NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

ART 1040    Introduction to Art     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

This course introduces the basic concepts of the visual arts, the organization of art forms, and the historical development of architecture, painting, and sculpture with an emphasis on contemporary art. A general world view of art is presented through lecture and discussion. Students will investigate the creative aspects of the visual arts through in-class examples and a field trip to a Twin Cities museum.



ART 1100    Creative Suite: Art, Design and the Web     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

An introduction to creating art, designing for print and the web using Adobe Creative Suite. Students will learn how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver to produce creative design solutions for artwork, graphic design and web design. This course is for anyone with an interest in learning more about art, graphic design, web design and the Adobe Creative Suite.



ART 1101    Photography I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This is an introduction to the fundamentals of black and white photography. Both technical and creative skills are developed in the use of the camera, exposing and developing film, enlarging and finishing the black and white photograph. Class critiques help articulate individual visual growth while artist presentations and field trips to galleries and museums help acquaint students with significant photographers. Students use film-based cameras with adjustable shutter speed and f-stop. A limited number of cameras are available for rental.



ART 1102    Photography II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is for students with a basic background in camera operations and darkroom procedures. There is a greater emphasis on the photograph as a fine print, the student's personal growth and perceptions in the medium. Class time will include discussions, slide shows and guest lectures. Students must have a film-based camera with adjustable shutter speed and f-stop. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Art 1101



ART 1160    Digital Photography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

A logical sequence to Art 1101 or 1140, this class emphasizes the computer as a digital darkroom to create photographic images through the traditional camera or a digital camera. ): Course content includes an overview of basic photographic techniques and a rigorous examination of Adobe Photoshop through assignments and personal exploration, class critiques and artist presentations, to help student understanding of photographic art. Students must have their own digital or analog camera.



ART 1170    Advanced Photography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course blends traditional and digital photography introducing a variety of both film based and digital technology to support creative and personal visual investigation. Prerequisites: Art 1101 and/or Art 1160



ART 1270    Digital Video Production     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course introduces basic video production concepts and techniques with an emphasis on using the elements of motion and sound as creative artistic tools. Students will critically analyze video in terms of genre, context, meaning, visual language and form and then produce and edit their own short projects that explore creative and experimental applications of the medium rather than the traditional mass communication form. Students are encouraged to use their own computer for editing if possible. Basic knowledge of the computer is helpful.



ART 1301    Two Dimensional Design I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course introduces a visual vocabulary and tools essential for all flat design and space, and investigates basic principles related to composition, pattern making, illusory space, and self expression. Various techniques and materials are explored including paint, pencil, pen, brush, and pastels. This course also introduces students to artists and design elements from a variety of cultures. Strongly recommend taking Drawing I before this course.



ART 1302    Two Dimensional Design II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course expands the study of flat design with emphasis on solving design problems. Students will be engaged in the more complicated tasks of integrating contrasting elements such as nonobjective and objective shapes, naturalism and idealism, shape and mass. Personal expression, design development and visual thinking as well as specialized techniques and materials are included. Design from different cultures and different artists will be discussed. Prerequisite: Art 1301



ART 1310    Three Dimensional Design     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

As an introduction to the basic language of three-dimensional design, this course includes constructive, additive, subtractive and substitution techniques using traditional and contemporary media. Various methods of presentation are explored ranging from small freestanding works to site-specific models and proposals.



ART 1320    Introduction to Sculpture     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is a specialized study on an individual basis in wood, metals, plaster, clay, stone or mixed media. The student will work with the sculptural possibilities of these materials and refine their ability to work in one particular medium.



ART 1340    Fundamentals of Color     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

The course teaches fundamental color theory by introducing the physical, perceptual, and artistic aspects of color. The dimensions of color are explored through theory and practice using paint and colored papers. Students also are introduced to the theories of the physiology and the psychology of color reception, cultural taste and preferences as they relate to color choices, and the color usage of well known artists, of art movements, and of different world cultures. Strongly recommend taking Drawing I before this course.



ART 1361    Ceramics I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Ceramics is an introductory studio course that presents students with a fundamental understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. This course will focus on a creative and imaginative approach to solving visual problems in clay. Ceramics will introduce all methods of forming clay including pinch, throwing, coil and slab building.



