Visual Arts (VISA)

VISA A104 Elements: Visual Traditions 3 crs.

Visual Traditions is a foundation level studio course that concentrates on the investigation of concepts and practices of formal composition construction. Each composition is designed with two main considerations, the formal elements (line, shape, mass, volume, texture, and value) and the principles of organization (Harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, economy). Students will explore these elements, principles and their language through a series of assignments that range in processes and materials, gaining a holistic understanding of composition construction from varied perspectives. The disciplines and processes that will be utilized will include 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and digital applications. Lab fee $50.

Required of all Visual Art freshman majors.

VISA A105 Elements: Color 3 crs.

Color is a foundation level studio course that investigates the practical application and theory of color in visual art making. It serves as an introduction to how “color” is utilized in contemporary practices within all Visual art fields, from graphic design to fine art. The course goal is to gain a balanced, holistic understanding of colors function within a composition and to successfully utilize the language associated with it. Students will explore the practical application of color through a series of assignments and critiques that utilizes 2-D, 3-D and digital applications. Lab fee $50.

Required of all Visual Arts freshman majors.

VISA A106 Elements: Time/Narrative 3 crs.

Time/Narrative is a foundation level studio course focused on the concepts of “Time and Narrative” in art making. Contemporary art and design has moved past the single static composition and into an arena that visually communicates a narrative through a series of images that incorporate an element of time. In this course students will explore the fundamental structure and principles of these topics through a series of assignments that utilize 2-D, 3-D and digital applications. These varying processes and materials are utilized to gain a balanced, holistic understanding of how Time/Narrative pertain to the contemporary art practice. Lab fee $50.

Required of all Visual Arts and Graphic Design freshman majors. Required of all Visual Arts minors.

VISA A107 Elements: Spacial Principals 3 crs.

Artists are constantly manipulating the fundamental element “space” in their work, from the illusionary space that exists in a renaissance painting or online to the actual space that sculptures inhabit. Within the arena of contemporary art and design the idea of “space” can reference a multiple of manifestations. In this foundation level studio course we will investigate the basic concepts associated with the practical and theoretical applications of “space” within all Visual art fields, from graphic design to fine art.
Students will explore this principle through a series of assignments that utilize 2-D, 3-D, and digital applications. This varied approach to processes and materials is to achieve a balanced, holistic understanding of how “spatial principles” pertain to the contemporary art practice. Lab fee $50.

Required of all Visual Arts and Graphic Design freshman majors. Required of all Visual Arts minors.

VISA A110 Intro to Art History I 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the history of (primarily) Western art from prehistory through the Late Medieval period in Europe and the Mediterranean. Organized chronologically, it nevertheless takes a thematic approach to the production of material culture over time, focusing attention on such decisive factors as power, gender, patronage, iconography, etc. Always concerned with context as well as questions of form or style, readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments highlight the various social, political, and religious functions of art within Western cultures, while also examining specific techniques and practices developed and deployed by artists.

Required of all art and design majors

Open to all students

VISA A111 Intro to Art History II 3 crs.

This course is designed to follow VISA A110 Intro to Art History I and provides an introduction to the history of Western art from the Early Renaissance period to the modern period. Organized chronologically, it nevertheless takes a thematic approach to the production of material culture over time, focusing attention on such decisive factors as power, gender, patronage, iconography, etc. Always concerned with context as well as questions of form or style, readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments highlight the various social, political, and religious functions of art within Western cultures, while also examining specific techniques and practices developed and deployed by artists.

Required of all art and design majors.

Open to all students.

VISA A115 Painting for Non-art Students 3 crs.

This course gives students with no art background the opportunity to draw and paint under guidance.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A200 Drawing I 3 crs.

The hand drawn image carries with it a remarkable means of communicating the intellect in a uniquely direct way. This course develops the student’s formal drawing vocabulary though a series of sequential, in depth assignments. The student is encouraged to challenge his/her assumptions of accepted 2-d imaging solutions through the simultaneous mastery of perceptual skills, illusionistic techniques and conceptual considerations necessary for solving complex visual problems. Fully realized works on/of paper are necessary for completion of class work. The course is open to non-art majors.

VISA A201 Drawing II 3 crs.

