Visual Arts

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The Visual Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior prepares students to be innovative, reflective, articulate and ethical professionals. Students develop technical and relational competence, informed aesthetic discernment, and a contextual understanding of contemporary practices with a commitment to diversity.

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ART - Art
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ART 698Practicum1.00 - 7.00
Supervised experience providing practical application in specific disciplines. Integration of the competencies of the individualized focus in contract form.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 702Art Therapy Seminar3.00
Investigation into topics of diagnosis and treatment in mental health. This course explores major categories of mental illness using the DSM, and the therapeutic methods that may be used for various disorders. Current research will be discussed.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ART 704Issues in Visual Arts3.00
Advanced study of theoretical frameworks, concepts, contents, and contexts of visual arts. Topic will vary from the spirituality and the sacred in art, psychology and philosophy of art, primitivism in contemporary/modern art, cultural politics in art, feminism in art, science and technology in art, among others.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 705Graduate Drawing3.00
Advanced studies in drawing. Individual development emphasized.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 710Graduate Painting3.00
Advanced studies in painting.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 711Graduate Collage3.00
Advanced studies exploring the theory and practice of mixed media approaches to drawing and painting.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 713Ethical Considerations in Art Therapy3.00
This course provides an overview to the ethics and professional values that correspond to the practice of art therapy. Practical applications pertaining to matters of diversity, social justice and the use of technology will be addressed. This course also focuses on the awareness of one's own cultural history and the role that background plays in personal perceptions and world views. Through readings, examination of case studies, digital media and experiential approaches, students will gain an understanding of the legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of art therapy.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Art Therapy Graduate or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 719Multi-Modal Art Therapy3.00
An exploration of Multi-Modal healing techniques and their application in Art Therapy, Drama, Music, Poetry, and Play Therapy will be studied scholastically and experientially. Professionals in the field as well as varied techniques will be introduced.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ART 720Studies in American Art3.00
American art of the Colonial, 19th or 20th Century period including sculpture, architecture and painting.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 721Mediterranean3.00
Architecture, sculpture, craft, and painting of the Mediterranean and Near East cultures to include any one or combination of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome or early Christian/Byzantine.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 723Medieval Art3.00
a) Early Christian and Byzantine; b) Medieval; c) Romanesque; d) Gothic: A detailed investigation of the art of the Middle Ages.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 724Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies3.00
Study of visual arts in non-western societies including North American Indian/Native American; Mesoamerican; Oceania/Pacific Islands, Asian, and African cultures.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 727Modern Art3.00
Nineteenth Century, 20th Century, Contemporary or Post-Modern Art and architecture and the forces which influenced the period. Research required.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 729Women in Art3.00
Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 730Readings In Art History3.00
Guided individual research on an approved topic.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 732African and African Diaspora Art History3.00
A survey of art created by people of African descent. Also discussed are some influences of Islam, Western Europe, and the Caribbean regions.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 735Research In Art Therapy3.00
An introduction to research methods used in art therapy with an emphasis on qualitative research design. Students will work on the formulation of research questions and develop a thesis proposal.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 740Graduate Printmaking3.00
Advanced studies in printmaking.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 741Graduate Photography 23.00
Advanced studies in photography. Emphasizes concept and process resolution by defining a specific direction through a cohesive body of photographs. Students have the option of working in film or digital.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 745Exploring Stigma: Verbal and Visual Narratives3.00
Social stigma exists. It may be associated with perceptions toward mental illness, socioeconomic status, race, gender identity, body image, and HIV/AIDS. Stories help humanize issues and are invaluable as educational and awareness-raising tools. Students will examine the existence of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, and discover through art therapy-based approaches, how narratives play a role in social justice and in eliminating stigma.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 750Psychology of Art3.00
Art as a fundamental human activity on an individual and societal level. Studies theories of creativity and issues of cultural and social diversity as applicable to art therapy.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ART 760Graduate Sculpture3.00
Advanced studies in sculpture.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 770Graduate Ceramics3.00
Individualized studio problems in ceramics. Work at this level is expected to be specialized and without major technical problems.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 775Graduate Metalwork3.00
Advanced in nonferrous metalwork.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 779Graduate Fibers3.00
Topic: Loom Weaving - Individually designed series of experiences using the loom in interlocking fibers. Problems planned in consultation with instructor. Topic: Off-Loom Fibers - Advanced problems in primary structures should include research of primitive expression, materials and techniques.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 783Art Therapy Fundamentals3.00
Survey of the origins, history, and theoretical objectives and trends in art therapy. Ethical, legal issues and standards of good practice will be covered.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 784Development of Creative Functioning3.00
The study of the creative individual; exploration of research related to creativity; techniques for promoting creative thinking and problem-solving in educational, clinical and business environments.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 785Art Therapy Techniques3.00
Theoretical approaches and techniques used in art therapy will be studied. Students will also learn to develop and apply art therapy assessments.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 789ART Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ART 795Independent Study1.00 - 5.00
Graduate art students work independently under guidance of an instructor. Students submit a proposal of study during the first week of the course.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 797Art Field Study1.00 - 3.00
By special arrangement and permission of the department, a student may enroll for the off-campus study of a problem in art. Documentation required.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 798Practicum1.00 - 7.00
Supervised experience providing practical application in specific disciplines. Integration of the competencies of the individualized focus in contract form.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 799Graduate Terminal Project in Art Therapy1.00 - 3.00
Students will complete a thesis project, which integrates their acquired theoretical knowledge, clinical internship experiences and applied critical thinking. This is a self-directed course for students who have been approved to pursue a Master’s Terminal Project. Course provides a structured format for completion of the Master’s Project under the advisement of an instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
 
ARTED - Art Education
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ARTED 781Art for Special Education3.00
Exploration of art concepts, media, and processes with adaptations for the mainstreamed student with special educational needs. A study of characteristics of students with behavior and/or learning disorders, cognitive delay, physical handicap, and gifted and talented.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ARTED 782Art Education for the Gifted and Talented3.00
Study of current guidelines, trends, and program options that address the special educational needs of gifted and talented students. Areas of emphasis include: student characteristics, artwork characteristics, identification procedures, and curriculum models.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

Visual Arts Department Contact Information Top of Page

Visual Arts Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center 3101
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8391
Email: art@uwsuper.edu