Maui Community College
1. Alpha and Number ART 115
Course Title Introduction to 2D Design
Credits Three (3)
Date of Outline November 1, 2006
2. Course Description Introduces the theory and practice of composing and
arranging two-dimensional forms in black, white, and
color through manipulation of the basic elements and
3. Contact Hours/Type 2 hours lecture and 4 hours lab
4. Prerequisites None
Recommended Preparation ART 101
Approved by _____________________________________ Date________________
5. General Course Objectives ART 115 focuses on elements of form and
principles of design with an emphasis on two-dimensional design. Meets UH
Manoa Arts & Science core requirements. Required course for Maui Community
College’s Academic Subject Certificate in Visual Arts.
6. Student Learning Outcomes
For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7. Recommended Course Content.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
a. comprehend and successfully apply the visual elements of line, shape, space, value,
color, pattern, texture, motion, and the design principles of balance, rhythm,
emphasis, contrast, proportion, variation, repetition and unity to design assignments;
b. resolve the creative problem-solving process from the preliminary planning stage and
exploration through revisions to the final product;
c. experiment by taking risks through the process of exploration during the creative
d. use traditional and contemporary design media;
e. demonstrate awareness of structure in design through use of grid and modular
systems, computer used as enhancement;
f. employ design theory to practical application; and
g. appreciate and evaluate design in the contemporary world.
7. Recommended Course Content and Approximate Time Spent on Each Topic
Linked to #6. Specific Course Objectives, Competencies, and Student Learning
1 session Introduction to the course syllabus including a discussion of
course materials, assignments, projects, field trips, and Service
1 - 2 weeks Basic vocabulary in design. (a, g)
5 - 7 weeks Exercises and projects which explore visually and creatively the
visual elements, principles, and systems of structure in design.
5 - 7 weeks Instruction in the use of various contemporary and traditional art
8. Text and Materials, Reference Materials, Auxiliary Materials and Content
Appropriate text(s) and materials will be chosen at the time the course is offered
from those currently available in the field. Examples include
Text materials, such as
Brainard, S. 2006. Design Manual.
Lauer, D. 2006. Design Basics.
Pipes, A. 2004. Introduction to Design.
Stewart, M. 2006. Launching the Imagination 2D.
Art supplies, such as
9. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation
Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the
course is being offered. Suggested requirements might include, but are not limited
0 – 20% Attendance and participation
10 – 20% In-class exercises
10 – 20% Homework assignments
10 – 20% Projects
10 – 20% Critiques
Factors in evaluation may include, but are not limited to:
Application of design concepts 25%
Completion of the creative problem-solving process 25%
Quality of execution, presentation, and participation 50%
10. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods vary with instructors; thus the instructional methods will be at
the discretion of the instructor teaching the course. Techniques may include, but are
not limited to:
Instructor lecture and demonstration
Guest artist demonstration
Audio, visual, or computer demonstrations