2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CMATH 1011 Math, Art, and Design

This course is designed to introduce the student to some beautiful and surprising intersections between the world of mathematics and the world of art and design, as well as to provide practical solutions to mathematical problems encountered by practicing artists. We will look at intersections between mathematics and art over a fairly long historical period and a fairly wide variety of styles, including ancient Greek art and architecture, 20th century geometric art, fractal imagery, and current practices in design. Accompanying each topic in our historical thread will be hands-on development of solutions to mathematical situations encountered by artists, including the use of scale in diagrams and modeling, building three-dimensional objects, shipping and presenting work, and balancing resolution and print size. The class will consist of viewing art work, mathematical lectures, hands-on projects, guest lectures, and videos.




Math Competency course: does not fulfill the General Education Mathematics requirement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.