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Contact Information

Mark A. Zellers
Department Chair
Tel: 401-825-2068
401-825-2220
mzellers@ccri.edu

Chair's Main Office:
Knight Campus
3rd Floor, main building

Leslie Florio
Technical Staff Assistant
Tel: 401-825-2220
401-333-7154
llflorio@ccri.edu

Eileen Namaka
Visual Resources Curator/
Website Content Manager
Tel: 401-333-7196
401-825-2267
enamaka@ccri.edu
Galleries
Ricardo Rivera
Knight Campus Director knightgallery@ccri.edu

Shawn Parker
Director
Flanagan Campus Gallery
flanagangallery@ccri.edu

Website

Course Learning Outcome Statements

topARTS 1001 IVA

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Learn basic terminology and a conceptual understanding of how visual art is defined.
  • Build a heightened appreciation of differing forms of art expression through history.
  • Write descriptive, analytic and comparative analyses.
  • Experiment with the creative process through studio exercises and assignments.
  • Observe art in a gallery or museum setting to understand the cultural climate in which works of art were conceived and executed.
topARTS 1010 Drawing 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Develop physical and visual skills related to the drawing process.
  • Judge proportion, scale, and spatial relationships.
  • Use linear and tonal techniques to depict light and shadow.
  • Use linear and tonal techniques to depict form and develop composition.
  • Use materials common to the drawing process.
topARTS 1020 Color

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Identify and apply color properties and concepts.
  • Understand color vocabulary and terminology.
  • Develop an informed use of basic color schemes and harmonies in the creation of visual work. 
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as applies to the use of color.
  • Understand the basic historical and contemporary aspects of color.
  • Develop visual and physical control of media used in the application of color concepts.
topARTS 1050 Drawing 2

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Introduce students, through observation, to rudimentary & formal components of figure drawing such as gesture, mass, volume, foreshortening and proportion.
  • Provide a basic introduction to human anatomy.
  • Refine concepts introduced in Drawing I and 2-D Design utilizing the figure as the primary subject.
  • Encourage a personal approach to the art making process.
  • Explore the relationship of the figure to its pictorial space, both abstract and naturalistic.
  • Introduce historical & contemporary approaches to the figurative process.
topARTS 1310 Two-Dimensional Design

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Know and apply formal systems of two-dimensional composition, using the basic principles and elements of design.
  • Make informed decisions in the creation of a two-dimensional image.
  • Acquire critical thinking skills in the development and resolution of concepts related to visual media.
  • Understand the relevance of design principles in historic and contemporary art and design.
  • Develop physical skills for handling media and materials in the execution and presentation of an image or design.
topARTS 1410 Three-Dimensional Design

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Gain skill in manipulating, integrating and engineering materials.
  • Learn how to identify and analyze the elements, principles and vocabulary of three-dimensional design.
  • Learn to utilize and integrate the elements, principles, materials and processes of three-dimensional design to fulfill a specific intention.
  • Gain knowledge of contemporary and historic art and design.
topARTS 1420 Four-Dimensional Design

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills: 

  • Expand knowledge of tools, concepts, and methods relating to space, time, place, light, movement, object, subject context and a dichotomy between these elements and 4D principles.
  • Discuss these tools, concepts and methods and know how to combine, assemble and integrate them to create an interesting work.
  • Gain confidence in applying one’s own capabilities across multiple disciplines while mastering an understanding of making and identifying meaning within the work. 
  • Develop strong concept abilities and an understanding of a creative/studio practice.
topARTS 1500 Fine Art Seminar

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills

SELF-ASSESSMENT/PROFESSIONALISM:

  • Professionally evaluate personal artwork as it relates to global visual arts and the history of art.
  • Research the necessary means artists' employ to grow and develop, creating meaningful works of art, conceptually as well as technically.
  • Develop professional practices.
  • Investigate options for further study or career paths available at their point of artistic development, in the medium they have chosen. Facilitate objective self-assessment pertaining to individual professionalism and development.
  • Present oneself and one's artwork in a professional manner. Demonstrate professional work habits, productive practices and a commitment to the field of visual arts.
  • Research the ways gained skills in the visual arts could apply to service opportunities in the community.     

PORTFOLIO

  • Create a portfolio of artwork, which displays the ability to successfully present and customize a portfolio for either academic and/or professional objectives.

