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Studio Art Courses

The following are overall descriptions of courses offered in Studio Art at U.Va.  For an up-to-date course schedule, please consult the University of Virginia’s Course Offering Directory available on-line or at the Registrar’s office.

New Media
Advanced Studio Coursework/Distinguished Major

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Drawing Courses

ARTS 1610 - (3) (S)
Introduction to Drawing I
Introduces the materials and techniques of drawing, provides training in the coordination of hand and eye, and encourages development of visual analysis. Emphasizes understanding form, space, light and composition.

ARTS 2620 - (3) (S)
Introduction to Drawing II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610.
 Continuation of ARTS 1610 with projects emphasizing on drawing skills and analytical thinking. The majority of assignments will be concept-based  to encourage students to develop individual visual language.

ARTS 2630, 2632 - (3) (S)
Life Drawing I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610.
 Creations of drawings of a living model in various media. Topics include artistic anatomy, figure and portrait drawing.

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Painting Courses

ARTS 2710, 2712 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Painting I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610, 2620.
 Introduction to basic oil painting techniques and materials emphasizing perception and color. Assignments are designed to assist the student  in understanding the creative process and interpreting the environment through a variety of subject matter expressed in painted images. Encourages individual stylistic development.

ARTS 3710, 3712 - (3) (S)
Intermediate Painting I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 2710, 2712.
 Exploration of contemporary painting materials, techniques, and concepts, as well as a continuation of basic oil painting processes. Assignments  are designed to assist the student in developing their perceptions and imagination and translating them into painted images. Direction is given to the formation of personal original painting styles.

ARTS 4710, 4712 - (3) (S)
Advanced Painting I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 3710 or 3712.
 The capstone of a three year study in painting. Continues the investigation of oil painting as an expressive medium and stresses the development  of students’ ability to conceive and execute a series of thematically  related paintings over the course of the semester. Painting professors and  course content  vary from semester to semester.

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Sculpture Courses

ARTS 2810, 2812 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Sculpture I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610, 2620.
Investigates the sculptural materials, processes, and methods through projects dealing with modeling, carving, fabricating, and casting. Examines traditional and contemporary concerns of sculpture through projects, demonstrations and by analyzing contemporary sculptures as well as the sculptures from our vast history. 

ARTS 3810, 3812 - (3) (S)
Prerequisite: ARTS 2810, 2812.
 Continuation of ARTS 2810, 2812 with greater emphasis on the special problems of the sculptural discipline and more emphasis on self directed problems.   More complex and unusual sculpture materials, techniques, procedures, and approaches are explored including welding and sewing, performance and installation.  

ARTS 4810, 4812 - (3) (S)
Advanced Sculpture I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 3810 or 3812.
 Continuation of the sculpture sequence with greater emphasis on developing a student’s unique and individual voice. Advanced projects in mold making, metal casting, and non-traditional sculpture materials are assigned. The creation of a one-person sculpture exhibition is required.  Problems dealing with personal approaches are balanced by community-centered works created by collaborative teams.  Course content varies from semester to semester and is geared toward student needs and desires.

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Printmaking Courses

ARTS 2670, 2672 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Printmaking I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610, 2620.
 Introduction to basic black and white etching techniques, basic black and white plate lithography, and techniques of stone lithography. Printmaking  professors and course content vary from semester to semester.

ARTS 3670, 3672 - (3) (S)
Intermediate Printmaking I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 2670, 2672.
 Includes relief printing, advanced lithography techniques, including color lithography, color etching, monotypes, and further  development  of black and white imagery. Printmaking professors and course content vary  from semester to semester.

ARTS 4670, 4672 - (3) (S)
Advanced Problems in Printmaking
Prerequisite: ARTS 3670 or 3672.
 Designed for students who have completed two or more semesters of study of a specific printmaking technique (woodcut, etching, or lithography)  and wish to continue their exploration of that technique.

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Photography Courses

In the Studio Art program at UVA, students concentrate on personal applications of photography as an artistic practice. Strong technique is emphasized as a means towards an expressive end. The introductory courses focus on film-based photography, with class-time divided among demonstrations, lectures on the history of photography, and critiques of student work. ARTS2110 is a black and white, darkroom-based course. ARTS2112 introduces color film and digital printing methods. A variety of assignments help students develop visual thinking and skills. The upper level photography classes introduce a range of advanced processes, including medium and large format cameras, alternative and non-silver printing and bookmaking. At the end of each course all photography students produce a portfolio of their best work from the semester. The addition of a summer session in Italy (ARTS2559) offers students the unique opportunity to study photography in a beautiful Tuscan hill town.

Throughout the year visiting artists and guest scholars contribute to the photography program through presentations and critiques. Each spring the advanced class travels to New York City to meet with artists and curators. In addition, classes take full advantage of the University’s Art Museum, which houses an extensive photography collection.

