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ARTT 1360 - Color & Design 1

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

Principles of design as a foundation for all work in art. Creative experimentation in two-dimensional design with line, shape, value, texture, and color in various media. Required for pre-art majors.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design projects with basic elements of design.


  1. Design projects using the elements of line, shape and form
  2. Incorporate hue, value, and intensity in their projects
  3. Use texture and perspective in their projects

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the basic principles of design art projects.


  1. Recognize elements of design and organization in works of art, contemporary and traditional
  2. Apply these principles by incorporating them into their projects

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Sources of Design
    1. Nature
      1. Selected examples in films and slides, lectures and discussions.
      2. Design problems involving studies in:
        1. Natural design formation
        2. Simplifying nature
        3. Abstraction in natural sources
        4. Design project from above
    2. Man-made geometric and/or architectural forms
      1. Selected examples in films and slides, lectures and discussions
      2. Sources of man-made and/or non-objective design forms
      3. The man-made environment
      4. Design project involving above concepts
  2. Studies in Visual Design
    1. Elements of art
      1. Line
        1. Shape
        2. Form
        3. Design project involving above concepts
      2. Color
        1. Hue
        2. Value
        3. Intensity
        4. Design project involving above concepts
    2. Texture and perspective as result of color and line
      1. Texture - selected examples in many materials
        1. Actual
        2. Implied
        3. Design problem
      2. Perspective (including volume)
        1. Actual
        2. Implied
        3. Design problem in volume
        4. Design problem in perspective
      3. Actual
      4. Implied
    3. Organization or composition
      1. Unity and variety, and design problem
      2. Harmony and contrast, and design problem
      3. Critique of designs
        1. Student
        2. Contemporary
        3. Traditional
    4. Audiovisual aids, field trips, and demonstrations as supplement to program

Primary Faculty
Lambert, Julie
Secondary Faculty
Mitchell, Todd
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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