2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Fine Arts (FIA)

FIA 110  Introduction to Art  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the position, place, and role of art and artists in the culture in which they lived. The course focuses on the work of artists throughout history and in various cultures, and how their work enhanced the intellectural, spiritual, social, economic, and political developments of man from the cave to the present.

FIA 114  Basic Design  (3 Credits)  

Study of basic elements of two-dimensional design and visual communication using a variety of media. Emphasis on visual problem- solving and critical decision making.

FIA 115  Basic Design II  (3 Credits)  

Exploration of color using the basic elements and principles of two- dimensional design, including color theory and the practical application of theory in solving visual problems using a variety of media

FIA 116  Basic Design III  (3 Credits)  

Exploration of the relationship between form, space, and ideas in three-dimensional design. The sequence of projects begins with simple constructions and structures, then evolves to an investigation of complex three-dimensional form.

FIA 120  Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Development of ability to see and record through the use of a variety of drawing media, providing knowledge of line, shape, light and shade, texture, composition, and perspective. Emphasis on drawing in still life, the live model, and outdoor sketching.

FIA 121  Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Development of ability to see and record through the use of a variety of drawing media, providing knowledge of line, shape, light and shade, texture, composition, and perspective. Emphasis on d

FIA 140  Ceramics  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to modeling and sculpturing of tiles, panels, plaques, small figures in high and low relief, and in the round from plastic materials, casting in plaster, coiling, building, pressing and decorating pottery.

FIA 141  Ceramics  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to modeling and sculpturing of tiles, panels, plaques, small figures in high and low relief, and in the round from plastic materials, casting in plaster, coiling, building, pressing and decorating pottery.

FIA 160  Lettering  (3 Credits)  

Study of various techniques in poster layouts; practice in freehand pen and brush lettering; study of old style and modern alphabets; designing monograms, book covers and jackets, and constructing, printing, and illustrating a book.

FIA 165  Foundations of Photo 1  (3 Credits)  

Introduces students to the foundations of the principles of photography and fundamental camera techniques using a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Requires outside shooting and lab work. Computer experience is advised.

FIA 166  Foundations of Photo 2  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes principles of photography and intermediate camera techniques in photography, where students will continue to create more imagery based on the competency introduced in FIA 165. This class has added features requiring advanced shooting assignments and a higher level of understanding of the use in Adobe Photoshop techniques as presentation tools. This class will also require more outside shooting and lab work. Computer experience is required.

FIA 201  Basic Art Appreciation  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the arts (architecture, painting, and sculpture) conducted through a series of lectures, slides, and art films. Emphasis on the elements that go into the making of a work of art, the artists' works related to the world around them, and an explanation of the periods of art.

FIA 201H  Honors Basic Art Appreciation  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the arts (architecture, painting, and sculpture) conducted through a series of lectures, slides, and art films. Emphasis on the elements that go into the making of a work of art, the artists' works related to the world around them, and an explanation of the periods of art.

FIA 211  Fashion Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to drawing from the live model and other sources. Emphasis is on developing skills necessary for competent illustration of the figure for fashion drawings.

FIA 214  Craft Design Workshop  (3 Credits)  

Experimentation with basic processes and individual problems in woodcarving, ceramics, leather, metal, textiles and plastics. Develops appreciation of artistic craftsmanship, research, lectures, demonstration and participating experiences.

FIA 220  Life Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Drawing from live models in an attempt to familiarize the student with various approaches to the figure.

FIA 221  Life Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Drawing from live models in an attempt to familiarize the student with various approaches to the figure.

FIA 234  Painting  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to acrylic or oil painting with emphasis on a variety of painting techniques, composition and color mixing. Individual development stressed through class critiques. Museum and gallery visits required.

FIA 235  Painting  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to acrylic or oil painting with emphasis on a variety of painting techniques, composition and color mixing. Individual development stressed through class critiques. Museum and gallery visits required.

FIA 240  Sculpture  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the basic rules and techniques of sculpture, familiarizing students with the various tools and materials peculiar to this area. Emphasis on clay, plaster of Paris, wire and plastics, and traditional materials such as wood, stone, and metal, wherever feasible. Elementary sculpture is basrelief and in the round.

FIA 260  Introduction to Graphic Design  (3 Credits)  

Fundamental principles of graphic design, organized as a series of problems in visual communication including a variety of working methods, developing designs from the initial conceptual stage through final production phase. Computer experience recommended.

FIA 261  Printmaking Workshop  (3 Credits)  

Fundamental understanding of various printmaking media through the demonstration and execution of basic technical methods combined with discussion of the aesthetic considerations involved in the creation of original prints.

