Digital Imaging – ARTS 542

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This is a directed study of the creation of images utilizing digital and other tools for the purpose creating digital images. Students will choose one of five areas of concentration within the course: digital painting for fine art, digital illustration for commercial design, interactive media prototype development, digital photographic processes, imaging and compositing, special topics suggested by the student. This study will comprise of a series of four (4) special project modules that are related in a thematic or serial manner. There will be a written research module to investigate thoroughly the concentrated area. The projects will culminate in a formal presentation at the end of the semester with work properly presented accompanied by a verbal presentation. May be taken twice.

Prerequisites 

None

Rationale

Whether the area of specialization for the designer is illustration, design, print, or interactive media, the study of the creation of digital images is crucial. An in-depth exploration of theory, concept and creation is key for the design professional to develop personal style and direction. Research into broad-reaching implications and applications of this discipline can be impactful on the student.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize in-depth research material into a well-written document.
  2. Evaluate various types and styles of digital images and critique their quality.
  3. Design highly effective digital imagery.
  4. Utilize created imagery in various media applications.
  5. Develop technical skill with various software tools to a high level.
  6. Develop a biblical worldview during the creative process in order to apply it to course content.

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 Module/Week 1.

Practical Application Exercises (3)

After reviewing selected instructional videos on Lynda.com, the student will create and submit work that was created while working with the videos. 

Illustration Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create a series of
individual paintings/illustrations. These works must create a unified series of works.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work. It will be formatted in in MLA style. The student will develop a series of sketches for each major deliverable. The drawings must be well done and understandable ideas that will lead to the final pieces. Sketches and document will be posted on the Discussion Board Forum 1 along with comments to other students.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the rough sketch stage to more defined images. Compositions of all the works should be developed. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show progress past the initial compositions. There should be more detail on the pieces. This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage, the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress.

Photo Processing /Manipulation Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create a series of individual photos or photo manipulations.These works must create a unified series of works.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work.It will be formatted in MLA style.The document will be posted along with a group of potential images to be used in the series. The work will be discussed on Discussion Board Forum 1 along with comments to other students.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the ideas proposed in the first posting. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show significant progress. Most of the images should be in a fairly complete state. All must show good progress.This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage,the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress

Interactive Media Prototyping Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create an interactive media prototype.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work. It will be formatted in MLA style. A series of sketches of all the screens will be created and presented along with the document.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the ideas proposed in the first posting. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show significant progress. Most of the images should be in a fairly complete state. All must show good progress. This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage,the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress. 

Final Digital Project

The student will submit a final digital project that is reflective of all the work completed during the course.

Final Presentation

The student will deliver a 7–10-minute presentation of the Final Digital Project created in Adobe Spark.