ARTS-221: Color Theory

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTS-221 Color Theory

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 3 studio hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ARTS-121

Course Description in college catalog:

An introductory study of the basic properties of color, including an examination of systems of color classification and a thorough analysis of the interaction of color. This is done through a series of exercises and individual assignments which refer to the use of color in both traditional and contem- porary art. Additional work required outside the classroom.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Digital Art and Design

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will recognize and apply rules of color to successive art courses including, drawing, painting, photography and / or graphic design.

  2. Students will compose works acknowledging the underlying color relation; complementary, analogous or triadic.

  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the application of color inspired by theories and examples present in historical and contemporary movements in art and graphic design.

  4. Students will demonstrate practical skills in executing formal compositions; measuring, cutting, blending color, paint application.

  5. Students will use formal analysis to identify issues and problems in order to make informed evaluations of works of art.

  6. Students will be able to conduct a formal, visual analysis and evaluation of color relations in works of art.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Students will gain confidence in self and their aesthetic choices and achieve comfort and agility in execution for future projects directly or indirectly related to fine arts.

  2. Students will form and defend fundamental value judgments about works of art within their major area of concentration.

  3. In discussion, and creation of art, students will appropriately utilize the vocabulary of their respective discipline.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Student learning outcomes are scored and tallied on a rubric using evidence from individual assignments, midterm quiz and midterm and final critique.  In some cases scores come from successive assignments rather than a single assignment.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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