CAPSTONE EXHIBITION

  • Design and mount a capstone exhibition of student artwork in collaboration with fellow AFA candidates, all of which will demonstrate a working knowledge of materials and topics covered during the course.  This will include:
  • Properly installing artwork (wall labels, lighting techniques, posting of artist statements, etc.).
  • Creating a professional level resume and artist's statement.
  • Designing publicity, writing and distributing all public relations, announcements, postings and publications.
  • Preparing and hosting a public art gallery reception delivering an artist's talk.
topARTS 1510 Art History: Ancient to Medieval

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Distinguish between art historical periods, Prehistory through Medieval.
  • Accurately identify individual works of art and architecture of significance.
  • Comprehend the advancements of technology as it impacts art.
  • Sharpen analytical and critical thinking skills in examining visual art.
  • Increase knowledge of world geography.
  • Improve communication skills through writing, quizzing, essay exams and formal presentation.
topARTS 1520 Art History: Renaissance to Modern

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Distinguish between art historical periods, Renaissance through Contemporary.
  • Accurately identify individual works of art and architecture of significance. 
  • Comprehend advancements in media and technology as it impacts visual art.
  • Sharpen analytical and critical thinking skills in examining visual art.
  • Increase knowledge of world geography.
  • Improve communication skills through writing, quizzing, essay exams and formal presentation.
topARTS 1530 Topics in Art History: Non-Western Topics

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Sharpen ability to critically analyze visual art from a stylistic, cultural, ethical, and/or political perspective.
  • Define and differentiate object use(s) through consideration of traditions, location, period, media resources and technologies in cultures around the globe.
  • Comprehend objects' content and interpretations via onsite study in museum collections and exhibitions.
  • Increase knowledge of world geography as related to art history study.
  • Improve communication skills through writing, quizzing, essay exams and formal presentation.
topARTS 1610 Textile Design/Fibers

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Develop skills in the use of various textile processes and materials
  • Develop a basic design vocabulary and the ability to analyze and discuss basic visual design issues
  • Learn to understand the unique qualities of various pattern systems
  • Learn about textile traditions and methods in various parts of the non-Western and Western world
  • Learn about trends and issues in contemporary textiles
  • Learn to design an original, final project that has evolved from structured experimentation and research
topARTS 1630 Introduction to Sculpture and Form

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Students will manipulate, integrate and engineer materials to build three dimensional objects.
  2. Students will develop a project through the use of drawings and studies.
  3. Students will be able to research form, materials and techniques as needed by the direction of their sculptural work.
  4. Students will participate in discussions of contemporary and historical sculptural work.
  5. Students will be able to understand the interaction of concept, form and materials in making choices to articulately convey their personal intentions.
  6. Students will demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze the elements, principles and vocabulary of sculpture.
  7. Students will participate in oral critiques of sculptural artwork.
  8. Students will meet assigned parameters of a project by designing and constructing original sculptural objects.
  9. Students will demonstrate an ability to balance aesthetic decisions with technical and conceptual demands in the process of creating a sculpture.
topARTS 1030 - Introduction to Printmaking

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Use the printmaking medium as a means of creative and individual expression.
  • Develop facility with the tools, materials, and techniques inherent to basic printmaking processes.
  • Safely and responsibly handle the printmaking presses, equipment, and other materials common to basic printmaking processes.
  • Solve visual problems with equal emphasis on combining both concepts and the physical processes of printmaking, so that each informs the other.
  • Manage the registration of image to print matrix, and print matrix to paper, with prints composed of both single and multiple passes or layers.
  • Understand and discuss the historical and contemporary role of printmaking media in art, design, and culture.
  • Create resolved, original, prints, using the various methods introduced.
topARTS 1650 Ceramics 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Students will be able to speak comfortably at a beginner's level about ceramic objects and processes.
  • Students will become familiar with some of the historical connection between humans and ceramic objects.
  • Students will exercise fundamental techniques with building objects using clay and its associated hand-building tools.
  • Students will complete projects demonstrating a basic level of control over craftsmanship, ceramic dyring times, and basic hand-building construction methods.
  • Students will participate in oral critiques of ceramic artwork.
  • Students will meet assigned parameters of a project by designing and constructing an original ceramic object.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic ability to balance aesthetic decisions with technical demands in the process of constructing a ceramic object.
topARTS 1660 Ceramics 2

