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Art: Digital Media Arts: Advanced

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Art: Digital Media Arts: Advanced - Certificate (B24)

The purpose of the Digital Media Arts (DMA) Advanced Certificate expands on the minimum requirements for the DMA Entry Level Certificate by adding important theoretic and practical foundation art courses that prepare the student for securing employment while providing necessary transfer credits required to pursue an AA, AFA, BA and/or BFA degree in a myriad of art fields. Students who pursue the advanced certificate will practice with both traditional and digital media that include 2D and 3D design foundations and color theory, develop the necessary drawing skills to succeed and have the opportunity to expand their knowledge with courses in Graphic Design, Life Drawing, Painting, Photography and/or Sculpture. The advanced degree course options are the only classes in the DMA curriculum that are transferable for students seeking advanced degrees in: Communication Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration, Animation, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Work and Employment

The DMA Advanced Certificate will strengthen the students' ability to secure employment by broadening their theoretical knowledge and deepen their practice with a variety of materials, tools and techniques.

Special Considerations

To obtain employment in this area, most individuals will be required to possess good computer skills, which include typing skills.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Glenn Bodish, Associate Professor of Art, 815-835-6250
  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354

Total Hours Required - 30 Hours

Major Field Requirements - 27 Hours

  • ART101 - 2-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to two-dimensional design through the analysis of visual principles as they apply to design problems. Design problem-solving in the studio and on the computer will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. This is a foundation course for commercial, architectural, and fine arts students. An introduction to color theory is included. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 907

  • ART102 - 3-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    In this 3-D Foundations design course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and sculptural design techniques, apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged works of art. The study of form and structure in three-dimensions including additive, subtractive, replacement, linear and contemporary forms of sculptural design will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 908

  • ART103 - Digital Photography ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of camera control, lighting and composition, as well as shooting techniques for digital photography will be presented. File management and image manipulation will be included. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    OR

    ART225 - Photography I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is an introduction to analogue photography, film darkroom procedures and will practice blending alternative, traditional and digital materials, techniques and concepts. In the class students will learn and practice photography for both creative and commercial applications. Students will learn how to operate a camera manually and become proficient in using shutter speeds, apertures and light sensitivity controls. This course will include information on the types and anatomy of the cameras and explore a variety of photographic accessories including both traditional B&W darkroom and digital photographic techniques. In this course students will apply their technical knowledge of photography and create a variety of visually impactful and meticulously produced photographic images. This course also will examine the historical context and contemporary use of photography as an artistic medium in our culture. Students will work to hone their technical skills coupled with their personal creative vision within several photographic genres and create professionally presented works of photographic art. Prerequisite: ART 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ART 113 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

     
  • ART105 - Motion Graphics & Animation ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview and application of motion graphics and animation. Industry-standard software will be used to create motion graphics and animation, including 2D, 3D and practical styles of animation. Prerequisites: ART 100 or ART 101 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART107 - Digital Drawing ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of digital drawing will be presented. Using industry-standard software and equipment, students will learn basic drawing techniques including still life drawing, shading, drawing the human form, composition and sequential art. Color theory and visual storytelling are also explored. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART113 - Basic Drawing I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    In this beginning drawing course, the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and explore a variety of art making materials, tools and techniques. Students will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged drawings. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface. Once the student achieves a level of understanding of the realistic style of drawing they will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of drawing. Students will apply drawing and design theories and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 904

  • ART230 - Graphic Design ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to provide students the necessary computer and design skills to begin a career in graphic design. Various fine art and commercial computer art projects will deal with the design and production of images using a variety of materials, tools and techniques applying communication theory. Students will begin to develop a comprehension of the historic, theoretic and practical applications related to art, digital imaging techniques and graphic design and create finished works of commercial and fine art. Prerequisite: ART 101(may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART236 - Video Production ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of video production including pre production, production, and post production. Video editing for movies, television and web will be explored. File management and video manipulation will be included. Prerequisite: ART 100 or ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 107 or ART 113 or consent of the instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART238 - Interactive Media ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of web and app creation as well as social media. This includes technical, visual, and social impact and ethics. Prerequisite: ART 100 or ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 107 or ART 113 or consent of the instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

Electives - 3 Hours

Students must complete 3 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • ART203 - Oil Painting I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    In this oil painting course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and art making techniques. They will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged works of art. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface using painting mediums and techniques. Once the student achieves a level of understanding the realistic style of painting they will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of painting. Students will apply painting and design theories, explore a myriad of materials and techniques and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 113 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART213 - Life Drawing I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    In this life drawing course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and art making technique. They will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged drawings. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface, specifically the study of human anatomy, proportion, movement and drawing from life. Once the student achieves a level of understanding of the realistic style of drawing students will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of drawing. Students will apply drawing and design theories, explore a myriad of materials and techniques and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 113 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

