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IAI Major Course Description - ART908 : Three-dimensional Design

(3 semester credits)

I. Course Description:

A studio course exploring the fundamentals of the formal systems and basic elements of

visual organization through three

-dimensional design principles and theories using a

variety of materials.

II. Credit Hours: Three (3) A studio class meeting six (6) clock hours per week

III. Media and Tools:

Emphasis on a variety of media to support the concepts and design principles listed below

which may include wood, clay, metal, foam core, paper, wire, plaster. Instruction on the

correct and safe use of a variety of hand & small / portable power tools is integral to this

course. Safety issues should be addressed.

IV. Concepts and skills should include but not limited to:

Relief/In the Round Contour/Plane Cutting Gesture

Concave/Convex Unit to whole Mass/Form Proportion

Fabrication Modeling Emphasis Shaping

Volume Weight Casting Carving

Additive/ Subtractive Motif/Pattern Scale 3D Space

Positive/Negative Light modulation Balance Movement

Visual/Conceptual Organic/Synthetic Kinetic/Static

Joining/Attaching Combining unlike materials Figurative/Non


Note: It is strongly recommended that students maintain sketchbooks in this class.

V. Critical Analysis:

Class and Individual Critiques providing for understanding the criteria and standards

used in assessing performance

VI. Historical Reference:

Contemporary and Historical 3

-Dimensional structures as models for design reference

VII. Health and Safety:

Students should be made aware of the safety issues involved in working with art materials

and techniques for this course work, including proper use, storage, and disposal.

VIII. Suggested References / texts, current editions of the following:

Launching the Imagination


, Stewart

Shaping Space


, Zelanski & Fisher

Principles of Form & Design


, Wong

Experiments in Form


, Pearce

Revised by IHEAA, 4


-20-2012 Revision Endorsed by the IAI Art Major Panel,



Adopted by IHEAA, 4


-16-1999 Endorsed by IAI Art Major Panel, 10-29-99

The Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA) and the IAI Art Major Panel both recognizes that each discipline within an art

program has specific objectives that are routinely formulated by faculty within the discipline. These objectives are further defined

and implemented by each faculty member during the course of teaching a class. It is not the intention of these skills and content

outlines to impose specific course objectives or approach or to prescribe projects


- the domain of each individual instructor. These

skills and content outlines, however, are intended to suggest a set of minimum expectations or standards from which specific

individual objectives and approaches can be developed. Instructors may provide additional experiences, content and skills, but they

should cover what is outlined to assure continuity among courses with similar titles.

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