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GER Information

A = Arts
CD = Cultural Diversity
OWCB = Oral and Written Communication
† = Variable content courses may be retaken with change in topic
* = non art majors may enroll 2 weeks prior to start of semester

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The Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design expands your creativity and sets you apart from other job candidates while endowing you with cutting edge skills in areas like problem solving and innovative thinking. Courses open to ALL UWM students. See course listing below to identify those classes which satisfy GER requirements.

100 - American Art and Culture (A, CD)
Appreciation of North American art through study of diverse cultural traditions including African-American, Native-American, Latino-American, Asian-American and European-American expressive practices.

*101 - Drawing I
Exploration of drawing materials, methods, concepts and expression based on visual observation.

*102 (201) - Drawing II
Expanded development of drawing materials, methods and expression; focus on conceptual and perceptual process.

106 - Art Survey (A)
Introduction to the visual arts disciplines and contemporary critical concerns. Course themes investigate inter-relations between technical process and expressive intent.

†107 - Art Explorations (A)
Special topic courses in Art and Design for non-art majors. Rotating topics may include photoshop, illustrator, typography, ceramics, entrepreneurship, etc.

*108 - 2D Concepts
An introduction to visual problem solving. Organization of the two-dimensional plane using the elements and principles of design. Includes the study of black and white and the basics of color.

*109 - 3D Concepts
An introduction to three-dimensional design through constructed surface and form studies, tool usage and fabrication techniques.

*118 - Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice (A)
Introduction to electronic art and imaging. Focus on historical and cultural contexts, theoretical concepts and studio skills using imaging software.

124 - Design Survey (A)
Survey of design disciplines and movements of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Slide lectures include industrial design, architecture, graphic design, and design movements.

130 -  Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education (A, CD)
A study of art and its relationship to human development. Designed for teachers interested in providing developmentally appropriate art experiences for children from pre-school through 6th grade. Lectures, discussions, readings, and lab activities will emphasize the use of art materials, equipment, and visual aids

150 - Multicultural America (A, CD)
Cross-cultural study of U.S. ethnic and racial identities through materials drawn from a variety of media arts practices (e.g. film, photography, new media) with attention to African-, Asian-, Hispanic- and Native American experiences.

221(228) - Introduction to Design
Introduction to computer as design and production tool for graphic design, use software to create graphics, edit images and design complex layouts.

243 - Introduction to Painting
Exploration of oil painting medium including color and construction of pictorial space. Work primarily from observation, investigating range of motifs and personal content.

253(251) - Introduction to Photography
Fundamental aesthetics and techniques of black & white photography concentrating on 35mm camera operation, film exposure and darkroom practice.

261 - Introduction to Sculpture
Basic experiences in various sculpture media with an emphasis on the asethetic interrelationship of techniques and concept.

271 - Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Introduction to major aspects of metalworking and jewelry. Develop design skills and technical competency and explore metalsmithing as an art form. Outside class work required.

277 - Design for Digital Fabrication
Introduction digital design, drawing and fabrication using 3D modeling software and output devices such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

309 - Issues in Contemporary Art (A, CD)
Lecture course focused on critical issues/theory in contemporary art and culture. Rotating topics may include visiting artist lecture series, remix and public art, artists and social movements, digital practices, etc.

322(226) - Topics in Illustration
Application of design and media skills to illustration problems. Interrelation of image and typography in various graphic forms.

324 - Web Design
Introduction to design for the Internet: information architecture, hypertextuality, creative and client-based sites, critical issues of Internet culture; fundamentals of markup languages, CSS, and software.

509 - Art & Design Seminar (OWCB)
Topics and critical issues in the modern and/or contemporary field of art. Student research and written/oral reports required. Rotating topics; remix & public art, artists & social movements, etc.