Visual Arts Program

Roymieco A. Carter, Program Director


The objectives of the Visual Arts Program are as follows:

  1. to provide through studio activities, a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary visual arts media, media processes, and media production;
  2. to provide an understanding of art history and contemporary issues of the visual arts;
  3. to maintain a course of study that effectively provides instruction in pedagogical methods and procedures, knowledge in the selection, preparation, and organization of teaching materials for students who seek certification as public school teachers in the visual arts;
  4. to encourage growth as a professional artist through studio production and critiques, student participation in competitive visual arts exhibitions, and through periodic review of portfolio development;
  5. to provide a gallery for promoting increased awareness of the African-American’s contributions to the visual arts and American culture, to foster a forum for the presentation, preservation, and exhibition of visual arts media, and to sponsor visual arts activities that provide opportunities for appreciation and cultural enlightenment in the University and surrounding communities.
  6. to provide direct access to visual arts technology through continued development and maintenance of a specialized computer laboratory with graphics stations and, thus, to provide alternatives to studies in traditional media with courses in computer-aided design, desk top publishing, and interactive media production.


Visual Arts, Design – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide)
Visual Arts, Visual Media (Graphic) Design – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide)
Art (Secondary Education) – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)


To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program in the Visual Arts Program, the student must first meet all admissions requirements of the University.


Students who elect to major in Visual Arts, Design are required to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours to meet graduation requirements. Students who elect to major in Visual Arts, Visual Media Design are required to complete a minimum of 127-128 semester credit hours to meet graduation requirements. Students majoring in Secondary Education (Art) must take a minimum of 125 semester credit hours to meet graduation requirements. In addition to passing the core requirements of the University, a minimum grade of “C” is required performance in all art studio and art lecture classes.

The Visual Arts Program requires students who elect a visual arts major to have a desire to develop skills necessary for achieving as artists. It is recommended that students have taken high school courses in art or have had other art instruction. The visual arts major consists of courses from foundation to advanced levels in art media and techniques. Majors are expected to begin developing their portfolios as freshmen and to have accumulated a substantial body of work by their senior year.

Students are expected to demonstrate growth and development consistent with courses taken in drawing, painting, design and aesthetics as they work towards graduating from the Visual Arts Program.

Students should be prepared to spend from $75 to $150 or more per year on supplies and materials for studio art classes.


Visual Arts, Design Major

Students interested in the Design major will take studio courses in drawing, design, color theory, computer graphic design, painting and art history.  The design degree requires 124 semester credit hours, 30 of which must be taken at the 200 level or above, with a grade average of “C” or above.

Visual Arts, Visual Media Design Major

Students interested in the Visual Media Design major will take studio courses in computer visual design, design drawing, advertising design, and motion arts. The visual media design degree requires 124 semester credit hours, 36 of which must be taken at the 200 level or above, with a grade average of “C” or above.

Secondary Education (Art) Major

Students who aspire to become teachers must enroll in the Secondary Education (Art) concentration. This major prepares prospective teachers for certified careers in a high-demand field. Students will take courses in art appreciation, art history and studio courses in painting, drawing, ceramics and computer graphic design. The teaching major requires 125 semester hours 33 of which should be at the 200 level or above, with a grade average of “C” or above.


Opportunities in the visual arts are more prolific and lucrative today than ever before for students. The visual arts world is experiencing rapid expansion in electronic imaging processes both for print production and the Internet. A new graphics language is in development and demands specialized technical training for today’s graphic design artist. Our mission is to provide the program and training that enable graduates to meet the demand for new standards in visual arts communications. To this end the visual arts major provides a rigorous curriculum centered on student portfolio development demonstrating skills in both traditional and new media.


