District Syllabus
Art For Non-Majors

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
A study of the creative process for non art majors.  Course is 
meant to develop an understanding of the contexts within which 
artists work, modern and historical, the technical processes they 
use, and the means by which art is evaluated.  May include lectures, 
films, videos, gallery and studio visits, class discussions.  No 
artistic skill required.  Meets A.A. general education Category 
Required Materials: Books:
  • Lois Fichner-Rathus. Understanding Art (Book Only), 10th ed., Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN: 9781111838300
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: To develop an understanding of the nature of artistic creativity and aesthetic judgement through exposure to the process itself. To provide a basis for understanding, appreciating and evaluating the arts and to enhance both aesthetic judgements and communication skills. Topics: A. The Artist B. The principles of Design C. The Basic Elements: 1. Form 2. Line 3. Mass 4. Color 5. Composition D. Two-Dimensional Arts E. Painting/Drawing/Printmaking: 1. Techniques 2. Vocabulary 3. Prominent Artists a. Historic b. Contemporary F. The Arts of Space: 1. Sculpture 2. Ceramics 3. Mixed Media 4. Architecture G. The Arts of Time: 1. Photography 2. Film 3. Video 4. Computers
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I.  Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of ideas, 
developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.
II.  Communication: The student effectively communicates knowledge 
and ideas.
V.  Cultural Literacy:  The student demonstrates an understanding of 
human culture and its diversity.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:  
   Develop an understanding of the nature of artistic creativity and 
aesthetic judgement through exposure to the process itself;
   Be provided with a basis for understanding, appreciating, and 
evaluating the arts; 
   Acquire enhanced aesthic judgements and communication 
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress toward achieving the stated 
learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility 
of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the 
department.  Detailed explanations are included in the expanded 
syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.  
Periodic exams as announced by instructor; short written assignment 
may be included.           
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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