General Education Course Descriptions

General Education Course Descriptions

ART103 Basic Color Theory – 3 Credits

The course introduces and analyzes the Four Contrasts of Color Theory—value, intensity, hue, and temperature—as the cornerstone of understanding color schemes, color interaction, color relationships,  and color’s compositional effects for purposes of creating color organization.

Prerequisite: Recommended 1st quarter

ART128 Anatomy and Figure Drawing I – 3 Credits

The course emphasizes the use of human skeletal anatomy as a fundamental base of knowledge to accurately and aesthetically draw the human form’s complex surface definitions, proportions, and three-dimensionality. Each class begins with an anatomical lecture of a specific skeletal region which is then integrated with drawing from a live model. The procedural methods of the course are based on Renaissance and Beaux Arts figure drawing traditions.

ART129 Anatomy and Figure Drawing II – 3 Credits

The course builds upon the anatomical knowledge, drawing skills, and procedural methods of Anatomy and Figure Drawing I. Each class begins with an anatomical lecture of a specific muscular region and reviews the relevant, connective skeletal structure of that muscle group. The theoretical knowledge of the anatomy lecture is then incorporated into the experiential practice of drawing from a live model. The course structure emphasizes the importance of human anatomy as a necessary and efficient means to correctly draw the complex and dynamic nature of the human form.

Prerequisite: ART128 Anatomy and Figure Drawing I

ART144 Digital Photography-3 Credits

The course is an introduction to digital photography which emphasizes the aesthetic and technical concerns of image capture and content. Lectures discuss digital camera use, applications, and functions; computer and camera equipment requirements; file and memory formats; aspects of the digital medium; digital camera lenses; digital editing, saving, sizing, posting and printing; and, shutter speed effects. Lectures and instructional demonstrations also include information on lighting, composition, photographic rendering, publishing, and portfolio preparation. Additional course content covers the history of photography and its impact on society.

CUL300 Idea Generation and Applied Creativity – 3 Credits

This course teaches creative thinking and problem solving techniques. Using a variety of tools and methods, students learn approaches that will give them the skills to truly “think out of the box”. Finding unique and unexpected connections while exploring problems from new angles will result in individualized and improved solutions.

CUL301 Design Principles: Theory and Practice – 3 Credits

A practical study of the basic fundamental elements of design and the concepts used to understand, arrange and organize the elements of design. Lectures and assignments explore subject, form and content as it applies to message, meaning and design intent. Class projects also explore design awareness and viewers’ response, unifying principles and individual design elements.

ENG101 English Writing – 3 Credits               

This course explores essay styles, reviews MLA fundamentals, business writing formats, and improves oral and written communication skills.

ENG102 Verbal Communication of Visual Concepts – 3 Credits

This course acknowledges the intangible quality of art and the difficulty of verbally communicating visual concepts. The course utilizes benchmarks of aesthetic terms and definitions to provide a communication bridge between the visual properties used to create design and the verbal language needed to understand, evaluate, and critique design. Class lectures, written assignments and oral presentations focus on the necessary verbal skills to speak knowledgeably about design and art.

Prerequisite: ENG101 English Writing

ENG201 Principles of Rhetoric – 3 Credits

This course is meant to synthesize and develop the tools of rhetoric and reasoning students practiced in previous quarters in Basic English, Communication of Visual Concepts, and Critical Thinking. In those courses, students learned the fundamentals of clear expression in English; the aesthetic language for communicating ideas in the visual arts; and the reasoning skills for disciplined and fruitful habits of thinking. This course continues that trajectory of learning by immersing the students in the study of rhetoric common to all forms of communication (visual, written, oral) and in the rigorous argumentation needed to advance a researched point of view, culminating in a capstone project that applies a three-term suite of skills to a portfolio of the student’s work.