ART 100. Basic Drawing and Composition Credit 3(0-6)
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of drawing as a mode of visual expression. Selected problems involving basic consideration of line, form, space and composition are presented for analysis and laboratory practice. (F;S;SS)

ART 118. Art History I (formerly ART 218) Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a chronological survey of the history of art focusing on the styles and functions of the visual arts of the world from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. (F;S)

ART 119. Art History II (formerly ART 219) Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a chronological survey of the history of art focusing on the styles and functions of the visual arts of the world from Renaissance to the Modern World. Prerequisites: ART 218. (F;S)

ART 124. Art Appreciation (formerly ART 224) Credit 3(3-0)
This course is an introduction to the study of visual art. Basic qualities of various forms of artistic expression are explained. Emphasis is placed on the application of art principles in every day life. (F;S;SS)

ART 125. An Introduction to the History of Art (formerly ART 225) Credit 2(2-0)
This is a general introduction to the history of art, beginning with an examination of ancient art in terms of extant monuments and culminating with the analysis and comparison of representative works of today. (F;S)

ART 136. Design I (formerly ART 226) Credit 3(0-6)
This is an introduction to visual design based upon an analysis of the aims, elements, principles, sources of design and their application in a variety of media. (F;S)

ART 137. Design II (formerly ART 227) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is a continuation of Art 226 with consideration given to three dimensional as well as two-dimensional problems. Students are encouraged in the experimental use of materials and are required to find individual and complete solutions to problems through various stages of research, planning, and presentation. Emphasis is placed on technical perfection and the development of professional attitudes. (S)

ART 205. Materials and Techniques (formerly ART 405) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is the study of the materials of the artist, supports, ground, vehicles, binders, and protective covering. Exploration of the possibilities of various techniques of picture construction as a point of departure for individual expression will also be included. (F)

ART 210. Lettering and Poster Design (formerly ART 101) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is a comprehensive study of the art of lettering. Projects involving the principles of layout, poster construction, and general advertising are required. (DEMAND)

ART 220. Graphic Presentation I Credit 2(0-4)
Exercises in various sketching techniques and media, including work with pencil, charcoal, crayon, and ink are included. Individual instruction is given using forms in nature and still life for art and architectural presentation. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (S)

ART 221. Graphic Presentation II Credit 2(0-4)
The theory of color mixture is studied. Individual instruction in the techniques of watercolor painting for architectural presentation and studies from nature and still life are included. Prerequisite: ART 220. (DEMAND)

ART 222. Watercolor Credit 3(0-6)
This course includes experimental exploration of all aqueous media: watercolor, casein, gouache; their possibilities and limitations. (S)

ART 228. Color Theory Credit 3(0-6)
Problems directed toward the understanding of color through creative experiment and application of color in visual organization are examined. Use of slides, filmstrips, and trips are included. (F;S;SS)

ART 229. Anatomy and Figure Drawing Credit 3(0-6)
This course is a study of the human figure with emphasis on anatomy, body structure and proportions, draped figures at rest and in action. Special emphasis is given to detailed studies, composition, and stylization. (S)

ART 230. Introduction to Graphic Arts (formerly ART 524) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is an introduction to printmaking processes. Production of prints in varied media: linoleum, woodcuts, dry point etchings, serigraphs, and lithographs will be studied. (F)

ART 245. Ceramics (formerly ART 401) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is an introduction to sculptural form with the use of clay modeling, basic plaster techniques, wood, and metal in relation to the production of sculpture. Sculpting, decorating, glazing, and firing are also included. Supplementary reading is required. (F;S)

ART 250. Design Drawing (formerly ART 300) Credit 3(0-6)
This course provides students access to the basics of conceptual image development for visual representation in the digital media realm, through the use of a vector-based, designated draw program and traditional ideation tools (i.e., pen, pencil, marker, paper, etc.). Students are asked to use the computer as drawing tool. Prerequisite: ART 226 or GCS 110. (F;S;SS)

ART 251. Visual Design I (formerly ART 301) Credit 3(0-6)
This course provides students access to the basics of visual design concepts, traditional methods and principles of good design within the digital arena through the use of images scanning, a digital image manipulation program (e.g., Photoshop), a designated digital layout program (e.g., InDesign), and digital prints. File preparation for commercial pre-press production is discussed. Prerequisite: ART 250. (F;S)

ART 260. Typography (formerly ART 453) Credit 3(0-6)
The focus of this course will be on lettering and typography as a medium of visual expression. It will also focus on type as image and the relationship between graphical and verbal language, the expressive characteristics of letterforms and text. Additionally, the terminology, typographic history, and technical issues related to lettering and typography will be discussed. Prerequisites: ART 301. (F;S)

