MSU Billings Course Descriptions
ARTZ - Visual Arts
* ARTZ 101 Art Fundamentals
[formerly ART 110 Introduction to Studio Art for Non-Art Majors]
3 cr. (Stu) (F, Sp) Encourages enhancement of two- and three-dimensional artistic skills for the general student. Traditional and experimental materials, techniques, and concepts are emphasized. Expect improvement of individual art abilities and understandings. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 102 Fundamentals of Art for Elementary Teachers
[formerly ART 101 Fundamentals of Art for Elementary Teachers]
2 cr. (Stu) Prerequisite: Restricted to majors in Elementary Education and Special Education. (F, Sp) Provides experiences with two-and three-dimensional materials and techniques appropriate for elementary teachers. Includes selected components of art history, art criticism and aesthetics (modern paradigm) and the post-modern paradigm. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 104 Studio Safety
1 cr. (1 lec/wk) Corequisite: ARTZ 108. (F, Sp) Provides students with safety protocols and information throughout multiple disciplines in art creation. Includes information on material handling, personal protective equipment, proper use of equipment, and mitigation of hazardous environments.
* ARTZ 105 Visual Language-Drawing
[formerly ART 161 Introduction to Drawing]
3 cr. (Stu) (F, Sp) Explores the basic fundamentals of drawing and linear perspective in this studio course appropriate for students at all drawing levels. Students will convey line, form, value, composition, and linear perspective through the application of various methods and materials in a contemporary drawing focus. Lab fee.
ARTZ 106 Visual Language-2-D Foundations
[formerly ART 151 Two-Dimensional Design]
3 cr. (Stu) (F, Sp) Provides the student with the basic fundamentals to plan and organize two-dimensional expression through painting, graphic design, color theory and composition. Student will be exposed to both content (what artists want to say) and form (how an artist says it). An emphasis will be placed on creativity and critical thinking skills. Lab fee.
ARTZ 108 Visual Language-3-D Foundations
[formerly ART 152 Three-Dimensional Design]
3 cr. (Stu) (F, Sp) Introduces the basic principles of designing in three dimensions with an emphasis on form, structure, and terminology in media such as wood, paper fibers, metal, plaster, clay, etc. Assignments focus on aesthetic concepts and technical skills and involve broad-based themes of art, the role of the artist, and creative and critical thinking skills. Lab fee.
* ARTZ 131 Ceramics for Non-Majors
[formerly ART 142 Introduction to Pottery]
3 cr. (Stu) (F, Sp) Develops the ability to design three-dimensional clay forms using manual dexterity. Provides the individual with opportunities for creative experiences and an understanding of basic artistic developments in design, process and content of the ceramic object. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 209 Introduction to Professional Practices
1 cr. Prerequisite: Sophomore level standing; Art majors and minors only. (F) Covers the initial development of visual portfolio, photographing and exhibiting artwork, artist statement, and other preparation for the BFA Portfolio and Transcript Review and upper-division coursework in Art History.
ARTZ 211 Drawing I
[formerly ART 261 Figure Drawing]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 105. (F) Continues and expands on the understanding of the fundamentals, the theories and the content of drawing with an emphasis on the human figure. Lab fee.
ARTZ 221 Painting I
[formerly ART 272 Introduction to Painting]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisites: ARTZ 105 and ARTZ 106 or consent of instructor. (Sp) Introduces the principles and practices of painting through exploration of materials with an emphasis on historical and contemporary painting practices and aesthetics. Students will investigate paint related solutions associated with color theory, composition, and self-expression. Lab fee.
ARTZ 231 Ceramics I
[formerly ART 242 Introduction to Ceramics]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Preferred background ARTZ 108. (Sp) Introduces basic forming skills, glaze techniques and firing processes with emphasis on craftsmanship and aesthetic judgment. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 251 Sculpture I
[formerly ART 281 Introduction to Sculpture]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 108 or consent of instructor. (F) Introduces the basic concepts of space and volume as they relate to sculpture as well as the basic methods of forming various materials into sculpture. Lab fee.
