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Advanced Graphic Design

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 256

       Course Name: Advanced Graphic Design

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 224

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers advanced techniques of vector drawing. Content includes a broader and deeper exploration of artistic communication and design, as well as the production process of vector drawing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To draw detailed images by using vector-based drawing techniques.
2.    To incorporate graphic design principles to reinforce the artist’s/designer’s concepts.
3.    To create and modify typography for different visual structural considerations.
4.    To apply color in an effective manner.
5.    To demonstrate effective use of the design process in visual and artistic communication.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Foundations of vector-based drawing
          1.    Construction v. composition
          2.    Vector drawing paired with raster artwork
B.    Drawing environment
          1.    Tools, commands and palettes
          2.    File setup
C.    Color models
          1.    Line art
          2.    Grayscale, RGB, CMYK and Spot Colors
D.    Construction and troubleshooting
          1.    Levels of construction
          2.    Justification for various construction choices
E.    Composition and artistic communication
          1.    Negative and positive space
          2.    Composition framing and cropping
          3.    Frame of reference
F.    Visibility and illusion
          1.    Spatial issues (faux dimension, 1 pt vs. 2 pt perspective)
          2.    Contours and building volume
G.    Design control
          1.    Composition organization
          2.    Self-expression and the design process
H.    Libraries and print preparation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands-on work in the graphic design lab.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Attend and participate in class and lab sessions
B.    Attend and participate in all critiques with completed work
C.    Complete assigned work by due date and time specified in the syllabus.
D.    Maintain professional attitude in class and in work.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A.    CDRs and Flash/Jump Drives are the only storage devices acceptable for in-class use, as well as for submission of work to instructor.
B.    Good quality ink jet regular and photo paper (matte/low-gloss finish preferred).
C.    Enclosed plastic sleeves (letter size; holding 8.5"x11", sealed on 3 sides) for all work submitted to be reviewed/graded.
D.    3-ring binder (1-inch thick) to hold class handouts, study guides, assignments and quizzes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A.  GRADING: the final grade will be based upon the following:
         1.    Quizzes, small in-class assignments and periodic performance reviews (10 points each)
         2.    Projects with critiques (20-30 points each)
         3.    Midterm and Final exams (30 and 40 points each)
         4.    Final Project and critique (75 points)
         5.    Attendance and class participation (30 points)
B. QUIZZES: Each written quiz will have multiple-choice and fill-in questions. Performance quizzes will cover current material, where students will be required to construct objects based on supplied visual artwork. There will be at least 4 quizzes.
C. CRITIQUES: Critiques offer students the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feedback on the work presented. There will be at least four critiques on projects, including the final critique.

Grading Scale:  Grading is a straight scale, so your only competition is yourself.
90%    –    100%    =    A     80%    –    89%    =    B
70%        –    79%        =    C    60%    –    69%    =    D    0%    –    59%    =    F

XI.   Other Course Information

A.  In this section, instructors may specify policies on attendance, late assignments, making up tests, extra credit, etc.
B.  Please…No food or drink in the lab area!

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.