Visual Arts (ART) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Graduate Visual Arts Department

ART 5100 Graduate Curricular Practical Training

No credit

Alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or other type of internship or practicum offered by a sponsoring employer through cooperative agreements with the university.

ART 7023 Design Research

Three hours

The course will focus on the research method specifically needed to understand and solve human-centered design problems. Students will learn different research techniques, how to interpret the research, and then how to utilize the research to solve complex problems. The understanding of design research is necessary to be successful at design thinking and collaborative design.

ART 7013 Faith and Practice

Three hours

Faith and Practice will focus on the relationship between one's faith, visual communication, and how to integrate their faith into their work within visual communication without compromising their values.  Students will be required to take this class during their first semester as an MFA student.

ART 7103, 7106 Self-Designed Projects

Three or six hours

The self-designed study courses are studio style credit hours. The students will work on self-designed projects focusing on their area of interest within visual communication. Students will build their projects around design thinking and research, creative problem-solving, and collaboration. The studio courses will be evaluated by the faculty as a whole in the first year and by a faculty mentor the remaining year(s). (The self-designed study can be done from distance.)

ART 7113 Design Thinking Methods

Three hours

Through the study of Design Thinking Methods, students will cultivate creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving skills. Students will research and collaborate on complicated human-centered design problems to develop the skills needed to begin the process of solving complex problems and challenges. Students will study methods developed by Design Thinking and Design Research companies and learn to integrate those methods into their design arsenal. Prerequisites: ART 7013 and ART 7023.

ART 7226 Global Collaboration Strategies

Six hours

Global Collaboration and Strategies will focus on developing collaboration skills and the understanding of human-centered design practices at the local, national, and international level. Students will gain better understanding of the need for clear communication, trust, empathy, and relational development within a collaboration mindset. While developing creative problem-solving, collaboration, and design thinking skills, students will learn to understand and develop leadership skills needed with the global arena. The class will help students research and develop international partnerships with non-profits and/or ministries. The partnerships will lead to work the students will be doing for their thesis projects. The course is a two-week time-intensive class offered during the first-year's required summer residency. Prerequisite: ART 7113.

ART 7313 Seminars in Methods-Research, Writing, and Teaching

Three hours

This class will be structure as three seminars. The first two focus on research and writing for design thinking and creative problem-solving. The third seminar will focus on the academic environment and good pedagogical practices. Prerequisite: ART 7103.

ART 8013 History of Advertising and Design

Three hours

A survey of key movements, trends, people, and innovations in the history of advertising and design. Students view work, read histories, and study concepts from the world of design in hopes of gaining an appreciative understanding of the foundational artistic images and ideas that have been both a response to and an influence upon the culture at large. This analysis of historical commercial art will solidify students' own creative foundations for success in numerous professional fields-Web design, advertising, industrial, product design, and graphic design.

ART 8023 Thesis Prep

Three hours

Thesis Prep is a course designed to give students the opportunity to research and develop their written thesis. This course will help students learn how to effectively research, write critically, develop, and structure their thesis. Prerequisite: ART 7013.

ART 8126 Thesis Development

Six hours

This course allows students the time and opportunity to develop their visual thesis (project) which will be displayed in the JBU student art gallery and online. They will be evaluated by the student's advisory committee. Prerequisite: ART 8023.

ART 8216 Internship and Partnership

Six hours

Students are required to complete a 160-hour internship. The students may join one of the undergraduate major specific summer studies trips as an Art Director, or they may partner with a global non-profit organization or ministry. Global travel recommended. An additional fee may be associated with this course for travel-related expenses. An additional fee may be associated with this course for travel-related expenses. Prerequisite: ART 7226.

ART 8563 Selected Topics

Three hours

Students are required to take a minimum of three hours of electives that will aid them in their specialty or research focus.

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