Fine Arts and Graphic Design Baccalaureate Programs
A student majoring in art may choose between two emphases, Fine Arts or Graphic Design. In both the goals are to provide the undergraduate student with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of art as an essential human activity, to enable a high skill level in a variety of medium, and to promote a level of personal insight and intellectualism so to become fully self assigning. The program aims to prepare students who wish to continue on to graduate programs or as professional artists, graphic designers, teachers, or in a related field.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Art offers the students a thorough foundation through applied course work. As applied proficiency is gained, a personal direction is encouraged and a conceptual foundation is developed.
Art courses are offered on both the Chalon and Doheny campuses with the purpose of enriching the liberal arts experience, expanding the General Studies offerings, and providing a comprehensive program for the major.
Courses Required for a B.A. Degree in Art
Lower Division Prerequisites:
Students are encouraged to take as many Art History courses as possible.
One course from the following:
Upper Division Required Courses for an Emphasis in Fine Arts:
ART 134 Sophomore Portfolio (3 units): All students are required to take this in their Sophomore year as well as students who are transferring into the program from another college and will be in their junior year. Please see your advisor if the course is not listed in the schedule.
Total units, emphasis in Fine Arts: 42-45
Students with an Emphasis in Fine Arts are encouraged to take a minimum of three semesters in at least one of the following mediums: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units.
Upper Division Required Courses for an Emphasis in Graphic Design:
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including Modern Language requirements.
Art Minor Requirements
A minimum of six courses (18 units) in Art:
Graphic Design Minor Requirements
A minimum of three courses (9 units) from the following:
Art History Minor Requirements
A minimum of six courses (18 units) including 12 units of Art History, design I and any other applied course:
Total units in Art: 18
Creative Advertising Minor Requirements
Minor in Creative Advertising (24 units)
Students may choose an advisor in any one of the three departments; Art, Business, Film-Media Communications.
Note about prerequisites:
Art: Students taking ART 130, 131 or 132 must first complete ART 2 (Design 1) which is a GE course, and ART 15. All Art courses have a lab fee, please see current catalog for details.
Film: Students taking FLM 139 must complete or concurrently enroll in FLM 100 (1-unit), OR demonstrate competency in video editing with FCPX or Avid Media Composer.
Business: Students taking BUS 160, Principles of Marketing must complete the pre requisite of Business 4 first.
Fine Arts and Graphic Design Associate Programs
Mount St. Mary's College Associate in Arts program in Graphic Design and Media Communication will prepare the diligent student to start a career in a varied world of visual media. These include graphic design, publishing, film and television, and related careers from corporate to freelance. At the end of the two-year program, students will be prepared to present a portfolio based upon their choice of Graphic Design or Media Communication that will show competence in publishing, graphic production, visual communication including film, all with an emphasis in visual literacy. A strong foundation in design, competence with computer literacy, a continuous development of drawing skills and the understanding of mass media are central to the programs.
Graphic Design or Media Communication A.A. Degree Program
Students entering both programs are urged to work with an advisor to plan a two-year schedule to clearly understand the best sequencing of courses. Depending on date of entry to the program and students’ interests and goals, students entering the program in the second semester may need to attend summer school to complete the program.
Graphic Design A.A. Requirements
First Year Fall
Nine courses from the list below
* Graphic Arts Internship - transfer students from the A.A. program to the B.A. program are not required to take Graphic Arts Internship, Art 35.
Graphic Arts Internship may be taken either Fall and/or Spring of the second year.
In addition, General Studies requirements and electives totaling 60 semester units are needed for the degree.
Media Communication A.A. Requirements
Total of 39 – 42 units plus additional units sufficient to complete the A.A. degree. Note that many of the courses required in the major will also double count for the A.A. degree.
Graphic Arts Internship may be taken either Fall and/or Spring of the second year.
In addition, General Studies requirements and electives totaling 60 semester units are needed for the degree.
Art Course Descriptions
All ART courses below marked with * carry a $50 Laboratory Fee.
*ART 1 Drawing I (3)
Beginning drawing class for those just starting and for those who need to renew skills. Development of basic drawing skills. Emphasis on fundamentals of form, structure, and composition. Various black and white media are explored.
*ART 2 Design I (3)
An investigation of the elements and principles of design through specific visual problems. Color theories are explored and subsequent interaction of color is studied through application. GS-IIIA
*ART 3/103 Visual Thinking (3)
Exploring the use of visual imagery as a form of communication and problem solving. Right brain thinking and the creative process will be considered. Understanding the language of vision and developing skills pertaining to the use of these visual elements and principles of design will be emphasized. The course seeks to develop a broader sense of self and the potential for using visual thinking as an alternate mode of knowing. It complements analytical skills and is applicable to creative problem solving in all disciplines. GS-IIIA.
