Syllabus ARTC 4410

Instructor: Bonnie Mitchell
Office: 109 Fine Arts Center
Office Hours: W 9-11 AM & W 5-6 PM

Section: 1001 (77230)
Semester: Fall 2014
Lab: 246 Wolfe Center
Time: MW 2:30-4:50pm

Course Overview

Course Description and Objectives:

This course is designed for art students who already have experience working with digital video, interactive design, multimedia, digital audio, and/or animation. Students will be using their knowledge in these areas to work on large-scale multimedia projects for organizations. The course is designed to give real-world experience to students by granting maximum responsibility for the development of a professional product that will be published and seen by the public. The students will work in collaborative groups to produce the project. Some projects may involve multiple media (video, print, web, etc) others may be primarily a single media. All projects will involve the use of creative design skills as well as technical knowledge of digital art. Students are assigned a projects and teams periodically throught the semester. The teams must make weekly progress on the projects. The students are expected to work both independently and with their team throughout the week and show their progress once a week to the class in critique.

This semester, we have an exceptional opportunity to work with NASA to help promote their ICESat-2 satellite, and NASA in general, to a young audience. This project requires you to really stretch yourself creatively while working at a highly professional level. The rewards for doing so will go well beyond the academic, providing a tremendous addition to your professional portfolio and the possibility of working with NASA as an intern after the semester ends.


Every student is expected to set concrete goals and deadlines, and meet them. As in the professional world, students will turn in a timesheet each week and will be held accountable for their hours. Remember that 1 credit in a studio course equals 3 hours of homework per week. Therefore this class expects 9 hours of weekly homework in addition to the 5 hours you spend in class. Each student is responsible for the completion of the creative idea projects, therefore its scope must be carefully planned. Concept and design ideas must be worked out rapidly and articulation of that idea must begin shortly afterwards. The role of the professor is that of Art Director. You will be working directly with her as well as the client, which will vary depending on project. You will meet with the Art Director and client in class, or outside of class as available. They will give you critical feedback on your ideas and progress, and you will re-work the project accordingly. Remember, you must always please the client! As a result, detailed note-taking during client-team meetings is mandatory! In order to complete your project you may also need to seek technical help from other instructors, online tutorials, etc.

Team assignments and roles for each of the team members will be determined by conducting a series of exercises and also through assigned placements. Each team will be responsible for creating a blog to use to show progress during class critiques and client meetings.


You are responsible for the storage and backup of all material you will be working on for your projects. You will need a Firewire HD, or a thumb drive depending on the project.

Field Trips and Visitors:

To enhance our knowledge of the NASA project, the NASA team will be coming to visit. You will be notified as to when the visit is as soon as it is confirmed. We will also be taking field trips to places where the goal is to inform and educate the audience. Dates will be announced as they are confirmed.


You are required to attend every class session because of the weekly team meetings. You also may be presenting to the entire class, meeting with the client, or working with your group during class hours. Attendance at TEAM & CLIENT meetings is mandatory. If you miss these, the timeline for the entire project can be compromised. Therefore, attendance policy is as follows:

It is thus STRONGLY advised to save your "free" absence in case of some emergency or illness.


Three lates = one absence. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class, it is your responsibility to make sure I mark you present if you are late. This must be done during the class period in which you arrive late.

I make numerous important announcements at the beginning of many classes. If you miss them due to being late, then you are responsible for getting them from a fellow student.

If you have a regular and unavoidable conflict with the class start time (such as another class finishing across campus just before our class begins) please notify me of this on the FIRST day of class.


Leaving class early without clearing it with the instructor will be counted as an absence. There may be designated times when you can work independently outside the classroom, but that MUST BE APPROVED by the instructor before leaving.

In addition to working on your own (5-6 hours/week), you must also set up a regular schedule to meet with your team for an additional 2-3 hours per week outside of class. Once determined, you must inform the instructor of your weekly team meeting time(s).


Course grade will be based on:

All projects MUST be completed by the due dates. YOU MUST MEET ALL DEADLINES AND GOALS TO RECEIVE A MINIMUM of a C.

Weekly progress grades will be assigned according the following:

Final project grades will be assigned according the following:

Projects are expected to be of professional quality. At the end of the term, students will also be given the opportunity to grade fellow team members on their contributions to their project, which will be factored into the final grade.

General Policies


Digital Arts Department Rules

Student Projects

Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the Art department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used by the Art department for instructional purposes in future courses. Please inform the instructor if you do not want your projects used.


Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity in their academic work. From time to time, however, issues such as cheating, fabrication or plagiarism in an academic exercise arise. The original jurisdiction and penalty both vary depending on the offense and when it is discovered. Also, there are specific requirements for record-keeping and for notification of the student and academic dean. The complete policy is available in both the Student Handbook (Codes of Conduct) and the Faculty Handbook (Academic Charter).


I reserve the right to change these rules in order to facilitate a better learning environment.