Course Listings

Course Listings

Course ID: 
(FD110)
Units: 
2
This is an introduction to drawing, covering the basic technical skills and materials necessary to create convincing representations of simple or complex still-life forms. Students are introduced to composition and the concepts of creating volume and space utilizing lines as measurement, construction drawing, and value systems. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

FUNDAMENTALS OF FIGURE DRAWING

Course ID: 
(FD111)
Units: 
2
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. Students work from the draped and undraped model. Emphasis is on accurate representation of the figure utilizing observation with the elements of gesture, measurement, construction line, volume, proportion, and surface anatomy. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Composition and Color - Traditional

Course ID: 
(FD115)
Units: 
2
This course analyzes basic compositional structures and presentation approaches from master paintings. Students will investigate how artists use color to achieve order, balance, and unity. Students will also learn practical application of formal pictorial elements, such as line, value, hue, temperature, edge relationship, emphasis, and eye path to create visual equilibrium. Materials include graphite, charcoal, and oil paint.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL IMAGING 1

Course ID: 
(FD127)
Units: 
2
Lecture and studio course introducing principles of creative visualization with the use of the computer and pixel based imaging software. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon working with imagery from digital cameras, scanners, and generating original computer graphics. Topics include photo-retouching, digital drawing and painting, digital montage, color modes, and preparing files for printing and web based display. Primary software: Adobe Photoshop.

PERSPECTIVE

Course ID: 
(FD120)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110
This is an introduction to linear perspective systems. Students explore a variety of basic and complex laws to convey the illusion of three-dimensional forms in space on a two-dimensional surface. The course stresses volume, scale, placement, and direction of forms in a spatial field.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PAINTING

Course ID: 
(FD122)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111, FD115

PICTORIAL DESIGN FOR ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(FD131)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD115, FD127
This course introduces 2-D design principles in constructing pictorial imagery. The relationship between the principles of design and formal elements of art are addressed, and how these components apply to composition and illustrative applications. Appropriate and effective fusions of form and function and illustrative styles and strategies are also explored.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(FD124)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD115, FD127
This course introduces 2-D design principles in constructing pictorial imagery. The relationship between the principles of design and formal elements of art are addressed, and how these components apply to composition and illustrative applications. Appropriate and effective fusions of form and function and illustrative styles and strategies are also explored.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(FD124)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD115
In this course students are introduced to the role of the illustrator and how the illustrator works. Through directed class assignments, students are exposed to fundamental principles and practices of illustration. Methods, processes, and techniques of visually communicating ideas are explored. Students learn how to acquire and properly use reference material, develop the sketch, visually express imagery, and formulate a finished illustration.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL IMAGING 2

Course ID: 
(FD129)
Units: 
2
Lecture and studio course focused on the use vector based imaging software for drawing and design. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon use of vector drawing tools, stylization techniques, and integration with pixel graphics. Topics include simplification of form, technical drawing, pattern creation, and perspective studies. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator.

RENDERING

Course ID: 
(IL210)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD120
This courses is designed to further develop the students understanding of perspective. Areas covered will include multipoint and curvilinear perspective, cast shadows, reflections, forced perspective and distortion. The goal of this course is to further the students ability to accurately conceive and create environments from imagination using quick-sketch empirical methods in addition to traditional mechanical processes covered in Fundamentals of Perspective.

INTERMEDIATE FIGURE DRAWING

Course ID: 
(FA201)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
An introduction to painting the draped and undraped life model with emphasis on direct observation and accurate representation. Students learn to convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes and compositional devices using various painting techniques. An Introduction to portrait painting with an emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso.

ILLUSTRATION 1 - COLOR

Course ID: 
(IL214)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD115, FD120, FD122
This course focuses on the advanced implementation of color and how it can effectively function within a image. Various color solutions are examined to visually maximize a story, concept or design. The creation of narrative and symbolic image making are encouraged and explored using various mediums that including gouache and acrylic paints. Students will be encouraged to explore imaginative compositional solutions while working from references.

