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Courses Offered

ART 101 History of Western Art I (3 units)

Comprehensive survey of the history of arts (architecture, painting, sculpture and other media) in the Western traditions and the understanding of art as reflections of the cultures from which the art emerged. Survey of the arts from the historic periods of the Prehistoric to the late 1300’s.

ART 102 History of Western Art II (3 units)

Comprehensive survey of the history of arts (architecture, painting, sculpture and other media) in the Western traditions and the understanding of art as reflections of the cultures from which the art emerged. Survey of the arts from the historic periods of the Renaissance to contemporary times.

ART 105 Art of Asia & the Near East (3 units)

Survey of Asian and Near Eastern Art, especially India, China and Japan, and Persia. Investigation of the cultural sources of art work as well as their aesthetic qualities.

ART 107 Art of Our Times (3 units)

An introduction to the American visual experience of today including painting, sculpture, architecture, industrial, interior, package, advertising, furniture, design, etc.

ART 115 Art, Music and Ideas (3 units)

An integrated consideration of art and music as reflections of the philosophies and traditions of cultures. The understanding of the various elements common to the creative efforts of art and music are emphasized as a means to enhance and extend a student’s recognition, involvement, and ultimately, appreciation of these efforts. Diverse media are examined to demonstrate the realizations of ideas into works of art and music. Also listed as MUS. 115.

ART 117 Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora (3 units)

Survey of the arts in Africa, their cultural context, spirit and history from prehistoric to contemporary and their impact on the African diaspora.

ART 120 Art of the Americas (3 units)

An examination of the diverse indigenous arts and cultures of the Americas, the impact of colonialism and the development of ethnic arts in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Americas.

ART 130 Art Appreciation (3 units)

A brief survey of the concepts and traditions of art through history and diverse cultures. Historical events, customs, traditions, and technology are evaluated as integrated and interactive elements which influence the creation of art. Through recognition of the communicative abilities of art, the functions and values of art to cultures and the individual are explored.

ART 175 Visual Theory and Practice: Ceramic Art (3 units)

An introduction to a broad spectrum of ceramic art from diverse cultures, with a focus on visual theory, aesthetics, criticism, and historical context. Students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of cultural and technological constructs which influenced the creation of specific genres. In addition, students will produce original works of ceramic art by reinterpreting the traditions they study in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on creative problem solving skills.

ART 204 Drawing I (3 units)

Basic introduction to drawing using both simple and complex forms derived from nature, life, and still life sources. A variety of media will be used. Recommended as a first level course for anyone desiring to participate in an art experience or program.

ART 205 Drawing II (3 units)

Materials and techniques in common use; traditional and contemporary pen, pencil, and conte crayon expression. Rendering of everyday objects and scenes. Methods of depicting shade, shadows, and textures, and acquiring skill in value transition.

ART 207 Life Drawing (3 units)

The study of the human form as art using the techniques and materials of drawing in several media. Application of fundamental studies of anatomy in the pursuits of expressive representations of the human figure. Studio practice drawing from live models.

ART 208 Portrait Drawing I (3 units)

Portrait characterizations using the techniques and materials of drawing in several media. Application of fundamental studies of the anatomy of the head and faces in the pursuits of expressive representations of people. Individualized instruction is emphasized Studio practice drawing from live models.

ART 209 Portrait Drawing II (3 units)

Advanced portrait characterizations, expanding upon the drawing techniques of Portrait Drawing I. Further enhancements of drawings based upon astute studies of the anatomy of the head and faces. Individualized instruction is emphasized. Studio drawing sessions of male and female live models.

ART 214 Color (3 units)

Drawing proficiency is not required. Introduction to the physical and psychological properties of color. This course stresses the knowledge and skills needed to use color aesthetically.

ART 217 Intermediate Life Drawing (3 units)

Continued study of the human form as art using the techniques and materials of drawing and painting in pastels, acrylics, oil and watercolor paints. Application of more advanced studies of anatomy and chromatic expressions through different skin palettes. Use of expressive representations of the human figure in different environments. Expression of complex narrative contexts in the human figure. Studio practice drawing and painting from live models.

