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Administrative Unit: Visual Arts and Music
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 140
Course Title: 2-Dimensional Design
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 6
Catalog Description:

This is a foundations course dealing with the study and application of the elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Students will learn the basics of line, shape and texture as well as materials, tools, vocabulary and techniques used in the creation of two-dimensional fine art. $40 lab fee.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Launching the Imagination
By Stewart, Mary (McGraw-Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate technical skills in the use of two-dimensional design tools and materials.
  2. Create imaginative designs using traditional art studio techniques.
  3. Create compositions with unity and variety.
  4. Create designs using appropriate and creative manipulation of line, shape, texture and color.
  5. Demonstrate strong two-dimensional design vocabulary.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Introduction to the basic elements, tools and techniques of two-dimensional design
  • Line: actual, calligraphic and implied
  • Shape: rectilinear, curvilinear, geometric, organic, representational, nonobjective and abstract shapes
  • Texture: visual or tactile surface of a shape
  • Color: hue, value, intensity, temperature, saturation, tint, shade, tone and chroma
  • Other basic principles: unity and variety, weight and gravity, asymmetry and symmetry, scale and proportion

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Danielle Langdon Date: August 26, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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