We are involved in a mutually beneficial communal learning experience, one that requires full attention and respectful behavior toward all members of the class. In order to maximize the learning experience, students are requested to observe the following guidelines:

  • Students must take every step necessary to minimize distractions during class; this includes – but is not limited to – taking breaks, leaving class, and turning off mobile/electronic devices unless authorized for use during class for learning or sharing purposes.
  • Students are expected to arrive on time and to remain in class until the class is over, or excused. If you have a prior engagement that requires you leave before the end of class, please inform the instructor before class and take pains not to disturb other students when you leave.
  • Announcements, handouts, and assignments are issued at the beginning of class. All critiques begin 15 minutes after official class start time; no work is to be added to the wall after a critique begins. It is your responsibility to inform yourself of any announcements or requirements that you miss due to late arrivals. Please do not interrupt class to ask about these. Remain after class if you have questions.
  • Please do not eat or drink during class; this is for the protection of the lab and all equipment as well as to minimize distractions.
  • While socializing and working in teams or groups is part of the class and encouraged, doing so during lectures or when other students are presenting material for the benefit of the class is counterproductive and inconsiderate.
  • This course maintains the standards of being an inclusive community. As such, students of all ages, ethnicities, genders, orientations, identities and religions will participate in our celebration of design and art forms. Full enjoyment of this shared experience depends on considerate, cordial, and respectful behavior by all. Disrespectful, inappropriate or offensive behavior by anyone will not be tolerated.

It is expected that there will be approximately one hour of homework for each hour of class. Most out of class assignments (reading and assessments) should take about 25 minutes. Out of class project segments will take longer, though will have more time to finish before their deadlines. Please see the Assignment Checklist page for due dates on all assignments.

On the regularly scheduled Final Exam day and time is when you will submit the last project. No extensions will be given except in cases of documented emergencies, serious illness, or other extenuating circumstances. If these should arise, please contact the instructor as early as possible and be ready to provide documentation; a solution will be discussed and provided based on all information, depth, and scope of circumstance and assignment.

Late Assignments:
It is essential that all students keep up with the coursework and submit all assignments in a timely manner. Assignments will lose a step in letter grade for each day late. Projects more than 3 days late will not be accepted. In such cases, a grade of zero credit will be entered.

Extra Credit:
From time to time, there will be various additional extra credit assignments given. The point of this course is to learn and build upon skills, concepts, and general understanding of Graphic Design as both a practice and a profession.

Out of general fairness to all students, the use of extra credit assignments will be minimal and never exceed more than 10% of the final term assignment grade. Extra credit assignments will be available to all for short periods and anyone may complete them to boost their overall scores and to help gain necessary knowledge to continue improvement on practice and understanding.


  • All critiques begin 15 minutes after official class start time.
  • No work is to be added to the wall (critique area) after a critique or presentation begins.
  • Due dates are subject to change with notice given at a prior meeting.
  • All critiques, breakout sessions, and class discussions are counted toward participation.

Resources presented are expected to be reviewed by all students for either personal understanding, homeworking, or as information to be used in future activities.