Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Carter, Rebecca
Discipline and Number
ARTS 2380 Section 004
R Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
2D Design 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:


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;and"Interaction of Color" by Joseph Albers

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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