ARTS 2110
Introduction to Photography I
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610
Focuses on gaining a working understanding of black and white photo processes and, most importantly, opening up a dialogue about photography. In addition to assignments designed to help students understand the visual language of photography, we spend a great deal of time looking at examples from the historical and contemporary worlds of fine art. Readings range from art and philosophy to science. Students create a final portfolio from all the assignments given.

ARTS 2112
Prerequisite: ARTS 2110
Introduction to Photography II
Building off of 2110, this course offers an introduction to color photography, digital printing methods, and medium format cameras. Advanced skills are demonstrated and practiced with the goal of increasing the quality of the work. Further explorations into historical and contemporary art issues via presentations, visiting artists, and readings increase awareness. Students create a final portfolio from all the assignments given.

ARTS 2559
Special Topics in Photography
Offered irregularly in summer or study abroad This intensive topics course will focus on a single technical and aesthetic consideration for the entire class, for example pinhole cameras, non-silver printing or digital bookmaking, allowing students to master the technique in a four week session.

ARTS 3110
Intermediate Photography I
Prerequisite: ARTS 2112.
(Fall only) Expands technical possibilities available to students by introducing large format cameras. Class time involves evaluating work in progress, slide presentations (sometimes by students as research projects) or discussion of reading material. Students create a final portfolio from assignments. Cameras provided..

ARTS 3112
Intermediate Photography II
Prerequisite: ARTS 2112.
(Spring only) Explores intermediate-level photographic techniques and concepts. Specific course content varies according to faculty.

ARTS 4110
Advanced Photography I
Prerequisite: ARTS 3110.
(Fall only) Group study designed to assist students in preparing their required thesis exhibitions. Meets twice a week as a group to evaluate and discuss work in progress.

ARTS 4112
Advanced Photography II
Prerequisite: ARTS 3110.
(Spring only) Assists students in preparing their required thesis exhibitions. Meets twice a week as a group to evaluate and discuss work in progress. Students participate in class portfolio and acquire a print from each member of the class. One becomes part of the University collection. Graduating fourth-year students are expected to complete a quality slide portfolio, resume, and artist statement in conjunction with the thesis exhibition.

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New Media Courses

ARTS 2220, 2310
Intro to New Media
Prerequisite: Arts 1610, 2620
Project based introduction to tools and methods of digital media in the context of fine art.  The class encourages creative and sometimes unconventional approaches to the use of standard design and media production software, including Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.  Students should note that while they will build digital skills in the course, it is primarily an art class rather than a technical workshop.

ARTS 3220, 3222
Intermediate New Media
Prerequisite Arts 2220, 2222
Project based course delving deeper in to digital processes including experimental video, animation and sound, web based media and imaging for print.

ARTS 4220, 4222
Advanced New Media
Students will be encouraged to design and execute projects as individual development suggests.  Collaborative and long term projects may be explored as student interest dictates.

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Film Courses

ARTS 2310, 2312 - (4) (Y)
Installation and Performance Art I, II
Prerequisite: For ARTS 2310: ARTS 1610,2620 or permission of the instructor. For ARTS 2312: ARTS 1610,2620,2310 or permission of the instructor. This course introduces new art genres including installation, performance, and video documentation to the student's art practice. Includes contemporary Art History, theory, and the creation of art made with non-traditional materials, methods and formats.

ARTS 2370, 2372 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Film I, II
Prerequisite: For ARTS 2370: ARTS 1610,2620 or permission of the instructor. For ARTS 2372: ARTS 1610, 2620, 2370 or permission of the instructor. The course introduces experimental 16mm film production as a practice of visual art. These courses include technical, historical, and theoretical issues that apply to cinematography and its relationship to the traditional visual arts.

ARTS 3370, 3372 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate Film I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610, 2620, 2370, 2372 or instructor permission. Course continues the practice of 16mm experimental film production with an increased emphasis on audio and digital video motion picture making.  Student will complete assignments based on genres of experimental film making such as expressionism, naturalism, and realism.

ARTS 4370, 4372 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Film I, II
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610, 2620, 2370, 2372, 3370, 3372 or instructor permission. Course continues the practice of 16mm film or digital video experimental production with an emphasis on a completed piece for public screenings or exhibitions.

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Advanced Studio Coursework/Distinguished Major

ARTS 4900 - (1-4) (Y)
Advanced Project in Art
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.  Investigation and development of a consistent idea or theme in painting, sculpture, or the graphic arts. May be taken more than once under  the same course number(s) by students who are sufficiently advanced in studio work. This course is not intended to be used for major credit.

ARTS 4450, 4452 - (3) (Y)
Distinguished Major Project
Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Major Program. Intensive independent work using either sculpture, photography, printmaking, cinematography, or painting as the primary medium, culminating  in a coherent body of work under direction of a faculty member.


untitled photograph by William Wylie

Banner artwork Eric Schmidt, "Retreat"
Photo above top: William Wylie, untitled
Video above bottom: Michael Thurston, unititled, single channel video, 2006