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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 15-Jan-24

Spring 2024 | ART-2170-VO02S - 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: Thursday, 09:00A - 11:00A
Semester Dates: 01-25-2024 to 05-02-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - 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 CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS 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. ***

ART-2170-VO02S Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

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

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

Reviewing Your Body of Work


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 PortfolioLinks to an external site.

Portfolio Advice VideoLinks to an external site. (Portfolio for Art School Admission)


Zoom Meeting

Assignment: Tell me about yourself and your goals.

Discussion: Reviewing Your Body of Work



New Projects


Notable Creatives 1


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Notable Creatives 1

Discussion: New Projects



Creative Brief


How to Write a Creative Brief

The Creative Brief: Everything You Need to Know


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Creative Brief

Discussion: Group Project



Group and Individual Projects


Design Matters Video


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Design Matters Video

Discussion: Group Project

Discussion: Personal Project Update



Group and Individual Projects


Art Is Therapy


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Art is Therapy

Discussion: Group Project Update

Discussion: Update on Individual Projects



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: Building Your Social Media Presence

Discussion: How to sign up to join LinkedIn

Discussion: Ideas for Informational Interviews

Discussion: Sign Up Your Behance Account



Creating Your Behance Portfolio

Creating Your Resume


How To Create The Best Portfolio On Behance (2023) Tutorial for Beginners

Behance Help Center

Helpful info about Behance file sizes and more

6 Steps to Creating A Knockout Behance Portfolio

Graphic Design Resume Examples and Tips

8 Resume Writing Tips for 2022

Key Elements of a Resume


Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Creating Your Resume
Discussion: Informational Interview Plan Progress



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: Notable Creatives 2

Discussion: Self Promotion Materials Ideas



Reflect and Work


What Networking Has Done for Me


Zoom Meeting

Discussion:What Networking Has Done for Me



Portfolio Project Work Week


Zoom Meeting

Portfolio Project Reviews



Creating A Designer’s/Artists’ Statement


Creating a Designers’/Artists’ Statement


Zoom Meeting

Assignment:Creating A Designer’s/Artists’ Statement



New Portfolio Projects


Ethics in Art and Design


Zoom Meeting
Discussion: Ethics in Art and Design

Assignment: Post New Project Work



Group Project Presentation


Zoom Meeting

Assignment: Group Project Work

Discussion: Group Project Presentation Feedback



Practice & Feedback of Final Presentation


Zoom Meeting

All work for Final Presentation Due:

  • Website
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Resume
  • Self-Promotional Pieces
  • Designers’/Artists’ Statement

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

Assignment: Informational Interview Final Dafts



Final Presentation


Zoom Meeting


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.

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.