Syllabus - Spring 2011- ARTC 2210 - Digital Imaging

ART C2210:

Digital Imaging
Cathy Joritz
Sec 005: M/W 3:30p-5:50p,
1026 Fine Arts Center (Maclab)

Office Hrs:

204a Fine Arts
Wed 10:30a-12:30p
Th 5-6p
syllabus | schedule |
Description & Objectives

Digital imaging is essential for so many types of image-making including 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 and will include Photoshop – and, time permitting – a bit of Corel Painter. We will also cover some webdesign and typography basics.

Webdesign will be a small but important feature of this class. Each student will create a website designed to feature their artwork. Digital Art majors are required to post their website on the BGSU's digital arts undergrad portfolio page.

We'll regularly examine the work of both traditional and digital artists and, along with your imaging tasks, 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 that are 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, explore new ideas and research on their own throughout the course.

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

The syllabus and weekly schedule are subject to change. Please refer to both and the class blog on a regular basis.

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.

You will need to shoot some photos for this class. If you don't have a camera you can borrow one from either the ARC or get one from the Technology Support Center.

Recommended Books, Tuts, Forums, etc.

There is no "required" textbook for this course, although there are some really great books out there. You can also find a lot of information online. If you have any suggestions for texts, tutorials, forums or other online learning resources pls email them to me and submit them here. You can also find some great tutorials at that very same site!


Each student is expected to complete all exercises (including in-class exercises), required readings, assignments, quizes, and projects including, of course, the final. Details of assignments will be discussed in class and you must adhere to deadlines and instructions. Not meeting deadlines and/or not following instructions will negatively affect your grade. 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 also factor into your final grade. However, your motivation to participate should come from a desire to learn, 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 a graphic tablet and learning the basic, most necessary keyboard shortcuts.

Printing: At times you will be required to make a print of your work. Prints are to be made in the PIP lab (Premier Imaging and Printing lab) upstairs in room 202. You will have to pay for these prints, so stash some $$ away for those assignments. We have fantastic printers here and you'll see that your work printed on archival paper is well worth the investment.

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

Help me help you...

I am here to help you. Take advantage of your time in class and ask questions. If you need extra help or would like to discuss ideas, problems or anything else, schedule a meeting with me during my office hours (posted at the top of this page). If you can't make it during those times, I'll try my best to accomodate you at another time.


There will be a sign-in sheet for you to sign at the beginning of every class. Attendance is important and mandatory! Out of courtesy and for practical reasons, I'd like you to arrive punctually.

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 a horific grade and perhaps failure. Missing a critique during the semester will lower your grade for that assignment and your work will not be critiqued at a later date.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one sad & sorry absence. 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. Leaving during class and returning later counts as an absence. Being mentally not present (i.e. falling asleep, daydreaming, playing games online, facebook, etc.) will count as an absence.

Assignments and Critiques

Turning in Projects
Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class. Here's the server address for you to log into in order to place your work in your homework folder (command + K or Go > connect to server):


Late assignments: Up to 48 hours late – grade is lowered by one letter. Unless I expressly tell you otherwise, no assignments will be accepted after three days, meaning 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, your project for that critique will be lowered by one letter grade.

During critiques, I expect each student's full attention and respect. I usually ask the class to come to the front of the class for critiques.

Note: You must remain vertical at all times during a critique!

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 AND you participated a lot in class!
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 in the lab. Drinks are allowed but must be kept up front.
• 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. Please 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 and faculty 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 embedded in your file. Please get used to the idea of protecting your work by filling out the necessary copyright information. Not including this information or including wrong information in 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).