Visual Arts classes offered at Pensacola State College

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ART 1201 Two-Dimensional Design - Introduces the elements of design. Line, texture, shape, value, and color are used to give substance to visual expression on the two-dimensional plane.
ART 1300 Drawing I - Introduces the drawing process and two-dimensional composition. Basic analytical and expressive approaches are applied to still life, interiors, landscape, and portraits.
ART 1301 Drawing II - Introduces the student to figure drawing, including a study of the skeletal and muscular compositions of the human form, interspersed with sessions of drawing from the nude model. A variety of media, including color, is also explored during both gesture and extended drawings of the figure. Drawings exhibit the design concepts learned in ART1300.
ART 1150 Jewelry I - Involves the fundamentals of jewelry construction. Projects assigned cover fabrication, cutting, soldering, lost wax casting, and stone setting, using silver and non-ferrous metals.
ART 1151 Jewelry II - Advanced jewelry making techniques building on those learned in Jewelry I. Processes include enameling, raising, and forging.
ART 1203 Three Dimensional Design - Introduces art sculpture with basic problems in integrating line, form, color, and texture with actual space and volume. Various materials are used to construct three-dimensional forms.
ART 1400 Printmaking I - Introduces the fundamentals of printmaking. Processes may include relief (linoleum and woodblock), collagraphy, etching, monotypes, solar prints, and screen-printing.
ART 1401 Printmaking II - Continued focus on the fundamentals of printmaking. Processes may include relief (linoleum and woodblock), calligraphy, etching, monotypes, solar prints, and screen printing.
ART 1750 Ceramics I - Introduces the methods and techniques of making pottery using both the potter's wheel and hand-built procedures. Includes lectures on theory and practical experiences using of clay, glazes, and firing techniques.
ART 1751 Ceramics II - Continued exploration of techniques of pottery making.
ART 2500 Painting I - An introductory course in academic methods of painting and color theory.
ART 2501 Painting II - A continuation of Painting I and an exploration of traditional painting methods. Emphasis on mixed media and current development.
ART 2701 Sculpture I - Introduces the fundamentals of sculpture: site, context, process, psychology, and the aesthetics of the object as well as the object's relation to the body. Emphasizes sculpture as an art of the extraordinary as well as the every day. Experimentation, observation, technical usage of materials, verbal articulation, and professional presentation of projects are stressed.
ART 2702 Sculpture II - A continuation of ART2701 Sculpture I with investigation of sculptural media. Emphasis on advanced theories and techniques. Individual interests and personalized projects are encouraged.
ART 2950 Portfolio and Resume Development - Emphasizes the development of a professional portfolio and the skills required to effectively market the student and his or her work.
GRA 1109 History of Graphic Design - Introduces the history of graphic design and cites the major contributions to the development of contemporary graphic design practice and aesthetics.
GRA 2151 Computer Graphics I - Explores the Mac computer's capabilities as a tool for artists and graphic designers. The student will use a variety of layout and image-processing programs, digital scanning, and video images in assignments that emphasize creativity and technical proficiency.
GRA 2152 Computer Graphics II - Introduces the advanced functions and capabilities of the graphic design industry standard software, Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. More commonly practiced computer skill sets will be introduced, practiced, and implemented. Various technical applications and techniques to generate similar results will also be explored.
GRA 2190 Graphic Design I - Provides basic experience in the creative and technical processes of visual communication. Covers concept development, layout skills, uses of type, illustration, and computer-aided design with the Mac computer platform.
GRA 2191 Graphic Design II - Provides advanced techniques and projects in visual communications with emphasis on developing work suitable for a professional portfolio and market demands. A high degree of professionalism is emphasized along with creativity, craftsmanship, and attention to details.
GRA 2206 Typography - Introduces typography, including the history of letterforms, recognition and specification of existing typefaces, typographic style, and type design. Emphasizes the expressive power of type usage in design, while also covering technical aspects of fonts, letterforms, measurements, x-height, kerning, leading, tracking, and aesthetic considerations.
GRA 2210 Electronic Prepress - Emphasizes the specific techniques and practices used in the prepress industry. Commonly encountered issues, such as pagination, imposition, CMYK process, spot color systems, and color separation will be explored. Printer interaction and communication will also be stressed.
GRA 2721 Creative Web Design - Introduces the fundamental principles, theory, and concepts of web design and creation. The student will learn basic skills needed to implement simple web pages to build a working website and gain a foundational knowledge of website creation to effectively plan, design, and develop a portfolio website.
GRA 3194 Graphic Design III - Advanced level studio with in-depth exploration of two and three dimensional media and the potential creative use of contemporary technology in visual communication. Includes experimentation in multi-page print projects, computer animation, multi-media and environmental signage, lecture, and field trips.
GRA 3202 Advanced Typography - Exploration of the expressive potential of the letter form. Exercises and projects focus on the hierarchal qualities of typography, the development of marketable, original, and creative problem solving solutions examined with emphasis on creative techniques. Industry standard software will be used in the development of digital typography and hierarchal skills.
GRA 3883 Motion Graphics - Introduces motion graphics as it relates to special effects, animation, visual communications, and advertising. Industry standard software will be used to produce motion graphics.
GRA 4186 Senior Studio Graphic Design - Provides solutions to advanced graphic design problems in advertising campaigns and multi-unit visual communication systems.
GRA 4189 Portfolio Development - Preparation for employment with a well-crafted presentation of skills in the form of a portfolio.
GRA 4514 Environmental Design - Covers a range of examples of exhibition/environmental design measured against conventions of 2D display/informational systems.
PGY 1000 History of Photography - A study of the history and the development of photography both as a technology and art form from its inception to current digital and commercial uses. Explores photography from the standpoint of its sociological, cultural, communicative, and economic impacts.
PGY 1110 Color, Materials, and Methods - An introductory course that explores basic creative methods of color processes in photographic imagery. Explores the technical, conceptual, and production relationships in contemporary color photography. Emphasis is placed on color theory, effects of lighting techniques, color-correct printing, and aesthetics.
PGY 2107 Large Format Camera - Introduces the large format 4x5 camera and materials. Focuses on using the view camera for architectural illustration, portraiture, and landscape imagery. Proper control of basic lighting applications is demonstrated. Reinforces the ability to produce a self-expressed creative body of photographic work conveying a specific theme and/or concept.
PGY 2201 Photographic Lighting Techniques - Introduces artificial and natural lighting techniques utilized in studio, table top, copy work, and portraiture.
PGY 2220 Commercial Photography - Introduces advanced studio and color photography.
PGY 2272 Photography Seminar - Introduces the student to the field of professional photography. Emphasizes the wide range of skills required to be successful in the field.
PGY 2401 Photography I - Introduces the field of photography with emphasis on the creative use of the camera and dark room. The fundamentals of camera operation, successful black and white film development, and printing are taught. A 35 mm SLR camera with manual controls is required for this class.
PGY 2404 Photography II - Introduces print manipulation and photo essays with emphasis on the refinement of techniques that are necessary for the use of the camera as a means of individual creative expression.
PGY 2750 Introduction to Video - Introduces digital video production. Instruction covers pre-production, production, and post-production methods, strategies, and techniques, including story/script developing, interviewing, videography, audio recording, and editing. The student creates a short digital video.
PGY 2801 Digital Photography I - Introduces the student to electronic imaging using computers, scanners, and image manipulation software (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom). Individual portfolios are created.
PGY 2801 Digital Photography II - A continuation of work in Adobe Photoshop established in Digital Photography I. The student will work with advanced Photoshop techniques in the application of personal images that may have application in fine art, graphics, and multimedia productions.