The computer has become an essential tool for anyone working in the fields of design, photography, videography, illustration, architecture, industrial design, animation, and multimedia and web design. This course will explore many facets of making art using computer hardware and software. This course is an introduction and overview of the digital arts. The basic elements, components and skills required for digital art development and production will be defined and explored. Topics include; applications of digital arts, presentation software, visual design principles, digital media design, Web design, configuring a multimedia system, emerging technologies, multimedia components, and interactive multimedia development.
This is a working studio class and through demonstrations and hands on work you will learn to solve visual problems using Adobe software. This "hands on" experience is the key to success in this class. The primary evidence for progress in this class will be a portfolio of 50+ pieces illustrating concepts learned.
Number of Credits: 3
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of all required assignments, the learner will be able to:
Date Topic Assignment
Class 1 26-Jan Intro to class, create class blog, post bio and image to blog. Demonstrate editing tools in Photoshop. Students Edit their own work.
Class 2 2-Feb Photoshop Edit for focal point and emphasis, Sculpt light... feathered selections the levels tool, the curve tool, Color correction. View How to Video Here another video to see: Watch this video I made on basic editing for light, contrast and color balance using a student image.
Class 3 9-Feb Photoshop Mirrored and Rotational Symmetries Intro to composite project. View How to Video
Photoshop Surrealism/ the composited reality.
16-Feb No Class, President's Day
Class 4 25-Feb Illustrator Tools - examples of various tools, fills strokes, objects, clones, the pen tool, bezier curves.
Class 5 4-Mar Dreamweaver Introduction to design for the web. Layers, tables, inks, sizing raster images for the web.
Class 6 11-Mar Dreamweaver Tools - Layout 8 page personal artist website.
March 16, Spring Break
Class 7 23-Mar Mid term Portfolio Review of work to date Finish up Dreamweaver website. Mid term grades due 25 Mar
April 3rd, Good Friday, College Closed
Class 8 30-Mar InDesign Tools - Design for print. Design Magazine cover of your choosing. Video, Getting Started With InDesign
Class 9 6-Apr InDesign Finish Magazine cover, create 2 page spread layout including text and images. Video, InDesign, Part II
Class 10 13-Apr In Design
Mon., April 20, Last Day to Withdraw, initiated by student
Class 11 20-Apr InDesign Finish Magazine cover, create 2 page spread layout including text and images. Video, InDesign, Part II
Class 12 27-Ap Flash Tools, animate text, shape and motion tweens. Export options. Video Here
Class 13 4-May Flash Scrolling Titles and text object... Explore motion presets, 3 D effects, bouncing, fading, etc... Adobe After Effects for special effects See Flash animation example on PBS Learning Media/No Nonsense Grammar, written by my wife, Debbie.
Adobe Premier Tools, importing, exporting, movie formats,strategies to create footage. Incorporate Flash titles into movie.
May 11.... Is there class scheduled? Calendar unclear.
Class 14 18-May Final Exam/Last Class Premier work...complete movies in class
Class Cancellation: If class is cancelled or delayed because of weather, local radio and television stations will broadcast an announcement. If the instructor is unable to attend class, the Arts & Humanities Division office will advise students of alternate learning activities.
Make-up Policy: It is the responsibility of the learner to submit all missed work during scheduled office hours or by arranging a mutual suitable meeting with the instructor. Information from the missed class will be accessible through the class site on Blackboard.
Academic Honesty Statement: At NVCC we expect the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic dishonesty is prohibited in accordance with the Board of Trustee’s Proscribed Conduct Policy in Section 5.2.1 of the BOT Policy Manual. This policy prohibits cheating on examinations, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, unauthorized access to examinations or course materials, plagiarism, and other proscribed activities. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another’s idea(s) or phrase(s) and representing that/those idea(s) as your own, either intentionally or unintentionally. Anyone who violates the Board policy may fail the course at the discretion of the instructor.
Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.
Children on Campus: For the purpose of this policy, children are defined as minors under the age of 18 who are not enrolled in a Naugatuck Valley Community College course or program. Children must be attended at all times by a responsible adult. Children may accompany an adult to class on an occasional basis and only with the prior permission of the class instructor. In an emergency situation that is not repetitive, a request may be made to the instructor of the course or supervisor of the activity for permission to bring a child to class or on campus. The student must notify the instructor or supervisor prior to the beginning of the class or activity that a child is present. Pre-k, elementary and high schools that are not in session are not emergency situations. Arrangements must be made for child care outside of NVCC.
It is expected that this accommodation will be made only when there is no disruption to the teaching and learning process. Instructors and/or supervisors are authorized to ask the student or program participant to leave should the presence of the child be disruptive.
Children are never permitted in any test, exam or final exam session.
(Full policy can be found in the NVCC Student Handbook)
Cell Phone/Pager Use Policy: “Students are hereby notified that cellular phones and beepers are allowed in class only if they are turned off or turned to a silent mode. Under no circumstances are telephones to be answered in class. Students who ignore this policy may be asked to leave class. When there are extenuating circumstances that require that a student be available by phone or beeper, the student should speak to the instructor prior to class, so that together they can arrive at an agreement concerning the device.”
Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require accommodations on the basis of a learning disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor of Learning Disabilities (Terri Latella, K519, 203-575-8608). Students who may require accommodations on the basis of all other disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services (Laurie Novi, K519, 203-575-8035). After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the accommodations approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Accommodations Agreement form. Accommodations are not retroactive; students are therefore encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or accommodations only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and accommodations process.
Continuing Notice of Non Discrimination:
Internet Related Sites
Tutoring Resources: The ACE center located in Ekstrom Hall has tutoring available in a variety of subjects which include, writing, math, and study skills.
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Spring 2015 - Academic Calendar
Thursday, January 1New Year’s Day - College Closed
Monday, January 19Martin Luther King Day Observed - College Closed
Wednesday, January 21Credit Classes begin
Wednesday, January 28 Last Day for Add/Swap
Tuesday, February 3 Last Day 50% Refund
Wednesday, February 4 First Day Student-initiated Withdrawal
Thursday, February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday - Credit Classes in Session - College Open
Monday, February 16 Washington’s Birthday Observed - No Classes - College Closed
Wednesday, February 18“Late Start” - Classes Begin
Monday - Sunday, March 16 - 22 Spring Break - No Credit Classes - College Open
Monday, March 23 Classes Resume
Monday, March 23 Mid-term grades due
Friday, April 3 College Closed (Good Friday)
Saturday April 4 No Classes
Sunday April 5 College Closed (Easter)
Monday, April 20 Last Day Student Initiated Withdrawal
Wednesday - Thursday, May 6 - 7 Reading and/or Make-up Day (Instructor Discretion)
Tuesday, May 12 Reading and/or Make-up Day (Instructor Discretion)
Wednesday - Tuesday, May 13 - 19 Final Examination Period
Thursday, May 21 Final Grades due
Thursday, May 21 Leadership Banquet
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day - College Closed
Tuesday, May 26 Honors Night
Thursday, May 28 Commencement