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NOTE: Outstanding works of student art may be retained for a maximum of two years by the college art gallery.

UC Transfer Credit Limit: A maximum of 12 units from the following courses will be acceptable for credit: Art 501, 502, 503, 708, 709, 710, 711. A maximum of 16 units from the following courses will be acceptable for credit: Art 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 300, 301, 302, 304, and 305.

101 Survey Of Art History I (3) UC:CSU (ART 2)

This course introduces students to some of the great ancient civilizations of the world. By studying the visual arts created during these times, students will come to understand the beliefs and aspirations of cultures such as the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and civilizations in geographic areas such as Africa, India, and Central America prior to the Spanish Conquest.

102 Survey of Art History II (3) UC:CSU (CAN ART 4)

NOTE: Art 101 is not a prerequisite to Art 102.

This course introduces students to the visual arts of Western Europe and the United States, beginning with the Renaissance and ending in the late twentieth century. The constantly-changing world view of this period will be studied in the works of such artists as Michelangelo and Rembrandt, and also through such movements as Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism.

103 Art Appreciation I (3) UC:CSU

This broad introduction to the nature, vocabulary, media, and history of art, with selections from Western and non-Western culture, is designed to expand awareness and understanding of the visual arts as a unique medium for human interrelationships.

107 Mexican Art – Modern (3) UC:CSU

This course surveys the pictorial arts of Mexico from the Pre-Revolutionary years of 1900 to the present day. It includes the Renaissance of Indigenous Mexican Art, the contemporary popular and fine arts, and investigates the development of Mexican-American Art. Among the artists discussed are Rivera, Tamayo, and Barragan.

109 Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Ancient America (3) UC:CSU

This course introduces students to some of the great cultures of the world. The Ife and Benin kingdoms of Africa, as well as the Maya and Aztec empires of Central America are just some of civilizations which are brought to life once more through a study of their visual arts.

111 History of Contemporary Art (3) UC:CSU

This course traces the development of twentieth century European and North American painting, sculpture and architecture. Beginning with the late nineteenth century art movements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, this course attempts to reveal the meaning behind such visually challenging "isms" as Cubism, Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. Artists discussed will include Monet, Picasso, Matisse, Dali, and Warhol.

117 Meso-American Art: From Olmec to Aztec (3) CSU

This introductory course covers the history of pre-Columbian art in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize from the Olmec to the Aztec periods (1500 BC – 1519 AD). Also included will be a survey of the art of the Late Formative Period, the city of Teotihuacan, the Classic Cities, and the Maya.

185 Directed Study – Art (1) CSU

Allows a student to pursue Directed Study in Art on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor. Maximum UC credit allowed: 3-1/3 semester units per semester, 6 units total in all or all appropriate subject areas combined. Please note that the granting of transfer credit for courses of this kind is contingent upon a review of the course outline by a UC campus.

201 Drawing I (3) UC:CSU (CAN ART 8)

This course can teach you how to draw. Students learn to draw the world around them while developing their personal expressive visions. Various media, including pencil, ink, and charcoal is used. Students are expected to complete an additional 2 hours per week of studio homework.

202 Drawing II (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 201 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

Compositional aspects of drawing as applied to still lives, natural forms, landscapes and human figures are explored. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

203 Drawing III (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 202 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

Working primarily from a nude model, students learn to render the human figure in expressive and aesthetic ways, and a variety of media are used. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

204 Life Drawing I (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 201 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

An introductory study of human structure and proportion is provided. Fundamental drawing approaches are explored in black and white media, with emphasis upon the development of observation and skill in graphic representation. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

205 Life Drawing II (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 204 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course consists of drawing from the human figure, with emphasis upon the development of observation, structure and draftsmanship. Various media are explored stressing line and tone. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

206 Life Drawing III (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 205 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of Art 205. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

285 Directed Study – Art (2) CSU

Allows a student to pursue Directed Study in Art on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor. Maximum UC credit allowed: 3-1/3 semester units per semester, 6 units total in all or all appropriate subject areas combined. Please note that the granting of transfer credit for courses of this kind is contingent upon a review of the course outline by a UC campus.

300 Introduction to Painting (3) UC:CSU (CAN ART 10)

Recommended: Art 201 or 501 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course provides a solid foundation for success in painting. Using a variety of media and techniques, students learns to paint aesthetically and expressively. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

301 Watercolor Painting I (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 300 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course is an introduction to and an exploration of watercolor media in varied styles, techniques and pictorial methods. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

302 Watercolor Painting II (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 301 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This is a continuation of Art 301. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

304 Acrylic Painting I (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 300 or 501 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course is an introduction to fundamental skills in acrylic media, canvas preparation and brush techniques. Composition and color theory are studied as applied to still life, landscape and natural forms. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

305 Acrylic Painting II (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 304 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of Art 304. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

307 Oil Painting I (3) CSU

Prerequisites: Art 201, Art 501.

