Portfolio Development

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 272

       Course Name: Portfolio Development

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 216, ART 224 & ART 225

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers developing appropriate portfolios. Content includes examining different media, and developing types of portfolios for the commercial world, for transfer to other art schools, and for exhibiting fine art.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Identify professional options in the graphic design industry.
B. Assess and outline professional skills and goals.
C. Identify the appropriate types of portfolios specific to each medium.
D. Identify the appropriate images to include in a specific portfolio.
E. Create a portfolio specific to a particular medium and purpose.
F. Demonstrate craftsmanship skills necessary to construct a strong portfolio.

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. Portfolio preparation
      1. Media
            a. Print portfolio
            b. Web page portfolio
            c. Animation and Multimedia portfolio
      2. Creating a portfolio specific to a purpose
            a. Investigate professional options in graphic design industry
            b. Explore personal professional goals
            c. Developing a portfolio specific to a type of business
           d. Developing a portfolio specific to a project.
      3. Deciding on what goes into a portfolio
             a. Examining and reflecting on past work
             b. Creating new work
      4. Types of  formal presentations
             a. Portfolio case
             b. CD
             c. Multimedia
B. Portfolio development and business issues
        1. Resume
        2. Interviewing
        3. Job search
        4. Salary
        5. Free-lancing and pricing


VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands-on studio time in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A. Attend and participate in classes and lab sessions,
B. Complete class exercises and projects
C. Complete a professional portfolio, resume, website, and other relevant professional material.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Flash drive or portable hard drive

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based on understanding and demonstration of key principles and course objectives. Grading and evaluation will be based on work, projects, assignments, process, critique, participation, and other items at the instructor’s discretion.  

Completion of projects and participation in critique are required. Course instructors will base grades and evaluation on specified elements and percentage weights.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required. Lab hours will be posted, and open lab time will be available to students.

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.