Semester Syllabus


Academic Year: AY16
Study Year : First
Course Code &Title: DN1002 Foundation 2D I
Academic Unit: 3 AU
Pre-requisite: NIL
Course Description: DN1002  Foundation 2D I [Studio Contact Hours: 52 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]


Learning Objective

Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based introduction to the basic principles of 2D design. To introduce to students the beginnings of a skill in the theory and application of colour.


Abstracts such as shape, form, line, pattern, tone and colour are the prime building blocks upon which all 2D designs are built. In this course these elements are examined for the multiple ways in which they can interact. Intention, research, ideation, sketching and reference are introduced to the students as key ideas in the development of a piece of work. Teaching is by project (group and individual) and critical analysis is encouraged both in the on-going process and in the examination of the finished project.

Learning Outcome

The student will have an introductory knowledge of 2D design techniques and strategies with a special emphasis on the formal elements of its construction. The students will have the beginnings of an ability to critically analyse and discus their 2D designs. The students will have the beginnings of a knowledge of key figures and terms in 2D practice.


Course Outline

S/N Topic
1 Intro to course
2 – 6 Introduction to the visual elements of design:

Point / Line / Curve / Plane / Shape / Value etc


Figure and grouping, figure / ground reversal, ambiguous / impossible Figures etc

Space and Spatial Organization:

Centralized / Linear / Radial / Clustered, grid / lattice etc

Introduction to Pattern:

Symmetry groups and operations, translation / rotation etc


Size / Scale / Dimension / Proportions etc.

2-Dimensional Space:

Picture plane, grouping / dominance and emphasis etc.

Introduction to Composition:

Grids, visual hierarchy, unity etc.

7 Mid Sem review of assignments
8 -12 Colour Notations, Systems and Theories:

Subtractive/CMYK and additive/RGB Optical colour mixing

Digital colour: RGB, HSL, analogue / digital etc

Colour properties:

Contrasts (Johannes Itten), temperature, value, tone, saturation, harmonies etc

Colour Illusions:

Figure / Ground (size / relationship of colour element)

Simultaneous contrasts in Hue, Value, and Saturation

Afterimage Phenomenon and Successive Contrast

Perception and recognition, gestalt theory

13 Final review of assignments





  • Continuous Assessment: 60%
    Continuous assessment components may include:Studio-based exercises and projects Individual, group and team-based assignments, process journal/virtual documentation on Open Source Studio (OSS)
  • Participation: 30%
    Participation assessment components may include:
    Attendance (10%), contribution such as group discussions, presentations, (10%), studio tidiness (10%)
  • Final Portfolio: 10%
    Final Portfolio assessment components includes:
    OSS Gallery featuring final outcomes of each project



Recommended Reading:

  1. C Wallschlaeger, C Busic-Snyder, Basic Visual Concepts and Principles: For Artists, Architects and Designers, Wm. C. Brown
  2. S Bleicher, Contemporary Color: Theory and Us, Thomson Delmar Learning
  3. Johannes Itten, The Art of Color, Jon Wiley & Sons
  4. William Lidwell, Universal Principles of Design, Rockport Publishers



Essential Materials to be purchased by student. For each project student will be notified about requirements.

  • Range of pencils
  • Metal Ruler
  • Craft knives (X_ACTO or pen knife)
  • Scissors
  • A4 Drawing Pad any type- any paper for sketching you can use this for visual journal
  • Blue Tack (this will be important to secure works during critique)
  • External Drive (8-16 GB)
  • Lap Top


2D Foundation Facilities
There are three classrooms that would be accessible for students. Please make sure you clear your workstations after each class as classes are conducted AM and PM. No alcohol allowed in Foundation 2D premises. Please do not use 2D classrooms as storage or to do projects for other modules such as 3D, 4D or drawing/painting. Anything from the other foundation courses will be discarded if stored in the classroom. 2D FDN rooms cannot be used for any media installations such as 3D, 4D and Drawing.

2-20a FDN 2D Silkprint / Darkroom
Please use only when class is covering printmaking methods
2-20b FDN 2D Workshop FDN
2-22a FDN 2D Computer Lab FDN

Link to PDF

FDN2D_AY201617_Weekly_Final_Ina August 8

Presentations General Info

Presentations Overview

Elements and Principles of Design

Presentations are going to cover students’ theory research on various topics specific to 2D Foundation and Graphic Design.  Gather together media and links to related readings and/or artworks that support your presentation. The presentations will be carried out in 8 groups per class and over all 9 groups of 2D foundation. Each Presentation will be created as a WordPress post. We encourage  students to add to the original presentation even after the due date and through the course of the semester. As your understanding of the elements and principles evolves the goal is that you can use this throughout your Sem 1 and Sem 2.The Presentations should take full advantage of the multimedia capabilities of WordPress: with embedded images, video, links, sound, etc.
The Sign up sheet is on Google Documents.

Presentation Topics and Groups

Group 1: 3 student per group
Topic: Elements (dot, line, shape)
Presentation on week 3, August 22nd
Group 2: 3 student per group
Topic: Elements (plane, value, texture)
Presentation on week 4, August 29th
Due to Public Holiday,  Presentation 3 moved from Week 6, 12 September to Week 7, 19 September Hari Raya Haji 12 Sep 2016 Monday Public Holiday no class
Group 3: 2 student per group
Topic: Principles (Golden ratio, symmetry, balance, emphasis, unity)
Presentation on week 7,19 September
Group 4: 2 student per group
Topic: Principles (harmony, pattern, size, scale, proportion,)
Presentation on Week of Recess, 26 September
Presentation Group 5: 2 student per group
Topic: Gestalt
Presentation on week 8, 3 October
Group 6: 2 student per group
Topic: Colour notation, systems
Presentation on week 10, 17 October
Group 7: 2 student per group
Topic: colours properties
Presentation on week 11, 24 October
Group 8: 2 student per group
Topic: colour illusions and emotion
Presentation on week 12, 31 October

General AY2016_17

Semester One (1) of Academic Year 2016-2017 runs from 23-July-2016 to 02-Dec-2016 with a one-week recess from 26-Sep-2016 to 30-Sep-2016.


The revision and examination period is from 14-Nov-2016 to 02-Dec-2016 where officially there are no lessons.  The following dates are Public/University Holidays or periods designated by the university where officially there are no classes


Orientation Week 23-July-2016 to 05-August-2016
Union Day/Academic Council 25-August-2016

(No class from 1030 hrs to 1430 hrs)

National Day 09-August-2016 (Tuesday)
Hari Raya Haji 12-September-2016 (Monday)


The deadline for submission of the final marks/grades for Semester One (1) of AY 2016-17, is expected to be on (21 November to 25 November 2016)The Grade Review Meetings are expected to take place between (28 November 2016).


The Academic Calendar can be found at this hyperlink:-