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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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ART 120 - 2-D Design

Course Department: Humanities
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 utilize knowledge and skills to improve communication 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
  • Identify elements and principles of design to create compositions that exhibit that knowledge

  • Identify elements and principles of design and apply them to strengthen visual communication as well as convey specific messages

  • Apply basic studio concepts in work by demonstrating craftsmanship and invention

  • Examine art and design and interpret how it impacts cultural trends and our daily lives

  • Develop creative thinking and communication skills through participation in critiques

  • Create a professional portfolio and/or final exhibition that demonstrates the application of elements and principles of design

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to design: Understand how design affects nearly every aspect of our daily lives 

  • Unity and Variety: Examine and apply harmonious and cohesive designs 

  • Visual Balance: Generate compositions through types of balance and effective use of tension 

  • Value and Contrast: Create visual emphasis using opposite visual elements, including color, pattern, shade, texture, etc. 

  • Line and Shape: Develop designs illustrating various line and shape types 

  • Abstraction: Communicate visual concepts through various methods of abstraction 

  • Movement and Rhythm: Create energy and cohesion with visual direction 

  • Color and Color Psychology: Apply the concepts of color theory by understanding basic human responses to color and color relationships 

  • Space and Depth: Illustrate the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface 

  • Pattern: Identify overarching organizational methods and patterns to generate pattern designs 

  • Typography: Understand the relationships between mood, message, and typeface selections in design 

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