Digital Art & Design

TUE + THU  |  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  |  Fall Quarter (3 credits)  |  FALL 2012 CALENDAR

An introduction to the use of digital media in art. This course will acquaint the student with the basic fundamentals of using the Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). These computer programs are used for creating graphic design layouts, working with digital imagery, and creating unique digital works of art. Recommended: ART111.

Columbia Basin College
Arts & Humanities Division

Chris DeGraaf

Contact Information
Preferred e-mail:
Phone number: (509) 554-6851

Course Title
ART209: Digital Art & Design

Credit and Hours
Three (3) credits. Five (5) contact hours per week.

Prerequisites or Asset/Compass Score (as Appropriate)
No prerequisites; ART111 is recommended.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn basic software skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign—and use these skills to successfully create print-based graphic design materials.
  2. Gain an understanding of image types, color modes, file formats, and other digital concepts commonly required by professional graphic design projects.
  3. Be able to confidently discuss the intent and process behind your work, and to ask informed questions in pursuit of ongoing academic growth.

Attendance and Participation
Attendance is mandatory and will factor in your final grade. Attendance and participation are each scored on a percentage — just like lessons, assignments, projects, and tests (final score divided by total points possible) — with each weighted as 20% of your final grade. Not being in class means not being able to take advantage of the learning opportunities that occur during our limited time together. Missed classes will be considered excused absences if official documentation is provided, but they are still counted against your final grade; unexcused absences may additionally result in a full letter grade drop for every third unexcused absence. Partial absences (arriving late or leaving early) will result in a partial attendance score for that date’s class, corresponding to the amount of class time that is missed.

Text(s) and Materials
Optional: Adobe Photoshop Visual QuickStart Guide, by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas; Illustrator Visual QuickStart Guide, by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas; and InDesign Visual QuickStart Guide, by Sandee Cohen
Recommended: Portable media, such as a thumb drive or external hard drive; digital camera (or camera phone); notebook or sketchpad
Be prepared for: Occasional color printing

Adobe Photoshop: Image editing and photo manipulation
Adobe Illustrator: Computer drawing
Adobe InDesign: Page layout, document design, and desktop publishing

Graded Projects, Exercises, and Assignments
A foundational understanding of design software is built with a combination of introductory readings, hands-on instruction, and self-directed exercises. Reading assignments are taken seriously. Take-home exercises are intended to keep you thinking technically and creatively. It will be necessary to spend time working outside of class on such projects. Class time will be devoted to application lectures, digital exercises, engaging in discussion, open lab, and exploration time. It is important that the entire class work together in a collaborative environment, learning from each other as well as through instruction. Understand that there will be varying differences in technical expertise from student to student, and I will do my best to keep everyone engaged and not leave anyone behind.

More than anything, I want you to enjoy this class and learn and be inspired. I want you in class on time with your work done and both sides of your brain fully engaged. By the end of the quarter, my goal is to have you familiar and comfortable with the software tools that empower professional graphic design.

Student Learning Outcomes

CBC Student Learning Outcomes:

Students who graduate from Columbia Basin College will have been exposed to the skills, concepts, and methods of inquiry in many different disciplines. The totality of their learning experience is expressed in a set of general Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), which all students, regardless of academic program, are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Apply information tools and resources
  2. Develop cultural awareness
  3. Think critically
  4. Communicate effectively
  5. Reason quantitatively and symbolically.

Course Outcomes:

Digital Art & Design is intended to develop SLOs (1-5) through the following outcomes:

  1. Expand mastery of various desktop publishing programs (SLOs #1, #3)
  2. Apply the formal aspects of design, color, and typography (SLOs #3, #4)
  3. Create graphic solutions that display both cultural awareness and the ability to communicate effectively (SLOs #2, #3, #4)
  4. Exhibit an awareness of various designers and their styles, and incorporate this knowledge as part of the creative process (SLOs #2, #3, #4, #5)
  5. Understand and apply graphic design concepts and cultural symbolism to composition (SLOs #3, #4, #5)
  6. Develop and apply individuality and personal style to graphic design projects. (SLOs #2, #3, #4)

Evaluation Methods
It is important that you attend all classes, care about your work, make progress in your understanding of the topic(s), and develop clear objectives for the work you plan to produce. Evaluations will be based on both technical and aesthetic merit, for work submitted. For lessons, assignments, and projects, it is important that you follow all of the parameters given. Participation will factor in critiques, as well as in your overall evaluation (final grade).

Grading Scale

A 100 – 92% Excellent quality and intellectual initiative
A- 91.9 – 90%
B+ 89.9 – 88% High quality and intellectual initiative
B 87.9 – 82%
B- 81.9 – 80%
C+ 79.9 – 78% Acceptable quality; satisfactory achievement
C 77.9 – 72%
C- 71.9 – 70%
D+ 69.9 – 67% Deficient quality; passing
D 66.9 – 60%
F 59.9% and below Failure to meet minimum requirements; not passing
P Pass (with pass/no pass grading)
NP No Pass (with pass/no pass grading)
I Incomplete
W Withdrawal

Academic Dishonesty
As members of the Columbia Basin College learning community, students are not to engage in any form of academic dishonesty. Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, grade tampering, and misuse of computers and other electronic technology. Students who engage in academic dishonesty may receive an academic penalty or a disciplinary penalty or both. Instances of academic dishonesty may be referred to the Vice President for Student Services in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 132S-40-165, paragraph 3 (Dishonesty) and the CBC Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The disciplinary consequences of engaging in any form of academic dishonesty include reprimand, probation, suspension, and dismissal. A student who knowingly helps or attempts to help another individual to violate the college’s policy on academic honesty also may be subject to academic as well as disciplinary penalties. Students are expected to be familiar with the CBC policy on academic dishonesty. Forms of academic dishonesty seen in the arts include, but are not limited to, copying another’s work and claiming as one’s own, turning in a past work of art for a current assignment, turning in someone else’s art and claiming it as one’s own.

Columbia Basin College abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that maintains students’ rights to the privacy of their academic records. CBC will not release student information or student records to a parent or guardian without the student’s written permission. Students who wish to authorize an instructor to provide information to their parent(s), guardian(s), or others, must complete the necessary authorization, which is available in the Office of Admissions and Registration.

Tutor Center
The Tutor Center offers CBC students help with their studies for most departments and programs. It is also available to facilitate study groups. The center is in Room S 233 (the Science & Technology Center) on the Pasco campus. The phone number is (509) 547-0511, extension 2676. The Tutor Center also can be reached on-line.

Students Requiring Special Accommodation
Columbia Basin College provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Students who need course accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, should notify their instructors as soon as possible. The responsibility for determining a student’s eligibility for accommodations rests with the Resource Center, which can be reached at (509) 547-0511, extension 2325.


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