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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Visual and Fine Arts major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (9 Units)

The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.

A survey of the history of the visual arts from its earliest known origins to the Renaissance. The scope of this course deals primarily with western artistic traditions but delves into the traditions of non-western visual artistry as well.

This course surveys the visual arts from the Renaissance until modern day. The scope of this course is primarily western in artistic tradition but also delves into non-western visual artistry.

This course provides an overview of best practices in managing your personal finances. Starting from a Biblical perspective, the course explores a breadth of money issues and common pitfalls that a Christian face while in college and after graduation. Topics include: God owns it all, budgeting, credit cards, debt, savings, compound interest, retirement planning, purchasing large assets like automobiles, investment alternatives, home buying, contentment, and generosity.

Core Courses (32 Units)

The Creative Christian is the cornerstone to a performing or visual arts student’s education. Within this course, the student will learn about the nature and purpose of art viewed through a Judeo-Christian lens. They will discover how this knowledge can guide their aesthetic comprehension as they observe, create, and support art and artists. Using both the Bible and other powerful literature derived from some of the great aestheticians of our time, the student will be able to approach art with a newly developed critical eye to guide them through the rest of their study in the creative arts.

Basic principles and properties of color. Study of the physics of light and color; physiology of color vision; psychological and compositional effects of color use; cultural interpretations and traditions; history of color theory and its impact on art and design.

This course is designed to teach students the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This course must be taken in order to advance to any other digital imaging courses.

An introductory course introducing the fundamentals of design and focusing on terms and techniques that are relevant to two dimensional design. Students will deal with line, space, form, color and color theory, shape, value balance, texture, order, tension, rhythm and more as they explore the two-dimensional world of art both past and present.

This survey course is designed to introduce students to the main elements of storytelling: plot, character, setting, point-of-view, and theme. Students will learn to apply these principles to various mediums through creative work and critical writing. Brief overviews will be given of a variety of medium such as graphic novels, comics, screenwriting, novel writing, and documentary photography and video.

Every concept, idea or story you see is constructed using the grammar of how we perceive visual form. This course builds a vocabulary of visual composition grounded in the fundamentals of design. Students will learn how this visual language effectively communicates messages by studying real-world examples. The class explores the elements of design and principles of composition, teaching students to convey meaning through form.

This course applies the elements of design into a web-based medium and then prepares a student to use those elements to create an online presence. Students will learn how to design and create compelling web pages and explore how to market themselves in the online world. They will learn the design tools and coding necessary to create a strategic and visually captivating web presence.

Internship students must take a position with an arts organization for the purpose of practical, professional experience in their chosen field. Senior Project students must put forth a proposal for a devised artistic experience that the student will manage from the conception to the delivery of the experience. All students must adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the Department of Creative Arts and their advisor concerning internships in order to receive credit for the internship or senior project.

This course is part of the capstone to the VAFA student’s experience at Jessup. The professional section of the course will focus on preparing students to transition into a career successfully. Students will gain experience in interviewing, resume development, and professional development.

This course is part of the capstone to the VAFA student’s experience at Jessup. The portfolio section of the course will focus on preparing individual portfolios of the student’s best work for gallery submission or job application. Students will gain experience in curating a collection of work, self-evaluation, and gallery expectations.

This course is part of the capstone to the VAFA student’s experience at Jessup. The paper section of the course will focus on preparing students to communicate effectively. Students will gain experience in honing their aesthetic theology, developing an individual mission and plan for engaging in culture making, and critical writing and revising.

This course is intended to give students hands-on experience with art. Students are required to spend a minimum of 30 hours a semester creating art; a minimum of 10 hours a semester serving on campus; and a minimum of 10 hours a semester planning, setting up, participating in, and tearing down the art show.

Visual and Fine Arts Concentration

Students must choose a specialization listed below.

Animation Concentration (18 units) *pending approval

This foundational course will give students the techniques and tools to approach this traditionally black and white visual medium. Students will work on a variety of subject matter as they explore the world of drawing and much of what encompasses that world.

This course is designed to introduce students to basic methods and practices in animation, while exposing them to artists working independently in this field. The course will provide an overview of techniques. Weekly assignments will further student’s exploration of animation approaches and techniques. Students will learn Adobe Animate. The course will conclude with the creation of an animated short.

Animate your ideas. This course gives a framework for using motion to join and convey relationship between the elements of a composition or story. Through traditional animation theory and motion principles, students learn to meaningfully structure movement from one state to the next with thoughtful pacing, style and consistency. Students will also explore motion as a component of interaction design.

This course is designed to teach the students the basics of nonlinear video editing and camera operation. Students will learn how to use software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CC to organize and edit video footage. They will also learn how to get proper exposures by getting hands-on experience with professional cameras.

