Applied Visual Arts

Applied Visual Arts - A.A.S. Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
VCOM 1001 Introduction to Visual Communications
Description
VCOM 1001 This is an introductory course that prepares all students for entry into the Visual Communications field. General overviews will be given of the visual arts, photography and graphic design fields. Students will learn basic computer operation, how to use the local network, and learn general operational methods used in the Visual Communications Department. Additionally, students will learn to prepare, mount and display artwork. All these skills are a prerequisite for other courses in the Vis Com Department. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 05/15/2006 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1001

2
VCOM 1006 Color Theory and Applications
Description
VCOM 1006 This course covers the historical background of color. Artist colors are explored using terminology in conjunction with painting mixing to reflect the terminology. Creative color assignments are given to enhance their knowledge. Commercial reproduction of color will be addressed with the translation of artist colors to print colors. Color interpretations and trends are also discussed. Digital color, corrections on digital files and how color works on the computer monitor and web will be covered as well as printing from digital files. Color management of files will also be included.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 05/15/2006 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1006

2
VCOM 1010 Introduction to Photoshop
Description
VCOM 1010 This is an introduction of the basic tools used for image manipulation in Adobe PhotoShop. Image modification and compositing, use of the scanner, and mastery of PhotoShop tools are stressed. Image adjustment and enhancement and layer masks are also taught. Prerequisites: None. DUAL NUMBERED COURSE IDES1010.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1010

2
VCOM 1016 Typography and Layout I
Description
VCOM 1016 This course covers the basics of typography and development of page layout in graphic design processes. It provides an overview of the graphic design profession and a historical framework for modern typography and layout practices. Typography classification and identification are covered. Design elements and principles are used as a foundation of any design work. Both screen and print formats are explored. Students work with type and visuals to create layouts and solve design assignments. Prerequisites: None

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1016

3
VCOM 1021 Introduction to Photography
Description
VCOM 1021 In this course the student will learn how to use all the manual 35mm camera controls to create good black and white photographs. We will practice using the motion and depth-of-field controls in different kinds of outdoor and natural lighting conditions. The student will combine the knowledge of different films and exposure techniques with the study of artistic composition to produce pleasing images. Discussion of basic accessories and special techniques will round out the camera knowledge. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/21/2006 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1021

3
VCOM 1030 Visual Design Fundamentals
Description
VCOM 1030 This course will take the principles of design along with art fundamentals and apply them to the development of graphic design projects. Students will be introduced to basic drawing techniques to illustrate their ideas. The elements of design and color will be studied. Presentation skills and professional attitude will be practiced. Specific emphasis will be made in developing creativity and overcoming creative blocks. The student will be able to apply these design fundamentals to all aspects of the visual communications field. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1030

3
VCOM 1041 Drawing I
Description
VCOM 1041 This course is designed to provide the artistic student the basics of drawing. General methods, mediums and styles are explored. The elements and principles of art and design are applied to various drawing projects. Emphasis is placed on developing technical skill from direct observation of various subjects. Students prepare artwork for presentation and critique.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1041

3
VCOM 1060 Creative Problem Solving
Description
VCOM 1060 In this course various methods of solving creative problems will be explored through design projects. The elements and principles of design will be utilized applying methods of creative problem solving. DUAL NUMBERED WITH IDES1060. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1060

3
VCOM 1086 Watercolor and Gouache Painting
Description
VCOM 1086 This course is an introduction to painting in watercolor and gouache common media for both expressive and illustrative art. Color theory is a focus for mixing colors and creating color relationships. A variety of subject matter are explored to practice techniques of watercolor and gouache. An overview of contemporary styles and ideas about these media will be presented. A focus is made on development of the students conceptual, technical and observational skills. Students develop a working knowledge of the paint mediums, a variety of working surfaces and painting methods and process. Prerequisites: VCOM 1041 Drawing I or VCOM 1052 Design Drawing

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1086

3
VCOM 1096 Illustration Fundamentals
Description
VCOM 1096 This course covers the basic concepts in the illustration sector of visual communication. The history and genres of illustration as well as illustration styles and mediums are examined. Projects are assigned to develop illustration skills and uses of various media. Using professional business practices are part of the focus. Visual concept development and communication through illustration are explored through research and application.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1096

2
VCOM 1410 Introduction to Illustrator
Description
VCOM 1410 This course is a comprehensive look into the drawing tools of Adobe Illustrator, a computer illustration application. Students will develop skills using the basic drawing tools. Use of the transformation tools, templates, layering, spot and process color and file output will be emphasized. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1410

2
VCOM 1430 Introduction to InDesign
Description
VCOM 1430 Students will become familiar with Adobe InDesign as an electronic publishing program. Emphasis will be placed on software operation. Use of text, graphics, tabs, style sheets, and master pages will be incorporated into projects. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1430

