Graphic Design II -VI

Course Details

Course Number: ART 3703, 3713, 4703, 4713, 4733  Spring 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C115F

Days & Times:

MW 2:00PM-4:50PM

Course Attachments


Graphic Design The New BasicsAdobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book
MSU Faculty Member
Jenny Yucus   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives: Students taking this course will:

  • Define the basic computer terminology used in graphic design
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Organize research procedures to solve graphic design problems
  • Work with formal design principles in the approach to solutions
  • Learn to create a concept to amplify content, while also developing sensitivity to typography, symbolism, language and text
  • Create excellent portfolio pieces that visually communicate through the embodiment of form and function

Course Expectations

Course Requirements and Grading:

60%: Projects/Process Books/Critiques

  • Projects from this course will be a direct reflection of in-class lectures and tutorials. Students will receive a project sheet stating all required components for successful completion of the project. Students will present their projects in a professional manner by intelligently explaining their work. The class will participate in a critique of each other’s work in order to receive feedback that will enhance the student’s work
  • Students will also submit a process book to accompany all projects. The process book will show significant exploration into subject matter and will be properly labeled.
  • Missing critique on project submission date will result in 5 points deducted from projects grade *if project was submitted early.
  • Students are required to submit projects prior to due date if they are going to be absent from class on that date. Absences on these days are not recommended. Projects will not be accepted after due date.
  • Students are to be on time to class and ready to present on project due dates. Students more than 15 minutes late on project due dates are considered absent and their work will not be accepted.


10%: Final Portfolio

  • Students will take notes from in-class critiques and keep their grading sheet. Prior to the end of the semester, students will make the appropriate changes to their projects. This is the student’s opportunity to change or improve class projects. A handout with specific requirements for the final portfolio will be provided to the students.


5%: Design Journal/Readings/Class Participation

  • Students are required to keep a design journal, write notes on provided readings, and be an active participant in class. A hand out of design journal requirements will be provided for the student.


15%: Tutorials

  • Take home tutorials will be assigned to the students. Students are required to complete these tutorials successfully and to save the supporting files according to instructor’s directions. Tutorials will be checked at the beginning of class.


5%: Midterm Quiz

  • A midterm quiz will cover materials from the first half of the semester.

5%: Final Comprehensive Exam

  • A final exam will be given that will cover all materials from the entire semester. An in-class study session will be provided to the students.

Grading Standards

Grading Scale: A=90 to 100, B= 80 to 89, C= 70 to 79, D= 60 to 69, F= below 60

A= Superior work. Excellent development in skill, exploration and expression.

B= Above average development in skill; exploration and expression.

C= Average work. Meeting the assignment requirements. Recommend greater

need for study in academic comprehension and technical skills.

D= Below average performance. Requires greater study to improve academic

understanding, perceptual and technical skills.

F= Performance indicates little or no progress in academic understanding,            perceptual and technical skills. Quality of work not on level of  necessary time

and study. Showing little willingness or effort to improve skills.  

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


  • Missing critique on project submission date will result in 5 points deducted from projects grade *if submitted early.
  • Students are required to submit projects prior to due date if they are going to be absent from class on that date. Absences on these days are not recommended. Projects will not be accepted after due date.


  • If a class reading is due, students will have the opportunity to write a one-page paper on the reading that includes the student’s reaction to the reading.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance Policy: Attendance is vital to the success of a student in a studio class. Students are allowed 3 ABSENCES. The student is responsible for using these absences at their own discretion. No explanations for absences are required. Following the 3rd absence, the student’s final grade will be deducted by 5% for each subsequent absence. Attendance is required for the full class period. Missing more than fifteen minutes of class is considered an absence, leaving early from class is also considered an absence. Students arriving late but before the 15-minute cut off will be marked LATE.  Three LATE marks equal 1 absence.

Other Policies

Health and Safety: Department of Art will endeavor to comply with the intent of state laws or acts and the University Health and Safety Program in an effort to maintain a safe academic and working environment.


Academic Dishonesty: It is very important that submitted work, to be graded, be representative of your own design and execution.  These standards, at the minimum, require that you never present the work of others as your own.  Misrepresentation can result with a course grade of "F" given for academic dishonesty.


Classroom Conduct: All students will be expected to act in a manner consistent with the academic goals of the course; that is, any behavior detrimental to the learning experience of the group will not be tolerated. Please see the Student Handbook for standards of conduct.


Class critiques will be conducted in a professional and respectful manner. The goal of critiques is for the student to share their creative process and receive feedback from their peers.


All electronic devices must be turned off and stowed away before entering the classroom.  Cell phone disruptions will not be tolerated and will result in student’s immediate dismissal from class and they will be counted as absent. Students will be able to use their cell phones during their designated break outside of the classroom.


Special Needs: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you require special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.


Student-Privacy: Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in most cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professor’s general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.


Visual Arts Computer Lab:

  • Always sign in to open lab time in the binder provided.
  • Students are NOT allowed to have food or drinks inside the lab. This includes during open lab hours.
  • Students are to keep the lab neat and orderly.
  • Students are to behave as adults and to be respectful during open lab hours. Use headphones when listening to music and keep the noise level down.
  • Printing is limited to only work done for the Art Department. Printing is to be done only when necessary.
  • If a print job is not printing;
  • Check if the printer is jammed, out of ink, or out of paper.
  • If the student cannot fix the problem, email the instructor or seek help within the lab.
  • DO NOT mindlessly hit reprint or try to fix something that you are not qualified to do so.
  • Monitors/Faculty/Staff are aware of these rules and have the authority to dismiss students that are non-observant of the policies and procedures set forth.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.