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  MONDAY 3:10P, Loop | CS&TC 00632
Course Description:

This course is an introduction to Adobe Illustrator, a vector based drawing program. Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator are the most prevalent programs used by design students, designers, photographers and artists for creating 2D work and graphic design for print. Because this is a course for graphic designers, we cannot ignore some basic design and typographic principals, methods and processes, which will also be covered in the course, concentrating on but not limited to the technical and hands-on aspect of the profession.
While learning Illustrator, we will create quite some increasingly complex design-related projects.

The Syllabus and schedule are subject to change through out the quarter.

It is the student’s responsibility to read the syllabus and understand all of the class policies.
If the student has any questions about the syllabus or the class, they are welcome to contact the instructor.
Course Homepage:

Course Management System: Course Online (COL) 
All assignments will be posted and graded on our Course Online site:

In order for you to complete this course successfully, to finish all the projects in a professional and meaningful manner, and to fulfill the goals set for each project, it is important that you do the following:
- Work as hard as you can and to the best of your abilities (as opposed to just getting it done)
- Be here every day we meet
- Software demos are given almost every class meeting, and will not be repeated if you miss them.
If you have to be absent, find out what happened on the day you missed, and what you need to prepare for when you come back. Exchange phone numbers or emails with your classmates.

How I will teach this course

All class sessions will have more or less extensive demos, except at the end of the course, when you will work on the final project in the lab.
After the presentation of a demo, I expect you to work in class during the duration of the class to practice what was covered on you own or with my help.

Attendance & Participation:
  Attendance is required.
2 absences = dropping one grade (means from A to B, or from B to C)
3 absences = fail the class
If a student is absent, they are responsible for doing the best they can to catch up. If a student has any questions or concerns, they may email the instructor or arrange to meet in person. However, lectures will not be repeated.

A crucial quality for every designer is the ability to communicate both visually and verbally! Actively participating means speaking up (no, attendance doesn’t mean active). Your participation will help others work out the kinks in their projects and vice versa, the more you talk the more you will learn. Becoming comfortable in a critique situation makes you better able to analyze and discuss your own work and the work of others, an essential skill in almost any job.

Contact me:
  Email is the best way to get hold to me! winny (at symbol)
  Or, meet me during my office hours.
Office phone is 773-325-4540, cell: 312-206-8342
Office: Lincoln Park SAC 259
Links for this course
  1. COL (course management system in CDM)
2. Course homepage:
4. Adobe TV illustrator tutorials:
5. Basics of Illustrator:
5. Online Tutorial at Lynda:
6. Wikipedia, google, gettyimages, flickr, etc, make them your good friends.
Required TextBook:

Visual Quick Start Guide: Illustrator CS6
Elaine Weinman Peter Laurekas

Your final grade will be based on:
Final Project & Presentation
  A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F <60%
  Plus and minus scores will be assigned at the high and low ends of each of these ranges at the instructor's discretion. (No A+ or D-)
  Projects will be posted at COL, and should be submitted by the time is due.
  The project is given a grade according to the criteria below, each of which constitutes 1/4 of the total project grade.
It is realized that grading artistic work can be partially subjective; you will have to trust the instructor's experience, intuition and sense of fairness.

1. Effort
Willingness to do the best job within one’s abilities and talent, as opposed to just getting it done: Did you work hard?
2. Creativity
The originality and artistic merit of the project: Is the idea cool and does it communicate well visually?
3. Adherence
Is the project executed according to the parameters outlined? Did you follow instructions?
Neat and careful technical execution of assignment and presentation, attention to details. Are the features of the applications applied appropriately for a given task? Are you using the software as intended?

A file naming scheme that is different from the one specified will suffer a 5% drop in grade.

Late project Policy

Projects turned in late on the due day earn a 5% point deduction in addition to being graded on criteria.
Projects turned in late more than a day will result in a 10% grade reduction for every day late, in addition to being graded on criteria.
A student has 7 days after the given due date and time to turn in the project, otherwise it will be past due and zero points will be earned. Turning a project in late is better than not turning it in at all. Some points are better than none!  All the points add up to determine what the student has earned for their final grade for the class.

Students who turn projects in on time will earn comments / feedback.
Students who turn projects in late will not receive comments. This is to reward students who meet deadlines and develop good work ethics.

It may take a few seconds or a few minutes to upload a file. Or, if the file is too large, it will not be accepted to COL. Either of which may make the file late. This occurs, this is not an excuse. So, always give yourself plenty of time to upload your project file in case anything goes wrong.

If the incorrect file is uploaded, or if no file is uploaded, the student may be contacted via COL comments, or email. It is the students’ responsibility to check COL and their email on a regular basis.

  Paper, Pencil :)
  Illustrator/Flash/maybe a bit Photoshop;



Looop Lab:
Lincoln Park, Student Center
331, 363  & 364  (these have classes in them)

School Policies:
Online Instructor Evaluation:

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students.

They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over two weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.

Toward the end of the quarter, students may be asked to fill out the course evaluation in class. If this occurs, the instructor will step out of the room for 20 min. to ensure no conflict of interest or unfair influence.
Academic Integrity Policy:

Work done for this course must adhere to the DePaul University Academic Integrity Policy, which you can review in the Student Handbook or by visiting the following link:
It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to these policies.

The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course, as well as all other courses in which independent research or writing play a vital part in the course requirements, should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work a report, examination paper, computer file, lab report, or other assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.
An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.
Resources for Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted either the PLuS Program (for LD, AD/HD) or The Office for Students with Disabilities (for all other disabilities) at:
Student Center, LPC, Suite #370
Phone number: (773)325.1677
Fax: (773)325.3720,
TTY: (773)325.7296