ARTS101N: Introduction to Drawing

This course combines an appreciation of drawings by a number of artists with an exploration of drawing using various materials and media. Students will study several drawing materials, themes, and styles. In that way, they may gain the ability to self-evaluate their own drawings and the drawings of others according to basic principles of design, technique, and style. In addition to tuition and fees for the course, students will be expected to purchase up to $50 of drawing materials and papers for the course.

ARTS111N: Photography & Digital Imaging I

This course covers the technical and artistic aspects of photography and digital imaging. Topics include camera operation, exposure, composition, and lighting with emphasis on the technical and artistic sides of photography. Through assignments in photographing nature, scenery, people, sports, and existing light and through the study of the styles of many renowned photographers, students will begin to develop their artistic sense and photographic vision. The lab component will use photo editing software to manipulate and composite images. Students must have access to a camera with manual settings for apertures and shutter speeds.

ARTS120N: Introduction to Graphic Design

This introductory course covers the technical and artistic aspects of graphic design and its purpose as a tool for marketing and disseminating information to the public. Topics include: Elements of creative design, visual communication, type, composition, color formats, requirements for print and web, and using Photoshop or another photo editing software as a designing tool, and emphasis on both the technical and artistic sides of graphic design. Through assignments both in studying successful professional graphic design and creating ads, brochures, posters etc., preparing designs for print and web, utilizing images and text as well as creating designs from a blank file, students will start to develop a logical sense of how to use image, color, form and text to achieve the desired level of clear and effective communication of a message. This course requires reading, research, and has a lab component working with Photoshop.