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 Course Title:   Two Dimensional Color and Design

 Title Abbreviation:   2D DESIGN

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    111

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    500401

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

An introduction to the fundamental principles and elements of two dimensional design. This course will emphasize visual communication through studio work, discussion and analysis.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 170
Other Transfers to 3 BIS as GURs
U of W 123
WSU 103
WWU 120

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the ways in which the design principles and elements influence effective visual communication.
  2. Use the design process and technical skills for developing two-dimensional compositions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of theories behind the interaction of the design principles and elements in two-dimensional compositions.
  4. Critically analyze compositions using the vocabulary of the discipline.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

Course Contents

  1. Using lectures, guest lectures, electronic media and gallery and/or museum visits, students will examine the diverse ways visual communication occurs.
  2. Using studio and group exercises students will explore the two-dimensional design process and create projects that reflect an understanding of the design principles and elements.
  3. Students will create projects that demonstrate an understanding of two-dimensional design theories.
  4. Using group exercises, exams, self assessments and open critique sessions, students will analyze their work.