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Fall 2010 Instructor Office/Hours Contact Information Course Description
Visual & Digital Fundamentals
Mondays and Thursdays 9.30-10.45am Rm.014 in GBTC building (Ireland) Tom Barlow GBTC 106 – Adjunct Office - by appt. email@example.com This course will introduce you to the fundamental language of visual form and basic skills on the Macintosh operating system, including the industrystandard software applications used to create, acquire, and manipulate digital images. You will learn about two-dimensional design, form and space, color theory & terminology, image quality and preparation for print & web, as well as appropriate text application, page layout, and will apply these principles to a variety of compositional problems and design projects. Furthermore, these fundamentals will be explored as well in terms of cultural, psychological, physiological, and historical aspects None The student will understand and demonstrate competency in the graphic design software, such that these skill can be adapted to various needs of the multi-media and graphic design world. In addition the student will demonstrate significant development in visual comprehension, utilizing principles of design to create aesthetically effective works. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Show competency and fundamental knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator Demonstrate competency to further expand and master deeper aspects of the software independently. Produce designs of significant quality using the software. Research, write, and critique on topics/design work of relevance and educational value within the field. Commitment to developing personal expertise and realizing the aims of the projects will be assessed and graded. Technical achievement, production, and self-improvement in the discipline are the goals you will be expected to have, and the results will be measured by the projects you produce and assignment levels accomplished. Participation and pro-active selfimprovement in the discipline are highly valued and will be given due credit. Design homework exercises (10 total) – 25% Midterm – 20% Final – 20% Critique Participation – 20%
Pre-Requisite(s) Course Objectives
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Grade Percentile Range (%) Standard Grade Points:
Acceptable 2.7 B+ 87-89 . Below Expected 1.Good 2. You are allowed. without penalty. Or Not Submitted 0. That would equal approximately one-half a grade point per absence .7 C+ 77-79 . USB flash drive. “Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual” by Timothy Samara (available at the campus bookstore.7 F 0-59 . Attendance is extremely important in this fast paced class.Passable.0 D.0 B.2.Just Adequate 1.0 A. Attendance/Tardiness Mandatory.3 D 63-66 . where-ever possible printed or online tutorials will be made available to help you outside of class.0 C. however. For that reason you are required to make use of the tutors (experienced juniors and seniors) available in the open studios.Just Passable 0.80-82 .High Level 3.Not Passable. All unexcused absences after that are penalized by 5% off of your course grade. A notebook/sketchbook journal.60-62 . The feedback in response to such practice ensures that students have received information of their progress that will encourage the highest possible achievement in the production of work to be graded.1.3 C 73-76 . with class sessions devoted to instructor demonstrations.A 93-100 . (Peachpit Press. Visual QuickStart Guide: Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Windows or Macintosh by Elaine Weinmann & Peter Lourekas.Excellent 3.70-72 .90-92 . it is not possible to learn the required techniques in the time we have to go over them in class (limited to mini-lectures and some practice) without practice outside of class-time.Outstanding Quality 4. in-class discussions of student work (called "critiques"). and some lectures as required by the material. Major projects are graded against grading rubrics.7 D+ 67-69 .5 hours total). Required Materials Required Text Recommended Text Tutoring IMPORTANT: This class is designed to give instructional overview and technical guidance in the software. appropriate to the design exercises being covered. Also.3 B 83-86 . A schedule will be posted of available tutoring sessions to aid you in your studies of Adobe CS5.0 Course Procedures The class is conducted primarily as a studio class.Very Good 3. Exercises and projects provide the opportunity for assessment of the students' progress as they attempt to master the skills needed to solve design problems. in-class practice. two absences (2. the parameters of which are presented to the student prior to submission of their work.
