Visual Arts

Studio art supplies can be expensive. Lab fees may be required.

Drawing Fundamentals

VAFA100

This is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of drawing. The course stresses disciplined draftsmanship. Students analyze the structure and appearance of natural forms. Relying on their perception, observation, and memory, they apply basic drawing skills. Black and white media are utilized to explore space, value, and volume.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFA111 (C or better) or by permission of the Department of the Arts
Corequisite: None

2-D Design Fundamentals

VAFA101

This course introduces students to abstract and representational two-dimensional design concepts. Projects emphasize creativity, conceptualization, problem solving, skill building, expression, execution, teamwork, research techniques, and presentation. Black, white and gray media serve as the basis for learning the vocabulary, concepts and principles of two-dimensional design.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

3-D Design Fundamentals

VAFA102

This foundation course covers the elements and principles of three-dimensional form in space and lays the groundwork for future 3-D courses. The materials employed introduce basic technical skills, and conceptual approaches are emphasized. The relationship between two- and three-dimensional thinking is stressed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Drawing Composition

VAFA103

This course analyzes the systems of perspective, spatial illusions, flat planes, composition, and examines the elements of the structural arrangements of form and space. The approaches of both Western and non-Western cultures are appraised. Students practice appropriate drawing techniques and work with various media.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFA100 (C or better) or permission of the Department of the Arts
Corequisite: None

2-D Design Color

VAFA104

Students learn basic color concepts including theory, perception, chromatic relationships, phenomena, terminology, physics, psychology and harmony. Projects emphasize perception, creativity, conceptualization, problem solving, skill building, expression, execution, teamwork, research techniques, and presentation. Work in paper and pigment serves as the basis for learning the principles of color.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFA101 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

3-D Design Materials/Modeling

VAFA105

This course combines the study and examination of process-based forms and figurative based-forms. Students are introduced to drawing and modeling the human body. Students are introduced to various tools, materials, and techniques in the application of design to tactile forms in space.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFA102 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Drawing Basics

VAFA111

This course introduces and reinforces preliminary skills related to basic drawing concepts. The course comprehends three major units: (1) Simple shapes and Proportions; (2) Measuring and Perspective; and (3) Light and Composition. Students improve their concentration in a studio setting and develop essential skills related to drawing structural forms.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio

VAFA250

Students develop and enhance their fine arts and design portfolio for transfer or employment. Also, students prepare and deliver an informative speech describing their work using appropriate vocabulary and/or historical references. Finally, students engage in class critiques of their work and the work of other students.

3 credits
Prerequisite: 24 studio credits and either VAFA191, VAFA192, or VAFA193 (C or better) or permission of the Department of the Arts
Corequisite: None