*ART 4 Painting I (3)
The development of skills relative to composition, color and other structural elements of painting. Primarily acrylic or oil paint will be used although various materials can be considered. Building a stretcher bar and stretching canvas will be included.
*ART 5 Fundamentals of Art (3)
Illustrated lecture through the use of slides and videos on the development of art forms from around the world. History from earliest time periods through contemporary life. Various modes of painting, sculpture, architecture, and crafts will be studied. A few of the classes will be devoted to a hands on exploration of some of these art forms. GS-IIIA,VI
ART 7/107 Experiences in the Visual Arts (3)
The aim of this course is to help students develop a greater aesthetic awareness through direct exposure to the visual arts. Emphasis on visits to artists, studios, museums, and galleries. GS-IIIA
ART 8 Digital Deluge (3)
This course will examine new forms in photography using the cell phone camera, digital point and shoot, digital SLR or film cameras. Emphasis will be on how these forms can limit and influence the creative output. Through a series of assignments the student will create a body of work to be portfolio ready upon completion of the class. This course is open to all students. Grad levels will be required to complete an additional assignment.
*ART 10 Photography I (3)
A laboratory and theory course that is concerned with a working understanding of a 35mm format camera, techniques of shooting, developing, and printing. Photo projects in this course will have an emphasis with issues dealing with contemporary society and social issues. This is a black and white course. The art department will loan 35mm cameras to students with a need.
*ART 11 Silkscreen/Printmaking I (3)
A laboratory course involving etching, monotype, relief printing processes and computer generated photo etching. Historical development and the aesthetic value of the print image will be considered. Creative experimentation with materials and technique is emphasized.
*ART 12 Ceramics I (3)
Beginning course with emphasis on gaining skills through manipulation and facility of the material clay. Students will be introduced to beginning techniques of hand-building including coil and slab construction with an emphasis toward the ability to create complex volumetric forms. Personal development of visual concepts through given projects will be encouraged.
*ART 15 Computer Graphics (3)
This course will introduce graphics programs of the Adobe Suite such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and In-Design while exploring a range of design issues. The computer will serve as a tool for learning and expressing ideas through visual means. This course is taught both on a PC and Mac platform. Art 2 recommended for Design fundamentals but not required.
*ART 17 Digital Black and White Photography (3)
An introductory studio and field course. Course will introduce the use of a Digital camera, RAW files, file management, and printing. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop in conjunction with Adobe Light Room or Bridge. Special Emphasis will be placed upon thematic image development.
*ART 22/122 Watercolor (1-3)
Beginning with line and wash, the student will be guided through the basic techniques and subjects most suitable to this extraordinary painting medium. Color mixing, value, glazes, brush techniques and wet into wet painting will be covered through a series of exercises and demonstrations. More advanced students will be encouraged to inventive uses of combined techniques and subject.
*ART 23/123 Introduction to Bookmaking (1-3)
This class will teach basic binding techniques as well as open possibilities for creating personal books with content. Students will be introduced to different structures while learning folding, cutting, stitching, adhesive, and non-adhesive binding techniques.
*ART 24 Wood (1-3)
This class will explore the nature of wood and how the material can be shaped and formed. Students will be introduced to techniques such as sawing, planing, joinery, and finish work with both hand and power tools.
ART 94/194 Study/Travel (1-6)
*ART 99 Special Experience (3)
An individually designed course combining field experience with studio projects. May be repeated for credit.
*ART 102 Design II (3)
This course further investigates the application of elements and principles of design. Included are graphic processes and techniques. Topics include an introduction to typography, layout, advanced color theory and an introduction to 3-D Design. Prerequisite: ART 2
ART 108 Digital Deluge (3)
This course will examine new forms in photography using the cell phone camera, digital point and shoot, digital SLR or film cameras. Emphasis will be on how these forms can limit and influence the creative output. Through a series of assignments the student will create a body of work to be portfolio ready upon completion of the class. This course is open to all students. Grad levels will be required to complete an additional assignment. Prerequisite: ART 15 or ART 10.
