Course code MākZPA72
Faculty Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 4 96
E-courses MākZPA72: Design Composition IV
Course annotation The aim of the course is to develop the understanding of the aesthetic and functional qualities of a space; creating and presentation of design concept and technical solutions of creating spatial and plain objects; coordination of design idea and function, innovative and artistic aspects.
Learning tasks provide exploring form and texture (both visual and tactile), composition of three-dimensional forms, analysis of design samples in applied graphics, book design, graphic signs. Students get to know multi-medial solutions, create compositions of text and images in book design, posters and illustrations. They try different graphic techniques and materials, as well as combine geometrical and plastic spatial objects with graphic elements using different ways of paper processing.

The course helps to understand psychological aspects of colour perception, colour as a symbol and mean of self-expression. Students explore expressive, aesthetic and philosophical determinants of colour choice and usage in the artworks of different styles, movements and authors. Practical exercises allow to ascertain the accordance of theory and practice and give opportunities to creative self-expression.
Results By successful completing of the course students are able to demonstrate knowledge in specifics of two- and three-dimensional composition, functions and aesthetic qualities of space, varied use of colour in different cultures, arts branches, styles and the artworks of individual artists. They gain skills to analyse and evaluate decorative and functional aspects of spatial design, its content and aesthetic qualities, the documentation of artworks and design samples, the decorative structure and illustrations of books. Students are able to develop artistic concept and to work independently using mixed techniques and different materials to create complicated graphic and spatial objects, to use different sources in creating the artwork, to discuss about the design subjects, to present and substantiate their ideas, to respect the diversity of viewpoints, to expose artworks and to present the results of their research .

Course plan 1. Colour and communication: fine arts, design. Colour perception. L 2
2. Perception of space and composition. Design concepts. L 2
3. Colour schemes analysis of visual works. Colour’s function in interior design. Lw 8
4. Perception of material and spatial composition. Lw 4
5. Ideas and solutions of graphic designs in two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions. Stylistic analysis. Lw 4
6. Composition and expression of pattern. Lw 4
7. Art form synthesis. Collage, assemblage. Lw 4
8. Art object. Relations between the object and its environment. Lw 4
9. Planning solutions of three-dimensional compositions. Structure of object’s form. Lw 4
10. Graphic design. Lw 4
11. Graphic designs. Transformation and creation of new forms. Lw 4
12. Graphic symbols. Two-dimensional signs. Spatial variations. Lw 4
13. Composition of ready images. Photomontage. Collage. Lw 8

14. Book design – layout and illustrations. Lw 8
Requirements for obtaining credit points Two midterm graded assessments, 35% each.

Exam (show – exhibition of semester works where compliance of creative work to the given task, the quality of work and its presentation are assessed) – 30%.
Study programmes Art