FIA 262  Printmaking Workshop  (3 Credits)  

Fundamental understanding of various printmaking media through the demonstration and execution of basic technical methods combined with discussion of the aesthetic considerations involved in the creation of original prints

FIA 265  Studio Lighting 1  (3 Credits)  

Examines advanced lighting and camera techniques under controlled studio conditions. Includes digital camera use, electronic flash, advanced lighting techniques, color temperature and filtration, and lighting ratios. Requires outside shooting and lab work. At least two semesters of continuous and relevant software application experience is required.

FIA 266  Studio Lighting 2  (3 Credits)  

Reinforces more advanced lighting and camera techniques under controlled studio and on location conditions. Includes advanced camera use, electronic flash, advanced lighting techniques, and lighting ratios with speed lights and studio strobes. Also increases the amount of work to include food, product, and people as subject matter and cultivating and producing conceptual ideas. Requires outside shooting and lab work. Computer experience is mandatory.

FIA 270  History of Art Survey I  (3 Credits)  

Survey of architecture, painting, and sculpture designed to promote understanding and enjoyment of the fine arts through a series of lectures, slides, and art films. Emphasis on technical, social, historical, and thematic issues from prehistoric art through Gothic.

FIA 271  History of Art Survey II  (3 Credits)  

Survey of architecture, painting, and sculpture designed to promote understanding and enjoyment of the fine arts through a series of lectures, slides, and art films. Emphasis on technical, social, historical, and thematic issues from the Renaissance through contemporary.

FIA 280  Computer Applications in the Arts  (3 Credits)  

Study of the concepts and skills necessary to explore the use of computers in the arts. Emphasizes intuitive understanding of technical material and encourages artistic experimentation with computer- related ideas.

FIA 295  Sophomore/Junior Review  (3 Credits)  

This course is a review of student work in their, first two years in the Fine Arts program. Faculty, will evaluate the student's strengths and discuss, areas that may require further development. The, student's portfolio must include two works from, each studio course completed at Norfolk State, University and a written narrative statement for, each piece of work must also be submitted.

FIA 320  Intermediate Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Enhancement of the ability to translate physical and mental stimuli into tangible, visual images engaging in a variety of technical assignments designed to expand the creative thought process.

FIA 321  Intermediate Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Enhancement of the ability to translate physical and mental stimuli into tangible, visual images engaging in a variety of technical assignments designed to expand the creative thought process.

FIA 335  Art Composition & Painting  (3 Credits)  

Emphasis on the strengthening of organization principles of good drawing and design within a painting, including the application of effective painting methods, techniques, and thematic concepts.

FIA 360  Typography  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to communication problem solving through the visual language. Exploration of the fundamentals of typography and typographic design through a series of experimental and practical projects.

FIA 361  Advance Printmaking  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

FIA 362  Graphic Design I  (3 Credits)  

Foundation of commercial art including video and the Web. Emphasis on layout, typography, computer graphics, photography, video and the various processes of reproduction as they pertain to graphic design.

FIA 363  Graphic Design II  (3 Credits)  

Study of commercial art including video and the Web. Emphasis on layout, illustration, typography, computer graphics, photography, video, animation (such as Flash), and the various processes of reproduction as they pertain to graphic design.

FIA 365  Elemen Photography  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

FIA 370  African/Afro-American Art  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African and African American art from the first millennium B.C. to the present, which examines painting, sculpture, architecture, and the lesser arts of metallurgy, design and textiles.

FIA 370H  Honors African/Afro-American Art  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African and African American art from the first millennium B.C. to the present, which examines painting, sculpture, architecture, and the lesser arts of metallurgy, design and textiles.

FIA 372  Introduction to Fibers  (3 Credits)  

Study of contemporary sculptural forms in the following categories soft sculpture, body adornments, container forms, and wall hangings. Techniques used are wrapping, coiling, weaving, offloom weaving, knot forming, trapunto, and fabric manipulation.

FIA 380  Computer Imaging  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the process of involving electronic media in the production of visual images using the computer and its peripheral devices. Emphasis on two- dimensional still images, with attention to animation, web design, and presentations.

FIA 420  Advanced Drawing  (3 Credits)  

Establishment of individual responses to the environment while building drawing concepts by working in series and presenting work in a professional manner.

FIA 460  Advanced Graphic Design  (3 Credits)  

Study of the means and methods of relating pictorial images, lettering, type, paper and color for use in publicity, book design, and allied fields

FIA 461  Advanced Graphic Design  (3 Credits)  

Focus on research and experimentation in specialized visual communication media in a topical studio. Extensive experience in computer graphics required.

