AFD131 - Design I: Composition and Creativity

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Subject Title
Design I: Composition and Creativity

Subject Description
Applied Art History (AFD216) builds on all AFD first semester subjects while supporting and informing all second semester subjects. Students analyze historical and contemporary visual art images using the formal elements and principles of design, to apply to their own creative work. Artworks are examined in their cultural contexts, with an emphasis on thematic visual connections and influences.
The studio component is an integral part of this course.  Creative composition exercises enhance weekly topics by integrating the concepts into the student?s own portfolio work. Assignments encourage research, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and visual presentation, with a focus on clear communications.  The skills students practice in this course, will provide a foundation for more advanced visual creative projects in diploma programs such as animation, illustration, digital photography, and media.

Pre-requisites: Acceptance to the program
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 using diverse media
  2. Produce developed portfolio work showing a range of historical and contemporary styles
  3. Generate multiple solutions for visual problem solving based on research, concept development processes and strategies, and critiques.
  4. Use correct art terminology and definitions to formally analyze visual artworks
  5. Recognize visual connections between past and present compositions
  6. Communicate intent effectively in visual, verbal and written forms
  7. Apply critical thinking to resolve problems visually, orally and in writing
  8. Prepare work for presentation individually and in group projects in a timely, professional and organized manner
  9. Execute work appropriately with respect to health and safety guidelines and regulations applicable to art materials and methodologies.

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.

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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.