ART 275. Renaissance Art (formerly ART 400) Credit 3(3-0)
The study of the Renaissance in Italy and in major regions of northern and western Europe from 1300 to 1600 is included. (F;S)

ART 302. Visual Design II Credit 3(0-6)
This course prompts the interaction between text and images which are the fundamental components of visual design. The course exposes students to contemporary design issues, visual design terminology, and history. The course also expands the student’s proficiency in all aspects of the design process, i.e., conceptualizing, critiques, the application of formal art elements and principles, creative brainstorming, and presentation. Prerequisite: ART 301. (F;S)

ART 306. Painting Techniques (formerly ART 406) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is a continuation of ART 405 with further work in projects that explore the esthetic opportunities and problems implicit in the use of varying media. Work in tempura, gouache, casein, polymers, and lacquers is required. (S)

ART 310. African-American Art Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of African-American art in Western art history from the colonial period to the present and its implications for today’s art student. (F)

ART 315. Basic Sculpture (formerly ART 402) Credit 3(0-6)
This course is an introduction to sculptural form with the use of clay modeling, basic plaster techniques, wood, and metal in relation to the production of sculpture. (S)

ART 325. Design and Typography (formerly ART 460) Credit 3(0-6)
This is an advanced design course, which addresses practical problems relevant to contemporary visual design and the art of typography. The emphasis is on producing dynamic, aesthetically pleasing layouts for a variety of design formats, specifically publications. This course develops an in-depth sense of design through real world projects. Prerequisites: ART 453. (F;S)

ART 328. Painting I (formerly ART 528) Credit 3(0-6)
This course involves the creative painting in various media with emphasis on a modern approach and handling of medium. Research and experience in contemporary trends: abstracts, non-objective, and abstract expressionism will be required. (F)

ART 329. Painting II (formerly ART 529) Credit 3(0-6)
This course focuses on the development of the student as a professional artist; advance research and familiarization with contemporary trends, concepts, forms, and symbols. Emphasis is on an original contemporary statement. (S)

ART 333. Modern Art (formerly ART 520) Credit 3(3-0)
European and American Art from about 1875 to the present will be studied. (S)

ART 340. Interactive Arts I (formerly ART 540) Credit 3(0-6)
This course emphasizes visual aesthetics and the role of the artist in the development and production of graphical user interfaces (GUI) for the Internet.  GUI design principles will be introduced and applied through the use of WYSIWIG editors (e.g., Dreamweaver, etc.), and supporting applications. Both form and function are key principles in this course, from concept development to site launch. Prerequisites: ART 302. (F;S)

ART 341. Interactive Arts II (formerly ART 541) Credit 3(0-6)
This course will introduce the dynamic application of an advanced digital authoring environment for creating rich, interactive art for digital platforms. This course will focus on creative expression in pursuit of good aesthetics through form and function. A digital development tool (e.g., Flash, etc.) will be introduced and explored. Art projects will also be produced. Prerequisites: ART 540. (F;S)

ART 344. Baroque and Rococo Art (formerly ART 459) Credit 3(3-0)
The study of art in Europe from 1600 to 1800 is emphasized. (F)

ART 350. Advertising Design I (formerly ART 450) Credit 3(0-6)
The focus of this advanced design course is to explore the role of creative advertising and its implications for packaging design. Work will require design elements and principles with text and imagery incorporated for effective communication and presentation of these formats. Both advertising and packaging design solutions will be developed through multiple projects. Prerequisites: ART 302. (F;S)

ART 351. Advertising Design II (formerly ART 451) Credit 3(0-6)
This course includes preparation and rendering of art work for reproduction from rough idea layouts to finished illustration. Creative and technical class work is augmented by visits to commercial studios and printing companies. Prerequisite: ART 450. (DEMAND)

ART 355. Commercial Art (formerly ART 452) Credit 3(0-6)
Illustration techniques are studied. Different materials and renderings employed in advertising illustration such as airbrush colored inks, scratchboard, etc. are also examined. Attention is given to techniques of printing is as far as they affect graphic design. (F)

