Visual Arts Pathway

The Undergraduate Visual Arts Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support needed to succeed at Suffolk University. Upon meeting progression requirements, students matriculate into the BFA program of their choice. Other degree options are available as well. Pathway duration is based on English language abilities determined at the time of admission to the University.

Three types of Undergraduate Visual Arts Pathways are available.

1 Semester Pathway

This program is composed of one semester of pathway programming which counts toward the student's undergraduate degree.

Pathway Requirements: 6 courses, 18 credits

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings

Credits:

3

Description:

Observational drawing is a fundamental way of understanding and communicating visual experience. This course stresses the development and mastery of traditional drawing skills, concepts, and vocabulary, and employs a variety of techniques and materials. Fundamental principles are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by related outside assignments. Subject matter may include still life, portraiture, and the clothed and unclothed human figure.

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses, you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses, as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural, social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting, writing a strong thesis statement, revising, editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism, and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural, social and global perspectives.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This cross-disciplinary course will integrate the ideas and practices of two-dimensional design, color and drawing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, exploring concepts and developing research skills. Students will undertake individual and collaborative projects in three spaces; the studio classroom, the digital world and the city at large.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will provide students with an understanding of orthographic principles and their importance to spatial thinking and design communication. Students will produce manual drawings in order to manipulate scale. Students will employ Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create measured architectural plans, elevations and sections. The course will introduce students to file management skills and develop proficiency in using cloud based resources. Students will employ virtual workspaces to conduct work in, and out of class. Vector graphic software will also be used to compose work, manipulate technical drawings and illustrate plans and sections for portfolio use.

2 Semester Pathway

This program is composed of one semester of pathway programming which counts toward the student's undergraduate degree.

Pathway Requirements: 11 courses, 35 credits

Semester 1 (6 courses, 18 credits)

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings

Credits:

3

Description:

Observational drawing is a fundamental way of understanding and communicating visual experience. This course stresses the development and mastery of traditional drawing skills, concepts, and vocabulary, and employs a variety of techniques and materials. Fundamental principles are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by related outside assignments. Subject matter may include still life, portraiture, and the clothed and unclothed human figure.

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to focus on the oral communication skills needed to be successful students, as well as successful professionals. Through lectures, text, and practical applications; students will learn how to select a topic, tailor a presentation to a specific audience, research, design and structure an oral presentation. Students will also learn to collaborate with a team of colleagues, utilize visual aids, and critique professional/rhetorical situations. In addition, students will expand their listening skills to extract meaning from and take notes on authentic academic conversations and lectures. In addition, EAP 101 is linked thematically and rhetorically to EAP 102. By taking both courses, you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses," as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge. """

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work. We will work together as a class to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting, writing a strong thesis statement, revising, editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This cross-disciplinary course will integrate the ideas and practices of two-dimensional design, color and drawing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, exploring concepts and developing research skills. Students will undertake individual and collaborative projects in three spaces; the studio classroom, the digital world and the city at large.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will provide students with an understanding of orthographic principles and their importance to spatial thinking and design communication. Students will produce manual drawings in order to manipulate scale. Students will employ Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create measured architectural plans, elevations and sections. The course will introduce students to file management skills and develop proficiency in using cloud based resources. Students will employ virtual workspaces to conduct work in, and out of class. Vector graphic software will also be used to compose work, manipulate technical drawings and illustrate plans and sections for portfolio use.

Semester 2 (5 courses, 17 credits)

Prerequisites:

ADF S166; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

An understanding of form is critical to the development of the professional artist or designer. This course focuses on the hands-on use of line, plane, and volume in space. The role of scale, proportion, structure, surface, light, and display are addressed as students create objects that activate space and engage the viewer. The course proceeds from work with simple forms and techniques to more challenging and comprehensive problems that employ a variety of media and approaches.

