This course introduces you to Adobe Illustrator, a digital drawing application used to create illustrations, technical drawings, and page layouts. On the technical side, you'll learn how to create vector paths and bring them to life through the application of strokes and fills. On the creative side, you'll learn how to use gradients, blends, and effects to make your drawings more imaginative, attractive, and artistic.
In order to store and transport the files you'll be creating in this course, you must buy a USB flash drive (sometimes known as a "stick drive" or "thumb drive"), and bring it with you to every class. You can buy these drives online, at the Chabot bookstore, or at nearly any computer store or office supply store.
The required textbook for this course is Adobe Illustrator CS5 on Demand by Steve Johnson and Perspection Inc., Que Publishing, ISBN-10: 0789744457, ISBN-13: 978-0789744456. This book is available either as a standard paperback or a less-expensive Kindle edition from Amazon: www.amazon.com/Adobe-Illustrator-CS5-Demand-ebook/dp/B003NE5Y2Y. (If you don't have a Kindle, you can read the Kindle edition on a computer or on an iPhone, iPod touch, and other device by means of a free downloadable app: www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/kcp, or you can read it in any web browser by going to the Kindle Cloud Reader at read.amazon.com.
Points will not be deducted from your score for unexcused absences. However, if you have an excessive number of unexcused absences, the instructor may drop you from the course. If the last of the unexcused absences occurs after the deadline for withdrawal (see "Last day to drop with W" under "Important dates" at the end of this syllabus), you will fail the course.
An absence may excused if it is for an unavoidable reason (such as illness or family emergency) and you notify the instructor of the reason before or immediately after the absence.
An "excessive number of unexcused absences" is defined as any of the following:
The instructor is under no obligation to help you catch up on material that you missed due to an unexcused absence.
An attendance sheet will be passed around during each class period; please be sure to sign it. Failure to sign may result in an unexcused absence being charged against you.
You are not required to buy Illustrator software for this course. In order to complete your homework assignments, you're welcome to come to open lab hours and use the Illustrator software that's installed on Chabot's computers. (See "Lab hours," below.) However, if you own a computer, buying the software will give you the convenience of being able to work on your assignments at home. If you plan to use other Adobe applications besides Illustrator, consider buying a "bundle" such as Adobe CS5.5 Design Standard, which contains Illustrator and several other Adobe applications in one discounted package.
If you decide to buy the software, your status as a student entitles you to buy the educational version. The educational version of Adobe software is just the same as the commercial version, but it's much less expensive. You can get your software at the lowest possible prices from either of the following websites:
These two sites offer Adobe software at a lower price than you'll find anywhere else, exclusively for California community college students.
The software we'll be using in this course is Adobe Illustrator CS5.1, the most recent version of Illustrator. If you have a recent previous version of Illustrator (CS3 or later) on your home or office computer, it's okay to use that version for your homework assignments.
Illustrator is a cross-platform application; therefore, even if your home computer is a Windows PC, you can move files back and forth between your PC at home and the Macintosh computers used in the classroom.
As long as you're enrolled in this course, you're entitled to use Chabot's computers to do course-related work outside of class hours. The labs are available only to students who are currently enrolled in Digital Media or Music Recording and Technology classes, and only for work on course-related projects. The labs are staffed by volunteers, and open hours change frequently during the semester. For the current open lab schedule, go to http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/mschaeffer/syllabi_s2012/labschedule.html
There will be no quizzes or exams in this course. Your entire grade will be based on your homework assignments. There will be a total of six assignments, in which you'll be asked to create different types of drawings in Illustrator. When you finish the course, these assignments will constitute a portfolio, a collection of work that demonstrates your ability.
Each assignment that you hand in may be projected on the screen as a teaching example or distributed to students as part of an in-class exercise, in your class or in other classes. If there's a particular assignment that you don't want to be used in this way, please say so in the documentation file that accompanies the assignment. (See "Documenting your work," below.)
There will be two kinds of requirements for each homework assignment: content and skills. The content requirements have to do with the purpose and style of your Illustrator drawings. The skills requirements have to do with specific features of Illustrator that you'll use in creating the drawings. The content and skill requirements will be explained by the instructor in class and given to you in writing (online). Be sure to fulfill all the requirements in order to get full credit for each assignment.
Every homework assignment must be accompanied by a documentation file containing two types of information:
If you wish, you can type your documentation directly into the Submission box when you submit your homework in Blackboard. Otherwise, you can submit the documentation as a separate file. A documentation file may be in plain text format (for example, a file created in SimpleText or Windows NotePad), or it may be a Microsoft Word document. Other word-processing formats are not acceptable. (It's fine to create your documentation file in a different word-processing program, so long as you save it as a text-only file, a Rich Text Format [RTF] file, or a Microsoft Word [DOC or DOCX] file.) You'll find a collection of sample documentation files in the Course Materials section of Blackboard, created in different styles and formats.
In the last week of the course, all students will have an opportunity to get up in front of the class and present their portfolio of completed images. Please be prepared to talk about each image -- what it represents, what your intentions were, and how you achieved them. The instructor may also ask you questions about some of your images. The quality of your presentation, including your ability to answer questions about your portfolio, will count toward your final grade.
Your grade for the course will be based on a 100-point scale. Depending on how many points you have at the end of the course, you'll receive a letter grade as follows:
Here's what we'll be covering each week. (This outline may change according to the needs of the class.)
If you have questions or concerns about anything in this course, feel free to do any of the following:
If you wish to drop the course, it is your responsibility to submit a withdrawal to the Admissions and Records Office. If you stop attending class, the instructor may choose to drop you from the roster, but you should not rely on the instructor to do so.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or illness, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please let the instructor know as soon as possible.
All standard College policies (including, but not limited to, those pertaining to classroom behavior, attendance, plagiarism, discipline, and homework) will apply to this course.