Syllabus ARTC 3310
Instructor: Kim Turner Young
Office: 1028 FAC (by MCaP)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00PM-5:00PM, or by appt.
Semester: Fall 2014
Lab: 244 Wolfe Center
Time: TR 6:00PM - 8:20PM
This course will focus on interactive multimedia, specifically Internet art and web design. Throughout the semester, we will be creating interactive multimedia art projects by focusing on the integration of interaction and non-linear narrative structure in an art environment. Class lectures will include demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to interactive online art. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course.
In this class you will:
- Be introduced to WordPress and Responsive Design.
- Produce artworks that explore the interactive capabilities of the medium.
- Apply fine art principles as well as industry standard design and production practices.
- Produce interactive websites that explore the range from experimental (non-linear, expressive interactive interface) to commercial (adhering to industry design standards and practices).
- Learn to create graphics for the web, using appropriate file formats and quality standards.
- Learn about fonts and typography on the web.
- Learn about the challenges of creating work to be viewed on multiple platforms and devices.
- Learn about the challenges of meeting deadlines and working with clients.
- Use Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and other software as needed.
Digital storage: Flash Drive with a minimum 8GB is required. You will be expected to back up your data after every class at a minimum. Failure to back up work will not be accepted as an excuse for late or missing assignments.
Software: It is strongly recommended (but not required) that you subscribe to an Adobe Creative Cloud software suite that includes Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator. The software is on the lab computers in the Wolfe Center and on campus, but access to those may be limited. If you do purchase the software, make sure you get the educational pricing as shown in the link above. This software will be used in other Digital Arts courses as well.
Textbook: There are plenty of online resources for this class, so a physical textbook is not necessary.
Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises, in-class exercises, the required readings, and an online portfolio of your artwork. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. By the end of the semester, all projects should be part of your online portfolio.
During class time, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation. Some in-class work time will be provided, but the majority of assignments will be completed outside of class. You are expected to work on projects for this class during the in-class work time.
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.
- 1-2 absences = no penalty
- 3 absences = overall final grade lowered 5% (about 1/2 letter grade)
- 4 absences = overall final grade lowered 10% (about 1 letter grade)
- 5 absences = fail the course; dropping the course strongly recommended
Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times (unexcused) will count as one unexcused absence. If you have a regular scheduling conflict, please see the instructor.
Working on projects for other classes, checking social media sites, or other use of the computer not related to the class three times counts as one unexcused absence. If you have a situation that requires such use of the computer during class time, please see the instructor.
Assignments and Critiques
Turning in Projects
- Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class.
- 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.
- 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, participation and respect.
- Monitors will be TURNED OFF during critiques. Critiques begin promptly at the beginning of the class.
- 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
See Assignments section in Canvas for a list of assignments and their weight in determining your final grade.
Rubrics and point values for assignments are posted for each assignment in Canvas. In general, projects are graded as follows:
- A (100-90%)
Excellent - Above and beyond ALL requirements
- B (89-80%)
Very Good - Above and beyond SOME requirements
- C (79-70)
Average - MET ALL the requirements
- D (69-60%)
DID NOT MEET ALL the requirements
- F (59-0%)
DID NOT MEET ANY requirements, plagiarized work, or not turned in
Digital Arts Department Rules
- No food or drink in the lab.
- No cell phones, or beepers on during class. ALWAYS remember to turn off (or silence) your cellphone before class.
- No sleeping during class.
- No student is permitted to disconnect, reconnect, or reconfigure any workstation without the permission of a digital arts
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).
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).