Office: Applied Visual Arts- Bldg. 19, Rm. 221
Mailing Address: MS 3190
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224-5288
GRDSN 201, 202, 203, 204
GRDSN 211, 212, 214 or permission of instructor.
From concept to final presentation, students in this course apply advanced-level design principles to real-world projects. Linked to GRDSN 211 and GRDSN 212, assignments require strong visual concepts. This course is designed to increase awareness of advanced graphic design projects.
Activities include lectures, demonstrations, research, written papers, exams, and studio projects.
Students are assigned projects and develop verbal and written communication skills.
Students learn about job positions, graphic design tasks, employers, technology, competitiveness, pressures of deadlines/stress, working with others, personal involvement, and job related competencies.
Understand the kinds of projects, responsibilities, and various job titles within the Graphic Design profession, e.g., art director, designer, production artist, illustrator, photographer, sales representative, graphic arts vendor/supplier, service providers.
Understand the designer's responsibility to ascertain and accurately communicate the client's message to a specific audience.
Respect the importance of meeting professional deadlines with the work of the highest quality standards.
Have a basic understanding of the tools and technologies of the design profession.
Be able to make an informed and responsible commitment to successfully complete the graphic design program with an understanding of requirements of the profession, or redirect his/her course of study to a more appropriate program or major.
If you have completed the criteria and competency listing on any given project you will receive a 3.0. If you do not meet these industry standards you will receive an “I” for incomplete. Any incomplete projects need to be completed within 5 lab days after the final due date to receive a passing grade. To move toward a 4.0 you must exceed expectations in either work ethic, artistic ability, production skills, writing skills, computer skills, people skills or idea development. If the rough deadline is missed for the Process or Projects courses, grades for the project go down one full grade. If a comprehensive design deadline is missed for the Process or Projects courses, grades for the project go down one full grade. If a final project deadline is missed for the Projects course, grade for the project goes down one full grade. Projects completed after the 5 lab days will receive a 0.0 and will be averaged into the overall grade for the course. All projects need to be completed otherwise student receives a 0.0 for the course. At least one project must meet the deadlines or student receives a 0.0 for the course. If an instructor is absent, sign-off can be obtained from another instructor.
Attendance is crucial to your progress and will be taken at the beginning of every class. The attendance policy is as follows:
Projects Course: More than 2 absences = 0.0 grade point
Process Course: More than 4 absences = 0.0 grade
Technology Course: More than 4 absences = 0.0 grade point
If you are absent you must make up the work by: a) collecting the class notes, b) doing any missed work and c) coordinating with your instructor. All exercises must be completed by the end of the quarter. Two late attendances or two early departures equal one absence. Working on projects for another class during class time will result in an absence.
Be prepared: Bring your files, sketches, ideas, research, and textbooks to class. You need to create a binder that contains your class handouts, competency listings and sign off sheets. This should be with you at all times. It is recommended that you make multiple backups> of your work. Servers and hard disks fail.
Note: All courses are in sequence. If you receive a failing grade in any
course, you may have to come back the following year to complete the
SFCC Graphic Design or Web Degree.
Email is required for this course. If you do not have an email account at home, you can sign up for free email using:
You may access your email using the lab, however please do not use the lab for "chat" or general web surfing. Email is checked by the faculty Monday thru Friday. Please allow 24 hours for your instructor to reply to your email.
Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and appropriate changes may be made by the faculty. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.