Summer 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Tady, Lorraine
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2380 Section 59M
TR Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
2D Design Foundations

Description of Course:


An intensive "Second 5 week session" every Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (July 10th - August 9th).

Design is a graphic language that speaks to all people throughout the world.

Design concepts provide a multi-disciplinary language-framework which echoes throughout all subject and media.

In-class workshops focusing on dynamic text and image play enable a student's familiarity with color and organization theories, as well as a practical aesthetic mastery of the design vocabulary.

Skills developed allow students to manipulate how lines, shapes, colors and structure communicate mood, attitude and feeling (which may emphasize or subvert the actual message of intent.)

This course provides a foundation for most 3000-level art courses. Digital technology and traditional studio materials will be used to explore various topics, strategies and themes as related to the history of design, current design concepts, and the making of a visual image. This course will introduce the elements and principles of design (line, shape, value, texture, color, etc.; unity, emphasis, balance, motion, etc.) and emphasize how these ideas work together to communicate attitudes, emotions, and structure in an image.

Students are encouraged to bring personal laptops or use the adjacent computer lab for class assignments. Photoshop and other digital tools will be used for projects. Basic tutorials will be provided for students without, for example, Photoshop, experience; similar help will be provided for students unfamiliar with, for example, paint. (Traditional tools such as ink, graphite, and paint are utilized as well.) Projects encourage personal vision and exploration within the parameters of the objectives.

Required Texts:


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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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