Art and Design Courses

Art (ART) courses

  • ART 606 Historical Perspectives in Art Education

    The emphasis of this course will be to develop a series of papers directed at critical examinations of historical and current philosophical perspectives in Art Education. A variety of research methods are incorporated in the course and qualitative research is emphasized. The concluding component of the course is the development of a paper suitable for publication or presentation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ART 615 Contemporary Curriculum and Pedagogy in Art Education

    This course will emphasize pedagogical and curricular issues in Art Education designed to enhance professional skills. Students will investigate a variety of topics germane to personal teaching practices, including but not limited to: social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, and evaluative topics within particular cultural contextualization.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    321Spring
  • ART 619 Societal Influences in Art Education

    In this course, the emphasis will be placed on historical and contemporary cultural views of Native Americana in the Southwest. The curriculum will address, from primary sources, the studio processes that reflect Native American aesthetical, critical, historical, and cultural components. This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and pragmatic skills to enhance pedagogy. This course will emphasize visual research as a reciprocal aspect of studio production. Students will investigate the social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, and evaluative topics germane to teaching Southwest Native American cultural contextualization. This course will include an introduction to cultural issues, diversity, and related perspectives in education. Examination of individual differences in ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic area in the context of education and society. Development of skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to teaching and learning in varied settings with diverse learners required of all educators to be effective in a global society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    321Spring
  • ART 671 Islamic Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The art and architecture produced in the lands under the influence of the Islamic religion. May be taught concurrently with ART 471. Cannot receive credit for both ART 671 and ART 471.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 672 Medieval Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    Painting, sculpture, and architecture of Europe from the fourth century through the fourteenth century. The course emphasizes the development of a distinctly European art and culture. May be taught concurrently with ART 472. Cannot receive credit for both ART 672 and ART 472.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 675 Art of the Renaissance

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe from 1300-1575. May be taught concurrently with ART 475. Cannot receive credit for both ART 675 and ART 475.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 676 Women and Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The course examines women's roles and contributions in the history of art and culture.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 678 Baroque Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The major figures and developments in art and architecture from Mannerism through the Rococo in Italy and Northern Europe. May be taught concurrently with ART 478. Cannot receive credit for both ART 678 and ART 478.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 680 Modern Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    A study of the objects, artists, ideas, and movements which are a part of the modern and late modern tradition from the mid 19th Century through the period following the Second World War. May be taught concurrently with ART 480. Cannot receive credit for both ART 680 and ART 480.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • ART 684 Contemporary Art

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    This course will emphasize the issues raised during the transition to "Post-Modern" culture in the last decades of the 20th Century and the beginning years of the 21st Century. The approach and the assignments will employ theoretical and critical as well as historical thinking. May be taught concurrently with ART 484. Cannot receive credit for both ART 684 and ART 484.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 685 Art of Mesoamerica

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The art and architecture of Mesoamerica and the cultures that produced it. May be taught concurrently with ART 485. Cannot receive credit for both ART 685 and ART 485.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 686 Art of Africa

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The art and architecture of Africa and the cultures that produced it. May be taught concurrently with ART 486. Cannot receive credit for both ART 686 and ART 486.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 687 Art of the Americas

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    The art and architecture of North America, Central America, and South America and the cultures that produced it. May be taught concurrently with ART 487. Cannot receive credit for both ART 687 and ART 487.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 690 Art Studio Workshops for Art Educators

    Focused study in specific studio area, emphasis on upgrading skills and extending understanding of aesthetic and visual qualities. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours. May be taught concurrently with ART 590. Cannot receive credit for both ART 590 and ART 690.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    2-3Fall, Spring
  • ART 692 Art and Theory

    Prerequisite: 3 hours of art history at the undergraduate upper division level or graduate level and permission of instructor.

    This course will introduce students to a range of critical art theories from the late 19th Century through the 21st Century, addressing what has been thought and written about art from various perspectives. May be taught concurrently with ART 492. Cannot receive credit for both ART 692 and ART 492.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 698 Seminar in Art Education

    In-depth study of specific topics and/or interaction with leaders in the fields of aesthetics, art criticism, art history, art making, and art education. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours. May be taught concurrently with ART 598. Cannot receive credit for both ART 598 and ART 698.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Summer
  • ART 699 Exploratory Graduate Studio

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Students enrich their individual research by improving their current technical proficiencies and/or by implementing new artistic methods in an exploratory setting. In this studio, students add innovative approaches to their practice while accessing the skills of graduate faculty. May be repeated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Upon demand
  • ART 700 Historical Perspectives in Art Education

    A history of ideas in art education and the individuals who have made significant contributions to the field; overview of beliefs, values, and practices and the role of art and art education in society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ART 701 Directed Graduate Studio I

    Prerequisite: admission to the MFA in Visual Studies program and permission of instructor.

