GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

Three main things will be considered when evaluating a student’s design work:

 

Effort - visible in the work and/or demonstrated in class; spend quality time on your work!

Creativity - how original your work is

Following Directions - did you explore the assignment as given?

SUPPLY LIST FOR
GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

  • Pen /Pencil
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 2-inch 3-ring binder
  • 8GB Flash Drive

Class Syllabus|Rules

6th 6 Weeks

Technology Use

 

Students should have all devices on silent mode and put away when I am teaching. If you are doing independent work you may listen to music with one ear-bud in your ear.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

Student grades for this course will be calculated according to the following percentages:

  • 50% Major projects
  • 50% Small Projects / Practice Assignments
  • On time maximum credit: 100%
  • Late work maximum credit: 70% (10 points off per day late)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

As a result of taking this class, you should be able to:

Work professionally within a design team.

Identify numerous design careers which are available.

Evaluate designs (your work and others’) for audience, meaning, and effectiveness.

Use the elements and principles of design in a decisive fashion.

Plan a design project according to a client’s needs.

Build a design gradually using thumbnail sketches and mockups.

Create attractive layouts that communicate messages effectively.

Use color to communicate ideas to others.

Use typography effectively in a design.

 

In addition to the comprehensive objectives, you should be able to:

Use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, and graphics.

Use Adobe Photoshop to edit photographs, create artistic imagery, and  create graphics.

Use Adobe InDesign to create publications such as advertisements and brochures.

 

How Do I Make Up Missing or Incomplete Work?

You are expected to keep up with lessons and projects in class. Keep track of course assignments and due dates at this website. Late or incomplete work can be turned in during the same six weeks for a reduced score of 10 points per day. If the work is late due to an excused absence, you will have one extra school day per day of excused absence to complete it without a reduction in grade.

Please let me know as soon as you have submitted a late assignment. Otherwise I will not know to look for it.

 

Open Lab - the lab is open at 8:00 am every morning for students to come in and work.

 

Design Room Rules

Refer to the Student Handbook for school-wide rules. We have design room rules too:

1. Don’t prevent me from teaching.

2. Don’t prevent others from learning.

3. Be safe.

4. Keep things clean.

 

What Do those 4 Rules Really Mean Day-to-Day?

Here are some examples to show you what I mean. These are examples. Use your common sense when interpreting these rules.

Don’t prevent me from teaching.

• Don’t speak while I am instructing the class.

• Raise your hand if you wish to speak, and wait for me to call on you.

• Don’t interrupt when I am giving personal attention to another student.

Don’t prevent others from learning.

• Don’t behave in a disruptive or distracting way.

• Don’t engage in lengthy off-topic conversations.

• Keep the volume of your voice down.

• No singing, rapping, or other disruptive noises.

Be safe.

• Don’t throw, toss, flick, or roll anything across the table, floor, or classroom.

• Don’t roll across the classroom in your chair.

• Use classroom materials in a safe manner.

• Don’t behave in any way that threatens harm to anyone or our equipment.

Keep things clean.

• Clean up after yourself so your station is ready for the next student.

• Return classroom materials to the proper storage place.

• Don’t eat messy things that can leave residue on the computers.

• Keep your language clean.

Professional Skills Grade

It is my job to help you develop positive work behaviors and personal qualities needed to be employable by demonstrating skills related to seeking employment , creating work samples and earning certifications. Each week you will earn a "professional skills grade" for your professional conduct in class by following the Design Room Rules and following the 4 Rules detailed above.

Week 1 - April 23 - April 27

Photoshop Practice Exams - The code you used in class to use for Adobe Illustrator should still work.

  • Log in to the GMETRIX website. (You use this website earlier in the year and should know your login credentials.)
  • Take each of the Photoshop CC 2015 Tests (1,2, 3 & 4) in training mode and testing mode.
  • You will receive a grade for each Practice Test - a completion grade (formative) for doing it in training mode and the grade earning in testing mode (summative).
  • PRINT the Completed Screen turn into the tray for your class period when you are finished, these are GRADES!
    BE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON IT BEFORE PLACING IT IN THE TRAY.
  • You are authorized to take these practice tests at home if you want extra practice.

 

 

 

Certification testing will take place when you have completed the practice tests. Be sure you are registered on the Certiport website. When creating an account use your personal email NOT your school email account.

 

The Exam Group Code is 1947198.

Week 2 - April 30 - May 4

Complete Photoshop Practice Exams - The code you used in class to use for Adobe Illustrator should still work.

  • Log in to the GMETRIX website. (You use this website earlier in the year and should know your login credentials.)
  • Take each of the Photoshop CC 2015 Tests (1,2, 3 & 4) in training mode and testing mode.
  • You will receive a grade for each Practice Test - a completion grade (formative) for doing it in training mode and the grade earning in testing mode (summative).
  • PRINT the Completed Screen turn into the tray for your class period when you are finished, these are GRADES!
    BE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON IT BEFORE PLACING IT IN THE TRAY.
  • You are authorized to take these practice tests at home if you want extra practice.
  • NOTE: Tests 1 & 2 are now considered LATE!

 

 

 

Begin certification testing when you have completed the practice tests. Be sure you are registered on the Certiport website. When creating an account use your personal email NOT your school email account.