FIA 462  Design in Commerce  (3 Credits)  

Study of contemporary visual communications, with emphasis on systematic and methodological approaches to communication design through the solving of practical, complex problems in visual communication. Extensive experience in computer graphics required.

FIA 463  Design in Commerce  (3 Credits)  

Study of graphic design with emphasis on sharpening mechanical skills, promoting professional work and compiling a strong portfolio. Developing a sense of clarity and style in visual communication of the goal.

FIA 465  Studio Workshop 1  (3 Credits)  

This advanced photography course requires photography students to apply what they have learned; what has been previously emphasized and reinforced in all their photography courses. This facilitates their ability to create a more concise portfolio in their selected concentration, which includes fashion, food, portrait, product, and fine art. This workshop will prepare the students to design, construct, and present their photographs for portfolio reviews needed to complete their preferred areas of expertise. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed.

FIA 466  Studio Workshop 2  (3 Credits)  

This advanced photography course will continue emphasizing the requirements the photography students are to apply; what they have learned and what has been previously emphasized and reinforced in all their photography courses. This facilitates their ability to continue creating a more concise portfolio in their selected concentration, which includes fashion, food, portrait, product, and fine art. This workshop will prepare the students to design, construct, and present their photography for portfolio reviews needed to complete their preferred areas of expertise. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed.

FIA 467  Studio Workshop 3  (3 Credits)  

This advanced workshop course requires students to apply what they have learned and what has been previously emphasized and reinforced in all their related courses. This facilitates their ability to create a more concise portfolio in their selected concentration, which includes pertinent and instructor approved subject choice. This workshop will prepare the students to design, construct, and present their work for portfolio reviews needed to complete their preferred areas of expertise and prepare them for transition into graduate school or the work place. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed, reinforced, and applied.

FIA 468  Studio Workshop 4  (3 Credits)  

This advanced workshop course requires students to apply what they have learned and what has been previously emphasized and reinforced in all their related courses. This facilitates their ability to create a more concise portfolio in their selected concentration, which includes pertinent and instructor approved subject choice. This workshop will prepare the students to design, construct, and present their work for portfolio reviews needed to complete their preferred areas of expertise and prepare them for transition into graduate school or the work place. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed, reinforced, and applied.

FIA 469  Printmaking Workshop 1 - Intalglio Printmaking  (3 Credits)  

Designed to apply experimental methods for digital media in printmaking, this course will teach the use of digitally generated images, chemical processes in combination with traditional hand- drawn images to create intaglio prints. With a focus in printmaking workshop practice, this course will require a minimum of six hours in studio practice per week with significant time for additional research, preparation, execution and print proofing. Regular consultation between student and instructor is required to develop a strong conceptual, philosophical, and personal exploration of imagemaking techniques and methods, as well as the development of manual dexterity skills associated with printmaking processes. The final products will be original handmade prints and digital print outputs, which explore the inter-relationship digital photographic, computer generated images as a means to an end for intaglio printmaking processes.

FIA 470  Printmaking Workshop 2  (3 Credits)  

Designed to reinforce experimental printmaking techniques, methods, concepts and philosophy in application of digital media in intaglio printmaking; will build upon content covered in FIA 469 by expanding upon the use of digitally generated images, chemical processes in combination with traditional hand- drawn images for the creation of intaglio prints. With a focus in printmaking workshop practice, this course will require a minimum of six hours in studio practice per week with significant time for additional research, preparation, execution, and print proofing. Regular consultation between student and instructor is required to develop a strong conceptual, philosophical and personal exploration of image- making processes and the development of manual dexterity skills associated with printmaking processes. The final products will be original handmade prints and digital print outputs, which explore the interrelationship of digital photographic, computer generated images as a means to an end for intaglio printmaking processes

FIA 491  Advanced Studio Problems  (3 Credits)  

Study of studio problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

FIA 491C  Advanced Studio Problems  (3 Credits)  

Study of studio problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

FIA 492  Advanced Studio Problems  (3 Credits)  

Studio problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. May be used for one semester major-field-related internship.

FIA 492A  Advanced Studio Problems  (3 Credits)  

Study of studio problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

FIA 492B  Advanced Studio Problems  (3 Credits)  

Studio problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. May be used for one semester major-field-related internship.

FIA 495  Portfolio Preparation and Sr Exhibition  (2 Credits)  

Preparation of a professional art portfolio which includes selecting pieces, presenting and documenting work, applying for graduate school or the profession. Portfolio reviewed by faculty and outside elevators. To be taken only in the final semester of major course work for graduation.