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Areas of Study, Kiva Connect, and Suggested Pathway in Art

Design I (Arts 1311) 

Basic concepts of design with two-dimensional materials are explored. The use of line, color, the illusion of space or mass, texture, value, shape and size in composition is considered.
Required for Art Majors.

Design II (Arts 1312)
Basic concepts of design with three-dimensional materials are explored. The use of mass,
space, movement, texture, line, plane, volume, color and scale is considered.
Required for Art Majors. 

Drawing I and II (Arts 1316 and 1317)
Investigate various media, techniques, and subjects. Explore perceptual and descriptive
possibilities, and consider drawing as a developmental process, as well as an end in itself.
Required for Art Majors.

Figure Drawing (ARTS 2323)
Working directly with the live model, students focus on the human figure as subject matter.
A traditional source of inspiration for artists of every generation, life drawing provides students
the opportunity to explore one of the most fundamental subjects in art—the nude.

Sculpture (ARTS 2326)
Form and movement are stressed in this program, utilizing a variety of materials both traditional
and contemporary. Students are encouraged to experience a wide base of materials and methods
from which to build an individual style in subsequent sculpture methods.

Ceramics (ARTS 2346 and 2347)
The ceramics studio is completely equipped for hand building and wheel throwing. This course
focuses on the building of pottery forms by a coil, slab and use of the wheel. Glazing and
firing are also included. Students learn the basics of form building in clay, as well as glazing
techniques toward a finished product.

Painting (2316 and 2317)
Water-based painting in acrylic is stressed. Beginning painting students develop fundamental
skills in the medium and begin to define an individual style. Advanced students engage the
issues of contemporary painting, and are encouraged to work large scale and with alternative


Photography (ARTS 2356 and 2357)
Introduction to the basics of photography. Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of
chemistry, and presentation skills. Emphasis on design, history and contemporary trends
as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics. Both digital and
wet lab processes are explored.

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301)
Films, lectures, slides, and discussions focus on the theoretical, cultural and historical aspects
of the visual arts. Emphasis is on the development of visual and aesthetic awareness. Hands-on
activities, collaborative learning as well as direct access to professional and student exhibitions
on campus are provided. Hybrid and online course study is available, with special emphasis
courses such as Mexican-American/Latino Studies included.


Art Survey I and II (ARTS 1303 and 1304)

Cultural, geophysical and personal influences on art styles from the prehistoric to the present
are explored. Required for Art Majors.


Suggested Student Pathway in Art


For Art Majors Transferring to a Four-Year University


Fall Freshman Year


One of the following: Design I (ARTS 1311) or Design II (ARTS 1312)

ENGL 1301

HIST 1301


Spring Freshman Year


One of the following: Design I (ARTS 1311) or Design II (ARTS 1312)

PHED 1164

One of the following: SPCH 1315, 1311, 1321 or Foreign Language 1311, 1312, 1411, 1412

or SGNL 1301 1302

One of the following: MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1332, 1350, 1351, 2321/2421, 2342


Fall Sophomore Year

ENGL (1302)

Art Survey I (ARTS 1303)

GOVT 2305

One of the following: ANTH 2302, 2346, BIOL 1322, BUSI 1307, COMM 1307, CRIJ 1301, 1307, ECON 1301, 2301, 2302, 2311, GEOG 1302, 1303, 2312, GOVT 2304, 2311, HIST 2321, 2322, 2327, PHED 1304, PSYC 2301, 2306, 2314, 2316, SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301, 2306, 2319, TECA 1303, 1354

Studio Option:

Drawing III (ARTS 2323), Painting I (ARTS 2316), Sculpture I (ARTS 2326),

Ceramics I ARTS 2346, Photography I (ARTS 2356)


Spring Sophomore Year

GOVT 2306

Art Survey II (ARTS1304)

One of the following: HIST 1302, 2301, 2328, 2381

One of the following: ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2331, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343, 2351, HUMA 1302, 1305, 2319, PHIL 1301, 1304, 1316, 1317, 2306, 2307, 2316, 2317, 2318, 2321, 2000, FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2311, 2312, SGNL 2301, 2302

Studio Option

Drawing III (ARTS 2323), Painting I (ARTS 2316), Sculpture I (ARTS 2326),

Ceramics I (ARTS 2346), Photography I (ARTS 2356)

Kiva Connect in the Kiva Gallery

Kiva Connect is an interactive community program located in the Kiva Gallery, which lies at the crossroads of the MVC art studios. Kiva Connect supports pop up exhibits, studio critiques, student success exhibits/events, workshop engagements, community discussion boards and exhibitions of student work from studio classes each fall and spring.