Syllabus ARTC 2210

Instructor: Kim Turner Young
Office: 1026 Fine Arts Center
Office Hours: M 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Section: 1001
Semester: Spring 2014
Lab: 244 Wolfe Center
Time: TR 11:30pm-1:50pm

Course Overview

In ARTC 2210, you will learn to use the computer as an art tool. The art is the emphasis and the tools (computer, peripherals, and software) are secondary.

You will explore 2D paint, image manipulation, and create art using vectors and raster images using various peripherals such as scanners, graphic tablets, digital cameras, and image capture techniques. This will also include an investigation of artistic 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.


Students will:


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. I do not require a textbook so that you can afford printing in this class.

You will need to make numerous professional prints to fulfill class assignments in the MCaP lab. This is located in the Fine Arts Center room 1028. Anticipate spending at least $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.

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 will need to be able to competently write about their projects in a formal way.


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.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.

Doing activities during class that are not related to class (Facebook, email, web browsing, etc.) will count as being 15 minutes late. Doing such activities three times will count as one unexcused absence.

Assignments and Critiques



Readings on theory will be online; the URLs will be listed in the calendar.

Requirements for Readings:

Exercises and Projects

Turning in Exercises and 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. 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 the student has 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 Final Projects will be accepted!

Grades / Evaluation

See the Canvas course website for grades. 50% of your grade will be based on Projects (Projects 1 and 2 are worth 15% each, Project 3 is worth 20%). Each project has an attached rubric. The other 50% of your grade will be based on the following: Exercises 25%, Writings 10%, Attendance 10%, and Participation 5%.

In this class, a “C” means you have met all the requirements of the assignment, so you must go beyond those requirements to earn a higher grade:

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be awarded to exercises that go well beyond what we cover in class. You will also be invited to be involved with the Computer Art Club on a regular basis; turn in a page describing your contributions for extra credit. Extra credit will be applied toward your participation grade.

General Policies


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.