ART 221 Painting I (3 units)

Introduction to principles, elements, and practices of painting. Exploration of painting materials, perceptual skills, and paint mixing technique, as well as creative responses to materials and subject matter.

ART 222 Painting II (3 units)

Refinement and further development of the art of painting in the creation of works which share ideas and perceptions with others. An intermediate level course in techniques, materials and theories of painting.

ART 231 Watercolor I (3 units)

Introduction to transparent and opaque Watercolor. Varied approaches and techniques.

ART 232 Watercolor II (3 units)

Additional exploration of watercolor painting as a vehicle for creative art expression.

ART 234 Printmaking I (3 units)

Basic introduction to printmaking using techniques and materials to create limited edition prints in a variety of media. May include: Monotype, Drypoint, Collagraph, Lithography, Intaglio and Lino-cut.

ART 239 Printmaking II: Monotype, Monoprint and Mixed Media (3 units)

Advanced practice in monotype, monoprint, and mixed media print processes.

ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design (3 units)

Introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical references related to two-dimensional art and composition, including the study of the basic principles and elements of line, shape, texture, value, color and spatial illusion. Development of a visual vocabulary for creative expression through lecture presentations, studio projects, problem solving, and written assignments. Exploration of drawing and painting materials and techniques to explore two-dimensional design concepts.

ART 350 Visual Perception Through Photography (3 units)

The evaluation of photographs as a means to share observations and critiques of oneself, culture and history. Students will make their own images to further explore the relationships of images and perceptions; to examine how photographs impact our understanding of our world.

ART 351 Black and White Photography I (3 units)

An introduction to film-based 35mm black and white photography. Students will gain skills to view and produce photographs as an alternative means of sharing personal observations and perceptions. To develop personally meaningful images, the knowledge and application of the photographic equipment, materials and techniques are emphasized.

ART 352 Black and White Photography II (3 units)

An intermediate course expanding upon concepts and techniques developed in ART 351. Students will enhance skills to produce photographs to better share personal observations and perceptions. Critical considerations of style, content and presentation will be fundamental components of students' projects.

ART 353 Black and White Photography III (3 units)

An advanced course expanding upon concepts and techniques developed in ART 351 and ART 352. Major emphasis of course is the critical considerations of the application of skills to produce photographs that share personal perspectives based upon observations and perceptions.

ART 354 Digital Photography I (3 units)

Introduction to the use of digital color photography as an alternative means of sharing personal observations and perceptions. In addition to the knowledge and application of the photographic equipment, materials and techniques; students are introduced to the concepts and principles of using images as a means of communication and expression.

ART 355 Digital Photography II (3 units)

A continuation of ART 354. The introduction of advanced and specialized techniques in camera use and manipulations in PhotoShop to expand upon the understanding and use of images as a means of sharing personal perspectives and expressions. An important emphasis of this course is the production of artworks that reflect upon personal observations, perceptions and considerations of one's world.

ART 401 Three-Dimensional Design (3 units)

Introduction to fundamental concepts and the historical references of organizing forms in three dimensions. Studio application involving various materials to explore 3-D concepts.

ART 405 Sculpture I (3 units)

An introduction to the sculpture processes. Studio practice using a variety of materials. e.g. wood, metal, plaster, clay, stone, and mixed media assemblage to make three-dimensional works of art.

ART 406 Sculpture II (3 units)

Advanced study and practice in three dimensional form; a continuation of Art 405 in developing mastery of the media of sculpture, e.g. wood, metal, plaster, clay, stone, and mixed media assemblage.

ART 407 Sculpture III: Direct Metal (3 units)

Creation of sculptural form in metal using welding, brazing, and soldering techniques for fabrication of line, plane, found-object and mixed media composition.

