Passed and Proposed Curriculum
of Visual and Performing Arts
Introduction to Digital Arts: Tools and Techniques, 3 Credits
This course introduces students to basic tools,
concepts and techniques of utilizing the computer as a creative tool in fine arts
production. It will introduce the student to the basics of digital photography,
image production and image management, including: downloading, manipulating, presenting
and archiving images in a variety of formats. Students will be introduced to the
Apple G4 computer and hardware peripherals including: color scanner, high-resolution
printer, storage media, and the digital camera. Adobe© Photoshop 7 will be the
digital imaging software introduced. The course will consist of lectures and demonstrations
of the above-mentioned applications of the hardware and software components. The
course will include practical application (hands-on) assignments that will assist
the student to retain course material and to use course concepts in their own
Prerequisites or Co-Requisite: ART100-Fundamentals
of Design I
introduce the student to digital art tools and techniques.
introduce the student to the basics of digital photography, photo downloading,
and color printing.
To expand the students vocabulary
of digital art terms.
To introduce the student
to the Mac platform, hardware and Adobe© Photoshop 7.
instill an appreciation for the computer as an effective tool in the fine arts
Textbook: Chapman, Nigel and Jenny Digital Media Tools 2E. www.wiley.com,
John, Wiley and Sons, Inc.
This text will be available in
Recommended Textbook: Wands, Bruce.
Digital Creativity, Techniques for Digital Media and the Internet. www.onwordpress.com,
OnWord Press/Thompson Learning, 2000
Students will be provided
with a Lab library, which will be stocked with an assortment of technical, design,
text manuals and reference items (both required and suggested).
Materials: Students will be required to purchase zip © disks for digital storage
of assignments. Additional media may need to be purchased during course.
and reading of handouts and web pages.
of 2-3 writing assignments.
Completion of 2-3
Completion of weekly Digital Art Exercises
Completion of mid-term and final exam.
of Final Project
Art Exercises: The digital art exercises are intended to facilitate retention
of the course material. The exercises will be given after the weekly lecture and/or
demonstrations and will be due the following week.
Project: The Final project is designed to encapsulate and assess all the skills
and information presented in the course. Students should demonstrate a mastery
of all the course material presented in the course. The Final Project will be
an image presentation project where the student will document their images and
photography work in three digital formats: Powerpoint© slideshow presentation,
HTML archive, and CD-ROM archive. The Powerpoint© slideshow presentation will
consist of a series of screen-resolution images organized in a logical fashion
with the proper titling and/or narrative text. The HTML archive will consist of
the student's images in both thumbnail and large image format linked together
in HTML and suitable for posting on the Internet. CD-ROM archive will be comprised
of both low-res and hi-res images and organized in a logical fashion following
a standardized naming convention and file structure. The CD-ROM will also contain
the other two projects.
Projects will be graded on the following factors:
of course material
Maturity and originality of
Quality, organization and clarity of work
Writing Assignment 25%
Digital Art Exercises 25%
Writing Assignment 20%
Mid-term Exam 25%
Digital Art Exercises 25%
Final Exam 30%
students will have access to the computer lab outside of class-time during scheduled
hours. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize this time to gain access to
the equipment and to complete homework assignments.
Quizzes and Exams
Students will be responsible for submitting assignments
by the assigned due date. Without a valid written excuse (see attendance policy),
missed digital art exercises, Mid-term and Final Projects may not be rescheduled.
With a valid excuse, an equivalent assignment will be given. Late exercises, digital
art assignments, Mid-term and Final Projects will be docked one letter grade for
each day late. Students are responsible for receiving assignments given during
Studio/ Class Procedure
Students are expected
to be in class ON TIME and READY TO BEGIN WORKING. I will usually begin class
with a demonstration or a lecture, so it is very important the student arrive
on time. You are expected to remain in class the entire class period. Exercises
are to be completed outside of class unless class time has been designated by
the instructor as studio time. Class time is generally reserved for critique,
lecture and discussion. In-class assignments are due at the end of the class period.
University uses the class method of teaching, which assumes that each student
has something to contribute and something to gain by attending class. It further
assumes that there is much more instruction absorbed in the classroom than can
be tested on examinations. Therefore, students are expected to attend all regularly
scheduled class meetings and should exhibit good faith in this regard.
control of absences, the following regulations apply:
absences may result in automatic failure in the course.
Two tardy arrivals may be counted as one absence. A student is considered absent
once his/her name has been called and they where not present to answer. The student
is considered late if they arrive within 5 minutes after attendance has been taken.
