Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Foothill GE
 GE Status: Humanities

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 5/09;12/09;2/09;11/13/12

1. Description -
Introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical references related to three-dimensional design and spatial composition, including the study of the elements and organizing principles of design as they apply to three-dimensional space and form. Development of a visual vocabulary for creative expression through lecture presentations and use of appropriate materials for non-representational three-dimensional studio projects.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify and understand the formal elements and organizing principles of three-dimensional art;
  2. Independently produce objects, forms, and problem-solving projects that successfully incorporate the basic elements and organizing principles of three-dimensional art;
  3. Discuss, describe, analyze and critique three-dimensional works of art through references to the formal elements and principles of design;
  4. Make individual aesthetic decisions and judgments related to their own design work;
  5. Translate ideas and visual experience into tactile forms objects using both formal and conceptual approaches;
  6. Recognize the presence of specific design elements and principles in works of art as well as in the everyday physical world around them, throughout history and across cultures;
  7. Compose in three dimensions and work with a variety of media which may include but is not limited to clay, wood, metal, paint, plaster, paper, fibers, mixed media, and in the use of digital technology such as 3D scanners and printers in an appropriate and safe manner.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 24" x 30" table space for each student.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental theoretical concepts and terminology common to all three-dimensional art and design activities, including the elements of design which may include line, shape, form, space, value, texture, and color.
  2. Organizing principles of three-dimensional design, which may include balance, proportion, repetition, variety, scale, and emphasis.
  3. Problem solving visual exercises that develop three-dimensional awareness and require exploration and manipulation of the basic three-dimensional elements.
  4. Dynamic relationships of three-dimensional elements and organizing principles.
  5. Introduction to a variety of three-dimensional materials and techniques.
  6. Translation of ideas or visual experience into tactile forms using both formal and conceptual approaches.
  7. Evaluation and critique of historical examples of three-dimensional design from various cultures, historical periods, and aesthetic sensibilities.
  8. Written assignments and/or exams in which students must clearly articulate comprehension of the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design.
  9. Critical evaluation (practical, written and/or oral) of three-dimensional works through references to formal elements and principles of design.
  10. Contemporary trends, materials, and approaches in three-dimensional design.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio review-Each design will be evaluated for technical ability, craftsmanship and personal creative and conceptual approaches.
  2. Written critiques
  3. Written essays
  4. Written participation in lectures of historical and contemporary three-dimensional works of art
  5. Three-dimensional design revisions
7. Representative Text(s) -
Stewart, Mary. Launching the Imagination. 4th Ed. McGraw Hill, 2011.
Wong, Wucius. Principles of Form and Design. Wiley, 1993.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the language of the principles and elements of design.
  2. Discussion using the language of the principles or element of design.
  3. Demonstration of using three dimensional design tools, techniques and methods.
  4. Critique and group presentation of major projects followed by in -class discussion and evaluation.

10. Lab Content -
  1. Problem solving visual exercises that develop three-dimensional awareness and require exploration and manipulation of the basic three-dimensional materials.
  2. Studio projects that explore the elements and organizing principles of three-dimensional design.
  3. Development of skills and processes using a variety of artistic materials, techniques and tools appropriate to an introductory study in design, which may include paper, wood, plaster, wire, metal, clay, fibers, mixed media etc.
  4. Participation in group and individual critiques.

11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Make a three-dimensional design that uses one of the principles of design (balance). Read and research contemporary three dimensional works of art that use balance. Write an essay or paper describing the artwork. Write a self critique describing the process of making a design.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.A. degrees in Art: Studio Emphasis and a restricted support course in the Art Survey and Certificate of Achievement in Art Survey.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-02-27 09:59:23

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines