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Firelands Art Courses

In the first year of an art student’s college experience, it is important to enroll in specific foundations courses to prepare the student for subsequent semesters and to meet prerequisite requirements. The following courses are suggested for the first year at BGSU Firelands.

First Year, Fall Semester
ART 1020, Design Studio (all art majors and minors)
ARTH 1450, Western Art I (all art majors and minors) (first or second year)

First Year, Spring Semester 
ART 1030, Drawing Studio (all art majors and minors)
ART 1120, Media Studio (all art majors and minors)
ARTH 1460, Western Art II (all art majors and minors) (first or second year)

Please note that ART 1010, Introduction to Art, is a class for non-art majors and does not meet any requirements for art majors.

Firelands is a place where you can begin your career in art. Firelands offers the beginning courses, the first two years of an art program which can launch you into your area of interest. At BGSU Firelands you can begin work toward a program at the BGSU School of Art in the following specializations.

  • Design Studio
  • Drawing Studio
  • Media Studio
  • Western Art I & II
  • Digital Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Education
  • Art History

ART 1010. Introduction to Art (3)
Fall, Spring, Summer. Historical and aesthetic components of art with laboratory or online experiences with basic elements of creative expression. Non-majors only. Two hours studio, two hours lecture. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts requirement.

ART 1020. Design Studio: Surface and Process(3)
Fall. Studio explorations of art making and visual communication. The course is composed of two workshops: 2D Design- introduction to the elements and principles of visual organization; and Art Methods & Practices- introduction to studio-based research, visual problem solving, creative strategies, and practical application of theories of visual signification. Required of art majors and minors. Can be taken with ART 1030 or ART 1120.

ART 1030. Drawing Studio: Perception and Color (3)
Spring. Studio explorations of drawing, light and color. Visual discernment and drawing skills are developed in two workshops: Drawing from observation- introduction to the tools and techniques for accurate and expressive draftsmanship; and Color and Light- practical application of color theory and lighting effects for accurate representation and expressive communication. Required of art majors and minors. Can be taken with ART 1020 or ART 1120.

ART 1120. Media Studio: Space and Time(3)
Spring. Creative explorations of sculptural and time-based art. Principles of construction and design of works extended in space and time. The course is composed of two workshops: 3D Design- organization of space and form, exposure to various construction methods, tools and materials, and 4D Design- introduction to chronological design concerns, kinetics, installation, audience, actions and documentation. Required of art majors and minors. Can be taken with ART 1020 or ART 1030.

ARTS 2110. Drawing: The Figure (3)
Fall. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of drawing the human figure from life. Examine issues pertaining to larger cultural views of the body and seek to create individual meaning in the act of drawing the figure. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030. Extra fee.

ARTS 2210. Introduction to Painting (3)
Spring, alternate years. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of oil painting. Exploration of painting techniques from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on perceptual problem solving. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030.

ARTS 2310. Introduction to Printmaking (3)
Spring, alternate years. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of printmaking. Concentration on basic relief, intaglio, and monoprinting methods. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ART 1020 and ART 1030. Extra fee.

ARTS 3130. Contemporary Concepts in Drawing (3)
Fall. Exploration of a variety of genres, themes, and techniques in drawing. Drawing as both an independent medium of expression and as a visual language applicable to a wide range of cultural practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 2110 or permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra Fee.

ARTS 3000. Special Topics 2-D (1-3)
On demand. Fall, Spring, Summer. Innovative and intensive group study in selected studio research. Topic will vary with each offering. May be repeated.

ART 4700. Independent Study in Studio (1-3)
Supervised individual problems in selected studio research for students who have shown proficiency and marked degree of independence in other studio coursework. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ARTH 1450. Western Art I (3)
Fall. Ancient and Medieval art. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts requirement.

ARTH 1460. Western Art II (3)
Spring. Art from Renaissance to present. May be taken before ARTH 1450. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts requirement.

ART 5860. Workshop in Art (1-4)
Summer. Study of a particular topic in an intensive format. Topics vary.

ART 6940. Workshop on Current Topics in Art (1-4)
Summer. Workshop designed for current topics and issues in art, art education, and art therapy; topics vary from semester to semester.


The course descriptions listed here are modified from the BGSU university catalog to reflect how these courses are implemented at Firelands, specifically. For a complete description, refer to the university catalog. Semester of offering is subject to change.

The degree Programs offered at BGSU are diverse; for each of these programs, the first two year's work at Firelands will prepare you for your field of interest.

Bachelor of Fine Arts at the BGSU School of Art

  • Two Dimensional Studies
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Photography
  • Three-Dimensional Studies
    • Sculpture
    • Ceramics
    • Glass
    • Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Arts
  • Art Education: Two-Dimensional Studies
  • Art Education: Three-Dimensional Studies

Bachelor of Arts at the BGSU School of Art

  • Two-Dimensional Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Studies
  • Digital Arts
  • Art History