Welcome to Spring 2023

Hello, I'm your instructor Canguo Liu, and I'm excited to have you aboard this semester in our new updated digital lab 7138 with all M1 MAX computers. Please click the above class icons for more information. 


You may find Materials, Computers and requirements for Online Sections. And College and Course Policies. 

In case your need to contact me before the course starts, please use the email and information we shared here. 

Online courses are use Canvas System. You can access this Quick Cuesta LMS instructions. 

In-person class does not need buy software license, nor a computer, as we will provide in the lab.  

Canguo Liu, ART 253

Digital Arts

From Digital Pixels to Time and Space. 

Introduction to concepts, practices, and theories of digital art production in a fine arts context. Topics include integration of design, color, and compositional principles with contemporary digital tools and mixed media approaches.  

Six main explorations and more.

Vector Arts 

Week 1-3

Use Illustrator to create visual work like Op art, Geometric abstraction, and more .  

Image Effects

Week 4- 6

Work with transform pictures into Mono tones, duotones, Photorealism and glitch.

Visual Collages

Week 7-10

Separate elements from visual collections to unleash the narrative power of images.

Time-based Arts

Week 11-13

time-based video editing and effects, animates images and arts, change positon, rotation and speed over time. 

Space-based Arts 

Week 14-16

Exploring the possibilities of 3D art, modeling and computer graphic images. 

Transform your Arts

Week 17-18

Use digital techniques to transform your art practices in other disciplines. 

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Canguo Liu


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within 24 hours weekdays

Lab 7138

a newly upgraded lab that provides the latest digital tools for design and art!

Studio Hours (Projects)

Monday 3-5 (Lab 7137)

Office Hours (In-Person)

Tuesday, Wednesday - 3-5 pm
Thursday - 3-4 pm

7137 or 7130 or Zoom

(Appointment required)

In-person and synchronous

In-person requires meetings in the lab.

Learning Outcomes


Create artworks through various digital media input and output methods using vector and raster-based software.


Successfully apply the formal elements and principles of design in digital art works.


Describe contemporary approaches, language, aesthetics, and emerging media in digital art.


Analyze and critique digital images utilizing relevant terminology and concepts.

Course Objectives

Evaluate and critique digital images utilizing relevant terminology and concepts.

Create artworks through various digital media input and output methods using vector and raster-based software.

Demonstrate use of the specific tools of each application.

Create a portfolio, or body of work, demonstrating formal, conceptual, and technical development

Examine and describe contemporary approaches, language, aesthetics, and emerging media in digital art, including mixed media

Safely handle and maintain digital imaging hardware and materials

Apply the elements and principles of design in finished digital artworks

Topics & Scope

The use of technology to create art through various digital media input and output methods. Mixed media combining digital and traditional techniques

Principles and uses of vector and raster-based software in the creation of digital art

Elements and principles of design as they relate to digital media. Additive and subtractive color systems

Concept development as it relates to digital art

History, contemporary trends, language, aesthetics and emerging media as they relate to digital art

Analysis of digital images. Relevant terminology and concepts

things should know

Information, Policies and Support

We use Canvas to host class materials. YouTube or other internet platforms may be used. Recommend to install Apps (iOS, Android) on your phone. 

In-person classes will use 7138 lab near Cuesta Gallery, we will assign you a computer device in the lab. All device require to put back to the charging rack before you leave. With new design, you can sit or standing anywhere in or near the lab. 

We will updates / announcement weekly, via class updates or announcements. and timely feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

No textbook is required. We use a public website, our recorded demo videos, instruction pages and other digital resources. 

Online classes are not inherently easier, and you should expect to spend at least as much time as you would on a course that meets face to face.

Your computer will need an internet connection to stream online videos from Canvas or other video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Course created with ADA compliance, other accommodations can be made such as extended time on exams. Don't hesitate to get in touch with DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148.

We offer more supports for online sections, so the Waitlist will works

A robust digital creative class needs to constantly change to reflects industry trends. Therefore, new learning materials will publish on each Monday, 9am. 

Effective Oct. 15 2021, all students, employees, and visitors who access Cuesta College campuses and facilities must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. Check COVID-19 Information

Canvas grading is not always equals your grade. Final Portfolio is key to success in a creative class. In-person classes don't use Canvas Grading. Read Cuesta Grading Policies. 

Our difficulties level are moderate-easy, all contents consider you are relative beginner of use certain apps for the first time.

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All graphic classes are digital-based and use Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Please use education discount purchase at $39.99/ 6 months from Collegebuys.org (if it still available). In-person student don't have to buy own software.

You will need a computer (Mac or Windows PC) that can run the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software at a reasonable speed. You can't compete in a class with tablets or phones. In-person student will access studio computers. 

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu. or visit Canvas Support.

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