*ART 115 Computer Graphics II (3)
Advanced skill using the Adobe Suite main programs, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and In-Design for both print and the web. Emphasis will be on development of successful design concepts, combining text and images, along with solid production skills. Prerequisite: ART 15
*ART 116 Design for the World Wide Web (3)
*ART 130AB Graphic Communication (3,3)
The development of visual language for the purpose of communicating social, industrial and institutional concerns. Using pictogram, symbol, and logo design, students create visual identity for organizations, business, and personal concerns. Students learn the language of design as they develop the skills to communicate as a designer with a client and to put into visual language the needs of the client. A variety of techniques and graphic processes will be explored. Prerequisite: ART 2
*ART 131 Graphic Production (3)
Advanced studies in professional print production. Continued work in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Quark Xpress. Students will learn the inside and outside of what it takes to prepare files and successfully work with professional image setters and printers. Prerequisite: Art 15
ART 132 Package Design (3)
Through slide lectures, demonstrations, homework assignments, group collaborations, and project critiques students will learn about the many different aspects involved in creating package design for the market place. Such categories as layout and structural design, branding and positioning, package types, shelf issues, materials, comping, community friendly packaging and work flow case studies will be introduced and examined in great detail. Examples of packaging for different industries will be presented in class: Entertainment, food, beverage, toy, beauty, electronics, household and industrial products. Prerequisites: ART 15 or working knowledge of Illustrator. Those with knowledge of Illustrator but have not had ART 15 should see the Chair of the Department.
*ART 133AB Illustration (3,3)
The study of contemporary illustrators and their work for both content and style in publications and media. Emphasis is placed on developing skills applicable to illustrations and communicating your ideas with a convincing message and technique. Assignments may cover material such as CD covers, book jackets, stories or magazine articles. Prerequisites: ART 1 and ART 164.
ART 134 Sophomore Portfolio (3)
The goal of this course to begin the process of professional presentation. The course will emphasizes documentation of work through photographic means, presentation of the documents both in an electronic and non electronic format, resume building, production of a body of self assigned work, and artist statement.
ART 35/135 Graphic Art/Media Internship (1-3)
Development of skills in the graphic arts as used in contemporary electronic printing, or other modes of printing as interest dictates. Emphasis will be on design, layout, and copy production and the step-by-step preparation of artwork from design to press. Prerequisite: ART 2.
*ART 136 Visual Thinking II (3)
The further development of skills and understanding pertaining to the use of visual thinking as a method of creative problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual development, presentation and verbal analysis. The application of the visual elements and principles of all art will continue. Prerequisite: ART 3.
*ART 145 Arts and Crafts in the Classroom (1-3)
A variety of skills for the elementary and secondary grades to demonstrate arts or crafts activities to the group. Students become acquainted with classroom methods. They will use art education processes as a method to enhance reading, writing, arithmetic, and social studies. Students investigate problems such as group and individual motivation, self-motivation, and attitudes of self expression typical of different ages and temperaments.
*ART 146 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
An introduction into basic design vocabulary and concepts through the use of exciting use of basic materials to explore three-dimensional form and space. A variety of materials will be explored that are directly applicable to this exploration.
*ART 149 Sculpture I (3)
An introduction into basic sculpture processes and techniques. Emphasis on the creative development of three-dimensional form in space. A variety of materials, including industrial and alternative, will be explored.
*ART 150 ABC Photography II: Portraiture (3,3,3)
This is a fast-paced and focused course designed to explore various forms of portraiture. Weekly assignments will be given and critiqued. Classroom time will be focused on demonstration of the assignment and to presentation of work. One image for each assignment will be selected for print. Included in this course will be the use of natural light and limited use of artificial light. The goal is to provide students with a basic understanding of lighting the subject as the student builds their portfolio. Because of the nature of this course, a basic understanding of Photoshop is needed. The completion of Photography I or Computer Graphics I is required. Students will be provided with a digital camera but will need to provide their own memory card and flash drive. Prerequisite: ART 10 or ART 15.
*ART 151 ABC Silkscreen/Printmaking II (3,3,3)
Further development of printmaking skills including etching, computer/photo “image on” intaglio, and multiple plate color printing and monotype. Personal direction will be encouraged. Prerequisite: ART 11.
*ART 152 ABC Color Digital Photography (3,3,3)
A studio and field work course. Course will cover lighting, still life, and portrait photography. Color management and theory will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on development of concept based thematic body of work. Adobe Photoshop in conjunction with Lightroom and/ Bridge will be used. Prerequisite: Photography 1, Art 12.
ART 159 ABC Sculpture II (3,3,3)
Advanced problems which encourage conceptual development and technical control. Individual direction and choice of materials are encouraged. Prerequisite: ART 12.
*ART 162 ABC Ceramics II (3,3,3)
Development of personal vocabulary will be emphasized. Sequential addition of new skills coupled with refinement of existing skills. Emphasis will be on learning the potter’s wheel. Glaze formulation and kiln operation will be introduced. Individual direction through selective problems will be encouraged. Prerequisite: ART 12.