ART 356. Lithography and Serigraphy (formerly ART 525) Credit 3(0-6)
This course explores the techniques of lithography and serigraphy as a means of contemporary artistic expression. Emphasis of medium is determined by individual interest. (S)

ART 398. Internship (formerly ART 510) Credit 1 or 2(1-2-0)
This course is designed to award credit to students who participate in supervised, off-campus activities with professional or institutional sponsors. Such activities must be formal, supervised and clearly related to study compatible with the visual arts program. Junior or senior standing. (F;S)

ART 454. General Crafts Credit 3(0-6)
This course is an introduction to craft processes, weaving, metalwork, leather, etc. (S)

ART 496. Senior Project (formerly ART 526) Credit 3(0-6)
Students who have given evidence of their ability to do serious individual work on a professional level may plan and carry out a project of their own choosing, subject to approval and supervision of a faculty member. (S)

Advanced Undergraduate Courses

ART 280. Studio Techniques (formerly ART 603) Credit 3(3-0)
This course includes demonstrations that illustrate and emphasize the technical potentials of varied media. These techniques are analyzed and discussed as a point of departure for individual expression. (S)

ART 316. Motion Arts I (formerly ART 615) Credit 3(0-6)
This course provides an introduction to digital three-dimensional design and sculpting. It will cover the basic concepts of digital 3-D objects design and scenery development. It will also include the fundamentals of modeling and setup of forms and environments. Also, surface effects, lighting, camera placement, and rendering of three-dimensional objects for art making and creative expression will be covered. The creative medium will be a digital modeling and motion program (e.g.,Maya, etc.) to explore digital sculpture as an art form. Prerequisites: ART 540. (F;S)

ART 369. Sculpture (formerly ART 606) Credit 3(3-0)
This course includes further study of sculpture with an expansion of techniques. Individual problems for advanced students. (DEMAND)

ART 370. Ceramic Workshop (formerly ART 604) Credit 2(0-2)
This course is the study of advanced studio problems and projects in ceramics with emphasis on independent creative work. The student is given opportunity for original research and is encouraged to work toward the development of a personal style in the perfection of technique. (DEMAND)

ART 385. Printmaking (formerly ART 605) Credit 3(3-0)
The investigation of traditional and experimental methods in printmaking will be emphasized. Advanced studio problems in woodcut etching, lithography, and serigraphy will be studied. (DEMAND)

ART 416. Motion Arts II (formerly ART 616) Credit 3(0-6)
This course provides an introduction of three-dimensional motion for creative expression. The basic principles of timing and motion through the production of three-dimensional, computer-generated movement will also be covered. Meaning and expression are explored through the use of timing and gesture. The creative medium will be a digital modeling and motion program (e.g., Maya), and supporting applications. Prerequisite: ART 615. (F;S)

ART 422. Arts and Crafts (formerly ART 608) Credit 3(3-0)
Creative experimentation with a variety of materials tools and processes: projects in wood, metal, jewelry making wood and metal construction, fabric design, leather craft, puppet making, and paper sculpture. (DEMAND)

ART 444. Public School Art (formerly ART 600) Credit 3(3-0)
The course includes the study of materials, methods, and procedures in teaching art in public schools. Special emphasis is placed on selection and organization of materials, seasonal projects, lesson plan. (F;S;SS)

ART 487. Project Seminar (formerly ART 607) Credit 2(0-4)
This course includes advanced specialized studies in creative painting, design, and sculpture. By means of discussion and suggestions this seminar intends to solve various problems which might arise in each work. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. (DEMAND)

ART 502. Seminar in Art History Credit 3(3-0)
This course includes in-depth investigation of the background influences which condition stylistic changes in art forms by analyzing and interpreting works of representative personalities. Prerequisites: ART 219. (F;S)


James Barnhill 
Associate Professor
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Roymieco A. Carter
Associate Professor and Program Director
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Willie Hooker
B.S., Tennessee State University; M.A., Peabody-Vanderbilt University; Ed.D., Illinois State University

Amy Schwartzott
Assistant Professor
B.A., Drew University; M.A., University at Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Florida