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Administrative Unit: Art Department
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 141
Course Title: 3-D Design
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 6
Catalog Description: Theoretical foundation for all 3-D fine art production. Includes the study and application of the elements and principles of 3-dimensional design. $30 lab fee.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Launching the Imagination
By Stewart, Mary (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To explore 3-dimensional design elements and principles.
  • To explore 3-dimensional design and its application to art and society.
    Measurable Learning
  • Translate line to the third dimension.
  • Translate shapes and planes to the third dimension.
  • Demonstrate the creative and aesthetic use of volume and mass.
  • Use open and closed space.
  • Use color and its impact on form.
  • Use and manipulate materials properly.
    Topical Outline:
  • The elements of 3-dimensional design:
    - Line
    - Shape and planes
    - Volume
    - Mass
    - Space
    - Texture
    - Color and light
  • The principles of 3-dimensional design:
    - Balance
    - Scale and proportion
    - Proximity
    - Contrast
    - Repetition
  • Composition and construction

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Ben Cameron Date: October 11, 2007
    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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