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newschool of architecture & design


winter 2010


Digital Strategies for Creating ePortfolios & Thesis Documents Course No

AR395 / AR695


Professor A. Caldwell


Friday 10am-12pm


Mac Lab @ 725 Park




3rd Year undergrad status, 2nd Year grad status

PEDAGOGIC AIMS The aim of this seminar is to assist students in developing a critical position in relationship to their design work. By engaging multiple forms of representation, written and visual, students will explore methods that facilitate describing and representing their design work. Through a critical assessment of their existing work and portfolios, students will first be challenged to articulate design theses and interests in their past projects. Different mediums of representation will then be studied in order to hone an understanding of the relationship between form and content, and more specifically, the understanding of particular modes of representation as different filters through which their work can be read. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: • How does one go about describing an image? • How does one theorize representation? • How does one articulate a design thesis in writing verses visual media? • How can the two interact to enhance each other? • How do different media, printed verses web publishing, affect the representa-

tion of work?

• How is your work best communicated?


SCHEDULE The seminar will be structured around ten meetings that will be taught by Professor Avery Caldwell. The first 2 meetings will involve discussions around written assignments. This will be followed by a review of student portfolio work, followed by several demonstrations and seminars around the issues of representation. Guest lecturers may be invited to lead some of these discussions. The other assignments for the course will include both a printed and web publication of one past project or design inquiry. The meetings will be weekly, scheduled so as to not interfere with studio and final reviews. Additional tutorials will be made available to assist students who are not as familiar with desktop and web publishing tools. Students are expected to arrive with a portfolio in hand. However, the course will not be focused on the mere improvement of an existing portfolio. The students will engage the representational process as a means to provide a critical forum for written and visual communication in the field of architecture and specifically within their own work.

ASSIGNMENTS There are four major assignments for this course, each of which are discussed and critiqued in class sessions.

GRADING A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated from the letter grade using the following values: Letter Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF

Percentile Range

Percentile Entered

Grade Point Assigned

96-100 90-95 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 <59.9

100 95 89 86 82 79 76 72 69 66 62 50

4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 .7 .0

Expanded Grade Symbol Definitions


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(Excellent) Meeting course requirements with a superior level of performance.


(Good) Meeting course requirements with a high level of performance.


(Satisfactory) Meeting course requirements with an acceptable level of performance.




(Failing) Repeat course.

Grade of Incomplete NewSchool of Architecture & Design does not issue a grade of incomplete on the Student Progress Report or on the Student Transcripts.

MAKE-UP WORK All student work, assignments, quizzes, tests or projects must be completed and submitted on or before the final day of any term.

GRADE APPEAL POLICY Students may appeal a grade received in a class through the following steps: (a) the student must communicate with the faculty member within 24-hours of receipt of the grade; (b) if the faculty member denies the grade appeal, the student may appeal, in writing, this decision to the Dean of Academics (or designee) within 24-hours of receiving the denial; (c) within 24-hours of receipt of the written appeal, the Dean of Academics (or designee) will meet with the faculty member to discuss the student’s appeal and to review the supporting documentation provided by the student, and the faculty member will confirm the final decision.

CLASS WITHDRAWALS A withdrawal (“W”) is issued to any student who is withdrawn from a class voluntarily or involuntarily. A “W” is calculated for credits attempted, but is not calculated in a student’s grade point average (GPA). The Dean of Academics, or designee, must approve all class withdrawals.


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Withdrawing from any class after the first 20% of scheduled hours may result in a grade of “F” and an additional charge based on current tuition rates for repeating the class.

