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Introduction to Art
Course: ARH100

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Understanding and enjoyment of art and visual culture through study of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art, design elements, media and processes, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on contemporary topics and cultural diversity in the arts.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Analyze the purposes and functions of art in various cultures and fields of knowledge. (I, II, VI)
2. Apply visual thinking strategies to interpret images in art, design and everyday applications. (II)
3. Identify and analyze the visual elements and principles of design used in art and visual communication. (III)
4. Describe various materials and processes used to create art and visual communication. (IV, V)
5. Examine the relationship between medium and content in a work of art. (IV, V)
6. Assess how social, cultural, geographical and historical contexts influence creative expression and interpretation. (I-VI)
7. Evaluate the significance of human expression in shaping society, culture and history. (I-VI)
8. Identify and analyze key works of art within their original and contemporary contexts using relevant art terminology. (I-VI)
9. Distinguish between stylistic characteristics of various historical periods and cultures around the world. (I-VI)
10. Compare and contrast works of art from diverse cultures and time periods. (I-VI)
11. Critically analyze contemporary issues and themes in art and visual culture. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The nature of art
   A. Defining art and visual culture
   B. Purposes and functions of art
II. Visual literacy: awareness, creativity and communication
   A. Visual thinking and communication
   B. Perception and visual awareness
      1. Objective responses
      2. Subjective responses
   C. Creativity
   D. Context, reception, and evaluation
   E. Critical perspectives and methodology
III. The language of visual expression
   A. Visual elements
      1. Line
      2. Shape
      3. Form/Mass
      4. Value/Light
      5. Color
      6. Texture
      7. Space
      8. Time and motion
   B. Principles of design
      1. Unity and variety
      2. Balance
      3. Emphasis and subordination
      4. Directional forces
      5. Contrast
      6. Repetition and rhythm
      7. Scale and proportion
   C. Style
      1. Cultural
      2. Period
      3. School
      4. Group
      5. Individual
IV. Two-dimensional art
   A. Drawing
   B. Painting
   C. Printmaking
   D. Photography
   E. Graphic design and illustration
   F. Digital and time-based media
V. Three-dimensional art
   A. Sculpture
   B. Architecture and environmental design
   C. Craft and decorative arts
VI. Themes and issues in art
   A. Chronological survey of art
   B. Controversies in contemporary art
   C. Ethics and artistic production
   D. Art criticism, aesthetics, and censorship
   E. Globalization and art
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 27, 2018

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