Sunday, January 3, 2010

Art 117 Std II: 3-D Design Syllabus

Course Description
3D Design is an introductory course introducing concepts and language fundamental to all art making. This course covers the structural and visual elements of design in three dimensions: line in space, volume, scale, application of materials, concept, structural integrity, and relationship between form and function.

Class Blog
For every project you must post something to the class blog, most assignments make it clear what you should post about. After the first class everyone should know how to login to the class blog on

Learning Outcomes
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional form, space, and structure. Students will learn to problem solve during the creation of a work of art or design in three-dimensions. Students will gain new vocabulary and be able to discuss three–dimensional work in the context of the formal considerations for that medium.

Your grade is based on your performance in this class, which includes not only the quality of what you produce, but also how you contribute to the class through participation.

Each project will receive a letter grade based on:
20% - craftsmanship & presentation
20% - originality & development of idea
20% - ambition & work ethic
20% - experimentation
20% - documentation to class blog

Final course evaluation will be based on:
15% - class participation
15% - Assignment 1
15% - Assignment 2
15% - Assignment 3
20% - Assignment 4
20% - Assignment 5

Grading scale
A (100-94%), A- (93-90%), B+ (89-87%), B (86-84%), B- (83-80%), C+ (79- 77%), C (76-74%)
C- (73-70%), D+ (69-67%), D (66-64%), D- (63-60%), F (59-0%)

Extra Credit
Almost every Monday night there is an artist lecture at 7:30 in Shattack Hall Annex. If you attend one of these and write a brief page response to the lecture you can receive 2 extra credit points towards final grade.

Write an artists statement and post it on the class blog for 2 extra credit points towards final grade.

Come to class prepared. Have all the materials ready to work on your project, don’t rely on borrowing other people’s tools or materials, bring your own stuff. Workdays are valuable and should not be wasted.
On workdays be ready to talk about to me about what you are doing. Have sketches ready.

Missing more than 20 minutes of the beginning or the end of a class will be considered an absence. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. If you are not present for attendance you will be counted late. Attendance is mandatory.

Late Work
Late work will receive a 1/3 grade deduction each day. For example a late “A” project becomes an “A-“ if it is received later that day, a “B+” the next day, a “B” the next …etc. If you arrive late on critique day, your piece is considered late.

If you feel sick do not come to class. Please contact me if you are going to miss class.

Week 1 Jan 5 Look over syllabus, Set up class blog, Introduce assignment 1
Jan 7 Presentations of three sets of instructions for assignment 1

Week 2 Jan 12 Work day, Introduce assignment 2
Jan 14 Class presentations of assignment 1’s final results

Week 3 Jan 19 Class workshops for assignment 2
Jan 21 Class workshops for assignment 2

Week 4 Jan 26 Class discussion about first two assignments, Introduce assignment 3
Jan 28 Work day

Week 5 Feb 2 Work day, Introduce assignment 4
Feb 4 Presentations of assignment 3

Week 6 Feb 9 Work day
Feb 11 Work day

Week 7 Feb 16 Class presentations of assignment 4
Feb 18 No Class

Week 8 Feb 23 Introduce assignment 5, Work day
Feb 25 Work day

Week 9 Mar 2 Work day
Mar 4 Work day

Week 10 Mar 9 Class presentations of assignment 5
Mar 11 Class presentations of assignment 5

***This syllabus is not a contract and can change due to circumstances.

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