ATTENDANCE POLICY Attendance in all scheduled courses is essential for academic achievement. Perfect attendance – no absences, tardiness or early departures – is encouraged as punctuality develops within a student a sense of responsibility that will have a positive impact upon his or her professional career. Attendance is directly linked with the final grade a student receives in a course. To receive a passing grade in any course, students must maintain 80% attendance or greater. Should absences exceed 20% in any course, the student will be placed on Attendance Probation and may receive a failing grade for the course. The student is financially responsible for repeating a course in which a failing grade was issued. NOTE: Financial aid may not cover the repeat course. Attendance is taken each day at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Attendance is tracked by the quarter hour. These increments accumulate over the length of the term and are added together to determine the total number of hours a student is absent. Students are responsible for notifying their instructor, or Department Chair if they are going to be absent from school. Students are encouraged to make non-school personal appointments at times that will not conflict with their scheduled classes.

ATTENDANCE PROBATION A student is placed on Attendance Probation immediately upon exceeding 20% absenteeism in a given course. If the student’s absenteeism continues in that course, he/she may receive a failing grade for the course.

The maximum number of consecutive terms or evaluation periods a student can be on Attendance Probation is two (2). If a student violates the attendance policy two (2) consecutive times, he or she may be terminated from the program.

4-Consecutive Days of Absence Students who are absent from school for four (4) consecutive days during which classes are scheduled, and who do not communicate with personnel at the school, may be dropped from their program for non-attendance.


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Students Receiving Veteran’s Benefits Students receiving Veteran’s Benefits who violate any provision of the attendance policy will have their Veteran’s Benefits interrupted and the DVA will be notified.

APPEALS Appeals related to the attendance policy must be in writing and addressed to the Acceptance Committee. Failed courses must be repeated at the expense of the student. Students withdrawn from the college may apply for readmission. Requests for readmission must be reviewed and receive approval of the Acceptance Committee.

CONDUCT POLICY Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to learning and that also promotes the learning of others. Any insubordination to staff, faculty, students, or guests, plagiarism, cheating, abuse (physical or verbal), use of intoxicating liquor or drugs, theft, or malicious destruction of school property, or any other act of this nature may be grounds for suspension or termination. NewSchool of Architecture & Design operates in an office park environment. Under no circumstance will any behavior be tolerated that interferes or disrupts the business activities of the neighboring tenants.

DRUG-FREE CAMPUS In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. §1145g), it is the policy of NewSchool of Architecture & Design to maintain a drug-free living and learning environment and workplace. As a result, the College does not tolerate and strictly prohibits the possession, use and/ or distribution of alcohol, drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia by any member of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design community, including students and guests of its community. Disregard of this policy will subject offenders to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.

The College’s interest in disciplining offenders is not punitive, but rather to establish clear limits of conduct for members of the campus community. Therefore, the College subscribes to a disciplinary process that could subject the violator to disciplinary action including termination from the program.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is prohibited. Under these provisions, the following misconduct is sub-


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ject to disciplinary action including termination from the program: Violating or failing to comply with published rules and regulations of conduct of the College which prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College property or as part of any of its activities; or being under the influence of, using, selling, possessing, or distributing any illicit drugs or alcohol on College property or as part of any of its activities. This prohibition includes, but is not necessarily limited to: alcohol, marijuana, any narcotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine, barbiturate, and abuse of glue, aerosol paint, improper use of over-the-counter drugs, or other chemical substances.

LEGAL SANCTIONS Local, state and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Conviction for violating these laws can lead to imprisonment, fine, probation, and/or community service. Students convicted of a drug- and/ or alcohol-related offense will be ineligible to receive federally funded or subsidized grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. NewSchool of Architecture & Design will fully subscribe to and cooperate with the local, state, and federal authorities in the enforcement of all laws regarding the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

HEALTH RISKS There are definite health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illegal substances. Students who experiment with drugs, alcohol, and illegal substances, or use them recreationally, may develop a pattern of use that leads to abuse and addiction. Use of alcohol and illegal substances is a major factor in accidents and injuries, and among persons between the ages of 18 and 24, it is responsible for more deaths than all other causes combined.


Revisions NewSchool of Architecture & Design shall have the right, at its discretion, and in the interest of improving training, to make reasonable changes in course content, materials, or schedule.


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