Arts Management Concentration (18 units)

A general explanation of the law including its sources, development, and terminology. Specific legal doctrines and principles that affect business including an introduction to contracts, legal documents, and property are covered. Business organizations such as corporations and partnerships are described.

A general explanation of the analysis of marketing opportunities; planning of marketing programs with emphasis on product, price, promotion and distribution; control of the marketing effort; social and ethical responsibilities of marketing.

This course provides students with an overview of the unique management implications of the non-profit sector. It examines the roles of the executive director, the board, staff, fund-raisers and volunteers. Students will cover the major business functions and how they apply to the unique nature of nonprofits and discuss current trends in the management of these organizations.

An overview of project management from both strategic and operational points of view. Quantitative methods include project planning, budgeting, evaluation, selection, scheduling and control. Project management software will be used to illustrate the concepts. Qualitative methods include project organization structure, staffing and team building. The role and responsibilities of the project manager will be discussed.

Cinematography/Video Concentration (18 units)

This course is designed to teach the students the basics of nonlinear video editing and camera operation. Students will learn how to use software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CC to organize and edit video footage. They will also learn how to get proper exposures by getting hands-on experience with professional cameras.

This second level video course is designed to teach students composition and movement through the hands-on production of video. Students will learn how to set up shots in order to create depth and also how to use different types of equipment such as dollies, rigs, and other specialized video equipment in order to create movement.

Animate your ideas. This course gives a framework for using motion to join and convey relationship between the elements of a composition or story. Through traditional animation theory and motion principles, students learn to meaningfully structure movement from one state to the next with thoughtful pacing, style and consistency. Students will also explore motion as a component of interaction design.

This course will teach the basics for lighting for both photography and video. In this course, students will learn the series for how light works and how to use a reflector, strobe, soft box, and other gear that is used for lighting subjects.

Fine Arts Concentration (18 units)

This foundational course will give students the techniques and tools to approach this traditionally black and white visual medium. Students will work on a variety of subject matter as they explore the world of drawing and much of what encompasses that world.

This course is designed as an introduction to techniques and concepts of oil painting. Students will learn skills including color mixing, medium use, and brush techniques through assignments in still life, portrait, and landscape compositions. Students will also build skills in problem solving and critiquing.

This thorough exploration of watercolor painting offers instruction and opportunities to practice basic wet and dry techniques, washes, blends, and use of transparency. Watercolor will be explored with a variety of special techniques for solving texture and masking problems. Experienced students will concentrate on composition, technical skills, paint consistency, and color development.

This course is an introduction to three dimensional art. It will explore the ways that form and space are used in the making of meaningful art experiences through individual research and studio projects. Students will investigate spatial problems through a variety of techniques, both traditional and non-traditional, to fabricate and manipulate a broad range of materials such as wood, metal, found objects, fiber, and plaster. The course will consider these material explorations within the historical context of sculpture and installation art.

Graphic Design Concentration (18 units)

This foundational course will give students the techniques and tools to approach this traditionally black and white visual medium. Students will work on a variety of subject matter as they explore the world of drawing and much of what encompasses that world.

Students apply their work from prior design courses into this technology-driven medium and communication tool. The goal is for the student to be able to create and communicate a targeted message using this form of artistic media. Students will deal with the elements of design and begin to explore the software appropriate for communicating a clear message through design.

This is a practical course to familiarize design students with processes and workflows involved in producing digital and offset printed materials. Students complete in-class exercises for the stages of print production. Weekly assignments using Adobe software will explore new ways of looking at and manipulating type. This course covers the selection, styles, terminology, classifications, spacing, layout, and history of typography including its entry into the digital age. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving skills and analyzing concepts to solve typographic problems.

This course will take the students further into the realm of graphic design focusing on excellence in use of the design tools. Students will navigate their way through specific design and communication problems as a means to increase their design skill and overall quality of artistry on the computer. The student will strengthen their ability to communicate and create through the medium of technology.

Photography Concentration (18 units)

In this introductory course, students will explore the basic techniques and history of photography. They will also discuss the requirements needed to be a proficient photographer in our contemporary society, including the proper purchase and care of equipment and materials for the current photographic artist.

The advent of digital photography has opened up new and exciting possibilities for artists and photographers. In this class, we will gain an understanding of the power of digital photography beyond basic photo manipulation. Photo montage, photo stitching, and HDR will be incorporated into the workflow.

This course will teach the basics for lighting for both photography and video. In this course, students will learn the series for how light works and how to use a reflector, strobe, soft box, and other gear that is used for lighting subjects.

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