Foundation Studies

Courses

100 Level

  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space Course is available via eLearning
     

    DRAW 100

    Drawing I: Form and Space
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students learn basic skills and techniques for drawing from direct observation using subjects such as still life, landscape and architecture. The depiction of form, light and spatial depth is emphasized along with accurate proportion and scale. Research tools such as thumbnail sketches, quick studies, sketchbooks and digital resources are used to develop ideas. Analysis of drawings, critiques and classroom discussions build vocabulary and enrich the students' understanding of drawing. Prerequisite(s):
  • DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization Course is available via eLearning
     

    DSGN 100

    Design I: Elements and Organization
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students develop an understanding of the organizational methods used in two-dimensional work. They utilize the elements and principles of design while working in black-and-white and color media. Problem solving processes and research are integrated into the development, refinement and evaluation of images. The work of professionals in a variety of art and design fields is analyzed to understand the application of two-dimensional design. The importance of presentation and craftsmanship is emphasized. Prerequisite(s):
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media Course is available via eLearning
     

    DRAW 101

    Drawing II: Composition and Media
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course reinforces and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing I: Form and Space. Research and experimentation are utilized to refine the handling of black-and-white media, expand skills to include the use of color media, and develop drawings that integrate content, concept and composition. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
  • DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application Course is available via eLearning
     

    DSGN 101

    Color: Theory and Application
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course continues the skills developed in Design I, and develops an understanding of color properties and relationships through formal exercises, research and creative thinking. Students build a vocabulary for analyzing and identifying color and color phenomena. Concepts of color theorists and color use in a variety of fields are examined to understand the application of color theory. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
  • DSGN 102 Design II: 3-D Form in Space Course is available via eLearning
     

    DSGN 102

    Design II: 3-D Form in Space
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students work with a variety of media and complete sculptural and architectural projects to learn how to manipulate 3-D forms and space. Creative problem solving skills, including research, idea generation, support drawings and maquettes, are used to develop concepts and design plans. The integration of presentation options and craftsmanship with the concept is emphasized. The analysis and critique of three-dimensional work develops vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
  • DSGN 105 Visual Design Systems
     

    DSGN 105

    Visual Design Systems
    Visual design systems that contribute to expression, aesthetic appeal and visual strength are used in a range of art and design fields such as painting, architecture, product design, textile design, illustration, sequential art, graphic design and film. Students learn how these tools are used and apply the systems to their own work. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
  • DSGN 115 Creative Thinking Strategies
     

    DSGN 115

    Creative Thinking Strategies
    Creative thinking is essential to being a successful professional. This course prepares students to identify problems as opportunities for change and innovation. Research, experimentation, concept development and analysis are the vital practices that lead to innovation. Students envision and communicate a wide range of new ideas that address specific problems. Students acquire skills and gain confidence in idea generation by working independently and collaboratively. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.

200 Level

  • DRAW 200 Life Drawing I
     

    DRAW 200

    Life Drawing I
    This studio course addresses the structure and anatomy of the human figure. With this foundation, students render proportion, balance, form and mass of the figure. Drawing skills developed in previous courses are further refined by using a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 201 Life Drawing II
     

    DRAW 201

    Life Drawing II
    This course is intended to cultivate appreciation of the figure as a vehicle for expression in drawing and design. While continuing to build from the foundations of Life Drawing I, students work from direct observation to study the complexities and dynamics inherent in the human form. The conceptual and expressive potential of the figure is explored through research to enhance critical and creative thinking abilities. Both traditional and nontraditional materials, methods and surfaces are used to effectively convey visual ideas. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.
  • DSGN 204 Design III: Time Course is available via eLearning
     

    DSGN 204

    Design III: Time
    Course is available via eLearning
    The shaping and designing of time-based artwork is based on an analysis of a variety of media including video, sound, interactive/chance-driven multimedia and performance. Students build on concepts explored in previous design courses by transposing fundamental design principles into the design and organization of material over time. The conceptual development and critical analysis of time-based media is achieved through exposure to groundbreaking time-based artwork as well as fundamental introductions to appropriate technologies. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110, DSGN 101, and DSGN 102.
  • DRAW 206 Drawing for Storyboarding Course is available via eLearning
     

    DRAW 206

    Drawing for Storyboarding
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students in this course learn basic skills for drawing preproduction storyboards for a variety of motion-based media. Linear perspective, figure construction, lighting, composition and staging are used to effectively communicate ideas for visual stories. Students develop ideas through thumbnail sketches, lighting studies, sketchbooks and digital resources. Analysis of composition in film, video and drawings, examined in conjunction with critiques and classroom discussions, builds vocabulary and enriches the students' understanding of storyboarding. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.
  • DRAW 207 Drawing III: Content and Interpretations
     

    DRAW 207

    Drawing III: Content and Interpretations
    This course explores a broad variety of approaches and genres used in the creation of drawn images. Students investigate how artists apply formal aspects and select media to convey meaning in drawing. Building on the mark making and color usage introduced in Drawing I and II, this course explores both traditional and nontraditional materials, methods and surfaces. Class exercises and research are frequently performed to reflect the process of investigation into a specific visual idea. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • DRAW 210 Portrait Drawing
     

    DRAW 210

    Portrait Drawing
    In this course, students learn to draw the human head and discover the art of portraiture. Students further develop drawing skills, techniques and traditional approaches to portrait drawing. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DSGN 210 Advanced Practices in Color and Design
     