Prerequisite: PHIL144 The Power of Critical Thinking

ENG210 Shakespeare’s Art & Design – 3 Credits

The Elizabethan Age was an era of formal and intricate design in the arts, including language arts. Shakespeare’s poetry – like Elizabethan clothing, gardens and dance – prized elaborate structures, sophisticated patterns, and human ingenuity that went into making complex designs. This course will introduce the students to Shakespeare’s language as a product of particular design era, focusing first on the poetic and dramatic forms that were common to the late sixteenth century.

Prerequisite: ENG201 Principles of Rhetoric

HUM160 History of Art I – 3 Credits

The course provides a survey of art and architecture from prehistoric times to the Gothic period. A selected number of paintings, sculptures, and buildings is presented in the weekly lectures as the embodiments of a culture’s political, social, and technological historical context. The lectures will explore the paradigmatic shifts of religious and scientific beliefs among cultures and civilizations to explain the different appearances and purposes for the artifacts, art, and architecture created by humanity.

HUM260 History of Art II – 3 Credits

The course examines the arts of the broad Western tradition from the Early Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism. Its lectures focus on the arts as the expression of a culture’s political, economic, social, and technological historical context. The course provides an understanding and explanation of art’s function in society, as well as, different ways that scholars (such as Panofsky, Hughes, and Smith) approach a work of art and grasp its various levels of meaning. The lectures also emphasize an art work’s utilitarian purpose as an expression of a particular cultural belief and as a psychological construction that reflects the analytical and emotional processes of an artist’s mind.

HUM360 History of Art III: 1950’S to Now – 3 Credits

This course charts moments in art history from the 1950’s to the present. Lectures highlight key artists and their accomplishments. The focus of class lectures is placed on the aesthetics of late modernism to the beginnings of the post-modern period including Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual, and Post-Modern art. Special emphasis will focus on the art’s historical context during the past 60 years, the evolution of the artist’s role in society and the affect the art and artist have on our culture.

HUM400 History of Revolutionary Ideas – 3 Credits

The course examines the revolutionary ideas of western civilization that redefined humanity’s participation in the world for the 21st century. Lectures focus upon historical writings such as John Locke’s 1689 essay on religious tolerance, James Madison’s 1776 Bill of Rights, Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1792 letter on women’s rights, Nietzsche, Darwin, Marx and others who imagined a radically different social and economic paradigm for humanity in the future. A further exploration of the class lectures discusses the ongoing transformation of these “dangerous ideas” in today’s society and, their influence on the new revolution of ideas like biomimicry, Systems Thinking, and The Law of Accelerating Returns which will define humanity’s social and economic evolution in the 22nd century.

MATH143 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy – 3 Credits

The course is designed for non-math major students. It is an introductory course which broadens a student’s appreciation of mathematics’ interdisciplinary nature by exploring ways in which its principles develop quantitative reasoning skills. Students will learn mathematics and basic statistics as a necessary tool of analytical problem-solving skills for success in future college courses, careers, and life-strategies. Topics include computational skills, basic concepts of algebra and geometry, statistics, and probability.

MATH343 Functional Math – 3 Credits

This course explores an advanced application of mathematical solution strategies, processes of conversions, and the integration of equative problem solving techniques.

Prerequisite: MATH143 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy      

PHIL144 The Power of Critical Thinking – 3 Credits

The course discusses the 21st century’s deluge of media-driven information, so-called big data and social networking, which requires an objective, intellectual ability to evaluate the validity of source information as well as detect biases, prejudices, and motives that are based on subjective beliefs and emotions. Topics of the course include: an analysis of logical and deductive reasoning; identification of an argument’s structure- premise, proposition, demonstration, and proof; common fallacies of reasoning; and, the manipulation and abuse of language to prove a
fallacious argument.

Prerequisite: ENG102 Verbal Communication of Visual Concepts

SCI300 Physics and Art – 3 Credits

The course introduces the basic principles of Physics, analyzes the revolutionary theories of Physics from Ptolemy to Einstein, and explains the way these themes changed humanity’s perception of the universe. Additional lecture content juxtaposes Physics’ revolutionary theories with the simultaneous and parallel revolutionary concepts of Art. The interconnectivity of simultaneous and equivalent ideas from these two disparate fields of study provides a frame of reference and zeitgeist which makes the complex theories of Physics accessible and relevant.

