ARTC 2311

Western Texas College

    1. Survey of the evolution of graphic arts in relation to the history of art. Includes formal, stylistic, social, political, economic, and historical aspects. Emphasis on art movements, schools of thought, individuals, and technology as they interrelate with graphic arts.
    1. Identify major art and design styles from the past; recognize techniques and media used in graphic arts; relate historic styles and their influence to the present; and recognize prominent graphic artists and their contribution to the development of popular styles.
    1. Demonstrate understanding of covered topics by completing a required written response when assigned (30% of final grade).
      Daily work such as participation in online discussion forums, simple art piece demonstrating covered materials, and quizzes (20% of grade).
      Completion of all section tests and final exam (50% of grade).
      Participation in class critiques and discussions.
    1. Required Book - Meggs, Philip. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, 5th ISBN 9780470168738 Wiley Press
    2. Required Supplies
    3. Spiral, paper, or notebook for daily note taking.
    4. Note cards. I HIGHLY recommended that you create flash cards for each chapter as a study aid.
    5. Basic art supplies will be needed for simple art pieces. You may use any medium such as pencils, graphic pens, paints, paper, canvas, etc.
    6. *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:
      50% tests and exams
      20% quizzes, discussions, and art work
      30% written response papers
    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.
Study and Review

Week Number


Week 1 Introductions, Syllabus
Chapter 1: The Invention of Writing
Week 2 Chapter 2: Alphabets
Chapter 3: The Asian Contribution
Week 3 Chapter 4: Illuminated Manuscripts
Week 4 Chapter 5: Printing Comes to Europe
Chapter 6: German Illustrated Book
Chapter 7: Renaissance Graphic Design
Week 5 Chapter 8: An Epoch of Typographic Genius
Week 6 Chapter 9: Graphic Design and the Industrial Revolution
Chapter 10: Arts & Crafts Movement
Week 7 Chapter 11: Art Nouveau
Chapter 12: The Genesis of 20th Century Design
Week 8 EXAM 3
Chapter 13: The Influence of Modern Art
Week 9 Chapter 14: Pictorial Modernism
Chapter 15: A New Language of Form
Week 10 Chapter 16: Bauhaus & The New Typography
Chapter 17: The Modern Movement in America
Week 11 EXAM 4
Chapter 18: The International Typographic Style
Week 12 Chapter 19: The New York School
Chapter 20: Corporate ID & Visual Systems
Week 13 Chapter 21: The Conceptual Image
Chapter 22: National Visions Within a Global Dialogue
Week 14 Chapter 23: Postmodern Design
Chapter 24: The Digital Revolution

*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