and non-course-related web surfing is strictly prohibited during class sessions. If you are ill. the Student Handbook of Champlain College. Graded work will be returned to the student within 14 days of submittal. Please refer to “The Rudder”. If you believe an absence should be excused. the Student Handbook of Champlain College for guidelines concerning withdrawal from a course.g. Ongoing absences or tardiness (even if not your fault) are a disruption of the class. An extension for assignment work will be granted only for extenuating circumstances such as illness or serious personal problems. note signed by nurse.5% reduction in your attendance grade. you could end up with a B. Please do not bring food into the classroom or computer labs. Please refer to the Academic Honesty policy as outlined in “The Rudder”.) A course grade of “Incomplete” can be obtained ONLY upon the request by the student and with the instructor’s consent.(so if your final grade for a course would be a B+. doctor. Attend to your restroom needs prior to the class session. Deadlines/Extensions All assignments must be submitted at the start of the class session on the day due. After 14 or more days. and in such cases it is advisable to seek to drop the class and retake the class at a future time. cell phones and pagers must be turned off. you must reach an agreement with the instructor that a waiver is warranted. Conduct Students are required to conduct themselves in the classroom. and will be issued only for substantial and clearly documented causes. either prior to. please visit Champlain’s health center and consult with our nurse and provide a note. Absence is excused only for valid medical or personal reasons that have been properly documented and communicated to the instructor. work cannot be accepted for grading. or a soon after the event(s) as is reasonably possible. personal entertainment headsets. Additionally. You are responsible for picking up any missed materials and getting yourself back on track with your group. studios. or parent/guardian.or C+ if two classes were missed unexcused. Excused absences are at the discretion of the instructor. If a student believes that s/he has a disability requiring accommodation(s) Non-completion Academic Honesty Special Needs . beverages are allowed but must be in a closeable container. More than 10 minutes late to any class will result in a 2. An extension can be obtained by submitting to the instructor properly authorized written documentation (e. etc. Work submitted between 1 and 7 days after the date due will result in a automatic deduction of 10%. 50%. and consistent with the guidelines provided in The Rudder. preferably before the absence occurs. Performance regarding any of these items may inform the grading process at the instructor’s discretion. instant-messaging. between 8 and 14 days. and labs in a respectful and constructive manner. Nonsubmitted work will receive a grade of 0%.
Photoshop practice Create a simple image in Photoshop. Using copyright free photos and citing sources.but take the handout in case of an emergency in which the internet is malfunctioning. and follow those instructions. the procedure is to contact the Coordinator Support Services for Students with Disabilities prior to. image quality and preparation for print & web. the students. reading lecture studio exercise assignment Week 2 9/7 – 9/12 lecture Basic tools Basic tools. psychological. Academic Continuity You should have received a handout called: Champlain Continuity. the industry-standard software applications used to create. color theory & terminology. layers. or as quickly as possible after a problem has arisen. studio spaces for working outside of class. palettes. Hauke 007. Also. history. form and space. the first class session. Design Discovery Homework #1 – Visual Design in Your Profession.champlain. this is posted in Angel . menu. In the event of an extended suspension of class meetings.in a class. contact Janine Allo. The library web site is a useful tool for locating and accessing those resources: http://campus. After receiving an accommodation form. journals and on-line resources to support the content of this course. here is what you. and historical aspects GDD-111 Week 1 8/30 – 9/5 introduction Course Calendar Introduction / The Mac Platform / Photoshop practice General introduction to the course and the field of digital design. options bars. these fundamentals will be explored as well in terms of cultural. tools. and contains books. should do: Make sure you take the printed handout given to you at the start of the course with you. physiological. Please Note: It is the policy of the College that required textbooks are not maintained in the stacks for circulation.edu/mic. the student should contact the instructor so that adjustments can be implemented in a timely fashion. The Coordinator has specific guidelines on providing appropriate support services to students with various types of disabilities. as well as appropriate text application. . and manipulate digital images. or within one week of. acquire. and will apply these principles to a variety of compositional problems and design projects. You will learn about two-dimensional design. Furthermore. Overview of the Mac labs. For further information. 651-5961 Academic Resources The Champlain College Library is housed in the Miller Information Commons. page layout. textbooks may be placed on reserve at the instructor’s discretion. From: Design Elements a Graphic Style Manual – “Preface: What is Graphic Design?” “Introduction: 20 Rules” Starting in Photoshop. Photoshop screen – resolution.
