Art + Extended Media

As of fall 2016, our Fine Arts and Photography programs have joined forces with the Graphic + Media Design and Interior + Spatial Design programs for the new BFA in Art + Extended Media. This innovative degree program is designed to prepare students to be artists in the 21st century. Our curriculum focuses on proficiency in diverse and new media, interdisciplinary research, critical thinking, community engagement, and professional practice. Students engage with the professional world outside the studio through internships, class-led public projects, and exhibitions. Art + Extended Media teaches students the critical thinking, aesthetic, technical, and professional skills needed to be successful in the world of contemporary art.


Our Program



Students explore a wide range of drawing techniques with still life, mixed media, as well as drawing from live models.



Our large, naturally lit painting studio supports the beginner through advanced level students. A solid foundation in traditional techniques is established, then followed by more conceptual exploration within the medium.



Students explore how photographic images are made, presented and interpreted. They learn traditional and digital film and print processes
and design photographs for various formats such as print, the web, and alternative processes.



Printmaking classes include intaglio, relief, monoprints and screenprinting. Students are encouraged to mix media to develop their own style. Photopolymer techniques allow the use of photographic and digital imagery and the department’s laser cutter can be used for making stencils and woodcuts.

Here's What Our Students Make

Fine Art Course Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall)

    • AEM 101 Drawing 1
    • AEM 201 Photo 1
    • GMD 217 Imaging 1
    • ITD 155 Sage Connections
    • HUM 112 Humanities II

Semester 2 (Spring)

    • DES 102 Spatial Design
    • GMD 225 Time Arts
    • GMD 220 Imaging 2
    • Math 110 or higher
    • iThink I

Semester 3 (Fall)

    • AEM 105 2D Studio Techniques
    • ARH 205 Art History I
    • GMD 320 Imaging 3
    • Perspectives elective course
    • Perspectives elective course

Semester 4 (Spring)

    • AEM 106 3D Studio Techniques
    • ARH 206 Art History II
    • AEM 250 Sophomore Studio
    • AEM 202 Color & Light
    • Perspectives elective course

Semester 5 (Fall)

    • AEM 385 2D Studio Concepts
    • ISD 220 Design Technologies 1
    • 300-level Studio Art Elective
    • AEM/ISD/GMD Studio course
    • ARH 307 Modern Art

Semester 6 (Spring)

    • AEM 301 3D Studio Concepts
    • GMD 315 Business Practices
    • ARH Art History elective
    • AEM/ISD/GMD Studio Course or Art History elective
    • ITK 301/iThink

Semester 7 (Fall)

    • AEM 421 Capstone 1: Studio theory
    • ISD 407/GMD 420 Portfolio Preparation
    • ARH 333 Art Criticism and Theory
    • AEM/ISD/GMD Studio Course or Internship
    • Perspectives elective course

Semester 8 (Spring)

    • ART 422 Capstone 2: Production and Fabrication
    • AEM/ISD/GMD 448 Topics
    • AEM/ISD/GMD Studio Course
    • AEM/ISD/GMD Studio Course or Art History elective
    • Perspectives elective course
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