Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING

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
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: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD124
An intensive study of graphic visualization for convincing representation. An introduction to light logic and the application of a variety of black + white and color media to produce highly refined and visually accurate drawings and paintings. 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.

ADVANCED PERSPECTIVE FOR ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL224
Units: 
3
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: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
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. 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
Units: 
3
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: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
A comprehensive course covering the skills needed to prepare artwork for print or digital media. The goal of the class is 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 Mac-based software is introduced. Included are field trips to professional service agencies and organizations.

WORDS, IMAGES + IDEAS

Course ID: 
IL223
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
This course gives the illustrator hands-on opportunities to explore the interaction of words and images. Students will learn basic principles of type and it's role in visual communication and historical context. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between the conventional graphic use of type and current illustrative trends and methods. This course will encourage experimentation with type and text as a central component of narrative art, which includes, book, comics, editorial / advertising illustration, and posters.

COMPUTER IMAGING

Course ID: 
GD230
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: 
IL210, IL214, IL216
An advanced course that focuses on narrative and editorial issues. Students use existing topics as reference to create inventive and impactful visual solutions for various commercial applications. Creative processes include both digital and traditional methods.

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION 1

Course ID: 
IL315
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD124, FD127, FD129
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 illustrations that might appear in commercial collaterals such as magazines, newspapers, billboards, posters, brochures, pamphlets, television, print or on websites. Emphasis is on the working relationship between art director and illustrator and directly between the client and illustrator.

DIGITAL PAINTING FOR ILLUSTRATION 1

Course ID: 
IL330
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: 
IL228
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
GD230
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 employ the use of laptops, software, Wacom tablets and stylists. The goal of this class is to digitally emulate the expression of natural media.

PROFESSIONAL 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
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.

WATERCOLOR 1

Course ID: 
FA308
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD122
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.

ILLUSTRATION ENTERTAINMENT EMPHASIS REQUIRED COURSES

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 work directly from the model.

INTERMEDIATE FIGURE DRAWING

Course ID: 
FA201
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
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. 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
Units: 
3
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.

VISUAL STORYTELLING FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Course ID: 
IL218
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111, FD115, FD120
This course focuses on storytelling with pictures. Students learn the relationship between character and story development and how to compose images and arrange them in sequence to present a coherent and emotionally effective story. Students also work on public speaking skills by pitching their stories to the class. This course is preparation for Storyboarding for Entertainment

ENVIRONMENT DESIGN FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Course ID: 
IL235
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111, FD115, FD120, FD122
This course revolves around design and illustration and how different spaces are created for performance, presentation and other forms of entertainment where the audience relates to an environment. Students are offered an introduction to the varied techniques needed to design and illustrate environments that can be wholly realized, including set design and staging, lighting techniques, limitation of materials and, most importantly, storytelling.

ANIMAL DRAWING 1

Course ID: 
AN220
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
In the studio and on location, students study and draw a variety of domestic and zoo animals. Emphasis is on 3D form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills.

CHARACTER DESIGN 1

Course ID: 
AN215
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111, FD120
The objective of this class is to design model sheets of unique and dynamic animated characters. Students begin with preliminary sketches and construction drawings and continue to develop turnarounds, facial expressions and strong poses. A variety of styles are explored. Emphasis is on working from imagination and strengthening drawing skills.

WORDS, IMAGES + IDEAS

Course ID: 
IL223
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
This course gives the illustrator hands-on opportunities to explore the interaction of words and images. Students will learn basic principles of type and it's role in visual communication and historical context. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between the conventional graphic use of type and current illustrative trends and methods. This course will encourage experimentation with type and text as a central component of narrative art, which includes, book, comics, editorial / advertising illustration, and posters.

STORYBOARDING FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Course ID: 
IL325
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL218
The student learns to develop and create a sequential series of staged drawings-that is, the visual script of each scene in a film. The course covers how to effectively portray the essence of a story by means of quick and accurate sketches. A brief overview of script writing is included. The script's plot, situations and conflict are developed from rough sketches to finished presentations. This course also examines staging, cinematography, drama, action notes, dialogue, pacing, timing and sequencing the story's action.

COMPUTER IMAGING

Course ID: 
GD230
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
A comprehensive exploration of digital image making. This course examines both "paint" (raster) and "draw" (vector) imaging. The use of non-digital images such as drawings or photographs is also examined.

DIGITAL MATTE PAINTING FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Course ID: 
IL340
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
GD230
In this course, students learn advanced techniques using Photoshop and digital painting methods to create original worlds and environments for film, television and interactive media. Emphasis is placed on composition, mood, environment and conceptual design. Photographic techniques and use of the camera are also explored.

COLOR AND FIGURATION: INTERMEDIATE FIGURE PAINTING

Course ID: 
FA206
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201, FA202
This class is a 3 unit studio painting course that gives an in-depth study of color and how it applies to the figure and it's environment. Emphasis is placed on the building of figurative paintings and how to unify the artist's palette to achieve harmony and color balance. Students are encouraged to explore imaginative compositional responses while working from life.

DIGITAL PAINTING FOR ILLUSTRATION 1

Course ID: 
IL330
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: 
IL228
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
GD230
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 employ the use of a laptop, software, Wacom tablet and styli.

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Course ID: 
IL412
Units: 
1
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. Topics include self-promotion; processes and intricacies of finding work; printing 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.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO 1: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL418
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
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.

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.

ADVANCED PERSPECTIVE FOR ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL224
Units: 
3
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

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.

ILLUSTRATION ELECTIVES

WATERCOLOR 2

Course ID: 
FA406
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA308
Further development of water-based media. Students are encouraged to work from still life, photographs, imagination and to pursue individual projects. Students are further encouraged to explore the expressive and stylistic ranges of traditional and opaque watercolors.

