(Student projects produced in collage and mixed media)
This page provides quick general
information regarding the course for all students.
students already enrolled: Claiming your RAM ID and Login to
Canvas Student Guide
Art 125A: Basic Design is a An introduction to the basic components of two-dimensional design: subject, form, content, with a focus on their dynamic interrelation. Through observation, analysis, discussion of traditional and contemporary approaches in fine and commercial arts, students learn to apply the elements and principles of visual organization to creative projects using various media.
I teach two hybrid-online (partially online) sections of Basic Design (sections 831 & 832) with once weekly mandatory meetings on campus. Section 831 meets once weekly at the Fort Mason campus on Saturday morning (9:30 AM-12:20 PM), and section 832 meets once weekly at the Mission campus on Wednesday evenings (6:10-9 PM). Course content is presented half online, half in a traditional classroom setting. Students are expected to attend the meetings on campus as well as follow the presentations and activities online, and produce their own 2-D designs in relation to design problems given.
Art 125A at CCSF has been approved by the current C-ID system for California Community Colleges, and will articulate to four-year universities that have approved articulation with the same C-ID designation. Credits transfer to UC/CSU. In addition, Art 125A is approved for CSU GE Area C1 and meets the requirements for Art and related majors at many CSUs as well as UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. (For up-to-date information about student transfer in California, you can visit ASSIST at http://www.assist.org/)
Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course. Art 125A is as prerequisite for Art 125B and is a required core course for AA-T (Associate in Art for Transfer degree) in Studio Arts. It is recommended that Art 125A: Basic Design be taken concurrently with Art 130A: Basic Drawing.
My Teaching Schedule for Art 125A: Basic
Design in Spring 2018
Students are advised to add the class as early as possible online before the semester starts, but if they miss that opportunity, they should come directly to the classroom at the start of the semester and receive an add code on a first come first serve basis. The best day to add a section is either before the semester starts or on the first day of class. (Students who are enrolled in the class but cannot attend the first meeting due to a schedule conflict should email the instructor to protect their space in the class.)
First Class Meeting and Orientation During the Spring 2018 semester:
Section 831 has its first meeting in Spring 2018 on Saturday morning, January 20, from 9:30 AM to 12:20 PM in Room 203, Building B at the Fort Mason Campus. January 20 is both the orientation and the first class meeting. Section 831 runs through Saturday, May 19 (which is also the final exam date for that section when the critique of our final project is scheduled).
Section 832 has its first meeting in Spring 2018 on Wednesday evening, January 17, from 6:10-9 PM in Room 106 at the Mission campus. January 17 is both the orientation and the first class meeting. Section 832 runs through Wednesday, May 23 (which is also the final exam date for that section when the critique of our final project is scheduled).
need not come to first class with any art materials, but
bring a pen and paper to take notes. However, we do
start the semester with a spontaneous project on the
first day. For that, it is recommended that
students bring some found objects from the environment
with which they can make marks by dipping them in
tempera paint provided by the instructor. (Twigs,
branches, leaves, piece of yarn or rope, feathers, old
erasers, toothbrushes, sponges, Q-tips all work great
for this purpose.) And they are recommended to wear
comfortable clothes in which they can paint, or
bring a smock or an extra shirt to wear over their clothes
in case of an accidental splatter. (Non-toxic, washable
tempera paint, paint containers and paper will be provided
by the instructor.) Students who are enrolled in the class
will be expected to purchase the textbook by the second,
or the latest, by the third week of class. This should
allow for time to order online for those of you who prefer
to do so. (Used copies or earlier editions are welcome and
provide great savings for the students. See below.)
FUNDAMENTALS, Theory & Practice, 12th edition
eText: ISBN-10 0-07-760428-8, ISBN-13 978-0-07-760428-8
Print: ISBN-10 0-07-337927-1, ISBN-13 978-0-07-337927-2
Author(s): Ocvirk, Otto; Stinson, Robert; Wigg, Philip; Bone, Robert; Cayton, David
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 336
School Price or Publisher's Retail Price:$172.51 to $202.95 (But my students rarely purchase at the retail price.)
CCSF Bookstore's Price: Check here for prices of the new and used copies at our college's Downtown Campus Bookstore and at the Mission Campus Bookstore.