Drawing II expands methodologies of seeing and translating what is seen through a balance of traditional and experimental media. Drawing directly from the model will further develop the student's understanding of the structural and expressive elements of drawing. Through continual reference to both historical and contemporary subject matter in class work and outside projects, the student will expand his/her own awareness of the potential of drawing. While drawing skills are acquired over a lifetime, on satisfactory completion of Drawing 2,  the student will have developed a fluent hand informed by a personal voice. Participation in class critique, individual reviews, and presentation of a professional digital portfolio will be required.

VISA A215 Modern Art 3 crs.

Modern Art traces the development of modernism in Western art, following a rough chronology from the late nineteenth century in Europe to the end of the Second World War in Europe and the United States. This course covers the major stylistic movements with which modern artists have been associated (including Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism) and explores the critical and theoretical terms with which this art has been discussed.

Required of all art majors and minors

Open to all students

VISA A230 Painting Studio I 3 crs.

Painting I introduces the student to the complexities of oil paint in problems that address the issues of both representation and abstraction. Relevant art historical antecedents are always examined.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A231 Painting Studio II 3 crs.

This course continues the exploration of the possibilities of painting begun in Painting I, with further investigation of technical and conceptual approaches to the medium. Reference to historical and contemporary movements in art is an essential part of course content, as is the awareness of the relatedness of these movements to a larger cultural context. At least one written project is included in the course syllabus.

Prerequisite: VISA A230

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A232 Painting Studio III 3 crs.

This course is an advanced painting studio course with emphasis on both traditional and contemporary approaches and results in a final presentation and research paper.

Prerequisite: VISA A231

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A240 Beginning Printmaking 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of printmaking. Students will explore the fundamental techniques of the four traditional print making processes: etching, lithography, relief and screen-printing (serigraphy).  The course also includes a brief history of each media, a history of papermaking, and the matting and mounting of works on paper. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A241 Printmaking: Intaglio 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of intaglio printing. The student will explore etching, engraving, drypoint, digital/photomechanical processes, multi-plate color techniques and the monotype. Note: completion of this course will fulfill the VISA major or minor printmaking requirement. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A242 Printmaking: Screen-printing 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of screen-printing or serigraphy. The student will explore the various stencil-making techniques including direct and indirect photo emulsion, and a variety of digital/photomechanical techniques and processes. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A243 Advanced Printmaking 3 crs.

This course is continued technical and conceptual development of images in any of the traditional or applied printmaking and/or bookmaking techniques. This is a repeatable course and may be taken multiple times. Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: any one of VISA A240, VISA A241, VISA A242, VISA A243, VISA A244, VISA A245, or VISA A246

VISA A244 Printmaking: Lithography 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of lithography. The student will explore the traditional method of hand drawn stone lithography, plate lithography, and digital photolithography. Note: completion of this course will fulfill the VISA major or minor printmaking requirement.  Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A245 Bookbinding/ Book Arts 3 crs.

This course explores case binding, oriental binding, and folio design as a potential format using text, images, or a combination. Emphasis will be placed on creating the book as visual object, not by imposed decoration, but through structure. Open to all students. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A246 Printmaking: Relief 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of relief printmaking. The student will explore the woodcut, linocut, and relief etching techniques. Letterpress printing using hand set type, artist papers, and presentation of works on paper will also be examined. This course satisfies the VISA printmaking requirement. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

VISA A249 Fine Art of Photography 3 crs.

This course is a technical investigation of contemporary fine art approaches to the photography process with exploration of materials, equipment, and printmaking processes necessary for development of black and white photographs. An introduction is made to the techniques of fine black and white photography. Students are shown how to produce a portfolio of fine black and white prints.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A271 Graphic Communication Survey 3 crs.

This course will cover the history of graphic design beginning with the first pictorial images in caves to the electronic computer based imaging of today. The course will focus on the reproducibility and intertextuality of word and image with an emphasis on the evolution of design concept, typography, and printing technology.

VISA A275 Graphic Design I 3 crs.

This studio course will focus on the application of the principles of graphic design and its functions in developing the creative use of two-dimensional space. Students will learn the basics of visual literacy. Required of all graphic design majors and minors. Offered in fall only.

Co-requisite for majors in graphic design: VISA A378 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A276 Digital Art – 2D  3 crs.

