Syllabus

Class Time and Location

MWF: 7:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. OP1224

Course Description
ART201 Design, Software and process | entry-level design program course focused on graphic design elements/principles, terminology, software knowledge and process techniques.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will… 

  • have a deeper understanding and ability to use basic design elements and principles
  • have developed design, production, and conceptual problem-solving abilities
  • have developed abilities to evaluate, analyze and resolve design problems
  • complete projects utilizing design processes introduced in this courses
  • have the ability to work quickly and efficiently to complete an assignment
  • have the ability to design in a manner appropriate for the specific visual problem
  • a broad introductory understanding of a range of visual/design software
  • have the ability to technically produce designs for pre-press print production  and web production
  • develop time management skill sets

Mandatory attendance. Three absences per semester (excused or unexcused) will be permitted. Absences beyond the three will result in the lowering of the final grade one-third letter grade for each class missed. Being late for class more than twice counts as one absence for each occurrence beyond the two. Being “late” is defined as arriving after the instructor. Being more than 15 minutes late counts as an absence. Leaving class early will count as an absence. If class is missed, the student must complete any assignments assigned during that class with the same deadlines as those students attending class. Attendance will be noted at the beginning of every class period. Consideration above three absences will only be given if the student notifies the instructor prior to class that they will be absent.

This is a studio class, come with all supplies needed and be prepared to work while in class. There are six hours of class per week and you should dedicate at least six hours of concentrated work per week outside of class. Critiques will be held throughout the semester. Active participation will be noted and factored into your final grade.

Deadliness and revisions
Missing a deadline will be tracked and will be factored into your final grades. Revisions to all designs produced during the semester are allowed for inclusion in grading portfolios.

Classroom Etiquette
Student are expected to do their part in keeping the classroom in good shape. Log off the computer, clean off table tops, trash any scraps, push in stools/chairs at the end of each class session. DO NOT use X-Acto knives on the wooden table surfaces, use the drafting table or cutting mats. DO NOT use Spray Mount in the building. Clean-up begins five minutes before end of class. NO FOOD or DRINKS in the computer lab at any time! Please use any technology only in support of your class projects and assignments. Any infractions to these rules will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Grading Criteria

Grading in ART201 is based upon two portfolios. One portfolio at midterm and one final portfolio at the end of the semester. The main grading components in the midterm and final portfolios will be Concept, Content Management, Design, Production and Presentation. Efficiency. Reliability and Process will be noted throughout the semester and factored into the final grades. You will be allowed to revise and refine any project completed during the course of the semester (post-project deadline) for inclusion in your portfolio(s).

You will be graded upon the following criteria:
Concept:   The idea behind the solution
Content:   What is stated in the solution
Design:   Creative use of design elements and principles
Production:  Craft in which the project is produced
Presentation:  Visual/verbal presentation of the work
Efficiency:  The ability to work in a well thought out and planned manner
Reliability:  The ability to meet deadlines and attend class
Process:  The documentation of how a design is developed

Good process (research, traditional thumbnails, variation sketches, comps – visual thinking ) is vital to design development. It is expected and you may be asked to produce at any time the documentation of your design processes. Lack of design process will be noted throughout the semester and factored into your final grade.

Evaluation will be on the A – F scale.
A  – 100 to 90% – Excellent – superior
B  – 89 to 80% – Good – above average
C  – 79 to 70% – Average
D  – 69 to 60% – Below average
F  – 59% and below –  Failing

Grading Rubric

A – Exceptional

  • Exceeds/masters all course objectives
  • Attends all class meetings and is always prompt
  • Invests quality, productive time and energy in studio
  • Sets standards for fellow designers in work and professional demeanor (team player and leader)
  • Attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule without exception
  • Willing to revise and improve projects,techniques, and process

Will certainly do well professionally

B – Good

  • Meets course objectives (Exceeds or masters a few)
  • Attends most class meetings and is consistently prompt
  • Invests time and energy in studio
  • Often sets standards for fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule with little exception
  • Willing to revise and improve projects, techniques, and process

Will do well professionally

C – Average

  • Meets course objectives
  • Attends most class meetings
  • Inconsistent time and energy spent in studio
  • Often follows the standard set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is completed on schedule with some exceptions willing to revise and improve projects, techniques, and process on occasion

May or may not remain in the field

D – Below Average

  • Meets few course objectives
  • Misses or is late to several class meetings
  • Does not invest sufficient time and energy in studio
  • Often falls below the standards set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is often not completed on schedule and is poor quality
  • Does not initiate revisions and improvements on projects, techniques, and process

Encourage to seek another major

F – Failing

  • Does not meet course objectives
  • Does not attend most class meetings or is habitually late
  • Does not invest appropriate time and energy in studio
  • Falls below the standards set by fellow designers in work and professional demeanor
  • Inconsistently attentive to process
  • Work is often not completed on schedule and is poor quality
  • Fails to sufficiently revise or improve on projects, techniques, and process

Encourage to seek another major

Code of Conduct

Ethical Practices In keeping with university policy. Student Conduct Code Sect. 8.050.1 and common standards of integrity and professional practice, plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is grounds for expulsion from the university and/or disciplinary action within the course and/or program. Copying someone else’s work or lifting ideas from a source outside your own inspiration and presenting it as your own work is an act of cowardice that will result in immediate dismissal from the course and/or failing grades for the assignment and semester.

Permission

By enrolling in this Truman State University Art Department course, you are granting permission for the university and department to use any artwork, designs or illustrations, as demonstrative samples of student work for the stated course, in competitions, university publications, websites or multimedia promotions.

Students with Disabilities

Truman State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.