Department of Art and Design Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Course Descriptions

Courses taken in the undergraduate Art Education program provide graduates with a broad foundation in all of the fine arts and design areas, as well as in teaching and learning in visual arts. All students begin by taking content courses in the Foundations Program which provides a strong background in preparation for taking advanced courses within the various studio arts. Art Education students also explore historical periods, styles, and genres in the history of art.

They build their knowledge of teaching by taking professional preparation courses that introduce them to instruction and learning, child development in art, and curriculum development and assessment. They complete their education with liberal arts courses that provide a broad understanding of the human condition and the social, historical, and cultural development of all people around the world.

A&D 10500 – Design I

Two-dimensional design fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems are used to introduce concepts, vocabulary, and skills applicable to continued study in a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of two-dimensional media and computer applications. 

A&D 10600 – Design II

Three-dimensional fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems introduce design concepts, vocabulary, and construction skills applicable to continued study in  a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of 3-D media and 3-D computer graphics concepts. 

A&D 11300 – Basic Drawing

An introduction to drawing and sketching as a means of communication of ideas. 

A&D 11400 – Drawing II

Continuation of A&D 11300; emphasis is given to the exploration of a variety of media, the structuring of pictorial space, and figure drawing.

A&D 11700 – Photography I: Black and White Process & Aesthetics

An introductory course in silver-based photographic processes and creative image making. Emphasis is on the development of camera and darkroom techniques, and fostering critical thinking skills related to the traditions and aesthetics of black and white photographic practice. 

A&D 12500 – Introduction to Interior Design

Introductory survey of interior spaces and their impact upon the physical, social, psychological, and aesthetic needs of people. Critical evaluation of concepts in the interior design profession and related fields will be emphasized.

A&D 13000 – Design Process and Communication

Process of problem solving, design analysis, spatial studies, conceptual ideation, and methods of communicating in various two- and three-dimensional media.

A&D 14600 – Design Drawing I

Problems, skills, and methods of professional design drawing. Emphasis on drawing as a conceptual tool and as part of the design process. Concentration on the media and techniques used in contemporary design drawing. 

A&D 20000 – Drawing & Painting

This course is an introduction to painting, emphasizing fundamental painting techniques, and materials in conjunction with varied subject matter. Traditional and nontraditional approaches and their historical meanings will be examined and applied.

A&D 20200 – Introduction to Art Education

Lectures, readings, and discussions covering the history, theory, and professional literature of art education.

A&D 20500 – Design III

Problems in two- and three-dimensional design, utilizing a variety of tools, materials, and processes. Study is made of the interaction between designer and society, involving concepts of art, psychology, technology, anthropology, and history.

A&D 20600 – Studio in VCD

Investigation of visual communications design theory, history, skills, and methodology, as well as preparation of art and mechanicals for graphic arts reproduction.

A&D 21300 – Life Drawing

Introduction to drawing the human figure with emphasis upon structure and gesture.

A&D 21500 – Materials and Processes

An introductory course in the selection of materials and processes as relevant to design, along with laboratory experiences learning the safe and proper use of tools and equipment. Required of students wanting extensive access to A&D tools and equipment.

A&D 22600 – History of Art to 1400

Review of painting, sculpture, and architecture from their beginnings to the end of the Middle Ages.

A&D 22700 – History of Art Since 1400

Review of painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1400 to present.

A&D 23000 – Interior Design I

Study of behavioral patterns, perceptions, needs, and usage of three-dimensional space through conceptual solutions to human environments. Interior design theory and application of design process through analysis, research, and synthesis will be explored.

A&D 23500 – Materials and Processes II

Problems in three-dimensional design, incorporating materials, production processes, and applications of current technology. An introduction to complete industrial design problems, including problem definition, concepts, resource information, design development, final proposals, and presentation techniques. 

A&D 24200 – Ceramics I

An introduction to ceramics, materials, and processes used in creating wheel-thrown and hand-formed pottery and sculpture. Emphasis on contemporary interpretations of traditional forms.

A&D 26200 Jewelry Design & Metalwork I

An introduction to the design and execution of hand-wrought jewelry and metalwork.

A&D 26500 – Relief Printmaking

An introduction to the techniques of woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and related media. Emphasis on fine art conceptual issues, creativity, matting and framing art, and professional practices.

A&D 26600 – Silkscreen Printmaking

An introduction to the techniques of silkscreen printmaking on paper, including the uses of handmade and light-sensitive stencils. Emphasis on fine art conceptual issues, creativity, matting and framing art, and professional practices.

A&D 27000 – Constructed Textiles

A beginning course in non-loom constructed textile techniques such as macramé and card weaving. Emphasis on three-dimensional design in fiber using historical textile structures as the basis for contemporary interpretations.

A&D 27100 – Dyed Textiles

Beginning course in non-screen fabric dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik. Survey of historical surface design for contemporary interpretations in both two- and three-dimensions.

A&D 27500 – Beginning Sculpture

An introductory course in sculpture, exploring basic concepts, techniques, and materials. Problems in class will emphasize individual student’s aesthetic understanding of techniques and inventive use of materials.

