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Online Fine Arts Courses

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Lindenwood’s online BFA program requires the completion of 120 total credit hours, including 36 credits from online fine arts courses, 42 from general education courses, and 42 from the emphasis of your choice. Choose an emphasis in digital art, photography, graphic design, or web and user experience.

Foundation (36 hours)

An introduction to art as an academic pursuit including: aesthetics, criticism, and expectations of a major in the visual arts. Students will engage in creative, critical, and design thinking and be introduced to possible career options in art and design.

This is a lab-based course designed to familiarize students with advanced methods of information retrieval via the Internet; combined with hands-on design, development, and publication experience through the use of HTML and CSS. Lab fee may be required.

This course teaches the formal elements and principles of design, color theory, perception and problem solving as applied to a two-dimensional surface.

This is an introductory course in drawing in varied media. Problems in rendering objects, perspective, space, light, and composition are presented. Lab fee may be required.

This course offers an exploration of three-dimensional space and design. Problems in the additive and subtractive processes will be presented including: open and closed space, mass, and volume. Basic fabrication skills will be covered. Sketchbooks required. Studio fee required.

Exploration of visual storytelling techniques for the attainment of desired storytelling effects; includes character development, using shots, camera, lights, props and background elements, master plots, one and multi-panel cartoons, comics, storyboards, animatics and story-reels. Students will learn the principles of visual storytelling and how to apply them with a time-line based application or temporal design.

This is an introduction to digital photography and Photoshop. Basic camera and composition skills are covered, along with an historical overview, software options and techniques. Students are encouraged to have a digital SLR camera. Studio fee applies.

Juried review of work completed in fundamentals coursework. Proficiency/BFA eligibility will be pass/fail assessed. This course can be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Arts/Human Diversity This course is a historical survey of Western art and architecture from Prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages in 1300 with an emphasis on the relationship between art, society, culture, religion, and politics. Major works of art and architecture will be discussed from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece-Rome, and finally the Middle Ages. This course is open to all students and required for all majors within the department of Art and Design.

Arts/Human Diversity This course is a historical survey of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on the relationship between art, society, culture, religion, and politics. Major works of art and architecture will be discussed as a survey of major artistic movements from the fourteenth to the late twentieth century across Europe and America. This course is open to all students and is required for all majors within the department of Art and Design.

Foundation (Choose 1 of the following)

An introduction to Adobe creative software, image capture, basic image editing, and file/asset management. Demonstration of raster and vector graphics, and their appropriate usage through lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Lab fee may be required.
This course covers the fundamentals of digital image manipulation, graphic creation and design concepts using Adobe’s Photoshop. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Photoshop while learning current techniques associated with digital modification, organization, delivery and image creation. This class will culminate with the Adobe Certification practice Examination in Photoshop and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.
This course covers the creation of computer-generated vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Illustrator while learning current techniques associated with branding, logo design, and illustration for use in both print and screen. This class will culminate in taking the Adobe Certification practice examination in Illustrator and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.

Capstone

In this capstone experience course, students will research and complete a comprehensive project and present it in the format appropriate for the field.

Choose 1 of the following courses

Supervised on-campus work experience for Art and Design students which requires the application of principles, skills, and strategies within the discipline. May be repeated. Lab fee may be required.

Supervised work experience for the advanced student which requires the application of principles, skills, and strategies within the discipline. Requires signed internship agreement by student, faculty of record, and supervisor representing host organization. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Digital Art: Foundation (Choose 1 of the following)

This course is an advanced study of the drawing discipline in various media, including its history, processes, and innovations.

This course is a study of drawing techniques and fundamentals of anatomical structure as related to the human form. Most work is completed from direct observation of the nude human figure. Studio fee required.

Digital Art: Core

This is an introductory course in painting using varied media. Composition, rendering of forms, color theory and painting techniques will be studied.
This course will cover the study of the principles and processes of four types of printmaking. Subjects such as Monotypes, Relief, Intaglio, and Serigraphy (silkscreen) will be covered. Studio fee required.
This course provides the fundamental technical skills that will allow students to develop the creative utilization of digital technology in a Fine Art context. Students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the principles of art. Lab fee may be required.

This intermediate course provides more advanced technical skills that will allow students to develop the creative utilization of digital technology in a Fine Art context. Students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the principles of art.

This intermediate course provides more advanced technical skills that will allow students to develop the creative utilization of digital technology in a Fine Art context. Students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the principles of art.

This course furthers an exploration in 3D space and design. Students can expect to be presented with problems they can solve through both digital and traditional processes. Lab fee required.

This advanced course provides more advanced technical skills that will allow students to develop the creative utilization of digital technology in a Fine Art context. Students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the principles of art.

This course helps students capitalize on their creative and artistic skills in a competitive marketplace. Students apply principles of business to careers in arts and entertainment. Concepts include developing business plans, fundraising, budgeting, project management, personal branding, accounting, and monetizing content.

Digital Art: Art and Design Electives (6 hours)

  • AAD 10100 Emerging Technologies
  • AAD 11000 Programming Logic
  • AAD 11600 Drag and Drop Web Design
  • AAD 20400 Adobe Certification in Illustrator
  • AAD 21000 User Interface/User Experience
  • AAD 22100 Sculpture I
  • AAD 22600 Digital Art I
  • AAD 23000 Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
  • AAD 23400 Fibers I
  • AAD 24100 Ceramics I
  • AAD 25000 Typography I
  • AAD 30600 Imaging and Illustration
  • AAD 31500 Printmaking II
  • AAD 32200 Motion Graphics
  • AAD 32500 Desktop Publishing
  • AAD 33000 Drawing II
  • AAD 33100 Figure Drawing I
  • AAD 33310 3D Printing
  • AAD 33400 Fibers II
  • AAD 33600 3D Graphics
  • AAD 33700 Digital Painting
  • AAD 34000 Ceramics II
  • AAD 35001 Digital Photography II
  • AAD 36001 Digital Photography III
  • AAD 36100 Web Design – User Experience I
  • AAD 36200 Web Design – User Experience II
  • AAD 38600-38699 Special Topics in Art and Design
  • AAD 40100 Painting III
  • AAD 41500 Printmaking III
  • AAD 42400 Applications for Mobile Devices

Digital Art: Required Art History Course (3 hours)

This course will explore the history of new media and digital art from their influences and precursors in photography to digital technologies impact on art. Major genres and technological developments shall be discussed within their appropriate socio-historical contexts, as well as the application of critical theory to the discipline.

Digital Art: Art History Elective (3 hours)

  • ARTH 35400 Nineteenth-Century Art
  • ARTH 35600 Baroque Art
  • ARTH 35700 Ancient Art
  • ARTH 35800 Medieval Art
  • ARTH 36100 Twentieth-Century Art/Modern
  • ARTH 36200 Twentieth-Century Art/Contemporary
  • ARTH 36300 Early Modern Gender Studies
  • ARTH 36500 History of Photography
  • ARTH 36900 History of Graphic Design
  • ARTH 37000 History of Games and Critical Theory
  • ARTH 38300 Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 38400 Classical Myth
  • ARTH 38600-38699 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38700-38799 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38900 Art Theory and Criticism

Photography: Foundation (Choose 1 of the following)

This course is an advanced study of the drawing discipline in various media, including its history, processes, and innovations.

This course is a study of drawing techniques and fundamentals of anatomical structure as related to the human form. Most work is completed from direct observation of the nude human figure. Studio fee required.

Photography: Core (21 hours)

This is an introductory course in painting using varied media. Composition, rendering of forms, color theory and painting techniques will be studied.
This course will cover the study of the principles and processes of four types of printmaking. Subjects such as Monotypes, Relief, Intaglio, and Serigraphy (silkscreen) will be covered. Studio fee required.

This course is an advanced study of digital photographic techniques and principles. Students are required to have a digital camera of minimum 6 mp and a flash drive. Lab fee required.

This course furthers an exploration in 3D space and design. Students can expect to be presented with problems they can solve through both digital and traditional processes. Lab fee required.

This course is an advanced study of digital photographic techniques and principles. Students are required to have a digital camera of minimum 6 megapixel and a flash drive. Lab fee required.

