Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Required Courses

FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING

Course ID: 
(FD110)
Units: 
2
This course 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.

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.

FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITION + COLOR

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.

PERSPECTIVE

Course ID: 
(FD120)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110 or taken concurrently
This course 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
This course is an introduction to the basic skills, tools, materials, and techniques used in painting with oils. Student paint 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.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(FD124)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD115
This course introduces students 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 – PHOTOSHOP

Course ID: 
(FD127)
Units: 
2
This lecture and studio course introduces 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.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL IMAGING  - ILLUSTRATOR

Course ID: 
(FD129)
Units: 
2
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.

PICTORIAL DESIGN FOR ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(FD131)
Units: 
2
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD115, FD127 or taken concurrently
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, including 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.

INTERMEDIATE FIGURE DRAWING

Course ID: 
(FA201)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD110, FD111
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FA201
This course is intended to improve 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 and insertions, and surface landmarks are stressed. Students learn anatomy by drawing individual parts of the figure (in class and at home) by using a combination of in-class notes, photographic references and additional references pulled from a variety of textbooks relating to the subject.

WATERCOLOR 1

Course ID: 
(FA308)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD122
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.

COMPUTER IMAGING

Course ID: 
(GD230)
Units: 
3 Credits
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
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.   Primary software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and an introduction to Macromedia Flash

INTERNET DESIGN 1

Course ID: 
(GD231)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD127, FD129
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.

ILLUSTRATION ADVANCEMENT REVIEW

Course ID: 
(IL001)
Units: 
0
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 AR will result in the student being withheld from entering senior status.

RENDERING

Course ID: 
(IL210)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD124
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD115 , FD120, FD122
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL214
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)
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 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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
FD120
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.

APPLIED ART REPRODUCTION

Course ID: 
(IL229)
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL210, IL214, IL216
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)
Units: 
2
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 illustration that may 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.

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES - ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(IL415)
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
This self-directed course that 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 credits.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO 1: ILLUSTRATION

Course ID: 
(IL418)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL001
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)
Units: 
3
Prerequisites: 
IL418
This is a continuation of Senior Portfolio 2.  It 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.