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ART 300
Drawing and Composition I
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the fundamentals of drawing emphasizing the use of line, shape, value, perspective, space, and composition. It introduces and uses various drawing media and techniques for drawing. This is a foundation requirement for all art students. Field trips may be required. (C-ID ARTS 110)
ART 301
Digital Drawing and Composition
3 Units
Course Family: Drawing Fundamentals
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to address the traditional qualities of creative drawing and the unique properties of drawings produced using computer technology. The course includes problems in observation and expression and the translating of these experiences into graphic terms by exploration of gesture, line, texture, shape, volume, space, perspective, light, and shadow. Field trips may be planned.
ART 302
Drawing and Composition II
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 300 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This studio course utilizes the skills acquired in ART 300 to pursue more complex problems. The student will initiate and execute a series of related works. Field trips may be required. (C-ID ARTS 205)
ART 304
Figure Drawing I
3 Units
Course Family: Figure Studies
Prerequisite: ART 300 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This studio class offers drawing from the human figure. There will be lectures and discussion on proportion, anatomy, and the relationship of the figure to space and composition. Student may wish to challenge the prerequisite by presenting to the instructor a portfolio of their work. Field trips may be required.
ART 305
Figure Drawing II
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 304 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This studio course offers intermediate drawing from the human figure. There will be more sophisticated lectures and discussions on proportion, anatomy, and the relationship of the figure to space and composition. A local field trip to a museum or gallery may be assigned. (C-ID ARTS 200)
ART 312
Portrait Drawing
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to and exploration of the human face as a subject in art. Focus will be placed on the development of skills needed to portray specific individuals rather than a generalized image. This is primarily a practice course including elements of the history and traditions of portraiture as well as anatomy.
ART 320
Design: Fundamentals
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is comprised of lectures and projects concentrating on the elements of design (line, shape, color, texture, form, space) and the principles of organization (such as unity, variety, contrast, balance, emphasis, etc.) as applicable to both the fine and applied arts. Field trips may be planned. (C-ID ARTS 100)
ART 323
Design: Color Theory
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers studio problems in the use and understanding of color and its application to works of art, interior design and graphics, basics of color theory, and color interchange. It also includes image and composition as related to the use of color both functionally and creatively. Field trips may be required.
ART 324
Collage and Assemblage
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course investigates the alteration and creation of a dimensional surface with found and constructed materials. Topics on the history of collage and assemblage and the application of historical and contemporary techniques and concepts provide the impetus for production of works of art. Development of a personal visual language is fundamental to this course. Field trips may be planned.
ART 325
Introduction to Graphic Design
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 320 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an introduction to the visual communication arts. The course will cover a series of creative problems designed to analyze letterform and image and demonstrate impact on visual perception. The student will be introduced to the terminology of traditional and digital tools and the visual language of graphic design. Field trips may be required for this course.
ART 327
Painting I
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an introduction to the tools, materials, and techniques of painting. Coursework includes exercises in light and color theory, description of form, color and spatial development, and composition. Field trips may be required for this course. (C-ID ARTS 210)
ART 328
Painting II
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: ART 327 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an intermediate studio course for the student who wishes to develop greater technical skills and problem-solving ability in a more independent framework. The student will initiate and execute progressively complex problems and assignments. Field trips may be required for this course.
ART 330
Mural Painting
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a comparative survey of the use of mural painting as an interactive, public art form used throughout the world and across time. This course examines the process of creating a mural painting by analyzing a site, researching, planning, and executing murals in public spaces and working collaboratively with others. Field trips are required to execute the work on location if applicable.
ART 336
Watercolor Painting
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an introduction to transparent watercolor painting. The class covers media, methods of brush painting, representational and non-representational composition, color relationships, and creative resolutions to watercolor problems. Field trips may be required for this course.
ART 337
Intermediate Watercolor Painting
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: ART 336 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an intermediate watercolor course. It includes an in-depth study of contemporary methods and concepts in transparent watercolor. Emphasis is given to different approaches to watercolor, as well as composition, technical problems and solutions, and individual style development. Field trips may be required.
