Design & Illustration Program

Art & Humanities Academy

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center

Instructor: Lisa Rader (gro.cchap|redarl#gro.cchap|redarl, 382.1012 ext. 1044)

Meeting time: 12:10 - 2:10, Monday - Friday

CCV Course: ART-1111-VC02: Graphic Design I (Enroll Spring 2019: 1/22-5/6)

Class motto: “Art People Use.”

Description: Design & Illustration is a one-year graphic design and illustration program. Through projects, students create illustrations and 2-D designs intended to communicate with an audience.

This program is designed to have students apply their ideas to real-world scenarios and explore careers in the arts. Students create portfolio-ready work through the use of traditional materials (charcoal, watercolor, pastel, etc.) as well as non-traditional materials (spray paint, collage, experimental art media) in combination with technology (computers, digital cameras and scanner, electronic drawing tablets) using industry-recognized software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator). Careers in the arts are investigated and students complete a variety of tasks to prepare them for their professional lives. The program culminates with a professional-ready, physical, 'hard copy' portfolio and a digital portfolio. Top performing students receive dual enrollment credit through Community College of Vermont.

The year is dedicated to four main art disciplines and how they apply to design and illustration problems:

Foundations of Art Making & Thinking: Drawing

Printmaking & Color Theory

Typography & Text as Art

'Remix/Remake' & Portfolio Completion

Each student gets his/her own computer and user account.

Credits: one embedded fine art and two program credits upon completion of the one-year program. Dual enrollment credit may be received through CCV (Community College of Vermont); details will be reviewed in class. View more info. about CCV/HCC Dual Enrollment Program

Philosophy: Emphasis is placed on learning the creative process, personal expression and cultivating a vibrant imagination. No two student works look alike and no two students arrive at the end result in the same way. Traditional art materials are used in non-traditional and new ways and are combined with computer approaches. Experimental approaches are encouraged.

Class Guidelines:
Through democratic process you will set the studio classroom guidelines, which will be stated at the front of the classroom. These guidelines ensure that each student can work to have a studio environment in which they can thrive. They will also be the guidelines that are used in the foundations class.

In short:
1. Show up, on time, ready to start work at the beginning of class
2. Be prepared to work (mind and body)
3. Have assignments ready (at the time they are to be ready)
4. Respect yourself and others (people and spaces)

Learning Targets
Course learning targets are built on the CCV 'Graphic Arts Essential Objectives', the National Core Art Standards, and the Common Career Technical Core Standards.

1) Conceive & Create: The student creates art and design work in a laboratory-like setting, using experimentation and exploration methods to generate ideas, develop craft, and develop a plan to solve the design challenge.

2) Produce & Deliver: Using principles of art and design, student synthesizes knowledge and personal experience to make art/designs with meaning and purpose. Work is revised, refined and completed with audience and specific intent in mind.

3) Reflect & Respond: The student reflects on and examines their work using a variety of art analysis and critique methods. The student evaluates and interprets works of art/design, presenting this information using formal and informal methods.

4) Connect & Relate: The student models professional readiness as well as good citizenship, makes connections to community, and works with an understanding of global/social/personal issues.

View detailed list of course learning targets or view the document attached to this syllabus.

Mid-Term and Final Exams:
Your portfolio will serve as your exam grade (Midterm: in progress, Final: finished portfolio). Visit the portfolio section of the wiki site for specific information regarding requirements (

**Students should back up any important files to a cloud storage service, Google Drive (or any other cloud storage service) or thumb/external drive at the end of each quarter. **

All work will be deleted from the school server and from the students' individual computers at the end of the school year. The student is responsible for saving any important files!

Attendance is crucial to your success in this program. Most of the work that you do will be completed in class and we rely heavily upon the use of the Adobe Creative Suite computer programs. When you miss class, it is difficult to make up the time that you lost being absent. If you find yourself in this situation, see Ms. Rader immediately and a 'loaner laptop' with the software can be loaned to you to make up missing work at home.

If you are absent, your parent must call the HCC Main Office (382-1012); your sending school will NOT notify HCC of your absence!

  • Failure to show up on the day of critique (whether or not you have already been critiqued) will reflect very poorly on your performance and will be factored into your grade.

Student Resources & Opportunities:

• FREE student handbooks are available from HCC in class or through the HCC Guidance Office.

All homework or in-class assignment sheets will be available ONLINE at:

• Students can receive extra help before and after class. Arrangements may be made with the teacher and Ms. Mills (Dean of Students) for students to use the classroom computer lab during a study hall, free period or lunch break

• Mr. Adaman and Ms. Payne are available in room A202 when Ms. Rader is not available or the classroom is locked. The classroom lab there has the Adobe Creative Suite software that we use in our VisCom classroom.

• HCC has a Guidance Counselor (Ms. Brenda Logee, 382-1007) that is available for further college/career counseling and a Co-Op Coordinator (Mr. Len Schmidt, 382-1005) for career placement opportunities* (must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license to participate in Co-Op)

• HCC Arts & Humanities Academy has an active chapter of the National Art Honor Society (one of only 3 in the state). Distinguished Juniors and Seniors receive nominations in late fall.

• For those pursuing art beyond high school, consider attending National Portfolio Day: NPD Info.

Student signature indicating that the syllabus has been read and understood:

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