ARTC 1353

Western Texas College

    1. Use of tools and transformation options of an industry-standard vector drawing program to create complex illustrations or drawings.
    1. Identify terminology, advantages and limitations of vector software; use vector drawing tools to manipulate, create, and edit vector drawings for print or web; and specify file formats.
    1. Submit all projects and assignments, following the guidelines, by the deadline. Compile a clean and professional style portfolio to build on in future classes. Participation in class critiques and discussions.
    1. Required Book - Steuer, Sharon. The Adobe Illustrator CS5 WOW! Book ISBN 9780321712448 Peachpit Press
    2. Required Supplies
    3. Sketchbook
    4. Flash drive (1G minimum)
    5. Presentation Board and/or foam core for each project
    6. Tracing paper
    7. Xacto knife & replacement blades
    8. Utility knife & replacement blades
    9. Metal Ruler with cork backing
    10. One inch artists tape
    11. Spray mount (I suggest 3M Super 77)
    12. Technical Pens (Micron/Rapidograph)
    13. *additional supplies may be required later in the semester.
    1. Attendance - Attendance to class is mandatory. You are allowed a total of three absences during the course. Any additional absences will result in an automatic reduction in your final grade. One letter grade per absence, starting with the fourth absence. Keep track of your absences and use them wisely. Your attendance for project critiques, exams, or presentations is mandatory! Do not schedule doctor’s appointments, trips or anything else that would cause you to miss class on these days. You are required to present your work in class. If your work is in on time, but you are not present, 20 points will be deducted from your grade.
    2. Late Work - See above paragraph for attendance on project due dates. No make up tests will be permitted without a dated doctors note or proof of emergency. If work is not turned in on time, you will automatically be deducted 20 points. After the first day, you will lose 10 points EVERY ADDITIONAL DAY it is late.
    3. Bad Weather Policy - In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstances, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be. Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed. This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. Grading Policy - Final grades will be determined on the following basis:
      70% projects
      20% quizzes and classwork
      10% critique and class participation
      All projects are graded on 3 categories: research & development, presentation, and design.
      Any project that was completed by the due date may be reworked and turned in with your portfolio at the end of the semester for regrading.
    5. Submitting Work - All work will be submitted physically unless otherwise noted. If submitting electronic work, it should be titled with name, and project date. Example: khartzog_project1.pdf
      Standards for physical work will be discussed in class. The presentation may vary between projects.
    6. Drop/Withdrawal - Student discontinuation of a class does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal. The last day to drop or withdrawal student discretion is Friday, April 13th. For more information contact the Counseling Center.
    7. Cell Phone & Computer Etiquette - Cell phone use will not be permitted in class. If your cell phone becomes a nuisance, you will be asked to leave the classroom and will receive an unexcused absence. iPods and MP3 players are okay during lab exercises, but not during lecture or instruction. This privilege will be revoked if abused. Extra curricular use of the computers during lecture or lab time will not be tolerated. Computers are used for school work only, not email, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Again, you will be asked to leave the classroom and receive an unexcused absence.
  7. Week Number


    Week 1 Introductions, Syllabus
    Chapter 1: Your Creative Workspace
    Week 2 Chapter 2: Creative Type & Layout
    Week 3 Chapter 2 continued
    Week 4 Chapter 3: Rethinking Construction
    Week 5 Chapter 3 continued
    Week 6 Chapter 4: Expressive Strokes
    Week 7 Chapter 4 continued
    Week 8 Chapter 4 continued
    Week 9 Chapter 5: Color Transitions
    Week 10 Chapter 5 continued
    Week 11 Chapter 6: Reshaping Dimensions
    Week 12 Chapter 6 continued
    Week 13 Final Project
    Week 14 Final Project, Portfolio Prep
    Week 15 Study and Review

    *Disclaimer: Course Schedule is subject to change at the instructors discretion. All changes will be discussed in class and posted online Check MOODLE for the most up to date schedule.



Last Modified: May 20, 2013