Syllabus: CSC294: Computer Graphics Portfolio

Description: This course is designed to give you the opportunity to put everything you have learned into practice. In this class you will work on your own portfolio pieces that will showcase your abilities, interests and/ or goals for the future. This project must and should be of personal nature as you will need to be obsessed with its quality and completion in the time given. It needs to be a project that is realistic in the time we have and you need to have a plan of action that lays out your approach to completion.

You must present examples of work progression at each class meeting. Class time is not a time to work, but a time to show your work to the class for critique and discussion. Your work will be done outside of the class period. Your work progress will be tracked and it is absolutely necessary to make adequate progress each week.

The final project grade takes into account all your progress for the entire semester as well as your final project's quality. This course expects attendance, participation, communication, and consistent incremental progress over time. The final grade is not necessarily based on how good your final project is on final exam day alone. It is a summation of the entire process. It also reflects the level of work you are capable of doing at graduation.

It is important to understand, this course is to be treated like an internship, aka a job, where you would clock in and out of your job, working a minimum of 15 hours a week, and then get paid, aka your grade, for that week’s work. You must discipline yourself to work consistently on your project over the entire week. You must document your progress both good and bad. This is used to evaluate how much time you have spent on your project and to help identify challenges and triumphs over the entire project’s life. It is very important to remember this. I am looking for consistent work and incremental improvements and progress over the life of the project. Also, if a project can realistically be done in a couple weeks, do not try to stretch it over 16 that makes no sense. Start another project and add to your portfolio.

You must present examples of work progression at each class meeting. Class time is not a time to work but a time to show your work to the class for critique and discussion. Your progress will be tracked and it is absolutely necessary to make adequate progress each week.

Remember this project is a reflection on your ability to produce a product. Let your passion for it push you to attend to every detail and all aspects of completion. Utilize the other students to help in areas you may need to improve on.

Course Instructor: Derek Dallas
Office Number: B116c
Office Hours and contact info: Here

Class times: Monday, 11:30am- 12:30pm
Class Location: D-227

WEB PAGE: Information regarding the instructor, can be accessed from the instructor's home page at: 

Format and Grading: This is not a lecture or studio class. The class period is used only to review progress and showcase what has been done. Class time is dedicated to showing what you have done to the class and the instructor for feedback and critique, it is not time to work on the project. You must justify significant progress of 15 hours of work per week or more. If you end the week with no significant progress you will not receive any credit for that week.

The final grade will reflect the student’s work, adherence to production studio etiquette, demonstration of weekly progress and required work hours per week.

Weekly reviews and Midterm and Final evaluations


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 develop a large-scale or multiple smaller scale projects over the course of a semester. Students will manage their given project work as directed by the instructor 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). 

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.

 Progress/ Attendance
The final grade in this course is based on Progress and presentation and 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.

To receive passing grade for your weekly status midterm and final you need to have the following items: weekly presentations, work log of hours and progress, mid semester review presentation, and final presentation

 Attendance:  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."

DROPS: On the seventh day after the start of class, I am required to assess your attendance. If you have not attended regularly to that point, you will be dropped with no refund of tuition or fees. After the seventh-day roster, you should not plan on an instructor to drop you. Non-attendance after the Seventh-day roster will result in an F if you don't withdraw.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/her progress in this course. If after consulting with the instructor, the student feels it becomes necessary to withdraw from this course, it is the responsibility of the student to do so. Please check with the office of admission to find out the final day for withdrawal with “W” grade from courses ending at midterm. If you have questions about the withdrawal procedure, see your Parkland College catalog or student policy and procedures manual. It is your responsibility to withdraw yourself from the class. Please do not assume that by not attending the class you will be withdrawn from it. As the one responsible for your academic progress, it is your responsibility, not the instructors, to keep track of it. If you want to withdraw from the course, you are required to obtain the signature of your instructor, the Dept. Chair or a Dean before your withdrawal with be processed.

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During regularly scheduled class time the computers are reserved for the student, However, if empty computers near the back of the room are open you may use them.
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