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    ART225 - Photography I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is an introduction to analogue photography, film darkroom procedures and will practice blending alternative, traditional and digital materials, techniques and concepts. In the class students will learn and practice photography for both creative and commercial applications. Students will learn how to operate a camera manually and become proficient in using shutter speeds, apertures and light sensitivity controls. This course will include information on the types and anatomy of the cameras and explore a variety of photographic accessories including both traditional B&W darkroom and digital photographic techniques. In this course students will apply their technical knowledge of photography and create a variety of visually impactful and meticulously produced photographic images. This course also will examine the historical context and contemporary use of photography as an artistic medium in our culture. Students will work to hone their technical skills coupled with their personal creative vision within several photographic genres and create professionally presented works of photographic art. Prerequisite: ART 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ART 113 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • ART250 - Sculpture I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to the basic tools, techniques, materials and thought processes that go into the creation of sculpture. Participants will have the opportunity to create works using techniques such as assemblage, carving, construction, modeling, casting and installation techniques while creating three dimensional sculptures. Prerequisite: ART 102 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

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    ART299 - Topics/Projects in Studio Art ( 1-3 Semester Hours)

    A study of a special topic or current issue relating to studio art. Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be listed in the course schedule. The course may be repeated when topics vary. This course may be taken three times for a maximum of 9 credits (Topic to be listed on student’s permanent academic record). Prerequisite: ART 100 or ART 101 or consent of instructor 1 to 3 Semester hour(s) Repeatable: This course may be taken three times for a maximum of 9 credits. Lecture/Lab Hours: 1-3 lec/week

Suggested Program Suggested Course Sequence

Fall - 15 Hours

  • ART101 - 2-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to two-dimensional design through the analysis of visual principles as they apply to design problems. Design problem-solving in the studio and on the computer will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. This is a foundation course for commercial, architectural, and fine arts students. An introduction to color theory is included. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 907

  • ART103 - Digital Photography ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of camera control, lighting and composition, as well as shooting techniques for digital photography will be presented. File management and image manipulation will be included. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    OR

    ART225 - Photography I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is an introduction to analogue photography, film darkroom procedures and will practice blending alternative, traditional and digital materials, techniques and concepts. In the class students will learn and practice photography for both creative and commercial applications. Students will learn how to operate a camera manually and become proficient in using shutter speeds, apertures and light sensitivity controls. This course will include information on the types and anatomy of the cameras and explore a variety of photographic accessories including both traditional B&W darkroom and digital photographic techniques. In this course students will apply their technical knowledge of photography and create a variety of visually impactful and meticulously produced photographic images. This course also will examine the historical context and contemporary use of photography as an artistic medium in our culture. Students will work to hone their technical skills coupled with their personal creative vision within several photographic genres and create professionally presented works of photographic art. Prerequisite: ART 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ART 113 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

       
    • ART107 - Digital Drawing ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An overview of the basic concepts of digital drawing will be presented. Using industry-standard software and equipment, students will learn basic drawing techniques including still life drawing, shading, drawing the human form, composition and sequential art. Color theory and visual storytelling are also explored. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    • ART113 - Basic Drawing I ( 3 Semester Hours)

      In this beginning drawing course, the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and explore a variety of art making materials, tools and techniques. Students will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged drawings. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface. Once the student achieves a level of understanding of the realistic style of drawing they will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of drawing. Students will apply drawing and design theories and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 904

    • ART230 - Graphic Design ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course is designed to provide students the necessary computer and design skills to begin a career in graphic design. Various fine art and commercial computer art projects will deal with the design and production of images using a variety of materials, tools and techniques applying communication theory. Students will begin to develop a comprehension of the historic, theoretic and practical applications related to art, digital imaging techniques and graphic design and create finished works of commercial and fine art. Prerequisite: ART 101(may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    Spring - 15 Hours

    • ART LAB-Based electives (3 Semester hours)
    • ART102 - 3-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

      In this 3-D Foundations design course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and sculptural design techniques, apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged works of art. The study of form and structure in three-dimensions including additive, subtractive, replacement, linear and contemporary forms of sculptural design will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 908

    • ART105 - Motion Graphics & Animation ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An overview and application of motion graphics and animation. Industry-standard software will be used to create motion graphics and animation, including 2D, 3D and practical styles of animation. Prerequisites: ART 100 or ART 101 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    • ART236 - Video Production ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An overview of the basic concepts of video production including pre production, production, and post production. Video editing for movies, television and web will be explored. File management and video manipulation will be included. Prerequisite: ART 100 or ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 107 or ART 113 or consent of the instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    • ART238 - Interactive Media ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An overview of web and app creation as well as social media. This includes technical, visual, and social impact and ethics. Prerequisite: ART 100 or ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 107 or ART 113 or consent of the instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    Footnotes

    • *ART 225 can be taken as a Lab-Based elective only if not chosen as an option for the core courses.
    • **Although students may take up to 9 hours of ART 299, only 3 hours can be counted toward this certificate.