This course is an advanced study of digital photographic techniques and principles. Students are required to have a digital camera of minimum 6 megapixel and flash drive. Lab fee required.

This course helps students capitalize on their creative and artistic skills in a competitive marketplace. Students apply principles of business to careers in arts and entertainment. Concepts include developing business plans, fundraising, budgeting, project management, personal branding, accounting, and monetizing content.

Photography: Art and Design Electives (9 hours)

  • AAD 10100 Emerging Technologies
  • AAD 11000 Programming Logic
  • AAD 11600 Drag and Drop Web Design
  • AAD 20400 Adobe Certification in Illustrator
  • AAD 21000 User Interface/User Experience
  • AAD 22100 Sculpture I
  • AAD 22600 Digital Art I
  • AAD 23000 Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
  • AAD 23400 Fibers I
  • AAD 24100 Ceramics I
  • AAD 25000 Typography I
  • AAD 30600 Imaging and Illustration
  • AAD 31500 Printmaking II
  • AAD 32200 Motion Graphics
  • AAD 32500 Desktop Publishing
  • AAD 33000 Drawing II
  • AAD 33100 Figure Drawing I
  • AAD 33310 3D Printing
  • AAD 33400 Fibers II
  • AAD 33600 3D Graphics
  • AAD 33700 Digital Painting
  • AAD 34000 Ceramics II
  • AAD 35001 Digital Photography II
  • AAD 36001 Digital Photography III
  • AAD 36100 Web Design – User Experience I
  • AAD 36200 Web Design – User Experience II
  • AAD 38600-38699 Special Topics in Art and Design
  • AAD 40100 Painting III
  • AAD 41500 Printmaking III
  • AAD 42400 Applications for Mobile Devices

Photography: Required Art History Course (3 hours)

This course will examine the role and history of photography from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present. Focusing on the key figures, periods, and concepts in the development of this medium, the course will follow the evolution of photography alongside the other visual arts, culminating in its primacy at the end of the twentieth century. Photography as an artistic vehicle and technological tool has advanced many areas of investigation in the sciences and arts. Thus the debate over the evolving technological and technical processes, and the “nature” of the medium, will be discussed as well as the influence it has had on the broader evolution of the history of art.

Photography: Art History Electives (3 hours)

  • ARTH 35400 Nineteenth-Century Art
  • ARTH 35600 Baroque Art
  • ARTH 35700 Ancient Art
  • ARTH 35800 Medieval Art
  • ARTH 36100 Twentieth-Century Art/Modern
  • ARTH 36200 Twentieth-Century Art/Contemporary
  • ARTH 36300 Early Modern Gender Studies
  • ARTH 36900 History of Graphic Design
  • ARTH 37000 History of Games and Critical Theory
  • ARTH 38000 History of Digital Art
  • ARTH 38300 Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 38400 Classical Myth
  • ARTH 38600-38699 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38700-38799 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38900 Art Theory and Criticism

Graphic Design: Core

Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects, this course explores all aspects of typography (the visualization of spoken language). Student exercises include type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language, the expressive characteristics of letterforms, and type design classifications. This course also explores type terminology, typographic grids, hierarchy, typographic design, and history. Lab fee required.

This course focuses on the design and production of printed material. Professional graphic design and pre-press production practices are emphasized. This computer studio course will include the study of typography, page design, and page anatomy. The use of links and paper selection will be discussed. Aspects of working with long documents will also be explored, including grid design, master pages, and character/ paragraph styles. At the conclusion of this class, the student will be able to conceptualize, design, and produce projects for a wide variety of pre-press demands. Additional topics may include preparing projects for screen-based and paper-based distribution and building self-contained high and low resolution files. Lab fee required.

This course covers the production and manipulation of digital imagery. Projects will address visual problem-solving for commercial or fine art purposes. Topics such as scanning, masking, compositing, color correction, resolution requirements, and production practices will be covered. File formats, techniques, and tools used in the graphic design field are emphasized. Imagery will be created for printed and screen use. This class will utilize lecture, demonstration, discussion, and hands-on experiences. This course addresses the concepts and techniques necessary to create illustrations for print, web, and multimedia applications. Students learn a graphic and conceptual approach to illustration through demonstrations and projects, which build on the existing knowledge of design and drawing. Projects range from business and information graphics to editorial, advertising, and technical illustration. Creativity, content, communication, and technical proficiency are emphasized. Lab fee required.

