Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA110
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

History of Illustration

Course ID: AH331
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA108
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an examination of the major artists and trends in the history of illustration. The course emphasizes the development and role of illustration as an art form. Major fields covered include posters, comics, animation, computer graphics, editorial and advertising illustration, and book and magazine illustration. Required for Illustration majors.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

Intermediate Figure Drawing

Course ID: FA201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers figure drawing from the draped and undraped model, emphasizing accurate representation of surface anatomy, proportion, gesture, weight, balance and structure in a variety of drawing media. It also includes drawing from the head with an introduction to the general rules of proportion as they relate to portraiture and to the investigation of individual features: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and skeletal structure as they relate to the entire human head.

Introduction to Figure Painting

Course ID: FA202
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides 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. The course also includes an introduction to portrait painting with an emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso.

Artistic Anatomy 1

Course ID: FA205
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201
Requirement: R
Course Description:
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.

Watercolor 1

Course ID: FA308
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is 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.

Fundamentals of Drawing + Perspective

Course ID: FD150
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
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 with an emphasis on applied perspective. Students are introduced to composition and the concepts of creating volume and space utilizing lines as measurement, construction drawing, value and linear perspective systems. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Course ID: FD151
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
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 Painting

Course ID: FD154
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the basic skills, tools, materials, and techniques used in painting with oils. The student paints from direct observation, primarily using the still life as subject matter. Emphasis is on solving the problems of representing form in space by applying the elements of composition, perspective, value, and color. Topics include preparing supports for painting and various painting techniques. Materials used: oil paints

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.

Fund of Digital Painting

Course ID: FD162
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Fundamentals of Digital Painting will cover use and creation of custom brush sets, general digital painting techniques, good organization of layers, composition, and proper usage of layer blending modes.

Computer Imaging

Course ID: GD230
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This studio course in digital image making will challenge students to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating work while learning how to use the computer as a versatile tool for creation and manipulation. A range of projects will be developed while students consider the role of literal and implicit communication, aesthetics, and emotional impact. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia Flash (a beginning intro).

Internet Design 1

Course ID: GD231
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course 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 will include 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 web sites 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 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.

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.

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.

Digital Painting for Illustration

Course ID: IL330
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD231
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course teaches skills in the use of appropriate Macintosh software as a tool in creating illustrative paintings. Students draw directly on the computer or manipulate scanned drawings, paintings, photographs and video images to produce individualized illustrations.

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.