MWF 12:00 - 12:50
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Required Materials — Physical and Intellectual
Final grades will be based on class participation and attendance, projects, and homework and quizzes. As this is a project-based class, there will not be any mid-term or final exams. You will bring an increased level of knowledge and skills to each successive project, so your final project will, in essence, be a demonstration of what you have learned during the course of the semester.
Class participation and attendance (also called professionalism): 25%
Homework and Quizzes: 25%
Projects are evaluated not only on the final product, but also on the quantity and quality of creative exploration invested during the entire design process.
Project Grading Rubric
A (100 – 90 percent of project value): Excellent – Professional Quality Work
Well-crafted assignments that exhibit extraordinary creativity along with strong conceptual, typographic, visual, and layout solutions will be awarded this grade. All assignment requirements must be met and exceeded.
B (89 – 80 percent of project value): Good – Above Average Quality Work
Work that is above average in craft, conceptual development, typographic, visual, and layout solution will be awarded this grade. All assignment requirements must be met and exceeded.
C (79 – 70 percent of project value): Average – Acceptable Quality Work
Work that fulfills the basic problem requirements, but lacks strong conceptual or design development will be awarded this grade. Poor craft or sloppy presentation of assigned project components is often what contributes significantly to this grade. All assignment requirements must be met.
D (69 – 60 percent of project value): Poor – Un-Publishable Work
Work that does not fulfill all the assignment requirements, is of extremely poor conceptual, visual, or craft quality will earn this grade.
F (59 percent of project value or less): Unacceptable
Work not handed in on time, does not fulfill all assignment requirements, and or is of general poor quality will earn this grade.
Completion of all projects is required to pass this class.
Homework and Quizzes
Homework will be assigned periodically throughout the semester to reinforce ideas discussed in class. There will be announced quizzes on course material. We will have unannounced quizzes only if attendance is poor or if I sense that you are not keeping up with your assignments. If we have unannounced quizzes, they will be given at the beginning of class. If you are late, you will receive a score of zero unless your late arrival is excused.
Please note that the number of quizzes and assignments is not set in stone. This means that it is impossible at the outset of the semester to determine how much each individual quiz or assignment will be worth.
More about Grading
In the professional world, if you can’t show up on time and make your deadlines, you won’t keep your job. Assignments must be completed on time in the format specified.
Reading assignments are to be completed by the day they are assigned.
Projects and homework are due at the beginning of class on the due date.
Each page of each assignment must be clearly labeled with your name, the assignment, the date, the page number and the total number of pages.
Spelling and grammar count, in your assignments and your e-mails. Grades will be reduced for spelling and grammar errors.
If you know you will be absent when an assignment is due, arrange to complete and hand in the assignment early.
You are responsible for keeping all handouts and graded assignments.
If my recorded grade differs from yours, the only way to get your grade changed is to show the grade marked (or the grade sheet I completed) on the assignment.
Critiques are a vital part of learning. You can learn a lot from reviewing the work of others and evaluating their design’s strengths and weaknesses. Critiques also provide the opportunity to put concepts to words, and to help you learn how to speak intelligently and knowledgeably about designs (a necessary skill for survival in the workplace!). We will critique published work and your work. This will provide you with fresh insights and perspectives. Some of the publications we critique will be examples you bring to class, which may include:
You will primarily use Adobe InDesign during this course. Keep in mind, however, that the focus of this course is first and foremost to learn the fundamentals of publication design. InDesign is simply a tool used to support that main goal.
In the professional world, if you can’t show up on time and make your deadlines, you won’t keep your job. Assignments must be completed on time in the format specified. The only accepted excuses for late work or missed presentations or exams are noted in the attendance policy. No exceptions. Plan ahead.
Because abundant lecturing tends to be counterproductive for both you and me, I try to include activities that are more interesting than straight lecture, such as discussions, presentations, guest speakers, etc. The success of this format depends on your willingness to actively participate in class discussions and other activities.
Attendance and participation are critical to your success. Another way to describe this is professionalism. Professionalism means that you’re here, ready to engage in new opportunities. You are expected to arrive on time, be prepared, actively participate, and stay for the full class period. If you miss class, you miss the chance to participate in your education and the education of others in class. If you miss class you get a “zero” for that day’s participation.
If you must miss class, please let me know BEFORE the class period that you will miss. You may call my office and leave me a voice mail or you may notify me by e-mail. An absence may be excused at my discretion in accordance with university policy if you provide documentation of the reason for your absence. Plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class. Any personal emergencies that arise will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do not assume you will be allowed to make up assignments missed during an unexcused absence. . If you MISS CLASS, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed.
Your class participation and attendance grade is made up of (a) your coming to class, (b) your input during class discussions, (c) your completion of in-class assignments. In class assignments will help you immediately apply concepts covered in class. If you miss a class you get a “zero” for that day’s in-class assignments. If you miss more than two classes, or if you are habitually late or leave early, your final grade may be lowered by 1/3 letter grade for each instance beyond two absences. . Three tardies = one absence. Five minutes or more late = one tardy. Twenty minutes or more late = one absence. Leaving before class is dismissed = one absence. If you have difficulty with the attendance and participation (professionalism) requirement, you may be dropped from the class.
I reserve the right to determine what, exactly, constitutes an excused absence or when a late arrival is excusable.
Some additional guidelines: