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2D Design and Color Theory


Georgia Highlands College

ARTS 1020: 2-D Design/Color Theory


20523                                                                             Instructor:  Brian Barr

Spring Semester 2017                                                 Office: (706) 802-5656

TR 9:30 – 12                                                                 

                                                                                                124 (125) Lakeview bldg.


Office hours: MW 2:30-3:30pm, TR 12-3pm, F 11-1pm (online), or by appointment.


The Fundamentals of two-dimensional design, introduced through projects in a variety of media.  Designed for art majors, this course investigates the problems and possibilities of color in relation to two-dimensional design through exercises involving hue, value, saturation, and other color properties.  It also introduces students to the use of acrylic paint.


Course Outcomes for ARTS 1020 (2D Design/Color Theory)


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to address and evaluate complex visual and conceptual themes in the creation of their designs.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the visual elements and principles of design in the creation of their projects.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique artwork from various perspectives using relevant terminology.



 Class Policies:


  • Students are expected to come to class prepared with all supplies and materials needed for that day, and to be set up and ready to work within five minutes of the start of class.
  • Based on Humanities School Policy, a student who misses five classes may not return to the class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within 3-5 days. Otherwise the student may not return to the class and no appeal will be allowed.
  • Students should not receive cell phone calls or leave the class during studio time.
  • Laptop computer are not to be used in class without permission.  Advance notice will be given for when and how computers are to be used in this course.
  • Students are not allowed to use music devices (radios, Discmans, mp3 players, etc.) during class time.  These devices may be used when working in the studio outside of class, but the users are required to wear headphones and turn volume low.
  • No studio equipment (such as power tools and printing press) is to be used without permission


  • There are several projects due for this class, worth different points.  They will be graded on adherence to the project guidelines, quality of work, professional presentation, and effectiveness.
  • Projects are due on the dates listed later in this syllabus.  Late projects will be accepted only on the following class period.  Late projects will receive 2 points off the overall grade of the project.
  • There will be a Movie Poster Design project available for up to 10 points extra credit.
  • On the last day of class, there will be a test on the terms and concepts discussed in the lecture periods.  This test will be worth 20 points.
  • Students can determine their grade by dividing total earned points from total possible points (230)
  • The grading system goes like this: 100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, 79-70 = C, 69-60 = D, 59-0 = F.

 Things to Remember:

  • You most likely will get messy when painting, so bring a change of clothes or an old shirt to wear.
  • Take advantage of the studio outside of class.  It is open to enrolled art students anytime that there is not a class in session during hours of operation (8am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 6pm).
  • Help keep the studio clean, throw away all trash at the end of class.
  • You will not have time to run to the bookstore during class, so make sure that you keep track of your materials and re-supply when needed.
  • There is no book required for this class, but you will be given a number of handouts, so keep track of them.

 Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:


Disability Statement: “Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.”


This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Extended Absence Policy

         “Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.

If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”




                  This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.



The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.


Due to the subject matter and nature of this course, the syllabus and schedule may change at anytime.  Advance notice will be given whenever possible.

Due Dates:                             Project (points worth)

Class Projects

Jan 17                          Line Project I (10)

Jan 24                          Line Project II (10)

Jan 31                         Photomontage (10)

Feb 07                         Gradation Study (10)

Feb 09                         T-shirt Design Sketch

Feb 14                         Symmetrica/Asymmetrical (10)

Feb 21                         T-shirt Design (10)

Feb 23                        Mastercopy Analysis (20)

Feb 28                        color project I – single color appear as two (10)

Mar 02                         color project II – two colors appear as same (10)

Mar 07                        color project III – transparency illusion (10)

Mar 09                         Music Abstraction Sketch

Mar 16                         Musics Abstraction (20)

Mar 21                        Logo Project Sketch

Mar 23                        Proportioned Inventory Resdesign (10)

Apr 06                          logo project (10)

Apr 11                          Playing Card Sketch

Apr 13                          Movie Poster Redesign (10 Extra Credit Points)

Apr 18                          Playing Card Project (20)

Apr 20                          Boardgame Sketch

Apr 20                         Color Overlap (20)

Apr 28                          test (20)

May 04                         game (20) – 9:30 to 11 am


 There may be up to four other in-class projects worth 10 points each

The Movie Poster Redesign Project is worth up to 10 extra credit points