Instructor: Jacob Pierzchala
Office: 112 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: By Appointment

ARTC 2210 (1001/1002)
Spring 2012
Wolfe Center 244
Mo,We 8:00-10:20


ARTC 2210 will cover various methods for using the computer as an art tool. The art is the emphasis and the tools (computer, peripherals, and software) are secondary.

Students will explore 2D painting, image manipulation, and vector-based programs using various peripherals such as scanners, tablets, digital cameras, and image capture techniques. Digital printing will also be covered.

Class lectures will include demonstrations, discussions of readings, theory and artwork, and technical exploration.

Class time will be available for research and working on projects, but outside work will be required to complete assignments.


The main objective of this course is that students will learn to use the computer as a tool for creating artwork. The conceptualization and creation of artwork is the primary focus; attaining expertise in the operation of the software and hardware used in this class is important in acquiring the necessary skills to create the work.

Students will also be expected to build knowledge in the area of art history and theory as it applies to the course material. Reading and research assignments and class lecture/discussions will be focused on providing students with pertinent art history and theory to enhance the conceptual development of their work on project assignments.


An External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC) or Flash Drive is required. You will be expected to back up your data a minimum of once a week.

A sketchbook will be very helpful in developing ideas and taking notes. This will be required for the class.

There are plenty of online resources for this class, so a physical textbook is not necessary. Check the Resources page for many online resources. If you do choose to purchase a text, I'd recommend a reference book like Weinmann's Visual QuickStart Guide.

You will need to make numerous professional prints to fulfill class assignments in the Premiere Imaging Print Lab. This is located in the Fine Arts Center on the second floor in room 202. Anticipate spending $80 on printing supplies for this class. We print wide format prints to complete class assignments; as such I do not require a textbook so that you can afford printing in this class.


Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises, and required readings. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. 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

Reading Responses
A brief reading response will be due for each assigned reading. Students are expected to turn in a printed, typed response using the following template.

I will be periodically checking sketchbooks throughout the semester. Brainstorming and note-taking will be essential to our process.

Turning in Projects
Project files are due in the Homework folder in jpg format prior to the beginning of class (be sure to save a .psd for yourself). Prints will be required, and are due one week from the critique date.

Revised projects are due exactly one week from the critique date. I do not accept late revised projects.

If you miss a regular critique, the project for that critique will be lowered by one letter grade. Late projects and papers will not be accepted without good reason determined on a case-by-case basis by the professor.

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!


10% - Participation

5% - Reading Responses

5% - Sketchbook Entries

25% - Project 1

25% - Project 2

5% - Project 3 Proposal

25% - Project 3

Grading Scale

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. From time to time, however, issues such as cheating, fabrication or plagiarism in an academic exercise arise. The original jurisdiction and penalty both vary depending on the offense and when it is discovered. Also, there are specific requirements for record-keeping and for notification of the student and academic dean. The complete policy is available in both the Student Handbook (Codes of Conduct) and the Faculty Handbook (Academic Charter).


I reserve the right to change these rules as I see fit in order to facilitate a better learning environment.