Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Belcher, Betsy
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2380 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
2D Foundations

Description of Course:

This course provides a foundation for most 3000-level art courses, including ARTS 3363 Design, Text and Image (Design II). 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 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. There will be individual and group critiques.

Required Texts:

None required
Design Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2002)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

1. Class Attendance
2. Completion of projects
3. Participation at evaluation and critique sessions
4. Assigned research
5. Individual development and growth

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