Syllabus - Fall 2010- ARTC 2210 - Bowling Green State University

ART C2210:

Digital Imaging
Cathy Joritz
Sec 002: T/R 1:00p-3:20p
1026 Fine Arts Center

Office Hrs:

204a Fine Arts
W 10:30a-1:30p
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Description & Objectives

Digital imaging covers an enormous range of activities, from artmaking, illustration, graphic design, product design, new media & interactive media applications, time-based media, 3D applications and more.

This course will give you a better understanding of some of the technical aspects of digital imaging while posing creative challenges to which you'll apply your skills. This is primarily a 2D imaging class (although some 3D aspects will come in to play) and will include Photoshop – and, time permitting – Corel Painter, After Effects, Imovie and a bit of Illustrator. We will also cover some typography basics. We'll regularly review the work of digital artists and, along with your art projects, there will be reading, research and presentation assignments.

The conceptualization and creation of artwork is the primary focus of this class, but we will also address skills helpful in obtaining work in the digital arts industry (i.e. applicable toward commercial art).

Class lectures will include viewing contemporary digital art and applications, demonstrations, discussion, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry, and other information relevant to digital imaging. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course.

Note: Creating digital images requires a lot of thought, time and dedication. You'll have some time ito work on assignments in class but will need to work outside of the class to complete your work.

Required Materials
Digital storage: 4 Gig Flash Drive or larger. If you're really serious, consider purchasing a 320 or 500 Gig portable drive. You will be expected to back up your data regularly. Lost data will not be accepted as an excuse for missing or incomplete assignments or any other lost class material.
Recommended Books, Tuts, Forums, etc.

There is no "required" textbook for this course, although there are some really great books out there. I will post titles & links soon. If you have any suggestions for texts, tutorials, forums or other online learning resources pls email them to me and submit them on the resources pages. This is where everyone can pull together and help each other.


Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises (including in-class exercises), required readings, and of course, the final. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class and you must adhere to deadlines and instruction. Final versions of all assignments should be placed in your homework folder. I'll give formatting details as we progress.

Class participation is important and will factor into your final grade. However, your motivation to participate should come from a desire to share and to get the most out of this class. Pls show yourself to be a team player, treat each other with respect, and help each other when the opportunity presents itself.

Students will be expected to master all taught technology and continue to explore the software packages and subject matter on their own. All students are required to become adept at using graphic tablets and learning the basic, most necessary keyboard shortcuts.

Pls. pursue the objectives/assignments in this course with a positive attitude and as much effort as possible.

Help me help you...

All three of my classes this semester are back-to-back, Tuesdays & Thursdays. I have only 10 minutes between classes, just like many of you. This means that I won't be able to talk to you either immediately before or after class – a time when casual discussion, advice, comments often take place. For this reason I ask you to pls not be insulted or feel neglected when I can't chat – it's nothing personal. If you need me for anything at all, pls email or come to my office hours! If you can't make it to my o-hours let me know and we'll set up a meeting at another time.

I am here to help you. Free cookies in office ; )


There will be a sign-in sheet for you to sign at the beginning of every class. Attendance is important and mandatory!

We will be covering a variety of materials throughout the semester, building upon each lecture. If missed, material will not be repeated. If you must be absent, it is your responsibility to get the information from a classmate.

Note: there are no "excused" absences.

1-2 absences = no penalty
3 absences = overall final grade lowered 1 letter grade
4 absences = overall final grade lowered 2 letter grades
5 absences = fail the course (you don't want anything like this to happen, so don't miss!)

You may not miss the final critiques for any reason. Missing the final critiques will result in horrific grade and potential failure.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one gigantic absence. Out of courtesy and for practical reasons, I'd like you to arrive punctually. Announcements will be made at the beginning of class. If you're late, it's your responsibility to find out from other students what you missed.

Leaving early counts as an absence. Being mentally not present (i.e. falling asleep, daydreaming, playing games online, etc.) will also count as an absence.

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

Late assignments: Up to 24 hours late – grade is lowered by one letter, 24 to 48 hours is lowered by two letters, and 48 to 72 is lowered three letter grades. No assignments accepted after three days, you will receive an "F" for that project.

Critiques are important. They're your chance to give and get feedback and great opportunities to practice verbal articulation about art/digital art related issues. Critiques are participatory events. 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. I may ask the class to come to the front of the class for critiques. If not, monitors must be TURNED OFF during critiques.

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

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 using head/ear phones, chatting online, emailing, my space/facebook/ or other online surfing during class.
• No playing video games 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.

If you do not obey the rules, you will receive a first warning. If it happens again, you will be asked to leave the classroom plus receive one half a letter grade drop and a third time you will receive a full letter grade drop on your final grade.

My personal note: Professionals treat the equipment of others with respect, always. Nothing will make you as unpopular with an employer as breaking, messing up or otherwise ruining equipment and a working environment. Again, pls help keep our equipment intact and our working/learning environment clean.

Student Projects & Copyright Info

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.

All images/digital files turned in as homework (i.e. final versions) MUST have your ownership, copyright and other pertinant information included in your file. Please get used to the idea of protecting your work by filling out the necessary information. Not including this information as part of your file will result in a 1/2 grade drop.

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).