Syllabus ARTC 4230

Instructor: Kim Turner Young
Office: 123 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: Mon 4-5pm & Tues 2pm-3pm

Section: 1001/1002 (75864)
Semester: Spring 2012
Lab: 244 Wolfe Center
Time: TR 3:30-5:50pm

Course Overview

In ARTC 4230, students will develop an expressive artistic signature within digital imaging. Art is the emphasis and the tools (the computer, peripherals, and software) are in support of these goals.

Through a progression of specific to open-ended assignments, the students will develop artistic ideas and learn the individual digital techniques necessary to support them. Although general techniques will be taught, the student is expected to develop advanced tools that express their specific idea. Experimentation with digital media, alone or in combination with traditional media, will be explored and encouraged.

Students will explore 2D paint, image manipulation, and may create art using vectors and raster images using various peripherals such as scanners, graphic tablets, digital cameras, and image capture techniques. Students will also investigate traditional and alternative digital printing techniques.

The course emphasizes creative experimentation informed by contemporary research issues and critical theory. Class lectures will include demonstrations, discussions of readings, theory and artwork, and technical exploration. Class time will be available for exploring software and hardware tools and working on projects; outside work will also be required to complete assigned projects.




Learning Objectives (Skills Mastered)

Students will be expected to demonstrate a level of expertise, through in-class work and assignments, in the following areas:



Digital storage: USB flash drive or Firewire External Drive (MUST be formatted for both Mac and PC). You will be expected to have a drive of at least 8GB in size.

There are plenty of online resources for this class, so a physical textbook is not necessary. Check the Resources page for many online tutorials and helps.

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 first floor in room 1026. You will also be creating digital images on materials such as metal, wood, specialty papers or other surfaces, so may have additional expenses dependent on your artistic choices. Anticipate spending about $100 on printing supplies for this class.



Information presented in class lectures, discussions and demos is the responsibility of each student. General assignments are mandatory and must be completed on the required dates and in the proper format. Assigned readings are the responsibility of each student and will be required for class discussion and project completion. Each lecture and discussion requires the student's participation for which a grade will be given. If you miss a day of class, contact a classmate immediately to make up lost work (see Attendance policy below).

The technical aspects of the class are demanding and require that students be self-motivated and independently solve problems. There will be days set aside for working on projects in class, however the majority of our time will be spent on our learning objectives. Make the proper arrangements to work on assignments outside of class.

Students are expected to competently write and speak about their projects.



This course assumes an interactive approach in its structure and in its presentation, which requires engaged participation from all members of the class. This class is a cumulative experience and necessitates your presence in lab time as well as lecture. Therefore, regular attendance is expected and considered mandatory. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility meet with a classmate or make an appointment with me to get the information.


Assignments and Critiques

Required Texts

Readings on theory, issues or artists will be online; the URLs will be listed in the calendar. For each reading, the student is required to write a multi-paragraph blog describing the core elements of the reading materials as well as any insights the student may have on the concepts.


You will create a blog in class, and will post writings and images to it as assigned. You will also be viewing the blogs of other students in this class, and will provide commentary. The blog is intended to provide you with a means to document your creative process throughout this class, and to act as an aid in developing an artist statement about your work at a future date. Writing may be informal or conversational in style, but standard spelling, grammar and punctuation are encouraged since this is a public document. You are not limited to posting class assignments only, but may post about any events or ideas that are affecting your art during this class.

Turning in Projects

Images of Projects must be posted to your blog prior to the beginning of class on review and critique days. Printed projects are due to the instructor prior to the beginning of class on critique days.

You may decide after a critique to revise your project and receive a grade based on that revision. 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. I will not receive a project as “revised” if it has not been critiqued in class (see Critiques below). Use this extra revision time to improve your project – not just to get more time to finish it!


If you miss a regular critique, the project for that critique will be lowered by one letter grade. Late projects and blog assignments will not be accepted without good reason determined on a case-by-case basis by the professor. This class is very dependent on having projects finished for the class critiques: if the student doesn't have the project COMPLETED, they will not be able to completely participate. If you have extenuating circumstances, please clear them with the instructor ahead of the due date. Medical emergencies are excused, per doctor’s note.

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 or revised Final Projects will be accepted!


Grades / Evaluation

All projects and assignments will be graded according to the criteria specified on the project page. A grade for Participation will be calculated as a sum of the student's involvement in class and the general helpfulness that the student offers to fellow classmates. Your final grade will be calculated from these three scores.

Points for Projects and Assignments

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 in advance 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.

Addendum 1: Avoid cliches in your artwork, including but not limited to the following:

That's not saying you absolutely can't use those types of images, but if you do they must be pushed well beyond the cliche!

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