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Studying the Visual Arts at Regis

The Visual Arts major is designed to give students a broad and flexible foundation in the visual arts while also giving them an opportunity to develop an emphasis in a particular medium.
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B.A. in Visual Arts

Degree Overview

In the visual arts program at Regis, students establish a firm basis in design, art history, and criticism while pursuing technical proficiency. This prepares students for the practice of art and grounds their knowledge in experience and first-hand problem solving. The Visual Arts major prepares students for jobs in a wide field of options, including publications, public relations, graphic design and others. The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in Fine Arts.

Students planning to major in Visual Arts must obtain and submit a Major Declaration form with the Office of the Dean, Regis College.  Acceptance into the major requires a portfolio review by the Department and approval of the department chair. Students wishing to obtain more information regarding the portfolio requirement should contact the department chair.

Each student works with an advisor from the department who will guide her or him through completion of the requirements for the major and assure that the student‘s future plans are optimized by the art curriculum. A Junior Portfolio Review of each fine arts major will be conducted in the second semester of the student‘s junior year. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine how the student has progressed in his/her chosen medium or media and discuss goals and objectives for the senior thesis show.

Transfer students who wish to major in Fine Arts must present a portfolio for review by the Department. Besides the requirement that at least half of the upper division courses must be taken at Regis, graduating art students must complete FAA 499--Senior Thesis, which culminates with a student exhibition in the O‘Sullivan Arts Center.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Fine Arts: Visual Arts Lower Division Major

FAA 330 - Design Foundation

Covers foundation concepts of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design including visual elements, composition, media and materials. Through a sequence of assignments, explores design concepts, creative process, and visual thinking.

FAA 331 - Graphic Design Foundation

Lecture/ studio course in graphic design covering historical and applied practices. Covers foundation information and process in graphic design including an introduction to typography, page layout, design software, and logo development.

FAHS 211 - Prehistory to the Proto-Renaissance

Investigates major art developments from pre-history to the protorenaissance in western and no-wester traditions. Discusses major works, figures, and world events as they relate to human artistic expression.

Cross listing(s): FAC 211.

FAHS 212 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Prese

Examines the style, content, and context of works of art from the Renaissance to the present.

Cross listing(s): FAC 212.

Lower Division

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Take nine (9) lower division semester hours
of lower division studio electives

RC: Fine Arts: Visual Arts Upper Division Major

Add'l Mediums

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(6SH)
Take six (6) semester hours of 400-level FAA electives in
additional mediums.

Art History

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(6SH)
Take six (6) semester hours of 400-level courses in
Art History (FAHS).

FAA 497 - Senior Art Studio

Seminar style studio course develops the artist practice of art making of various media, critical thinking, writing, and speaking, and explores the evolution of student perspectives of historical precedents and historical tradition in art. Note: Open to senior art majors and minors and senior art students who have completed two upper division studio course work in one media.

Pre-requisite: FAA*420, FAA*443, FAA*450, FAA*460, FAA*472, FAA*480;

FAA 499 - Senior Thesis

Presents a public exhibition of the student's work, representative of their studio production.

Single Medium

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(6SH)
Take six (6) semester hours of 400-level FAA Electives in
a single medium. Select one of the following groups:
Group 1: Electronic Imaging
Group 2: Photography
Group 3: Painting
Group 4: Sculpture
Group 5: Drawing
Group 6: Printmaking

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

FAA 215 Intro to Electronic Imaging (3.00)

Introduces students to the foundations, practice, history, and technical domain of electronic imaging and digital image processing. Esthetic, technical, social, and ethical issues regarding the practice of electronic image making are discussed in the context of student's own electronic image making. Course utilizes imaging programs (such as PhotoShop and Illustrator) and graphic design programs (such as PageMaker).

FAA 218 Introduction to Web Art & New Media (3.00)

Covers the historical development and applied practices of internet art and other forms of new media. Through a variety of online and offline projects, explores the growing fields of internet art and new media.

FAA 240 Introduction to Photography (3.00)

Introduces photography as a medium of artistic expression that utilizes the camera, basic digital imaging techniques, and inkjet printers to develop and express ideas and experience through visual means.

FAA 250 Introduction to Painting (3.00)

Uses various materials to teach fundamental painting techniques and to facilitate the development of individual expressive exploration.

FAA 260 Introduction to Sculpture (3.00)

Provides an extensive working knowledge of the basic three-dimensional techniques and concepts of sculpture.

FAA 270 Introduction to Drawing (3.00)

Studies the fundamental principles of drawing with emphasis on the physical as well as mental aspects of creative drawing.

FAA 290 Introduction to Printmaking (3.00)

Introduces students to the foundations, practice, history, and technique of Fine Art printmaking. Discusses esthetic, social, and ethical issues in the context of student's own creative output. Covers reflex, intaglio, and Plano graphic techniques.

FAA 330 Design Foundation (3.00)

Covers foundation concepts of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design including visual elements, composition, media and materials. Through a sequence of assignments, explores design concepts, creative process, and visual thinking.

FAA 331 Graphic Design Foundation (3.00)

Lecture/ studio course in graphic design covering historical and applied practices. Covers foundation information and process in graphic design including an introduction to typography, page layout, design software, and logo development.

