Asterisk(*) indicates courses restricted for students enrolled in the “Get Your Masters with the Masters,” MFA Program for educators and working professionals.
A survey course of the little known and great graphic artists of America and their style and impact on the American public.
A critical evaluation of the development of photography. Study of photographers, techniques and aesthetics.
A survey of the historical development of printmaking-its media, techniques, and masters.
A review of the major movements since World War II and an emphasis on post modernism from the sixties to the present. *507W is restricted to students in the “Get Your Masters with the Masters,” MFA Program for educators and working professionals.
A survey course of the little known and great illustrative artists of America and their style and impact on the American public, from early years to the present. 509W is specifically designed for the illustrator. (2)
A study of the evolution of handwriting that transmits ideas and inspires beauty, with practical development of a personal style of beautiful lettering.
Analysis of photographic principles and theory and development of a study of the photographic field as a vehicle for learning. Each student will master basic photographic skills.
Lecture and laboratory leading to a body of specialized work representative of the artist in the production of photographs for advertising and magazine illustration.
The latest processes in photographic color printing. Advanced techniques, aesthetics, and communication in color as a medium of expression.
Advanced course in nonverbal communication photography. Study of the accelerating dynamics of contemporary photography through exploration of issues raised by other photographers.
Comprehensive study of journalistic photography. Similarities and differences will be explored through research and development of distinct bodies of work.
Course designed for students who already possess an understanding of the inherent characteristics of the medium and an interest in the use of the vocabulary of imagery processes. Experimentation with silver, non-silver, and/or digital processes. Independent research.
Exploration of the traditional use of the view camera and its related accessories. Technical instruction, including use and mastery of sheet film, exposure and development procedures, sensitometry, and use of the zone system. A foundation of wet darkroom printing experience is required.
Advanced work on problems and projects in various areas of photography. Permits the student to concentrate on and to master an area of personal interest.
Research course focusing on professional practice and commitment to the field of photography. The advanced student is expected to conduct both technical and creative research that deals with the student's primary photographic commitment.
A course intended as introduction and review. A study of the various media and techniques printmaking involves, including its historical development and current trends in the major areas of lithography, relief, screen process/serigraphy, and intaglio, with studio application in most. Recommended for art educators.
An in-depth study of the relief processes. (Prerequisite: ART 520 or equivalency).
An in-depth study of the fine art of serigraphy and commercial screen process.
(Prerequisite:ART 520 or equivalency.)
An in-depth study of the intaglio process. Prerequisite: ART 520 or equivalency.
An in-depth study of the planographic processes using stone, metal, and paper plates.
Individual and unique interpretations of the human figure, using live models and varying techniques and materials, such as pencil, conté, pastel, ink, washes, collage, and paint.
Theory and history of the illustrated children's book; workshop in creating the art for an illustrated book.
Development of drawing skills, with emphasis on transmission of ideas.
Advanced problems in painting, with emphasis on individual creative search and idea development.
Study of the ancient art of painting on cloth, using the resist techniques of wax and dyes.
Use of contemporary technology for creating art. Artists are provided the hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of computer systems. An historical overview and a focus on the current state of the art will be explored. Programming language is not required for this class. Use of Adobe Photoshop in digital photo imaging is the primary content of Art 541C. Programming language is not required for these classes.
An advanced course for photographers and artists in other media who are interested in refining their skills with Photoshop and exploring alternative wet darkroom processes. Digital negatives allow for creative expression that was formerly very difficult to attain. This course investigates a means of marrying the newest and the oldest of photographic technologies and has applications in collage, printmaking, and mixed media. Prior Photoshop and wet darkroom experience required.
In-depth examination of connections between art and natural history in America from the time of the early explorer naturalists to contemporary earth artists. This jointly taught studio and art history course combines fieldwork with historical readings and discussions. (This number registers the student for a studio elective.)
Focuses on an advanced design research problem, individually developed by the student with the approval of the instructor. Special emphasis on the student's major area of interest. A) Clay, C) Painting, D) Photography, E) Fibers, F) Printmaking, H) Sculpture. 546W is specifically designed for illustrators and advertising designers.
The design and creation of body adornment, hollowware, and objects of art made primarily of metal.
