UCLA Design Media Arts 21 Fall 2020 - Drawing & Color logo

Yuehao Jiang
Zheng Fang
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Course Description

This course covers the key concepts of color and drawing for design and media art. In this class, students will learn techniques for the creation of meaningful graphic images. Through fundamental concepts of drawing – including perspective, composition and texture – theories of visual communication drawn from semiotic, narrative, and critical discourses will be introduced.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify the formal elements and principles as well as skills and techniques of digital painting (bitmap images) and drawing (vector images) and investigate their role in two-dimensional compositions. Apply the elements and principles of design in finished digital images and time-based works.

  2. Create and construct original two-dimensional designs using professional digital tools, materials, and output methods. Create a portfolio of work demonstrating formal, conceptual, and technical development. Produce digital images and time-based work through various digital media input and output methods using vector or raster-based software. Safely handle and maintain digital imaging hardware and materials.

  3. Analyze and evaluate, visually, orally, and in writing, two-dimensional compositions utilizing the critique process. Examine and describe contemporary approaches, language, aesthetics and emerging media in digital art. Evaluate and critique digital images and time-based media works utilizing relevant terminology and concepts.



Grades will be determined with the following % breakdown:

Work will be evaluated on how well it demonstrates understanding of the class material, the effort and progress throughout the project development, conceptual creativity, aesthetic quality, and technical skills.

Late projects and assignments without communication with the instructor or TA will be penalized by one letter grade per day, and will not be accepted if more than three days late.


Participation means doing your work, sharing your thoughts, asking questions, preparing for meetings, and offering feedback to your peers. This class is meant to be a safe learning space in which you feel encouraged and supported in learning and taking creative risks. Challenge yourself and be encouraging of others as they do the same. Be attentive and considerate to your classmates.

The Slack workspace functions as our virtual classroom. Participation in this case means sharing your thoughts and inspirations, posting work-in-progress, giving feedback to other people’s posts, sending messages to the instructor if you have questions.

You will need to create a Slack channel under your name and upload weekly assignments and projects to your channel.


Every week we normally have three meetings on zoom, a short group meeting to check-in, a software workshop, and a 10-15 minutes individual meeting you can sign-up for. All the zoom meetings are strongly recommended to attend. It is a chance for you to check-in with your instructor, show your work-in-progress, ask questions, and get feedback. Prepare your work files for the purpose of screen sharing during the meeting. Please communicate with the instructor or TA if you can’t attend these meetings.


You will need: a blank large sketchbook (larger than US letter size), pencil, black pen or marker, and any other color drawing material you’d like to work with.

Here is a list of recommended drawing supplies you can choose from.


Keep a weekly video vlog as a record of your creative process. Share with the class what you’ve been working on! Show us your sketchbook and talk a little about your process! If we were having an in-person class, imagine what you would say to introduce your project in front of the whole class. Use any video making tools you are comfortable with, be creative and playful. Treat this as a chance we can connect and engage with each other during this special time. Post your weekly Vlog to Slack.

Commitment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students, TA, and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor or TA. [ voidLab / CC SA ]

Land Acknowledgement

The University of California, Los Angeles occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Tongva and Chumash peoples. Our ability to gather and learn here is the result of coercion, dispossession, and colonization. We are grateful for the land itself and the people that have stewarded it through generations. While a land acknowledgment is not enough, it is first step in the work toward supporting decolonial and indigenous movements for sovereignty and self-determination. Read more about what land you’re occupying @Native Land.

Center For Accessible Education (CAE)

Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) at (310) 825-1501 or in person at Murphy Hall A255. When possible, students should contact the CAE within the first two weeks of the term as reasonable notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. For more information visit www.cae.ucla.edu.

If you need academic accommodations based on a disability, please register with UCLA’s CAE and let me know within the first week of class.


UCLA prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, there are a variety of resources to assist you.

You can receive confidential support and advocacy at the CARE Advocacy Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, 1st Floor Wooden Center West, CAREadvocate@careprogram.ucla.edu, (310) 206-2465. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also provides confidential counseling to all students and can be reached 24/7 at (310) 825-0768.

You can also report sexual violence or sexual harassment directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator, 2241 Murphy Hall, titleix@conet.ucla.edu, (310) 206-3417. Reports to law enforcement can be made to UCPD at (310) 825-1491. These offices may be required to pursue an official investigation.

Psychological Health, Well-being and Resilience

UCLA is renowned for academic excellence, and yet we know that many students feel overwhelmed at times by demands to succeed academically, socially and personally. Our campus community is committed to helping all students thrive, learn to cope with stress, and build resilience. Remember, self-care is a skill that is critical to your long-term success. Here are some of the many resources available at UCLA to support you:

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