Introduction to 3D Design – ARTS 114

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/01/2021

Course Description

A fundamental course with an emphasis on means of construction, analysis of materials and structural examinations that support conceptual development of 3 dimensional art. Emphasis placed on characterizing the elements and principles of design and how they each integrate to form fully realized works of 3D art. Students will develop projects using a variety of materials and methods.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Design is a visual language and process. The elements and principles of design are the building blocks used by the artist/designer to create both 2D and 3D work. The student will benefit from this course as he or she assesses what methods, materials, and elements work together to create successful three–dimensional works of art.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Create original and/or master copy design projects and exercises that examine each of the elements and principles of design.
  2. Analyze art pieces created by himself/herself, peers, and other designers.
  3. Apply a variety of media to demonstrate the elements and principles of design in original works of art.
  4. Use the design process to develop conceptual design skills.
  5. Identify design terminology and design concepts.
  6. Construct three-dimensional artworks using a variety of materials.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 125 words.

Assignments (7)

The student will complete various assignments that will show different principles of 3D design. Each assignment will include video submissions that showcase the different stages of the assignment, and then the completed work. The student will be required to submit a sketch to accompany each of the assignments completed in the course.

Critique Paper Assignment

The student will write a 600 – 700-word paper in current MLA format that focuses on a synthesis of 3D design. The paper must include at least 3 references including the course textbook.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.