• Program: Arts
  • Course: Elements of Design
  • Course #: ARTS2000
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an overview of basic design processes through a historical perspective. Students will explore how the elements and principles of design have changed and evolved over time and place. Through the application of key design theories and theorists, this course illuminates the patterns and trends that designers draw upon in creating new work and illustrates the impact of design on modern life, commerce, and culture.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course.
Distinguish design from other areas of the arts
Distinguish between 'design as process' and 'design as drawing'
Describe the early history of design
Contrast the design elements and principles of key historic periods
Evaluate the impact of historical periods on design
Explain the role design has had on culture and commerce throughout history
Identify how design is used to convey ideas
Evaluate the social construction of design
Explain Experimentalism and Anti-Design
Create designs using elements and principles of specific historical periods
Integrate design elements and principles in a created work
Evaluate design

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 6
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on writing assessment test or ENGL1021
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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