Art 356

Helga Watkins
e-mail:     tel: x54804  895.4804

ART 356   Graphic Design II
Spring Semester MW 11:30-2:15

Instructor: Helga Watkins
Office: CDC12 1224
Office Hours MW 8:30am-11:30 and by appointment

Phone: x5190   895-5190

Course Objectives
Successful students will:
• develop and visualize a design process based on research and experience in problem solving through practice and reflection
• explore different approaches to design and problem solving through traditional and visual research and analysis
• demonstrate understanding and proficiency in formal design principles and technical skills and their application in creating, analyzing, and evaluating graphic design solutions
• demonstrate proficiency in research, writing, communication and presentation skills
• demonstrate competence in the construction of meaningful imagery
• demonstrate an understanding of the importance of collaboration
• demonstrate an awareness of the connection between design and cultural meaning, communication, audience and context
• demonstrate an understanding of the verbal and visual vocabulary of design
• produce professional quality work


Individual course grades represent accumulated points earned from the design and artwork, written assignments, projects, presentations, discussions, and the documentation evidenced in the required process notebooks.
Assignments and projects points assigned point values. Assessment rubrics are associated with each assignment. A general checklist and description will be available to ensure that you meet the general requirements of assignments. More detailed description and discussion of possible approaches will be presented in class at the time of assignment.

90 - 100 pts. = A
88 - 89 pts. = B+
80 - 87pts. = B
78 - 79pts. = C+
70 - 77pts. = C
60 - 69 pts. = D
Below 60 pts. =F

Be in class. Be on time. More than three unexcused absences, repeated tardiness and/ or partial attendance will result in a grade reduction. Professional courtesy suggests informing me if you will be absent, if possible. Email, text, or phone message to my office is always welcome. An excused absence requires a doctor’s note, a college or university excusal form, or a department designated event.
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Document Management

You are responsible to maintain your own file archive, and solely responsible to take any and all appropriate precautions to assure all documents needed for class are available until the end of the semester. No extensions or incompletes will be granted for lost or damaged computer files. Final documents will be turned in via your folder in the class directory. Individual files may be required intermittently throughout the semester. At the end of the semester you will create a course archive containing final versions of select files from the class.

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Incomplete Grade
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