Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Design Foundation

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Design Foundation FAA 330

Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM

Office: Claver Hall 133 C

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.

Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M. to 9:25 A.M.



Please turn off your smart/cell phone and I pod during class time

No text messaging allowed during class time

 Course Description: This is a studio class where students will experience design in both its theoretical and practical forms. Students will learn how to effectively use the design elements such as line, shape, value, size, direction, color and texture. Student will study the impact of design principles, such as repletion, rhythm, dominance, subordination, unity, variety; contrast, balance, emphasis, scale and proportion have on the design elements. This course teaches the student that design is an expressive language that creates a dialogue for personal content and imagery. Students learn that both the concept and the technique of design are important to the development of an artist. The design foundation class consists of students who work together in the same studio area, sharing ideas and resources. At the core of instruction are individual and group critiques conducted by the professor.

Assignments:  You will be creating 5 design projects, 1 sketch book and a final paper. 

 Class time and work out side of class: Most of the work required in this course will be accomplished in class. However, students are expected to spend time working outside of class to complete assignment for critiques and portfolios. The drawing/design studio is available to students when no classes are in session.

Critiques: There will be a critique at the end of each assignment.  The critique is an important learning tool and everyone will be expected to participate. During critiques, each assignment will be discussed and assessed and an evaluation will be made. Among other things, the merits of techniques employed sensitivity with media, compositional strength and weaknesses, and the effectiveness and or ineffectiveness of the project as a response to the assignment. Following each critique assignments may be revised or re-attempted before being submitted in the first or second portfolios.

Sketch Book: Your sketchbook is a valuable tool to work out ideas and problems with your art. However, in this class, I also want you to use your sketchbook to help define what it is that influences and inspires you. Drawings, photographs, photocopies, poems, quotes… put everything you look at and think about in this book. Think of this as a book you are making (as opposed to filling), a visual catalog of images you can look at when you are low on ideas. For each assignment I may give you specific (short) assignments which you need to include in your sketchbook. Bring your sketchbook to every class meeting. I’ll want to see it at midterm portfolio and final portfolio. Please place your name and date on first page of your sketchbook. Do not use an old sketchbook and use only one sketchbook during semester.

Three portfolios will be submitted for evaluation. The first portfolio will be submitted on September 29, the second portfolio on November 10, and the third portfolio on December 1. The first portfolio will consist of assignments 1, 2 and sketchbook. The second portfolio will consist of assignments 3, 4 and sketch book. The final portfolio will consist of assignment 5, one written paper and sketchbook. Following each critique, design assignments may be revised or re-attempted before being submitted for the first and second portfolio.


I take attendance very seriously. Information is given throughout the class; therefore, it is essential that you remain present for the entire time. Missed reviews, lectures or group critiques may also affect your grade. You are responsible to notify me if you will be absent, late, or need to leave before the class ends. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Five absences, final grade will be lowered one whole grade. Seven absences, final grade will be lowered two whole grades. 9 absences, final grade will be lowered to an F. The four ways to be marked absent are miss class. Attend class without the required supplies and or reference materials. Attend class but do not work as required.  Leave, without returning, without explanation prior to leaving. THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT FOR MAKING UP AN ABSENCE.

 The four ways to be marked absent are:

·         Miss class

·         Attend class without the required supplies and or reference materials.

·         Attend class but do not work as required

·          Leave, without returning, without explanation prior to leaving.

 Smart/Cell phone policy: phones are to be turned off at all times, any information (photographs/text) stored on phones needed for class should be printed prior to class time. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in lowering of grade.

 Course Withdraw Policy: Students are expected to know and observe the published deadlines for (a) dropping the course and (b) Withdrawing from the course. These deadlines are published on the University’s Academic Calendar, Which is available in the Bulletin, the course schedule, and is in the Dean’s Office? Please observe the following Dates: Last Day to Drop the Course: August 29, 2016; last Day to withdraw from the Course (No refund): November 13, 2016. THESES DEADLINES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE.

 Learning Support:  If you have a documented disability requiring academic adjustments, please contact Dr. Joie Williams, Director of Disability Services (303-964-3666,, Clarke Hall, 224).  She will review your documentation with you and help determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations.  Following the meeting with Dr. Williams, please make an appointment with me to discuss your accommodation request in light of the course requirements.  You may self-disclose and request academic adjustments at any time during the semester.  However, I strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible because accommodations are not provided retroactively and adequate lead-time is required.”

 Regis Writing Center: The Writing Center is a free resource for Regis College undergraduates.  All writers, no matter how proficient, benefit from working with a writing consultant.  These peer consultants will help you at any point in your writing process, from brainstorming for ideas to organizing a draft to polishing the final version.  You get immediate and personal feedback about your writing as well as answers to your questions.  Appointments are recommended.  Drop by the Writing Center in Loyola 1 or call (303) 458-4039 for more information.

