Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Fund of Digital Imaging 2 - Illustrator

Course ID: FD129
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course is 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.

Pictorial Design for Illustration

Course ID: FD160
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
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: FD161
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
An introduction to illustration and the role of the illustrator in the communication arts field. Through assignments and in-class demonstrations and brief exercises, students will explore the practices and principles of communicating visual concepts and executing successful illustrations. Students will work with a variety of media and surfaces and will be expected to understand the uniqueness and use of each individual material and practice by the end of class. The course will place an emphasis on visual communication and problem solving. Students are expected to come prepared to every class, and to find individual solutions to the illustration _problems? provided them throughout the semester and to successfully execute each project to the breadth of their ability.

Illustration Advancement Review

Course ID: IL001
Course Credits: 0
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The Advancement Review (AR) is a formal portfolio review designed to evaluate competency in foundation studio art abilities at the fourth semester Sophomore level, or when the student has earned between 40 and 65 total academic units. Students submit a series of images to the AR, which is a held twice-a-year. A panel of faculty evaluate submissions, and the student is presented the results showing scores of: Outstanding, Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, or Deficient in areas that include: Anatomy, Painting, Perspective, Draftstmanship, Design (or 3D), and Illustration. Students are required to obtain designated tutoring for all categories scored "deficient" prior to re-submitting during the next AR submission period. Once all categories have received a minimum score of satisfactory or higher, the AR requirement will be credited as "passed". Failure to pass all categories of the the AR will result in the student being withheld from entering senior status.

Rendering

Course ID: IL210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD161
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an intensive study of graphic visualization for convincing representation. Students will be introduced to the use of light logis and the application of a variety of black and white and color media to produce highly refined and visually accurate drawings and painting. Emphasis is on a realistic fidelity in the representation of nature and man-made objects through the careful study of structure, surface, and lighting influences.

3-D Design 2

Course ID: IL212
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course students will learn the skills to texture and light objects and characters as well as model more efficiently and accurately. Students will use texture editing systems to adhere and manipulate textures onto form. Students learn to model in polygons as well as model within the surfaces offered within Zbrush software (i.e., subdivision surfaces).

Drawing with Ink

Course ID: IL213
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course covers the history of the medium of drawing with ink. Varieties of fluids, tools, and supports and their usage will be studied and demonstrated. Assignments include exercises in hatching and crosshatching, stippling, ink washes with brush, bistre, technical drawing, and combining other media with ink.

Illustration 1: Color

Course ID: Il214
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of traditional and contemporary color illustration practices, techniques, and styles. A comprehensive and practical introduction to color theory and the use of multiple color media is also emphasized. This course is meant to be the critical bridge between rational color theory and intuitive painting. It also provides the opportunity for exploration and familiarization of painting methods and styles through a range of in-class exercises and outside assignments addressing the full spectrum of color and its relationship with commissioned art.

Illustrative Painting

Course ID: IL216
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL214
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an exploration of the chemistry of color mediums and the experimentation with possible handling techniques as it relates to the finished composition. Compositional emphasis will be on using the human form from life and reference material as it relates to each assignment. Skill in the areas of reference photography and lighting as it relates to working with models will be developed. Knowledge will be gained in the areas of application, handling, surfaces, color palette development, narrative, concept, and composition.

Words, Images + Ideas

Course ID: IL223
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD160, FD162
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course gives the illustrator hands-on opportunities to explore the interaction of words and images. Students will learn basic principles of type and its role in visual communication and historical context. This course will also encourage experimentation with type and text as a central component of narrative art, which includes, book, comics, editorial / advertising illustration, and posters. Processes and genres may include: Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, calligraphy, signage, graffiti, tattoo, relief printmaking and illustrated type.

Advanced Perspective for Illustration

Course ID: IL224
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course 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.

Digital Drawing from Observation

Course ID: IL228
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD231
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course includes a comprehensive examination of digital drawing and painting from observation. This course explores the possibilities in the use of technology as it applies to observational drawing and painting. Students will employ the use of a laptop computer, software and graphics tablet and stylus.