    Mentored graduate research in visual art/design in preparation for thesis development. Students work one-on-one with faculty who supervise their research through the development of theory, technique, and/or concepts. Course content to be determined by the student under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Fall, Spring
  • ART 702 Directed Graduate Studio II

    Prerequisite: ART 701 and permission of instructor.

    Continuation of ART 701. Mentored graduate research in visual art/design in preparation for thesis development. Students work one-on-one with faculty who supervise their research through the development of theory, technique, and/or concepts. Course content to be determined by student under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Fall, Spring
  • ART 703 Directed Graduate Studio III

    Prerequisite: ART 702 and permission of instructor.

    Continuation of ART 702. Mentored graduate research in visual art/design in preparation for thesis development. Students work one-on-one with faculty who supervise their research through the development of theory, technique, and/or concepts. Course content to be determined by student under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Fall, Spring
  • ART 704 Directed Graduate Studio IV

    Prerequisite: ART 703 and permission of instructor.

    Continuation of ART 703. Mentored graduate research in visual art/design in preparation for thesis development. Students work one-on-one with faculty who supervise their research through the development of theory, technique, and/or concepts. Course content to be determined by student under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Fall, Spring
  • ART 705 Interdisciplinary Graduate Critique

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Interdisciplinary graduate critique class that emphasizes the development of individual studio research. Students discuss and develop conceptual, technical, and aesthetic practices in an interdisciplinary critique forum that nurtures cross-disciplinary awareness and approaches. May be repeated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • ART 710 Professional Practices

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    A comprehensive study in theoretical and practical aspects of succeeding as a practicing artist or designer both inside and outside the academic setting. Students will survey the procedure and common practices expected of the artist or designer as a productive member of the professional community and educator in the field. This course should be taken before the Thesis course at the end of the student's graduate career.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • ART 720 Introducing Art Criticism/Aesthetics/Culture

    This course offers philosophical and critical inquiry focusing on aesthetic theories and art criticism as they apply to historical and contemporary settings. The course will provide an overview of the history of aesthetics in the Western and Non-Western tradition that will focus on the central questions of: defining beauty, evaluating the artistic object, determining what external factors are relevant to aesthetic judgments, and analyzing the inter-relationships between artist, audience, and artistic object. Some of the major topics in the course include various definitions of art, the nature of aesthetic experience, and the relationship between art and morality. This course also examines how the western conception of art and aesthetic experience can differ from that held by members of non-western cultures. The major topics to be considered are: philosophical foundations, mimetic theory, expressionistic theory, formalistic theory, pragmatic theory, relativist vs. objectivist theory, philosophical Foundations, art and politics, art and culture, art and religion, art and censorship.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Summer
  • ART 730 Art Processes for Special-Needs Populations

    This course examines the history of Special Education in the American public education system, as well as what it means to be a student with a special need today. This course is designed to provide an overview of the special education process while focusing on various types of learners with special needs, including children with disabilities, gifted learners, and children at risk. Topics include: legal requirements and laws, partnering with parents/families, topics on public laws relating to individuals with disabilities, categories of exceptionality, identification and intervention, collaboration, identification and assessment of children, inclusion, coordinating with various agencies and specialists, and planning, delivering, and documenting educational services. This course focuses on the legal, social and cultural implications of having students with special needs in school in America today. The current trend in American schools is the full inclusion of students with disabilities into the general education environment, making it the responsibility of the classroom teacher to effectively integrate all students into the classroom. This course aims to teach about the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that is developed for every student in special education, and how to use that as a teaching tool.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Spring
  • ART 740 Artistic Practices I