ART 1362    Ceramics II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Ceramics II is an advanced studio course that presents students with an in-depth understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. This course emphasizes student's development of a personal creative style taking an imaginative approach to solving visual problems in clay. Ceramics ll will introduce all methods of forming clay combining pinch, throwing, coil and slab building with comprehensive glazing techniques. Prerequisite: Art 1361



ART 1401    Drawing I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course introduces basic drawing concepts such as line, value, gesture, proportion, composition, and space; and techniques using traditional and contemporary drawing media. A variety of subjects from still life, architectural forms, nature and the human figure are used as inspiration for the student's drawings. Students will also be introduced to the art of important artists who have used drawing successfully in their work.



ART 1402    Drawing II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course continues the study of drawing concepts using various media to explore color, the human figure, and representational as well as non-representational subject matter. Personal expression is emphasized. Students will examine the art of important artists who have used drawing successfully in their work. Prerequisite: Art 1401



ART 1770    Quilt Arts     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This class explores the visual and expressive possibilities of quilting as a fine art. Students will solve design problems using fabric. Traditional and non-traditional quilting techniques will be used to enhance personal expression and to create innovative visual communications.



ART 1810    Studio Art Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

The 1-credit Studio Art Workshop is a basic studio course that presents to art and non-art students the fundamentals required to complete projects in a particular art medium or art application process. The class covers fundamental technical use as well as incorporating personal aesthetics into ones output in the medium. NOTE: The particular medium covered in a given semester will be noted on the semester class schedule but will not show up in the student transcript. Students desiring to transfer this course may need to obtain a copy of the course syllabus to show the particular medium emphasized in a given semester. This course is repeatable for credit.



ART 1820    Studio Art Workshop     Credits  2         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

The 2 credit Studio Art Workshop is a studio course that presents to art and non-art students the fundamentals required to complete projects in a particular art medium or art application process. The class covers fundamental technical use as well as incorporating personal aesthetics into ones output in the medium. In addition, this class helps students see the creative process as a method of developing a concept and solving related problems. Aesthetic Critique and artistic reflection is a component of this class. NOTE: the particular medium used will be noted on the semester schedule but will not show up in the student transcript. Students desiring to transfer this course may need to obtain a copy of the course syllabus to show the particular medium emphasized in a given semester. This course is repeatable for credit.



ART 1990    Art and Design Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



ART 2180    Art History: Pre-History to the Age of Cathedrals     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

This course examines painting, sculpture and architecture of cultures from prehistory to the end of the 15th Century. While the emphasis is on developments in Western art, the course includes overviews of the arts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Museum visits support the lectures and text.



ART 2190    Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century Art     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

This course examines painting, sculpture and architecture of cultures from the 16th century to the present, as well as new media of the modern era. While the emphasis is on developments in Europe and the United States, the course will include overviews of the arts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Museum visits support the lectures and text.



ART 2300    Architectural History     Credits  2         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

This course is a survey of the history of Western architecture from pre-history to the present day. The student will gain knowledge and understandings of the characteristics of the architecture of Western cultures, the ideas and intentions which motivated builders, as well as terminology related to architectural design and construction.



ART 2540    Illustration     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to various illustration techniques used in graphic design studios. Students will be encouraged to develop illustrative skills that can be applied to design. Through creative problem solving and research, students will learn to develop and refine an image.



ART 2550    Typography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course explores basic concepts of typography including: history, anatomy and mechanics, copyfitting, legibility, syntax, and communication within the context of process-oriented, problem-solving projects. Students will learn the effective use, importance and impact of typography in graphic design. This is an advanced course in the techniques of typography for graphic design. Students work on projects that involve complex visual ideas and are encouraged to develop a personal style in their visual communication. Pre-requisite: ART 1301



ART 2561    Web Design/Graphics I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Web design for the graphic designer I. This course explores web design concepts from a graphic designers perspective on how to adapt print design and illustration to web design using Photoshop®, Dreamweaver®, and Fireworks®. Experience with digital photography and image editing (PhotoShop) is suggested.



ART 2562    Web Design/Graphics II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is the second course in a series of web design courses for graphic designers. This course explores advanced web design concepts from a graphic designers perspective. Students will adapt graphic design and illustration to web design using current web design and animation software/technologies. Students will explore web user interface (UI) design, web animation techniques, integration of video and sound, and the use of type design in web applications. Students will explore prototyping a web design and working with a developer/programmer. The course also includes an introduction to multimedia design for the web. Prerequisite: ART 2561



ART 2601    Graphic Design I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is a study of Graphic Design theory and applications. Students explore the creative process in the development of visual communication and its relationship to creating graphic design ideas. The visual language of design is explored as students design a variety of projects through application of computer graphics and use of software. Prerequisites: Art 1301, Art 1340 and Art 2901



ART 2602    Graphic Design II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is an advanced studio course in graphic design. The content and scope of the projects will help students to understand the nature of graphic design projects as well as the research and content knowledge necessary to achieve professional design solutions. Students will assemble a portfolio necessary for success in the field of professional design. Prerequisite: Art 1301, Art 1340 and Art 2901 or concurrently enrolled in.



