Art as Communication – ARTS 209

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course serves to cultivate an understanding of the language, aesthetics, and cultural impacts of visual communication. The focus is on discourse that fosters the development of ideational, analytical, and rhetorical writing skills necessary for demonstrating critical thinking in the analysis and critique process concerning visual images. Two analytical papers—based upon studies of the visual images focusing on the agency of the image, the social practices and effects of its viewing and the specificity of views taken by various audiences—and a literary research paper, sequentially developed, are required. (Formerly ARTS 300)

Prerequisites: None

Rationale

Visual art, in both traditional and digital form, has long been a means of human communication and expression. Individuals and groups use it to investigate, express, and communicate ideas, feelings, and experiences. Visual art is a language in its own right, being a major way of symbolically communicating. Research, analysis, and critique of contemporary and historical aspects of these visual communications will benefit the student by enabling accurate interpretations of visual art. Since this course is taught from a Christian perspective, the student additionally benefits from analyzing visual art as a means of communicating the full range of human experience.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1.  Discover and evaluate basic creative theories and methodologies.
  2.  Communicate information effectively through a variety of creative methods, using technology when appropriate.
  3.  Analyze and assess various forms of symbolism and expression to determine their meaning.
  4.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it to creative works.
  5.  Relate creative communication to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 150 words.

Cognitive Theory Project – Part 1 and Part 2

This project will be completed in 2 parts—planning and execution. After selecting a target audience and message, the student will create a work of art meant to persuade the viewer about a particular idea. The final product (determined by the student’s chosen medium) will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating the student’s creative process.

Semiotics Project

The student will choose a medium to create a piece that has semiotic significance. The final product (determined by the student’s chosen medium) will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating the student’s creative process.

Gestalt Project

The student will choose a medium to create a piece that uses the Gestalt Laws of Perception as tools for creating emphasis, a focal point, unity, and significance. The final product (determined by the student’s chosen medium) will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating the student’s creative process.

Critical Analysis Paper

The student will write a 2–3-page research-based paper that presents a critical analysis of a work of art. The paper must be in current MLA format and must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned as well as the previous module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.