ARTISTIC ANATOMY 1

Course ID: 
(FA205)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201
This course improves the artist’s understanding of the body’s underlying structure while emphasizing accurate observation and depiction of the figure. Anatomical elements such as the skeleton, muscular origins, insertions and surface landmarks are stressed. Students learn anatomy by drawing individual parts of the figure that begins with the skeleton followed by studying the major muscles of the human figure.

APPLIED ART REPRODUCTION

Course ID: 
(IL229)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
Computer Imaging is a studio course in digital image making. Students are challenged to create thought provoking and visually stimulating work while learning to use the computer as a versatile tool for creation and manipulation. A range of projects is developed while students consider the role of literal and implicit communication, aesthetics and emotional impact.Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and an introduction to Macromedia Flash.

ILLUSTRATIVE PAINTING

Course ID: 
(IL216)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL214
An exploration of the chemistry of color mediums and experimentation with possible handling techniques as they relate to the finished composition. Compositional emphasis is on using the human form from life and on using reference material as it relates to each assignment. Skill in the areas of reference photography and lighting as they relate to working with models are developed. Knowledge is gained in the areas of application, handling, surfaces, color palette development, narrative, concept and composition.

INTERNET DESIGN 1

Course ID: 
(GD231)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
Internet Design 1 introduces design issues related to the Internet and to hands-on development of HTML web pages that incorporate text and graphics. Emphasis is placed upon practical web design principles and supporting technologies, including basic use of domain name registration, purchasing web hosting services, JavaScript and CSS. The course includes discussions of issues such as HTML hand-coding, usability, marketing, contrasting design philosophies, supplemental software training and site page development exercises. Course content is designed to prepare students to create and maintain basic websites and to give a solid foundation for continued web design study and development.Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe ImageReady and Adobe Illustrator.

ILLUSTRATION 2

Course ID: 
(IL314)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
GD230
This course teaches skills in the use of appropriate Mac-based software as a tool in creating editorial, entertainment and advertising illustrations. Students draw directly on the computer or manipulate scanned drawings, paintings, photographs and video images to produce individualized illustrations.

DIGITAL DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION

Course ID: 
(IL412)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
This lecture course introduces the student to small business practices that help bridge the gap between the educational experience and the professional world of the illustrator. Topics include self-promotion, processes and intricacies of finding work, printing of promotional collateral, setting up a working studio, legal and pricing guidelines and billing clients, contracts and professional organizations. Includes guest artists and field trips to art studios, agencies and art directors.

ILLUSTRATION 3: ADVANCED STUDIES

Course ID: 
(IL412)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
This lecture course introduces the student to small business practices that help bridge the gap between the educational experience and the professional world of the illustrator. Topics include self-promotion, processes and intricacies of finding work, printing of promotional collateral, setting up a working studio, legal and pricing guidelines and billing clients, contracts and professional organizations. Includes guest artists and field trips to art studios, agencies and art directors.

ILLUSTRATION 3: ADVANCED STUDIES

Course ID: 
(IL416)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
Illustration 3 is a "wildcard" course where a student works with a faculty of choice within the illustration major. Students develop and expand concepts and skills related to their senior project and to further supplement that body of work. With approval from their advisor and faculty, the student can present work created in illustration 3 at senior portfolio 1 or portfolio 2 critiques to receive senior class interaction.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO 1: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(IL418)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
An introduction to water-based media with an emphasis on transparent watercolor. Students learn basic techniques of surface preparation, paper stretching, transparent application, graduated washes, dry brush and wet-into-wet techniques. Subjects include still life, landscape and the figure.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO 2: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(IL419)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL418
A directed studies course that provides—through faculty supervision—the time, opportunity and advisement for each student to create the physical pieces that will become the core of their first working portfolio. The class is offered as a transition from the academic experience to a professional life as an illustrator. Students select their own topic or theme for a body of work, the progress of which will be monitored through individual appointments between the student and Senior Portfolio faculty. Intensive group critiques are spaced throughout the term to allow for class interaction. All coursework is done outside the classroom.