This course examines theories both of art and of the aesthetic experience beginning with Plato and Aristotle. Issues include the nature of art, the nature of the aesthetic experience, creativity and inspiration, art and nature, art and mortality.
A lecture series and dialogue exploring the fine arts, music, architecture, film, sculpture, dance, the written and spoken word and their relationship to present day design, advertising, and illustration concerns.
A program of individually directed reading to provide for the special needs of the student. Conference with members of the department and a written report of the work covered are both required. Taken only with the permission of the chairperson of the Graduate Art Department and prior approval of the dean.
When initiated by faculty, these study tours will specify goals, objectives, and assessment procedures. When initiated by a student, the study tour plan must adhere to program specifications/documentation/assessment and be approved by the director.
These study tours provide ad design and illustration students with exposure to the major centers of applied art in America. During these sessions, students are exposed to the professional practices of masters in the field. Experiences include: visitation of museums, galleries, artists' studios, design agencies, (AIGA, S of I, etc.); lectures; slide shows; critiques on previous assignments.
This Professional Contribution will take the form of a research paper.
This Professional Contribution will involve the student with a creative project involving historical/descriptive research.
All MA studio arts candidates are required to participate in a closure exhibition of their graduate work, usually a group exhibition in either the Mahady or Suraci Gallery dependent on availability, timing, and number of requests. An "Intent to Exhibit" form (acquired from the gallery director) must be completed and on file in the Art Gallery office at least 18 months in advance of when the student desires to exhibit. Exhibitions are scheduled each academic year typically in late fall and late spring semesters. The exhibit must be completed during coursework, prior to graduation. For MA Art Education students, an exhibition is one of three closure options for professional contribution (see ART 555 and ART 555W).
Development of personal creative directions in selected materials and processes which involve students in making a visual statement. Studies in form, concepts, and environment.
Focus on fundamentals of designing works in three dimensional format. A foundation for students who want to develop a background for continued study in package or product design, crafts, industrial design, or sculpture and the theory and practical application of good design.
Independent exercises done during the fall, winter, and spring months designed to further the participants' knowledge and research resources in areas of their individual interests. (A, B, C, D, E-restricted to students in the “Get Your Masters with the Masters” M.F.A. Program for educators and working professionals.)
Physical properties of clay and methods of hand construction and/or wheel throwing. The application of clay art and production pottery. 563 A, B specifically appropriate for the art educator.
Critically surveys nineteenth-century art and the roots of modernism within diverse historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Critically examines avant-garde movements from the turn of the 20th century to the 1950s within their diverse historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Design research involving the theories of design seen through a study in weaving. Study and execution of a variety of weaving techniques, each linked with elements and principles of design.
Individual preference in weaving pursued to produce purposeful art works. Previous experience in weaving recommended.
Study in the use of unusual media for the artist and art educator. Use of cloth, fibers, and paper for various projects aimed toward an understanding of design and the intrinsic nature of the media.
A course based upon the use of looms from primitive origins. Includes exploration of backstrap, "card," rigid heddle and frame looms. Applications in art education (K-12) will be explored.
Focuses on creation of pictorial and nonobjective weavings. Emphasis placed on development of skills related to tapestry and manipulation of fibers.
Considers new directions, educational trends and opportunities; introduction of alternative concepts and the functions of art education within the context of general education and the contemporary culture milieu.
A focus on each of the four art disciplines: historical, critical, aesthetic, art production; the manner in which they differ and relate and the way in which the integration of these disciplines enhances comprehensive learning in the visual arts. This course will emphasize multi-cultural education.
Open to all M.F.A. and M.A. students; features activities for building a graduate student community of working artists.
In-depth study in specific art history topics. The format of the course will be research and scholarly discussion, providing the graduate student with both depth and breadth.
In-depth examination of connection between art and natural history in America from the time of the early explorer naturalists to contemporary earth artists. This jointly taught studio and art history course combines fieldwork with historical readings and discussions. (This number registers the student for an art history elective.)
