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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 22-May-23

Summer 2023 | ART-2170-VO01S - Portfolio & Project Development

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Tuesday, 05:30P - 07:30P
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Robert Kirk
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course serves as a capstone for the Visual Arts, Graphic Design, and Multimedia Communications programs. Students explore career opportunities and collaborate with each other and employers on real-world projects. Students orally present their body of work, which will be displayed in traditional or digital formats. They develop a digital portfolio of their best work to be used for a variety of purposes such as professional job applications, scholarship opportunities, and transfer to four-year programs. Prerequisite: Minimum of 30 college-level credits or advisor permission.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore career opportunities and connections in fields related to communication, design, and visual arts.
2. Examine, discuss, and critique visual imagery, time-based media, and forms of communication including historical examples and references to social and cultural contexts.
3. Work collaboratively in teams to execute a project that is professionally displayed, distributed, and/or accessed within the community.
4. Develop an independent portfolio representing works created over a span of time, and display in a professional manner.
5. Think and speak critically about one’s own and others' work.
6. Produce an articulate written artist statement or creative brief to support the portfolio and/or group project.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • Weekly Zoom meetings
  • Notes and lessons via videos and readings
  • Project based assignments
  • Project feedback and discussions
  • Writing assignments
  • Online discussions
  • Informational interviews

Evaluation Criteria

1. Satisfactory participation each week — 15%

Each week you will receive a grade for your participation that week.Weekly participation is important in order to receive a passing grade for this course. It counts as 10% of your overall grade.

Full weekly participation consist of of the following:

  • Completion of all assignments on time each week.
  • Satisfactory participation in all discussions each week.

You will receive a grade of 100 if you meet these participation requirements fully. For every missing discussion post or assignment I will deduct 10 points.

2. Weekly assignments — 30%

You will receive a grade for every assignment. See Rubric for each assignment.

3. Weekly discussion board posts — 25%

You will receive a grade for every discussion. See Rubric for each discussion.

4. Final Portfolio Presentation — 30%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Creating A Quality Portfolio


How To Give Constructive Feedback About Your Classmates’ Work

What to include in a portfolio

What do companies look for in a design portfolio?

Portfolio Advice for Fine Art

My (First) Design Portfolio

Portfolio Advice Video

Review Your Body of Work


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Reviewing Your Body of Work

Assignment: Tell me about yourself and your goals.



New Projects


Notable Creatives


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Notable Creatives

Discussion: New Projects



The Creative Brief


How To Write a Creative Brief

The Creative Brief: Everything You Need to Know


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Group Projects

Discussion: Design Matters



Group Project & Personal Projects


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Art is Therapy

Discussion: Group Project

Discussion: Personal Projects



Informational Interviews & Social Media


Informational Interviewing

How To Get Big On Social Media As A Designer

The 5 Keys to Building a Social Media Strategy for Your Personal Brand

How to Use Social Media in Your Career


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Group Project Update



Creating Your Resume and LinkedIn


Graphic Design Resume Examples and Tips

8 Resume Writing Tips for 2022

Key Elements of a Resume

LinkedIn Tutorial for Beginners


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Creating Your Resume

Discussion: Ideas for Your Interviews

Discussion: Sign up for Your Behance Account



Creating Your Behance Portfolio


How To Create The Best Portfolio On Behance (2023)

Behance Help Center

Helpful info about Behance file sizes and more

6 Steps to Creating a Knockout Behance Portfolio


Discussion: Informational Interview Plans



Self Promotion


7 Best Self Promotional Ideas For Graphic Designers

Self Promotional Work on Behance

Self Promotional Work on Dribble

Self Promotional Video

Notable Creatives 2


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Self Poromotional Ideas

Discussion: Notable Creatives 2



Creating a Designer’s Statement


What is a Designer’s Statement


Zoom Meeting

Assignment: Group Project Work

Discussion: What Networking Has Done For Me



Final Presentation Outline


Video:Ethic in Art and Design


Zoom Meeting: Present Group Project

Discussion: Ethic in Art and Design

Assignments Due:
LinkedIn Profile
Designer’s Statement
Self Promotional Pieces



Prepare for Final Presentation


Notable Creatives 3
Video:Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness


Zoom Meeting: Practice Final Presentation

Discussion: Notable Creatives 3

Discussion:Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Assignment: Informational Interviews Reflection Final Draft



Final Presentations to Classmates and Guests


Zoom Meeting: Final Presentation


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

There are simple participation requirements for this course in order for you to receive a passing grade.

They are:

You must complete ALL the assignments and post them for discussion and critique. I provide a rubric for each assignment that will give you clear criteria for grading the quality of your work.

You must participate in ALL discussions each week. Discussion participation will vary slightly depending on the discussion. I will clearly state the participation requirements when I post a discussion. I will provide a rubric for each discussion that will give you clear criteria for grading the quality of your discussion posts.

It is important that you participate in the discussions on a regular basis. Keep these things in mind during Zoom time and when posting to a discussion.

  1. Attendance and full participation in all Zoom meetings.
  2. Obviously, first and foremost, post your discussion assignment by due date and time. Earlier is better because it gets the conversations going, sooner.
  3. You should respond to at least two discussion post from your classmates. So, including your discussion assignment, that’s a 3-post minimum, 4 posts if you want to get in to the “A” zone (and, of course, the quality of your posts also matters).
  4. The ideal is 4 or more posts per discussion; that is not an undue burden, and it’s actually quite easy — just get involved in the conversations! Basically, you start the week with 100 points. When grading time comes, I grade the overall quality of your post, then subtract 10 points for each post under 4 posts. So, if you have four posts, you’d get a 90 as your grade. However, if you only have one post for the week, you’d get a 60, due to low participation.

    1 post = 60
    2 posts = 70
    3 posts = 80
    4 posts = 90
    5+ post = 100

  5. You should participate on at least two separate days during the week.
  6. Your postings should be of substance. Posts such as “I like it!” or “That’s a cool design dude!”, with no further explanation, although well-meaning, will not count towards your participation.
  7. Do not post all of your work in one day and refrain from the class for the rest of the week. Another important thing: as I mentioned before, often, I, or sometimes another student will follow up your post with another question. Be sure to answer those follow-up questions. Check in periodically to see if anyone has asked you a follow-up question.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work:

I do not accept late work unless you contact me in advance of the due date and have an extraordinary reason.

One of the reasons I am strict about deadlines is because that is how it will be with any job in the visual arts. Often there are deadlines out of your control, such as a publication date, an event date, or a time frame for production of work that will take weeks, or simply a demanding client or boss. Get use to meeting deadlines no matter what it takes.

Redoing Work:

You may chose to redo any assignment for regrading BUT you must have turned in the original assignment by its original due date.

You cannot add to a discussion once it is closed.

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 Integrity

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.