Course Descriptions

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ART-100

Survey of Art

Credit(s): 3

ART 100 is designed to create a greater aesthetic understanding and appreciation of the various visual arts. Emphasis will be on painting, sculpture, architecture, and related art forms. When appropriate, gallery tours, films, and visiting artists will be included. A basic understanding of visual art coordinates with the principles emphasized in studio art classes. This course is appropriate for both non-art students and art majors who wish to view art with greater awareness and respond to and evaluate art, with approaches that are both objective and critically subjective. It satisfies an arts and humanities course requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

ART-101

History of Western Art I

Credit(s): 3

This course offers an historical overview of the development of Western visual art in its principal phases from prehistoric societies to the 12th century AD. The arts of these cultures will be examined through the analysis of major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting with specific attention to the communicative function of the work of art in relation to its society. ART 101 expands an understanding in the visual arts and the societies that produced them, enables the student to make connections to contemporary society and culture, and increases individual aesthetic concepts. It satisfies an arts and humanities course requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

ART-102

History of Western Art II

Credit(s): 3

Survey of Art II offers an historical overview of the development of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the struggle to find a universal and unified visual language for a world of changing values, new institutions, and unprecedented diversity. This course creates a higher understanding of the parallels and interconnections of visual art and the societies that made them. It enables students to thoughtfully view creative expression in its communicative function in relation to contemporary society and culture. This course satisfies an arts and humanities course requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

ART-111

Drawing I

Credit(s): 2

Drawing I offers beginning experiences in the concepts of composition, line, value, form, perspective and texture, introduced through the use of still life, nature, and the model. The media used include charcoal, conte, pencil, and dry pastels. This course is also fundamental for the Graphic Design program and for transfer programs in fine arts and architecture. The concepts covered in this course will help students develop a visual vocabulary as well as a heightened ability to "see" and respond creatively. Lecture/Lab: 4 hours per week

ART-112

Drawing II

Credit(s): 2

ART 112 is a continuation of ART 111 with an emphasis on personal artistic expression and imagery. Students will be exposed to a variety of drawing mediums and approaches to the picture plane. Traditional, as well as contemporary trends in drawing, will be explored. The course is fundamental for the Graphic Design program, for transfer programs in fine arts and architecture, and for personal enjoyment. Lecture/Lab: 4 hours per week

ART-121

2-D/DESIGN Foundations

Credit(s): 3

This course offers instruction in the design process with consideration of abstract/concrete and intangible/tangible elements. These design elements are explored through various media in two dimensional problems. ART 121 helps students to channel conceptual thinking and to organize and master skills of the basic elements of art. The course is necessary for the artist/designer in all fields. It is a required course in the Graphic Design program and for some transfer programs. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-122

3-D/Design Foundations I

Credit(s): 3

ART 122 offers instruction in the use of basic art fundamentals as applied to three-dimensional art work and the creative concepts evolving from these properties. This course helps students to channel conceptual thinking and organize and master skills of the basic elements of art as they relate to three-dimensional expression. Design II is important for artists and designers in all fields and is a required course in the Graphic Design program and for some transfer programs. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-210

Illustration I

Credit(s): 2

This course is an introduction to illustration from the perspective of a graphic design professional. Particular emphasis is placed on how to quickly and efficiently visualize and render objects, environments, and figures under the real-world constraints of time, media, and imagination. This course is a real-media artistic construction class that uses paint, ink, pens, and pencils to teach fundamental skill sets that prepare students for subsequent courses and digital illustration. Lecture/Lab: 3 hours per week Recommended: ART-111

ART-211

Illustration II

Credit(s): 2

This course is a continuation of ART 210, emphasizing the skills necessary to solve visual problems creatively and to meet deadlines. Included will be newspaper, technical, literary, and statistical illustration. Lecture/Lab: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ART-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

ART-217

Life Drawing I

Credit(s): 3

Life Drawing I offers an exploration of various media to develop an artistic understanding of the human form. Emphasis will include both anatomical analysis and interpretive drawing of the undraped and draped model. ART 217 helps to develop eye/hand coordination that is important for careers in applied arts and fine arts. ART 217 or 218 are required courses in the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ART-111 and ART-112 with a minimum grade of C-.

ART-218

Life Drawing II

Credit(s): 3

Life Drawing II offers an exploration in the artistic expression of the draped and undraped human form. Included will be drawing in various media from the model with an emphasis on personal interpretation. ART 218 offers a basis for development in any of the visual arts. The course equally accommodates the gestural artist and the technical illustrator. ART 218 or 217 are required courses in the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ART-111 and ART-112 with a minimum grade of C-.

