Art

 The Art Department offers theoretical and practical courses in the traditional disciplines of art and art history as well as in new genre and photographic arts. Students take art courses to prepare for a major in art or art history, to meet general education requirements, or for personal growth. Career paths include working artist, teacher, graphic designer, photographer, sculptor, curator in a museum or gallery, conservator, appraiser, and work in related fields, such as marketing and advertising.

 

 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Gilbert Neri

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/ART

Department: Art

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6816

Full-Time Faculty

Leah Cluff
Yoshimi Hayashi
Peggy Jones
Leslie Nemour
Gilbert Neri
Anna O'Cain
Dean Ramos

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree

Studio art has many specializations, such as painting, new genre, ceramics, photography, printing, and sculpture. Art students need a foundation of introductory design, history, and drawing courses to increase their awareness of the range of theoretical and applied possibilities. 

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a studio arts degree, an emphasis or option within a studio arts degree, or a degree considered similar to studio arts at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses accepting this degree may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a non-participating CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a studio arts major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) CSU transferable units
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or better
  • Complete the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern 
  • Achieve a minimum CSU transferable GPA of 2.0
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.        

 

Required courses: 
ART 100Drawing and Composition *3
ART 101Design and Color *3
ART 1033D Design *3
ART 259History of Renaissance to Modern Art **3
List A (select one course):3
Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas **
Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image **
Ancient to Gothic Art **
History of Modern Art **
History of Modern Art (Honors) **
List B (select three courses):9
Drawing and Composition II
Objects and Ideas in Contemporary Art **
Painting: Acrylic
Life Drawing
Painting: Oils
Painting: Watercolor
Figure Painting
Beginning Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Figure Sculpture
Woodworking and Furniture Design
Ceramics
Introduction to Sculptural Installation
Introduction to Video and Performance Art
Digital Media for the Visual Artist
Introduction to Media Culture
Digital Photography
Total Units24

To insure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select six units that will also satisfy a general education requirement on the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern. Students are also strongly advised to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

*

 Course approved for the CSU-GE general education pattern.

**

 Course approved for the CSU-GE and CSU-IGETC general education pattern.

 

Associate in Arts Degree

Digital Photography

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Digital Photography

The Digital Photography certificate offers education and training in the use of digital cameras, related equipment, and editing tools and techniques for creating photographic portfolios, websites, and multimedia projects. Students produce a professional-quality printed portfolio. The program's emphasis may be in fine art or commercial photography.

Required courses: 
ART 207Beginning Photography3
ART 244Digital Media for the Visual Artist3
ART 251Digital Photography3
ART 253Applied Digital Photography3
Select at least 6 units from the following:6
Introduction to Media Culture
Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image
Small Business Management
or BUS 170
  & BUS 171
Entrepreneur I
   and Entrepreneur II
Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop
Digital Imaging 3: Advanced Photoshop
Internship Studies
Total Units18
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Courses

ART 100: Drawing and Composition

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

This beginning course develops basic drawing skills. Students explore a variety of media and creative approaches, and they improve their perceptual abilities and personal expression. The course covers problems of value, structure, and composition using a variety of themes. It also integrates art history, theory, and criticism.

ART 101: Design and Color

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

Students explore and learn the language of design principles and color theory through visual problem solving. They create design projects using acrylic paint, ink, drawing, and mixed media on paper and other support surfaces. They also research, analyze, and evaluate elements of design and color in a range of art disciplines, including painting and drawing, graphic design, print and digital media, sculpture and public art, video and performance, architecture, and other popular arts. Students are required to attend field trips.

ART 102: Drawing and Composition II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ART 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

This course provides for the continued development of basic drawing skills introduced in ART 100. It emphasizes a creative approach using black and white and color media while exposing students to a variety of contemporary approaches toward space, scale, and content. The course also encourages students to develop personal expression through the combined manipulations of subject matter and materials.

ART 103: 3D Design

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.20)

In this sculpture course, students examine the language of three-dimensional form, structure, and space. The course develops personal expression, using a variety of themes and subject matter by ordering three-dimensional space through basic materials, such as clay, plaster, metal, and wood. It offers experiences with differing approaches within cultural contexts and integrates history, theory, and criticism, showing the interrelationship of the creative arts, humanities, and the self in western and non-western cultures.

ART 157: Art Orientation

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1002.00)

This basic art appreciation course introduces world art forms, techniques, traditions, and aesthetics. It emphasizes both western and world art in historical and cultural contexts. Students examine visual artworks related to mortality and immortality, sustenance and survival, sexuality and gender, power and politics, and race and class. Students are required to visit a local public artwork or museum/gallery.