2
VCOM 2016 Typography and Layout II
Description
VCOM 2016 This course covers advanced typography and page layout skills. Students develop greater understanding of type as a key element of design. The course concentrates on designing with type, understanding the relationship between type families and type styles, selecting type for emotional impact, and using color and texture in type. Additional topics include font and image copyright requirements, and use of type and images for web and motion graphics. Students work toward creating effective marketing and advertising pieces through the practical application of typography and composition. The use of visual concepts is explored. Development and completion of a variety of assignments place emphasis on methods using page layout software. Prerequisites: VCOM 1016 Typography and Layout I

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2016

3
VCOM 2020 Digital Painting and Drawing
Description
VCOM 2020 In this course students combine traditional drawing and painting skills with computer programs onto the digital canvas. Students have the opportunity to explore the digital possibilities of executing artwork using a graphics tablet. From thumbnail sketching to final artwork, each stage of the creative process and the uses of digital art are addressed. Mixing traditional and digital approaches can expand students possibilities in image creation. The course promotes an understanding of digital technology in contemporary art and illustration. Prerequisites: Recommend VCOM 1041 Drawing I or VCOM 1052 Design Drawing. Require VCOM 1010 Introduction to Photoshop

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2020

2
VCOM 2041 Drawing II
Description
VCOM 2041 This course is a continuation of drawing and explores additional concepts, materials and processes. Students develop further skill in various media, figure drawing, color drawing and personal style. Emphasis on the conceptual rather than perceptual aspects of drawing subjects is a focus. Research and investigation of subjects are conducted prior to communicating them in visual form. Instructions focuses on investigating problems in the expression of the drawn image. Students prepare artwork for presentation and critique.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2041

3
VCOM 2096 Story, Sequence and Animation Art
Description
VCOM 2096 This course is a study of the methods and techniques of sequential narration within the contemporary art forms of childrens books, comics, graphic novels and animation. In the process, students are exposed to character development through figure drawing studies. A variety of media possibilities are presented while exploring the dynamics of pacing, framing, and the interaction of text and image. Creating the illusion of motion in still artwork as well as producing frames for moving pictures are included in the focus. Emphasis is placed on idea generation, concept design, visual development, and storyboarding. Prerequisites: VCOM 1041 Drawing I or VCOM 1052 Design Drawing and recommend VCOM 2041 Drawing II

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2096

3
VCOM 2097 Advertising and Editorial Illustration
Description
VCOM 2097 The broad impact of advertising and editorial art ranges from magazines to posters to CD cover art and products and beyond. This course addresses illustrative art problems in various forms in the advertising and editorial sectors of visual communication. Developing concepts and problem solving are encouraged. A variety of materials and techniques are explored. This is an advanced level course and previous drawing, painting and visual design training are highly recommended. Prerequisites: VCOM 1041 Drawing I OR VCOM 1052 Design Drawing required. Recommended: VCOM 2041 Drawing II, VCOM 1086 Watercolor and Gouache or VCOM 2086 Acrylic Painting

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2097

3
VCOM 2420 Advanced Computer Illustration
Description
VCOM 2420 This course is a project driven course. Students will use Intro Illustrator to create a variety of portfolio quality drawings. Prerequisites: VCOM1410.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2420

3
VCOM 2825 Visual Art Career Preparation
Description
VCOM 2825 In this capstone experience students refine and develop artwork for a personal and professional body of work in preparation for graduating and seeking work in visual art fields. This includes career research and development of a portfolio, web representation, resume and self-promotional materials. The legal aspects of protecting copyright and image use in online galleries and portfolios are explored. Students conduct informational interviews and develop networking skills. These skills will enable them to better market, manage and promote themselves and their art for positions in-house for a company or starting their own freelance business. Prerequisites: Must be taken only in final semester with majority of degree coursework complete.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/27/2012 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2825

3
Technical Elective(s)* 7
Total Core Credits: 57

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
ARTS 1550 Art History, Renaissance to Modern
Description
ARTS 1550 This introductory course gives students a deeper appreciation and knowledge of Western art and the cultures that created it. This course focuses on the fascinating changes that occurred in the Italian Renaissance and continues through to modern artists and influences of the 20th century.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 01/14/2013 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 6

Course Outline: ARTS1550

3
ENGL 1150 Composition I
Description
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning. Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2009 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 1

Course Outline: ENGL1150

3
SPEE 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Description
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Meets MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 03/26/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 7

Course Outline: SPEE1020

3
General Education Elective(s)** 3
General Education Elective(s) (MnTC Goal 3 or Goal 4 )*** 3
Total General Education Credits: 15
Total Program Credits: 72
* Select Technical electives from the following subject areas: VCOM .
** Select General Education electives from any MnTC goal area.
*** Select General Education electives from MnTC goal area.