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Department of 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. This course is not available to Art majors.
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: AR-113 and AR-191.
AR 116 - Three-Dimensional Design
Three-dimensional design takes 2D design knowledge and experience and brings it into the third dimension. This course develops a sensitivity to a wide range of 3D media, processes, and concepts, including digital modeling and 3D printing. Studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisites: AR-113 and AR-191.
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, AR-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: AR-113.
AR 177 - Introduction to Digital Design for Non-Art majors
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 and media, digital publication, and web and mobile interface design. Covers the use of current graphics software in addition to training in graphic production and composition needed for the Internet.
AR 181 - Digital Photography I
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 192 - Drawing II
A studio course that continues to develop the skills covered in Drawing I, AR-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: AR-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. This is a pass/fail course.