Academic Catalog

Visual Arts

Mission Statement

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.

Faculty and Staff

For the current faculty and staff listing, please visit the Department website.

Course Descriptions

Art

ART 403  Design Topics III  3.00  
An advanced focused exploration of fine arts beyond core practices including glass, stained glass, artists' books, non-static art, installation, and others.
Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ART 303
  
ART 603  Design Topics III  3.00  
An advanced focused exploration of fine arts beyond core practices including glass, stained glass, artists' books, non-static art, installation, and others.
ART 698  Practicum  1.00-7.00  
Supervised experience providing practical application in specific disciplines. Integration of the competencies of the individualized focus in contract form.
ART 702  Art Therapy Seminar  3.00  
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.
  
ART 704  Issues in Visual Arts  3.00  
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.
ART 705  Graduate Drawing  3.00  
Advanced studies in drawing. Individual development emphasized.
ART 710  Graduate Painting  3.00  
Advanced studies in painting.
ART 711  Graduate Collage  3.00  
Advanced studies exploring the theory and practice of mixed media approaches to drawing and painting.
ART 713  Ethical Considerations in Art Therapy  3.00  
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: Art Therapy Graduate or instructor consent.
  
ART 719  Multi-Modal Art Therapy  3.00  
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.
  
ART 720  Studies in American Art  3.00  
American art of the Colonial, 19th or 20th Century period including sculpture, architecture and painting.
ART 721  Mediterranean  3.00  
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.
ART 723  Medieval Art  3.00  
a) Early Christian and Byzantine; b) Medieval; c) Romanesque; d) Gothic: A detailed investigation of the art of the Middle Ages.
ART 724  Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies  3.00  
Study of visual arts in non-western societies including North American Indian/Native American; Mesoamerican; Oceania/Pacific Islands, Asian, and African cultures.
ART 727  Modern Art  3.00  
Nineteenth Century, 20th Century, Contemporary or Post-Modern Art and architecture and the forces which influenced the period. Research required.
ART 729  Women in Art  3.00  
Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
ART 730  Readings In Art History  3.00  
Guided individual research on an approved topic.
ART 732  African and African Diaspora Art History  3.00  
A survey of art created by people of African descent. Also discussed are some influences of Islam, Western Europe, and the Caribbean regions.
ART 735  Research In Art Therapy  3.00  
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.
ART 740  Graduate Printmaking  3.00  
Advanced studies in printmaking.
ART 741  Graduate Photography 2  3.00  
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.
ART 745  Exploring Stigma: Verbal and Visual Narratives  3.00  
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.
  
ART 750  Psychology of Art  3.00  
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.
  
ART 760  Graduate Sculpture  3.00  
Advanced studies in sculpture.
ART 770  Graduate Ceramics  3.00  
Individualized studio problems in ceramics. Work at this level is expected to be specialized and without major technical problems.
ART 775  Graduate Metalwork  3.00  
Advanced in nonferrous metalwork.
ART 779  Graduate Fibers  3.00  
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.
ART 783  Art Therapy Fundamentals  3.00  
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.
  
ART 784  Development of Creative Functioning  3.00  
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.
  
ART 785  Art Therapy Techniques  3.00  
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.
  
ART 789  ART Elective  1.00-99.00  
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ART 795  Independent Study  1.00-5.00  
Graduate art students work independently under guidance of an instructor. Students submit a proposal of study during the first week of the course.
ART 797  Art Field Study  1.00-3.00  
By special arrangement and permission of the department, a student may enroll for the off-campus study of a problem in art. Documentation required.
ART 798  Practicum  1.00-7.00  
Supervised experience providing practical application in specific disciplines. Integration of the competencies of the individualized focus in contract form.
ART 799  Graduate Terminal Project in Art Therapy  1.00-3.00  
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.

Art Education 

ARTED 781  Art for Special Education  3.00  
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.
ARTED 782  Art Education for the Gifted and Talented  3.00  
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.

Contact Information

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