Syllabus ARTC 4240

Instructor: Kim Turner Young
Office: 123 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: Tue and Thur 2pm-4pm

Section: 1001/1002 (75864)
Semester: Spring 2013
Lab: 246 Wolfe Center
Time: Fri 11:30am-4:10pm

Course Overview

This studio art course focuses on creating works of art that start with digital
imagery, but go far beyond a basic high quality digital print. Contemporary tools have
always been the fodder for artists’ creative applications, often facilitating works that
demonstrate uses far from the original intent. This course will incorporate these tools
and will focus on combining digital image making with traditional methods including
mixed media, drawing, photography, painting and collage. There is potential to incorporate 3D work as well.

To that end, students will be expected to develop a mature and cohesive body of work.

The first three quarters of the semester will include experimentation with various
methodologies. The latter part of the semester will be the application and perfection of
a method that the student chooses.

We will use digital imagery as a starting point. Student experience with digital tools will
vary, so students who need to will develop the necessary digital skills and advanced
students will perfect them.

Through practice, students will develop a theoretical and critical understanding of the
methods they employ. The class will include presentations and discussions on some of
the aesthetic and conceptual theories of digital art, including some text readings.




Learning Objectives (Skills Mastered)

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



Students will learn a number of different methods to create digital imagery through
technical demonstrations. Students will also participate in discussions regarding theory and
criticism of professional and student work.

Each student will be required to create a final body of work that shows a deep level of
creative insight and technical achievement. The works produced will be a consistent
portfolio and be based on a theme or concept developed by the student.



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 MCaP 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. You may also need to purchase basic art tools such as scissors, xacto knives, tape and brushes. Anticipate spending about $100 or more on printing and supplies for this class.

NOTE: The MCaP lab requires use of the BG1 card to pay for prints. Click here for current printing costs.



Information presented in class lectures, discussions and technical demonstrations 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 time 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.

Every student will be expected to check his or her BGSU email account. Class
announcements will often be sent via email. Students will also be expected to carve out
the time necessary to complete all assignments.



The instructor takes attendance very seriously. Attendance will be taken in the
beginning of each class. If you are unsure of your attendance record, contact the instructor.


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

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

If you have a regular and unavoidable conflict with the class start time (such as another class finishing across campus just before our class begins) please notify me of this on the FIRST day of class.


Leaving class early without clearing it with the instructor will be counted as an absence. There may be designated times when you can work independently outside the classroom, but that MUST BE CLEARED with the instructor before leaving.


Attendance during critiques is mandatory!

  • If you miss a regular critique, the project for that critique will be lowered by
    one letter grade. THIS POLICY HOLDS FOR ILLNESS, INJURY OR EMERGENCY. It is better to come to a critique with unfinished work than to miss it altogether.
  • If you are absent from the final critique, it is grounds for failing the course. In the case of extreme illness or emergency, the instructor will consider assigning an incomplete for the course.
  • All work will be graded on the version that is presented at the critique. If you revise the project based on feedback received, you may present the revised version as extra credit (see grading policy below).


Since we only meet once a week, missing one class is like missing an entire week of class. Technical demonstrations, discussions and lectures cannot be repeated or replicated. For that reason, the absence policy is as follows:

0 absences = 5 extra credit points
1 absence = no penalty
2 absences = overall final grade lowered 1 letter grade
3 absences = fail the course; dropping the course strongly recommended

It is thus STRONLY advised to save your "free" absence in case of some emergency or illness.

Students who miss presentations and class discussions due to absences must obtain
notes and assignment descriptions for the classes missed from a responsible classmate
prior to the end of the next class period. DO NOT email the instructor asking for a review of what you missed in class. I will not hold private tutoring.


Assignments and Critiques


Turning in Projects

Finished projects are due to the instructor at the beginning of class on critique days. Project grades will be assigned based on the art presented at the critique. If you choose to make revisions to the project based on feedback received, you will receive extra credit (see grading policy below).


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

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. You will receive a participation grade for the quality of your contribution to the discussion during critiques.

Final Critique

Attendance at the Final critique is mandatory. Missing the final critique will result in an F for the course. NO late or revised Final Projects will be accepted! In the case of extreme illness or emergency, the instructor will consider assigning an incomplete for the course.


Grades / Evaluation


Your final course grade will be determined with the following weights:

Students are expected to determine their overall standing at any given time based on
the grades the instructor has reported on Canvas (MyBGSU, top of screen). If a student has any questions about his or her average, it is THE STUDENT’S responsibility to make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the issues or determine class standing.


Each project will be evaluated on the following aspects of the works:

Letter Grades for projects

A+ Excellent and ready for museum at the Whitney!
A Excellent and ready for display in a gallery
A- Excellent
B+ Very Good but not quite Excellent
B Very Good
B- Good
C+ High Average
C Average
C- Low Average
D+ Just Below Average (passing)
D Below Average (passing)
D+ Barely passing
F Failure

Grades are reported to the university without the "+" or "-", but contribute to your
overall average at the end of the semester. For example, if you get an "A-" all semester
and a "B+" on your final, your average will fall below an "A," however if you had a solid
"A" average, it would not.

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. You may revise the project and resubmit it any time before finals week to receive extra credit points.


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, or explore the cliche in a highly creative and unique way!

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