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MACA 1040 - Illustration Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(3 credit hrs prior to Fall 2005)

Freehand and conceptual drawing dealing with perspective, composition, layout and rendering techniques used by the technical and commercial artist.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate observational skills for greater drawing accuracy (size relationships, angles, negative spaces).


  1. Draw circles freehand.
  2. Scale a room in one point perspective.
  3. Design a comprehensive rough.
  4. Scale and grid photo reference.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to stress line, mass, texture, value, color, and composition in relation to drawing.


  1. Develop thumbnail sketches.
  2. Render a cube and sphere in monochromatic color scheme.
  3. Render textures through transfer method.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the basic principles of 1, 2, and 3 point perspective related to freehand drawing.


  1. Draw a cube in 1 point perspective.
  2. Draw a cube in 2 point perspective.
  3. Draw an ellipse in one point perspective.
  4. Draw an ellipse in two point perspective.
  5. Scale a room in one point perspective.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify light, shadow, texture, and color as it relates to form.


  1. Design a comprehensive rough.
  2. Use visual indication techniques.
  3. Render 3-dimensional shapes.

  • 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
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction
    1. Classroom etiquette
    2. Attendance policy
    3. Departmental codes
    4. Materials
  2. One Point Perspective
    1. Cubes
    2. Circles
    3. Cylinders
    4. Grids
    5. Room
    6. City
  3. Two Point Perspective
    1. Cubes
    2. Grids
    3. Room
    4. City
  4. Light and Form
    1. Form and Cast Shadow
    2. Core and Reflective Light
    3. Value Grid
    4. Basic Shapes
    5. Portraits
    6. Animals
    7. Montage
    8. Advertisement
  5. Final Project
    1. TBD individually with student as it relates to illustration fundamentals

Primary Faculty
Busch, Matthew S
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

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

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