AFD131 - Design I: Composition and Creativity

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Subject Title
Design I: Composition and Creativity

Subject Description
Ability in design, along with fine art and critical thinking skills, is regarded as fundamental to all visual art disciplines. This studio-based subject will focus on resolving approaches to 2D and 3D composition, as applied to diverse visual art disciplines and industries, through the development of ability in, and understanding of, the visual elements and organizing principles of design. Along with design-based explorations students will also learn attitudes and approaches to the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills that are vital to success in all the art industries.

Pre-requisites: Acceptance to the program
Co-requisites: AFD141
Equivalencies: AFD205, AFD200

Credit Status
Art Fundamentals Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Execute abstract, representational and non-objective explorations of the concepts, elements and principles of 2D and 3D design using diverse media
  2. Communicate intent effectively in visual, verbal and written forms
  3. Resolve client-specified project requirements effectively and professionally
  4. Generate multiple solutions for visual problem solving based on research, concept development processes and strategies, and critiques.
  5. Apply critical thinking to resolve problems visually, orally and in writing
  6. Prepare work for presentation individually and in group projects in a timely, professional and organized manner
  7. Execute work appropriately with respect to health and safety guidelines and regulations applicable to art materials and methodologies.
  8. Respond constructively and professionally to giving and receiving critical feedback in the process of assessing work.
  9. Organize a portfolio of developed work for presentation purposes.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.