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Administrative Unit: Art Department
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 140
Course Title: 2-Dimensional Design
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 6
Catalog Description: Theoretical foundation for all the fine art production. Includes the study and application of the elements and principles of 2-dimensional design. $30 lab fee.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Launching the Imagination
By Stewart, Mary (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To explore the 2-dimensional design elements and principles.
  • To explore the design process and its application to art and society.
    Measurable Learning
  • Use and apply expressive line.
  • Use and apply shape.
  • Use and apply texture.
  • Use and apply color.
  • Compose with unity and variety.
  • Compose with weight and gravity.
  • Compose with symmetry, radial symmetry and asymmetry.
  • Compose with scale and proportion.
  • Demonstrate the use of emphasis.
  • Compose with implied space.
    Topical Outline:
  • The basic elements of 2-dimensional design:
    - Line
    - Shape
    - Texture
    - Value
    - Color
  • Line: actual, calligraphic, and implied line.
  • Shape: rectilinear, curvilinear, geometric, organic, representational, nonobjective, and abstract shapes.
  • Texture: as visual or tactile surface of a shape.
  • Value: as the lightness or darkness of an art work.
  • The four basic qualities of color:
    - Hue
    - Value
    - Intensity
    - Temperature
  • The basic principles of 2-dimensional design:
    - Unity and variety
    - Weight and gravity
    - Balance
    - Scale and proportion
    - Emphasis

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Ben Cameron Date: April 2, 2008
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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