ART-231

Beginning Painting I

Credit(s): 3

Beginning Painting I develops competence with the oil paint medium through specific assignments designed to emphasize composition and the fundamentals of painting and color. Attention is given to visual thinking, exploration, exposure to materials, and technical procedures. The course is structured around individual instruction and group critiques. ART 231 helps develop ideas and competence with a creative medium. It promotes the articulation of feelings and objectives through a descriptive visual vocabulary. ART 231 or 232 are required courses in the Graphic Design program. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-232

Beginning Painting II

Credit(s): 3

ART 232 offers additional instruction in the knowledge and understanding of the paint medium with special emphasis on personal development. The course is structured around personal instruction and group critiques. Beginning Painting II encourages divergent thinking and different approaches with the medium through the presentation of abstract concepts. ART 232 or 231 are required courses in the Graphic Design program. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-241

Sculpture I

Credit(s): 3

Sculpture I provides an introduction to ideas and materials designed to facilitate the student's response to three-dimensional forms. Emphasis is on concepts of modeling, carving, and constructing. This course promotes confidence for the three-dimensional artist through technical fundamentals. It is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-242

Sculpture II

Credit(s): 3

ART 242 is a continuation of Sculpture I. The course explores problems of greater complexity through both technical and personal involvement. The course further develops the necessary skills for three-dimensional work. It is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-245

Intermediate Painting I

Credit(s): 3

This course is structured to meet students' needs and interests with an emphasis on creative expression and exploration beyond the visual image. The course includes individual instruction and group critiques. It promotes an appreciation for the complexity of the medium and the range of possibilities associated with it. It is intended for the intermediate student who has a firm understanding of the properties and fundamentals of this studio discipline and is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ART-231 and ART-232 with a minimum grade of C-.

ART-246

Intermediate Painting II

Credit(s): 3

Intermediate Painting II is a continuation of ART 245. The course focuses on developing students' greater understanding of personal intent, continuing creative expression, and exploration beyond the visual image. The course offers individual instruction and group critiques. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. It is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-251

Printmaking I

Credit(s): 3

Printmaking I explores the relief printmaking processes of woodcut, linocut, wood engraving, and collagraph. Emphasis is on developing compositional and design skills using the various methods, techniques, and exploration of materials. Additional focus will be placed on the historic influence of each medium and its relationship to other artistic expressions. The course is structured around individual instruction, group critiques, lectures/slides, and studio time. ART 251 is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-252

Printmaking II

Credit(s): 3

Printmaking II provides additional exploration of the relief printmaking process. While concentrating on linocuts and one other medium of choice, the class explores various techniques and methods or printmaking. Focus is on developing compositional and design skills, using color, and developing personal expression. The course is structured around individual instruction, group critiques, lectures/slides, and studio time. ART 252 is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-253

Letterform Design

Credit(s): 2

ART 253 offers instruction in basic type styles and design. The course includes characteristics of letters in relationship to technical, free style, and creative letter rendering as they apply within the graphic design and illustration fields. Letterform Design provides a fundamental knowledge of hand lettering. Lecture/Lab: 4 hours per week

ART-261

Ceramics I

Credit(s): 3

Ceramics I introduces the student to wheel-thrown and handbuilt clay forming techniques, ceramic design concepts, and glaze experimentation. Emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and understanding the creative potential of clay. This course helps develop sensitivity of design and aesthetics for the clay objects we use daily. The course enhances an appreciation for the creative process and establishes the student as a designer/craftsperson. It is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program and a fundamental course for transfer art majors or minors. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-262

Ceramics II

Credit(s): 3

ART 262 is a continuation of Ceramics I and is structured to develop the creative potential of the student using the medium of clay as a vehicle of communication. The course focuses on continued development of fundamental skills and expressive use of materials. Additional emphasis is placed on establishing individual design criteria and expanding awareness of aesthetic qualities of ceramics as art forms or as utilitarian vessels. This is a recommended elective for the Graphic Design program and may be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ART-261 with a minimum grade of C-.

ART-281

Watercolor I

Credit(s): 3

Watercolor I introduces the student to a water based medium that includes the application of visual and tactile elements and the functions of design. Emphasis will be on visual thinking, exploration, exposure to materials, and technical approaches. Individual instruction and group critiques are utilized. ART 281 helps to develop an appreciation for complexities and the potential for creative expression. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-282

Watercolor II

Credit(s): 3

ART 282 offers additional instruction in watercolor design to increase student awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the medium's potential. This course introduces mixed media for the purpose of combining with the watercolor medium. Individual approaches are encouraged and personal development is emphasized. This course helps to develop different approaches and divergent thinking through the presentation of abstract concepts. Class supplies are to be purchased by the student. Lecture/Lab: 5 hours per week

ART-285

Professional Practices

Credit(s): 3

ART-285 is an elective for A.A. and A.S. majors. The course provides instruction in the business of art, guides in the development of portfolios, and requires a final exhibition of students? work. Art students transferring to colleges and universities will prepare portfolios, artist statements, and resumes. Moreover, students will learn about the business of fine art and design and its career options. Each student is expected to conduct both traditional and field research, to select from among artwork and completed in previous classes for a strong portfolio, to write as essay that articulates the artwork?s focus, and to show selected work in a group exhibition. Lecture: 3 hours per week