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3-Dimensional Design

  • Spring 2016
  • Section 50347
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2016 to 05/09/2016
  • Modified 03/20/2016


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


Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS 102 or concurently 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 a working knowledge of basic 3D design materials
  11. Analyze differences between shapes, masses and volumes
  12. Demonstrate the ability to work within the set parameters of a design problem by following specific project instructions
  13. Generate ideas and discuss their process and solutions in both small groups and critiques
  14. Communicate ideas visually through preliminary sketches and/or maquettes



  1. Utility Knife and several blades
  2. Scissors
  3. #1 Xacto knife handle with several #11 blades
  4. Several #2 pencils
  5. Inexpensive compass
  6. 45/45 or 30/60 triangle
  7. 8 oz or larger Elmer’s glue
  8. 1 pad 11”x17” or larger bristol board
  9. 18’ straight edge ruler (cork backing)
  10. Masking tape (Blue painters tape)
  11. Glue gun and glue sticks
  12. Pliers (Needle nose and regular)
  13. Band-aids
  14. Box to carry supplies
  15. Leather work gloves
  16. Apron (optional)

Sketchbook - Please purchase a blank, bound drawing book. The sketchbook will be used for drawings completed inside and outside of class.

Additional supplies may be requested during the semester by the instructor as needed.

You must have all these items with you each and every class meeting or you will be counted as absent.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Attendance 10-15%
Assignments 40-50%

This is required

Sketchbook 5-10%

This is required

Projects 20-25%


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

You are required by the college to attend class. You will be allowed 2 unexcused absences. The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the course after 3 absences excused or not. Absences may be excused for illness, bereavement, or other legitimate reasons with written documentation or prior consultation with instructor. The instructor reserves the right to consider what is and what is not an excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to excuse an absence, and without said contact the absence will be considered unexcused. Students who are tardy or leave early will receive a point reduction for each occurrence.  Students who are tardy or who leave early three times will fail the course and receive a final 0.0 grade.


Extra Credit

Extra credit is not available in this course.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC website at

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and the MACRAO Transfer Agreement simplify the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. MACRAO will be replaced by the MTA which is effective for students entering Fall 2014 or later.  Students who started prior to Fall 2014 will be able to complete the MACRAO Transfer Agreement through Summer 2019, or they may complete the MTA requirements.  The most current MTA information can be found at and the current MACRAO information is available at

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Campus Resources ( 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. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates maybe administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges. 


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