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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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ART 120 - 2-D Design

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course provides a foundation in visual design elements and principles. Using non-digital art media such as cut paper, color pencil, ink, and collage, students will successfully organize design elements and principles to visually communicate ideas. Studio projects are presented as visual problems that require application of design elements and visual critical thinking. The impact of design in a variety of fields will be explored, as well as the relationship between design and culture. Via self and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. This course will allow students to find new forms of self-expression, both in visual career fields and on a personal level. Required participation in the college art show or equivalent introduces students to proper presentation and framing methods. No prior artistic experience required.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $100.00

Common Course Assessment(s): Participation in college art show or equivalent is required.

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Employ use of the elements and principles of design to create solutions that demonstrate an understanding of fundamental visual organization.
  • Apply knowledge of both formal color theory and the expressive. characteristics of color in order to strengthen visual communication.
  • Analyze images to determine how specific elements and principles of design are employed to convey specific messages.
  • Examine the impact of art and design on cultural trends and our daily lives.

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to design: Understand how design affects nearly every aspect of our daily lives, explore the human urge to shape the design of our environment, examine how design evolves and is recycled.
  • Unity and Variety: Examination of types of visual unity.
  • Balance and Visual Tension: Organizing compositions through types of balance; effective use of tension.
  • Value and Contrast: Lightness and darkness; creating visual emphasis with value and contrast.
  • Line and Shape: Introduction to line and shape types.
  • Abstraction: Communicating abstract concepts and messages with universal design principles.
  • Movement and Rhythm: Creating energy and cohesion with visual directional forces.
  • Color and Color Psychology: Application of color theory; introduction to basic human responses to color and color relationships.
  • Space and Depth: Relaying the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface
  • Pattern: Composing visual information with a variety of organizational systems; identifying overarching organizational methods and patterns.
  • Typography: Introduction to what makes a typeface clear; understanding the relationship between mood, message, typeface selections.
  • Participation in college art show or equivalent is required.

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