CSC 294 – Production Studio
Office: B129b, Parkland College
Hours: 8-9am, 3:30-5pm T,Th
Client-driven, production studio projects for digital media students. Prerequisites: CSC 189 or CSC 232/233
Information regarding the class including instructor, syllabus, notes, and project information can be accessed from the class web page by either following the CSC 294 link from the instructor's home page at: http://www.csit.parkland.edu/~dbock or directly at http://www.csit.parkland.edu/~dbock/Class/csc294
This class is conducted in a real-world production studio environment. The instructor(s) occupies the supervising position as director(s) with students working as digital media artists and programmers to produce the content as directed by the instructors. The directors provide the primary point of contact with clients and will bring students in on client meetings as necessary. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner respective of this production environment. Each project will include extensive pre-production and planning and students are expected to work 15 hours per week for fall and spring semesters to fulfill course requirements. Students will be required to monitor and track their time and report their progress in weekly intervals. Meeting time is devoted to planning, demonstration of progress, and critique.
The final grade will reflect the student’s work, adherence to production studio etiquette, demonstration of weekly progress and required work hours per week.
90 - 100% will receive A
80 - 89% will receive B
70 - 79% will receive C
60 - 69% will receive D
0 - 59% will receive F
The instructor reserves the right to lower these criterion, but will never raise them.
Each student will participate in the development of large-scale client project(s) over the course of a semester. Students will manage their given project work as directed by the instructor(s) over the course of a semester with documentation of project descriptions, weekly goals and milestones, and weekly work activities and recorded hours. Work and progress must be demonstrated on a weekly basis for successful completion of the course (see below). Projects not completed by the client due date result in failure in the course. Final project critiques consisting of imagery-based projects (3D animations or still imagery) will be graded on the use of 1) effective design principles, 2) expressive creativity, 3) thoughtful concept, 4) well-executed craftsmanship, and 5) adherence to project objectives and guidelines. Final project presentations consisting of programmatic-based projects (3D graphic programs, simulations, plug-ins, etc…) will be graded on the program's ability to meet the assigned input and design criteria and correct program operation.
A substantial portion of the grade will be based on the student’s ability to document and demonstrate project progress on a weekly basis. Progress must include latest versions of animatics, snapshots of imagery, movie clips, project notes, progress notes, and hours spent toward project activities. Each student must work 15 hours per week for fall and spring semesters or 30 hours per week for summer semesters to fulfill course requirements. Unsuccessful completion of these required hours will result in failure in the course. Work hours must be documented and results demonstrated to the instructor on a weekly basis.
Students are expected to be present for all class sessions - for the entire period. Structured as an art studio class, peer learning and interaction is highly encouraged. It is expected that all students participate in this studio learning environment. For this reason, attendance is mandatory. A student’s final grade will be lowered by one full letter grade after three unexcused absences. Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of each period. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor when you may not be in attendance. The attendance policy in this course is in keeping with the policy stated in the Parkland College Catalog. It says: "Regular and prompt attendance is expected at all classes," expect in cases involving illness or emergency which should be brought to the attention of the instructor. "Regular attendance and consistent study habits are considered necessary for academic success in college. Faculty members have prerogative of lowering grades for excessive absence."
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