ART 2611    Painting I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of painting. The study of paint and materials, the use of color in painting and the development of ideas are important elements in this class. Exploration of realism, abstraction and contemporary painting are all important aspects of Painting I. Prerequisite: Art 1401 and Art 1340 is recommended



ART 2612    Painting II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Using advanced painting techniques, this course emphasizes student's development of a personal style. Prerequisite: Art 2611



ART 2640    Watercolor     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of watercolor painting. The special characteristics of watercolor application will be explored to create both traditional and abstract results.



ART 2740    Jewelry Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This workshop is a basic introduction to rudimentary jewelry-making techniques which includes fabrication of metals through hand piercing, sawing, forging, soldering, riveting and forming raw materials such as silver, copper, brass and found objects. May be repeated for credit.



ART 2750    Ceramics Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Ceramics Workshop is a basic studio course for art and non-art students which provides a fundamental understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. Ceramics Workshop will introduce all methods of forming clay including pinch, throwing, coil and slab building. This course is repeatable for credit.



ART 2781    Quiltmaking Workshop I     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This is a basic workshop introducing the processes and technical skills of quilting along with an introduction to artistic principles such as color, texture, line, form, and composition. Students are also introduced to information about the history of quilting and the cultural connections quilting holds within our society.



ART 2782    Quiltmaking Workshop II     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This is an advanced workshop which further develops the processes and technical skills of quilting along with artistic principles such as color, texture, line, form, and composition. This course may be repeated for credit.



ART 2800    Painting Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This is a basic course in painting. The emphasis of this course is on painting procedures, color use and composition, but students also will explore the connection of art to historical context. Subject matter, visual elements and principles, and technique will be explored.



ART 2810    Publication Design     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces the history and techniques of publication design and production and advances the student's skills in publication layout and page design. Concepts in magazine and book page layout are studied through lectures and studio projects. Printing technology is explored from design to production. Through experimentation and group discussions, students will learn how to refine their design concepts into a professional format. Prerequisites: ART 1301 (2-D Design I) and ART 1340 (Fundamentals of Color) and ART/GDES 2901 or currently enrolled in ART/GDES 2901



ART 2820    Drawing Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This workshop is an introduction to basic concepts in drawing and visual perception using traditional drawing materials and techniques.



ART 2860    Photography Workshop     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This basic course is an intensive, personal exploration of various photo-related topics for those who wish a sampler. Topics for separate workshops are color photography, digital photography, nature and landscape photography, among others.



ART 2900    Studio Arts Capstone Practicum     Credits  1         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is intended for students who have completed a significant portion of coursework in the Studio Arts AFA program and are within a semester of completion. It is a capstone experience in which students will refine their skills in portfolio building, artistic presentation in the professional arts world, resume building, critique skills, exhibition preparation, and use of web resources for artists' representation. Students will work closely with faculty to integrate concepts learned throughout their program into a final portfolio of work in preparation for continued study or work. Prerequisites: Art 1040, Art 1301, Art 1310, Art 1340, and Art 1401 or concurrent enrollment.



ART 2901    Desktop Design I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the use and function of graphic design software programs. Through professional design projects students will learn to effectively use the essential techniques, tools, and principles of each program. Students will apply problem solving techniques to design projects that simulate real-world design challenges faced in today's design studios.



ART 2902    Desktop Design II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is a continuation of Desktop Design I. The advanced capabilities of the Macintosh computer are explored as well as the use of QuarkXPress, a popular page layout program. Adobe Photoshop(color photo manipulation software) and Adobe Illustrator (drawing and design program) are also studied. Students are introduced to the concepts of design and production workflow.



ART 2970    Art Appreciation Field Trip     Credits  1-3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course consists of tours to various cultural centers to experience a variety of art exhibits, lectures, demonstrations and facilities. This course may be repeated for credit. Students will need to provide their own transportation to Twin Cities area museums or galleries.