FAA 420 Advanced Electronic Imaging (3.00)

Explores issues particular to the current practice of digital image making. Focuses on digital printmaking and presentation.

Pre-requisite: FAA*215

FAA 421E-W Electronic Imaging Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio electronic imaging practice beyond the beginning level. Includes the development of student portfolios and enjoyment in peer and instructor critiques.

Pre-requisite: FAA*215 AND FAA*420

FAA 443 Advanced Photography (3.00)

A continuation of the study of photography as a fine art with an exploration of various applications of photography that guide the student in the development of a portfolio of creative work.

Pre-requisite: FAA*240

FAA 446E-W Photography Studio (3.00)

Provides supervised studio photography practice beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Pre-requisite: FAA*443

FAA 450 Advanced Painting (3.00)

A continuation of FAA 250.

Pre-requisite: FAA*250

FAA 451E-W Painting Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio painting practice beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Pre-requisite: FAA*450

FAA 460 Advanced Sculpture (3.00)

A continuation of FAA 260.

Pre-requisite: FAA*260

FAA 461E-W Sculpture Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio sculpture practice for students beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Pre-requisite: FAA*460

FAA 472 Advanced Drawing (3.00)

Provides advanced level drawing in studio format with critiques and discussions of student work.

Pre-requisite: FAA*270

FAA 474E-W Drawing Studio (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio drawing practice for students beyond the beginning level. Involves the development of student portfolios and engaging in peer and instructor critiques.

Pre-requisite: FAA*472

FAA 475E-W Life Drawing (3.00)

Studies Human figure as drawing subject-matter. Anatomy will be discussed with emphasis on composition and examination of historical references.

Pre-requisite: FAA*230 OR FAA*270

FAA 480 Advanced Printmaking (3.00)

Explores issues particular to the current practice of Fine Arts printmaking. Focuses on extending technical proficiency and portfolio development.

Pre-requisite: FAA*290

FAA 481E-W Printmaking Studio: (3.00)

Provides continued supervised studio printmaking practice beyond the advanced level. Focuses on extended portfolio development and engagement in the critical process.

Pre-requisite: FAA*480

FAA 490E-W Independent Study/Art: (1.00 - 3.00)

Explores and pursues areas of interest.

FAA 497 Senior Art Studio (3.00)

Seminar style studio course develops the artist practice of art making of various media, critical thinking, writing, and speaking, and explores the evolution of student perspectives of historical precedents and historical tradition in art. Note: Open to senior art majors and minors and senior art students who have completed two upper division studio course work in one media.

Pre-requisite: FAA*420, FAA*443, FAA*450, FAA*460, FAA*472, FAA*480;

FAA 498E-W Internship in Art (3.00)

Provides practical experience and intellectual guidance in an area of art.

FAA 499 Senior Thesis (3.00)

Presents a public exhibition of the student's work, representative of their studio production.

FAHS 211 Prehistory to the Proto-Renaissance (3.00)

Investigates major art developments from pre-history to the protorenaissance in western and no-wester traditions. Discusses major works, figures, and world events as they relate to human artistic expression.

Cross listing(s): FAC 211.

FAHS 212 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Prese (3.00)

Examines the style, content, and context of works of art from the Renaissance to the present.

Cross listing(s): FAC 212.

FAHS 408E-W Themes in Art History: (3.00)

A revolving seminar examining specialized topics in art history.

FAHS 410 Modern Art: Neo-Classicism to 1945 (3.00)

Concentrates on issues of modernism in Western art from the late nineteenth century to approximately 1945, looking closely at how we observe, interpret, and write about art in its historical, religious, and political context. An integral part of this class will be to develop a working definition of 147modernism148.

Pre-requisite: FAHS*211 OR FAC*211 OR FAC*200

FAHS 415 Contemporary Art: 1945 to Present (3.00)

Examines the shift in the art world from Paris to New York after World War II. Explores men and women artists whose work pursues a dialogue about the meaning of all media and whose lives are lived against the social, economic, political and cultural background of their times.

Pre-requisite: TAKE 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES FAC*200 FAC*211 FAHS*211 FAC*212 FAHS*212;

FAHS 435 Images/Women in Art & Popular Media (3.00)

Examines the visual representation of women in both art and the popular media. Emphasizes the examination of the construction of gender utilizing various theoretical models of analysis.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212

Cross listing(s): WS 435 WGS 435.

FAHS 440 American Art: Colonial to Present (3.00)

Examines American art from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Examines the role American art has played in the formation of values such as national identity, class formation, race, gender, and ethnicity. Emphasizing cultural history, considers a variety of media from painting and sculpture to films and theme parks.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212

FAHS 445 History of Photography (3.00)

Explores the history of photography from its invention in the early 19th century to its practice as a fine art in the present time. Includes critical and analytical readings as well as examination of photographic images in the fine arts.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212 FAHS*211 FAHS*212

FAHS 450 Medieval/Renaissance Art (3.00)

Examines art from the late Roman period to the proto-renaissance. Topics include Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art and architecture.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212

Cross listing(s): CAS 410K.

FAHS 453E-W Special Topics in Music and Art: (3.00)

Emphasizes the interconnectedness of art and music by stressing their similarities in style, content and context.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212

FAHS 490E-W Independent Study in Art History (1.00 - 3.00)

Explores and pursues areas of interest.

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