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Design Drawing II: Spring 2003

Eric Anderson + Mark Mentzer - Instructors

Monday 8:30 to 11:20
Wednesday 8:30 to 11:20
Friday 8:30 – 11:20 (Varied Subjects)

Welcome to Design Drawing II. This course intends to build upon and expand the skills and concepts you experienced in Design Drawing I. In a sentence, last semester we learned to make believable images of three-dimensional form by building through drawing. As you know, drawing is about seeing, recording, and structuring what you perceive or imagine. In this semester you will continue to study how to visually communicate information utilizing drawing systems, methods of idea generation and process, with the goal in mind of accruing fluency in drawing through effective sketching.

Design Drawing II focuses not only on your ability to draw effectively, but also on your understanding of the use of drawing in the design process. You will again be using drawing to both a) explore ideas and visualize concepts and b) communicate your ideas to yourself and to others. We will continue to explore the effective application of drawing in design for problem solving. Along with the evaluation of the drawing itself we will emphasize the effectiveness of the drawings communicative aspects, as the problems this semester become more complex.

This critique-based studio course requires both production and discussion of work in class. Additionally, you are expected to complete outside work, as assignments require. We also ask that you keep a process folder (this will be discussed first day of class) as a vehicle for thinking, exploration of new drawing concepts, and frequent practice. Practice and repetition are what allow your work to improve.

The course begins at 8:30 AM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You must arrive for class on time... that is present and prepared to work at the start time. Frequent absences and late arrivals reflect a lack of commitment to the class and will adversely affect your grade. If you cannot attend class, inform us in advance either by e-mail or by calling the design office at 268-2828, prior to class. After three unexcused absences, your final grade will drop by one full letter. Six (6) and more unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for this course. Any late arrivals past 20 minutes will count as an absence. Excused absences are absences for medical/health reasons (a health services/doctor's note or appointment copy is required), a death in the family or for recognized religious holidays. Three late arrivals will count as one absence.

You will be graded on several criteria within these categories: Exploration, Development, Quality and Presentation.

- Exploration addresses your ability to see and consider beyond your initial “good idea” and to seek originality through discovery – achieved largely through process/sketching.
- Development addresses the kind of energy, enthusiasm and focus you bring to learning the material, as well as, your commitment to your individual growth in design through process work. Individual and group participation is a critical factor in evaluating your development.
- Quality addresses the work itself; the concept and implementation. It is determined by your ability to translate and synthesize the principles of the assignment, feedback of your instructors, and individual insight into successful results.
- Presentation addresses media control, technical control, craftsmanship and whether or not you completed the assignments on time, as directed, and to full resolution.

A Excellent. Consistently high quality, creative work that surpasses course expectations. Ability to communicate ideas both visually and verbally. All assignments complete and on time. Demonstrating a strong all around effort in both work and class discussions. Positive attitude and commitment towards the class, and the instructors. Prompt attendance to all the classes.

B Good work. Demonstrating an above average effort and improvement in all areas. All assignments complete and on time with no technical problem areas. Positive attitude and involvement in class. Meeting all requirements of the course. Prompt attendance to classes.

C Competent, satisfactory performance. Producing the minimum work required. Demonstrating a basic understanding of the principles presented in class. Possible or slight technical problem areas. Possible attendance and tardiness issues.

D Poor work and lack of effort. Demonstrating little understanding of the principles discussed in class. Low creativity and poor technical ability. Minimal involvement in class discussions. Demonstrating minimal commitment to your development as a student. Possible attendance and tardiness issues.

R Failure to meet course requirements. Lack of understanding of the principles discussed in class. Inability to convey creativity and technical ability. Little or no involvement in class discussions. Demonstrating little or no commitment to personal development. Poor attendance and frequent tardiness.

We look forward to working with you this semester. Do not hesitate to approach us at anytime if you have concerns, problems or questions. We will assist in any way that we can.