Instructor: Bonnie Mitchell
Office: 109 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours:
Tues 12-1:30pm & Wed. 11:00am-12:30pm

ARTC 4000
Section 1001/1002
Spring 2012
244 Wolfe Center
MW 3:30-5:50pm


This course focuses on After Effects manipulation of images over time. Students will use Photoshop images, digital photography and hand drawn/painted images to create time-based artworks that move in relationship to music. We will explore and integrate a huge selection of special effects and techniques. The class will include a focus on motion graphics, music videos and expressive works of art that happen over time. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Prerequisite: ARTC 2210 or consent of instructor.


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.

No textbook required although if you prefer to have a reference book, the following book is quite good:

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition, Trish & Chris Meyer


Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises, in-class exercises, the required readings, and the final project. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. By the end of the semester, all projects should be part of your web portfolio. During class time, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation.


Attendance is mandatory. We will be covering a variety of materials throughout the semester. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility meet with a classmate or make an appointment with me to get the information.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.

Assignments and Critiques

Turning in Projects
Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class.

Revised projects are due exactly one week from the critique date, I do not accept late revised projects and you will receive a zero on the revised project if it is NOT turned in on time.

If you miss a regular critique, the project for that critique will be lowered by one letter grade.

During critiques, I expect each student's full attention and respect. Monitors will be TURNED OFF during critiques. Critiques begin promptly at the beginning of the class.

Final Critique
Attendance at the Final critique is mandatory. Missing the final critique will result in an F for the Final Project. NO late Final Projects will be accepted!

Grades / Evaluation

A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, artistically AND technically

B (89-80)
Very Good - Beyond requirements, artistically OR technically

C (79-70)
Average - Met the basic requirements

D (69-60)
Did not meet requirements

F (59-0)
Project not turned in or completely insufficient

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. Cheating, fabrication or plagiarism are dealt with according to the policies outlined in the Student Handbook (Codes of Conduct).