This is an introductory-level course in oil painting, and expands upon techniques and applied color theories explored in Art 304, 305 and 503. This course is geared toward the manipulation of more painterly, fuller-bodied and color rich characteristics specific to the oil medium.

385 Directed Study – Art (3) CSU

Allows a student to pursue Directed Study in Art on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor. Maximum UC credit allowed: 3-1/3 semester units per semester, 6 units total in all or all appropriate subject areas combined. Please note that the granting of transfer credit for courses of this kind is contingent upon a review of the course outline by a UC campus.

501 Beginning Two-Dimensional Design (3) UC:CSU (CAN ART 14)

This course lays the foundation for all the arts. By learning how to organize two-dimensional space, students will be prepared to successfully work in such other areas such as painting, drawing, and graphic design. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

502 Beginning Three-Dimensional Design (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 501 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. Art 503 may be taken concurrently.

This course provides an introduction to the organization of forms in three dimensions. Experimental problems in a variety of materials using various spatial constructions are dealt with. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

503 Intermediate Design (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 501 with a grade of "C" or better. Art 502 may be taken concurrently.

This course teaches students how to organize three-dimensional space, and lays the foundation for such other areas as sculpture, ceramics, and architecture. Students are expected to complete an additional two hours per week of studio homework.

523 Introduction to Entertainment Industry Crafts (1)

This course provides an introduction to the crafts as applied to the entertainment industry. Fundamentals in prop shop and carpentry will be covered.

604 Graphic Design I (3)

This is an introductory course in graphic design. Students learn to create thumbnail, rough and comprehensive layouts while exploring a variety of formats used to create graphic designs. Selecting appropriate type styles and sizes for headings and body copy, crop marks and presentation of the layout will also be covered. Students will prepare a camera-ready mechanical and have it printed in one color.

605 Graphic Design II (3)

This is a course in graphic design concentrating on full color applications of graphic art. Students learn to develop ad campaigns for print media, and to develop a series for advertising. Students will also create a mechanical for color printing.

633 Introduction to Computer Graphics (3)

This is an introductory course in computer graphics designed to introduce students to the microcomputer, its operating system, and applications used as tools by artists and graphic designers.

635 Desktop Publishing Design (3) CSU

This is an introductory course in desktop publishing design. The course is designed for students of design, fine art, computer graphics and journalism. Emphasis will be on computer layout and composition. Basic concepts relating to type fonts, type styles, page design, readability, digital output, laser printers, and typesetters will be explored.

638 Computer-Aided Art Laboratory (1)

This course is designed to reinforce lectures presented in each computer-aided art class. It allows the student needed practice in applying the concepts learned to various class assignments.

639 Introduction to Digital Imaging (3)

This is an introductory course in computer still-image manipulation. The topics presented include image editing, application of filters, integration of text, and the combination of scanned images.

641 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)

This course presents the advanced use of "grids" in desktop publishing design. Emphasis will be placed on advanced computer layout, composition techniques, and team projects. Current issues regarding printing methods, pre-press and image setters will be explored.

700 Introduction to Sculpture (3) UC:CSU

Prerequisite: Art 502.

This course provides a general introduction to the materials and processes of sculptural art. Instruction in basic construction techniques, analysis of form, function, and decoration is given. This safe and proper use of materials and tools is emphasized.

701 Sculpture I (3) UC:CSU

Prerequisite: Art 700.

This course provides instruction in the conceptual, material, and organization designing and executing basics of sculptural forms. Basic skills, theory, historical background, and contemporary issues in sculpture will be discussed.

708 Introduction to Ceramics (3) UC:CSU

This course provides a general introduction to the materials and processes of ceramic art. Instruction in basic hand construction methods of vessel forms is provided. Analysis of form, function and decoration emphasizing the proper use of materials and tools is presented. Focus is placed on developing skills in forming and decorating primarily functional pieces.

709 Ceramics I (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 708 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

Continued utilization and expansion of skills developed in Art 708. Increased emphasis upon individual growth in creative design abilities. Introduction to use of the potter's wheel.

