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3-Dimensional Design

  • Fall 2013
  • Section 71310
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/22/2013 to 12/16/2013
  • Modified 10/13/2016


This is an introductory course exploring the elements and principles of three-dimensional design. The course will examine traditional and time-based potentials of materials and objects. (F,Sp)


Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS 102 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

Course Note: Students purchase own art supplies and materials.

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use the elements and principles of 3D design to convey specific artistic intent
  2. Create a focal point or area of interest
  3. Control figure ground/relationships both within individual objects and within site-specific environments
  4. Analyze and apply the elements and principles of 3D design as used in historical and current three-dimensional works of art
  5. Describe how manipulating the boundaries of objects alters the factors of function, meaning, and structure
  6. Recognize, distinguish and manipulate attributes of space
  7. Demonstrate the ability to contextualize and de-contextualize the meanings of objects and the actual spaces they occupy through the placement of objects in various locations
  8. Analyze the relationship between interior and exterior spaces occupied by volumes in actual space by manipulating the properties of inside/outside
  9. Utilize the textural and tactile qualities of materials to contribute to the meaning, function, and/or context of the work created
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the kinetic and time-based potential of materials and objects
  11. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic 3D design materials
  12. Analyze differences between shapes, masses and volumes
  13. Demonstrate the ability to work within the set parameters of a design problem by following specific project instructions
  14. Generate ideas and discuss their process and solutions in both small groups and critiques
  15. Communicate ideas visually through preliminary sketches and/or maquettes



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Attendance 10-15%
Class Participation 5-10%
Other 5-10%


Portfolios 5-15%
Projects 60-90%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Late Tests and Assignments


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transferability information, please consult the Transfer Equivalency Information located at the LCC website at For additional transferability information contact the LCC Academic Advising Center, (517) 483-1904.

The MACRAO Transfer Agreement simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. The most current MACRAO Transfer Agreement information can be found at

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, Gannon Building, Room 204 ( or by calling (517) 483-1924 [TTY (517) 483-1207] as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, the College has established the LCC Student Code of Conduct and the Student General Rules and Guidelines to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as to support the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established guidelines for the redress of grievances by individuals accused in such proceedings. A copy of the most current Code can be found on the College’s website at                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Class rosters will be updated by the end of the second week of the semester (50% refund period) to accurately reflect student enrollment in this course. Students who have not attended by the end of week two will be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges. This policy only applies to 16-week (full semester), first 12-week, and first 8-week sections.

Additional Items

Additional Outcomes (Optional)