August 17, 2011

Digital Graphics is designed to provide students with an understanding of photographic/vector imagery as it relates to traditional and digital environment. Throughout the semester, we assess and examine photographic/vector images as a way to manipulate, restore, combine and create a new awareness. 

The structure of the class includes lectures, demonstrations, and in/outside class studio activities. Projects will be assigned and will be due on scheduled dates. Each project will include an introduction to the specifics of what is expected and what concepts we are covering. At the completion of assigned projects a critique/class review will take place. Grades will be presented after each project and at the conclusion of the semester (grades are usually complete within two weeks of each project completion, if you happen to be gone on the day that I hand back grades make sure that you request your project grade sheet). Please review the grading criteria and course requirements information. 

If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail, during class or office hours

catalog description-

ART 340  Advanced Digital Graphics

Understanding principles, techniques and aesthetics of digital image process as well as advance techniques.

Course Goals: 

A.  Develop advanced understanding of digital graphic software.

B. Integrate graphic creation into the design process.

C. Refine photographic aesthetic as it relates to solving graphic design/visual communications problems.

D. Refine skills in evaluation of visual problems to develop visual/graphic solutions

E. Develop professional attitudes towards graphic development

Meeting Times

T | TH,  10:30am – 1:20, Rm OP 1224

Three credit hours meet for 6 class hours plus 14 hours outside of class (minimum). Additional lab hourse will be announced.

Required text

“The Photoshop channesl book” – Starring Scott Kel

“Adobe Photoshop for Photographers CS5” -by Martin Evening (recommended)

“The Photoshop CS3/CS4 wow book”(8th edition) by Linnea Dayton and Cristen Gillespie(recommended)

“Advanced Photoshop” magazine – you pick it up at Hastings(recommend)


Current Industry periodicals + other materials as required. 

(you are not require to buy your books at Amazon)

Plagiarism/Cheating Policy

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, paper or project; failure in the course; and/or expulsion from the university.


TSU will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students 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.

Absentee Policy

Roll is taken daily.  More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a reduction of your final grade by one letter grade.  Requests for excused absences should be submitted to the instructor in writing before the class to be missed.  This includes sports practice or away competitive events, band or other instructor-led group trips sponsored by faculty/university administration.  This does not include fraternity, sorority or other extra curricular type of activities.  Determination of the absence is at the discretion of the instructor.

Tardiness Policy

Lateness & leaving early will count as full absence.  I keep very strict attendance records, be warned!

Effort Policy

Students who are late to class, unprepared or who do not participate will receive reduced grades when applicable.  Any late or incomplete projects will result in failure on the project; unless such is the result of an excused absence (in which case every effort should be made to turn in the project early).  Excusibility will be determined by your effort throughout the course of the project and at the instructor’s discretion.

Supplies & Cost

You have paid the registration office in McClaine a basic lab fee.  This does NOT cover the use of the inkjet and laser printers. Rusty is in charge of the laser printing and he needs your receipt once you pay over in McClaine (under Visual Communication) for printing in this lab. You can also pay buy login in to:  


– digital camera

– Storage Device – external HD’s

  – 3 ring binder – 2” – 3” wide

– 8.5” x 11” & 13” x 19” paper for printing

****You may also need to purchase additional supplies as needed.*****

Cell Phones

Cell phones are not permitted in the studio.  Turn it OFF and leave it in your locker.  Do not keep in on your person to “check” incoming calls.

Process Book

In this course you will be required to do a process book/design idea diary (minimum size 8.5 x 11) for the entire semester with entries for each assignment and each class meeting.  The book should include: sketches, notes, ideas, as well as visual inspirations/imagery from magazines, books, etc. (can be copied; cut out).

The process book will be counted as graded component in each one of the assignments that is presented this semester.

Support Material/outline:

• any periodicals, book, etc. – represented by photocopies of articles and work.  

  Source material should relate to the content that we a covering during each 


• sketches also are a integral component of each exercise or minimum expectation 

   will be announced during each visual problem

• Notes: all project notes should be easily source in your process book(organization)

• all project information/handouts

An emphasis upon the design process: the value of Looking and Seeing.  In essence… This journal once completed by each one of you becomes a mechanism for idea development, inspiration, documenting research and self-reflection. These activities, which are represented in the book, provides each of you with clearer vantage of the various possibilities for each of the given exercises and meaningful guide to how important process is in general.

Semester Projects

    > warmup-photographic alphabet | stamps | designing dissent posters | truman

      promotional piece | book covers

    > Homework – will be given on a regular bases.  You must complete ALL of the homework that is assigned to be given full credit. No partial credit will be given for late and incomplete work. Due at the beginning of class.

****Projects could change and be added to as semester progresses*****


A – 100-90%. Excellent Work, reflected by:

• meeting deadlines for all stages of projects as scheduled.

• the development of preliminary research as outlined by the instructor.

• strong evidence of creative process demonstrated via the idea diary.

• communicating desired concepts/ideas to a selected audience.

• using space effectively by creating dynamic, foundational elements of visual communications:

letter forms, image/illustrations, organizational strategies.

• technical proficiency

• maintaining a professional attitude in your work.

• a quality project presentation to the class (demonstrating communication skills).

• top project(s) in class.

B – 89-80%. Good Work (above average)

• very solid effort.

• may be lacking qualities listed in A description.

C – 79-70%. Fair Work (average)

• completes projects as assigned.

• may be lacking qualities listed in A description

D – 69-60%. Poor Work (below average)effort lacking.

• suggest dropping course if received frequently.

• meet with the instructor for guidance.

• does not meet deadlines or absentee/late to the course over what is expected.

F – 59-0%. Failure

• major problems with projects.

• suggest dropping course if received frequently.

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