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Foundation Digital Imaging (ARTS 1150)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 1
Lab Credits: 2

Description: This course introduces the technical and conceptual practices of computer digital imaging as a creative tool in the context of Fine Art. You will explore both the creative and technical aspects of digital imaging. You will spend six to eight hours a week outside of class doing studio work.

Topical Outline:
1. Overview of both technical and aesthetic qualities of digital imaging
2. Evaluating historical and contemporary influences in digital imaging
3. Survey of digital imaging software and hardware
4. Critical and aesthetic analysis of digital imaging
5. Copyright consideration

Learning Outcomes:
1. Analyze the basic visual elements and principles of design that are common to all works of art and use these elements and principles digitally to create images, compositions, and designs
2. Apply basic computer operation using visual software programs and an understanding of health and safety issues within the discipline
3. Apply technical skill by successfully completing a variety of imaging assignments that may include scanning, digital drawing, and use of lens-based technology
4. Demonstrate an understanding of software terminology and articulate the advantages and limitations of digital imaging software
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the vital role and value the fine arts and humanities have on the development of culture
6. Articulate and evaluate the effectiveness of personal artwork and the work of others through the critique process

Prerequisites:  A basic understanding of the computer is recommended but is not required to take this course. Students are responsible for purchasing some materials. Please contact faculty for approximate cost of materials and supplies.

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts