ART100: Drawing I

Students apply various graphic approaches that may include drawing from still life, landscape, and human figure. Emphasis is on individual creative expression with the objective being the development of perception and understanding of natural phenomena and translation of this information to a two-dimensional surface. Examples of contemporary drawing are appraised in the context of diversity and cultural differences.

ART101: Design I

Basic design elements including line, shape, color, texture, value, and composition and their integration on a two-dimensional surface are studied and applied. Students examine the nature and effect of color in its full utilization as a design element in conjunction with the interaction of positive and negative space, optical phenomena, and theories of harmony and visual dynamics. Cultural, ethical, and environmental influences on design from a global perspective will be understood.

ART103: Painting I

This is an introductory course in painting, exploring a variety of approaches and painting media. A series of landscape, still life, and personal imagery paintings are investigated as both descriptive and imaginative forms of creative expression. The ethical, multicultural and international contributions of painting are evaluated.

ART125: History of Art: Stone Age to Gothic

This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the art of the western world from the magical creations of the Old Stone Age to the magnificent works of the Gothic era. Illustrated lectures deal with such topics as ideas guiding artistic creations, general stylistic trends, important methods, materials, and techniques used.

ART130: You Can Design!

An online introduction to understanding and interpreting the world around you for the purpose of creating art work. Recognizing and identifying elements of visual language like Line, Shape, Color, Texture, and Tone will lead to applying these elements in the creation of art and design work. Critically evaluating art work and the work of other artists and designers will help nurture confidence in the use of visual language and provide a basis for exploring all forms of visual expression, including drawing, painting, life drawing, sculpture, design, graphic art, website design and printmaking.

ART134: Art History: Renaissance to Modern

Students explore the art of the western world from the Renaissance to the Modern eras. Illustrated lectures cover general aesthetic trends, the life and work of key artists, ideas guiding their creations, the vocabulary of art, as well as important methods, materials, and techniques the artists have employed. Significant artistic creations ranging in character from the personal, to the political, and religious are examined. Students are required to make an independent visit to a museum.

ART135: Fashion, Textile and Fiber Arts

Students investigate and develop various approaches to fiber art, using traditional and non- traditional materials. Various techniques are applied with an emphasis on creative expression.

ART136: Three-Dimensional Design

This course is an introduction to the elements of visual language (line, shape, tone, texture, color, light, volume, negative space) in 3D form. Students solve 3D design problems by creating modeled and constructed forms both in relief and free-standing form. Historical references are made to support the development and understanding of the work. This course can inspire students to explore their creative expression in sculpture.

ART137: History of Graphic Design

This course critically investigates and explores graphic design and visual communication history, materials, techniques and styles, major movements and significant artists and designers. This course requires students to participate in lecture and presentation, and prepare writing and studio projects. Students build a conceptual and visual understanding of vocabulary, applying critical thinking and visual skills in an evaluation of the historical context and the importance of historical reference in graphic design work.

ART139: Digital Photography

This is an introductory course in digital photography, exploring both digital capture and aspects of Adobe Photoshop. This course focuses on developing strong photographic skills, creating dynamic images and an online portfolio. Students explore light in relation to photography, relevant aspects of photographic history and contemporary photography.

ART140: Introduction to Silkscreen Printing

Students study elements and apply methods of silkscreen printing. Students create individual printable designs and work on paper and fabric surfaces to create multicolor screen-printed images. Techniques may include a variety of stencil making methods, direct approaches and photo-emulsion.

ART171: Computer Graphics I (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)

This course is designed for Graphic Design and Visual Art Students. Students learn Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. This course introduces fundamental concepts and terminology for creating and editing electronic images. Students utilize these applications in graphic design, publication design, and preparation of documents for the web. Students use complex software applications independently and in groups.

ART200: Drawing II

Students explore advanced drawing concepts and techniques including free-hand perspective and rendering techniques as they apply to the representation of natural and man-made forms. Emphasis is placed on drawing the human figure including the nude. Individual style and self-expression are developed.

ART201: Design II

An investigation of a variety of fundamental visual forms and concepts that can be used to delineate and describe both two and three-dimensional structures. The descriptive expressive uses of color will be utilized in conjunction with structural systems that will explore different spatial concerns.

ART207: Graphic Design I

Introduction to the field of graphic design, including typography, layout and general graphic techniques. The use of technology and computational skills are applied in studio projects to support creativity and proficiency in handling media and preparing graphic designs. Ethical principles and concepts in communication design are explored in multicultural and global contexts.

ART208: Graphic Design II

This course is a continuation of Graphic Design I ART207, which introduces typography, composition, and layout, development of graphic concepts, and problem solving and creative thinking.

ART209: Printmaking Techniques

The study and development of the fundamental elements of printmaking techniques using a variety of approaches to edition and unique printing. Students cover all aspects of plate preparation and printing.

ART216: Life Drawing

Through the use of traditional and contemporary drawing media and methods, students explore gesture, modeling, anatomy, tonality, form, composition, and other aspects of figurative study through observation of clothed and/or unclothed live models.

ART218: Typography

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of typography. Students demonstrate how to utilize type to solve visual problems in graphic design and visual communication. Students are taught typographic structures and terminology for visual problem solving. This course uses both computer and hands-on methods to address the language of type and its effective usage. By studying the language of type through its history and by its application, students gain strong working knowledge of this essential element in graphic design.

ART219: Portfolio Preparation for Artists and Graphic Designers

This course covers preparing, critiquing, and presenting a portfolio utilizing existing, personal art work. The portfolio of work will be used primarily to support the students transfer to art school. Other topics include writing a resume and cover letter and creating an artist’s statement. Students are expected to have finished artwork for a portfolio.

ART226: Printmaking II

This course enables students to continue the study of printmaking and further develop their ideas through the exploration of advanced techniques and concepts. The class uses a variety of approaches to edition and unique print. Students explore collagraph, woodcut, solar etching, and polymer lithography. Students become proficient in all aspects of plate preparation and printing using professional printmaking inks.

ART229: Painting II

Painting II provides an in depth study of painting including color theory, and composition with an emphasis on developing self-expression. The course will continue exploring a variety of genres from observational realism to abstraction. Critical analysis of contemporary artistic movements will help students to become familiar with a variety of styles, find their own personal “aesthetic language”, and develop their ability to work with acrylic media.

ART231: Computer Graphics II (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)

Students explore complex typographic design problems requiring the student to visually balance a variety of information as well as develop an increased sensitivity to typographic nuance and subtlety. Students learn advanced Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and typographic skills to include theoretical and practical applications. Students gain an in depth understanding of the function of typography as a visual element within the larger context of graphic communication.

ART256: Internship in Graphic Design

This course is designed to provide a practical experience in a professional graphic arts setting and preparation for a successful career in the graphic design field. Designation of intern site is based on student academic and career goals. The student works in a graphic design business for 150 hours.

ART257: Art Gallery & Exhibition Management

This course offers an introduction to galleries and their management with both theoretical and practical experience. Students learn about public and private galleries and the acquisition, care, study, and diffusion of objects. It is designed as a hands-on experience working exclusively in CCCC Higgins Art Gallery. The course introduces the student to careers in art practice, gallery and exhibition management. The student gains theoretical and practical experience in the field of display methods, design and management. Class includes 15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of gallery work. Work scheduled hours appropriate to the demands of the gallery setting.