History of Graphic Design – Syllabus

American River College – Natomas Campus

ARTNM 305 – History of Graphic Design
Spring 2015

Instructor: Dawn Pedersen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (916) 320-1371
Website: http://urlnextdoor.com


54 hours lecture /activity

Tuesdays 6:00pm–9:05pm

Natomas Campus room N103

Supplies Needed

  • Flash Drive. BACK UP YOUR WORK!
  • Access to a computer with an Internet browser installed on it.
  • Internet connection & E-mail address
  • Notebook and pen for lecture notes and sketches.

Course Description
This course covers the history of visual communications as developed by ancient cultures through the present with an emphasis on commercial design, illustration, typographic development and technological invention. It includes modern graphic design movements of the 20th century through the expansive media innovations of today. An analysis of design from a wide range of sources and cultures is a primary focus.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the essential components of graphic design and their functions.
  • Differentiate between two-dimensional graphics, electronic graphics, and the graphic object.
  • Identify contributions of graphic design from many cultures and nations.
  • Compare the influence and historical importance of such contributions.

Student Responsibility

  • Must Attend Class. Students are responsible for all material and instruction missed due to absences. Lecture notes are not available from the instructor. Refer to http://urlnextdoor.com
  • Pass midterm and final tests/projects.
  • Complete all assignments and projects on time! Assignments are typically due one week after they are assigned. No late work is accepted. See late work policy below.
  • You are more than welcome to help each other on projects, but copying is not acceptable. Any indication of copying or cheating on projects or assignments will result in a failing score, and disciplinary action in accordance with district policy.

Only enrolled students are permitted in the classroom. No guests, audits, children, or pets of any kind. Each student is responsible for his/her own enrollment status.

Excessive absences may result in you being dropped from the class.  If, however, you wish to drop the class, go to the admissions and records office and do the necessary paperwork yourself! Your records are your own responsibility.

Throughout the semester you may be e-mailing me with questions ([email protected]). Keep in mind that I teach other classes at other colleges, and receive a lot of e-mail throughout the semester. Make certain that all your e-mail starts with this subject line:

SUBJECT: ARC History of Graphic Design

Also, please sign your name to your e-mail!  Many people forget to do this; and I have no way of knowing that supermo[email protected] is really Mary Jones. Even if your e-mail address has your name mentioned in it, please sign it still. [email protected] could be Mary Jones or Mark Jones.

Method of Evaluation
This is a rough breakdown of the grading structure. However, all assignments are simply graded credit or no credit. The midterm and final are graded in points. All will factor into your final grade.

Weekly assignments:     75%
Midterm Project:            10%
Final Project:                   15%
Total:                            100%
90% – 100%      A
80% – 89%        B
70% – 79%         C
60% – 69%        D
0     – 59%          F

You are encouraged and advised to participate in classroom discussions. Though not strictly graded, your interest and participation will be noticed over the semester, and will affect your grade in borderline cases.

Turning in your work

  • You will be turning in some of your work at https://d2l.losrios.edu.  This process will be explained to you the first day of class, and you will go over the steps with the instructor. Failure to follow the procedure will result in a zero for the assignment.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to report any difficulties with or confusion about the D2L system at the time they occur—and before the deadline for the assignment. Deadlines for all assignments are not flexible, and problems with D2L are not a valid excuse for late work.
  • Work turned into the wrong D2L folder for a given assignment will not be graded.

Late Work

  • Each assignment must be received by the set deadline, typically one week after it is introduced. If you don’t keep up with the assignments, it will become harder to comprehend later course material.
  • Late work will not be accepted. You are welcome to turn in work early.
  • On-time projects may be redone with instructor approval.

Make-Up Exams/Projects
These will be offered only in the event of extreme and unforeseeable circumstances, such as a death in the family, serious illness, etc. You must notify me of such in advance of a scheduled exam/project due date in order for a makeup to be considered.

Incomplete Grade
Only extreme and unforeseeable circumstances, such as a death in the family, serious illness, etc. warrant a grade of “incomplete.” You must notify me of such within ten days of the incident in order to be considered for a grade of “incomplete.”

Clean Language
You will be turning in a number of assignments throughout the semester. Please use language and graphics appropriate to a classroom setting. Failure to comply will result in a zero on that assignment. If your material is borderline or questionable, simply don’t risk it.

Late arrivals and early departures disrupt the entire class. If you know in advance that you will be late or need to leave early, please let me know. Otherwise, if you habitually arrive to class late or leave early, your grade will be lowered.

Smart phones, tablets, or any other electronics that make noise must be muted during class. If you receive a phone call, please leave the classroom before answering. Texting in class affects your attention to the coursework, and may get you marked absent.

Disabilities and Language Barriers
If you have a language barrier or disability which might affect your success in this class, please inform me during the first class session so that any necessary arrangements can be made.