|Instructor: Paul Kopco
The midterm and final projects, which are discussed below, can be large files,
since you need to send me your original multi-layer files with embedded
scans in Illustrator .AI format for evaluation. Follow the instructions on
this page to submit your projects.
- To work with Adobe Illustrator computer illustration
software to produce completed graphic images for both print and
the Internet. By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Create colorful, vector-based graphics
for print and the web
- Combine text and graphics to create multipage layouts
- Work with points and paths to create exciting
- Use layers to organize your drawings
- Use Illustrator with Flash to create web animations
- Globally change objects using symbols
A 30-day free trial of Illustrator CS5 is available
here (click the Try link
next to Illustrator CS5 on the download page).
The following will determine the final
||30% (25% artwork - 5% essay)
As you can see, the midterm exam and project together are worth 40% of
your final grade; the final exam and project together are worth 60%. This is
based on the idea that you should know more at the end of the course than in
The midterm and final exams will be based on the lesson review
questions which are accessible from the "lesson reviews" tab at the top of
this page. The lessons to be covered for the midterm and final exams
are designated on the lesson reviews page. The exams are accessed from
the "Quizzes" link in the green navigation bar. The exams are graded starting at 100%, the
normal maximum if you answer all the questions correctly.
Grading Scale: 10-point scale.
A=100-90, B=89-80, C=79-70, D=69-60, F=59-0
The projects will be graded on:
- Adherence to the instructions and requirements of the project.
- The aesthetic considerations and quality of the project.
- The amount of effort put forth on the project.
You will complete a project in each chapter of the book. It is not
necessary to email these to me. In addition to the chapter
projects, which will not be graded, two major projects will be completed during the
course for grading purposes. If you strictly follow the instructions and meet
the requirements for the projects as stated below, as well as demonstrate
acquired graphic design principles, you will receive a grade of A, but the
lowest A (90%). The grade will decrease from there for every instruction not
followed or requirement not met.
- The first project, due at midterm, is to
to produce a full color piece including gradients and layers (at least five
layers for graphics and one for text if desired —
convert all text to outlines.
Graphic elements on individual layers must overlap other elements on other layers.
Here are some examples.
- draw a line art picture (black lines on white paper)
with overlapping elements (some objects are in front of or on top of other
- scan it or take a close-up picture with a digital camera
- place it into Illustrator as a template layer according to
- manually trace it with the pen tool as shown in Chapter 5 (you may not use Live Trace)
- The second project, due at the end of the term, is to produce an 11 x 17
poster based on a rhetorical device (see below). It must include at least five
graphics layers, plus a text layer (with all text
converted to outlines). At
least two of the graphics layers must be
embedded bitmap images (from a digital camera, scanned, or created in a program like Photoshop), with at least a 200 dpi resolution,
which are to be used as visible design elements. Images from the Internet
are not allowed, as they are not of sufficient resolution for printing. No
tracing is required. A substantial amount of layered artwork is to be added
to the piece in Illustrator. Graphic elements on individual layers must overlap other elements on other layers.
student will incorporate elements of design as presented in this
graphic design principles online presentation.
- The student will choose a rhetorical device as the basis for their
project as presented in this language as a model for graphic design online
- The student will write an essay (to be uploaded via the Dropbox as explained in
this video) describing in detail how these
design and rhetorical elements have been used in the project and the reasons
behind their use.
There must be at least 5 paragraphs (each of which may consist of from one to
- at least one paragraph for each graphic design principle describing how you have
achieved contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity in your project (4
- at least one paragraph detailing which rhetorical device you chose, why you chose
it, and how it is
clearly demonstrated in your project
This course follows a regular semester schedule with regard to midterms and
If you have any questions regarding this course, email me at the address at the top of the page.
Reasonable accommodations, as arranged through the Disabilities Services
Coordinator, will be provided students with documented disabilities. Contact the
BHSU Disabilities Services Coordinator, Mike McNeil, at 605-642-6099, (Jacket
Legacy Room in the Student Union) or via email at Mike.McNeil@bhsu.edu for more
information. Additional information can also be found at
Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should contact the chair of the department in which the course is being taught to initiate a review of the evaluation.
In this course you are expected to perform to the utmost of your abilities
in an honest and sincere manner. Cheating & plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Academic misconduct will be dealt with per SD Board of Regents regulations.
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