Instructor: Tiziana d’Agostino

Office Hours
: By appointment
: Term 1 – Term 2
: 4.5 (100 hours)
: The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
The Adobe Illustrator WOW Book by Sharon Steuer
Class Site
Grading Site:

Description: This class is designed to teach students advanced digital imaging concepts, including: resolution, diestrike production, troubleshooting, color correction, photo manipulation and special effects.

Instruction Methods: Lectures, demonstrations, exercises and student presentations. Bring assignment sheets, back up disks and book to every class. BACK UP YOUR WORK EVERY DAY

Course Objectives: In this course you will learn about:
1. Optimizing vector and raster images
2. Resolution issues
3. Advanced photo manipulation and special effects
4. Image modes and design consistency across mediums
5. Basics of interface design
6. Advanced Illustrator techniques
7. Efficiency techniques to speed up your workflow

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor early in the semester, so accommodations can be made as soon as possible. Platt is committed to do everything possible to make all reasonable accommodations.

Attendance: As a common and professional courtesy, please advise me in advance when you will miss a class. Please email me if you will be either late or missing class for any reason. This will also give me a chance to fill you in on what you will be missing.

Missing class, leaving early or arriving late will cost you points in your attendance grade. (-1 pt each tardy, – 5 pts each absence). Excessive tardies or leaving early will add up to absences. If you miss four classes during the mod, you will be dropped from this course.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting work–either written or spoken–that is not your own. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, not properly citing others’ work, or using someone else’s writing. Platt College will not tolerate plagiarism of any sort and the penalty will be automatic failure of this course and potential dismissal from the college.

Makeups: There will be NO make up exams or assignments. Assignments handed in 1 day late will be graded down one letter grade. No assignment will be accepted on the second day past its due date. Ask in advance if you have a timing conflict. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Class Expectations: All students will be treated fairly and with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated. If these expectations are violated, the violator will be appropriately disciplined, which may include: a verbal warning, class suspension, expulsion from the class, and expulsion from the college. If I suspect you are under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug, you will be asked to leave class. Lastly, show respect for me and your classmates: everyone learn at a different rate.

Concerns and Disagreements: Any concerns regarding policies or procedures of this course, as stated in this syllabus, or as they occur in class should be discussed directly with me either outside of class or by making an office appointment.

Class Protocol: Make sure all mobile devices are turned off during class time. Absolutely no web surfing, chatting, tweeting, etc. will be allowed during class lectures, demonstrations and presentations, and generally during class time.

Due to insurance policies, children are not allowed in the classroom at any time. Try not to leave the class during lectures, demos and discussions.

Computer Protocol: You are not allowed to download and install any software, without the instructor’s approval. Do not work off your removable media (CD, Flash drives, etc.): it may crash the computer. Back up your files regularly. Catastrophic failures do happen, and you want to be prepared. You will log in as the Morning user. This will be your log-in for the rest of the class and you will save all your files there. After the last day of class, the Morning user will be deleted, and if you haven’t backed up all your files, they will be gone, FOREVER.

Class Participation: Participation in this class is required in a variety of ways. Attendance to each class session is extremely important. Every student is expected to participate in a variety of ways including: class discussions, feedback after each student’s speech, listening and staying engaged during each class period, speaking at scheduled times, and physical presence.

Class Requirements: You will be required to work on your projects outside class. Every student is expected to do at least 15 hours of work per week outside of the classroom, including reading text book, following tutorials, watching videos and working on projects. Computers will be available EVERY DAY on campus before and after class. Sunday lab is also available on most weekends. Any material from “out of class course work” may be applicable to questions on quizzes or tests, & any assigned homework will be graded.

Platt Grading Scale:

Grade Percentage:
B      80%-89%
C      70%-79%
D      60%-69%
Below 60%

Project 1: 200 points
Project 2: 200 points
Project 3: 100 points
Midterm: 100 points
Final: 100 points
Participation: 50 points
Attendance: 50 points

Projects Grading Policy:
Many elements will contribute to your final project grade:

  •  The design concept —Is the main idea behind the design strong, effective and appropriate for the client?
  • The design execution — Does the final design reflect the main idea effectively?
  • The final piece — How good is the craftsmanship and presentation of the piece?
  •  Presentation — Was the work presented to the class in a professional manner?
  •  The digital files — Are the files prepared correctly and follow the specs?
  •  Support work — Was all the prep work ( thumbnails, comps, research, etc) completed on time? Was everything turned in?
  •  Deadlines — Was the project completed on time, and did it follow all the requirements, from thumbnails to completion? Were all deadlines met?

Remember: no assignment- or part of it – will be accepted on the second day past its due date. You will lose a significant amount of points if you don’t meet deadlines or don’t turn in all the requested elements, no matter how great your final design is. Keep your project sheets with you, and create a checklist to make sure you are following the specs and turn in all the requested elements.

Extra credit opportunities may be introduced during the course.