A&D 36800 – Etching & Intaglio

An introduction to the techniques of etching, engraving, aquatint, drypoint, collagraph, monoprint, and related processes. Emphasis on fine art conceptual issues, creativity, matting and framing  art, and professional practices. 

A&D 3700 Woven Textiles

A beginning course in loom-woven textiles and pattern drafting. Emphasis on two- and three-dimensional design in fiber, using historical textile structures as a basis for contemporary interpretations. 

A&D 38300 – Modern Art: The Twentieth Century

A study of major trends and major figures in recent and contemporary European and American painting, sculpture, and architecture. 

A&D 38400 – Postmodernism

Critical study of the development of postmodernist art, art history, and theory. Post-minimalism, Earthworks, Feminist Art, Site-specific Art, and Performance and Video art are considered in their art-historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts.

A&D 39500 History of Design

A history of the development of design ideas, structures, and the influence of technology upon their directions. The course will cover a cross section of the ideas developed from the late nineteenth century to the present.


Education Professional Preparation

A&D 20200 – Introduction to Art Education

Lectures, readings, and discussions covering the history, theory, and professional literature of art education.

 A&D 30200 – Theory and Practice of Elementary School Art

Study of art in elementary schools, including development of curriculum materials and practicum in teaching.

A&D 30300 – Art in Middle/Junior High Schools

Study of art education theory and practice for middle/junior high schools.

A&D 40200 – Art in Secondary School

Theory and practice of art education for adolescent students in the secondary school.

EDCI 20500 – Exploring Teaching as a Career

Candidates will become familiar with the work of teachers and begin to develop their educational philosophies through examining what it means to teach, to learn, and the nature and purpose of schools. Candidates will critically evaluate teaching as their chosen profession. Includes a weekly field-based experience in an elementary, middle, or high school classroom. It is highly recommended that EDCI 27000 be taken with or before taking this course. Field experience required. 

EDCI 27000 – Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing

Addresses fundamentals of educational technology, including the integration of instructional design, media, computers and related technologies within the classroom setting.

EDCI 28500 – Multiculturalism and Education

This course integrates an understanding of multiculturalism with principles of democratic education. Historical, sociological, cultural, political, philosophical, and pedagogical foundations of multiculturalism are explored and related to issues of pedagogy in a pluralistic society. This course includes an experiential component, through a community-based Theory into Practice (TIP) field experience. It is highly recommended that EDCI 270 be taken with or before taking this course.

EDPS 23500 – Learning and Motivation

Introduction to concepts of learning and motivation for classroom teachers. Influence of development, culture, and individual differences on learning and motivation. Uses of assessment and technology in promoting learning and motivation. A field-based experiential component is included.

EDPS 26500 – The Inclusive Classroom

Characteristics of students with special needs /talents; strategies for helping students learn and develop in general education settings. Emphasis placed on research evidence, case studies, problem-based learning and development of a plan for an inclusive classroom. A field-based component is included.

EDST 20000 – History and Philosophy of Education

            How history and philosophy have informed school organization, curriculum, and teaching practice. Students develop their own philosophies of teaching. Topics include continuities and discontinuities of schooling, colonial period to present. Conflicting demands placed on schools. Issues of race, class, and gender inform debates over school purposes and practices.

EDCI 49800B Supervised Teaching Elementary

Teaching full time in an elementary school classroom under the supervision of the teacher in charge of the class and a University supervisor. Completion of education methods courses and other Gate requirements for the major area and admittance to teacher education required. 

EDCI 49800N Supervised Teaching Secondary

Teaching full time in a secondary school classroom under the supervision of the teacher in charge of the class and a University supervisor. Completion of education methods courses and other Gate requirements for the major area and admittance to teacher education required.


Internship 

Art Education Internship

In order to qualify for certification and teaching licenses, students in Art Education are required to complete student teaching experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels. Student teaching provides ample opportunity for students to apply and refine their knowledge and skills as art educators by working closely with art students in art classrooms and professional art educators.

EDCI 49800B Supervised Teaching Elementary

Teaching full time in an elementary school classroom under the supervision of the teacher in charge of the class and a University supervisor. Completion of education methods courses and other Gate requirements for the major area and admittance to teacher education required. 

EDCI 49800N Supervised Teaching Secondary

Teaching full time in a secondary school classroom under the supervision of the teacher in charge of the class and a University supervisor. Completion of education methods courses and other Gate requirements for the major area and admittance to teacher education required.


Cross-Disciplinary Learning

All Visual and Performing Arts students are encouraged to take advantage of courses outside of their specific major to enrich their creative experiences at Purdue. For a comprehensive course list in Art and Design click here. Also, visit the Theatre DepartmentDance, and Music Divisions for their course offerings.

Art Education at Purdue

The Patti and Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts is conveniently located at Pao Hall, which serves as an artistic hub for students across campus and specifically all visual and performing arts divisions and departments. Purdue students have the unique opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with other creative disciplines, students, and faculty members inside a single creative arts facility equipped with art galleries, theatres, art and design studios, and classrooms. 

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The Art Education program at Purdue University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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