Survey of Design and Media Art
Instructor: Lindsay Grace

Course Title: Survey of Design and Media Arts

Course Number: IC112
Term: Winter
Number of Contact Hours:6

Year: 2005
Course Length: 11 Weeks
Meeting Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated Weekly Homework Hours: 2-3
Time: 8:00 – 10:50 or 12:00 – 2:50 pm
Place: 180 N. Wabash, Room 234

: Lindsay D. Grace

Office E-mail:
Course Website:
Office Hours: As Needed

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, USB storage device, or comparable produce for storing copies of written assignments.
Pens, pencils, markers as needed.

Technology Required:
Occasional access to a personal computer to conduct research and type assignments.

Textbook(s): None. Handouts and articles will be provided.
A study guide may be available.

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

Week 2: The Creative Problem Solving Process
Art and Design Terminology
Schedule Presentations

Week 3: Commercial Art Critique, Art Producers and Consumers
*Article Summary 1 due
Computer Hardware Basics
Computer Software Basics

Week 4: The Power of Software
*Article Summary 2 due
Midterm Review

Week 5: Midterm Exam
History of Graphic Design

Week 6: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
*Article Summary 3 due
Design Development Process
Final Paper Projects Assigned

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
History of Multimedia (1)

Week 9: History of Multimedia (2)
Multimedia Terms and Technology

Week 10: Multimedia Development Process and Careers in the Industry
Positions in the Multimedia Industry

Week 11:
Final Paper Due
Final Exam

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.

There will be 5 article summaries assigned. These summaries will be completed outside of class. Article summaries must be word processed (double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font), and written properly. The summary should be a one page in length. 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 topic of the student’s choosing. The topic should realte directly to topics discussed in class. 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.

If a student misses a class session they should visit This website contains materials discusses in each class session.

Grading System:

Projects / Exercises (10): 100 points (10 points each)
Article Summaries (5): 100 points (20 points each article)
Quizzes (4): 40 points (10 points each quiz)
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
63-Below: 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.