syllabus

COURSE GOALS

This course explores digital imaging, design, and basic interactivity for artists and designers. You will learn how to create, use, and integrate a range of graphics, text, media, and HTML and CSS techniques in the development of creative projects.

Workshops and demos will focus on introduce skills and tools necessary for digital imaging and authoring content on the web. Lectures will introduce students to digital artists. Ideas will be developed through a series of “electronic sketchbook” assignments which will be posted to the class website. A midterm project will focus on digital imaging and will result in a series of printed images. A final project will challenge students to make a piece which utilizes the web as site. Supplementing the workshops, projects and lectures will be reading assignments and critiques.

For successful completion of the course, students are expected to complete all assignments and readings by the due date, and to participate in class discussion and group critique.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 10 electronic sketchbook assignments uploaded to the class website
  • Midterm Imaging Assessment
  • Final project: HTML website on ARTIC server with working links and content.
  • Readings throughout the semester
  • Participation in critiques and discussions

READINGS & ASSIGNMENTS

The class assignments and readings will be posted to canvas. Please check regularly to check for changes and upcoming assignments.

The readings for this course will be either delivered in class or found online. Some readings will support the technical component of the course, while other readings will be used as the basis of class discussion regarding critical issues of digital art and culture. Additional suggested readings can be found on canvas.

ARTBASH

The most creative and interesting websites from the Wired classes will be juried into an Internet kiosk to be included in ARTBASH, an exhibition of the first year students that happens every spring.

COURSE POLICIES

ATTENDANCE

Students are best served by attending all classes. 

If a student misses MORE than three classes, whether or not for a reasonable cause, s/he will fail the class, if s/he does not withdraw from the class prior to the deadline for withdrawal with a grade of “W.” Deadline for withdrawal: October 28, 2014. If a student attends FEWER than three classes his/her financial aid, merit scholarship, academic standing, and/or immigration status will be compromised, regardless of an individual faculty member’s modifications of these recommendations.

Reasonable cause to miss a class might include:

  • Illness or hospitalization (the student should contact Health Services, who will relay information to the faculty in whose class the student is enrolled. To contact Health Services, call 312.499.4288.  Regular Health Services hours are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)
  • Observation of a religious holiday
  • Family illness or death

Attendance at Midterm and Final Critiques are mandatory. The Midterm Critique is on October 10, the Final Critique is on December 12. Speak with the instructor if you have any questions or concerns about attendance.

PLAGARISM

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prohibits “dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the School” (Students’ Rights and Responsibilities, Student Handbook). Plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft. One plagiarizes when one presents another’s work as one’s own, even if one does not intend to.

The penalty for plagiarizing may also result in some loss of some types of financial aid (for example, a No Credit in a course can lead to a loss of the Presidential Scholarship), and repeat offenses can lead to expulsion from the School. To find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please visit http://www.saic.edu/media/saic/pdfs/campusresources/academicadvising/plagiarism_quickGuide.pdf.

The procedures for academic misconduct/plagiarism are described in the 2014–2015 Student Handbook. In summary, if a student is suspected of academic misconduct/plagiarism the faculty member should:

  • Review the allegation and discuss it with the student.
  • Assign a grade for the project/paper/class as appropriate and inform the student of this in writing.
  • Refer the student to the Student Handbook for detailed information about their rights and responsibilities.
  • Inform the Department Chair and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising in writing (Paul C Jackson,pjacks2@artic.edu).

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

SAIC is committed to full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunities for students with disabilities.  Students with known or suspecteddisabilities, such as a Reading/Writing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and/or a mental health or chronic physical condition who think they would benefit from assistance or accommodations should first contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) by phone at 312.499.4278 or email atdlrc@saic.edu.  More information is available here.

DLRC staff will review your disability documentation and work with you to determine reasonable accommodations. They will then provide you with a letter outlining the approved accommodations for you to deliver to all of your instructors. This letter must be presented before any accommodations will be implemented.  You should contact the DLRC as early in the semester as possible. The DLRC is located on the 13th floor of 116 S Michigan Ave. Regular DLRC hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DATES

8.27 // Fall 2013 classes begin

9.1 // Labor Day, no classes

9.9 // Fall Semester Add/Drop ends

10.28 // Last day to withdraw from a Fall class

11.17 // Winter Interim 2014 open registration begins, Spring 2014 advance registration for students with disabilities and RA’s

11.19 – 21 // Spring 2014 advance registration for undergraduates

11.26 – 11.30 // Thanksgiving Break, no classes

12.12 // Last Day of Wired

12.15 // Last Day of Fall 2013 classes

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