North Central College - Naperville, IL

Art Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

ART 100 Introduction to Visual Literacy (3.00)
An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image), and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery. Same as: MED 100.

ART 105 Art Through Photography (2.00)
The study and practice of photography as visual expression and communication through picture taking, feedback, and critique. No darkroom work. Required: 35 mm camera.

ART 107 2-Dimensional Design (3.00)
Exploration, study, and application of the basic elements of art and principles of design. Course objectives include acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

ART 110 3-Dimensional Design (3.00)
The study of design elements and principles through form and structure of three-dimensional space. The acquisition of technical skills and the introduction to a variety of materials.

ART 117 Silver Photography I (3.00)
An introduction to the basics of black and white 35 mm photography. This course includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. Students learn camera operation, film exposure, black and white negative and print development, composition, and presentation. Students are required to provide their own 35 mm camera with manual override. Core: Humanities.

ART 120 Drawing I (3.00)
A course designed to develop the ability to draw with ease and flexibility. Instruction in the use of a variety of materials combined with the elements of art to provide the fundamentals in visual perception. An exploration of ideas in imagery and self-expression. Core: Humanities.

ART 130 Painting I (3.00)
A course designed for the experience of self-expression through painting. Exploration of the fundamentals of color theory and technique. Development of personal imagery with a parallel enhancement of basic skills and structural knowledge. Core: Humanities.

ART 135 Watercolor Painting (3.00)
An introduction to watercolor painting through exploration of materials, techniques, and history. Enhancement of the student's abilities to make personal visual statement.

ART 140 Oriental Brush Painting (3.00)
An introduction to Chinese watercolor painting through practice in the use of oriental brushes and ink in both calligraphy and painting and study of seventeenth-century Chinese painter's manual and techniques.

ART 142 Digital Arts and Design (3.00)
An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Student may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

ART 150 Ceramics I (3.00)
An introduction to clay which places an emphasis on handbuilding techniques with some sculpture, wheel throwing, glaze application, and kiln experience. This course also addresses issues of three-dimensional design as they pertain to contemporary ceramics. Core: Humanities.

ART 205 Digital Photography (3.00)
An introduction to the basic tools and programs in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

ART 207 2D Animation (3.00)
Course covers the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include: vector graphics, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 125 and ART 207.

ART 210 Graphic Design (3.00)
Exploration of tools, techniques, terminology and materials of graphic design. Students apply design principles, concept development and computer technologies to create designs that solve visual communication problems.

ART 212 Typography (3.00)
Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

ART 215 Sculpture (3.00)
Introduction to the basic concepts, materials, and processes of sculpture using carving, modeling, and construction. Development of aesthetics and individual projects. Core: Humanities.

ART 220 Drawing II (3.00)
Further development of techniques and application of materials. Drawing exploration includes emphasis on imagery and self-expression.

ART 225 Figure Drawing I (3.00)
The human figure studied through direct drawing exercises in gesture, contour, and volume with work done in charcoal, pencil, crayon, ink, pastel, and watercolor. Live model.

ART 230 Painting II (3.00)
Painting exploration with a continuation of personal development in the realm of visual representation. Includes lectures pertaining to the history, philosophy, and aesthetic contributions of specific art movements. Student's choice of medium and subject with instructor's consent.

ART 245 Art and Culture (1.50)
A study of the relationships between culture and the techniques of designing and producing a work of art. Such techniques are not neutral, and students learn how to be culturally sensitive, especially when borrowing from different cultures. Students are also shown how knowing the cultural roots of certain techniques and processes can help illuminate the way they use such processes.

ART 250 Ceramics II (3.00)
Emphasis on individual exploration of ideas through ceramic media. More in-depth approach to glaze application and formulation and kiln firing.

ART 261 Chicago Art and Architecture (3.00)
The development of the city of Chicago and the metropolitan area, focusing on architecture; the rise of the identifiable Chicago style in painting and sculpture; the expanding contemporary art scene in the cultural life of the city. Required: Field trips. Core: Humanities.

ART 264 Global Art Survey (3.00)
A survey of art from the cultures of Asia, the Near East, Native North America, Mesoamerica and the Andes, Oceania, Africa and the Islamic world. Core: Humanities.

ART 270 Aesthetics (3.00)
An examination of aesthetic experience, the norms which govern aesthetic judgment, and the significance of the idea of beauty in our experience of art and nature. Same as: PHL 220. Core: Humanities.

ART 272 Art History I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art (3.00)
The chronological study of sculpture, architecture, and painting from prehistoric to Gothic; presented in social, religious, and intellectual context. Required: Field trip to Chicago museum. Core: Humanities.

ART 274 Art History II: Renaissance to Rococo Art (3.00)
Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe, also including Baroque and Rococco art, with consideration of social, religious, and intellectual conditions. Required: Field trip to Chicago museum. Core: Humanities.