ART 411 Ceramics I (3 units)

Basic introduction to ceramics and the creative process. Students will learn ceramic hand-building, glazing, and firing methods as a means of self-expression and communication.

ART 412 Ceramics II (3 units)

Additional study of ceramic processes and their application in art.

ART 417 Ceramic Glazing Techniques (3 units)

Advanced glazing techniques including special glazes, glaze composition and multi-firing techniques. Projects with emphasis on glaze effects.

ART 418 Ceramics III (3 units)

Advanced study of ceramics with a focus on either sculptural or functional artworks in clay. A series of focused ceramics pieces will culminate in the creation of a portfolio.

ART 430 Introduction to Digital Art (3 units)

Explores creative uses of digital technologies, and introduces digital art from historical and contemporary perspectives. Learn a range of skills and software used in the creation and editing of digital artworks for print, web, and multimedia.

ART 431 Digital Imaging I: Photoshop (3 units)

This course focuses on the creation and editing of digital images for use in art and design with Adobe Photoshop.

ART 432 Digital Imaging II: Advanced Photoshop (3 units)

This project-based course will expand on the tools and techniques necessary to further explore the image making process using raster based software such as Adobe Photoshop. Students develop strategies for content development, visual cohesiveness, and graphic production techniques. Topics include design, layout, typography, color principles, and project preparation for print, web, and animation.

ART 435 Digital Illustration (3 units)

Learn skills for creating digital illustrations, designs, and artworks through creative projects using Adobe Illustrator. This course will utilize the industry standard vector-based illustration software to create vector graphics for use in art, design, digital publishing, and the web.

ART 440 Introduction to Web Design (3 units)

An introduction to creating web sites and web graphics using popular industry-standard authoring tools and design software. The course introduces the basics of layout for visual communication by integrating design concepts with technical execution in a web environment.

ART 441 Intermediate Web Design (3 units)

Exploration of intermediate design processes for the web with an emphasis on visual design and web technologies. Various industry standard software applications and web technologies are employed to create original graphics, control layout and type, process images, and publish professional websites. Topics may include in-depth discussions on the design strategies used for combining text, images, animation, video, audio, and third party API’s to create compelling visual experiences for web users.

ART 475 Digital Filmmaking I (3 units)

Concentration on production techniques used in movies, television, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. This hands-on class includes digital camcorder (or DSLR) operation, basic composition, camera movement, and use of natural lighting. Other topics include on-location audio recording, composition aesthetics, digital video fundamentals, editing, and career options. Also listed as DMAD 475.

ART 479 Typography (3 units)

Explores the history and perceptual development of letterforms and the application of typography in art and design. Language and technology will be reviewed. Creative Projects will demonstrate theoretical concepts and their application.

ART 665 Special Topics in Art (0.5- 3 units)

Lecture-based sections (1 or 2 or 3 units): Hours/semester: 16-18, 32-36 or 48-54 lecture/additional hours by arrangement where indicated. Studio-activity sections (.5 or 1 or 2 or 3 units): Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 96-108 or 144-162 lab/additional studio hours and/or hours by arrangement. Specialized courses in Art designed for the focused investigation of a particular issue or topic. The courses are designed to address either artistic theoretical or rhetorical issues, or to acquire technical or craftsmanship skills of particular materials and processes associated with a specific studio art.

ART 667 Special Topics in Art (0.5- 3 units)

Lecture-based sections (1 or 2 or 3 units): Hours/semester: 16-18, 32-36 or 48-54 lecture/additional hours by arrangement where indicated. Studio-activity sections (.5 or 1 or 2 or 3 units): Hours/semester: 24-27, 48-54, 96-108 or 144-162 lab/additional studio hours and/or hours by arrangement. Specialized courses in Art designed for the focused investigation of a particular issue or topic. The courses are designed to address either artistic theoretical or rhetorical issues, or to acquire technical or craftsmanship skills of particular materials and processes associated with a specific studio art.

ART 695 Independent Study in Art (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

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