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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GRDS 77.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will produce a working plan for a portable showcase of artwork.
  • A successful student will write a resume and appropriate letters.
  • A successful student will select an appropriate portfolio for one's own work.
  • A successful student will select candidate pieces for the portfolio that reflect a culturally-diverse marketplace.
Description -
Design and creation of digital and traditional portfolios for designers, illustrators, photographers. Planning and implementation of individual professional portfolios using a variety of delivery systems.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. produce a digital and/or traditional showcase of artwork known to employers, art buyers, graphic artists and designers as a portfolio.
  2. use software to create, organize and display digital examples of art, design, illustration and photography .
  3. select an appropriate portfolio delivery system to display examples of work.
  4. write a resume and appropriate portfolio letters.
  5. select appropriate pieces for the portfolio that reflect the students best work for display in a culturally-diverse marketplace.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Classroom with computer and drawing table access.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Creating a portfolio based on personal style and creative philosophy
  2. Evaluating formats for portfolio design and presentation
  3. Create digital and traditional versions of art, designs, illustrations, and photography
  4. Explore multiple portfolio display and organization methods
  5. Using social media to advertise and market portfolios
  6. Using internet, DVD, PDF formats to create multiple versions of portfolios
  7. Explore digital verses traditional portfolios
  8. Writing a resumes and letters for portfolios
  9. Creating business cards, stationary and envelopes and other appropriate marketing materials for portfolios
  10. Organizing portfolio selections appropriately
  11. Use of identity design to promote portfolios
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student resume
  2. Student cover letter and follow-up letter
  3. Student-teacher conferences
  4. Participation in class
  5. Presentation of digital and/or traditional portfolio
Representative Text(s) -
Meyers, Debbie Rose. The Graphic Designer's to Portfolio Design. 2nd edition. Wiley, 2008.

Disciplines -
Art, Graphic Arts
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Electronic discussions/chat
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
Lab Content -
  1. Laboratory Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly lab exercises. Each lab exercise may include individual or group participation and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
  2. Lab will include instructed use of software, digital slide, film and paper scanners, use of software to create portfolio images, graphic layout, PDF files, use of software and hardware to create CD and DVD portfolios.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. The Portfolio Process
  2. Planning Your Portfolio
  3. The Digital Portfolio
  4. Designer Checklists