ART 338
Introduction to Digital Painting I
3 Units
Course Family: Painting
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the tools, materials, and techniques of painting using digital software to create and manipulate images. Coursework includes exercises in light and color theory, description of form, color and spatial development, and composition. The fundamental skills of drawing and painting will be applied to individual portfolio quality projects. Field trips may be planned.
ART 361
Printmaking: Survey
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a printmaking survey course which may include relief (wood and linoleum), Intaglio (etching and drypoint), stencil (silkscreening) and monoprint processes. Field trips may be required. (C-ID ARTS 220)
ART 362
Printmaking: Intaglio
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course studies the techniques of Intaglio processes including hard ground etching, soft ground etching, aquatint, drypoint, engraving and/or mezzotint. Field trips are required.
ART 364
Printmaking: Relief
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course presents the techniques of wood and linoleum cutting and printing by hand and by press. Field trips are required.
ART 370
Three Dimensional Design
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a studio course covering the analysis of historical and contemporary designs and the resolution of technical and conceptual problems (using a variety of media such as: wood, fabric, glass, etc.) by the creation of 3-dimensional forms. Form, color, space, composition, and other formal values will be considered. This course may include visits to nearby museums and/or galleries. (C-ID ARTS 101)
ART 372
Sculpture
3 Units
Course Family: Sculpture
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a basic practice class in the expressive use of form and color in space. The student will use a variety of media, including plaster, wood, glass, clay, or stone. Creative effort, development of individual expression, new ideas, and knowledge of technical processes will be stressed. Content will be developed by using both historical and contemporary approaches.
ART 394
Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Beginning
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introductory class in wheel-thrown ceramics. The course will provide students with a broad understanding of the ceramics process, from clay composition to fired-glazed wares. Alternative firing processes are explored, such as Raku, pit firing, and sawdust firing. Students at all skill levels may enroll in the class.
ART 395
Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Intermediate
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 394 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an intermediate class in wheel thrown ceramics. The course will provide students with opportunities to further explore the technical and creative processes of ceramic pottery-making, such as, Raku and primitive firing processes and experimentation of different surface treatments.
ART 396
Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Advanced
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 395 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an advanced class in wheel thrown ceramics. The class will provide students with individual approaches to create their own unique pottery forms. Emphasis will be placed on more aesthetic approaches to pottery-making. Students will be able to express individual artistic concepts and ideas through pottery forms using various advanced ceramic techniques, which include glazing, firing, and surface treatment.
ART 402
Beginning Clay Sculpture
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the basic hand-building techniques and methods. The class includes glazing and firing processes used in clay sculpture. Lectures and group discussions will be conducted in connection with the course.
ART 404
Intermediate Clay Sculpture
3 Units
Prerequisite: ART 402 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an intermediate class in ceramic sculpture techniques and methods. The class will include glazing, surface treatment and various firing processes used in clay sculpture. Focus will be placed on in-depth examination of contemporary ceramic sculpture.
ART 430
Art and Children
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This is a course that investigates the relationship of children and art emphasizing the three aspects of art: seeing and analyzing visual relationships, developing techniques of producing works of art, and exploring historical and contemporary art objects. The framework for developing art curriculum that is age and grade level appropriate will be outlined. Suggested for recreational leadership, preschool or elementary teachers, and caregivers. Field trips may be scheduled.
ART 443
Art Gallery Operations
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: Two college art courses from art studio (ART) or art history (ARTH).
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This first-semester course involves gallery preparation and maintenance as students learn gallery fundamentals in the visual arts. Included are experiences in planning and installing exhibitions, inventory and maintenance of art, participation in staffing and docent activities, and gallery and student outreach programs. A field trip to a museum or gallery is required.
ART 494
Topics in Art
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to study topics not included in current course offerings.
ART 495
Independent Studies in Art
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
ART 499
Experimental Offering in Art
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB