Concept Design, Painting, and Digital Painting courses at Cogswell College

Concept Design, Painting, and Digital Painting Courses

TRADITIONAL PAINTING

The course in painting emphasizes perception development through specific painting exercises to develop an orderly approach and disciplined perception. Students learn about painting materials and their specific uses, and increase their understanding of color theory. May be repeated once for credit with recommendation from the instructor.

TEXTURING

This course involves the use of layering color maps on digital surfaces to create specific material shaders. Texture map painting in 2 D is covered extensively. Analysis through physical observation on the light gathering of surfaces teaches students how to digitally reproduce any material. Students learn UV texture layout and projection techniques for shader creation. Procedural versus painted shader maps are explored along with complex layering. Emphasis is spent on specular, diffuse, color, bump, displacement and normal mapping to achieve the desired result.

ILLUSTRATION 1

This course is designed to present the student with the fundamentals of traditional illustration for professional application. Primarily, traditional painting media are used. The course will cover illustration theory but will emphasize studio practice and skill development.

DIGITAL PAINTING

The course in painting emphasizes perception development through specific digital painting exercises to develop an orderly approach. Students learn about painting textures for shaders and fully realized scenes. Students increase their understanding of color theory through visual development and matte painting.

CONCEPT DESIGN

This course focuses on development and design practices used by concept designers. Students apply professional marker and/or CG techniques and media as an approach to concept drawings and renderings.

ILLUSTRATION 2

Students explore personal style in illustration. Course focuses on development of a cohesive body of work. Symbolic and narrative concept development is central. Various traditional media and digital applications will be used.