    In this course, the student will examine, develop, and enhance studio production, media manipulation, and technical proficiency. Personal and professional artistic development will include procedural, aesthetical, critical, historical, and cultural components. An exploration of the evolution and translation of visual and textual research into personal, thematic imagery will be the essential component of this course. To provide a broad base for experiential knowledge, this course will emphasize visual research as a reciprocal aspect of studio production. In this manner, critical and analytical responses to topics are designed to provide a catalyst for visual and textual reactions. Specifically, students will investigate social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, and evaluative topics germane to personal thematic development of imagery.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Summer
  • ART 745 Artistic Practices II

    This course offers strategies based on the growth of artistic expression, creative philosophies of and contemporary issues in visual arts. This course prepares students to create art through research on aesthetics and various processes. This course aims to examine, develop, and enhance studio production, media manipulation, and technical proficiency. Personal and professional artistic development will include procedural, aesthetical, critical, historical, and cultural components. An analytical reflection both in studio and in written form of the personal explorations (visual and textual research into personal, thematic imagery) will be the essential component of this course. This course will continue the personal, experiential knowledge, emphasizing visual research as a reciprocal aspect of studio production. Critical and analytical responses to personal topics provide a catalyst for visual and textual reactions. Students will continue to investigate personally relevant socio-cultural, philosophical, historical and contemporary imagery germane to personal thematic development.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Summer
  • ART 760 Contemporary Issues and Current Trends in Art Education

    Critical examination of current issues and theories concerning the teaching of art; analysis of relationships between historical purposes and current practice; interpretation and evaluation of recent research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • ART 761 Educational Research Methodology

    In this course, the student will examine current philosophical, curricular, and pedagogical issues in Art Education. Critical and analytical responses to topics are designed to provide a catalyst for visual and textual reactions. Specifically, students will investigate social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, managerial and evaluative topics germane to understanding art practices and contemporary research. Survey of research methods; research design and evaluation; problems of interpretation and application; and, development of a formal research proposal are major components of this course. In this course, assistance is given in the development of a research proposal that may become the basis for a Master's Thesis, either textual or visual or a combination. This will be determined during this course with advice from the Graduate Committee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ART 764 Thesis Preparation in Studio I

    The major goal of this course is to develop a prospectus that includes annotated references, a detailed outline for the thesis, and preliminary work on the written thesis or studio component. Through this course, graduate students should be able to advance their knowledge and experience in the studio through increasing levels of accomplishment. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore media and technique at higher levels of practice and creativity. The culminating research and creative experience for the MAE student is the written thesis preparation or studio practice. This research opportunity allows the graduate student to pursue focused investigation into a topic relative to their particular interests and needs. The studio/thesis combines visual and written research with the primary objective of creating a body of artwork supported by a written explication. Under the supervision of a graduate faculty member, graduate students in this course will develop a research problem and write a thesis statement. Some of the course topics are advanced compositional structures, integration of an increasingly large set of formal principles, emulation of historical styles, and approaches in various forms of art.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Fall
  • ART 765 Thesis Preparation in Studio II

    This course aims to assist students complete their exhibition catalogue that includes annotated references, a detailed outline for the studio component. This course will be split into two sections; preparation for the required MAE exhibition and advanced professional practices. However, the focus will center on the preparation for studio production. This class will be conducted in a lecture/seminar format. Students will have the opportunity for input about additional topics covered in this class. Guest speakers, hands-on workshops, class discussions and demonstrations will supplement lectures. The culminating research and creative experiences for the MAE student is the studio practice. This research opportunity allows the graduate student to pursue focused investigation into a topic relative to their particular interests and needs in studio art. The studio combines visual and written explanation with the primary objective of creating a body of artwork supported by a written explanation. Under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and graduate committee, graduate students will complete the body of work in studio. The instructor will formally review the studio component in the beginning stages with the responsibility of assessing the ideation, style, technique, and media that will best communicate the purpose of the artwork.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Spring
  • ART 766 Written Thesis Preparation I

    This course is a continuation of ART 761 wherein the students will continue to examine current philosophical, curricular, and pedagogical issues in Art Education. Critical and analytical responses to topics are designed to provide a catalyst for visual and textual reactions. Specifically, students will investigate social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, managerial and evaluative topics germane to understanding art practices and contemporary research. In this course, the development of the research proposal is required, which will become the Thesis. This will be determined during this course with advice from the Graduate Committee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Fall
  • ART 767 Written Thesis Preparation II

    Prerequisite: ART 766.