This course introduces time as a design element and surveys the potential applications for motion in visual communication. Students will be exposed to the basic principles of animation and motion graphics, and develop the technical skills to apply these principles using industry standard software. Projects will integrate graphic form, typography, and message with movement, time, sequence, and sound. Lab fee required.

This course is a survey of branding and identity design as it relates to organizations, individuals, or other systems. It introduces the concepts associated with the visualization of corporate or organizational character, reputation, and strategy. Topics associated with the simplification and abstraction of symbols, icons, logos, and style guides are given focus.

Students will build on the fundamentals of Typography I, and understand typographic nuance, experimental typography, and the development of custom typefaces in type development software. Lab fee may be required.

Prerequisite: AAD 25000

This course prepares graphic design seniors to enter the workforce through advanced use of design applications to produce professional, portfolio-worthy artwork. Student portfolios will showcase a unique style and demonstrate overall conceptual abilities and technical competencies. Professional design practices will be stressed. Lab fee required.
This course is a continuation of AAD 41800. In conjunction with portfolio design, students will investigate the legal and business issues affecting graphic designers today, including topics such as freelancing, pricing, estimating, invoicing, and copyright. Case studies and role-playing will be used to strengthen professional conduct and introduce best practices. Emphasis will be placed on the designer-client relationship. Lab fee required.

This course helps students capitalize on their creative and artistic skills in a competitive marketplace. Students apply principles of business to careers in arts and entertainment. Concepts include developing business plans, fundraising, budgeting, project management, personal branding, accounting, and monetizing content.

Graphic Design: Art and Design Electives (6 hours)

  • AAD 10100 Emerging Technologies
  • AAD 11000 Programming Logic
  • AAD 11600 Drag and Drop Web Design
  • AAD 20400 Adobe Certification in Illustrator
  • AAD 21000 User Interface/User Experience
  • AAD 22100 Sculpture I
  • AAD 22600 Digital Art I
  • AAD 23000 Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
  • AAD 23400 Fibers I
  • AAD 24100 Ceramics I
  • AAD 31500 Printmaking II
  • AAD 32500 Desktop Publishing
  • AAD 33000 Drawing II
  • AAD 33100 Figure Drawing I
  • AAD 33400 Fibers II
  • AAD 33600 3D Graphics
  • AAD 33700 Digital Painting
  • AAD 34000 Ceramics II
  • AAD 35001 Digital Photography II
  • AAD 36100 Web Design – User Experience I
  • AAD 36200 Web Design – User Experience II
  • AAD 38600-38699 Special Topics in Art and Design
  • AAD 40100 Painting III
  • AAD 41500 Printmaking III
  • AAD 42400 Applications for Mobile Devices

Graphic Design: Required Art History Course (3 hours)

This course is the study of the history of graphic design from its appearance in prehistory to the present with an emphasis on the influence of technology, culture, major artistic movements, and socio-political factors on the evolution of graphic design. The work and philosophies of historically significant design movements, designers, and design firms will be studied in depth through readings, lectures, as well as technical application.

Graphic Design: Art History Electives (3 hours)

  • ARTH 35400 Nineteenth-Century Art
  • ARTH 35600 Baroque Art
  • ARTH 35700 Ancient Art
  • ARTH 35800 Medieval Art
  • ARTH 36100 Twentieth-Century Art/Modern
  • ARTH 36200 Twentieth-Century Art/Contemporary
  • ARTH 36300 Early Modern Gender Studies
  • ARTH 36500 History of Photography
  • ARTH 36900 History of Graphic Design
  • ARTH 37000 History of Games and Critical Theory
  • ARTH 38000 History of Digital Art
  • ARTH 38300 Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 38400 Classical Myth
  • ARTH 38600-38699 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38700-38799 Special Topics
  • ARTH 38900 Art Theory and Criticism

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