ART 158: Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1002.00)

This course introduces the non-Western arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. It explores methodology and materials in diverse media as they reflect various cultures from ancient to contemporary periods. Museum visits are required.

ART 177: Art in the Elementary Schools

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1002.00)

This course focuses on practical methods of teaching art to elementary school students. It examines art historical movements, theories, and criticism from both Western and non-Western cultures and relates these to the development and instruction of art. Topics include concepts and techniques of creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures to inform classroom instruction with children.

ART 201: Objects and Ideas in Contemporary Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.00)

This course examines the ideas, concepts, and processes in contemporary art through presentations of vanguard artwork of the twenty-first century. Topics include the historical and cultural contexts of contemporary art and artists in western and non-western cultures. Students create three-dimensional art projects using unconventional materials in tandem with traditional materials and methods. Students are required to attend field trips.

ART 202: Painting: Acrylic

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ART 100 or ART 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

This course covers composition, techniques, and theory of painting using acrylic paint. Students investigate various acrylic painting techniques, art historical traditions, and theoretical positions. Course work includes lecture, lab, critique, and independent projects. Students may be required to attend field trips to art exhibitions.

ART 203: Life Drawing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ART 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

This course focuses on drawing the human figure. Students work from a nude model using materials such as charcoal, pencil, ink, and pastels. They learn how to depict action in quick gesture drawings as well as produce more complex tonal drawings with emphasis on composition and personal expression. Topics include basic anatomy, structure, and proportion with equal emphasis placed on line quality, value, and media control.

ART 204: Painting: Oils

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ART 100 or ART 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

Students study past and present practices in painting and work from various subjects, including still life, landscape, figures, portraits, or mixed imagery, either from life or two-dimensional references. Learning to be creative and analytical in painting images and forms, students develop skills in painting techniques, color mixing, composition, design, and personal concepts using traditional or water soluble oils.

ART 205: Painting: Watercolor

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ART 100 or ART 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

This course investigates and experiences the unique characteristics of watercolor painting. Course topics explore compositional strategies, practical techniques, and theoretical concepts of painting using watercolor. Students study and apply various painting techniques, art historical traditions, and theoretical positions. Course work includes lecture, lab, critique, and independent projects.

ART 206: Figure Painting

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ART 100 or ART 204.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.10)

Working from a posed model, students explore various approaches to representing the human figure using a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, ink, watercolor, or pastels. Students study form and structure, inspired by the rich world traditions of art history, contemporary art practices, and individual creativity.

ART 207: Beginning Photography

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1011.00)

This course provides an in-depth study of the camera, black-and-white film processing and darkroom printing, lighting techniques, presentation, and exhibition. It emphasizes controlling fundamental materials and processes and choosing appropriate subject matter.

ART 208: Advanced Photography

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ART 207.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1011.00)

This course builds upon skills learned in Beginning Photography (ART 207). Topics include intermediate and advanced techniques in black and white photography, including camera use, film handling, and printing in the darkroom. Students explore photography as a means of visual communication and creative expression. The course culminates with a professional portfolio of finished work.

ART 210: Printmaking

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.00)

This course introduces woodcut, etching, lithography, and contemporary printmaking techniques. It emphasizes craftsmanship and individual expression and encourages experimentation in the use of materials.

ART 216: Sculpture

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ART 103.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.20)

This course concentrates on the exploration and refinement of a wide range of sculptural techniques and strategies, and it includes three-dimensional art theory. Students work with traditional mediums, such as clay, wood, and metal. The course also introduces students to installation and public works as well as time-based and kinetic art. Students are required to pay a materials fee.

ART 217: Figure Sculpture

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.20)

This introductory sculpture course uses the human figure as its subject matter. Students work from the nude model, photos, and other sources to develop their skills, and they work with a variety of materials, such as clay, plaster, metal, and wood.

ART 223: Woodworking and Furniture Design

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1001.00)

This course teaches woodworking skills and covers the nature of hardwoods and softwoods, the mechanics of shaping/joining, and the proper and safe use of hand and power tools. It examines both traditional and contemporary work and emphasizes the creation of individual, unique designs. Students are required to pay a materials fee.

ART 225: Ceramics

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.30)

This introductory ceramics course explores techniques, materials, and traditions of pottery. It emphasizes hand building and/or use of the potter's wheel and encourages the creative use of clay, glaze, technique, and kiln firing. Students are required to pay a materials fee.

ART 230: Introduction to Sculptural Installation

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1001.00)

In this in-depth study of installation, interactive, and site-specific art, students study and research the historical and theoretical development of contemporary art practices, such as installation, hybrid-media environments, land art, and traditional art media used in conjunction with photography, video, computing, and/or performance. Students also conceptualize and produce installation, interactive, and site-specific artworks.

