Art & Art History

Architecture & Design Curriculum

Architecture and Design Studies (commonly called “pre-architecture” programs in other undergraduate colleges) is a minor which allows students to explore aspects of the design professions and to prepare for application to graduate programs in architecture or for graduate schools in several related design fields (e.g. landscape architecture, urban planning, interior design, industrial design, etc.). Students should major in any discipline which appeals to them.

  Three architecture studios introduce students to basics of programmatic design on a specific site, and basics of three-dimensional drawing and thinking (Studio I), design to modern structures (e.g. steel frame airport design project), and most unusually, historical design (designing a Neoclassical assembly hall or Gothic cathedral, with full consideration of actual structure!). Design courses introduce fundamental of design, with projects in table utensils, landscape architecture, furniture, etc. Students can take a history course in History of World Architecture, or Modern Architecture.

List of courses:
See academic catalog for full descriptions, beginning on page 40.

  • 70-000 PORTFOLIO REVIEW
  • 70-001 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-002 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-003 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-004 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-110 DRAWING LAB
  • 70-114 DRAWING I: BEGINNING
    A study of the nature of drawing as visual language with an emphasis upon descriptive rendering. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. A drawing placement exam is available for those with considerable drawing experience. See the department chair for details. Lab required. (FAP) .
  • 70-224 DRAWING II: INTERMEDIATE
    Figure drawing with an emphasis on the enduring historical and aesthetic significance of figurative art. Models will be provided for the study of proportion, structure and articulation of the human body as the formal means toward expressive drawing. Related topics will also be studied. Various media. Prerequisite: Art 70-114. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 70-234 DRAWING III: ADVANCED
    An advanced course in figure drawing and contemporary drawing. The course is an extension of the figurative concepts introduced in Drawing II with a greater emphasis on understanding the structure of the human body and the expressive potential of figure drawing. Other related topics are covered and may vary each semester. Prerequisite: Art 70-224. May be repeated with a change in content. Lab required.
  • 70-301 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-302 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-303 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-304 SPECIAL PROJECTS
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-314 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO I: INTRODUCTION TO
    Introduction to fundamentals of architectural drafting (drawing plans, sections, elevations, mechanical perspective, rendering, model building) and principles of design (design to a program, parti, formal systems), site analysis and presentation, and introduction to design with structure. Material is presented in terms of one long and one or two short projects. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 70-324 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO II: HISTORICAL
    Five three-week design projects designing with the formal vocabularies and structural systems of ancient Greek, French Neo-Classicism, Italian Baroque, Gothic, and early Frank Lloyd Wright. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans, sections and elevations. Lab required. (Spring, even years)
  • 70-334 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO III: MODERN
    Empirical introduction to design with modern structures with three projects in different media: poured in place concrete; steel frame and truss; tensile, or curtain wall skyscraper. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans and sections. Lab Required. (Spring, odd years)
  • 70-410 DESIGN/ARCHITECTURE LAB
  • 70-414 DESIGN
    An introduction to the history, theory and practice of design. This course deals with the analysis of visual perception directed toward understanding the expressive nature of creative design. The objective of this course is to encourage visual awareness and to promote the development of various skills necessary to visualize personal design concepts. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-510 DIGITAL IMAGING LAB
  • 70-524 DIGITAL ART: COMPUTER ANIMATION
    A studio art course that explores computer animation and modeling techniques as a form of visual expression. The history and theory of animation, varieties of narrative, visual animated expressions and types of animation software and 3D modeling software will be covered. Students will be required to produce an original short piece of animation work informed by theoretical study and showing evidence of artistic skill in using 3D modeling software to communicate a visual statement. Students are expected to take their project through research and script revisions to storyboard stage and into production. Critiques will be conducted during the semester offering the opportunity to present ideas, project development and work-in-progress for critical examination. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 70-610 PHOTOGRAPHY LAB
  • 70-614 PHOTOGRAPHY: FILM
    An introduction to the history, theory and basic processes of black and white film photography. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Single lens reflex camera with manual aperture required. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-624 PHOTOGRAPHY: DIGITAL
    A study of a variety of digital photographic techniques for both black and white and color. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Technical skills covered include refinement of exposure, post-image capture processing, compression and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop software and printing processes for the digital image. Digital single lens reflex camera required (see instructor for list of approved cameras). Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-710 PRINTMAKING LAB
  • 70-714 PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of intaglio printmaking (etching, aquatint, soft ground, drypoint). Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-724 PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of lithographic prints. Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Some work in woodcut may also be included in the course content at the instructors discretion. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-812 EXHIBITION PRACTICUM
    Professional practices and exhibition preparation, design, and execution are the topics in this course. It also serves as a practicum for BFA students mounting their exhibitions in the senior year. Work in gallery will be required at irregular hours. Open to juniors and seniors; repeatable with a change in content. (Fall and Spring)
  • 70-901 TUTORIAL
  • 70-902 TUTORIAL
  • 70-903 TUTORIAL
  • 70-904 TUTORIAL
  • 70-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-984 HONORS
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)
  • 70-988 HONORS
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
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    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
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