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ART-1210-VU02 - Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud


Online Class


Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.


Synonym: 184861

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Mary-Margaret Carroll | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
Technological Literacy
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the industry-standard software package for professional graphic designers for use in digital image manipulation, digital illustration and page layout. Students will learn basic navigating skills within the Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students will learn how to select, modify, adjust, combine, and manipulate pre-existing digital raster images, as well as the basic method for creating new vector images from scratch. Students will then investigate how these images can be integrated with type to create a page layout.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate fundamental skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for use in print and Web application.
2. Explain the differences between bitmap/raster images and vector graphics, and the software used for each.
3. Import and export files between software packages, including usage of various file formats such as .psd, .eps, .gif, .tif, .jpeg, .png, .ai, and .indd.
4. Demonstrate methods for optimizing size, color, and quality of images and/or photographs using Photoshop.
5. Create vector graphics and utilize tools to create, resize, and manipulate type in Illustrator.
6. Create basic page layout using key tools such as master pages and style sheets within InDesign.
7. Examine and discuss traditional methods of design and pre-press, with reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
8. Design and complete individual projects.
9. Display finished works in a professional manner.

Methods:

This is a hands-on design software class. Each week there will be a lesson, with readings and in-class demonstrations with hands-on work. Each week there will also be an assignment, typically due for the following class.

In this class you will complete the following projects:

  • 5 technical design projects
  • 4 glossary contributions (research and writing assignments)
  • 1 final creative project

These projects will be graded, as will your overall class participation. For class participation we will be using a CCV form where you evaluate your own level of participation and then you and I agree on a worthy grade.

As with any hands-on design class, the critique process is a key part of the learning process. You will be required to "critique" your fellow students' work each week. I will distribute guidelines for the critique policy in a separate document. It's a friendly critique, to help us all learn and grow as designers.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Illustrator Projects 1 & 2 (10% each): 20%
  • Photoshop Projects 3 & 4 (10% each)): 20%
  • InDesign Project 5: 10%
  • Glossaries 1 – 4 (2.5% each): 10%
  • Final Project: 30%
  • Class Participation (self-graded): 10%

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.

Textbooks:

Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ART-1210-VU02 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Mary-Margaret Carroll
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

Attendance Policy:

This class meets for twelve sessions, online.

Work is done asynchronously, any time during the defined week, which starts on Tuesday and ends on Monday.

If you know you will be missing a week due to work, family responsibilities, travel, etc., let me know ahead of time and we can make arrangements for you complete and turn in the work when you are able.

If you have an unforeseen situation, such as illness, that puts you behind, let me know as soon as you can and we can put a plan in place so you can complete and turn in the work.

If you fall behind more than two sessions, it will be challenging to catch up with the class and make up the missing assignments.

Assignments are due on the assigned due dates. However, assignments may be turned in late with a 10% penalty.

Syllabus:


Class 1 — May 26 — Illustrator

  • Overview of class
  • Overview of Final Project
  • Glossary #1 — Principles & Elements of Design, due June 5
  • In Class: shape tools, stroke & fill, pencil tool
  • Project #1 — Icon, Index, Symbol, due June 5
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 2 — June 2 — Illustrator

  • In Class: text tools, pen tools
  • Project #2 — Expressive Typography , due June 5
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 3 — June 9 — Illustrator

  • In Class: gradient, gradient mesh, shape builder tool
  • Project #3 — Alphabet Blocks, due June 19
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 4 — June 16 — Illustrator

  • In Class: more hands-on with Illustrator
  • Glossary 2: Illustrator terms, due June 19
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 5 — June 23 — Photoshop

  • In Class: image size, canvas size, Adobe Classroom in a Book, Ch. 2 Basic Photo Corrections
  • Project #3 — Photo Restoration, due July 3
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 6 — June 30 — Photoshop

  • InClass: channels, color adjustments, selections, layer mask
  • Project #4 — Seven Days cover, research & sketches, due July 3
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 7 — July 7 — Photoshop

  • In Class: blending modes, layer styles,
  • Project #4 — Seven Days cover, first draft, due July 10
  • Glossary #3: Photoshop terms, due July 10
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 8 — July 14 — Photoshop

  • In Class: more hands-on with Photoshop
  • Project #4 — Seven Days cover, final version, due July 17
  • Final Project Outline, due July 17
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 9 — July 21 — InDesign

  • In Class: working with InDesign
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.
  • Project #5 — InDesign magazine spread, research & sketches, due July 24
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 10 — July 28— InDesign

  • In Class: paragraph styles, character styles
  • Project #5 — InDesign magazine spread, first layout, due July 31
  • Home: Assigned readings and Adobe videos.

Class 11 — August 4 — InDesign

  • In Class: finish magazine spreads
  • Glossary 4: InDesign, due August 7
  • Project #5 — InDesign magazine spread, final version, due end of class July 31

Class 12 — August 11 — InDesign

  • Final Projects Due
  • In Class: review and critique magazine spreads and final projects

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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