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Course : 3-D Design

Course Number
Art 1123
Section Number
Fall 2020
Fain Fine Arts Center, C114 or C120
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
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3-D Design is a foundation course, which emphasizes understanding elements, principles, theories, and basic studio practices in three dimensional art and design. Through class activities and assignments, students will learn the basic skills and knowledge to create 3 dimensional forms and compositions. Students will also discuss processes, problems solving, and evaluation methods, and will develop an appreciation of 3 dimensional art and design.

Course Description / Structure

Students will be assigned four major projects and several other projects including research, sketches, and presentation (critiques) throughout the semester. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and individual/ group discussions along with work sessions. The students are required to keep a sketchbook/ notebook. Students will be asked to share sketches to discuss his/her ideas.

Students must supply the required materials for the course. The average materials and tools cost will range $80-$120 for the semester.

  1. Each project is worth 10 + 10 =20 points (20 x 4=80 pts.) of the final grade.
  2. Projects are graded based on the following criteria:     
    1. Project execution (craftsmanship, structural strength, etc.) 10pts
    2. Technical challenge and Creativity of design 10pts

Points and letter grade.

10–9.7=A+. 9.6–9.3=A.  9.2–9.0=A. - 8.98.7=B+.  8.6–8.4=B. 8.3–8.0=B-.

7.9–7.7=C+. 6–7.3=C. 7.2–7.0= C-. 6.9–6.7=D+. 6.6–6.4=D. 6.3–6.0=D–. 0=F


  1. Development of the idea, technique, and knowledge of the subject. 5pts.          
  2. Participation and presentation during critiques, group discussions, cleaning, etc. 10 pts.
  3. Class commitment and effort. 5pts.
  4. Sketchbook. 5pts. 
  5. Total points 100 pts (100%)


Final grading system follows the university policy.         

            A=90%– above  Excellent

            B=80–89%        Good

            D=60–69%        Passing

            F=59– below     Failure (no credit)


Attendance and Lateness Policy

(Adopted February 21, 2014, revised February 24, 2014, Adopted March 28, 2014)

Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy:

  • Students arriving after class begins will be considered late, and ten minutes after will be counted absent.
  • THREE late arrivals counts as a single absence.
  • Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.
  • If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.
  • If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

Additional Attendance and Due Dates Policy.


Additional Attendance and Due Dates Policy.

Late arrival or early departure without excuse will be considered as one third of an absence. Students must come to class on time with required materials. If students come to class without the required materials, students will get an absence and the instructor may ask them to leave the class. It is students’ responsibility to obtain the information they missed in class.

Late projects or missing a critique will also result in a lowering of students’ project grade up to 20 points. (Please read the Class Attendance Policy in the student hand book)

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