Design. Where the college student learns to glue.

here’s the promised post where i rant about having to retake design because you, as my (so far non-existent) cyber audience, have not heard my diatribe on the subject.

i took design a few years ago at a community college and ended up getting pregnant about halfway through the semester. got a B because i had a very hard time waking up and getting to school after getting preggo and missed a few key details about what was needed for the final. (of course, i had no clue as to WHY i couldn’t wake up until 2 weeks before finals!)

when my son was about a year old i transfered to the university that i am going to now. when i sat down with my adviser and my transcripts i learned that the design i took at the cc was 2-D design and i needed 3-D to graduate. blah. the system sucks! why did i take a class that said it would transfer, only to have it transfer to an area that i didn’t need?? (ge transfer credit ie: here’s 3 units towards nothing along with your other 25 units of nothing, 50 units of something, and 45 units of units we are just going to THROW AWAY! tra la la! ’cause we are the college fairies! here to distract you with our bureaucracy wisdom!)

here i am, 2nd to last semester before graduating with my totally worthless studio art degree, loads of advanced classes done with, taking ARTS 126 – design. design where i get to revisit the fascinating concepts of line, shape, color, texture, value, form, and space. wow. as if color theory wasn’t bad enough. color theory = 4 months of mixing R-RO-O-YO-Y-YG-G-GB-B-BV-V-RV and the good ol’ value set of B&W!!! thank zeus for my ipod and npr podcasts of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! if anyone has taken an introductory level painting class, or almost any other intro studio art class, the color wheel has been done. also, if you have ever been in grammar school you are familiar with the concept of the color wheel. if you aren’t familiar with the color wheel, you MUST get out from under that rock and expand your horizons. better yet, take color theory and listen to an npr podcast or 3.

the thing that really bothers me is although these classes are required to graduate, none are prerequisite to any other classes. this means that you have juniors and seniors (like me) who are in the class being treated like freshmen in a condescending way. not only that, we’ve been getting all these concepts from every class we take! honestly, i feel like they make us take these classes so they can hand art students a DEGREE with out laughing. because really, at the end of the day, i get to glue for homework.



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