(Most students are able to acquire a used copy at very discounted prices through online retailers, the best well known one being Amazon.com. It is completely all right to purchase an earlier edition, such as, the 11th, 10th or a 9th edition, with the instructor's blessing for a huge savings! The 9th and 10th editions came with an Art Fundamentals Core Concepts CD-ROM, which was packaged free with every copy of the text, which may or may not be included in a used copy. However, now nobody uses the CDs and all students can have access to an expanded supplemental website by McGraw Hill in lieu of the former CD. The McGraw Hill site is an optional supplement to our class as we have our own course site, but I provide you with links to it from our course site when relevant, so at this point, the CD is no longer relevant.
Available at City College Bookstore Downtown San Francisco, 84 Fourth Street @ Mission, Tel: (415) 267-6585, as well as the Mission Campus Bookstore, 1125 Valencia Street, Tel: (415) 920-6035. (Ask for used copies and compare prices.)
Examples of student works created in Art 125A: Basic Design
MAJOR LEARNING OUTCOMES AS LISTED IN THE OFFICAL COURSE OUTLINE:
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
Please note that the grading criteria/rubric will be posted at the time each project is assigned. Students are graded individually for their own progress and not in comparison to one another! Students come to Basic Design from different backgrounds and have varying degrees of preparation. Some are true beginners with no prior art experience but are interested in exploring art; Some are in pursuit of degrees in other subject areas, but take Basic Design as a general education elective; some are professionals, with a great deal of experience, already employed in the field, but need the class to update their skills or to complete their degree or certificate requirements; Some are returning students; some need to prepare a strong portfolio for transfer. The class is designed to introduce all to the design problems artists have explored throughout time. Students can respond to the projects in simple or complex ways, depending on their level of experience. Our classroom environment is comfortable where all share and learn from one another. The course content is rigorous but is taught in a manner that allows each student to advance individually and not in competition with one another. Students learn by participating. Students who attend regularly, follow the lectures and readings and complete the required tasks tend to do very well!
Attendance can impact the grade. Two weeks of consecutive absences without an excuse may result in a withdrawal from the class or a lower letter grade. (Two counts of tardiness equal one absence.)
Materials: (Please note that Artist and Craftsman Store on 555 Pacific Avenue in San Francisco (Tel: 415.931.1900) as well as FLAX Art & Design at Fort Mason Center, Bldg D (Tel: 415.530.3510) will have art kits for Basic Design at a very good discount. You may want to look into what materials you already have and compare the prices of materials in the kits to decide whether buying the kit is a good option for you. However, if buying the kit from Artist and Craftsman, be sure to specify that you are getting it for Art 125A: Basic Design, as they also carry the kit for my other class, Art 126: Color, which is slightly more expensive than the kit for Basic Design because more colors need to be included in the kit.)
Otherwise, the general list of supplies you will be needing for the class include the following.
Attendance during the once weekly scheduled meetings on campus is mandatory. Students in Section 831 meet on Saturday morning from 9:30 AM-12:20 PM in Room 203, in Building B of the Fort Mason City College campus. Students in Section 832 meet on Wednesday evening from 6:10-9 PM in Room 106 at the Mission campus. Students are required to login to the course site on Canvas at ccsf.instructure.com at least once weekly, but preferably more frequently, engaging academically, following through the tasks listed. (The site is password protected and accessible upon registration in the course. Students login with their RAM ID, which is now required for wireless access at CCSF, so be sure to get your RAM ID!) The hybrid-online sections are designed for students who prefer the time flexibility of being able to complete this 3-unit course with fewer meetings on campus. While face-to-face meetings are mandatory, there is good flexibility if a student needs to be absent occasionally, as the course is designed for students who have time limitations due to work or family obligations. On such occasions, students can follow the information posted online and participate via the course site.
Students are expected to attend regularly and complete their assignments by their due dates. (Absence due to illness or other legitimate excuses are exceptions, which do not count against the grade. In those cases, late work will be accepted without any penalty, within a reasonable period of time. Extensions will be given when a student needs more time for successful completion of a project, but students need to communicate their progress and needs with the instructor.) In general, late work is accepted without a penalty up to one week after the original due date. Assignments turned in later than one week may be marked down unless there is an agreement for an extension with the instructor or the late work is due to illness or other legitimate excuse. Participation in class critiques is required for all sections. Participation in the online learning forums is required. Craftsmanship in design projects is critical. Clean up of own area after class is required. Textbook (earlier editions are fine and can result in major savings!) and materials are required, but some supplies are available through the lab, which the instructor will explain in detail during the first week of class.
