Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART210, Process: Theory + Practice.  An introduction to the intersections of art + design and the processes and professional practices associated with creation, including ideation from materials to concepts and from concepts to materials. Students create a body of work and curate it for display in both a physical exhibition and electronic portfolio, complete with an artist's statement, biography, resume and pricelist.


  • Understanding of distinctions between art and design and what it means to combine these disciplines.
  • Students learn the importance of artistic process and methods to document it effectively from both a fine art and design perspective (through journals, photography, video, development of creative briefs etc.).
  • Students also learn to distinguish between Process Art and artistic process.


  • Ideation both from materials to concepts and from concepts to materials (experience both to learn to adapt to a process that is not intuitive)
  • Oral communication (exploration of different types of critiques plus informal and formal presentation skills)
  • Written communication (resume, artist's statements, artist's bio, cover letters); Marketing skills (application to ART NOW exhibition and their own work - pricelist, mounted labels)
  • Curating skills; professional presentation of work for exhibition; physical and digital portfolio


  • Students choose materials or media for each project (so course is flexible/adaptable to students' career focus)
  • Students are free to choose among a wide range of software, including InDesign, Illustrator, Dragonframe etc.

Technology & Equipment:

  • A Portfolio is created with software or program of student's choice (options are presented ranging from websites to blogs to commercial sales venues to photo managing systems like Tumblr)
  • Students may use choose to use software for exhibition layout (floor planner) and will use video editing software for the Art Now promotional video (iMovie or Adobe Premiere)
  • Students may choose among InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop for the promotional poster for ART NOW
  • Students learn to use a dry mount press for exhibition labels and statements and may use the press to mount photographs.
  • Students learn to use a mat cutter and to professionally frame 2D works.

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of connectivity of a variety of art + design methods, materials, techniques and technologies.
  • Interpret, compare and critique their own and other's work in terms of materials, processes and concepts (demonstrating critical abilities with respect to innovation, craft and sophistication)
  • Demonstrate professional growth in critiques and portfolio development.

Selection of Student Portfolios Created in ART210:

Reid Bruner ('15)

Brooke Dominguez ('16)

Jasmine Gonsalves ('15)

Abbi Miles ('16)

Olivia Toriumi ('14)