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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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ART 123 - 3-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 will introduce basic three-dimensional processes and materials as well as develop the students ability to analyze form and space relationships. 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

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:

UNIT 1: Between 2-D and 3-D 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of  the differences between the two-dimensional picture plane and three-dimensional volume, space, and structure.
  • To introduce relief sculpture and to continue discussion on the differences between 2D and 3D space.

UNIT 2: Points, Lines, Planes, Volumes 

  • Introduction of three-dimensional space conceived as a vocabulary of points, lines, and planes defining actual and implied elements.

UNIT 3: Mass and Form

  • Produce both traditional and non-traditional approaches to the concept of mass as applied to three-dimensional form.

UNIT 4: Scale and Context

  • To introduce the concepts of scale and proportion as applied to three-dimensional form.
  • Explore methods of abstraction as related to scale and context.

UNIT 5: Modular Units and Repetition

  • Introduction of the concepts of “repetition,” “modularity,” and “part to whole” relationships. 
  • Application of modular principles to the construction of three-dimensional form.

UNIT 6: Structures 

  • To introduce structural design principles as applied to three-dimensional problem solving.
  • Present the possibilities inherent in working within strict material and process limitation.
  • To draw connections between design professions such as architectural engineering and industrial design.

UNIT 7: Portfolio

  • Students will explore methods involved in documenting their work, assembling into a final portfolio.
  • Participation in college art show or equivalent is required.

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