Course Descriptions

ART 501: Art of Teaching and Curriculum Design
An interdisciplinary approach to research in curriculum design, motivation, classroom management, questioning, assessment, and art education beyond the school room walls.

ART 502: Learning in and through the Arts*
Through reading, writing, and discussion, issues such as age-appropriateness of teaching techniques and materials, behavioral modification, students with disabilities, cognition and knowing in the arts, and learning styles and theories are considered. Roles for the arts in education are debated.

* The PDE's Standards Aligned System (SAS) will provide insight into diagnostics and formative assessment.  This topic area will also provide three (3) credits toward meeting the PDE requirement for Level II conversion.

ART 503: Contemporary Issues in Art Education
Issues of Ethics, Diversity, Pedagogies, and Popular Culture will be the focus of this course.

ART 504: A Study of the History of Art Education
Histories, theories, policies, and philosophies.

ART 506: Visual Culture and Educational Technologies
This course provides the understanding needed for innovative integration of digital technologies in art making, viewing, and teaching.

ART 507: Art across the Curriculum
A study of the arts, arts curriculum development, and arts integration of the non-art educator.

ART 508: Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Art Classroom/Studio*
This course develops the understanding of giftedness and special needs and the pedagogy necessary to guide this group of students to success in the art studio.

* The PDE's Standards Aligned System (SAS) will provide insight into diagnostics and formative assessment.  This topic area will also provide three (3) credits toward meeting the PDE requirement for Level II conversion.

ART 509: Special Topics in Art Education
A seminar course investigating art education issues of special interest to a group of students.

ART 511: Graduate Studies in Computer Art
In-depth knowledge and use of digital techniques to create a body of work in the areas of digital imaging, book arts and digital media.

ART 520: Graduate Studies in Ceramics
Execution of a mature body of work using throwing, handbuilding, and sculptural techniques. In-depth investigation into firing and glazing techniques.

ART 525: Topics in Photographic Processes
In-depth study of selected photographic processes, both historical and contemporary, leading to the development of a significant, mature body of work.

ART 537: Grad Studies in Graphic Design
Execution of extensive original work in graphics and technology area with advanced technical proficiency.

ART 538: Topics in Textile Processes
Advanced studies focused on specific fiber arts and related processes to create a body of mature work.

ART 542: Topics in Printmaking
Study in Intaglio, Relief, Lithography, Monotype, or Serigraphy, with the possibility of combined-process printing. Development of a mature, cohesive, and technically accomplished body of prints over the course over the semester.

ART 562: Sculptural Processes
Execution with focus on use and practice of specific processes to create a body of work at an advanced level.

ART 571: Topics in Drawing
Strong emphasis on self-directed, self-generated, conceptually-sound imagery, research and critical analysis within traditional drawing media. Students are encouraged to pursue this focused personal vision through a combination of rigorous studio practice and instruction tailored to the student’s individual investigations. The ultimate goal is the development of a visually coherent and conceptually unified body of work.

ART 573: Topics in Painting
Strong emphasis on self-directed, self-generated, conceptually-sound imagery, research and critical analysis within the painting genre. Students are encouraged to pursue this focused personal vision through a combination of rigorous studio practice and instruction tailored to the student’s individual investigations. The ultimate goal is the development of visually coherent and conceptually unified body of work.

ARTH 550: Art History, Theory, and Criticism
This course examines the methods of interpretation and critical approaches available to the 21st-centuray art historian, from the traditional (formal and iconographic modes of analysis) to the modern and contemporary (semiotics, post-structuralism, gender studies, reception-oriented approaches, and multiculturalism). Processes and pedagogies of teaching art history for elementary and secondary students will be integral to the course.

ARTH 551: Modern and Postmodern Theory and Criticism in the Visual Arts
This course examines major artists and movements in art from 1900 to the present in Europe and America, placing them within a larger social and political context. Movements to be considered include Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Performance, Earthworks, Conceptual, Installation, Neo-Expressionism, and others.

ARTH 552: Topics in Theory and Criticism in Art History
A selected topic from a specific period in the history of art will be discussed, with emphasis on stylistic development, iconography, and context.

ART 580: Religion and Human Rights
A study of the interaction between spirituality and pedagogy in the public sector and how it impacts the student/teacher relationships in the arts. Further topics will include the creativity/spirituality link, the compassionate Christian art educator, among others. This course will be team taught by a religion professor and art education professor.

ART 582: Educational Psychology*
This course which provides advanced studies in educational psychology will give the student further insight in developmental theories and their pragmatic influence on teaching art. Cognitive and meta-cognitive theories as they impact learning in the arts and arts integration will be studied in-depth. Current research in these areas will be related to the application of educational psychology in art practice.

* The PDE's Standards Aligned System (SAS) will provide insight into diagnostics and formative assessment.  This topic area will also provide three (3) credits toward meeting the PDE requirement for Level II conversion.

ART 591: Independent Study (1-3)
This course allows students to intensively examine a particular topic in the field of art education. The focus of the independent study must reflect high academic quality, including but not limited to quality readings and intentional projects that align with clear learning objectives.  Specific content and methods of evaluation will be determined in conjunction with the instructor. A proposal approved by the Director of the Graduate Program in Art Education is a necessary prerequisite to registration.

ART 600: Research Topics
Students choosing to write a thesis will identify and design their research project in this course. Investigative research in primary findings will be essential. Research methods will be reviewed in order that students can select the best research methods for their study.

ART 601: Thesis
Following the development of a research topic in ART 600, students will enroll in ART 601 in order to complete their research and write the content of their thesis. The students will work closely with her/his advisor throughout this work and will present/defend the finished research to a committee of at least four art/art education professors.

ART 602: Graduate Exhibition Preparation
Proposal and execution of a mature body of work with focused subject matter working within a specific area of concentration in preparation for the Graduate Exhibition.

ART 603: Graduate Exhibition
Execution of a mature body of work with focused subject matter working with in specific area of concentration. Students must secure a professional gallery space for the exhibition of their work. Candidates for the course must have completed 9 credits of graduate studio.