Computer Graphics I Art 148 KW

Fall 2001

Congratulations!  You are about to experience the wonderful world of creativity and  technology combined.

Tuesday evenings  6:30 - 10:20 p.m.
Gail D. McVicker, M.A., M.S.

Phone: From 610 area: Dial 718-1920, X4568
From 215 area: Dial 619-6460, X4568
MCCC West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464
(610) 718-1800
Books: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Robin Williams
Freehand 9, Sandee Cohen 
Illustrator 9
PageMaker Plus 6.5, Ted Alspach
Photoshop 6, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas 

Here are some publisher web sites -- explore them!
You can even download trial versions.  Check there is enough memory on your drive to download.
Materials: Folders and notebook
HD or Zip disks
Important! Your work must be saved on HD disks after each class (available in bookstore).  Projects are to be submitted in hard copy AND disk according to required format.
Description: An introduction to computer graphic software and techniques (primarily Photoshop 6) with use graphic creation and scanned images. Computer based graphics will be explored through demonstrations, student practice and assignments. Imagination will be challenged and creative skills expanded.

Assignments include practical projects such as designing a logo, business card, business stationary, greeting card, brochure, newsletter, CD cover, etc.

Objectives: To develop a basic understanding of the following 
Content will include:
    Combining Text and Graphics
    Paths and Points 
    Designing Multiple Page Documents Shadows and Texture
    Manipulating graphics/photographs
    Shading, Filters, Air-brushing, Painting, etc.
    Creating Documents
Grading: Project Portfolio, Quizzes, Student Presentation, Originality, Use of skills, Use of time, and Attendance (three absences can reduce your grade by a point).
Academic Honesty: Design often involves exploring the ideas/techniques of other designers, artists or students. Shared ideas can be a valued point of departure, but using someone else's work and not acknowledging the source is wrong. Plagiarism and idea theft will have serious consequences.
Remember:  All projects (printouts) must be accompanied with a list of action steps plus a floppy disk of same.  Please follow format for submitting each project.