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Students will create ceramic objects on the potter's wheel, using fundamental throwing techniques and incorporating the specific aesthetic of the thrown object.
  • Students will gain basic experience with ceramic glazing and firing processes through observing and assisting with loading and firing kilns.
  • Students will become familiar with some of the historical and contemporary connections between humans and wheel-thrown ceramic objects.
  • Students will participate in oral critiques of ceramic artwork.
  • Students will meet assigned parameters of a project by designing and constructing original ceramic objects.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to balance aesthetic decisions with technical demands in the process of creating a ceramic object.
  • Students will further develop their aesthetic sense and technical control through synthesis of acquired skills.
topARTS 1710 Graphic Design 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Gain skill in choosing, using & manipulating typographic elements.
  • Learn how to identify & analyze the elements, principles & vocabulary of two-dimensional design as it relates to specific message making.
  • Learn to utilize & integrate the elements, principles, materials & processes of two-dimensional design to fulfill a specific problem which generates a specific message.
topARTS 1720 Graphic Design 2

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Gain more advanced skill in using and manipulating typographic elements.
  • Experience working with diverse media.
  • Experience with a variety of output sources and materials.
  • Gain more advanced skill with layout, illustration and photo manipulation through the use of interactive digital programs.
  • Develop an individual portfolio of graphic design and/or illustration.
topARTS 1810 Photography 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Operate a 35mm camera--parts & functions of camera body, viewing system, lens, aperture & shutter speed, ISO, light meter & exposure modes.
  2. Expose and develop black and white film
  3. Make enlargements from negatives in darkroom using an enlarger, filters to control print contrast and tonal range, burning and dodging.
  4. Define subject and compose image using frame and vantage point.
  5. Control and manipulate light, depth of field, and motion.
  6. Understand and articulate how meaning of photographs is visually communicated.
  7. Produce a portfolio of matted photographs that represent the student's best work.
topARTS 1820 Photography 2

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Refined and improved basic techniques of exposure, development and printing
  2.  Use fiber based paper, archival printing processes, and print toner.
  3. Know how and when to use advanced exposure and development controls
  4. Understand how to use flash and studio lighting techniques to control and manipulate artificial light.
  5. Vocabulary and techniques of selected alternative processes.
  6. Identify, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres.
  7. Understand the relationships between multiple images and sequencing of images.
  8. Knowledge of various forms of image presentation and understand the impact presentation can have on the meaning of images.
  9. Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation and meaning of student's own work and the work of others.
topARTS 1840 Digital Art  1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Proficiency with and command of Photoshop.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with basic photo correction concepts including importing, resolution, image size, cropping, tonal and color correction, use of filters
  • Understanding of the relationship between screen size, document size and print size
  • Demonstrated ability to make selections with a variety of tools including the lasso, magnetic lasso, magic wand, marquee tools and quick mask mode.
  • Understanding and utilization of layer principles such as stacking order, adjustment layers and moving a layer from one file to another.
  • Image compositing and manipulation.
  • Organization of selected images into a final artistic creation in conjunction with a reflective critique process in which the student is able to synthesize his/her conceptual idea, decision-making and final output.
topARTS 1845 Video Art

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • A practical knowledge of digital video camera operation, lighting and shooting techniques and digital video editing software.
  • An understanding of the history of video art and the impact of video on contemporary culture.
  • Ability to identify and explain the basic visual and conceptual elements that are common to all works of art.
  • An understanding of non-linear video editing concepts including time code navigation, display and rendering protocols.
  • Acquisition of skills associated with production techniques including shooting, logging, capturing, editing, lighting, sound and media management.
  • Use of a variety of effects including compositing, motion effects, text generation and color correction
  • Acquisition of knowledge about codecs and export options.
  • A strong conceptual framework for video art technique and an ability to articulate the ideas embedded in their work.
  • Experience in participating in group discussions and critiques to evaluate and explain the effectiveness of video art created by themselves and others.
topARTS 1850 Digital Photo 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Operate a digital camera; understand its features and how to use them in order to capture images.  Through the process of learning camera operation and functions, students will demonstrate a basic understanding of terminology and concepts relating to digital photography.
  • Use a digital camera to take pictures that demonstrate the ability to control and creatively manipulate depth of field, motion, light, frame and vantage point, and color.
  • Use Adobe Photoshop for non-destructive image correction enhancement, manipulation, and creative interpretation of photographs.
  • Import, manage, and print digital files.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and utilize digital photography as a form of visual communication and expression and understand the creative choices made by other photographers.
  • Understand the ethical and legal implications of image manipulation and appropriation.
topARTS 2010 Painting 1