Inquiry into the meaning and impact of art education trends in America from the first introduction as a formal part of public school education in the late 1800's to contemporary time. The course will encompass a review and analysis of the discipline's level of development within philosophical and sociopolitical contests, inclusive of community organizations and cultural institutions. Restricted to MA Art Education majors.
This seminar course will introduce students to Roman art and architecture from the time of the Republic to the Late Empire. It will examine the role of art and architecture in the society of ancient Rome, with a special focus on the art of the non-elites.
Courses allowing for the development of personal, creative directions in painting. Includes exploring additional two- or three-dimensional media to broaden visual vocabulary in conjunction with chosen medium. In close work with the instructor, involves private and weekly group meetings for critique, special topics, forum for current and related issues. Emphasis on challenging students in becoming professional career artists. Regular visits by other faculty and artists, periodic trips to galleries and museums. Restricted to MFA Painting students.
The sculpture media/ceramics courses are designed to encourage and assist the graduate student to explore, examine and compile information and experiences that will add to his/her knowledge of material, technique and creative self expression. Students' interests and direction will be supported by the faculty and implemented via available studio facilities. All aspects of clay as a material for expression will be encouraged. Restricted to MFA Ceramics students.
Sculpture courses at this level offer the serious and dedicated student opportunities to experience challenging activities focused on sculpture and/or three dimensional design. An intense personal, creative, and technical investigation is emphasized. Directions and activities are self-prescribed and independently directed under the supervision of the advisor. Restricted to MFA Sculpture students.
Working with the instructor, the student will assist in the preparation and presentation of studio classes. Emphasis on both aesthetic and technical criteria will make up equal components of the assignment. A workshop of the student's design or a museum or gallery related project may also be considered.
In conjunction with the gallery coordinator, the student will experience the preparation for a visiting artist gallery exhibition in the student's area of study. Through this experience the student works directly with the artist and curator on publicity, research, production of gallery poster, exhibit administrative duties, and the set-up and display of the actual exhibits.
(A) A thesis statement on a particular aspect of the student's concentration in connection with a research project of actual experience, presented to the instructor at the completion of the second-year residency. (B) An exhibit, presented in the art gallery. Successful completion of (A) thesis project and (B) exhibit is requisite for graduation.
(B) MFA studio arts candidates [3-D (Ceramics, Sculpture) and 2-D (Painting, Printmaking and Photography)] are required to participate in a closure exhibition of their thesis work. A group exhibition in either the Mahady or Suraci Gallery is conducted under the auspices of the Marywood University Art Galleries. An "Intent to Exhibit" form (acquired from the Gallery Director) must be completed and on file in the Art Gallery office at least 18 months in advance of when the student desires to exhibit. Exhibitions are scheduled each academic year, typically in late fall and late spring semesters. The exhibit must be completed during coursework prior to graduation.
Art Criticism is a seminar course to encourage the practicing artist to engage in the process of thinking, writing, and talking about art. Students will review and critique samples of writing from newspapers, national news magazines, and professional academic journals in order to develop their own unique styles for converting ideas to paper.
Individual and unique interpretations of the human figure, using live models, nature and still life objects with varying techniques and materials such as pencil, pastel, paint, and markers to visualize ideas better and to further drawing skills.
Emphasis is on the development of basic creative thinking methods, such as symbol and icon combining, investigation of form and basic copy analysis techniques as they apply to a variety of real world projects.
The theory, history, and production of the illustrated children's book. A workshop in which each participant is required to produce a children's book suitable for presentation to publishers.
An analysis of current advertising, design, editorial, and illustration problems. Emphasis is on the participants' finding and furthering their own creative solutions.
Further application and study of conceptual thinking techniques as they apply to current visual communication needs.
Advanced approaches to the complex creative problem-solving process used by today's top professionals-why some succeed and others don't.
Research and application of the methods and procedures on the business side of illustration and design. These include getting exhibited, writing and negotiating contracts, getting published, and making yourself and your work saleable.
An interactive investigation of the contemporary art world, including prevailing ideas and attitudes, prominent and emerging artists, institutions, and seats of influence. This course takes the form of a traveling seminar with an integrated studio component, and includes trips to galleries and museums in New York City and elsewhere, in addition to on-campus research and studio work. The course is designed to give studio majors an overview of contemporary art theory and practice, and is open to students in all majors.