 Academic Integrity: Acts of plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course. Consistent with the College’s Academic Integrity Policy, I will report all violation of this course’s academic integrity policy to the Dean’s office. Students who have committed multiple instances of academic dishonesty can be subject to institutional penalties like probation, suspension, or expulsion, in addition to the penalties for this course. The Academic Integrity policy is described in the Bulletin; detailed information about the policy and the appeals process can be found in the Dean’s office.

Grading will include:

·         Good attendance in class and critiques

·         Good work ethic in prompt and timely preparation for class and amount of diligence the student has demonstrated in the creation of his/her work.

·         Sustained engagement and sustained effort

·         How in-class work time is utilized

·         Project solutions

·         Successful completion of all assigned problems

·         Meeting project due dates

·         Care and neatness in the presentation of his/her work during class critiques.

·         Inventive Rigor in how the student has challenged his/her self in the creation of their   work.

·         Involved Critique Participation demonstrated during class critiques.

·         Display a positive attitude towards constructive criticism by participating in and

          responding to individual (instructor) critiques and class (peer) critiques.

·         Demonstrate an attitude of willingness to learn and drive to reach potential

·         Demonstrate a willingness to experiment with previously untried methods of painting.

 A range: All work is represented, there are no missing assignments. All artwork is superior and shows deliberate conscious effort towards excellence. All assignments are done correctly. Attendance and effort are outstanding. No missed critiques.

 B range: Most of the work is represented and few are unfinished. Almost all of the artwork shows an effort towards excellence. Almost all of the assignments are correctly. Attendance is regular and effort is very good. Missed some of the critiques.

 C range: Some of the assignments are missing, some unfinished. Some the artwork shows an effort while some appears to hastily complete. Only some of the assignments are done correctly. Attendance is irregular and effort is average. Missed some critiques.

 D range: Many pieces are missing, many are unfinished. Only a few show an effort towards excellence.

 Each design assignment is worth =25points

Assignments 1 and 2 = 50 points maximum in first portfolio

Assignments 3 and 4 = 50 points maximum in second portfolio

Assignment 5=25 points maximum in third portfolio                                                                                                                  

Sketch book =25 points maximum = 10 points first two portfolios each and 5 points last portfolio

Written paper = 10 points

Total points 160 points

 The FINAL GRADE will be determined by totaling all grades: 




























Sketchbook 9” x 12”

2B pencil


Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser

1 roll of white artist tape

Workable spray fixative

Color wheel and gray chart

1 sheet 22” x 30” arches black cover paper

1 set Nu pastel 12 or 24 colors set

3-5 sheets corrugated card board

Acrylic Paint:

Titanium white

Hansa Yellow light

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine blue

Mars black


 #4, 8 filberts (nylon)

#2, 6 brights (nylon)

H.R. Meininger CO., 499 Broadway, Denver, 303-698-3838

Guiry”s Art & Office, 2245 Market St., Denver, 303-292-0444


Assignments, critiques and portfolios

August 23

Introduction syllabus presented

August 25, 30, September 1 and 6

Assignment 1, Mask with Paper Mache

September 8

critique assignment 1

September 13, 15, 20 and 22

Assignment 2, Animalitos/Alebrijes with opaque color, direction and invented texture

September 27

critique assignment 2

September 29

first portfolio due with sketch book, first and second assignments

October 4, 6,  13 and 18

Assignment 3, Surreal Shadow box with emphasis, simulated color and acutual texture

October  10 -11

Fall break

October 20

critique assignment 3

October 25, 27, November 1 and 3

Assignment 4, Contemporary Super Hero, Popular Icon Retablo with water media and natural pigments

November 8

critique assignment 4

November 10

second portfolio due, sketch book, third and forth assignments

November 15, 17, 22, 29

Assignment 5 Popular Music, pastel on black paper

December 1

Last day of class, assignment 5, sketch book and final paper due

December 6, 10:10 A.M. final exam (critique)

Attendance is mandatory! Missed final will result in lowing final grade a full step!


 Everyone enrolled in this class will participate in cleaning and maintenance of the equipment, tools and working surfaces in the studio classroom. This is not only the necessary chore that we must share; it is also the important part of the artist’s education. By participating directly in the care and upkeep of the shop, you will learn about practical aspects of the medium. Do not eat in the shop (it is not healthy—too many chemicals and dust).  Always be considerate toward your classmates and aim to leave your working area in a shape better than you have found it. A NOTE REGARDING CLOTHES: Wear the kind of clothes that is appropriate for studio work. Wear clothes that you will not mind staining with charcoal and paint.