Art Course Descriptions

(The following courses are currently offered at SSCC).

Art 100 - Art Appreciation    3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.

This course is designed to help the student find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in original art work. Upon completion, the student should understand the fundamentals of art; the materials used, and have a basic overview of the history of art.

Art 180  Introduction to Graphic Design  (3 hrs.)

This course is a general introduction to graphic design.  Topics include history, processes, and production design.  Upon completion, the student should understand the concepts used to create media graphics.

Art 203 - Art History I (Pre-historical – 1300s)  3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.
COREQUISITE: ENG 093 or equivalent placement score.

This course covers the chronological development of different forms of art, such as sculpture, painting, and architecture. Emphasis is placed on history from the ancient period through the Renaissance. Upon completion, the student should be able to communicate a knowledge of time period and chronological sequence including a knowledge of themes, styles, and of the impact of society on the arts.

Art 204 - Art History II (1200s – Present)   3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.
COREQUISITE: ENG 093 or equivalent placement score.

This course covers a study of the chronological development of different forms of art, such as sculpture, painting, and architecture. Emphasis is placed on history from the Baroque to the present. Upon completion, the student should be able to communicate a knowledge of time period and chronological sequence including a knowledge of themes, styles, and of the impact of society on the arts.

Art 113 - Drawing I      3Hrs.

This course provides the opportunity to develop perceptional and technical skills in a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on communication through experimenting with composition, subject matter, and technique. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate and apply the fundamentals of art to various creative drawing projects.

Art 114 - Drawing II      3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 113.

This course advances the student’s drawing skills in various art media. Emphasis is placed on communication through experimentation, composition, technique, and personal expression. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate creative drawing skills, the application of the fundamentals of art, and the communication of personal thoughts and feelings.

Art 233 - Painting I       3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 113 or ART 121.

This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental painting processes and materials. Topics include art fundamentals, color theory, and composition. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of art and discuss various approaches to the media and the creative processes associated with painting.

Art 234 - Painting II       3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 233.

This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge of the materials and procedures of painting beyond the introductory level. Emphasis is placed on the creative and technical problems associated with communicating through composition and style. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate the application of the fundamentals of painting and the creative process to the communication of ideas.

Art 173 – Photography I      3Hrs.
NOTE: A 35mm single-lens reflex camera is required.


This course is an introduction to the art of photography. Emphasis is placed on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography with detailed instruction in darkroom techniques. Upon completion, the student should understand the camera as a creative tool, understand the films, chemicals and papers, and have knowledge of composition and history.

Art 174 - Photography II      3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 173.
NOTE: A 35mm single-lens reflex camera is required.

This course advances the students’ technical and aesthetic knowledge of photography beyond the introductory level. Emphasis is placed on photographic composition and darkroom techniques as a means of communication. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate through the photographic process his/her creative and communication skills.

Art 121 - Two-Dimensional Composition   3Hrs.

This course introduces the basic concepts of two-dimensional design.  Topics include the elements and principles of design with emphasis on the arrangements and relationships among them. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate an effective use of these elements and principles of design in creating two-dimensional compositions.

Art 175 - Digital Photography I
This course introduces students to digital imaging techniques. Emphasis is placed on the technical application of the camera, digital photographic lighting methods, and overall composition. Upon completion, students should be able to take digital images and understand the technical aspects of producing high quality photos.

Art 275 - Advanced Digital Photography
This course explores various uses of digital photography. Subjects may include studio, portrait, landscape and other areas of photography. Upon completion, the student should be able to apply the techniques necessary to produce professional photographs of a variety of subjects.