Digital Imaging – ARTS 542

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

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.

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


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.

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.

Topic Assignments (3)

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

Digital Imaging Project

Student will choose a theme/subject matter based on their specialization. 

For example, if they are specializing in digital illustration, they should complete the equivalent of four small paintings. If they choose the photo processing track, they would be expected to produce a minimum of 10 images. If they do photo manipulation, they should produce 4. If they choose the prototyping option, they would be expected to produce 10 web pages or app pages as a minimum. And they would be expected to produce a mock working prototype online in the In Vision application or Adobe XD. Try to create pieces that are creative, inventive, and fresh.

Digital Imaging Project: Proposal Draft & Final Assignment (2)

Student will develop a written document, initial draft and final, outlining the work that the student wishes to complete during the course. The work is subject to course guidelines and instructor's approval.

Discussion: Initial Digital Project Progress

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 along with comments to other students.

Discussion: Digital Project Progress Review

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.

Digital Imaging Project: Phase Draft Initial Assignment

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 Initial Assignment. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion: Final Digital Project Progress

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

Digital Imaging Project: Phase Draft Final Assignment

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

Digital Imaging Project: Final Assignment

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

Digital Imaging Project: Presentation Assignment

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