This is a beginning course in fine art, which introduces the expanding processes and possibilities of digital imaging. The course will not only develop important skills in an increasingly digital art world, but also allow greater opportunities for the studio major to apply these techniques to their individual forms of expression.

Prerequisite: Elements Block (VISA A104, VISA A105, VISA A106, VISA A107) or permission of instructor. 

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A285 Cinematic Representations of Cross-Gender Performance 3 crs.

This class raises questions about both the nature and perception of gender. Coursework examines the concept through a review of films that utilize gender performance as their premise by watching recent and older mainstream films in addition to reading gender theory as a background to viewing and discussion.

VISA A300 Art After Modernism 3 crs.

Art after Modernism traces the development of art in the U.S. and Europe, following a rough chronology from the end of the Second World War through the present. This course covers the major movements with which artists of the last half-century have been associated (including Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual art) and explores the critical and theoretical terms with which this art has been discussed. In particular, this course is concerned with the changing relationship between art and theory, which, over the course of this period, increasingly came to challenge certain modernist tendencies.

Required of all art majors.

Prerequisites: VISA A215 or permission of instructor

VISA A320 Sculpture Studio I 3 crs.

This course examines sculpture both technically and through the formal language of 3-D. Students embrace critical standards which directly relate to the practice of sculpture. The student simultaneously must become familiar with models of knowledge offered by one’s own personal experience. Open to non-art majors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A321 Sculpture Studio II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation of the elements of Sculpture Studio I plus expansion of technical information and further exploration of each individual’s ability to manipulate the language of 3-D.

Prerequisite: VISA A320

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A325 Web Design 3 crs.

This introductory course explores the basic principles of web design. Students will work with words, typography, images, animation, sounds, movement, color, transformation, and structured relationships to create meaningful and compelling communication experiences. It covers technical aspects of web creation as well as design and considerations of information delivery and usability. Classes will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, readings, discussions and hands-on activity. Students will be assigned projects that will help them in grasping fundamental principles in the planning, structuring, building, and maintenance of a website.

All students must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop. Non majors must take a proficiency test in order to take the class.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A326 Motion Graphics 3 crs.

This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of motion graphics through the use of typography and images. The main emphasis in this class will be on understanding and mastering the creation, design, and execution of narratives. Projects will be largely centered around learning the features and functions of Adobe After Effects software while touching upon basic aspects of film editing (Final Cut Pro) and sound design necessary for producing a motion piece. The goal is to create a successful final project that will be presented publicly in a motion graphics screening.

Students must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Non majors must take a proficiency test in order to take the class.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A340 Metal Sculpture I 3 crs.

This course is an exploration of all sculptural processes dealing with metal (welding, braising, casting, steel fabrication, etc.) and other materials combined with metals. Students will formulate questions and follow their possibilities regardless of where they lead.

Prerequisite: VISA A320

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A349 Fine Art of Photography II 3 crs.

This course will cover the use of filters, flash, different lenses, and toning. We will address contemporary issues in photography and learn to produce exhibition quality black and white prints. Topics will range from Stieglitz’s equivalents to David Hockney’s photo collages.

Prerequisite: VISA A249 or permission of instructor

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A350 Aesthetics: As Practiced in Theory 3 crs.

This course explores some of the major intellectual currents that have shaped art criticism, as well as artistic practice, over much of the previous century. Selected readings cover a variety of theoretical approaches to aesthetics, ranging from formalist criticism and social history to psychoanalysis and feminist criticism. In addition to participating in discussions of weekly assigned readings, students write and present a research paper on a topic of their choosing.

Required of all Studio B.F.A. majors

Prerequisites: VISA A110, VISA A111, and VISA A300. May be waived for non-VISA students with permission of instructor.

VISA A374 Digital Art – 3D/Motion/Sound 3 crs.

Advanced fine arts applications using digital processes, hardware, and programs. Focus is on studio art and its use of 3-D modeling, animation, and introductory concepts of digital video editing and compositing with sound editing.

Prerequisite: VISA A276 or permission of instructor

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A375 Graphic Design II 3 crs.

