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ARTS 140 - Two-Dimensional Design & Color

3 Credit: (2 lecture, 2 lab, 0 clinical) 4 Contact Hours:

This foundation course focuses on developing a basic sense of design and color that can be applied to any medium in the fine arts and graphic design. Students will be introduced to the form, language, vocabulary, principles, and concepts of two-dimensional design and how they relate to formulating a composition. A theoretical knowledge of color will be introduced and developed throughout this course to achieve effective communication of content as well enriching aesthetic judgments. This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing fine arts, graphic design, web or game design, marketing and/or advertising.
OFFERED: odd-year spring semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Examine the abstract language and design principles in a composition. 

  1. Differentiate the Gestalt principles within a composition. 
  2. Discover grid as a tool to transfer and a means of alteration/to enhance awareness of proportion and scale. 
  3. Explore methods of plastic space in an organized composition while building greater awareness of the relationship between the picture plane and illusory space. 

Goal 2:  Demonstrate artistic principles. 

  1. Demonstrate transformation by showing a slow change through one physical shape/form or condition.
  2. Demonstrate the principles of abstraction to validate the underlying abstract structure of representational art.
  3. Appraise their own work as well as others through oral and written communications.

Goal 3:  Demonstrate principles of color.

  1. Isolate physical and psychological aspects of color through comparative studies.
  2. Test value changes with chromatic light and shadow.
  3. Compose a relative contrast system in an “alternate value-sequencing chart”. 
  4. Apply the Munsell mixing system to designs. 
  5. Layout color relationships using “color as value”. 

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