Syllabus - Spring 2007 - ARTC 441 - Bowling Green State University

ARTC 441:

Collaborative Multimedia Development
Bonnie Mitchell
T/Th 11:30 am - 1:50 pm
1030 Fine Arts Center

Office Hrs:

109 Fine Arts
T/Th 2:30 - 4:00 pm
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This course is designed for art students who already have experience working with interface design, multimedia, digital audio, and/or 3D animation and video. Students will be using their knowledge of HTML, Flash, JavaScript, Macromedia Director, Digital audio and/or Maya and working on large-scale multimedia projects for non-profit organizations or Bowling Green State University. 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 may work in groups or independently to produce the multimedia project. Some projects may involve multiple media (video, printouts, audio, etc) others may be primarily a single media. All projects will involve the use of creative art/audio skills as well as technical knowledge of multimedia development. The students select a project and team member on the first week of classes and then make weekly progress on the project. The students are expected to work independently and in teams throughout the week and meet once a week with the instructor for critique.
Digital storage: Firewire External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC) or Flash Drive highly recommended. You will be expected to back up your data a minimum of once a week.
Each student is expected to show significant progress on a weekly basis. The student is responsible for the completion of the project, therefore the scope of the project must be carefully planned. There is a tendency to discuss the design for many weeks shortcutting the time needed to complete the project. Therefore design ideas must be worked out in the first two weeks of class and production must begin in the third.

During class time, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation.
Attendance is mandatory. You are required to meet with the professor on Thursdays and work with your group on Tuesdays.

1 absences = no penalty
2 absences = overall final grade lowered 1 letter grade
3 absences = overall final grade lowered 2 letter grades
4 absences = fail the course; dropping the course strongly recommended.

You must also set up a regular schedule and meet with your team member for an additional 2-3 hours per week. Independent workers are excluded from this requirement. You must inform the instructor as to when you will be meeting with your team member outside of class.

Grades will be based on attendance at the weekly meetings, significant weekly progress on the project, and the final outcome of the project. All projects are expected to be completed by the end of the semester. Projects are expected to be of professional quality.
90 - 100
89 - 80
79 - 70
69 - 60
59 - 0
A = Excellent - Above and beyond, artistically AND technically
B = Very Good - Beyond requirements, artistically OR technically
C = Average - Met the basic requirements
D = Did not meet requirements
F = Project not turned in or completely insufficient
Digital Arts Department Rules
• No food or drink in the lab.
• No cell phones, or beepers on during class. ALWAYS remember to turn off your cellphone before class.
• No sleeping during class.
• Hardware: No student is permitted to disconnect, reconnect, or reconfigure any workstation without the permission of a digital arts instructor. Any problems with hardware or software must be reported to a digital arts professor, preferably by email. Report should include name of workstation and exact nature of problem.
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).