Monday, January 26, 2015

Ill 364: New Media 

Spring 2015

Instructor:  Professor Yvonne Buchanan

Class room :  307
Class hours:  Monday 8am-12:30pm
Office:  361 Shaffer Art Building
Office Hours:  Tuesday, 10:00am-12:30pm
Phone:  443-9189

This course is designed to introduce graduate and undergraduate students to producing digital animated imagery. The focus will be on the use of motion and time-based media within the field of illustration. The course will familiarize students with contemporary practices in animated imagery and the commercial distribution of such works. Students will create work with Photoshop, Flash and open source programs. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussion, hands-on lab and studio activities students will produce a series of short animated works for self-promotion and web-based publishing.

Critique issues:
Artwork produced will be reviewed following these criteria
a. Is it interesting? Does it compel the viewer to engage with the work for than five seconds?
b. Is it conceptually strong?  Is it readable and understandable? Does it say what you want the work to say? Will the viewer know the story/concept you are illustrating.
c. Is there a high level of craft? Is it executed well, is the work an example of your mastery of your chosen materials?
d. Have you taken a chance with a new technique, style or approach to challenge yourself?

Classroom procedures:
Always bring your laptop to class. If you do not have one, the computer lab will be available to you during the class time.

Cell phone:
There will be no cell phone use in the classroom, including voice or texting.  if you need to contact someone, you can step out into the hall during breaks.

Ipod (or music listening device):
These devices can be used during individual class work time, when the instructor is not lecturing.

Grading Standards:
A   achievement is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements
B    achievement is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements
C    achievement meets the course requirements in every respect
D   achievement is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet the course requirements
F    achievement is not worthy of credit or was not completed / represents failure

Grade Distribution:
Assignment One:  20%
Assignment Two:  20%
Assignment Three:  20%
Assignment Four:  20%
Participation/professional conduct:  10%
Final Survey:  10%

Absences and tardiness:
Excessive absences are not acceptable. Your presence, artwork and opinions are important and your absence deprives your fellow students. Three or more unexplained absences will result in a failing grade.
If you are to be absent, please email me beforehand. Tardiness is disruptive to the class so be sure your alarm clock is working and you arrive on time.  Any unexcused tardiness beyond a reasonable few minutes may be counted as an absence.

Special Accommodations:
If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can be of assistance. I require a letter from the Office of Disability Services. If you have any questions, please refer to 

Religious holidays:
Let me know if you need to be away for a holiday that occurs when the class meets and I will make sure you have the material to keep up.

Academic Integrity: 
Please see the Undergraduate Course Catalog that deals with academic integrity, sections to section []

Class room : 307
Class hours: Monday 8-12:30pm
Instructor:  Professor Yvonne Buchanan
Office:  361 Shaffer Art Building
Phone:  443-9189
Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:00am-12:30pm

Course Schedule and Assignments (subject to change):

Week one
January 12:
Reading of Syllabus
Assignment One

Week two
January 19:
No class, Martin Luther King Birthday

Week three
January 26:
Work done in class

Week four
February 2
Presentation/ Critique
Assignment Two

Week five
February 9

Week six
February 16
Comps/ work in class

Week seven
February 23
Work in class

Week eight
March 2
Presentation/ Critique
Assignment Three

Week nine
March 9
Spring Break

Week ten
March 16
Work in class

Week eleven
March 23
Work in class

Week twelve
March 30
Presentation/ Critique
Assignment Four

Week thirteen
Work in class

Week fourteen 
Work in class

Week fifteen
Presentation/ Critique

Week sixteen

 Final Survey