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Graphic Communication: Illustration AASTotal Credit Hours: 64
Illustrators use a variety of media to create a personal expression. The media may be paint and brush, pencil, or pixel, but the purpose is the same: to interpret a portion of the world pictorially. Illustrators are visual creators who stress communication. The illustrator’s subject may be comic or serious, political or interpretative. Each person brings their own perspective, talent, and skill to the canvas or computer screen. The result is art that communicates in advertising, newspapers, books, the internet, CD-ROM, film, and magazines. Tools used in the program are required, costing approximately $100.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare students for a career as an illustrator
- 1a) Students will develop a professional portfolio consisting of 15 – 20 pieces of art that can be used to present themselves in the job market
- 2a) Students in the program will demonstrate the ability to interact with clients on a professional level
- 2b) Students will communicate appropriately with instructor and peers
- 3a) Students of the program will demonstrate an understanding of the methods of self-promotion and representation that are common to the field of illustration – a field highly dependent on free-lancer
- 4a) Students will demonstrate creative problem solving methodology using visual art development procedures – series of research, brain-storming, thumbnails, sketches, final art
- 5a) Students in the program will demonstrate their abilities as creative visual problem-solvers appropriate to client needs by working with instructors-as-art-directors on all illustration projects
- 6a) Graduates of the illustration program will be accepted to a four-year school
- 6b) Graduates transfer with junior status
- 7a) Students will demonstrate knowledge of relevant human anatomy in artwork
- 8a) Students will successfully complete artwork using personal computer software applications
- 9a) Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
- 9b) Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
FA100 Creativity in Art
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of creativity with an emphasis on understanding historically significant art styles. Students explore various types of visual expression and apply creative problem-solving principles to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects in a variety of media. Students are introduced to the masters, practices, and careers of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, graphic design, animation, film, digital media, illustration, and photography. See when this course is offered ...
FA101 General Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for visual communication. Coursework includes both the study of fundamentals of perspective and the theory of light and shade, as well as a survey of graphic representation. Classroom work consists of drawings that show line, value, tone, form, texture, space, and proportion. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
FA103 Figure Drawing 1
This is an introductory course in drawing the human figure, focusing on the body’s geometric and anatomical structure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model and plaster sculpture casts. A hierarchy of form, working from general to specific, is emphasized. Studio work is supplemented by lectures and critiques on the principles of accurate representation of the human form in pictorial space, including gesture, proportion, anatomy, and light on form. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
FA105 Foundation Design
This course introduces the visual elements and principles of design. Emphasis is placed on compositional concepts and the mastery of a visual language. Course projects explore a variety of media, processes, and techniques to provide a broad view of visual problem solving. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
FA104 Figure Drawing 2
This intermediate course expands upon the technical skills and aesthetic concepts of FA103 Figure Drawing 1. More complex problems are addressed, including the foreshortened figure, the figure in space, multiple figure composition, extended poses, and large format drawing. Projects explore various drawing media, settings, lighting situations, and approaches to the figure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model, supplemented by lectures and critiques. Prerequisite: FA103 Figure Drawing 1. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
GD145 Digital Applications 1
This course introduces contemporary text manipulation, digital imaging, and digital illustration software. Students produce projects demonstrating their knowledge of both the software and the interfaces between page layout, raster graphics, and vector graphics. No previous software knowledge is required. See when this course is offered ...
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
IL106 Sequential Art 1: Fig Illustr
This course introduces the narrative use of the human figure in illustration. Conceptual and visual communication skills are challenged in producing a series of two-dimensional illustrations in black-and-white and color media. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of reference material, drapery and costuming of the figure, settings, and staging of the complete visual image. See when this course is offered ...
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
FA209 Painting 1
This course provides an introduction to the technique of the oil painting medium and approaches to color mixing. Emphasis is given to the painting from the observed subject. A variety of subjects and techniques are explored through projects that reference historical and contemporary approaches. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
IL201 Conceptual Illustration
This course includes experimental work with techniques and media most commonly used in preparing illustrations for reproduction. Finished artwork is rendered and prepared in black and white and in color. Prerequisite: IL106 Sequential Art 1: Figure Illustration. See when this course is offered ...
IL208 Sequential Art 2: Book Illustr
This course provides an introduction to the styles and techniques used by the illustrator in the contemporary children’s market. It covers the development of fiction and non-fiction illustrations for the preschool and elementary school audience. Emphasis is placed on the importance of research, character development, problem solving, and the aesthetic quality of the illustration. Students complete illustrations designed to reinforce subject areas covered. See when this course is offered ...
GD146 Digital Applications 2
This advanced course integrates contemporary text manipulation, digital imaging, and digital illustration software. Students complete industry standard projects demonstrating mastery of software. Prerequisite: GD 145 Digital Applications 1. See when this course is offered ...
HU204 History of Art 1
This course introduces the history of art from prehistoric times through the Sixteenth Century. Topics include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
FA210 Digital Painting
This course involves the art of digital painting in a studio environment working from observation, photo reference, and imagination. Topics include live observational digital painting, design and illustration principles of environments, color keys, dramatic lighting, composition, atmospheric perspective, and applying textures. Course projects are designed to build a professional portfolio. Students apply techniques and concepts of FA 209 Painting 1 to the digital media. See when this course is offered ...
IL209 Sequential Art 3: Grphc Novel
This course introduces students to the process of writing, editing, and creating graphic novels. Topics include history of graphic novels, brainstorming, quick sketching the use of composition, image sequencing and layout, elements of storytelling, producing high quality finished images, and both digital and physical publishing. See when this course is offered ...
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy. See when this course is offered ...
Core GE Social Science
Core GE Natural Science
PEXXX Physical Education Elective