Survey of Design and Media Art
Instructor: Lindsay Grace

Course Title: Survey of Design and Media Arts

Course Number and Section: IC112, A
Term: Winter
Year: 2004

Number of Contact Hours:6
Time: 12:00 pm Monday and Wednesday
Place: 180 N. Wabash

Instructor: Lindsay D. Grace

Office Phone / E-mail:
Office Hours: TBA

Course Description:
Students are introduced to the creative process and commercial critique. Students will gain a better understanding of the graphic design, animation and multimedia industries through an overview of the industry terminology, history, and existing career opportunities.

Required Materials:
Three ring binder
Notepad (for notes)
8.5” X 11” bound sketch book
Minimum 2 floppy disks for written assignments
Pens, pencils, markers as needed.

Textbook(s): None. Handouts and articles will be provided.

Objectives: The course will promote student’s ability to:
· Understand and apply the creative problem solving process.
· Explain the computer hardware and software that relate to graphic design, animation and multimedia.
· Define the terms used in, and related to, graphic design, animation, and multimedia
· Explain current developments in technology as they relate to graphic design, animation, and multimedia.
· Recognize elements and principles of good design techniques in graphic design, animation, and multimedia.
· Understand the processes of graphic design, animation, and multimedia development.
· Understand and distinguish skills necessary to pursue a career in graphic design, animation, and multimedia.

Weekly Schedule:

Week 1: Course Introduction
What is art?
Professional Skills
Homework 1 (Project 1): Research and sketch a tool of the artist

Week 2
: The Creative Problem Solving Process
In-Class (Project 2): Describe a way you solved a problem creatively
Art and Design Terminology
Schedule Presentations

Week 3
: Commercial Art Critique, Art Producers and Consumers
*Article Summary 1 due
Computer Hardware Basics
Homework (Project 3): Describe a computer hardware component
Computer Software Basics

Week 4
: The Power of Software
*Article Summary 2 due
Homework (Project 4): Describe the most important software for an artist
Midterm Review

Week 5
: Midterm Exam
History of Graphic Design
Homework (Project 5): Research a designer and provide sample work

Week 6
: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
*Article Summary 3 due
Design Development Process
Final Paper Projects Assigned
In-Class (Project 6): Create 6 personal logo

Week 7
: Careers in the Design Industry
History of Animation
*Article Summary 4 due

Week 8: Animation Terms, Development and Careers
*Article Summary 5 due
In-Class (Project 7): Create a simple character animation sheet
History of Multimedia (1)

Week 9: History of Multimedia (2)
Multimedia Terms and Technology
Homework (Project 8): Research a video game(1970-1980)

Week 10
: Multimedia Development Process and Careers in the Industry
Positions in the Multimedia Industry
Homework (project 9): Create a video game concept

Week 11
: Final Project Due
In-Class (Project 10): Build a multimedia team
Final Exam
In-class video arcade (if time allows)

I reserve the right to rearrange the schedule depending on student needs.

Lectures, assignments, and presentations

There will be a lecture for every class that meets. During some classes there will be an in-class project to begin. The project must be handed in at the beginning of class in the following week. A project assigned on a Monday, for example, will be due the next Monday. This is also true of homework assignments. Homework is always due one week after it is assigned.

There will be 6 article summaries assigned. These summaries will be completed outside of class. Article summaries must be word processed, double-spaced, and written properly. Not following directions, very poor grammar and spelling errors will result in low grades. Article summaries are graded on a 1 to 20 scale. Please review the document entitled Article Summary Guidelines for more information.

Each student will be expected to do one 2-minute presentation in front of the class. The presentation will be based on one article summary of the student’s choosing. The date of the presentation will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Presentations will be graded on a 1 – 10 scale. Students who discuss the important points of the article, and show that they prepared their presentation before class will do well. Students must provide a copy of their article to the instructor 1 week before they plan to present.

Grading System:

Projects / Exercises (10): 100 points (10 points each)
Article Summaries (5): 100 points (20 points each article)
Quizzes (5): 40 points (10 points each quiz, I will drop the lowest grade)
Presentation: 10 points

Midterm Exam: 100 points
Final Paper: 50 points
Final Exam 100 points

Total: 500 points

Point Score range Letter Grade
93 and above A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
63-66 D
60-62 D-
Below 60 F

If you need help on any assignment, please ask.

Course Requirements and Policies

All students must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Institute of Art’s student handbook.


Students are expected to attend each class and arrive on time. Any student arriving late for an exam or quiz may not be given a chance to complete it. Always be prompt. Attend lecture on time. Arrive from breaks on time.

Makeup exams and acceptance of late assignments will only be granted in the following circumstances; Medical excuse, emergencies, campus-sponsored activities.

All issues of attendance and tardiness will be handled as school policy dictates and at the discretion of the instructor.

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Any student that cheats or plagiarizes will be reported to the school administration for immediate discipline.

Late work will not be accepted.