Visual Arts (VISA)

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 A120 Introduction to Studio Practice  3 crs. 

This course will introduce students to the fundamental tools, practices and theories of art- making through the use of traditional and experiential exercises alongside reflective and research-based writing assignments, presentations, and art-related field trips to museums, galleries, and professional artist studios. Lab fee $30

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.

This course has a lab fee assoicated 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 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.

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 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 a survey of the four traditional printmaking processes. Students will explore the fundamental techniques of 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 metal plate intaglio in traditional and contemporary techniques of etching, soft ground, hard ground, aquatint, engraving, drypoint, multi-plate color methods, and digital/photomechanical processes. Special emphasis will be placed on formal composition and conceptual development. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

Prerequisite for Art majors: VISA A240

VISA A242 Printmaking: Screen-printing 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of screen-printing or serigraphy. Students will explore state-of-the-art photomechanical stencil-making techniques using water-based screen-printing inks. Special emphasis will be placed on formal composition and conceptual development. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-art majors.

Prerequisite for Art majors: VISA A240

VISA A243 Advanced Printmaking 3 crs.

This course focuses on continued technical and conceptual development in intaglio, lithography, relief printing, screen-printing, monotype, papermaking, book arts and photomechanical print processes. This is a repeatable course and may be taken multiple times. Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: VISA A240

 

VISA A244 Printmaking: Lithography 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of lithography. Students will explore the traditional and contemporary techniques of hand-drawn stone and aluminum plate lithography, transfer methods and digital photolithography. Special emphasis will be placed on formal composition and conceptual development. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-Art majors.

Prerequisite for Art majors: VISA A240

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 a 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. Students will explore traditional and contemporary relief techniques of the woodcut, linocut, and plastics. Traditional and non-traditional letterpress printing using handset type and photopolymer plates will also be examined. Special emphasis will be placed on formal composition and conceptual development. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-Art majors.

Prerequisite for Art majors: VISA A240

 

VISA A249 Fine Art of Photography 3 crs.

This course is an investigation of contemporary fine art approaches to digital photography, with an introduction to the design principles, materials, equipment, and processes necessary for the creation of fine art photographs. Students are shown how to produce a portfolio of finished photographic 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 A280 Watercolor

This course is an introduction to painting with transparent watercolor and gouache from still life, landscape, and figurative subjects. Relevant historical examples of work in this medium as well as contemporary approaches to it will be examined. Lab fee $100. 

Course open to non-Art majors.

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 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, toning, and darkroom processing. 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 A373 Interactive & Electronic Media I  3 crs. 

This course is an introduction to the processes and possibilities of computer-based visualization tools. It is designed to help develop fundamental skills in a range of applications allowing for greater individual expression through the expanded opportunities they provide. Lab fee $100.

Course open to non-Art majors.

VISA A374 Interactive & Electronic Media II  3crs. 

This course covers the application of interactive and electronic media. Topics addressed include the design and creation of human interface devices, 3-D modeling, environmental sound, and the creation of interactive works using these tools. Lab fee $100.

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

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.

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   2 crs.

This course will offer electing, senior-level VISA majors experiential knowledge in selected areas of the arts industry. An individual, faculty-supervised, intern program will be designed for each student through which skills will be developed that will 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 capstone program initiated in VISA A457. The final project requires a descriptive paper and/or public presentation, such as an art exhibition or lecture, related to the student's chosen arts career path. 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 Interactive & Electronic Media III  3 crs. 

This course covers advanced fine art applications using the processes, hardware, and programs introduced in VISA A373 and A374. The focus is on the continuing development of students’ studio art practice through self-directed, long-form and large-scale projects. Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: VISA A374

VISA A485 Studio Art Internship   1 crs.

This course is a supervised professional practices workshop preparing students for internship placements. 

VISA A496 Seminar/Workshop  3 crs. 

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic.

VISA A497 Internship/Practicum  3 crs. 

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

VISA A499 Independent Study 3 crs.

Independent work done under professorial supervision. 

Loyola Core Courses

VISA T121 First-Year Seminar 3 crs.

Loyola Core - Foundations Course

All first-year students take a 3-credit First-Year Seminar during their first semester as one of the core course in the Loyola Core. First-Year Seminars at Loyola are small, discussion-based seminars that introduce new college students to academic inquiry at the university level by investigating a relevant topic. Specially-trained faculty lead these seminars in a way that instills in students the academic skills necessary to become successful Loyola students. A list of upcoming First-Year Seminars can be found on the First-Year Experience homepage