Prerequisites:

ADF S101; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course builds on the Integrated Studio I experience: synthesizing fundamental visual ideas. IS II investigates the construction, documentation, and transformation of volumetric form, environmental space, and time. Projects will explore narrative strategies and the creation of immersive experiences. Students will develop critical and analytical skills while employing a range of traditional and digital media as they explore the creative boundaries of the classroom studio, the city of Boston, and virtual space.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses, you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses, as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural, social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting, writing a strong thesis statement, revising, editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism, and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural, social and global perspectives.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

ADF S101 or Instructor approval; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will refine the basic visual skills developed in Foundation Drawing I (ADF S101). The elements of color and mixed media are introduced to expand technical possibilities, while more intensive work with the clothed and unclothed human figure provides exposure to gesture, structure and complex form. As students begin to develop a more sophisticated and personal approach, issues of expression and interpretation and varied subject matter will be explored, focusing on personal style and expression.

Prerequisites:

ADI-S101 and ADI-S110

Credits:

3

Description:

Interior Design Communications teaches students how drawing media, observational drawing, perspective theory, color and design graphics can be integrated into the designer's process. In addition to exploring contrast, accent, reflection, shade and shadow, the course underscores the importance of freehand sketching as a tool to foster intellectual inquiry and convey design concepts to a wider audience. The course introduces students to manual and digital methods for composing work for conceptual expression, technical drawing presentation and portfolio purposes. Design comprises of a series of iterative steps where ideas, of increasing complexity, are conveyed with an increasing variety of visual tools. This course therefore introduces students to the techniques that designers employ in the process of creating interior spaces. Rather than merely illustrative devices, the course reveals how designers use drawings as tools. Like any tool, design communication requires practice and frequent application. The goal therefore, is to introduce a series of techniques that may be exercised in subsequent courses in order to convey ideas in studio and in design presentations.

3 Semester Pathway

This program is composed of three semesters of pathway programming. Academic English courses taken in term 1 are not for academic credit. All courses taken in term 2 and 3 of the pathway will count towards the student's undergraduate degree.

Pathway Requirements: 16 courses, 39 credits

Semester 1 (5 courses, 4 credits)

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

The goal of this course is to increase fluency and build student confidence in listening and speaking through a variety of student-centered activities. Specifically, students will advance and practice their listening and speaking skills in academic situations including group work, note-taking exercises, oral presentations, and class discussions. Vocabulary, pronunciation, delivery, and active listening will be addressed, among other skills. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

The goal of this course is to increase accuracy and build student confidence in reading and writing through a variety of student-centered activities. Specifically, students will advance and practice their reading and writing skills on a variety of topics through critical reading, critical thinking, and essay writing. Sentence level, paragraph level, and essay level writing with a focus on grammar, punctuation, and organization among other skills will be addressed. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed to ensure a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. Through class discussions, readings, and assignments, students will discuss a variety of topics, including academic success strategies, personal goals and self-awareness. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful university student. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course will focus on American literature, culture and history. Course readings may include short stories, poetry, plays, excerpts of novels, and/or films that have impacted American history and explore the many aspects of American culture. The course focuses on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, presentation, discussion skills, and research. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

MATH level 2, or Mathshop, or MATH-104

Credits:

4

Description:

From the ISBN on a book, to buying a car, from the size of small chips in a cell phone, to the size of the national debt, or just reading a graph in the daily newspaper, mathematics plays an important and vital role in countless areas of life and your future career and courses included. Mathematics is both an art and a tool created by humans. The common bond is a way of thinking and a way of reasoning to describe and solve problems of many types. This course uses the context of modern real life problems to introduce math needed for literacy and problem solving in contemporary life and work. It uses a minimal amount of algebra and focuses on math models, concepts and basic math manipulations. It encourages students to move from anxiety about math, to using formulas well, to thinking critically in the math context to use math to solve problems and pose new problems. Topics include scientific notation, basic financial math, linear, exponential and polynomial models and an introduction to probability. (Formerly Math 132)

Semester 2 (6 courses, 18 credits)

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings

Credits:

3

Description:

Observational drawing is a fundamental way of understanding and communicating visual experience. This course stresses the development and mastery of traditional drawing skills, concepts, and vocabulary, and employs a variety of techniques and materials. Fundamental principles are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by related outside assignments. Subject matter may include still life, portraiture, and the clothed and unclothed human figure.

