Advanced Digital Imaging

Spring 2006

Monday, Wednesday 2:30 pm-4:45 pm


Dr. Dena Elisabeth Eber          

Phone:  372-8526                                                                                            Office: 123

Email:                                                           (follow links to class)

Office Hours 9:30-12:30 Tuesday or by appointment


PREQUISITES                                                                                                NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3

ARTC 321



In advanced imaging you will crystallize your artistic focus within the broad definition of digital imaging. As with intermediate imaging, the art is the emphasis and the tools (the computer, peripherals, and software) are secondary.  We will cover some specific details within advanced digital imaging, however, we will not spend a lot of time with techniques. In order to make the art, command of the software and comfort level with the computer are necessary. I assume all students have an advanced level of sensitivity to figuring out what they need to on the computer and artistic maturity.


Part of the course will be about defining digital imaging in a very broad way and figuring out where each student sits in this broad continuum. 



Subject to changes, additions, and subtractions.


The primary goals of this class are to crystallize your artistic voice and to continue the process of creativity with the digital imaging medium.  You will each focus on different areas that will include, but not be limited to:

* Digital cameras

* Large format archival printing

* Profiling papers for printers

* 2 D paint programs

* Image manipulation

         * Alternative display

* Laser cutting

* Vector images

* Misc. topics time permitting


With these methods as background, the primary focus of the course will be for you to develop a strong direction.  We will also discuss:

* The broader definition of imaging and digital photography

* Digital art, digital imaging, and art theory and history

* Individual expression and creativity


You will also have various reading and writing assignments that will help you find your voice, facilitate your creative process, and help with the content of your art.



Blank journal                                                                                                                                                      Due 1/18

Secondary back up (Flash Key is best)                                                                                                        Due 1/18

Money for prints



You will keep a sketchbook all semester.  You will turn it in one week before the end of class.



You will be graded on an equal balance (unless otherwise noted) of the following:


Class participation (asking questions, participation in discussions, making comments, participation in group projects, participating in critiques)

Minor assignments

Midterm (X 2)


Final (X 3)


Misc. Projects (my discretion, totaled to equal one grade)                                             



Up to 24 hours late is one letter grade down, 24 to 48 hours late is lowered two letter grades.  I will not accept late assignments after two days and you will receive an F for that project.



Attendance throughout the semester is mandatory. Because there are a number of in-class exercises that cannot be made up after class, absences, whether excused or not, will affect your grade. If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining class assignments and information from a fellow student. Absence and missing announcements due to being late is not a valid excuse for coming to the following class unprepared, or for not having an assignment completed that was given while you were gone.  


All absences (excused or not)

1-3 absences = no penalty except loss of instruction

4 absences = grade lowered one grade value (above 10% of course)

5 absences = grade lowered two grade values

6 absences = grade lowered three grade values - consider dropping the course

7 absences = Fail class (above 20% of course)



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


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


LEAVING CLASS                      

Leaving class early without clearing it with me will be counted as an absence.



Attendance during critiques is mandatory. 

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

       If you are absent from the final critique, it will lower your final grade by one.



You are accountable for material covered in class, including handouts.  IF ANYTHING IS NOT CLEAR, ASK!  It is your responsibility to get missed material.  I will happily clarify items you do not understand, but I will not repeat demonstrations for absentee's. 



       No food or drink in the lab.

       No cell phones, beepers, or 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.

       Use of Artwork:  Projects created in this Digital Art course may be used by the School of Art for the purpose of promoting the student, the department, and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used for instructional purposes in future courses. If you have any reservations about your work being used please notify the instructor.



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).