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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Art - 21 courses
ARTS103 Research Methods & Professional Practices (Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This course will see the completion of a student’s portfolio that enables the student to begin their career search in Art History, Studio Art and Art Education. Students will document and digitally format art work for a portfolio and will determine the successes and failures of the work presented. The student will also complete a professional resume, website and an extensive job search.
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ARTS105 Theater Appreciation (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Theater Appreciation offers students the opportunity to explore and appreciate the role of theater in society within its cultural, aesthetic, dramatic, economic, and political manifestations in selected plays. The main aspects of theater, theater personnel and script analysis, will be explored along with theatrical forms of cultural and social significance in a historical and contemporary issue context in America and world cultures. The primary goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the art of theater and the continuing role it plays in our society. Attendance and critiques of theater plays are required.
Notes [ T] IAI: F1 907

ARTS111 Art History I (Fall, Spring, and Summer) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements from the Paleolithic to 14th Century Italy. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts.
Notes [ T] IAI: F2 901

ARTS112 Art History II (Spring and Summer) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements from the Italian Renaissance to Modern art. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts.
Notes [ T] IAI: F2 902

ARTS115 Art Appreciation (Fall, Spring, and Summer) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: An introduction to the visual arts and their place in history and society. Students develop their critical powers by discussion, reading, and viewing masterpieces through power points.
Notes [ T] IAI: F2 900

ARTS117 Drawing I (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Theory and practice in the elements of beginning drawing. Introduces principles of color, composition, perspective and use of additional media. Emphasis is given to developing skills in a wide range of materials and techniques, visual inventiveness, self-direction, and individual expression. Class meets 5 hours per week.
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ARTS118 Drawing II (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Theory and practice in the elements of advanced drawing. Continues to explore principles of color, composition, perspective, and use of additional media. Emphasis is given to developing skills in a wider range of materials and techniques, visual inventiveness, self-direction, and individual expression. Class meets 5 hours per week.
Notes [ T] IAI: ART 905

ARTS119 Basic Design 2-D (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Fundamentals of two dimensional design. An introduction to theory and application of point, line, shape, tone, texture principles of visual design involved in traditional and digital two dimensional surface. Class meets 5 hours per week.

Expanded description: This course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of pictorial design. In a sequence of hands-on exercises and projects, students are introduced to the concept of the picture plane, figure/ground relationships, scale and proportional transformation, patterning, composition, value, color, methods for conveying time, and spatial illusion. Using a wide variety of traditional and non- traditional as well as digital media and methods, students are encouraged to develop their own design vocabulary and repertoire of practical techniques. In addition to introducing formal design strategies, the course emphasizes content issues and the historical and cultural context in which works of art are produced. Regular slide lectures and critiques are structured informally to encourage dialog and to provide the student with an opportunity to translate visual evidence into words. Beyond the concepts and skills essential to good design practice, it is hoped that the course will open a window towards self-expression and awareness.
Notes [ T] IAI: ART 907

ARTS120 Basic Design 3-D I (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Fundamentals of three-dimensional design. Theory and studio practice covering principles of plane, form, mass, volume, space, color, light and structure as they relate to functional object and aesthetic fine art applications. Materials can include clay, plaster, wood, metals and other three dimensional materials used in three dimensional forming, building and construction. Class meets five hours per week.
Notes [ T] IAI: ART 908

ARTS121 Basic Design 3-D II (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Advanced study of 3-D concepts: Volume, Mass, Texture, Line, Positive-Negative Space, Modeling, Carving, Fabrication. Emphasizes student's personal involvement with sculptural materials.
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ARTS122 Life Drawing (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Life drawing is a rigorous drawing course dedicated to the human figure. It emphasizes the anatomical structure of the body, as well as narrative and conceptual aspects of figurative art. The students will display a steady progression in technical skill, expression and a development of an individual style.
Notes [ T] IAI: ART 906

ARTS125 Ceramics I (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of the ceramic process.  Through the planning and execution of a variety of projects, students will be introduced to the basics of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques, the relationship between form and function, and the essentials of decoration and glazes. The history and styles of ceramics from other cultures will be explored. Class meets 6 hours per week.
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ARTS126 Ceramics II (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course builds upon the theory and practice of the ceramic process acquired in Ceramics I.  Students will develop further skills in hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. Along with analysis of historical and contemporary ceramics in a cross cultural context, students will experiment with diverse ceramic forms and styles, such as functional and non-functional pottery, sculptural uses of clay, and decorative techniques using slips and glazes on a variety of clay bodies.  Class meets 6 hours per week.
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ARTS130 Sculpture I (As Needed) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: A Basic course for beginners in the study, methods, materials and techniques of sculpture. Includes concepts of volume and mass; positive and negative space; surface texture and line; modeling, carving, fabrication, mold-making and casting; and properties and techniques of clay, plaster, wood, metal, ceramics, and stone. Class meets 5 hours per week.
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ARTS141 Painting I (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: A basic course designed to sharpen skills in color theory, mixing, and understanding, brush-to-canvas techniques. Applied instruction will be geared towards the student's skill level. Class meets 5 hours per week.
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ARTS142 Painting II (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Further development of basic skills, concepts, and techniques in painting media. “Heavy” paints used to compose and explore subjects drawn from environment and imagination. Emphasis placed on increasing proficiency, inventiveness, and individual expression. Class meets 5 hours per week.
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ARTS150 Computer Art I (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: An introduction to computer applications in the visual arts. A computer software based approach to visual image manipulation and generation, including the integration of computer hardware, software, and peripheral devices as tools to understand, create and combine traditional and contemporary visual ideas as applied to art and design.
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ARTS151 Graphic Design I (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course will instruct students in the fundamentals of two-dimensional design with a focus on graphic design as a process of visual communication. Areas of inquiry that will be covered in this course include: The elements of art, the basic principles of design, a brief introduction to the theory and history of design, typography as a design element, photography and image manipulation, and several techniques of visual communication using traditional and digital media.
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ARTS152 Graphic Design II (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course is concerned with developing confidence and competence in creating forms in relation to a concept. Students are encouraged to take risks, to develop their originality in style, as well as to expand the vocabulary with which they express ideas by employing visual rhetorical strategies such as irony, puns, metaphors, etc. The steps of a design process are established and used to structure the first projects: research, ideation, thumbnails, roughs, design development, and final presentation. The course encourages an understanding of style as it relates to culture and technology.
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ARTS153 Graphic Abstraction (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Graphic Abstraction examines the techniques of converging parallels, object drawing and simplification of the object into black and white and color forms. Graphic Abstraction explores communication problems involving typography placement as well as the Gestalt, Constructivism, Semiotics, and Cognitive theories and how they apply to graphic design.
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ARTS154 Typography I (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This class will examine basic typography as a compositional tool, including the architecture of type from the single letterform to an entire page layout.
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