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Online · School of Communication & the Arts · Studio & Digital Arts

Digital Imaging
ARTS-542

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This is a directed study of the creation of images utilizing digital and other tools for the purpose creating digital images. Students will choose one of five areas of concentration within the course: digital painting for fine art, digital illustration for commercial design, interactive media prototype development, digital photographic processes, imaging and compositing, special topics suggested by the student. This study will comprise of a series of four (4) special project modules that are related in a thematic or serial manner. There will be a written research module to investigate thoroughly the concentrated area. The projects will culminate in a formal presentation at the end of the semester with work properly presented accompanied by a verbal presentation. May be taken twice.

Requisites

Prerequisites 

None

Rationale

Whether the area of specialization for the designer is illustration, design, print, or interactive media, the study of the creation of digital images is crucial. An in-depth exploration of theory, concept and creation is key for the design professional to develop personal style and direction. Research into broad-reaching implications and applications of this discipline can be impactful on the student.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize in-depth research material into a well-written document.
  2. Evaluate various types and styles of digital images and critique their quality.
  3. Design highly effective digital imagery.
  4. Utilize created imagery in various media applications.
  5. Develop technical skill with various software tools to a high level.
  6. Develop a biblical worldview during the creative process in order to apply it to course content.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Modern Language Association. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Current ed. Modern Language Association. Print.

Adobe Statement

Access to software available through the Adobe Creative Cloud is/may be required for this course. Liberty University Online students who are currently enrolled in a course which utilizes Adobe software in order to complete coursework are eligible to receive a free subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Visit www.liberty.edu/adobe for download and install instructions.

LinkedIn Learning

Access to LinkedIn Learning is available to all School and Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA), School of Communication and Digital Content (SCDC) students, and students who are currently taking Studio and Digital Arts (SADA) courses.  To access this resource, visit https://www.linkedin.com/learning, select “Sign in” and then “Sign in with your organization account”.  Enter your liberty.edu email address and then sign in with your Liberty email and password.  From there you will be prompted to sign in to your LinkedIn account (or create a LinkedIn account by clicking “Join now”).

Disclaimer: The above resources provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

The student is only required to purchase the textbook related to his or her chosen project, but all textbooks are recommended.

    • Mattingly, Dave. Digital Matte Painting Essentials: Concept, 2013.
    • Orwig, Chris. Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw Intermediate, 2014.
    • Seeley, Justin. Photoshop CC for Web Design, 2014.
    • Tablet

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. Adobe CC (student edition)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Practical Application Exercises (3)

After reviewing selected instructional videos on Lynda.com, the student will create and submit work that was created while working with the videos. 

Illustration Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create a series of
individual paintings/illustrations. These works must create a unified series of works.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work. It will be formatted in in MLA style. The student will develop a series of sketches for each major deliverable. The drawings must be well done and understandable ideas that will lead to the final pieces. Sketches and document will be posted on the Discussion Board Forum 1 along with comments to other students.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the rough sketch stage to more defined images. Compositions of all the works should be developed. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show progress past the initial compositions. There should be more detail on the pieces. This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage, the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress.

Photo Processing /Manipulation Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create a series of individual photos or photo manipulations.These works must create a unified series of works.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work.It will be formatted in MLA style.The document will be posted along with a group of potential images to be used in the series. The work will be discussed on Discussion Board Forum 1 along with comments to other students.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the ideas proposed in the first posting. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show significant progress. Most of the images should be in a fairly complete state. All must show good progress.This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage,the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress

Interactive Media Prototyping Track

Student will choose a theme/subject matter to create an interactive media prototype.

Discussion Board Forum 1

This stage is about ideation. The student will develop a 500-word document explaining the theme, direction and emphasis of the work. It will be formatted in MLA style. A series of sketches of all the screens will be created and presented along with the document.

Discussion Board Forum 2

This stage must show progress from the ideas proposed in the first posting. Each of the pieces will be posted and discussed on the Discussion Board Forum 2.

Phase Draft 1

This stage must show significant progress. Most of the images should be in a fairly complete state. All must show good progress. This stage will be posted to the link for Phase Draft 1. Details of the progress from the previous stage must be posted.

Discussion Board Forum 3

At this stage,the work should be approaching a fairly finished look. The work must be posted to the Discussion Board Forum 3 with progress details for discussion and comments.

Phase Draft 2

This is the last development stage before the finished pieces are submitted. Post each image to the link and discuss progress. 

Final Digital Project

The student will submit a final digital project that is reflective of all the work completed during the course.

Final Presentation

The student will deliver a 7–10-minute presentation of the Final Digital Project created in Adobe Spark.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist 10
Discussion Boards Forums (3 at 100 pts ea) 300
Practical Application Exercises (3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Phase Drafts (2 at 150 pts ea) 300
Final Digital Project 200
Final Presentation 50
Total 1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

ARTS 542

Textbooks: Mattingly, Digital Matte Painting Essentials: Concept (2013).

Orwig, Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw Intermediate (2014).

Seeley, Photoshop CC for Web Design (2014).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

  • ILLUSTRATION: Mattingly – Chapters Introduction, 1 & 2
  • PHOTO: Orwig – Chapters Introduction, 1 & 5
  • PROTOTYPE: Seeley –
    Chapters Introduction, 1 & 2
  • 1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Practical Application Exercise 1

10

0

50

2

  • ILLUSTRATION: Mattingly -
    Chapters 3 & 4
  • PHOTO: Orwig – Chapters 6, 7 & 8
  • PROTOTYPE: Seeley – Chapters 4 & 5
  • 1 presentation
  • Practical Application Exercise 2

    50

    3

  • ILLUSTRATION: Mattingly–Chapter 5
  • PHOTO: Orwig Chapters 9 & 10
  • PROTOTYPE: Seeley –
    Chapters 6, 7 & 8
  • 1 presentation
  • Practical Application Exercise 3

    Discussion Board Forum 1

    50

    100

    4

    1 presentation

    Discussion Board Forum 2

    100

    5

    1 presentation

    Phase 1 Draft

    150

    6

    1 presentation

    Discussion Board Forum 3

    100

    7

    1 presentation

    Phase 2 Draft

    150

    8

    1 presentation

    Final Digital Project

    Final Presentation

    200

    50

    Total

    1010

    NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.