    DSGN 210

    Advanced Practices in Color and Design
    This course advances the student’s ability to manipulate color to effectively convey visual ideas. The potential of color as both an expressive tool and a formal design element is investigated through a complex manipulation of hue, value, saturation and temperature. An essential component of this course is the development of the content or meaning of the work. Through individual research and in-progress critiques, students enhance critical and creative thinking skills. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 101.
  • DRAW 230 Drawing for Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    DRAW 230

    Drawing for Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course introduces students to methods of drawing that can become bridges to the creation of product designs on the computer. Students become familiar with basic geometric solids and how they can be sectioned and reassembled. Units of study focus on manipulations of the box, cylinder, cone and sphere as well as streamlined form. Students design a series of objects based on the forms studied, adding complexity as their knowledge and experience build. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
  • DRAW 242 Sketchbook
     

    DRAW 242

    Sketchbook
    Through classroom exercises and on-site drawing, students develop their ability to quickly draw visual information within a sketchbook format. In addition to building sketching skills, the course broadens students' approach to visual research, ideation and concept development to help capture the uniqueness of their artist's vision. Sketchbook materials are explored. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 250 Digital Drawing
     

    DRAW 250

    Digital Drawing
    Drawing with digital technology extends the study conducted in earlier drawing courses while implementing digital drawing techniques. Students create digital images that explore form, surface, color and light from observation, as well as expressive issues. Students use contemporary processes and research formatting practices to inform their work. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DRAW 101.

300 Level

  • DRAW 302 Alternative Drawing Methods
     

    DRAW 302

    Alternative Drawing Methods
    In this course, students explore drawing within a contemporary art context. Using various techniques and media, students explore diverse and alternative facets of drawing. Exercises in alternative media and nontraditional approaches form the basis for project assignments. Critiques and discussions focused on media exploration encourage students to think in new ways about making art. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 305 Drawing on a Theme
     

    DRAW 305

    Drawing on a Theme
    Thematic drawing is based upon a commonly shared experience of artists to produce a body of work that is related by idea and/or materials. This course guides students in developing a theme of personal interest and, subsequently, using the span of the term to execute work based upon that theme. Each student is challenged in the development of the conceptual theme, as well as its execution, using a wide variety of materials that fall under the umbrella of drawing. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 310 Landscape Drawing
     

    DRAW 310

    Landscape Drawing
    This advanced course considers traditional and contemporary approaches to landscape drawing. The course explores the expressive and conceptual possibilities of urban and natural landscapes for artists and designers. A variety of black-and-white and color media are explored as students build their freehand drawing abilities to process, record and interpret natural and built landscapes. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 312 Color Drawing
     

    DRAW 312

    Color Drawing
    This course concentrates on mastering technical skills as students experiment with various wet and dry color drawing media such as crayons, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, pastel pencils and colored markers. A strong emphasis is placed on the formal aspects of value analysis and the practice of building color gradually. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • DRAW 320 Non-objective Drawing
     

    DRAW 320

    Non-objective Drawing
    This course focuses on the development of imagery through a sophisticated use of elements and principles of design, including color and a variety of drawing media. Students research visual concepts and utilize design processes while honing drawing skills and techniques. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 325 Advanced Portrait Drawing
     

    DRAW 325

    Advanced Portrait Drawing
    This course develops advanced portrait-drawing abilities used to produce images that express identity and character. Students explore format, media and a range of portrait-drawing approaches to develop a coherent body of work. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 210.
  • DRAW 330 Large Format Drawing
     

    DRAW 330

    Large Format Drawing
    Students in this course learn to address the challenges and strategies associated with making large-scale drawings. Students explore techniques and methods required for working with large-format drawings. Critiques and presentations prepare students to develop and analyze large-scale work as it pertains to size, scale and concept. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • DRAW 341 Travel Portfolio
     

    DRAW 341

    Travel Portfolio
    To draw a place is to know a place. In this course, students develop studies of urban contexts, structures, architectural and sculptural elements, interiors, period furniture, and work from historical drawings. A personal focus within the breadth of the portfolio establishes primary motifs, processes and materials. The portfolio is accompanied by related writings and collected materials. Inventive approaches are encouraged. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101 or DRAW 115.
  • DRAW 350 Classical Rendering
     

    DRAW 350

    Classical Rendering
    This course trains students in classical rendering techniques. There is a strong emphasis on fully rendered observational drawing (still life and figure) in the classical tradition. Students further develop technical skill acquired in prerequisite classes and attain fluency in the handling of color as well as black-and-white, wet and dry media through exercises, demonstrations, assignments and critiques. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.

400 Level

  • DSGN 495 Special Topics in Design
     

    DSGN 495

    Special Topics in Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each course focuses on various issues in design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • DRAW 499 Special Topics in Drawing
     

    DRAW 499

    Special Topics in Drawing
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each course focuses on various issues in drawing and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

600 Level

  • DRAW 602 Drawing the Environment
     

    DRAW 602

    Drawing the Environment
    This course builds freehand drawing skills to process, record and interpret the natural and built environment. Designed for students with limited exposure to drawing, the content includes an emphasis on sighting, perspective and composition as a means to understand and record the world around them. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • DRAW 720 Drawing: Scale and Format
     

    DRAW 720

    Drawing: Scale and Format
    Scale affects meaning and concept in drawing. This course exposes students to a variety of contemporary approaches specific to large-scale drawing. Students formulate strategies associated with making large-scale studio drawing, and then analyze and critique examples of large-scale drawing from a variety of art historical sources, especially contemporary art. Prerequisite(s):
  • DRAW 780 Special Topics in Drawing
     

    DRAW 780

    Special Topics in Drawing
    The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in drawing and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • DSGN 780 Special Topics in Design
     

    DSGN 780

    Special Topics in Design
    The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.