SCI400 The Neuroscience of Creativity – 3 Credits

The course provides a neuroscientific explanation for the mystery of human creativity. Lectures will explore the brain’s large network areas and its hemispheric interconnectivity, neural architecture, and neurotransmitters which makes it possible for an individual to receive, process, organize, and reformulate the information of “crystallized intelligence” into cognitive patterns of “fluid intelligence” necessary for the generation of original ideas and innovative thought.

SS121 Emotional Intelligence – 3 Credits

The course introduces the growing body of social science research which acknowledges
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as a crucial component of emotional adjustment, interpersonal relationships, personal well-being, and overall success in various contexts of everyday life. Lectures of the course examine: the concepts and practical applications of EQ; the difference between Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Cognitive Intelligence (IQ); the four fundamental elements of EQ which provide the ability to successfully navigate through the social environment; and the scientific documentation that establishes EQ as the foundational construct of emotion. Further exploration of the class lectures provides a rationale for the development of Emotional Intelligence skills as a necessary 21st century parallel to Cognitive Intelligence that is necessary for business managers and creative designers because of its insistence on adaptive behavior traits such as resilience and flexibility.

SS210 General Principles of Law – 3 Credits

An introduction to the American Legal System and those issues that affect business most, including the judicial system, torts, contracts, business organizations and debtor-creditor relations.

SS223 The Social Context of Innovation – 3 Credits

This course explores the social context of innovation and creativity as the basis of success for many of today’s leading companies. Class lectures analyze the creative industries recognized standard of ‘fluid intelligence’, the new social class of “creative” people, and the competitive advantage they bring to the marketplace. The course analyzes the impact of the creative class on social relationships, the growth of innovation, new technologies and public policy. Lectures also focus on the struggles of certain members of the creative class and their efforts to
reinvent themselves.

SS260 Principles of Economics – 3 Credits

The goal of this course is to learn how to use economic analysis to reach reasoned conclusions about the big issues of the day from the implications of globalization to the causes of economic growth, financial crises, and unemployment.

SS401 Ethics – 3 Credits

An intensive exploration of enduring theoretical issues in ethics such as relative and absolute moral laws, subjective and objective components of moral knowledge, the relation of facts in nature to human values, the moral concepts of goodness, right, and obligation and the ways in which they operate in society, religion, law, and the use of reason in forming ethical decisions.

SS430 Globalization – 3 Credits

This course aims to provide students with current global trends that shape an international dialog of commonality between divergent cultures and nationalities.

Developmental Courses

No credits are given toward degrees/certificates for developmental courses. There is no letter grade earned—developmental courses are PASS/FAIL. There is a two-credit tuition charge for each, except X011 which has a three-credit tuition charge and X017 which has a four-credit tuition charge.

X011 Developmental English

The course is a detailed course focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing structures (improvement of sentence and paragraph structure) necessary to succeed in today’s competitive global market. Class lectures, group discussions and real-world application assignments serve as a prerequisite for English Writing.

X017 Developmental Sewing – 4 Credits

A basic sewing course for students with minimal or no sewing skills. Students learn basic use of a sewing machine, practice sewing skills and commercial pattern layout.

X020 Developmental Mathematics

A basic overview of simple arithmetic. In-class drills, homework, and exams prepare students for MATH143. Placement in this course is dependent on the entrance exam, SAT or ACT test scores.

X040 Intro to Computers

A study of basic computer terminology, procedures and software application of Windows programs. This course must be taken in the first quarter.

X050 Art Fundamentals

A study of the basic principles in the mechanics of drawing. The course is an exploration concerning theoretical and practical approaches of perspective drawing to create realism through shading and value placement.