A lthough this class will feature lively discussions and will often have something of a workshop feel, it is still a classroom, and it is important that we recognize a few basic ground rules.
Attendance: Every class is important to your learning and mastering skills and your development as a designer. Your attendance is mandatory. You are here to learn, and I trust you will find a way to make it to class — and hope that you will enjoy the experience. I will not, however, take attendance, and attendance is not part of your grade. Your completion of in-class exercises is, however, and you will find that missing class will affect your grade in a negative way.
Food and drink: You can’t have them. No, not even water. Eating and drinking during class is disruptive, and can get messy.
Deadlines: Deadlines are critical in journalism and in graphic design, and blowing deadlines in either business is simply not tolerated. I am, however, aware that university life sometimes places additional pressures on students, and that it is not inconceivable that, once in a great while, an assignment may have to be handed in late. If this should happen to you, and I hope it doesn’t, I will accept late assignments for the first five calendar days after a deadline. I will take off 10 percent per calendar day, though, so it’s in your interest to be on time. (The final projects, however, due on the Wednesday of Finals Week, cannot be turned in late.) If you are having problems meeting a deadline, please let me know ahead of time.
Integrity: Any graphic design is to some extent a collaborative process, and I encourage you to seek the advice and input of others — classmates, friends, etc. — along the way. But in this class, all the graphic design material — anything drawn or rendered, any piece of design work — must be 100 percent your own work. You can use photographic images as resources, and I hope you will find influence in many areas, but please understand that stealing is wrong, it will get you fired in the real world and will not be accepted in this class. If you have any questions on this, please see me.
This syllabus: I have mapped out what I hope and believe to be an achievable schedule for this course that will keep everybody working at a steady pace. I reserve the right to amend this syllabus to reflect any shifting realities we may encounter along the way. I ask for your help in this endeavor, and I will be certain to let you know in advance if and when there will be any changes to deadlines or schedule.
Values + competencies
IU’s Department of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. ACEJMC has articulated a list of core values and competencies which it expects all journalism majors to learn by the time they graduate.
In this class, we will particularly emphasize the following values:
- understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
- think critically, creatively and independently;
- critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
- apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.
For a complete list, visit the following URL and scroll down to Standard 2. Curriculum and Instruction: www2.ku.edu/~acejmc/PROGRAM/STANDARDS.SHTML.