ARTZ 258 New Media I
[formerly ART 258 New Media I]
4 cr. Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy and ARTZ 106 or consent of instructor. (F) Explores the creative potential of computer-based digital technology on an introductory level: creative research and experimentation in contemporary artistic expression including two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital applications, and large-format printing. Work includes instruction on software programs used by studio artists with emphasis on theory, aesthetics, and technology for fine art applications. Digital camera required. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 271 Printmaking I
[formerly ART 215 Introduction to Printmaking]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Preferred background: ARTZ 106 and ARTZ 105 or consent of instructor. (Sp) Provides basic concepts in areas of serigraphy, intaglio, and relief as means of contemporary expression. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 284 Photography I-Techniques and Processes
[formerly ART 211 Introduction to Photography]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 106 or consent of instructor. (F) Provides instruction in black-and-white film photography while investigating problems of design, content, criticism and expression in the photographic medium with emphasis on theory, aesthetics, and technology for fine art applications. Course is taught in a chemical darkroom with some projects being completed on the computer. Required: manual film SLR camera and digital camera (digital SLR recommended). (Lab fee)
ARTZ 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly ART 292 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Provides students an opportunity to investigate topics pertinent to the field of Art.
ARTZ 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly ART 293 Workshop]
V1-4 cr. Provides an opportunity for study in an area of Art.
ARTZ 298 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly ART 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr. Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Art supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
ARTZ 311 Drawing II
[formerly ART 361 Intermediate Drawing]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 211. Continues application of drawing methods as a contemporary art practice while building on concepts of innovation, critical thinking, and expression. Explores various mediums and formats within guided projects. Lab fee.
ARTZ 321 Painting II
[formerly ART 372 Intermediate Painting]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 221. (F) Continues examination of contemporary painting practices while innovating self-expression in two-dimensional art research. Focuses development of critical thinking, aesthetics, and material exploration through guided projects. Lab fee.
ARTZ 331 Ceramics II
[formerly ART 342 Intermediate Ceramics]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 231. (F) Develops technical skills in the forming of clay design concepts and glaze technology. Emphasis is placed on the growth of personal development. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 351 Sculpture II
[formerly ART 381 Intermediate Sculpture]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 251. (Sp) Provides exploration and laboratory experience in a variety of materials in the production of three-dimensional art forms. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 358 New Media II
[formerly ART 358 New Media II]
4 cr. (Stu 6 hrs/wk) (Sp) Prerequisite: ARTZ 258. Continues the development of new media skills on an intermediate level: creative research and experimentation in contemporary artistic expression with an emphasis on time-based and interactive applications, including video installation, media performance, and interactive animation. Work includes instruction on software programs used by studio artists with emphasis on theory, aesthetics, and technology for fine art applications. Digital camera required; video camera recommended. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 384 Photography II-Theory, Criticism, Practice
[formerly ART 311 Intermediate Photography]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) Prerequisite: ARTZ 284. (Sp) Provides continuing experience in variety of photographic techniques, expanding on darkroom, camera, computer, and digital printing skills, while exploring experimental and aesthetic possibilities of the medium in the context of contemporary art. Required: manual film SLR camera and digital camera (digital SLR recommended). (Lab fee)
ARTZ 402 Teaching Art I—K-12
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: Admission to Educator Preparation Program. Corequisite: EDU 354. (F) Provides pre-service K-12 art teachers with modern and postmodern theories and practical strategies for planning, facilitating, and assessing student learning. Art production, history/heritage, criticism, and aesthetics are addressed from age-appropriate perspectives and as related to the disciplines. Field experience is a focus. Presents an overview of technology, inclusion of special populations, health/safety aspects, and art-related career opportunities.
