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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 Introduction to Visual Arts

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

  • Build basic terminology related to the arts
  • Heightened appreciation of differing means of expression through history
  • Build a strong conceptual understanding of how art is defined
  • Write at least l short descriptive analysis
  • Prepare to objectively translate and interpret works of art
  • Observe a work of art in a gallery or museum setting
topARTS 1010 Drawing I

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

  • A basic introduction for study in any 2 dimensional field of art
  • Observation in various subject areas such as still-life, interiors, nature study, landscape and abstraction
topARTS 1020 Color

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

  • Understanding of color attributes
  • Informed use of basic color schemes and harmonies
  • Understanding of the historical and contemporary aspects of color
  • Psychological and symbolic use of color
  • Develop color terminology through discussion and critique
topARTS 1050 Drawing II

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
  • 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:

  • Learning to gather, examine, develop, & articulate ideas, both visually and verbally
  • Knowledge and application of formal systems of visual representation, using the basic principles and elements of design.
  • Use of rectilinear and shaped formats
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 ones 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.
  • Students will be able to discuss these tools, concepts and methods and know how to combine, assemble and integrate them to create a project.
  • Students will 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 a creative/studio practice.
topARTS 1500 Fine Art Seminar

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

  • 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.
  • Students gain knowledge and skills for producing a portfolio for transfer to a four-year school
  • Students gain knowledge regarding art programs in the region and beyond
  • Create a portfolio of artwork, which displays the ability to successfully present and customize a portfolio for either academic and/or professional objectives.
  • 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:

  1. properly installing artwork (wall labels, lighting techniques, posting of artist statements, etc.)
  2. creating a professional level resume and artist's statement
  3. designing publicity, writing and distributing all public relations announcements, postings and publications
  4. preparing and hosting a public art gallery reception
  5. 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:

  • Discriminate Art Historical Periods, Prehistory to Late Gothic.
  • Identify individual art works, architectural monuments by title, medium, location of origin, and period of production.
  • Identify the artist's name or school of art, if known.
  • Build and use correct terminology, specific to the arts.
  • Understand the parts of a building and the accurate way to describe an elevation and a plan.
  • Comprehend the advancements of technology as it impacts art.
  • Understand public vs. private art.
  • Conduct an objective, descriptive analysis of a work of art.
  • Begin to consider the impact of religion and politics in the shaping of visual art.
  • Sharpen analytical and critical thinking skills in examining visual media.
  • Improve writing and speaking skills through group work and informal presentation of images.
  • Learn of research tool and use them in writing and discussion-based projects.
  • Apply computer skills in using library databases and other research resources.
topARTS 1520 Art History: Renaissance to Modern

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

  • Discriminate Art Historical Periods, Renaissance to Modern.
  • Identify individual art works and architectural monuments by artist's name, title, medium, location of origin, and period of production.
  • Identify the artist's name or school of art, if known.
  • Build and use correct terminology, specific to the arts.
  • Understand the parts of a building and the accurate way to describe an elevation and a plan.
  • Comprehend the advancements of technology as it impacts art.
  • Understand 'sacred' vs. 'secular' art.
  • Conduct an objective, descriptive analysis of a work or art.
  • Begin to consider the impact of religion and politics in the shaping of visual art.
  • Sharpen analytical and critical thinking skills in examining visual media.
  • Improve writing and speaking skills through group work and informal presentation of images.
  • Learn of research tools and use them in writing and discussion-based projects.
  • Apply computer skills in using library databases and other research resources.
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, religious and political perspective.
  • Learn of research tools and use them in writing and discussion-based projects.
  • Define and differentiate varying material uses and technologies in cultures around the globe.
  • Become familiar with terminology specific to the arts beyond the Western world.
  • Become aware of terms and their varying meanings related to the peoples and works of art studied.
  • Increase knowledge of world geography.
  • Understand basic tenets of world religions as depicted through works of art and architecture.
  • Develop a broader world view and the affects of the Diaspora, based upon visits to local museums, galleries, studios, temples, and special events.
  • Increase our transparency of the Western perspective on the world beyond.
  • Apply and develop research skills.
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 & Form