710 Ceramics II (3) UC:CSU Recommended: Art 709 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course continues to focus on the use of the potter's wheel as a forming method. Increased skill building on the wheel, and growth in creative design abilities will be emphasized.

711 Ceramics III (3) UC:CSU

Recommended: Art 710 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

This course continues to focus on the use of the potter's wheel as a forming method. Design and decorative techniques will be applied to wheel-thrown forms, with increased emphasis upon individual growth in creative design abilities.

712 Ceramics Workshop (2) UC:CSU

Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in any other ceramics course.

This course provides a studio experience for beginning and advanced students. A variety of construction methods are undertaken simultaneously, including hand-building and wheel-throwing. Techniques for surface enrichment, glazing and firing are explored at various levels of ability.

 

 

The Architecture program is a transfer program primarily intended for students who wish to pursue a professional degree (B. Arch.) in architecture or related design fields. The design projects in the first two years are designed to prepare students for further study and work in the field of architecture and the related fields of graphic, industrial, and digital design.

At the conclusion of this two-year design segment of study, as an option students may work in the professional office of a mentor for one or two semesters. Mentors will be required to provide each student with a broad exposure to architectural and/or design practice. At the conclusion of the three-year program, students will be eligible to apply for advanced placement in a local university for completion of a degree in architecture or design.

This admission and advanced placement process is subject to portfolio review. In general, transferring students can expect to attend three years in university to complete the requirements for a professional degree (B. Arch.), which is normally a five-year curriculum. Alternatively, the three-year course is preparation for entry into the profession via the internship process.

Architecture courses are taught at the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD) in Los Angeles. LAIAD is in partnership with West Los Angeles College, and LAIAD courses are articulated through West Los Angeles College and will appear on West Los Angeles transcripts.

1. Introduction to Architecture (1) UC:CSU
An introduction to architecture through a series of lectures exploring architectural theory, presentation techniques, professional practice, and building construction. Students will gain an awareness of architectural, technical, historical, social and cultural issues through lectures, visiting experts, field trips, visits to architectural offices, and related discussions.

5 Architectural Drawing I (3) CSU
This course explores the nature and limitations of materials using two- and three-dimensional studies of form and composition. The study of architectural plan and section drawings, model making and finishing skills, materials studies, painting and finishes are also included.

6 Architectural Drawing II (3) CSU
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
A continuation of Architectural Drawing 1, exploring classical and contemporary geometrical drawing and ordering systems, from Roman town planning to the present. The emphasis is on uniquely American land development concepts. The class will continue the development of 2-D and 3-D hand and computeraided drawing skills.

9 Elements of Architecture (3) UC:CSU
An introduction to the processes of architectural design through studio projects addressing the relationship between idea, structure, function, and form.

30 Residential Planning (3)
This course is a design studio with an emphasis on the residential and domestic environment in terms of spatial, formal qualities, and pragmatic requirements as informed through historical, cultural and technological forces. These topics are explored through case studies, design terminology and building design problems.

33 Basic Architectural Design (3) CSU
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
An introduction to the formal and spatial language of architecture explored through studio projects, informed by the case study projects completed in Architecture 9.

34 Basic Architectural Design 2 (3)
This course further extends the theories of space, form and vision, and applies them to architectural problem solving. Horizontal and vertical flow are studied Computer application to design are also studied.

36 Introduction to Computer-Aided Architectural Drawing (2)
This is an introductory course in two-dimensional computeraided drafting. Students learn the basic concepts involved in making computer-aided drawings which are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD. Students use workstations equipped with a microcomputer, monitor, disk drives, digitizer, plotter, and printer.

37 Computer-Aided Design/Drafting (3)
This second-semester course provides instruction in computeraided drafting. Students use concepts learned in the introductory course and apply the fundamentals of two-dimensional concepts to three-dimensional concepts. Drawings are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD.

39 Computer-Aided Architectural Laboratory (1)
This course is designed to reinforce the lectures presented in each computer-aided architecture class. It gives students the needed practice in applying software programs to various class assignments.

41 Architectural Model Building (2)
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
This course will acquaint students of architecture with the techniques and materials for constructing architectural study models.

48 History of Western Architecture: Ancient to Baroque (3) UC:CSU
A survey of the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, of the Early Christian and Byzantine eras, of the Romanesque and Gothic periods in Western Europe, and the Renaissance and Baroque periods up to 1750 with an emphasis on Italy, France, and England.

49 History of Modern Architecture (3) UC:CSU
Prerequisite: Architecture 48
A survey of European and American architecture from the late eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century including stylistic revivals, technological changes, and achievements of major architects.

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