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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog
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ART 120 - 3D Design [SUN# ART 1115]

3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Introduction to three-dimensional design. Includes concepts and approaches to three-dimensional design, critical analysis, 3D design elements and principles, exploration of a range of three dimensional traditional and digital processes, and basic sculptural design lab procedures. 

Recommendation: Completion of ART 100  before enrolling in this course. If any recommended course is taken, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - FA; Meets CTE - A&H.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Create content utilizing three-dimensional art concepts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze three-dimensional art.
  3. Utilize three-dimensional art elements and organizing principles.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of three-dimensional traditional and digital processes.
  5. Demonstrate proper basic sculptural lab safety and equipment procedures.

  1. Concepts and Approaches to Three-Dimensional Design
  1. Non-objective design
  2. Realism
  3. Abstraction
  4. Ready-made/context manipulation
  5. Site specific/public art


  1. Critical Analysis
    1. Group critiques
    2. Individual project self-reflections
    3. Written critique essay
  2. 3D Elements and Principles
    1. Elements
  1. Space
  2. Volume/form
  3. Texture
  4. Line
  5. Color
  6. Light
  7. Time/duration
  8. Contest
  1. Principles
  1. Repetition
  2. Variation
  3. Rhythm
  4. Balance
  5. Focal point
  6. Unity
  7. Scale/proportion


  1. Exploration of a Range of Media and Techniques
    1. Media
  1. Clay
  2. Wood
  3. Plaster
  4. Metal
  5. Digital Fabrication (3d printing, laser engraving and cutting, CNC equipment)
  6. Others (non-traditional objects/materials)
  1. Techniques
  1. Addition (build up)
  2. Subtraction (carving)
  3. Substitution (casting)
  4. Selection (context manipulation)
  1. Basic Sculptural Design Lab Procedures
  1. Health and safety issues/use of personal protective equipment
  2. Lab waste disposal procedures
  3. Responsible cooperative shared lab use
  4. Proper use of tools and equipment
  1. Hand tools
  2.  Wood fabrication equipment
  3.  Metal fabrication equipment
  4. Digital Fabrication Equipment

Effective Term:
Fall 2023

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