Fall 2011 - 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:

ARTS 2380 (ARTS 1311) 2D Design Foundations (3 semester hours) This course provides a foundation for most 3000-level art courses. The course will introduce the problem of working with color and design, emphasizing either traditional studio or digital processes. Lectures and discussions will relate to both the history of visual art and current issues in contemporary art and design. (0-3) Y

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.


1) The commitment to attend full classes regularly and to be prepared with the proper materials for projects. A list of art materials to purchase for class projects is discussed the first day of class. 

(2) The completion of projects in a timely manner. 

(3) Portfolio of assigned work thoughtfully exhibits growth or understanding of design objectives and principles; and shows results, commitment, effort, focus, complexity, and willingness to be open to new ideas. Work shows demonstrated awareness of problems involved, experimentation within objectives, variety in solutions and investigations. Work exhibits good craftsmanship, care, presentation and execution. 

(4) Participation in class studio and discussions, critiques, and activities; maintains a good attitude and has a good work ethic. Respects fellow students and studio property. 

(5) Willingness to investigate and grow artistically, developing a stronger and more sensitive vision through the practice of foundation objectives.

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