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MS Digital Art and Design

There are so many different types of art in this world—fine art, classical art, visual art—but the impact of digital art and design is all around us, often in ways that you probably aren’t even aware of! After taking Digital Art and Design, you’ll enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as you explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society. Additionally, you will actually create your own digital art and make it come alive. Give your creative side a boost with this Digital Art and Design course!

Course Details

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Define digital art and design
  • Distinguish between digital art and design and other art forms
  • Identify the traits of digital artists
  • Explore careers in digital art and design
  • Compare and contrast the early history of photography to modern day digital photography
  • Identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design in photography
  • Understand and use photographic composition
  • Explain the process of editing photography and describe the tools used to do it
  • Describe 2D digital art and understand its uses
  • Compare and contrast digital 2D and 3D art
  • Understand and apply specific elements used in 2D digital design
  • Recognize the limitations of 2D digital art
  • Define graphic design and its commercial uses
  • Recognize the tools used to create graphic art
  • Describe pop art and its influential artists
  • Identify street art and understand its purpose in society
  • Describe the different types of animation
  • Understand how digital animation is an art form based on technology
  • Explain the basic principles of 2D and 3D animation
  • Develop a basic understanding of intellectual property rights
  • Identify how digital music and sounds fit into the larger picture of digital art and design
  • Examine the roles of musicians and sound producers in digital design
  • Discover how music has evolved over time and how it is relevant to our lives today
  • Understand the role of technology in the production and sharing of music
  • Analyze the form and content of art
  • Identify qualities of great art
  • Apply the principles of design when critiquing art
  • Use methods of critique to analyze your art
  • Understand suitable audience behavior when viewing art
  • Describe the components of color
  • Create mixed and multimedia art
  • Articulate the intent of personal work
  • Put together a portfolio

Required Materials

  • LMS Access
  • Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
  • High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)

Module Topics

  • Unit 1: 21st Century Art
  • Unit 2: Say Cheese!
  • Unit 3: The Evolution of 2-Dimensional Art
  • Unit 4: Graphic Design
  • Unit 5: Magic in Motion: Animation
  • Unit 6: Sound and Music
  • Unit 7: How to Look at and Evaluate Art
  • Unit 8: Mixing Up Art

Accreditation

Laurel Springs meets the highest standard of academic excellence. We are fully Accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and Cognia. We offer a broad catalog of courses approved by the NCAA Division I & II and the University of California A-G.

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