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to focus on the oral communication skills needed to be successful students, as well as successful professionals. Through lectures, text, and practical applications; students will learn how to select a topic, tailor a presentation to a specific audience, research, design and structure an oral presentation. Students will also learn to collaborate with a team of colleagues, utilize visual aids, and critique professional/rhetorical situations. In addition, students will expand their listening skills to extract meaning from and take notes on authentic academic conversations and lectures. In addition, EAP 101 is linked thematically and rhetorically to EAP 102. By taking both courses, you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses," as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge. """

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work. We will work together as a class to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting, writing a strong thesis statement, revising, editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This cross-disciplinary course will integrate the ideas and practices of two-dimensional design, color and drawing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, exploring concepts and developing research skills. Students will undertake individual and collaborative projects in three spaces; the studio classroom, the digital world and the city at large.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will provide students with an understanding of orthographic principles and their importance to spatial thinking and design communication. Students will produce manual drawings in order to manipulate scale. Students will employ Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create measured architectural plans, elevations and sections. The course will introduce students to file management skills and develop proficiency in using cloud based resources. Students will employ virtual workspaces to conduct work in, and out of class. Vector graphic software will also be used to compose work, manipulate technical drawings and illustrate plans and sections for portfolio use.

Semester 3 (5 courses, 17 credits)

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses, you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses, as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural, social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting, writing a strong thesis statement, revising, editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism, and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural, social and global perspectives.

Prerequisites:

ADF S166; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

An understanding of form is critical to the development of the professional artist or designer. This course focuses on the hands-on use of line, plane, and volume in space. The role of scale, proportion, structure, surface, light, and display are addressed as students create objects that activate space and engage the viewer. The course proceeds from work with simple forms and techniques to more challenging and comprehensive problems that employ a variety of media and approaches.

Prerequisites:

ADF S101; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course builds on the Integrated Studio I experience: synthesizing fundamental visual ideas. IS II investigates the construction, documentation, and transformation of volumetric form, environmental space, and time. Projects will explore narrative strategies and the creation of immersive experiences. Students will develop critical and analytical skills while employing a range of traditional and digital media as they explore the creative boundaries of the classroom studio, the city of Boston, and virtual space.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

ADF S101 or Instructor approval; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will refine the basic visual skills developed in Foundation Drawing I (ADF S101). The elements of color and mixed media are introduced to expand technical possibilities, while more intensive work with the clothed and unclothed human figure provides exposure to gesture, structure and complex form. As students begin to develop a more sophisticated and personal approach, issues of expression and interpretation and varied subject matter will be explored, focusing on personal style and expression.

Prerequisites:

ADI-S101 and ADI-S110

Credits:

3

Description:

Interior Design Communications teaches students how drawing media, observational drawing, perspective theory, color and design graphics can be integrated into the designer's process. In addition to exploring contrast, accent, reflection, shade and shadow, the course underscores the importance of freehand sketching as a tool to foster intellectual inquiry and convey design concepts to a wider audience. The course introduces students to manual and digital methods for composing work for conceptual expression, technical drawing presentation and portfolio purposes. Design comprises of a series of iterative steps where ideas, of increasing complexity, are conveyed with an increasing variety of visual tools. This course therefore introduces students to the techniques that designers employ in the process of creating interior spaces. Rather than merely illustrative devices, the course reveals how designers use drawings as tools. Like any tool, design communication requires practice and frequent application. The goal therefore, is to introduce a series of techniques that may be exercised in subsequent courses in order to convey ideas in studio and in design presentations.

Note: course selection may vary based on intended major