• Art & Design

    100 Level Courses

AR 101 - Art Appreciation

A global survey of the cross-cultural evolution of art from the prehistoric period through the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the basic elements of art, the creative process, and the significance of art within the context of social, political, religious, and economic climate of its time.

AR 113 - Basic Design and Composition

Drawing and design disciplines pertaining to a solid and basic understanding of composition, figure-ground relationships and the organization of marks and shapes on flat surfaces. Some beginning aspects of color and an experience relating to relief forms.

AR 114 - Basic Design and Color

A continuation of material covered in Basic Design and Composition(AR 113) with emphasis on the study of color and its relationship to various aspects of drawing and design. Color will be studied in two specific ways: the physicality of color and the illusionistic possibilities inherent in color. To put it simply, physicality pertains to color mixing or painting, and illusion relates to the interaction of color. Prerequisites: Art 113 and 191.

AR 116 - Three-Dimensional Design

Three-dimensional design as it relates to sculpture, from visual involvements and illusions on a flat surface to the physical reality of three-dimensional objects in space, including environmental possibilities. Studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisites: Art 113 and 191.

AR 172 - Computer Graphics

An introduction to basic graphic design and visual communication concepts. Builds on the skills learned in foundation courses in basic design and complements the introduction to the field in Graphic Design I, Art 269. Students will become proficient in design concepts and computer skills later used in the Graphic Design field, including page layout, illustration, photography, and web design. They will continue to develop creative problem-solving skills and the foundation theory of Graphic Design. Prerequisite: Art 113. Inactive after Spring 2014.

AR 172 - Introduction to Digital Design

An introduction to basic graphic design and visual communication concepts. Builds on the skills learned in foundation courses in basic design and complements the introduction to the field in Graphic Design Studio I, Art 269. Students will become proficient in design concepts and computer skills later used in the Graphic Design field, including page layout, illustration, photography, and web design. They will continue to develop creative problem-solving skills and the foundation theory of Graphic Design. Prerequisite: Art 113.

AR 177 - Computer Graphics (Non-Art)

Designed for students with little or no experience in computer graphics. Combines basic visual problem solving with hands-on, computer-based digital training. Projects are designed with the non-art/design major in mind and would be appropriate for students majoring in journalism, communications, marketing and music industry.

AR 178 - Web Studio

An introduction to the visual aesthetics and fundamental skills required to create web graphics, digital publication, and web layout design. Covers the use of current graphics software in addition to training in graphic production and composition needed for the Web.

AR 181 - Digital Photography 1

Light and lens are the fundamental elements of photographic and video media. This foundation level course introduces students to the formal characteristics of light and lenses by surveying a variety of image-making practices, from primitive photographic devices to digital photography and video. Through a combination of classroom talks and hands-on-projects, students will encounter principles of black-and-white and color photography as well as elementary video. Learning camera controls in this manner opens up a wide range of expressive possibilities.

AR 181 - Light and Lens: An Introduction to Photography and Video

Light and lens are the fundamental elements of photographic and video media. This foundation level course introduces students to the formal characteristics of light and lenses by surveying a variety of image-making practices, from primitive photographic devices to digital photography and video. Through a combination of classroom talks and hands-on projects, students will encounter principles of black-and-white and color photography as well as elementary video. Learning camera controls in this manner opens up a wide range of expressive possibilities. Inactive after Spring 2014.

AR 183 - Beginning Photo Practices

Technical proficiency in basic black and white photography, including exposure, developing, printing and presentation. Photography is presented as a tool to understand the world and as a means of expression and communication. Students will learn how to interpret and discuss the visual language of photography. Inactive after Spring 2014.

AR 184 - Intermediate Black and White Photography

Focuses on advanced technical skills as a means of gaining greater personal and aesthetic understanding. Advanced 35mm camera and printing techniques, basic studio lighting, and exploring different photographic formats including medium, large, and toy cameras, as well as experimental techniques of image making and printing. Prerequisite: Art 183.

AR 191 - Drawing I

Explore fundamentals of drawing in order to accurately describe nonfigurative volumetric objects. Students are expected to develop a solid understanding of basic drawing elements such as line, value, mass, and space and learn to comprehend the understanding of space, shape, proportion, form, volume, light, and rhythm. Drawing I is a basic hands-on course that introduces the student to various traditional drawing techniques and materials for expression. Working with a basic drawing medium we will explore fundamental rendering techniques. Six hours per week.

AR 192 - Drawing II

A studio course that continues to develop the skills covered in Drawing I, Art 191. Students will be introduced to both traditional and nontraditional concepts and techniques of interpretive and subjective drawing and rendering. Drawing techniques and materials pertaining to the expression of both figurative and nonfigurative subject matter will be explored. The human figure will serve as the primary subject of study with an emphasis placed on the rendering skills. The complex nature of the figure provides students with problems that require serious attention to observational skills in order to correctly render the form. Drawing II utilizes the live, nude model. Six hours per week. Prerequisite: Art 191.

AR REV - Art and Design Student Portfolio Review

Required student portfolio review usually completed during the fourth semester. Transfer students need to schedule with an advisor.