ART 231: Introduction to Video and Performance Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1001.00)

This foundation-level course explores the historical and creative dimensions of performance, sound, and digital video in art. It brings together a number of expressive strategies present in contemporary art and focuses on the theoretical, creative, and historical contexts of these time-based forms. Students integrate these theoretical contexts to create their own projects and performances. Topics include Happenings, Fluxsus, personal narrative, digital storytelling, sound, and video.

ART 244: Digital Media for the Visual Artist

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1030.00)

This studio art course investigates the intersection of visual representation, contemporary art, and two-dimensional digital imaging from an aesthetic, historical, and artistic perspective for the contemporary artist. Technical instruction in the course, through the use of digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop, globally supports the study of artistic and theoretical principles. Students develop problem solving and visual strategies that deepen their understanding of the connection among technology, personal expression, and the universal language of art. Projects emphasize the creation of original artwork with current software and hardware solutions.

ART 245: Introduction to Media Culture

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1030.00)

This course provides an introduction to the historical and theoretical foundations of digital art as well as hands-on production of digital art using broad range of applications and computer hardware. The course introduces students to raster, vector, Web, and time-based applications that allow them to learn the fundamentals of visual communication, website production, manipulation of images, design elements, animation, sound, video and the production of multimedia artworks. Students create digital projects that fuse the theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of digitally based art through the practical application of computer-based skills.

ART 251: Digital Photography

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1030.00)

This course uses digital cameras and the computer as tools to create photographic imagery. Students explore camera controls, principles of composition, and photographic theory and techniques using state-of-the-art hardware and programs. Students learn editing techniques appropriate for print and electronic presentations. The course addresses ethical considerations regarding image manipulation and ownership. Students may use digital camera images, scanned negatives, or slides to produce a final print portfolio.

ART 253: Applied Digital Photography

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ART 251.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1012.00)

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply skills acquired in ART 251 while developing a personal style. It offers a continued study of photographic theory, composition, content development, digital camera/hardware handling, studio lighting, and industry standards for color management and printing techniques. Students explore photography as a visual language and expressive medium, and they observe industry practices through onsite visits to local business, galleries, and service bureaus. The course culminates with the creation and production of a professional portfolio of photographs.

ART 254: Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1002.00)

This course surveys the history of still photography from the discipline's inception to the present digital age. It explores the medium of photography as a form of visual communication in historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts. Topics include the evolution of photographic images, process, delivery, and meaning. Students develop visual literacy through verbal and written analyses.

ART 258: Ancient to Gothic Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1001.00)

This course surveys Western art from antiquity through the Gothic period. It emphasizes the content and stylistic aspects of major art works in painting, sculpture, architecture, and craft media.

ART 259: History of Renaissance to Modern Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1001.00)

This course surveys Western art history from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Students examine how religious, cultural, and philosophical aspects of European and American society impacted and were influenced by art and architecture during this time.

ART 260: History of Modern Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ART 260H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1001.00)

This course covers European and American art forms, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the beginning of modernism in the mid-19th century to contemporary art in the late 20th century. Students learn to delineate themes, styles, and techniques indicative of various time periods and to differentiate among 20th century art movements.

ART 260H: History of Modern Art (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ART 260.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1001.00)

This honors course introduces highly motivated students to European and American art forms, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the beginning of modernism in the mid-19th century to contemporary art in the late 20th century. Students learn to delineate themes, styles, and techniques indicative of various time periods and to differentiate among 20th century art movements. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ART 260 or ART 260H.

ART 290: Landmarks of Art

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1001.00)

This course examines art and architecture on-site within cultural and historical contexts. It surveys selected periods of Western and non-Western traditions and emphasizes understanding the visual arts representing the tradition and evolution of a culture, from ancient to contemporary periods. The course incorporates field trips to local artistic landmarks and emphasizes art appreciation in travel experiences. The course includes preparatory lectures and on-site discussions. Students are required to attend several fieldtrips and provide their own transportation to each site. Field trip dates and locations will be announced on the first class meeting.

ART 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

ART 295: Visual Art/Professional Practice

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1002.00)

Designed for the student artist, this course examines professional practices, career goals, and educational choices in the visual arts. Students produce a professional portfolio that includes documentation of artwork, resume, an artist statement and biography, digital image files, and printed images. Students also collaboratively organize, prepare, and produce an exhibition in a gallery setting. The course includes visits to museums, galleries, college art programs, artists' lectures and/or design businesses.

ART 296: Topics in Art

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1002.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Art that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

ART 298: Directed Study in Art

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1002.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

ART 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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