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Areas of Study | | ARTS153 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: ARTS153
COURSE TITLE:Graphic Abstraction
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE: One traditional in class section offered Spring semester only

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Graphic Abstraction examines the techniques of converging parallels, object drawing and simplification of the object into black and white and color forms. Graphic Abstraction explores communication problems involving typography placement as well as the Gestalt, Constructivism, Semiotics, and Cognitive theories and how they apply to graphic design.

PREREQUISITES:
ARTS151 with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
  1. The student will have an awareness and appreciation of simple imagery. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, projects, tests and quizzes.
  2. The students will be familiar with the theories surrounding the simplification of form and their historical basis as reflections of their time and culture. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.
  3. The students will know the basic terms used in describing and working with imagery. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.
  4. The student will understand the basic theory and practice of using imagery and its appropriateness as an expressive tool in visual communication. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.
  5. The student will understand Figure/Ground concepts. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.
  6. The student will understand the different uses, kinds and appropriateness of color and how that relates to their communicative value. The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.
  7. The student will learn how to use converging parallels to show depth and perspective within a composition.  The student will demonstrate this through in class and out of class assignments, essays, projects, tests and quizzes.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Bi-Weekly

  1. Historical background of signs and symbols
  2. Rules of Gestalt theory and visual perception
  3. Figure/ground
  4. Similarity
  5. Proximity
  6. Laws of perspective
  7. Introduction to constructivism
  8. Semiotics
  9. Cognitive theories
  10. Color


EVALUATION:

Quizzes and Exams: 175 points

Projects: 780 points

Writing assignments: 420

Group work: 100 points

Participation in group critiques: 125 points

There is a total of 1600 points possible during the semester

Methodology:

Lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, individual critiques, tests and quizzes, working in both digital and traditional modes, formal exercises leading up to projects.

Assignments and projects

  1. Research and presentation on assignments are to be documented through thumbnails and journaling.
  2. Logotypes will be explored and applied to several delivery modes.
  3. Introduction to illustration and the simplification of forms.

Research:

The students will research four graphic designers and their logotypes. This research will include 5 examples of the graphic designers work and presented in a PowerPoint. This presentation is to only last 5-7 minutes. This will help the student increase his/her communication skills when discussing design and how artists use the simplification of forms to communicate messages.

Critiques:

There are four types of critiques, which happen during the semester.  

When discussing work in a critique these guidelines are to be followed: 

 

  1. composition
  2. craftsmanship
  3. hierarchy
  4. positive and negative space
  5. attention to detail and/or the lack of
  6. color application
  7. contrast
  8. overall success or failure
  9. be polite and constructive

 

 

All work is to be scanned and/or made available on a flash drive to be presented for group discussion (critique)

Scale:

Grades will be assigned based on the following percentages:

100-90%=A

89-80%=B

79-70%=C

69-60%=D

59% and below- F



BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2015

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