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 vector-based programs using various peripherals such as scanners, tablets, digital cameras, and image capture techniques. This will also include an investigation of artistic digital printing techniques.

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

Class time will be available exploring software and hardware tools and working on projects; outside work will also be required to complete assigned projects.

Course Objectives

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.

Skills to be mastered

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

  • 2D paint and digital imaging programs including Adobe Photoshop
  • Image manipulation, image compositing, and digital painting
  • Acquisition techniques: scanning, video capture, digital cameras, web sources
  • Output techniques: printers (low and high end inkjet), various paper surfaces, and alternative print surfaces
  • Conceptual development of artwork
  • Art history and theory as it pertains to project assignment goals
  • Professional presentation of work including matting and framing
  • Critiques – discussion and evaluation of peer work


Adobe Photoshop CS5, Mac OSX operating system


  • Selections from Photoshop Artistry – For Photographers Using Photoshop CS2 and Beyond.
  • Barry Haynes, Wendy Crumpler, and Sean Duggan. 2007.
  • You do not need to buy a textbook for this class.
  • Readings will be distributed in class, online, or at Jerome Library. Other texts may be used as well.


  • Storage such as USB Thumb /flash drive (at least 8+GB) Recommend a least 250GB USB/USB+Firewire external hard drive
  • CD/DVD R/RW blank discs.
  • Binder or folder for organizing course handouts
  • Sketch/drawing materials
  • Paper, transparency, or other materials required for printing assignments in the P.I.P. Lab.
  • You will need to make numerous inkjet prints to fulfill class assignments in the Print Lab upstairs (Rm. 202). Anticipate spending $60-$80 on printing supplies for this class. We do a lot of printing in this class, so I have dropped a textbook requirement to leave more funding towards printing.
  • Instructor will give advance notice of cost, material required for each assignment, so hold funds now for costs later in the semester. The payment method for prints in the Print Lab is only accepted through your BGSU ID card this year.
  • Throughout the course, you will be expected to document your work by outputting completed animations on CD/DVD. You may be focusing on the enhancement of your portfolio throughout the course.
  • Digital Camera (option but important)


Assigned project grades will include technical, conceptual, and aesthetic components. Each assignment will clearly state the goals and areas of grading.

Students are expected to complete all assignments, which need to be submitted on the due date. Assignments will not be accepted after three days beyond the due date. Late assignments will be reduced by one letter grade for each day it is late.

Any class missed will not be repeated. It is your sole responsibility to
Contact your class colleagues for missed information.

You must learn to save frequently, back up, and maintain multiple copies of work constantly distributed across multiple storage media. These are important habits to develop for your career. There are no excuses for lost or late work. Consider saving your work to your MyBGSU server space at the end of each class, or on a flash drive.

It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the assignment sheets. Ask questions directly or via email if you do not understand an assignment, as soon as possible.

Grading Standards

Grades are based on the quality and quantity of your work. I will also consider your participation, ambition, commitment and development of your work from one project to the next. The following will be considered on grading:

Craftsmanship – Ability to develop the skill, techniques, style, details, and quality of all the projects during the class.
Concept / Content

  • Visual thought process.
  • Ability to interpret course concepts inventively, the ability to search for and discover methods and ideas with insight, and the ability to organize clear visual relationships.

Ambition - The ability to study effectively during class hours, the ability to accomplish work on a weekly basis, and the ability to apply constructive discussion during the class.
Productivity - The amount of work completed and how complete the works are.
Development - How much of your work has been developed and improved since the beginning of the semester.

A = Outstanding, excellent work 100 - 90 points
B = Above average work 89 - 80 points
C = Average work 79 - 70 points
D = Below average work 69 - 60 points
F = Failing work 59 - 0 points

Keep your digital files and artworks! A CD or DVD with all of your assignments/projects will be asked for at the end of the course.

Attendance Policy

Three absences are permitted!
However, even if you have an excused absence, it will count as one of your three permitted absences.

Lateness to class three times will result in an absence.

Leaving class early without communication with me will result in an absence.

Attendance at critiques is mandatory – failure to attend will result in an absence and lowering of your current project grade by one letter.

Absence beyond three times:

1 = final grade lowered by one half letter grade
2 = final grade lowered by one letter grade
3 = final grade lowered by two letter grades
4 = final grade lowered by three letter grades, consider dropping the course
5 = fail course


I will announce breaks. Being excessively late after a break will result in an absence penalty.

Academic Honesty

Please refer to BGSU school policy regarding plagiarism and academic honesty.

School Library

The Jerome Library will be a resource for class. The instructor will direct you to specific resources located at the library for use during the semester.

Rules for Class

  • Food and drink are NOT permitted in the classroom.
  • Downloading or installing software on the computers is not allowed.
  • Headphones must be used when listening to audio on the computers. Adjust the volume appropriately so that sound is not disrupting fellow students.
  • Cell phones should be turned off during class time.
  • Do not answer cell phone calls or send/receive text messages in class. If you have an urgent situation that may result in needing to take a call (message
  • from a childcare provider, a mother in the hospital, for example), tell me about it beforehand. An absence penalty will result of texting during lab time.
  • No instant messaging during class time. Doing so will result in an absence penalty.
  • NO FACEBOOK DURING CLASS! Caught doing so will result in an absence penalty. Trust me, don’t do it, I watch like a hawk.
  • During studio time, if you are not working on a class project, find work related to the course subject or ask the instructor for guidance.
  • Keep digital files for class organized on the local space and backed up to storage media.
  • Always have at least two copies of your work at the end of class on separate media to prevent the loss of data if one device fails.

Additional Course Policies

For more information about additional policies such as course fees, course drops and refunds, and a refund schedule, please see your student catalog.

Accommodating Disabilities

Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of disability – please feel comfortable to discuss with me after class or through appointment.
The goal of the Disability Services for Student 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 419.372.8459 (413 South Hall).

Please note: This Syllabus is subject to change during the course. The instructor will notify students of changes.