*ART 164 ABC Drawing II (Figure) (3,3,3)
Drawing from life in various media, preceded by introductory anatomical studies. The accurate and creative use of the figure in composition will be an objective of the course. Advanced students will concentrate on composition and individual development using the figure. Prerequisite: ART 1.
*ART 166 ABC Painting II (3,3,3)
Contemporary modes of painting will be explored and traditional approaches re-examined. Emphasis will be on the further development of skills and techniques. Various painting materials will be investigated. Individual problems in painting will be coordinated. Prerequisite: ART 4.
ART 170 History of Art: Ancient through Medieval (3)
Illustrated lecture. Art from the prehistorical period to 1400 A.D., including Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the late middle ages. Relationships of painting sculpture, and architecture to the social and cultural environment. GS-IIIA
ART 171 History of Art: Renaissance through Romanticism (3)
Illustrated lecture. The arts in Europe from 1400 to 1850. Study of major styles and artists including Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Delacroix, and their relationship to their culture. GS-IIIA
ART 172 History of Art: Modern World (3)
Illustrated lecture. Major art movements and personalities from 1850 to the present, including Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, the Mexican muralists, Abstract Expressionism, and current trends. Emphasis on the cultural trends which provide the visual and theoretical background of contemporary art. GS-IIIA
ART 173 Multiculturalism and the Visual Arts (3)
Illustrated lecture and discussion. A study of art from the diverse cultures which make up the pluralistic character of the United States. African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American art will be examined along with the contemporary social and cultural implications. GS-IIIA, VI
ART 174 History of Art: Women in Contemporary Art (3)
Illustrated lecture and discussion. An art history course that will include women as artists and the position of the female vis-à-vis the art world. A study of women in the arts considers the history of women artists in a social, political and economic context. This course can fulfill a Women’s Studies minor requirement. GS-IIIA
ART 175 Critical Theories in the Visual Arts: Seminar (3)
A systematic approach to art theory, criticism, and evaluation. Includes visits to museums, galleries, and exhibits. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: Major or minor in art.
ART 177 History and Criticism of Photography (3)
The course History and Criticism of Photography will present a visually oriented history of the development of photography from its inception in 1839 to contemporary practices; and it's success as an art form, a pastime, and a profession. The course will be facilitated with power point presentations, films, and portfolio reviews from visiting photographers. In addition, a visit to a local museum collection will be arranged. The course focus will be on the individual accomplishments and contributions of individuals in the areas of portraiture, documentary, landscape, and fine art photography. GS-IIIA
ART 178 The Arts and Myths of Mesoamerica (3)
Surveys art and visual culture of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and northern Central America: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, prior to the Spanish conquest. We address the dynamics between people in indigenous nations and settler states and patterns of cultural interchange. We analyze colonialism and its impact on cultural production. The class visits LACMA and will learn to identify major sites and monuments from the Olmecs to the Aztecs. GS-IIIA
ART 179 Mexican Art (3)
Survey of three periods of Mexican art including the Prehispanic period: the preclassic, classic and postclassic periods in Mesoamerica with an examination of the sites and works of the Olmecas, Teotihuacan, Toltecas, Zapotecas, Mayas, Aztecs and Tarascos. In the Baroque-colonial period emphasis is on the impact of artists from Europe on native artisans. In the contemporary period, emphasis is on the muralists and artists working today.
ART 180 Gallery Management (1-3)
Students will become familiar with the many daily routines of managing an art gallery, including reviewing artist portfolios, gallery maintenance, show installation, advertising, and designing flyers for upcoming art exhibits. May be repeated for credit.
*ART 90/190 Workshop (1-3)
Illustrated lecture through the use of slides and videos on the development of art forms from around the world. History from earliest time periods through contemporary life. Various modes of painting, sculpture, architecture, and crafts will be studied. A few of the classes will be devoted to a hands on exploration of some of these art forms. May be repeated for credit.
ART 191 Directed Readings (1-3)
ART 192 Special Studies in Art (1-3)
A series of courses designed to provide breadth to the course offerings within areas of art. May be repeated for credit.
ART 193 Senior Project and Exhibition (1.5-3)
Required for all graduating seniors majoring in Art and Graphic Design. Students develop and work on a producing body of work in conjunction with the conceptualization for the basis of the work. The course is organized as a critical studies course with discussions, readings, and critic as its main components. Prerequisite: Senior Art/Design majors.
ART 195 Internship (1-3)
ART 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.
*ART 199 Independent Study (1-3)
Advanced individual problems. May be repeated for credit.