Topics in Art

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 290

       Course Name: Topics in Art

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-8 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies depending on specific topic

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers specialized instruction in current topics in art, photography and/or graphic design. Topics will be identified for each section of the course. Class may be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of 12 semester credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To familiarize students with current and emerging topics in art history, drawing, painting, ceramics, museum studies, photography, and/or graphic design. Specific learning outcomes will be developed for each topic to delineate the knowledge and skills students will be expected to acquire in the course.

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

Topics vary based on the type of visual imaging. This course will present current topics in art history, drawing, painting, ceramics, museum studies, photography, graphic design, web design, game graphic design, and digital animation.  For each topic, a detailed outline will be provided.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

For studio courses, methods will include the standard components of large group and individualized instruction, demonstrations, projects, and critiques of work.  For art history or museum studies courses, methods will include lecture, discussion, demonstrations, slide presentations, media presentations, and field trips.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Depending on the subject matter, course practices will include appropriate elements from the following list:

  1. Regular attendance
  2. Completion of assignments/projects
  3. Attendance and participation in studio course critiques
  4. Demonstration of proficiency in the techniques explored
  5. Class discussions
  6. Oral Presentations
  7. Field trips.
  8. Quizzes and exams, essay and/or objective
  9. Written critiques, reports, and/or research papers

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Readings, media, software, and supplies will vary with the topic.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

For studio courses, assigned projects will be evaluated on the basis of the following components:
  1. Technical quality
  2. Craftsmanship – neatness
  3. Visual simplicity – strength of organization of images
  4. Strength of concept
Critiques of work will be held during the term. In addition, a final critique, in which students show their completed body of work, will be held at the end of the semester.

For art history or museum studies courses, each instructor will identify the activities and assignments on which students will be evaluated and specify the weight each carries in the final grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor will specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, late assignments, and any other pertinent 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.

Open lab hours will be posted each semester.

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.