Fall 2013 - 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 elements of design (Line, Space, Shape and Form/Volume, Texture, Motion, Value, Color) and 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.

Required Texts:

No Required Textbooks
Recommended Text: "Design Basics" by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2012)
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/projects.

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