Advanced Computer Art

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 251

       Course Name: Advanced Computer Art

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 250 or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores different media in making electronic images using many techniques which draw upon common skills and procedures. Content includes application processes using various computer software related to specific images, relationships to other techniques, customizing brushes, applying textures, creating dramatic borders, making mosaics, applying paint and sketches, transforming photographs, and animation. Production of finished output major goal of course. Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter used as the main software.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Manipulate images electronically.
  2. Produce images using different media.
  3. Demonstrate common software skills and techniques used by computer artists.
  4. Input and output images with a high level of quality and skill.
  5. Incorporate the principles of aesthetics in different media.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Sketching
    1. Templates
    2. Outlining
  2. Painting
    1. Resolution and output
    2. Color theory
    3. Watercolor
    4. Fresco
    5. Impressionism
    6. Texture
    7. Expressionism
    8. Brushes
  3. Frames and Borders
    1. Gold
    2. Textures
    3. Shapes
    4. Ornamental
  4. Photographs
    1. Mosaic
    2. Production and quality
    3. Montage
    4. Lighting effects
    5. Brush strokes
    6. Filters
  5. College and Montage
    1. Glow
    2. Image hose
    3. Placing objects
    4. Synthetic objects
  6. Themes
    1. Creating Motifs
    2. Gradations and colors
    3. Color combinations
    4. Backgrounds
  7. Typography
    1. Transformations
    2. Outlines and stroking
    3. 3D effects
    4. Paper effects
  8. Graphics
    1. Interfaces
    2. Depth
    3. Adding textures
    4. Spherical qualities and distortion
  9. Animation
    1. Line thickness
    2. Cartoons
    3. Floaters and backgrounds
    4. Cloning
  10. Output
    1. Storage and compression
    2. Scanning and resolution
    3. Service bureaus
    4. Printers

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures, slide presentations and computer work in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend all critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar
  2. Complete assigned work.
  3. Produce ten finished projects
  4. Final Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Mount board and white museum-grade 11 x 14 board
  2. CD-ROMs
  3. Flash drive or portable hard drive
  4. Ink jet paper for high quality output

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights
  1. Quizzes         = 25%
  2. Critiques        = 25%
  3. Final Exam    = 25%
  4. Final Critique = 25%    
Critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feed back on the work presented.  Multiple choice quizzes will be administered at the first three critiques.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.