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Acquire skills associated with the use of painting mediums and supports.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate composition and color successfully in conveying an artistic vision.
  • Experience with a variety of techniques.
  • Develop terminology to critique one's own and other's work.
topARTS 2020 Painting 2

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Increased knowledge of the pictorial elements that go into the making of a successful painting.
  • Foundation of a more singular or personal approach to painting.
topARTS 2050 Drawing 3

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Develop drawing skills further.
  2. Increase knowledge of human anatomy.
  3. Begin to explore thematic, symbolic, and conceptual approaches to drawing the figure.
  4. Develop an advanced understanding of pictorial space.
  5. Develop a personal approach to the subject.
  6. Begin to explore the use of color.
topARTS 2055 Art History: Modern Through Contemporary Art

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Critically analyze and interpret new forms, media and content in art making of the twentieth century.
  • Compare, associate and link modern through contemporary art to the history of art and society.
  • Identify most prominent artist’s biographies and collective art movements.
  • Develop ability to articulate thoughts in writing and in oral presentation, related to new geographies, styles and media of the period.
topARTS 2660 Ceramics III

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Students will conduct research determined by the direction of the artwork.
  • Students will begin to identify and use their artistic voice in their ceramic work.
  • Students will engage in in-depth critiques of ceramic artwork.
  • Students will meet assigned parameters of a project by designing and constructing original ceramic objects.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to balance aesthetic decisions with technical demands in the process of creating a ceramic object.
  • Students will further develop their aesthetic sense and technical control through thoughtful synthesis of acquired skills.
topARTS 2820 Photography III

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Continued refinement and improvement of exposure, development, and printing skills
  • Identify, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres
  • Understand the relationships between multiple images and sequencing of images
  • Understand and articulate the meaning of the photographs you see and learn how meaning is visually communicated
  • Knowledge of photographic critical theory and the history of photography
  • Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation and meaning of student's own work
topARTS 2840 Visual Web Design

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Proficiency with Adobe. Familiarity with Flash.
  • Able to incorporate the principles of goal-oriented design: defining clear goals for website, identifying a target audience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with core visual skills for designing web pages that are easy to understand and use.
  • Familiarity with graphic design basics for the web, including these concepts: color, contrast, readability, effective text, imagery, attention maps.
  • Familiarity with page layout for the web, including these concepts: containment, alignment, grouping, rhythm and repetition, logical order.
  • Able to implement ideas pertaining to visual identity, including these concepts:     3D effects, logo design, text-based logos.
  • Understanding and utilization of modularity, Cascading Style Sheets, and relationship between organization of information and graphic design.
  • Understanding and implementation of absolute vs. relative paths.
  • Familiarity with sub-genres in including electronic literary works, interactive sculpture and installation, interventions in social networking environments, blogging, podcasting, video for the web.
  • Authoring of studies for the web and a final creative work for web dissemination.  Reflective critique process empowers student to synthesize creative ideas for the web, provide technical troubleshooting, and compete a finished piece.
topARTS 2850  Digital Photography II

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  • Master basic camera controls and concepts.Metering, exposure modes, ISO.
    • Metering, exposure modes, ISO.
    • Depth of field and motion.
    • Focal length.
    • Image size, resolution, and formats.
    • White balance.
  • Understand and utilize advanced image capture and editing techniques.
    • Camera RAW and HDR.
    • Use digital media in combination with photographic alternative and adaptive processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency at basic and advanced digital image editing using a non-destructive workflow to enhance, correct, manipulate, and create composite digital images.
    • Smart objects, layer masks, channels.
  • Understand and make informed decisions to control and manipulate artificial light.
    • Flash and basic studio lighting techniques.
  • Create fine art prints on inkjet printers.
    • Media, proofing, profiles,
  • Articulate the ethical issues surrounding the manipulation and alteration of digital images.
  • Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation and meaning of student’s own work and the work of others.

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