powered by
Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Introduction to Art
Course: ARH100

First Term: 2025 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 visual art through the study of art media, design elements, techniques and processes, and cultural contexts. Building awareness of the meaning, functions, and significance of art.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Compare and contrast diverse works of art. (I-IV)
2. Apply art historical terminology in written and oral communication. (I-V)
3. Analyze works of art using visual elements and principles of design. (I)
4. Describe various media, techniques, and processes used to create art. (II)
5. Analyze the purposes and functions of art in various cultures. (III)
6. Interpret images and objects using different analytical methods. (IV)
7. Explain the impact of cultural context on creative expression and interpretation in art and visual culture. (IV, V)
8. Debate the ethics in the art world. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Language of visual expression
   A. Visual elements
      1. Line
      2. Shape
      3. Form and mass
      4. Value and light
      5. Color
      6. Texture
      7. Space
      8. Time and motion
   B. Principles of design
      1. Unity and variety
      2. Balance
      3. Emphasis
      4. Repetition and rhythm
      5. Scale and proportion
II. Media and Processes
   A. Two-dimensional art
      1. Drawing
      2. Painting
      3. Printmaking
      4. Photography
   B. Three-dimensional art
      1. Sculpture
      2. Architecture
   C. Digital and time-based media
   D. Craft media
III. Purposes and functions of art
   A. Purposes (e.g. social awareness, power, expression, aesthetic)
   B. Definitions of Art over time (e.g., mimesis, conceptual, beauty)
IV. Analytical Methods and interpretational frameworks
   A. Modes of Representation and visual style (e.g., naturalistic, abstract, nonobjective)
   B. Approaches to analysis (e.g. stylistic, iconographical, socio-political, historical, identity)
   C. Art and Context (e.g. social, political, cultural, geographical, and historical)
V. Ethics and art (e.g. making, collecting, interpreting, and displaying art)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 28, 2024

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.