VCA 100 - Materials and Techniques

Course Description

This course introduces students to commercial drawing techniques with an emphasis on perspective, pencil, pen & ink, marker, water color and gouache when illustrating a variety of different products and illustration formats. Creative media experimentation is encouraged through the assignments. Group 2 course.

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General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Use illustration terminology.
  • Use illustration terminology.
  • Apply perspective principles to products.
  • Demonstrate independent work ethic as an illustrator or designer.
  • Integrate innovation and originality into products.
  • Create stories through sequential storyboarding or character development.
  • Utilize marker rendering techniques in products.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • Integrate skills, tools and techniques into product development.
  • Use industry standards in product development.
Human Dimension:
  • Use the content in this course to inform and help others and themselves.
  • Critique projects with peers and others.
  • Resolve issues in products through self-reflection and feedback from others.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Create a product based on a contemporary, social issue.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Correlate research and imagination to develop unique designs.
  • Frame useful questions for developing technical skills.
  • Interact constructively during critiques and discussions.