This course encourages the development of basic skills of graphic design by applying design principles, theory, and methods including media exploration for creating imagery. Offered in spring only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

Prerequisite: CMMN A260

Co-requisite for graphic design majors: VISA A379 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A376 Graphic Design III 3 crs.

This is an advanced course in graphic design emphasizing the designing process–research, organization, production, and presentation. Offered in fall only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A377 Graphic Design IV 3 crs.

This is an advanced course in graphic design techniques emphasizing the use of the computer as a tool. The professional practice of graphic design is explored. Offered in spring only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A378 Typography I 3 crs.

This course examines the letter form in its application to graphic design projects and covers typographic history, nomenclature, kerning, and original typeface design.

Co-requisite for graphic design majors: VISA A275 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A379 Typography II 3 crs.

This course examines text in formal applications in graphic design and covers use of the grid, typographic specifications (alignment, leading, typefitting), text as texture, and composition and layout.

Co-requisite: VISA A375 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A420 Renaissance Art 3 crs.

This course covers the arts in France, the Low Countries, and Germany, with emphasis on painting and the graphic arts, from the late 13th century to the middle of the 16th century and a survey of the major architects and their principal achievements in theory and design during the period 1400 — 1600.

VISA A445 Sculpture Studio III 3 crs.

Students form a closer relationship with sculpture materials and processes for shaping, joining, and transforming their sculpture. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking about the creative process through the use of particular materials as each student researches a personal visual vocabulary.

Prerequisites: VISA A321, VISA A350

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A450 Senior Show I 3 crs.

This course must be taken in the sequence of fall semester, spring semester. Students begin to develop a body of work and an artist statement to support the concepts underlying the work. A capstone course in the B.F.A. program, a broad variety of practical and conceptual knowledge is addressed in order to prepare the student for a career as an artist or for further study. Offered in the fall semester. Open to B.F.A. majors only.

Prerequisite: VISA A350

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A451 Senior Show II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation of VISA A450, culminating in an exhibition and written artist statement and portfolio presented at the end of the semester. Offered in the spring only.

Prerequisite: VISA A450

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A457 Arts Career Intern I 3 crs.

This course will offer electing, senior-level VISA majors experiential knowledge in selecting areas of the arts industry. An individual, faculty-supervised, intern program will be designed for each student through which skills will be developed that might afford the student a more qualified approach to post-graduation opportunities. Grade: pass/fail.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A458 Arts Career Intern II 3 crs.

This course will offer electing, senior-level VISA majors the second phase of the program initiated in VISA A457. A joint art project will be executed. A final experience-descriptive paper is required. Grade: pass/fail.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A474 Electronic Multimedia 3 crs.

This course covers fine arts applications in electronic multimedia. Multimedia authoring, 3-D modeling and animation, digital video editing and compositing , sound arts, and the extension of previously acquired skills in electronic image manipulation and composition.

VISA A475 Graphic Design V 3 crs.

Students will work on a design and advertising campaign for a client of their own invention. They will develop a campaign from initial sketches through more comprehensive layout. Students will be expected to design all that is necessary to deliver the particular message to the client. Offered in the fall only.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A476 Graphic Design VI 3 crs.

This course is designed to develop the student’s special talents and provide a comprehensive understanding of procedures in design, illustration, production, print, and TV graphics. The experience will be professional with instruction and design standards a faculty responsibility. Offered in the spring only.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A499 Independent Study 3 crs.

Common Curriculum Courses

VISA T121 First-Year Seminar 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum

The gateway course to the Common Curriculum is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). This issues-based, interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to college-level thinking and learning as well as Jesuit values at the core of a Loyola education. This FYS has a specific topic within the scope of Visual Arts. A full list of currently offered FYS courses can be found on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system.

VISA O206 Music & Art in the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts & Cultures
RAC: Premodern

This course will examine intersections between music and the visual arts during the middle ages and the early modern period, focusing on selected cultural moments such as the court of Charlemagne c. 800, the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris c. 1200, and Florence in the fifteenth centuries.

Crosslist: MUGN O206

VISA O236 Women in Art 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts & Cultures
RAC: Diversity

This course will present the role and image of women in visual arts as portrayed by men and women, from antiquity to the present, in the light of sociopolitical, cultural, and moral conditions and values. The work of women artists will be central.