ADVANCED FIGURE DRAWING 1

Course ID: 
FA301
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201, FA202
Study of traditional and contemporary drawing and painting materials and techniques. Students experience a variety of dry and wet media . Topics include charcoals, graphite, oil and acrylic paint, mediums, solvents, canvas and surface preparation, stretching and framing. This is a survey course with firm structure and direction with opportunity for personal development.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL319
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL210, IL214
An advanced and comprehensive study of children's book art and publishing. Students are encouraged to seek out and develop their own personal stylistic interpretations of editorial and narrative content. A preparatory course in the commitment to this specialized area of illustration.

FANTASY ART

Course ID: 
IL316
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL210, IL214
An advanced and comprehensive study of fantastic art as it relates to the entertainment and print media fields. Science fiction and fantasy art are studied in the contexts of specific historic and contemporary periods. Students conceptualize, design and produce fantastic and fictional content using a variety of drawing and painting methods. Topics covered include exaggerated anatomy and imaginative creatures, worlds and environments.

COMIC BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL

Course ID: 
IL324
Units: 
3
An advanced and comprehensive study of the specialized fields of comic book art and the graphic novel. Students explore the specialized skills of penciling, inking and colorization. This course leads to the knowledge and ability to self-publish and covers a broad variety of genres within the world of comics.

INTERNSHIP: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
INT401
Units: 
1-3
Prerequisites: 
Senior status and department chair permission
Through contractual arrangements with art directors, advertising agencies, practicing artists, graphic designers, illustrators and the faculty advisor, the student is given the opportunity to work in the professional environment of his/her choice. This experience allows for hands-on development in the professional setting. Note: Documentation and contract must be signed and submitted prior to the first day of the internship. No internship credit can be given retroactively.

EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION 2

Course ID: 
IL413
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL314
A continuation of Illustration 2. Students refine previous methods, processes and techniques and work on a series of illustrations that emphasize making personal statements and exploring 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
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL315
A continuation of Graphic Illustration I. Students refine previous methods, processes and techniques and work on a series of illustrations and designs that emphasize making commissioned artwork for the retail marketplace.

SPECIAL TOPICS: EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL493
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL413
A continuation of Illustration 2. Students refine previous methods, processes and techniques and work on a series of illustrations that emphasize making personal statements and exploring a particular direction in editorial illustration. Students select their own media and develop a consistent style appropriate to their own direction.

ARTIST AS BRAND

Course ID: 
IL326
Units: 
3
The goal of this class is to align your talent with your heart, to create products/services out of your unique personal vision and, finally, to market these gifts to the world through high-tech or high-touch venues. This course offers insight on becoming an empowered artist and entrepreneur.

ILLUSTRATION DRAWING + PAINTING EMPHASIS REQUIRED COURSES

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.

INTERMEDIATE FIGURE DRAWING

Course ID: 
FA201
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
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. 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.

FUNDAMENTALS OF FIGURE PAINTING 1

Course ID: 
FA202
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.

WORDS, IMAGES + IDEAS

Course ID: 
IL223
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
This course gives the illustrator hands-on opportunities to explore the interaction of words and images. Students will learn basic principles of type and it's role in visual communication and historical context. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between the conventional graphic use of type and current illustrative trends and methods. This course will encourage experimentation with type and text as a central component of narrative art, which includes, book, comics, editorial / advertising illustration, and posters.

RENDERING

Course ID: 
IL210
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD124
An intensive study of graphic visualization for convincing representation. An introduction to light logic and the application of a variety of black + white and color media to produce highly refined and visually accurate drawings and paintings. 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.

PAINTING 2

Course ID: 
FA203
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD122
This painting course emphasizes perception, composition and accurate representation. Students paint primarily from observation, but also in combination with photographic sources. Subject matters include still life and landscape. Students develop a small series of person work that relates to the course.

ADVANCED FIGURE DRAWING 1

Course ID: 
FA301
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201, FA202
Continued perceptual study of the human form. This course investigates gesture, movement, spatial relationships, foreshortening, anatomical studies, light and shade, composition, color harmony and the figure in environment. Students learn to make visual and artistic decisions in the context of historical and contemporary figure drawing styles.

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.

COLOR AND FIGURATION: INTERMEDIATE FIGURE PAINTING

Course ID: 
FA206
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201, FA202
This class is a 3 unit studio painting course that gives an in-depth study of color and how it applies to the figure and it's environment. Emphasis is placed on the building of figurative paintings and how to unify the artist's palette to achieve harmony and color balance. Students are encouraged to explore imaginative compositional responses while working from life.

ILLUSTRATIVE PAINTING

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

ILLUSTRATION 2

Course ID: 
IL314
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL210, IL214, IL216
An advanced course that focuses on narrative and editorial issues. Students use existing topics as reference to create inventive and impactful visual solutions for various commercial applications. Creative processes include both digital and traditional methods.

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION 1

Course ID: 
IL315
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD124, FD127, FD129
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 illustrations that might appear in commercial collaterals such as magazines, newspapers, billboards, posters, brochures, pamphlets, television, print or on websites. Emphasis is on the working relationship between art director and illustrator and directly between the client and illustrator.

ADVANCED FIGURE PAINTING 1

Course ID: 
FA305
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA206
An opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to focus on value and color relationships and how the function of light dictates the relationships we see.

WATERCOLOR 1

Course ID: 
FA308
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD122
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.

ADVANCED PERSPECTIVE FOR ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL224
Units: 
3
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

COMPUTER IMAGING

Course ID: 
GD230
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

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Course ID: 
IL412
Units: 
1
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.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO 1: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
IL418
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Senior status
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.

DIGITAL PAINTING FOR ILLUSTRATION 1

Course ID: 
IL330
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.

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.