This entry-level course introduces students to the disciplines of art and design through the exploration of various academic topics within the fields. Lectures, readings and discussions investigate topics such as what defines art and how artists and designers engage within the framework of time and space. Students explore art and design through content, aesthetic values and explorations of visual critical thinking. At the end of this course students will be versed in the formal elements and principles of design, the various types of media found within the visual arts and design disciplines, the art market, and art historical categorical divisions. Additionally, students will obtain elementary knowledge of art criticism, theory and methodologies.