Art & Design Courses for Non-majors
Art Courses in Drawing or Painting
ART courses in Drawing and Painting are intended for non-art majors who want to explore creativity in a relaxed atmosphere. Using a variety of media and subject matter, you’ll learn the basics through exercises, demonstrations and class discussions. Since students often have varying levels of ability, ART courses are designed to measure progress at each student’s pace. Offering both traditional instruction and the opportunity for individual expression, you’ll develop artistically in studios filled with new experiences and creative opportunities. ART courses do not fulfill requirements in any art or design major.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of drawing using both traditional and experimental techniques. Media includes pencil, charcoal, white chalk, ink and collage. Subject matter includes still-lives, landscapes/cityscapes, portraiture and live clothed models. This course is appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced students. Individual attention is given to students at various levels of ability, allowing students to progress at their own pace.
This introductory course is designed to encourage students with little or no knowledge of the use of various painting processes. The basic elements of painting are introduced in exercises enhanced by demonstrations. Students work with acrylic paint and various painting mediums. Creative work is encouraged in a relaxed atmosphere where individual attention is given to students at various levels of ability.
Introduction to Interior Design & Decoration is an introduction to the processes and tools used to create interior spaces. Through a series of hands-on projects, discussions, and field trips, participants will better understand the relationship between the built world and the human experience. Students will learn design vocabulary and visual communication skills such as drawing, modeling, and computer-aided design. The course will also introduce students to emerging technologies such as digital fabrication and virtual reality—both of which are transforming the way that designers address the function and aesthetics of interior space. At the end of the course you’ll know more about the profession of interior design, employ design thinking in your own work, and determine if a career in Interior Design is for you. This course does not fulfill a requirement in the interior design major.
This elective course is designed to aid students in determining whether to pursue a career in interior design and decorating. Through both lectures and studio work, students will be shown basic drafting and graphic communication techniques used in presentation of visual ideas, as well as various elements of interior composition, such as space planning, color, furniture, finish and material selection. The final project will be suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Normally offered each semester.