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VSAR 111 - Visual Fundamentals I
Course Details
Course Code:
VSAR 111

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
This is a foundation course in Visual Fundamentals for both Art and Design. The class will focus on concepts around two-dimensional dynamics and the elements of Design. Students will acquire understanding and skills of visual composition, value structure, rhythm and balance.

Hours:
Total Hours: 90
Lecture Hours: 15
Laboratory Hours: 75


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
- Learning the materials - Identification and the quality of tools, media and papers
- Basic hand/eye coordination
- Creating an illusion of pictorial space through the use of line weight
- Composing the page, balancing figure/ground relationships
- Composing and balancing an image using three values (equivocal space)
- Value scales
- Breaking down an image into pixels, using pencil
- Introduction to texture and collage
- Designing a project (individual and/or collaborative)


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply the basic elements and principles of Art and Design, including composition, balance, harmony, rhythm, etc
- Demonstrate hand/eye coordination
- Translate an image into values (highlights and shades)
- Plan out and execute an idea through the completion of a project
- Discuss their ideas and to participate in group critiques
- Present their work in a professional manner


Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
C (60%)

Grading Weight:
Assignments: 60 %
Project: 30 %
Participation: 10 %


Number of Assignments:
10

Nature of Participation:
Project based

Writing Assignments:
Journal entries in sketchbook

Percentage of Individual Work:
90

Percentage of Group Work:
10

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Supplies:
Drafting tables, various papers, drawing materials (students are responsible for purchasing the drawing materials for this class).

Keys to Success:
Attendance is mandatory in studio courses.

Text Books:

Optional - N/A, Textbook to be announced.
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