Jan 26, 2021  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ART 113 - Two-Dimensional Design

3 Credit Hours

Students will explore the basic elements of art: line, form, color, and texture.  Students will develop and analyze visual systems of order based on balance, variation, proportion, emphasis, perspective systems, and rhythm. Internet research and presentation software skills will be utilized to explore the complex interrelationships between visual design and mass media. 

Prerequisite(s): COM 051  or ESL 050  

Semesters Offered: Fall/Spring/Online


The study of design increases aesthetic sensitivity to the world around us by creating an appreciation of the principles of order, patterns, and the underlying structure of our visual world. Study of design creates awareness of the psychological effects of arrangement and color and the profound effect it may have on our media-saturated lives.


  1. Use the media of paint and colored pencil in creating  designs

  2. Use black and white media such as pen and ink to execute designs

  3. Analyze the psychological effects of color in our environment

  4. Create order in patterns and repetitions

  5. Use positive and negative space to create design statements

  6. Use the themes of variation and proportion to create emphasis in a composition

  7. Analyze works of other students and artists in relation to personal work created

  8. Develop a personal palette of colors and textures

  9. Use perspective and orthographic projection

  10. Identify effective strategies for articulating a personal aesthetic

  11. Use appropriate presentation software to present and articulate design principles

  12. Relate to design concepts by viewing art at museums and galleries and writing a paper about the experience

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