Here is the syllabus for ADPR 3520 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION. I will announce any changes to our schedule on this page.
1. First day of class is Wednesday, Jan. 8
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Course introduction + pretest + index card + get to know your team
2. Week of Jan. 13
Action Steps: For Monday, read the excerpt from Steal Like an Artist. For Wednesday, read carefully this chapter by Alex Hass https://opentextbc.ca/graphicdesign/chapter/2-5-concept-development/ and be prepared to write some about what you read on Wednesday.
Monday, 10:10–11: Discuss Steal Like an Artist + Concept Development + Positioning
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Discuss Hass chapter + Concepting exercise
3. Week of Jan. 20
Action Steps: Read Graphic Design Basics handout
Monday, 10:10–11: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Review vocabulary + design principles + talk about Creative Commons/learn to download photos + diversity + search online for images
4. Week of Jan. 27
Action Steps: For Wednesday, read these guides to social media visuals and be prepared to write a few lines about what you learned. https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2018/09/research-images-social/ Also this one: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/5-tips-creating-more-effective-images-your-social-media-campaigns also Review Photoshop Essential Training videos on Lynda.com. (selection methods, adjustment layers, masks, blending modes, type)
Monday, 10:10–11: Photoshop tutorials
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Go over readings (write a few lines about what you read) + Photoshop tutorials + meme project
5. Week of Feb. 3
Action Steps: Read social media graphic/animated gif assignment and create concept sketches
Monday, 10:10–11: Go over and set up social media graphic/animated gif and get feedback on your sketches from your group + begin working
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Work on social media graphic
6. Week of Feb. 10
Monday, 10:10–11: Work on social media graphic/animated gif
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Social media graphic is due at end of class
7. Week of Feb. 17
Action Steps: For Wednesday, watch Illustrator videos on LinkedInLearning (Illustrator CC 2019 Essential Training by Tony Harmer. In chapter 4: Drawing basic shapes. In chapter 10: the Shape builder tool. In chapter 11: knowing your pen tool and mastering the pen tool) + read Illustrator assignment and begin concept development
Monday, 10:10–11: Critique social media graphics
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Go over assignment + Illustrator tutorials
8. Week of Feb. 24
Monday, 10:10–11: Bring concept development sketches and get feedback from your group and from me + set up Illustrator project and begin working
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Continue Illustrator project
9. Week of March 2
Monday, 10:10–11: Continue Illustrator project
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Illustrator project is due at end of class
10. Week of March 9
Spring Break this week!
11. Week of March 16
Monday, 10:10–11: Critique Illustrator projects
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Understanding resolution and how to prepare images for print + practice prepping images for print + watch some of Helvetica.
12. Week of March 23
Action Steps: Read about typography at http://thinkingwithtype.com (for Monsay, read the sections labeled Anatomy, Type Classifications, Mixing Typefaces, Punctuation, Kerning, Tracking, Line Spacing, Alignment) + read the handout called Type Rules! For Wednesday, review LinkedIn Learning InDesign Essential Training
Monday, 10:10–11: Finish Helvetica + Begin discussing Typography
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Finish talking about type + InDesign practice
13. Week of March 30
Action Steps: Study for test next week + read project specs for book cover
Monday, 10:10–11: InDesign practice + review for test
Wednesday, 9:05–11: InDesign practice + professional documents + Go over project specs and set up the document
14. Week of April 6
Monday, 10:10–11: Test over typography + image size and resolution + other topics
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Begin book cover project
15. Week of April 13
Monday, 10:10–11: Continue working on book cover project
Wednesday, 9:05–11: book cover project due at end of class
16. Week of April 20
Monday, 10:10–11: Critique of book covers
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Course evaluation + Make corrections to your projects
17. Week of April 27
Monday, 10:10–11: Work on final corrections to your projects + individual meetings to go over corrections.
Tuesday is a Monday schedule so class on Tuesday is from 10:10–11. Individual meetings with me to go over corrections. You need to come only during your appointed time, but you are free to work in the lab if you need to.
No final exam. Enjoy the summer.