Important Dates in Spring 2018 Semester for All Students:
During the Spring 2018 semester, general instruction for all courses at the college begins on Tuesday, January 16 and goes through Tuesday. May 15. Final exams begin on Wednesday, May 16, at which point classes no longer meet for regular instruction, but once for their scheduled final exams May 16 through 23.
Course Dates: The first day of instruction for the Saturday/ hybrid-online section (831) is Saturday, January 20 and the final exam for that section is scheduled from 9:30 AM-12:20 PM on Saturday, May 19. The first day of class for the Wednesday/hybrid-online section (832) is scheduled on Wednesday, January 17 and the final exam is for that section is scheduled on Wednesday, May 23, from 6:10-9:00 PM.
Holidays and No Class Days: The college is closed for: Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15, Presidents' Day Weekend from Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19. There are no classes held on Tuesday, March 6 due to Professional Development Day for faculty and staff. The college is closed for Spring Recess from Monday, March 26 through Sunday April 1. The final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, May 16 through May 23, when regular classes are not held as students meet for their scheduled final exams only during that period.
Important Days & Deadlines For All Students: Last day to reduce units in order to qualify for 100% enrollment fee and non-resident tuition fee refund for full term length classes is Monday, January 29. Last day to add full-term credit classes in person/on the web is Friday, February 2. The last day to drop a credit class without a "W" notation on permanent record or withdraw or reduce course work in order to qualify for 50% non-resident tuition for refund is Wednesday, February 7. Last day to file a petition to receive an Associate of Arts or Science Transfer Degree (AA/AS Transfer Degree) or to request pass/no pass (P/NP) grading option is Thursday, February 15. Last day to file a petition to receive the Associate of Arts or Science Degrees, Award of Achievement and Certificate of Accomplishment is Tuesday, February 27. End of Mid-term period is Friday, March 16. Last day to process a student or instructor initiated withdrawal is Thursday, April 12. Last day for students (earlier date may apply per instructor) to fulfill requirements to remove an Incomplete notation received from previous semester is Tuesday, May 15.
Important Information Regarding Withdrawals and Not Passing Grade Notations:
Please be aware that there are new restrictions at the state level in allowing repeat attempts to take a course, regardless of the grade received from a course. There is no longer general repeatability (however, students can still petition to repeat a course when a repeat might be deemed necessary) and there are limitations on the number of attempts a student may make to take the course for a passing grade. *"W" "D" or "F" grade entries on the transcript all count as attempts to take a course. Courses are now grouped into families and a maximum of four attempts are allowed within each family. If a student fails or withdraws from a course— as long as the student has not exhausted the maximum four attempts allowed within that course family— a student may have up to two more opportunities to take the course for a passing grade, but needs to petition after a second attempt, and will not be allowed again if fails or withdraws at his/her third attempt even if the student has not exhausted all four attempts allowed for that family. Therefore, if you feel that you will not be able to commit to a course in a given semester, it is best to plan ahead and drop the course before a "W" (withdrawal) may be recorded for the semester. (Drop without a "W" notation comes rather early in the semester. Please check the important days and deadlines for all classes. International students should be aware that they need a minimum of 12 academic units throughout any given semester in order to maintain their student visas. For international students, withdrawing from a class and the subsequent loss of units may result in the loss of a student visa to the United States.)
* "W" is a withdrawal with a "W" notation on record and regular fees are charged. "W" does not have a grade value and does not impact a grade point average, however, as explained above, it will count as an attempt within a family, and you are allowed a limited number of attempts— up to four— within each family.
* "FW" indicates that the student stopped attending a course after the last day to withdraw/ did not participate in the final exams.
* "F" indicates that a student attended, participated and completed the course assignments but failed to master course content.
All the above count as attempts for taking a class and are recorded against the maximum four attempts allowed within a course family.
Please note that the information above is given with the intent to empower the students and to help them plan their education successfully. Our goal for all our students is successful completion of their studies.
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