Aesthetics and Technology – ARTS 500

CG • Section 8WK • 02/18/2020 to 12/31/2120 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course will introduce aesthetic principles and design software for the purpose of visualizing data, processes, prototypes, hierarchies, and frameworks.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Creating effective and aesthetic visuals to communicate ideas and to propose solutions will be necessary for individuals wishing to pursue a variety of occupational opportunities.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt as well as any requested imagery. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Discussion: Peer Share

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, this Discussion: Peer Share allows the student to share his/her assignments while reflecting on the successes and challenges of each. The student will post a thread of at least 500 words and any requested imagery uploads. The student must then post 2 peer critique replies of at least 150 words. In the replies, student peers will comment on the different ways that the student presented information to solve the problem for each assignment. The student will also reflect on how at least 2 elements and 2 principles of design were successfully used in each of the designs.

Exercise Assignments (3)

The student will complete simple exercises to become familiar with the required software and to practice the elements and principles of design. As part of completing the exercises, the student will upload a word document as a pdf that answers the questions presented for each exercise (minimum 150 words).

Project

As the student progresses through the course material, 3 projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as the elements and principles of design. Using the provided information from the PBH Foundation, design an informational handout in Adobe Illustrator. Note: This assignment is a part of the Sample Review Assignment.

Project

As the student progresses through the course material, 3 projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as the elements and principles of design. Using the “problem, goal, and solution” from the PBH Foundation, the student will design a concept visualization graphic that accurately communicates this information. To challenge the student creatively, rather than using the typical vector illustrations as visuals, the student will utilize Adobe Photoshop to design a graphic that incorporates photography, text, line, shape, and color to communicate the information. Note: This assignment is a part of the Sample Review Assignment.

Project

As the student progresses through the course material, 3 projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as the elements and principles of design. Using the provided InDesign template, text components from the PBH Foundation, and the student's designs from the Project: Data Visualization Assignment and Project: Concept Visualization Assignment, the student will create a final 4-page sample report document.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain a variety of 3-15 matching, multiple-choice, essay, and/or true/false questions. Each quiz will have a 15-minute time limit.