Courses offer students a chance to explore photographic expression through commercial, photojournalistic or fine art approaches. Students are expected to challenge themselves to understand the full potential of the medium by going beyond the mere craft of photography. Through philosophical, critical, historical, and aesthetic study of photography, students will develop the skills and ideas necessary to become professional photographers who seek to use the medium for personal expression. Restricted to MFA Photography students.
Courses provide the facility and means of production to explore various possibilities of self expression in relief, screen, intaglio, planographic, mixed media, and monoprint applications. Study is individually focused to enhance personal strengths, interests, and major discipline development objectives. Students are encouraged to balance an appreciation for traditional forms of printmaking with an awareness and investigation of contemporary views, methods and material. Restricted to MFA Printmaking students.
Study of the historical and philosophical bases of art therapy. Emphasis on theories of art therapy. Seminars, lectures, and study of artistic productions in a therapeutic milieu.
An interdisciplinary approach to therapy conducted by specialists in art, music, dance, and psychodrama. Participation in group sessions designed to develop the individual while preparing for a team approach in expressive arts.
This course presents the development of trauma theory and resiliency perspectives within the practice of art therapy. The approach to the provision of counseling and art therapy to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic sequelae of clients is based upon most current principles of trauma theory.
Study of perceptual and motivational theories, with particular focus on symbols, expressions and related behavioral manifestations. Emphasis on theories of Arnheim, Piaget and Lowenfeld.
Ethical Issues in Art Therapy focuses on philosophic and practical questions relevant to the art therapy profession. Attention will be given to basic principles of ethical thought, the Ethical Standards of the American Art Therapy Association, and ethical concerns of related disciplines.
Study of the art of the exceptional child. Slides and visual materials presented.
Study of principles and practices of family art therapy as treatment and evaluation of family dynamics.An overview of family therapy.
A course designed to stimulate thought and discussion of the historical and practical bases of art based research assessment in the art therapy discipline. Essential philosophic and pragmatic questions related to these issues will be explored through lecture, discussion, research, and art-making experiences. (Prerequisites: AT 545 Developmental Dynamics in Art Therapy, AT 520 Introduction to Art Therapy.)
This course is designed to stimulate awareness of racial, ethical, political, and gender biases inherent in society at large and, more specifically, in the mental health field. The student is instructed in the development of culture-specific methods of art therapy treatment for culturally diverse client populations.
This course offers instruction in the theory and methods of adolescent art therapy in mental health settings. Attention is given to the developmental tasks of adolescence, theoretical aspects of residential care, theoretical aspects of adolescent outpatient art therapy, and the typical phases of treatment in adolescent art therapy.
Studio art experiences designed to develop the professional growth of the artist and provide opportunities for creative use of art media to be used in therapeutic settings.
Course explores diverse theories and models for group art therapy through instruction and experiential processes. Preparation of students for utilizing group counseling processes in various settings will be emphasized.
Extends over four semesters and requires at least 800 hours in the field. On-the job supervision and supervision by a member of the art therapy faculty are required. Group meetings are held with the Marywood supervisor (a registered art therapist), involving student presentations and discussions of clinical experiences.
This course will present art therapy concerns and approaches relevant to the abilities and needs of individuals throughout the life-span.
This course is designed to educate the student about the dynamics of addictions, including the cycle, resistance, and recovery from such addictions as; drugs, alcohol, sexual addiction, eating disorders, self-cutting, and gambling. The use of art therapy in treatment will be the essential focus; however, the use of poetry, drama, movement, and music will also be explored. Essential philosophic and pragmatic questions related to the issues of addiction will be explored through lecture, discussion, research projects, and art-making experiences.
Research leading to the completion of the thesis requirement for the Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy.
This course presents the history, implementation, and use of art therapy in schools, medical settings, and community-based facilities. The past and current uses of art therapy at these sites will be addressed through lectures, readings, guest speakers, videos, group discussion, art exercises, and presentations. Confidentiality and ethical dilemma issues will be explored in depth.
Course descriptions for the graduate Psychology courses, core and electives, in the Art Therapy program may be found in the Psychology program section of this catalog.