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Syllabus Studio: Graphic Design

Course Title: Studio: Graphic Design

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Course Code: AOEU CT_ART539  / Morningside EDUC500 AOE039

Prerequisites: None

Schedule

This course is worth three credit hours and will run for eight weeks. Participants will be invited to the course two days before the scheduled start date, giving them time in advance for organization and planning. Official interactive learning will begin on the first Monday of the month in which the course runs.

Instructor

Instructor details and contact information are listed in the course announcements on the course landing page. Office hours are available by appointment only.

Course Description

Paul Rand stated, “Design is relationships.” In this course, participants will embark upon a journey to develop insights in graphic design, which will influence strategies and decisions in both the art classroom and personal studio.

Participants will solve problems of visual communication through the use of typography, photography, illustration, color theory, composition, and iconography. As participants investigate real-world problems in graphic design, emphasis will be placed on the design thinking framework, historical context of graphic design, and integration of design theories and work in the art classroom.

Finally, participants will apply their newfound knowledge by creating graphic design artifacts, oriented toward social and community good. The culmination of the course will include a comprehensive portfolio of studio work alongside practical tools for the classroom.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Solve problems of visual communication through the use of typography, photography, iconography, composition, and illustration.
  • Construct a unique visual style using the framework of design thinking in the creation of visual artifacts.
  • Appraise visual and theoretical utility of design work through critique.
  • Evaluate design and art principles, as they relate to design problem-solving.
  • Teach graphic design for the art classroom, with a focus on criticism, aesthetics, and methods.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of solving for stakeholder needs through the proper application of design and art principles.

Required Materials

Purchase: A monthly membership to Adobe Creative Cloud. Individual membership is offered month-to-month and may be canceled at any time. Student and Teacher memberships are available at a discounted price, however, Adobe currently offers those memberships as annual contracts.

For this course, month-to-month individual packages are suggested for the lowest total price. Follow these steps:

  1. Click Individuals for Creative Cloud plans.
  2. On both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, click See plan & pricing details.
  3. Starting in Week 2, purchase Adobe Illustrator under the monthly plan. This subscription will be needed for two months.
  4. Starting in Week 4, purchase Adobe Photoshop under the monthly plan. This subscription will be needed for one month.

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)

Course Schedule

See the online course calendar in the LMS for specific due dates.

WeekActivityPoint ValueEstimated Workload Hours Per Week
Week 1Discussion Board3015 Hours
Week 2Discussion Board30
Week 2Assignment5020 Hours
Week 3Discussion Board30
Week 3Assignment5020 Hours
Week 4Discussion Board30
Week 4Assignment5015 Hours
Week 5Discussion Board30
Week 5Assignment5020 Hours
Week 6Discussion Board30
Week 6Assignment5020 Hours
Week 7Discussion Board30
Week 7Assignment5020 Hours
Week 8Discussion Board25
Week 8Assignment – Portfolio5015 Hours
Total585145 Hours

Evaluation Method

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates and progress through the course content in numerical order. All activities including discussion board posts, peer responses, and assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Participant grades are always available in the online grade book inside the LMS. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the online grade book frequently and contact the instructor with questions.

Discussion Boards

Participants interact, collaborate, and share information on discussion boards. Each participant posts an initial contribution, addressing required discussion board questions, and reads and responds to peer posts as required. Participants have two days after the discussion board due date to read and respond to each other’s posts. All discussion boards are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Assignments

Assignments are completed by course participants, addressing required criteria detailed in the course. All assignments are submitted to the instructor inside the LMS. All assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Portfolio

At the end of this course, participants will create a final portfolio of coursework that demonstrates a holistic view of learning.

Course Policies

It is important for participants to review all of AOEU’s Course Policies. Contact your instructor with questions.

Drop Policy

Students are eligible to drop a course and receive 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of a course. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the last day of the course. Withdrawal requests made after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of the course will be documented as a formal withdrawal (W) on the student record. Withdrawal requests after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) of the course end date will not be accepted. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Late Work

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates. All submissions are time stamped in the LMS. Weekly assignment extensions must be preapproved by the instructor. Unexcused late work will result in a point deduction in accordance with the grading rubric. See AOEU’s Course Progress Policy.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA
A90-100%4.0
B80-89%3.0
C70-79%2.0
D60-69%1.0
F0-59%0.0

See AOEU’s Grading Policy

Academic Integrity

The Art of Education University believes academic integrity is essential in order to maintain the validity of all grades earned and to protect the integrity of the university and all of its students and graduates. Therefore, AOEU adheres to the highest standards when it comes to scholarly work.

All work submitted and/or presented by students must be original and must properly cite all outside inspiration. Original cited work includes, but is not limited to, individual and group assignments in written, oral, and electronic forms, as well as any artistic creations. See the Academic Integrity Policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Art of Education University is committed to providing applicable provisions for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To receive disability services at The Art of Education University, the student must submit an Accommodation Request Form for review. The Dean of Student Services and Head of Compliance will review all applications and respond privately. See the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy.

Copyright

This course syllabus and course content is the intellectual property of The Art of Education University, LLC. It may not be duplicated or shared in any way without written permission.