Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lacy, Mary Ellen
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2380 Section 003
R Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
2D Design Foundations

Description of Course:

ARTS 2380 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. 

2D Design Foundations is a studio workshop pertaining to the fundamentals of “The Elements of Design” (Line, Space, Shape and Form/Volume, Texture, Motion, Value, Color) and “The Principles of Design” (Unity and Variety, Balance, Rhythm and Emphasis, Proportion and Scale). Students are presented with visual problems to solve and guided towards a process or method of investigation utilizing multiplicity, comparison, and variation; search and uncertainty; and the application of analytical thinking. Assignments encourage an understanding, sensitivity, and command of the visual language. Individual and group critiques.


(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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