ART 276 Art History III: Late 18th Century to Contemporary Art (3.00)
Art starting with the late 18th century and ending with the most recent events and styles of the 21st century. Emphasis on the origin, development, meaning, and context of modern art. Required: Field trip to Chicago museum. Core: Humanities.

ART 280 Printmaking I (3.00)
A studio and lecture printmaking survey course which may include linoleum prints, dry point etching, and another area selected by the instructor.

ART 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ART 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ART 315 Sculpture II (3.00)
This course builds on the visual and technical skills learned in ART 215. Emphasis is placed on developing original solutions to sculpture problems in a variety of media. Students are expected to be experiential in their concepts and approaches to sculpture.

ART 325 Figure Drawing II (3.00)
A creative approach to the figure, both in materials and in composition. Exploration of the historical use of the figure through study and innovative application. Work from the model.

ART 340 Advanced Painting I (3.00)
The pursuit of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of painting. Medium and subject matter are chosen by student with instructor's consent. Weekly critique.

ART 341 Advanced Painting II (3.00)
The continuation of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of painting. Medium and subject matter are chosen by student with instructor's consent.

ART 343 Digital Illustration and Prepress Production (3.00)
An in-depth exploration of digital illustration techniques and their uses as both tool and medium. The general focus is on technical operations and standardized procedures in preparation for offset printing. Digital illustration (primarily raster-based graphics) and their applications in publication design contexts constitute the bulk of the investigations; however, traditional illustration techniques are also utilized as an introduction in the advanced course. Same as: MED 343.

ART 345 3-Dimensional Computer Graphics and Animation (3.00)
Creative digital exploration of three-dimensional images and animation for print, interactive multimedia, computer games, architecture, and the Web.

ART 346 Advanced 2D Animation (3.00)
Creative digital exploration of the theory and practice of two-dimensional animation for interactive multimedia, computer games and the Web. Topics include: imagery, digital timelines, animation dynamics, audio-animation synchronization.

ART 350 Advanced Studies I (3.00)
The pursuit of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of art. Materials and subject matter are chosen by student with instructor's consent. Weekly critique.

ART 351 Advanced Studies II (3.00)
The continuation of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of art. Materials and subject matter are chosen by student with instructor's consent.

ART 355 Ceramics III (3.00)
Emphasis on individual exploration of ideas through ceramic media. Intermediate laboratory and practical study of clay-body preparation, glaze calculations, and kiln firing.

ART 360 Art Theory and Criticism (3.00)
An examination of the foundations of the discipline of art history as well as modern and contemporary theoretical movements related to art through the reading and analysis of texts by philosophers, art historians and critics.

ART 368 History of Design (3.00)
This course provides a thematic and chronological introduction to the history of design from 1700 to the present. It will consider the cultural role of design in finding creative solutions to basic human needs, such as shelter, clothing, useful objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts. Works by major designers will be studied within their historical and cultural context.

ART 370 Art of the Nineteenth Century (3.00)
A contextual examination of the development of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and other arts from the late 18th century to 1900, focusing upon North American and European movements. Field Trip.

ART 371 African-American Art (3.00)
An overview of the contributions made by African-Americans to the visual arts of the United States in conjunction with an examination of the political and cultural debates regarding race, class and gender as they pertain to the African-American experience in this country. Consideration of colonial America, followed by an in-depth study of visual products from the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis given to the Harlem Renaissance, black art movements of the 1960's and 1970's as well as contemporary works that speak to issues of identity.

ART 374 Art of the Twentieth Century I: 1900-1950 (3.00)
A contextual history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world from 1900 to 1950. Required: Field trip.

ART 376 Art of the Twentieth Century Ii: 1950 to Contemporary (3.00)
A contextual history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world from 1950 to the present. Required: Field trip.

ART 380 Printmaking II (3.00)
An advanced studio and lecture course with an emphasis on etching, aquatint, and one other area selected by the instructor.

ART 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ART 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ART 442 Advanced Painting III (3.00)
A continuation of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of painting. Medium and subject matter are chosen by student with instructor's consent.

ART 452 Advanced Studies III (3.00)
A continuation of advanced training within the diverse spectrum of art. Materials and subject matter are chosen by student and with instructor's consent.

ART 455 Ceramics IV (3.00)
Advanced work and continuation of ceramic building techniques, laboratory and practical study of clay-body preparation, glaze calculations, and kiln firing.

ART 460 Studio Seminar (3.00)
Intensive study of an announced topic in studio art, emphasizing technical and practical approaches, research, and various historical approaches to specific studio themes.

ART 470 Art History Seminar (3.00)
Intensive study of an announced topic in art history, emphasizing advanced research and writing. Required: Field trip. Instructor consent required.

ART 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ART 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.