 

The Exam Group Code is 1947198.

Week 3 - May 7 - May 11

Last week to take ACA exam and complete GMETRIX Practice tests!

  • Log in to the GMETRIX website. (You use this website earlier in the year and should know your login credentials.)
  • Take each of the Photoshop CC 2015 Tests (1,2, 3 & 4) in training mode and testing mode.
  • You will receive a grade for each Practice Test - a completion grade (formative) for doing it in training mode and the grade earning in testing mode (summative).
  • PRINT the Completed Screen turn into the tray for your class period when you are finished, these are GRADES!
    BE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON IT BEFORE PLACING IT IN THE TRAY.
  • You are authorized to take these practice tests at home if you want extra practice.
  • NOTE: Tests 1 & 2 are now considered LATE!

 

Begin certification testing when you have completed the practice tests. Be sure you are registered on the Certiport website. When creating an account use your personal email NOT your school email account.

 

The Exam Group Code is 1947198.

 

Congratulations if you have already passed and received your ACA Certification!

 

You may now begin some fun assignments in Photoshop beginning with creating a Photo Mosaic. Choose your own pictures and make something you would like. Perhaps a collage of you growing up or your family and friends. There is a template you can download and just replace all the pictures with your own.

 

Week 4 - May 14 - May 18

You may now begin some fun assignments in Photoshop beginning with creating a Photo Mosaic. Choose your own pictures and make something you would like. Perhaps a collage of you growing up or your family and friends. There is a template you can download and just replace all the pictures with your own.  Don't have enough pictures? Reduce the # of pictures needed, either make the grid smaller (keep it a square).

 

Now colorize a picture from history with this tutorial, choose an image of your choice - How To Colorize Black and White Vintage Photographs in Photoshop

You can find public domain photos at the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ (Choose the largest option before downloading the picture. You want your final image to be at least 8" x 10".)

 

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Week 5 - May 21 - May 25

CD Jacket Design Project - Final Project

 

Introduction:

 

During this semester, you have been introduced to Adobe Photoshop creating various projects. This project is designed to assess your skill level while creating a designed product.

 

Research & Background:

 

We will be using a few random generators to put together CD Cover art. Here is what you need to do to get all the elements for your cover.

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random – The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
  2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 – The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
  3. http://writingexercises.co.uk/random-image-generator.php  - Click on the “Generate a Random Image” button and a random picture will be generated for you. This image will be your album cover. Right-click the image and choose “Save Image As” as save to your folder.
  4. Create a Word document with your 3 randomly generated items and put your name on the page. Print and turn in to the tray.
  5. SAVE ALL OF THESE FOR LATER and BEGIN PLANNING.

 

Planning:

 

Sketch out 3 possible creations for your CD cover art. Try to make each one completely different (try different techniques for picture effects, wording, placement, etc). Use color where needed to illustrate emphasis or other design elements.

Your final design must use only the elements you have been given and original creations. It is encouraged to research new skills and techniques to increase creativity and unique designs. Creativity, simplicity, balance and professional results will be rewarded.

 

Creation:

 

  1. Use Photoshop to resize and possibly enhance or modify the original image to work better with text.
  2. Create a new Photoshop document; use the best plan you have to begin your layout, size depends on your research of a CD cover size at 300 dpi.
  3. Have each design element (cover art, title of album, Band name, other pieces) on a properly named layers in the PSD document.
  4. Name the project LastnameF_CDJacket

 

Specifications:

 

  • Final image size must be the size of an actual CD cover at a resolution of 300dpi
  • The final Photoshop file you have saved must have no pixelization in the images or design elements
  • Text needs to be clear, readable, memorable, and understandable
  • Well thought out design choices need to be evident in the final design
  • Color and font choices need to make sense and fit with the rest of the design
  • Bonus for creative layouts and designs that are attractive and not just placed text on an image.

 

Submissions:

 

  1. Random generator handout – identify what your selections were and turn in, there is a slip of paper to get from me to write your information on and give to me for a grade – due 5/21
  2. 3 Sketches – must be completed and turned in before beginning Photoshop document to received full credit (you can print 3 copies of your image and draw on those) – due 5/25
  3. Photoshop file LastnameF_CDJacket turned in to the Turnin Folder for your class. – due June 1
  4. Print a copy to the color printer and hang on the white board – due June 1

 

Week 6 - May 28 - June 1

CD Jacket Design Project - Final Project

 

Specifications:

 

  • Final image size must be the size of an actual CD cover at a resolution of 300dpi
  • The final Photoshop file you have saved must have no pixelization in the images or design elements
  • Text needs to be clear, readable, memorable, and understandable
  • Well thought out design choices need to be evident in the final design
  • Color and font choices need to make sense and fit with the rest of the design
  • Bonus for creative layouts and designs that are attractive and not just placed text on an image.

 

Submissions:

 

  1. Random generator handout – identify what your selections were and turn in, there is a slip of paper to get from me to write your information on and give to me for a grade – due 5/21
  2. 3 Sketches – must be completed and turned in before beginning Photoshop document to received full credit (you can print 3 copies of your image and draw on those) – due 5/25
  3. Photoshop file LastnameF_CDJacket turned in to the Turnin Folder for your class. – due June 1
  4. Print a copy to the color printer and hang on the white board – due June 1

 

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