College of Arts and Sciences
Director and Chair, Studio Art
Chair, Art History
(An asterisk [*] denotes associate membership in University Graduate School faculty.)
Ruth N. Halls Professors
See also general University Graduate School requirements.
Bachelor's degree with a major in the history of art or its equivalent. GPA of 3.0 expected. Appropriate level of achievement on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Three letters of recommendation. Writing sample.
Foreign Language Requirement
The M.A.T. degree is offered in all studio areas of the School of Fine Arts. Contact the faculty to receive M.A.T. enrollment approval.
This program permits the student to coordinate a Master of Arts degree in fine arts (history of art major) with a Master of Library Science degree. The dual program requires the completion of 60 credit hours as opposed to the 70 credit hours that would have to be taken if the degrees were pursued independently.
Foreign Language Requirement
Ph.D. Minor in Art History
With the consent of the instructor, all 600-level courses listed below may be repeated twice (for a maximum of 12 credit hours).
A410 Topics in Ancient Art (3-4 cr.)1
ClassicsC419 The Art and Archaeology of Pompeii (4 cr.)
A513 Greek Vase Painting (4 cr.)
A514 Greek Sculpture: Fifth Century (4 cr.)
A516 Greek Sculpture: Hellenistic (4 cr.)
A517 Early Italian and Etruscan Art (4 cr.)
A611 Problems in Prehistoric Aegean Archaeology (4 cr.)
A612 Problems in Greek Archaeology (4 cr.) Sources for the history of Greek art and civilization of various periods.
A613 Problems in Greek Architecture (4 cr.)
A614 Problems in Greek Sculpture (4 cr.)
A615 Problems in Greek Painting (4 cr.)
A616 Problems in Roman Art (4 cr.)
A421 Early Christian Art (4 cr.)
A523 Early Christian Architecture (4 cr.) Intensive investigation of secular and church architecture in the Mediterranean from the Tetrarchy to Iconoclasm in terms of its relationship to topography, urban development, functions, liturgical planning, and related types of monuments.
A527 Formation of Islamic Art (4 cr.) Surveys Islamic art and culture in its formative period from the seventh through the fourteenth centuries. Representative works will be examined from all media. A major goal of the class will be to distinguish the unique characteristics of Islamic art despite its diverse sources and tremendous regional variations.
A621 Problems in Early Christian Art (4 cr.) Selected topics in early Christian art.
A624 Problems in Early Gothic Art (4 cr.)
Renaissance and Baroque
A430 Trecento Italian Painting (4 cr.)
A537 Selected Topics in Northern Painting (4 cr.)
A633 Problems in Italian Art of the Fifteenth Century (4 cr.)
A440 Nineteenth-Century Painting I (4 cr.)
A541 European Romantic Landscape Painting, 1750-1850 (4 cr.)
A544 Russian Art, 1700 to Present (3 cr.) Survey of Russian art concentrating on the period from 1700 to the present. In dealing with Russian realism, turn-of-the-century art, and the Russian avant-garde the course focuses on changing concepts of national identity and on the social role of art.
A545 Post-impressionism and Symbolism (4 cr.) P: consent of instructor. The major post-impressionist artists and the art of the 1890s: symbolism, the nabis, art nouveau, the secession movements.
A546 Roots and Revolution: Early Twentieth-Century Mexican Art (4 cr.) Critical analysis of painting, printmaking, and photography from 1890 to 1950 in relation to political and cultural phenomena.
A547 Dada and Surrealism (4 cr.) Stylistic peculiarities, literary affinities, psychological and philosophical concerns of dada and surrealist art will be discussed, with emphasis on the historic position of this art vis-à-vis other modernist movements, especially cubism and abstract expressionism. Works of key figures will be examined, including Duchamp, Picabia, Ernst, Arp, Miró, Tanguy, Magritte, and Matta.
A548 American Architecture (4 cr.) Surveys American architecture from the colonial period to the late twentieth century, including public, commercial, and domestic design, with emphasis on historical context and the role of architecture as signifier of social, cultural, and political ideologies.
A549 Modernism and Antimodernism in American Art, 1900-1945 (4 cr.) Surveys painting, sculpture, photography, design, and commercial art. Topics include the urban realism of the Ashcan School; the early avant-garde; New York dada; the cult of the machine; regionalist painting and the American heartland; the expressionist landscape; and surrealism, American style. Graduate credit not given for both FINA A449 and A549.
A550 History of Photography (4 cr.) Surveys the history of photography from its beginning to the mid-twentieth century, with focus on theoretical issues as well as the cultural and social contexts of photography and its practices.