Design Elements. Photoshop practice Design Discovery Homework #4 – Color Relationships Design Reading: Design Elements. Chapter 1 .Chromatic Interaction Design Discovery Homework #4 – Color Relationships Week 5 9/27 – 10/3 lecture studio due reading assignment File Formats. A Foundation of Meaning. Design Discovery Homework #2 – Exploring Form and Space Week 3 9/13 – 9/19 lecture studio due reading assignment Paint tools – Form & Space. Chapter 2: Color Systems Design Discovery Homework #5 – Color Systems Midterm Project Introduction – Visual Identity Week 6 10/4 – 10/10 lecture studio due reading assignment Manipulate type.Create a simple image in Photoshop Design Discovery Homework #1 – Visual Design in Your Profession. Optimizing for the Web.Compositional Strategies. Photoshop practice Design Discovery Homework #3 – Composition and Meaning Chapter 2 . students critique each other’s design projects. Design Discovery Homework #3 – Composition and Meaning More about Layers. Manipulate images Week 8 10/18 – 10/24 lecture Editing images. Type. cloning and repairing. layer masks.) Photoshop practice Design Discovery Homework #2 – Exploring Form and Space Design Elements. Type tool Palettes. Putting Stuff Into Space. Categories of Form. Chapter 1: . image adjustments. Using the language of design fundamentals.Seeing Form and Space.The Identity of Color . Paint tools (raster tools. Week 4 9/20 – 9/26 lecture studio due reading assignment Working with Layers continued in depth. using alpha channels .studio due reading assignment Photoshop practice First exercise . Chapter 2: Emotions and Messages Midterm project: Create a personal visual identity Form and Space/Color Fundamentals – Midterm Project Week 7 10/11 – 10/17 due critique assignment Midterm Project: Personal visual identity. Color Fundamentals. vector shapes Photoshop practice Design Discovery Homework #5 – Color Systems Design Reading: Design Elements. Visual Critique Image adjustments.
Chapter 3: Texture and Space. Paths palette. Convert selections to vectors. Adobe Illustrator practice Design Discovery Homework #10 – Exploring a grid . How Color Changes Type Design Discovery Homework #9 – Using Type Illustrator: Layout and placement Week 12 11/15 – 11/21 lecture studio due reading assignment Illustrator: Layout and placement Adobe Illustrator practice Design Discovery Homework #9 – Using Type Design Reading: Design Elements.studio due reading assignment Photoshop practice Visual critique Design Elements. Manipulate shapes: Pathfinder. Structuring a Page Design Discovery Homework #10 – Exploring a grid Thanksgiving Break Week 13 11/29– 12/5 lecture studio due Final Project Introduction Illustrator: Using images form Photoshop. Unreal. Adobe Illustrator practice Design Discovery Homework #7 – Image Styles and Meaning Design Elements. Chapter 4: Real. Content and Concept Design Discovery Homework #7 – Image Styles and Meaning Adobe Illustrator Week 10 11/1 – 11/7 lecture studio due reading assignment Adobe Illustrator introduction and Type tools. Issues Related to Style. Chapter 3: Structure and Optics. Chapter 5: Visual Logic. Type and Information. transformation. and Otherwise. Media and Methods Design Discovery Homework #6 – Real to Unreal Photoshop vector tools Week 9 10/25 – 10/31 lecture studio due reading assignment Pen tool. Illustrator practice Design Discovery Homework #8 – Exploring Type Forms Design Elements. Photoshop practice Design Discovery Homework #6 – Real to Unreal Design Elements. Mechanics of Text Design Discovery Homework #8 – Exploring Type Forms Week 11 11/8 – 11/14 lecture studio due reading assignment Text manipulation Adobe Illustrator text manipulation. Chapter 4: Presentation Options.
Final Project Project 9 . formats. review.reading assignment Design Reading: Design Elements.Final Project Review and discussion of your work Fun with Santy Claus ! . Final Project Week 15 12/13 – 12/19 due critique presentations Exam week/ Final Project review Project 9 . Prepress/Export check list Design Reading: Design Elements. Layout Systems Final Project Final Project Week 14 12/6– 12/12 lecture reading assignment Illustrator: Workflows between Photoshop and Illustrator. Chapter 5: Integrating Type and Image. Output.
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