Applied Art Reproduction

Course ID: IL249
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides a comprehensive review of the skills needed to prepare artwork for print or digital media. The goal of the class is to teach students to effectively interface between the graphic designer, the illustrator, and the printer. Special emphasis is given to relevant traditional production techniques as well as current computer applications and technology. Current Macintosh software is introduced. Field trips to professional service agencies and organizations are included.

Concept Design for Entertainment

Course ID: IL301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD166
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an advanced course in visualization, art direction and production design with an emphasis on the organization of all the pictorial components in a visual system supporting a narrative content. The conceptualization of design choices, the calibration of stylistic parameters and other world building techniques will be explored through the creation of detailed concept art and the elaboration of a complete style guide.

Illustration 2

Course ID: IL314
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL210, IL214, IL216
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is designed to refine and develop the skills for a consistent personal visual vocabulary, and to enable the artist to produce editorial interpretations based on literary works and social, cultural, and political issues of personal and public opinion. Concepts are stressed with emphasis on communication of visual surprise and imagination. The creation of narrative and symbolic image making are encouraged and explored. Students are expected to find individual solutions to both black and white and color assignments.

Graphic Illustration 1

Course ID: IL315
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD160, FD162
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focuses on the production of illustrations that promote sales, recognize commercial products, or call attention to services or institutions. The goal of this course is to prepare artists to work professionally with clients in the marketplace. Assignments include advertising illustration that may appear in commercial collaterals such as magazines, newspapers, billboards, posters, brochures, pamphlets, television, print, or on web sites. Emphasis is on the working relationship between art director and illustrator, and directly between the client and illustrator.

Fantasy Art

Course ID: IL316
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL210, IL214
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the process and application of fantastic illustration to print products, interactive games, film/television, and mass media.

Illustrated Book

Course ID: IL320
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course focusses on creating art for the unique world of children's books. Emphasis is on being able to create an entire book from cover to cover. Concepts introduced will be the various types of children's books and their special requirements, approaches to designing all aspects of a book (inside and out), and effective presentations to publishing clients. The course will include lectures, slide presentations, demonstrations, class discussions and critiques.

Comic Book/Graphic Novel Illustration

Course ID: IL324
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a studio workshop in the Comic Book/Graphic Novel as an art form and entertainment medium, balancing personal expression and commercial application. Through weekly one-on-one discussion, lectures/presentations, group discussion, and production of comic book pages in continuity, the distinctive magic of the art form will be explored, and skills in its creation advanced. The medium's distinctions from and relations to traditional Literature and Cinema will be discussed.

Artist as Entrepreneur

Course ID: IL337
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will offer the tools for students to become self-sufficient artist entrepreneurs. It will present an economic model for artists to successfully market their art and services in a variety of areas including: online marketing/social media, galleries, events and conventions, how to build a following and start while in school. The goal of this class is to align products/services with artistic personal vision, and market these gifts to the world though High Tech/High Touch venues.

Professional Studies

Course ID: IL412
Course Credits: 1
Requirement: R
Course Description:
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.

Editorial Illustration 2

Course ID: IL413
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL314
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A continuation of Editorial Illustration 1. Students refine previous methods, processes, and techniques and work on a series of illustrations that emphasize the making of personal statements and the exploring of a particular direction in editorial illustration. Students select their own media and develop a consistent style appropriate to their own direction.

Graphic Illustration 2

Course ID: IL414
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL315
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A continuation of Advertising Illustration I. Students refine previous methods, processes, and techniques, and work on a series of illustrations that emphasize the making of commissioned artwork for the marketplace. Students select their own media and develop a consistent style appropriate to their own direction.

Illustration 3: Advanced Studies

Course ID: IL416
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This self-directed course examines specific processes, materials, techniques, and concepts in illustration with faculty supervision. Students work to develop and expand concepts and skills related to a special topic contractually agreed upon with the instructor. This course may be repeated for an additional 3 units.

Senior Portfolio 1: Illustration

Course ID: IL418
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is 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 course 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.

Senior Portfolio 2: Illustration

Course ID: IL419
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is 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 course 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.

Special Topics Editorial Illustration

Course ID: IL493
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: IL413
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A continuation of Editorial Illustration 1. Students refine previous methods, processes, and techniques and work on a series of illustrations that emphasize the making of personal statements and the exploring of a particular direction in editorial illustration. Students select their own media and develop a consistent style appropriate to their own direction.