Rising Star course descriptions

Credentialed SCAD faculty members teach all Rising Star courses. Upon successful completion of their courses, students will gain credits toward a SCAD degree or may transfer credits to another complying institution. The course offerings below are subject to change.

Foundation studies

Foundation studies classes consist of studio work augmented by slide lectures, demonstrations, field trips and critiques. Students expand their critical thinking abilities and deepen their understanding of visual language, which can be applied to concepts and materials encountered in major programs and in the professional world.

DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
Available in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah
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. This course is required for all undergraduate students.

DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
Available in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah
Students develop an understanding of the organizational methods used in 2-D 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 demonstrate the application of 2-D design. The importance of presentation and craftsmanship is emphasized. This course is required for all undergraduate students.

General education courses

General education is an essential component of the undergraduate curriculum at SCAD, developing students as critical thinkers by providing an intellectual foundation and breadth of knowledge for lifelong learning.

ARTH 100: Survey of Western Art I
Available in Hong Kong
The first component of a two-part survey, this course introduces students to the historical and intellectual content of Western art. The course addresses painting, sculpture and architecture from the Paleolithic to the late medieval period in Europe as presented in terms of history, style, meaning and social context. Take this course if you are interested in art history, architectural history and/or historic preservation. This course is required for all undergraduate students.

BUSI 101: Introduction to Business
Available in Hong Kong and Savannah
This course provides students with skills to successfully integrate business skills with their art and design skills to foster opportunity for professional practices in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, budgeting and basic legal issues such as contracts, loan agreements, consignment agreements and commission agreements. Take this course if you are interested in fashion marketing and management.

CMPA 100: Survey of Computer Art Applications
Available in Savannah
Students are introduced to the basic use of computer principles, from word processing to techniques supporting digital art and design. Students use a broad range of tool sets from a variety of industry-standard computer applications, which they may apply toward their major areas of study. The basic components of digital art and design tools - text, vector, raster, Web and page layout - are employed as learning concepts and serve as a digital foundation upon which their future studies may be built.

CMPA 110: Advanced Survey of Computer Art Applications
Available in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah
This course is designed for students already well-versed in the use of art and design computer applications. The course covers basic components of digital design tools including vector, raster, modeling language and animation, culminating in the completion of a final project. Following an overview of HTML and webpage design, students create their own home pages. This course is required for all undergraduate students.

COMM 105: Speaking About Ideas
Available in Hong Kong and Savannah
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of public speaking. Topics include organization and communication skills that focus on audience analysis, topic selection, delivery styles, listening skills, critical thinking, argumentation, verbal and nonverbal skills, and the acquisition of academic resources. This course is required for all undergraduate students.

ENGL 123: Composition
Available in Atlanta and Savannah
This course examines written exposition and communication. Assignments include analyzing and composing essays and implementing research skills.

MATH 140: The Geometry of Physical Space
Available in Savannah
Students explore, analyze and quantify the structure of 2-D and 3-D space and spatial relationships, including the geometry of everyday physical objects. In so doing, students learn how to solve geometry problems that emphasize proofs, Euclidean constructions, right-triangle theorems, properties of geometric figures, tessellations in the plane, theorems of circles and the Golden Ratio.

Major-specific courses

These courses offer students the opportunity to develop creative problem-solving skills and to communicate their own sensibility and vision. These courses fulfill introductory requirements in respective majors and also may fulfill a studio elective requirement. Placement is contingent on portfolio and transcript evaluation.

ACCE 110: Sewing Technology for Accessory Design
Available in Savannah
This course introduces students to machinery used in the accessory design program. Students also are introduced to decorative ornamentation techniques while applying these techniques to accessory design. Basic patternmaking skills are taught and provide the foundation for future courses in accessory design.

ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture
Available in Savannah
This lecture/seminar course introduces students to the theories and profession of architecture and encourages creative and analytical thought. By considering the entire scope of the discipline and the profession, the course focuses on developing an ability to ask appropriate questions in relation to decision making regarding the built environment. Students explore the abstract, spatial, social/cultural, environmental and tectonic concepts that affect the built environment.

EQST 110: Fundamentals of Horse Care
Available in Savannah
This introductory course focuses on the care and maintenance of horses in a safe and secure environment. Students acquire an overview of all fundamental aspects associated with the care and the provisions necessary for the equestrian professional. Fundamental skills, including food and nutrition, proper use of equipment and common preventive measures for equine ailments, are introduced.

FASH 100: Fashion Technology
Available in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah
In this studio course, students are introduced to professional standard sewing techniques and apparel construction. Through assignments, the techniques are applied to produce finished garments.

FILM 100: Introduction to Film and Video Production
Available in Savannah
This course is an introduction to both 16mm and digital camera systems and how these tools are used to tell a story visually. Students learn basic lighting, editing and field sound recording while developing an expressive use of the medium.

FILM 101: Introduction to Video Production
Available in Hong Kong and Savannah
This course introduces students to basic video production techniques and provides an overview of film and television theory and criticism. By combining theory and hands-on exercises, students are expected to develop the technical, analytical and critical foundations necessary in the video preproduction, production and postproduction phases. Students may acquire the conceptual abilities needed to plan and execute a variety of video projects. Take this course if you are interested in film and television and/or sound design.

PERF 103: Introduction to Performance
Available in Savannah
This course is designed as a practical approach to vocal and physical expression for the artist in the methods and techniques of modern performance. Through exercises and development of formal scenes, students learn and implement the basic acting vocabulary of performance primarily through the study of the modern American canon of theater, television and film.

PHOT 113: Photographic Foundations I
Available in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah
Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments and critiques, students learn to see photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of digital photography, with an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, digital imaging software, and an awareness of the critical issues in contemporary photography.

PROD 101: Introduction to Production Design
Available in Savannah
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of production design for stage and screen, including the application of costume, scenery, lighting and props and their importance in film, theater and television productions. The student is introduced to the impact that scene, light, costume elements and props have in a complete production or performance.

SUST 304: Theories and Methods in Sustainability
Available in Savannah
Current methods and theories of sustainability are explored through a series of presentations, discussions and short projects. This course capitalizes on holistic design processes and project planning with the goal of closed system developments, while concentrating on the four pillars of sustainability (Ecology, Economy, Equality, Education).

VSFX 101: Survey of Visual Effects
Available in Hong Kong and Savannah
This course introduces students to the history and development of visual effects through lectures, readings and screenings of important works. Students examine the various ways in which artistic and technological tools have been used to create convincing visual effects for film, television and games. Studies focus on the variety of ways in which visual effects techniques have evolved to keep up with increasingly discerning audiences.