In case of illness, death in the family, or other
extenuating circumstances, the student must present documented evidence of inability
to attend classes to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
However, in such cases the student is responsible for all the work missed during
Departments offering courses
with less than full-course credit will develop and submit to the Vice President
for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management a class attendance policy in keeping
with the above.
Students representing the University
in athletic events or other University sanctioned activities will be excused from
class(es) with the responsibility of making up all work and examinations. The
Registrar will issue the excused format to the faculty member in charge of the
off-or on-campus activity for delivery by the student (s) to their instructors.
See "Regulations on Absences from Class"
(p.29) in Student Handbook. Located on Lincoln's homepage as an Adobe© PDF file.
on Academic Integrity: (Lincoln University Policy)
Students are responsible
for proper conduct and integrity in all of their scholastic (and creative) work.
They must follow a professor's instructions when completing tests, homework, (projects),
and laboratory reports, and must ask for clarification if the instructions are
not clear. In general, students should not give or receive aid when taking exams,
or exceed the time limitations specified by the professor. In seeking the truth,
in learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service,
honesty is imperative. Honesty in the classroom and in the preparation of papers
is therefore expected of all students. Each student has the responsibility to
submit work that is uniquely her or his own. All of this work must be done in
accordance with established principles of academic integrity.
of Academic Dishonesty (cheating)
Specific violations of this responsibility
include, but are not limited to, the following:
offering and/or receiving unauthorized assistance or information in examinations,
tests, quizzes; in the writing of reports, assigned papers, or special assignments,
as in computer programming; and in the preparation of creative works (i.e., music,
studio work, art).
The fabrication or falsification
of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
The use of unauthorized materials and/or persons during testing.
unauthorized possession of tests or examination.
physical theft, duplication, unauthorized distribution, use or sale of tests,
examinations, papers, or computer programs.
action, which destroys or alters the work of another student.
with grades, grade books or otherwise attempting to alter grades assigned by the
The multiple submission of the same
paper or report for assignments in more than one course without the prior written
permission of each instructor.
If a student represents "another person's ideas or scholarship as his/her
own," that student is committing an act of plagiarism. The most common form of
plagiarism among college students is the unintentional use of others' published
ideas in their own work, and representing these ideas as their own by neglecting
to acknowledge the sources of such materials. Students are expected to cite all
sources used in the preparation of written work, including examinations.
is each student's responsibility to find out exactly what each of his/her professor's
expects in terms of acknowledging sources of information on papers, exams, and
assignments. It is the responsibility of each faculty person to state clearly
in the syllabus for the course all expectations pertaining to academic integrity
and plagiarism. Sanctions peculiar to the course should also be explained in the
See the Lincoln University (PA) Bulletin 2000-2003 on Lincoln's
webpage for information on sanctions. http://www.lincoln.edu/registrar/catalog/
Click on "Academic Organization, Curriculum, and Regulations"
to Digital Arts: Tools and Techniques
Department of Visual & Performing Arts
1||Syllabus Lecture: Introduction to Digital Arts|
2||Lecture: Analogue vs digital: What is the difference?
Survey of digital tools.
Digital cameras, scanners, computers platforms,
Writing Assignment 1
Writing Assignment 1 Due
Introduction to Mac OS 9: Features and Highlights Mac Tutorials: Desktop
skills and Mac basics
|Week 5 ||Multi-tasking:
File formats and jumping between applications Internet Explorer, Pictureviewer
Drag and drop, cut and paste, downloading and copying |
Digital Art Exercise
|Week 6|| Continue Multi-tasking/
Quiz 2 |
|Week 7|| Review
OS 9, Desktop skills, Mac Basics, Mac Applications|
8|| Mid-term Exam |
9|| Lecture: Digital Photography: The basics of taking
good photos, Image Composition and downloading images. |
Digital Art Exercise
|Week 10|| Lecture:
Image Scanning and Photo CD: Scanning basics, scanning for print vs web, scanning
for various applications and projects. Importing images from royalty free stock
image CD's. |
Digital Art Exercise 3
11|| Lecture: Image Management: Cropping, resizing,
presentation, and archiving |
Photoshop… User Guide Overview of Photoshop. P.9-14
Photoshop tutorials Photoshop (UG) Chapter 1: Looking at the Work
Photoshop (UG) Chapter 2: Getting images into Photoshop
Art Exercise 4
Writing Assignment 2: Image Presentation Project proposals
|Week 12|| Continue Image Management
|Week 13|| Writing Assignment
2: Image Presentation Project proposals due |
Lecture: Color Printing
work on Image Presentation Project
Continue In-Class work on Image Presentation Project |
15|| Image Presentation Project due. |
of image presentation projects.
No Class - Finals Week/Individual Critiques |