating small, coherent bodies of work. Students are required to use either a dSLR or a mirrorless digital camera with manual controls and the ability to shoot RAW in order to take this course. Prerequisite: ART 268.
ART 369. Digital Photography 3. This is an advanced course for self-motivated students who are capable of working independently. Drawing from the skills and techniques learned in Digital Photo 1 and 2, students will spend the semester building either one coherent series. Projects must be tailored to be presented in group exhibitions, online portfolio, end of the year senior exhibition, or in another format. Projects will be coupled with a research project and class presentation. Workshops and tutorials in lighting and advanced digital photo methods will be offered periodically throughout the semester as students work on their project. Class examples, discussions, and readings will investigate issues pertaining to art, photography, and contemporary culture, providing a critical, theoretical, and artistic framework for students to develop their work. Students will meet as a group and individually with the instructor to monitor the progress of their project and participate in informal discussions regarding theory, practice, and history. Samples of work in progress must be presented at each meeting. Prerequisite: ART 368.
ART 370. Advanced Studio: Material Explorations. This advanced course will strengthen conceptual, technical, and observational skills while developing a sophisticated understanding of two-dimensional composition. In addition, students will engage in a hands-on investigation of the material and physical aspects of drawing and painting, learning how to make and use various paints, supports, and grounds including oil paint, egg tempera, encaustic, watercolor, and gouache. Materials and techniques will be explored through contemporary conceptual and formal practices. Prerequisite: ART 270 or permission of the instructor.
ART 371. Advanced Studio Seminar. This advanced hands-on learning course delves deeply into the theory and practice of contemporary art through idea inception and studio process. Investigation into different working styles and strategies employed by a variety of contemporary artists in service of uncovering each students’ historical affinities, conceptual motivations and methods of making. This course will tackle theories that have developed during the past century, and the impact these concepts have had on current studio practices, criticism, and curatorial projects. Assigned coursework may include reading theoretical texts, short stories, examining film, pop culture, and current events along with papers, presentations and works of art. Spring.
ART 372. Studio Thesis. This course focuses on studio practice and thesis development. Classes are structured around individual and group critiques, readings, student presentations, and class discussions. The course objective is to build a critical and practical framework from which advanced students can develop their own unique vision through the art making process while preparing them for a professional life after college. Students will create a self-directed, studio practice and a strong cohesive body of work. Students will be required to have a solo exhibition during the course of the semester, prepare work for the end of the year Senior Thesis Exhibition, give an artist talk, and create a website. Prerequisites: ART 371 and senior standing, studio track. Fall.
ART 373. Graphic Design Internship. Qualified students work 12 hours per week at a graphic and interactive design studio, web design firm, publishing company, in-house design department, or advertising agency. In addition, regular seminars focus on portfolio development, ethical and professional standards, social media, web design, pre-press specifications, and printing. Prerequisite: ART 374.
ART 374. Portfolio Seminar. An advanced-level course for graphic and interactive design students to prepare them for job searches and the professional environment. The primary focus of this class is direction on creating and writing a body of work organized into a professional portfolio. Students develop expertise, self-direction, and accountability. Prior design work is assessed and revised to meet professional portfolio standards. In addition to assembling a professional portfolio website, book and social media presence, students gain practice in job interviewing, resume preparation, and purposeful job searching. Prerequisites: ART 231.
ART 375. Professional Practices. Professional Practices is one of the two capstone experiences for studio art majors at Moravian; the other is ART 372, Studio Thesis, which should be taken simultaneously. Professional Practices prepares students for the business aspects of a career in the fine arts, while Studio Thesis focuses on studio practice and thesis development. Classes will be structured around visiting artist/special guest presentations, technical demonstrations, readings, student presentations, a fieldwork experience, and class discussions. The course objective is to prepare studio art majors for a professional life after college. This course will cover professional practices in the fine art world as appropriate to an emerging artist. Topics will include documenting artwork, artist statements, resumes, jobs, financial planning and fundraising, exhibition opportunities, promotional material, networking, and other opportunities and tools that can support working in the field of art. Outside weekly reading is an essential component to this portion of the course, which provides a platform for discussion on issues pertaining to professional practice and the contemporary art world. Fall.
ART 378. Graphic and Interactive Design Thesis. This capstone course will utilize investigation, writing, research and design to create a cohesive, themed body of graphic or interactive design work and an accompanying paper. Students will be expected to offer a presentation on this comprehensive thesis project, which will be included in the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 374. Senior status, Graphic and Interactive Design track.
ART 380. Advanced Studio: Contemporary Figure. This advanced course will strengthen conceptual, technical, and observational skills while developing a sophisticated understanding of two-dimensional composition. Assignments will focus on an in-depth study of figurative structure, including skeletal and muscular anatomy, and how these structures affect the surface definition. Emphasis will be placed on contour, gesture, value, and volume coupled with the accuracy of rendering illusionistic space. The figure will be studied through contemporary conceptual and formal practices.Prerequisite: ART 270 or permission of the instructor.
ART 190-199, 290-299, 390-399. Special Topics.
ART 286, 381-384. Independent Study.
ART 288, 386-388. Internship.
ART 400-401. Honors.