    This course is a continuation of ART 766 wherein the student will continue to examine current philosophical, curricular, and pedagogical issues in Art Education. Critical and analytical responses to topics are designed to provide a catalyst for thesis development. Specifically, students will investigate social, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, managerial and evaluative topics germane to understanding art practices and contemporary research. Use of selected research methods; research design and evaluation; interpretation and application; and development of the thesis are major components. Selection of the Graduate Committee is required in this course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Spring
  • ART 783 Practicum in Art Education and Educational Workshops

    Prerequisite: ART 360 and ART 366 and 30 hours of studio art.

    Observation and classroom teaching experiences; writing unit and lesson plans; classroom motivation, management and discipline; educational seminar workshops; and exhibition of K-12 student artworks.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    323Fall
  • ART 785 Independent Study

    Prerequisite: portfolio review of work in selected studio area.

    Independent work in one studio area, directed and critiqued by studio advisor. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    306Fall, Spring
  • ART 788 Exhibition Presentation

    Prerequisite: ART 765.

    This course provides a critical backdrop for graduate students working towards their final graduation requirements and preparation for professional practice. The MAE exhibition is considered a professionally installed exhibition and is similar to all other exhibits that are scheduled in a gallery setting in regard to deadlines, contractual agreements, and required support materials. It is required that students adhere to all deadlines and requirements in a responsible and professional manner. Students are expected to be fully prepared for all aspects of the exhibition including: completed artwork and required support materials; professional presentation of work; installation of their own work and help with overall exhibit layout; adherence to arranged gallery schedule for installation, take down, and needed gallery repairs. The successful completion of the MAE degree requires a professional installation and presentation of a graduate level thesis body of work in a formal public exhibition with an oral presentation, a fully researched exhibition catalogue in critical support of the work and a formal oral defense. This course consists of facilitated discussions; writings, readings, oral presentations, guided research, and other academic activities related to the MAE students' studio concentrations and final exit requirements. The class aims to help students deepen their relationship to their work, and to develop an ease with, and appetite for, theoretical discourse and critical dialogue to help sustain their practice in the long-term.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    312Summer
  • ART 789 Exhibition Presentation

    Prerequisite: ART 766.

    Concepts, theories, and methodologies presented throughout the graduate program (ART 761 Educational Research Methodology, ART 766 Written Thesis Preparation I, and ART 767 Written Thesis Preparation II) are placed within a framework and are organized philosophically and instructionally to assist students with the completion of the thesis. The preparation of the thesis is anchored in a set of beliefs that guide program development and instruction, which is primarily the role of reflective decision-making. The reflective and analytical aspect may include, but not be limited to: 1) finding clear and fruitful ways of characterizing; 2) careful, well-informed consideration of possibilities or alternatives for action; and 3) thoughtful assessment of choices made and implemented. Exhibition site will be determined in consultation with the instructor. Exhibition can be on-line or on-site. This course is structured to develop student knowledge, skills, dispositions, and personal attributes associated with successful art education practice. Competencies will focus on relevant knowledge, pedagogical and professional practice, and personal attributes. The components of this course reflect the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA), and The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), which provided topics germane to contemporary teaching, learning and assessing.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    321Summer
  • ART 794 Independent Study in Art History

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor (granted only in special circumstances).

    Individual projects and special problems in Art History. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • ART 795 Graduate Internship in Art History

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Student will complete various duties as assigned with art history-related organizations. These include local museums, galleries, and/or various resource-media collections. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • ART 797 Teaching Practicum

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    This course will address topics unique to university art and design faculty and professional practices in various fields teaching visual studies. Successful completion of this course is needed to participate in Missouri State University's Teaching Assistant Program or to become a Per Course (or adjunct) instructor while enrolled in the MFA program. Students will survey topics pertaining to effective university level instruction through the exploration of course development, organization and public communication skills. Topics such as how and why students learn, where to find teaching resources and how to refine a learning environment will be discussed through a variety of formats and activities in the class. A mentor/mentee program will also be a component of this course to allow students to shadow experienced professors and learn through observation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Fall
  • ART 798 Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Seminar exploration of current theoretical, formal, and conceptual problems in interdisciplinary approaches to visual art/design through discussion and critique. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Fall, Spring
  • ART 799 Graduate Studio Thesis

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Concentrated activity in the major field of study in preparation for the thesis exhibition/presentation. May be repeated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    6Fall, Spring