A640 Problems in Modern Art (4 cr.) Special topics in the problems in modern art. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 8 credits.
A641 Problems in Romantic Art (4 cr.)
Art of Africa, Oceania, and Pre-Columbian America
A560 Special Studies in Chinese Art (4 cr.) Topics vary; each is focused on a specific aspect or issue in Chinese art, studied in the context of social and intellectual history. Readings and discussion will emphasize current debates in the field and approaches to the material. May be repeated twice for credit.
A564 Art and Archaeology of Early China (4 cr.) Chinese art and material culture from prehistoric times through the Han dynasty (to ca. 200 A.D.), with particular attention to major archaeological discoveries. Topics include the relationships between art, ritual, and politics; changing beliefs about society and the spirit world as seen in the archaeological record; regional cultures and traditions; and problems in methodology and interpretation.
A566 Early Chinese Painting (4 cr.) Chinese painting and pictorial art from the Six Dynasties through the Song dynasty (ca. 200-1300 A.D.). Topics include figure and narrative painting; the culture of landscape, from mountains to gardens; the iconography of flowers, birds, and other small motifs drawn from nature; institutional and private patronage; and the relationships between painting, poetry, and calligraphy.
A567 Later Chinese Painting (4 cr.) A history of Chinese painting from the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) to the twentieth century: art and political protest, the culture of amateur painting, court and professional painters, the development of regional styles, painting as social exchange and interaction, patronage and collecting, and artists' writing on the themes of nature, style, and self-expression.
A661 Problems in Japanese Print (4 cr.) The development of style, technique, and iconography in the Japanese print from the seventeenth century to 1860.
A662 Problems in Chinese Painting (4 cr.)
A471 Art Theory I (4 cr.) Art theory from antiquity through the thirteenth century. Topics include Classical Greek and Roman art theory/early Christian art theory or medieval art theory: East and West. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credits.
A472 Art Theory II (4 cr.) Art theory of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Topics include fourteenth and early-fifteenth-century art theory in Italy and fifteenth-century art theory in Florence. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credits.
A473 Art Theory III (4 cr.) Art theory of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Topics include eighteenth-century background in romanticism: England and Germany and classicism and romanticism: 1750-1850 England and France. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credits.
A474 Art Theory IV (4 cr.) Art theory of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include romanticism/realism in France, Baudelaire and romantic theory in France, nineteenth-century German art theory, and late-nineteenth-century French art theory. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credits.
A671 Problems in Art Theory I (4 cr.) Problems in art theory from antiquity through the thirteenth century.
A458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts (4 cr.) [Art of Africa, Oceania, and Pre-Columbian America]
A580 Topics in Spanish Art (4 cr.) Special topics in the history and study of Spanish art in various centuries. May be repeated twice with different topics.
A590 Museum Studies (4 cr.) Designed to utilize the resources of the Indiana University Art Museum for academic research. Topics vary and include cataloging, technical examination, and organizing exhibitions. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
A595 Master's Essay Research (1-4 cr.) Readings and research for the M.A. essay in the history of art. The essay is required; enrollment in the course is optional.
A690 Burke Seminar in the History of Art (1-4 cr.) A seminar conducted by a visiting professor in conjunction with a member of the art history faculty. The topic, format, and length of the seminar will vary. May be repeated, with different topics, for a maximum of 8 credits.
A775 Advanced Readings and Research (cr. arr.)*3
A779 Directed Field Work (cr. arr.)4 Specialized research in museums and libraries or archaeological sites, in fields closely related to student's doctoral dissertation.
A780 Fieldwork Using Infrared Reflectography (2-6 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Individual instruction, readings, and problems of interpretation related to fieldwork using infrared reflectography in the gathering of data for specific research projects.
A879 Doctoral Dissertation (cr. arr.)*4
S461 Ceramics III (cr. arr.)5
S564 Basic Glaze Composition (3 cr.) An investigation of the effect of high-oxide glaze materials and their mixtures in terms of fusibility, transparency temperatures on single and multiple opacity, surface, and other qualities. Will include much weighing, applying, and firing of glaze test batches. Also blending systems, glaze calculations, and compositional charting.
S569 M.F.A Ceramics Seminar (1 cr.) P: admission to the M.F.A. program in ceramics. Discussions, critiques, and research projects in ceramic art. Required each semester for M.F.A. candidates in ceramics. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
Computer Art, Digital Imagery
D731 Digital Seminar (2 cr.) Through advanced studio projects involving digital media, the student will produce refined artistic statements involving experimentation with technology, installations and multimedia incorporating elements of video, animation and audio. Topics will focus on conceptual and experimental approaches related to current developments in contemporary art.
