Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Benedicto, Mary
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2380 Section 002
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
2D Design Foundations

Description of Course:


Design is the creative invention and ability to place form in space through the organization of visual elements. It can be a graphic language that speaks to all people throughout the world. In this course creative projects will be given that focus on 2D space and principles of design. An understanding of the traditional tools such as ink, graphite, paint as well as virtual Photoshop tools will be implemented. The development of visual language and technical skills allows students to engage in the effective dialogue of the visual arts. This will establish a foundation for the student to be creative and critical of the visual world in which we live with a unique sense of pictorial design. Application of visual strategies will be practiced both hands on and virtually. This course is designed to incorporate basic Photoshop skills along with hand skills for each assignment.

Required Texts:


No Required Textbooks
Recommended Text: "Design Basics" by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2002)
Recommended for review: "Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus" by Johannes Itten; "Interaction of Color" by Joseph Albers

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


1. Attendance and participation in class studio workshops, lectures, critiques & discussion activities; and being prepared with the required studio materials.
2. Willingness to investigate and grow artistically, developing a stronger and more sensitive vision through the practice of foundation objectives.
3. Completion of outside assignments/portfolio

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