ARTZ 406 Gallery Professional Practices
3 cr. (odd Sp) Introduces students to standards, practices, and methods of the art gallery profession. Provides hands-on training in all aspects of the operations of the Northcutt Steele Gallery. Includes assigned readings, writings, guest presentations, visits to local/regional art institutions, and a research project that connects hands-on experiences to broader issues in contemporary gallery and museum practices.
ARTZ 409 Advanced Professional Practices
[formerly ART 498 Resume and Artist Statement]
1 cr. (Lec) Prerequisites: Junior or senior level standing; Art majors and minors only. (F) Focuses on preparation for the Senior Project/Capstone Exhibition and introduces elements related to a career as a professional artist. Topics include development of visual and/or written portfolio, writing a resume and artist statement, exhibition opportunities, graduate programs, online portfolios and marketing. Class may be taken concurrently with ARTZ 499 Senior Project/Capstone.
ARTZ 410 Advanced Research-Drawing
[formerly ART 461 Advanced Drawing]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) R-24. Prerequisites: ARTZ 105, ARTX 211, ARTZ 311. Explores development of personal research and aesthetics through drawing methodologies and incorporates principles and theories of drawing found in historic and contemporary art. Emphasis will be placed on building self-proposed and guided thematic projects that incorporate critical thinking skills and research demonstrated through drawing. Lab fee.
ARTZ 420 Advanced Research-Painting
[formerly ART 472 Advanced Painting]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) R-24. Prerequisites: ARTZ 221, ARTZ 321. (F) Explores development of personal research and aesthetics through painting methodologies and incorporates principles and theories of painting found in historic and contemporary art. Emphasis will be placed on building self-proposed and guided thematic projects that incorporate critical thinking skills and research demonstrated in a painting perspective. Lab fee.
ARTZ 430 Advanced Research-Ceramics
[formerly ART 442 Advanced Ceramics]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) R-24. Prerequisite: ARTZ 331. (F) Employs advanced technical problems and emphasizes personal expression in the medium. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 451 Advanced Research-Sculpture
[formerly ART 481 Advanced Sculpture]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) R- 24. Prerequisite: ARTZ 351. (Sp) Involves advanced level sculptural exploration emphasizing personal expression and style. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 458 New Media III
[formerly ART 458 New Media III]
4 cr. (Stu 6 hrs/wk) R-24 Prerequisite: ARTZ 358. (Sp) Explores the creative potential of computer-based digital technology on an advanced level. Students will create several assignment-guided and self-proposed projects. These can include site-specific media installation, video installation, net art, art video games, media performances, community projects, etc. Work includes instruction on software programs used by studio artists with emphasis on theory, aesthetics, and technology for fine art applications. (Lab fee)
ARTZ 486 Advanced Research-Photography
[formerly ART 411 Advanced Photography]
4 cr. (Rct 2, Stu 2) R-24. Prerequisite: ARTZ 384. (Sp) Involves advanced level photographic exploration and production emphasizing photography as a fine art medium and a means to personal expression. Students will create several assignment-guided and self-proposed projects. Required: manual film SLR camera and digital camera (digital SLR recommended). (Lab fee)
ARTZ 492 Independent Study
[formerly ART 491 Independent Study]
V1-5 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department chairperson. Provides outstanding students an opportunity to explore material not covered by regular Art courses.
ARTZ 495 Practicum in Art
[formerly ART 490 Practicum in Art]
V1-5 cr. Prerequisites: Senior level standing in Art and consent of department chairperson. Provides experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant in some specialized area of the Art Program.
ARTZ 499 Senior Project/Capstone
[formerly ART 499 Senior Show, Portfolio and Review]
1 cr. (Lec) Prerequisite: Junior or senior level standing in Art. Art majors or minors only. (F, Sp) Involves arranging for all details necessary to present a show of work done during the two years prior to graduation in conjunction with a formal review. The art history student will prepare for the formal review through written documents and recitation. The student will work with his/her advisor.