D732 Themes in Research Technologies (3 cr.) This course investigates the relationship between arts, aesthetics, computers and technology such as virtual environments, computer networks and the World Wide Web. It seeks to understand the significance of the computer arts through oral and written study of significant topics in computer arts research, current trends, history, criticism, and theory.
T520 Video Art (3 cr.) Exploration of the medium of video as an aesthetic expression. Time and sound are elements incorporated into visual composition's traditional concern. Emphasis on technical command of one-half-inch VHS camera and editing procedures in conjunction with development of a visual sensitivity. Readings and a research project are also required.
U539 Computer Art: Advanced Seminar (3 cr.) Opportunity for students to investigate the computer as an interactive tool in the process of art-making while examining aesthetics and processes of major artists working in this field. Provides the opportunity for exploration of the computer's potential use in the artwork of each class member.
S401 Drawing III (cr. arr.)5
S503 Anatomy for the Artist (3 cr.) Intensive lecture/studio course describing all of the bones and muscles of the body. The emphasis is on joint movement and proportion. The areas of the body are divided into 3-D mass conception, bone and muscle description, and joint description. Students draw from the skeleton, plaster cadaver casts, and the human figure.
S451 Graphic Design Problem Solving (cr. arr.)5
S559 Graphic Design Advanced Seminar: Topics in History, Theory, and Criticism (3-5 cr.) Provides background on major graphic design movements, the design of the alphabet and type styles, the use of tools (printing press, woodcut, engraving, camera, airbrush, computer). Social and political forces such as industrial development and nationalism will be considered. Writings of theorists and historians will be reviewed.
S417 Hand Papermaking I (3 cr.)
Jewelry Design and Silversmithing
S481 Jewelry Design and Silversmithing III (cr. arr.)5
S582 Graduate Seminar in Jewelry Design and Silversmithing (1 cr.) Weekly critique, assigned readings, discussions, slide lectures, and special research projects for graduate students enrolled in the M.F.A. program in jewelry design and silversmithing.
S431 Painting III (cr. arr.)5
S531 Graduate Painting (cr. arr.) Independent work in painting for candidates for the M.F.A. degree majoring in painting.
S532 Graduate Painting Seminar (1 cr.) Weekly critical review of student work. (Open to M.F.A. painters only.)
S535 Graduate Drawing Seminar (1-3 cr.) General seminar on source drawing. Sessions from the model will be made available. Examples of drawing from the history of art are used in reference to each student's particular stylistic bias. Stylistic development as well as composition are stressed along with a concentration on craftsmanship.
S491 Advanced Photography II (cr. arr.)1 P: S392 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 20 credit hours.
S591 Graduate Photography (cr. arr.)
S411 Printed and Dyed Textile Design III (cr. arr.)5
S421 Woven and Constructed Textile Design III (cr. arr.) P: S321.
S441 Printmaking III Intaglio (cr. arr.)5
S545 Graduate Printmaking Seminar (3 cr.) Deals with both theoretical and practical issues in contemporary art. Discussions will be based on selected readings, including relevant suggestions from the participants. Students will make slide presentations on the influences and development of their work as well as a collaborative project.
S546 Relief Printmaking Media (1-12 cr.) P: S240 or consent of instructor. Woodcut, linocut, monotype, and collograph. Students will create prints in each medium in both black and white and in color using a variety of traditional and innovative techniques such as photography and the computer.
S471 Sculpture III (3-6 cr.)5
S572 Graduate Sculpture Seminar (1 cr.) Addresses issues of relevance to artists working today, e.g., the current political and social climate affecting the art world, historical references from which we have developed. In addition, the seminar provides an opportunity to critique and review students' artwork.
N408 Advanced Drawing for the Nonmajor (3 cr.)
R590 Seminar in the Visual Arts (2 cr.) Examination of issues posed by recent art and criticism. Topics vary with the instructor and year. Consult Schedule of Classes for current information on content. May be repeated for credit with different topics and instructors.
S695 AI Training Seminar (1 cr.) Topics include effective communication of ideas about the visual arts; health and safety regulations relevant to studio courses; grading; critiquing; and a number of course-specific teaching issues. Students also will make practice teaching presentations, which will be videotaped and reviewed by the class.
U501 Special Topics in Studio Art (1-3 cr.) Selected topics in studio art not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. May be repeated once with a different topic.
U750 Advanced Studio Projects (cr. arr.)**
**These coureses are eligible for a deferred grade.
1 Three (3) credits for undergraduates.
2 May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours.
3 Maximum of 8 credit hours.
4 May be repeated for a total of 16 credit hours.
5 May be repeated for a total of 20 credit hours.