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The Humanities Department: Fine Arts

Fine Arts Classes at York County Community College

Fine arts disciplines at YCCC include drawing, painting, design, scultpure, and photography, as well as specialized studies such as color theory and drawing for animation. Students interested in related studies in digital artistic media might also choose to investigate the college's Digital Media program, housed in the Design Technology department.

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Course Offerings

ART 110: Art Appreciation
In this course, students will study original art works, slides, films, and other materials to develop an appreciation for the visual arts.  The course will emphasize students' direct experience with art and will include at least one museum field trip.  Each student will complete and present a research project on a selected artist.  Prerequisite:  ENG 101 recommended.
ART 120: Introduction to Drawing
This course is an introduction to the problems, techniques, and materials of drawing.  Each class project will focus on a different aspect of visual perception, composition, and artists' materials.  The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the technical and aesthetic issues involved in composing drawings.  Students will complete a research project which analyzes the work of an artist in relation to the topics covered in the class.  Prerequisite:  None 
ART 122: Drawing for Animation
This course covers the foundational drawing skills used in animation historically and today by creating the visual guides used to create animation and traditional film, character sheets and storyboards. Students will learn to translate vision to paper, putting a concept into a format that others can understand and work from.  Traditional drawing skills and their role in current animation is explored, as well as drawing skills and their role in gaming and traditional film. The primary focus of this course is to develop the skills used in today’s computer animation. Prerequisite: ART 120.
ART 123: Introduction to Painting
This hands-on course provides an introduction to the fundamental techniques of painting. The basis of the course is studio work, augmented by demonstrations and student-driven critique sessions. The course content will intersect with other arts-based fields of study, including drawing, color theory, and composition. Prerequisite: None

ART 126: Foundations of Design
This fine arts course provides the fundamentals of artistic design including the concepts of color theory, balance, visual weight, and scale.  As a result, it is a foundation course for a variety of design-related fields, including web design and other forms of digital media; and publication design.  Students will complete hands-on art projects as they study and practice the elements of design. Prerequisite: None.
ART 131: Introduction to Sculpture
This course provides an introduction to the basic elements, materials, and techniques of sculpture. Students will explore sculpture through various means, including modeling (clay), addition (assemblage), and subtraction (wood or stone). Students will also study the basic elements of design—form, scale, weight, color, movement, and space—as they apply to the art of sculpture. Prerequisite: none.
ART 132: Introduction to Illustration
This course introduces the techniques of illustration required to produce a finished commercial artwork. Accuracy of rendering will be emphasized. The course will focus on traditional illustration skills and media, and students will complete several projects that demonstrate foundational knowledge. Prerequisite: ART 120
ART 134: Color Theory
This course serves as an introduction to the characteristics and interactions of color. Students will practice the application of color theory in various media. Major color theorists will be presented, and students will study works by various painters who used color as primary elements or techniques. Prerequisite: ART 120

ART 136: Digital Photography
This course serves as an introduction to digital photography as an art form. Emphasis is placed on fundamental techniques of the digital camera and digital editing.  The course covers the operation of digital cameras with manual functions, digital editing, digital printing, studio lighting, and image composition. The course also covers the use of computers, image-editing software, and printers. Students will create portfolios of their work, and engage in critical analysis of their own and others’ photographs. For this course, students are required to own, or have access to, a digital camera with manual exposure control, and to be familiar with the basic operation of a digital camera.

ART 200: Topics In Studio Art      
This hands-on course explores a genre, method or specialized topic in studio art.  Students will learn the fundamentals of the topic, including general principles and techniques, the use and application of materials and tools, and relevant vocabulary.  Representative works and artists also will be explored.

COM 110: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (Note: This course is cross-listed under "Film.")
This hands-on course provides an introduction to the art of filmmaking in the medium of digital video. Students will write, shoot, and edit short films using the college’s digital cameras and editing equipment. The course will cover the fundamentals of filmmaking, including basic scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound recording, as well as some advanced concepts in visual storytelling and cinematic expression. Prerequisite:  None