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{History of Graphic Design} Syllabus

Course Description This lecture based survey of visual communication will allow us to study international, social and technological developments in relation to graphic design since 1450. Special emphasis on printed work from 1880 to the present day, and the relationship of that work to other art and design disciplines will be a major component of the course. Why study the History of Graphic Design? Having such an historical awareness helps young designers and artists visualize their own place in history and gives them a context for which to understand their contributions to design and culture. To better understand your current world and practice will ultimately help you discover where you fit, in the vast realm of Graphic Design. Required Text The required textbook for this course will be Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, 4th Edition, by Philip B. Meggs. This text will be an integral study guide throughout the course of the semester as well as an extremely important research tool. Suggested Text Graphic Design: A Concise History, Richard Hollis A Short History of the Printed Word, Robert Bringhurst Terms, Vocabulary and Key Names Each lecture will cover terms, vocabulary and key names listed on a handout given at the start of each class. These handouts serve as a basis for all exams though you will be expected to know images as well. Your expected reading assignments, from Meggs' will be listed on the class by class handouts. Attendance It is important that you attend EVERY CLASS. Something new is covered each time we meet. Always be ON TIME. In this class 4 absences result in a FAILING GRADE. 3 tardies/ partially missed classes will equal one ½ absence. Checking email, facebook, and cell phone/text messages will NOT BE TOLERATED and will result in a partially missed class. If you miss a class it will be your responsibility to find out from a classmate, what you missed so that you do not fall behind. I will NOT be posting lectures to ANGEL.

Writing & Discussion As designers and artists, it is crucial to our work to be able to clearly articulate and communicate our ideas. Dialogue is an important part of this course be it through lectures, written assignments, demonstrations, question and answer sessions, or general conversations about design. I strongly encourage everyone to be well prepared for each class to listen, question, take notes and participate in discussions. Assignments This semester will consist of one short paper, one term paper and one group project. Adequate time is given for all assignments. No late assignments will be accepted. Exams & Pop Quizzes Three exams will be given throughout the course of the semester. There will not be a cumulative final exam, however our third exam of the semester will be given during our exam period. Four pop quizzes will also be given throughout the course of the semester. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped, however it is in your best interest to stay up to date with readings and notes and come to class so that you do not miss the quizzes. Grading The grading of projects will be designed to inform you of your strengths and weaknesses. Grades are based on the three exams, pop quizzes, writing assignments, and the group project. Attendance, attitude, participation, research, writing, design process and the quality of projects/essays are all considered in determining the final grade. Exams - 40% Papers & Projects - 40% Quizzes - 15% Participation - 5% Research & Plagiarism I expect all your work, research, writing, and design to be your own. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating will result in immediate failure of this course in addition to any repercussions on the university level.

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