Visual Arts Courses

Here is a list of courses offered by the Visual Arts Department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the department chair.

Please note that the Digital Film and Videography Program is not offered under the Arts Division anymore. It is now under the Digital Media, Journalism, and Communication Division. If you have questions about film and video classes, please contact Chris Pittman at 704.330.6564 or at Chris.Pittman@cpcc.edu


ART 111. Art Appreciation. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the origins and historical development of art. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of design principles to various art forms including but not limited to sculpture, painting, and architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods, and media. Concepts related to media and technique will be introduced.

ART 114. Art History Survey I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the development of art forms from ancient times to the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

ART 115. Art History Survey II. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the development of art forms from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

ART 117. Non-Western Art History. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces non-Western cultural perspectives. Emphasis is placed on, but not limited to, African, Oriental, and Oceanic art forms throughout history. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of non-Western social and cultural development.

ART 121. Two-Dimensional Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the elements and principles of design as applied to two-dimensional art. Emphasis is placed on the structural elements, the principles of visual organization, and the theories of color mixing and interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and use critical and analytical approaches as they apply to two-dimensional visual art.

ART 122. Three-Dimensional Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic studio problems in three-dimensional visual design. Emphasis is placed on the structural elements and organizational principles as applied to mass and space. Upon completion, students should be able to apply three-dimensional design concepts.

ART 131. Drawing I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the language of drawing and the use of various drawing materials. Emphasis is placed on drawing techniques, media, and graphic principles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the use of graphic form and various drawing processes.

ART 132. Drawing II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course continues instruction in the language of drawing and the use of various materials. Emphasis is placed on experimentation in the use of drawing techniques, media, and graphic materials. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate increased competence in the expressive use of graphic form and techniques.

Prerequisites: Take ART 131

ART 135. Figure Drawing I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces rendering the human figure with various drawing materials. Emphasis is placed on the use of the visual elements, anatomy, and proportion in the representation of the draped and undraped figure. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in drawing the human figure.

Prerequisites: Take ART 131

ART 171. Computer Art I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the use of the computer as a tool for solving visual problems. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals of computer literacy and design through bit-mapped image manipulation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of paint programs, printers, and scanners to capture, manipulate, and output images.

ART 231. Printmaking I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces printmaking: its history, development techniques, and processes. Emphasis is placed on basic applications with investigation into image source and development. Upon completion, students should be able to produce printed images utilizing a variety of methods. This course introduces relief, intaglio, serigraphy and planographic processes.

ART 232. Printmaking II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course includes additional methods and printmaking processes. Emphasis is placed on the printed image as related to method, source, and concept. Upon completion, students should be able to produce expressive images utilizing both traditional and innovative methods.

Prerequisites: Take ART 231

ART 235. Figure Drawing II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course extends the study and rendering of the draped and undraped human figure. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of materials and approaches to drawing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate creativity in the representation of the figure.

Prerequisites: Take ART 135

ART 240. Painting I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the language of painting and the use of various painting materials. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and use of various painting techniques, media, and color principles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the use of creative processes directed toward the development of expressive form. Students will principally work on easels using oil or acrylic.

ART 241. Painting II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a continuing investigation of the materials, processes, and techniques of painting. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of expressive content using a variety of creative processes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the expanded use of form and variety. As in painting I, students will principally work on easels using oil or acrylic.

Prerequisites: Take ART 240

ART 247. Jewelry I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces a basic understanding of the design and production of jewelry. Emphasis is placed on concepts and techniques using metals and other materials. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an ability to use appropriate methods to create unique jewelry. Processes such as piercing, filing, forming and forging will be introduced.

ART 248. Jewelry II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of the skills learned in ART 247. Emphasis is placed on the creation of individual designs that utilize a variety of techniques such as casting, cloisonne, and plique-a-jour. Upon completion, students should be able to create jewelry which demonstrates originality.

Prerequisites: Take ART 247

ART 260. Photography Appreciation. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the origins and historical development of photography. Emphasis is placed on the study of composition and history of photography as an art form. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and produce, using color transparencies, properly exposed, well-composed photographs. Using their own 35MM cameras, students will receive instruction and practice in camera handling, films, filter, lenses and composition.

ART 261. Photography I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces photographic equipment, theory, and processes. Emphasis is placed on camera operation, composition, darkroom technique, and creative expression. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, develop, and print a well-conceived composition. Using their own 35MM camera to take photographs, students will develop printing techniques such as burning dodging, controlling density and contrast, and basic photo finishing.

Prerequisites: Take ART 260 with a minimum grade of C

ART 262. Photography II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the creative manipulation of alternative photographic materials and processes such as toning, hand coloring, infrared, and multiple exposure. Emphasis is placed on personal vision and modes of seeing. Upon completion, students should be able to create properly exposed images using a variety of photographic materials and processes.

Prerequisites: Take ART 261

ART 264. Digital Photography I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces digital photographic equipment, theory and processes. Emphasis is placed on camera operation, composition, computer photo manipulation and creative expression. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, digitally manipulate, and print a well-conceived composition.

Prerequisites: Take ART 260

ART 265. Digital Photography II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides exploration of the concepts and processes of photo manipulation through complex composite images, special effects, color balancing and image/text integration. Emphasis is placed on creating a personal vision and style. Upon completion, students should be able to produce well-executed images using a variety of photographic and photo manipulative approaches.

Prerequisites: Take ART 264

ART 271. Computer Art II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course includes advanced computer imaging techniques. Emphasis is placed on creative applications of digital technology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate command of computer systems and applications to express their personal vision. Prerequisites: Take ART 171

ART 281. Sculpture I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an exploration of the creative and technical methods of sculpture with focus on the traditional processes. Emphasis is placed on developing basic skills as they pertain to three-dimensional expression in various media. Upon completion, students should be able to show competence in variety of sculptural approaches. Students will develop an understanding of historical as well as contemporary ideas related to sculpture.

ART 282. Sculpture II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course builds on the visual and technical skills learned in ART 281. Emphasis is placed on developing original solutions to sculptural problems in a variety of media. Upon completion, students should be able to express individual ideas using the techniques and materials of sculpture. Students will be expected to be experiential in their concepts and approaches to sculpture.

Prerequisites: Take ART 281

ART 283. Ceramics I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to three-dimensional design principles using the medium of clay. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals of forming, surface design, glaze application, and firing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in slab and coil construction, simple wheel forms, glaze technique, and creative expression. Assignments are structured to encourage students to explore their own personal expression.

ART 284. Ceramics II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced hand building and wheel techniques. Emphasis is placed on creative expression, surface design, sculptural quality, and glaze effect. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a high level of technical competence in forming and glazing with a development of three-dimensional awareness. The aesthetics of pottery form are explored.

Prerequisites: Take ART 283

ART 285. Ceramics III. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity for advanced self-determined work in sculptural and functional ceramics. Emphasis is placed on developing the technical awareness of clay bodies, slips, engobes, and firing procedures necessary to fulfill the student's artistic goals. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of materials and techniques necessary to successfully create original projects in the clay medium. Through contractual agreement with the instructor, students continue to explore personal expression using the medium of clay.

Prerequisites: Take ART 284

ART 286. Ceramics IV. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity for self-determined work in sculptural and functional ceramics. Emphasis is placed on developing the technical awareness of glaze materials, glaze formulation, and firing techniques necessary to fulfill the student's artistic goals. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques necessary to successfully create original projects in the clay medium. Through contractual agreement with the instructor, students continue to explore personal expression using the medium of clay.

Prerequisites: Take ART 285