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

  • Advance skills in conceptualizing, developing and producing a project
  • Learn to identify and analyze the elements, principles and vocabulary of sculpture
  • Gain skill in manipulating, integrating and engineering materials to build three-dimensional objects
  • Gain knowledge of various modes of contemporary sculpture and the history of sculpture
  • Advance abilities to analyze and discuss one's own and others' work
topARTS 1650 Ceramics I

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

  • Use of hand eye coordination to create objects
  • Understanding of the ceramic process and tools applicable
  • Relevance of ceramics from an historical standpoint
  • General knowledge of the firing process
  • A general understanding of 3-D art realm
  • Respectable craftsmanship
topARTS 1660 Ceramics II

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

  • Use of hand eye coordination to create objects on the wheel.
  • Understanding of the ceramic process and tools applicable in respect to the wheel.
  • Relevance of wheel-thrown ceramics from a general art historical standpoint.
  • General knowledge of the firing process.
  • A general understanding of 3-D art realm in respect to the wheel.
  • Respectable craftsmanship on the wheel.
topARTS 1710 Graphic Design I

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 II

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 I

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

  • Operate a 35mm camera ' parts & functions of camera body, viewing system, lens, aperture & shutter speed ISO, light meter & exposure modes
  • Expose and develop black and white film
  • Make enlargements from negatives in darkroom using an enlarger, control print contrast & tonal range
  • Ability to define subject & compose image using frame & vantage point
  • Ability to control and manipulate light, depth of field, motion
  • Understand and articulate the meaning of the photographs you see and to learn how meaning is visually communicated
topARTS 1820 Photography II

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

  • Refined and improved basic techniques of exposure, development and printing
  • Use fiber based paper, archival printing processes, and print toning
  • Know how and when to use advanced exposure and development controls
  • Understand how to use a flash and studio lighting techniques to control and manipulate artificial light
  • Vocabulary and techniques of selected alternative processes Identify, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres
  • Understand the relationships between multiple images and sequencing of images
  • Knowledge of various forms of image presentation and understand the impact presentation can have on the meaning of 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.
topARTS 1840 Digital Art  I

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

  • Proficiency with and command of Photoshop CS2
  • 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 Photography I

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

  • Operate a 4MG or greater 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 related to digital photography.
  • Concepts to include:
    • Similarities and differences of digital vs. film photography
    • Types of digital cameras and features
    • Sensors and how a digital exposure is made and processed
    • Resolution and mega-pixels (relationship to output & storage capacity)
    • Storage media and formatting
    • File formats, size & compression (how and why to select)
    • Lens focal length, zoom range and magnification
    • Optical vs. digital zoom & auto focus
    • Functions of aperture and shutter speed
    • Exposure modes: auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, program (how, when and why to use them)
    • Metering systems and exposure compensation (how, when and why to use them)
    • White balance and ISO (how and why to adjust them)
  • 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 PhotoShop to enhance, manipulate, and creatively interpret photographic visual elements of images captured by the student.
  • Skills to include:
    • Image navigation, cropping, rotation, resizing, and retouching layers and histories
    • Basics of additive and subtractive color theory and techniques to adjust color balance, hue and saturation, and color casts on adjustment layers adjustment of brightness and contrast using curves and levels on adjustment layers selections and layer masks image sharpening black and white conversion of color images, digital toning of black and white images and selective colorization
    • 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 I

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 II

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 III

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

  • Further developed drawing skills
  • Increased knowledge of human anatomy
  • Begin to explore thematic, symbolic, and conceptual approaches to drawing the figure
  • Develop an advanced understanding of pictorial space
  • Develop a personal approach to the subject
  • 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:

  • Personal, as well as professorial, insight into what compels the student to continue their research in ceramics.
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 Dreamweaver. 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.
topARTS 2850  Digital Photography II

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

  • Master basic camera controls and concepts.
  • Understand and utilize advanced image capture and editing techniques. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency at basic and advanced digital image editing using a non-destructive workflow to enhance, correct, manipulate, and create composite digital images.
  • Understand and make informed decisions to control and manipulate artificial light. Create fine art prints on inkjet printers.
  • 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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