Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/09/08;12/11/09;3/3/11

1. Description -
Application of principles and theories introduced in previously taken letterpress courses to student-motivated projects. Projects address information gathering, idea generation, concept development, production and distribution.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: GID 92 or equivalent skills.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. define their own visual communication projects.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the design process: information gathering, idea generation, concept development and distribution.
  3. manage the pace of their projects from conception to completion.
  4. evaluate the quality of their work in terms of the communication objective and the design solution.
  5. discuss the effectiveness of communication in graphic design and art projects.
  6. demonstrate an understanding the design and publishing process by successfully publishing a document.
  7. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 24" x 36" table space for each student. Letterpress printing press and chase lock up tools. Metal type, wood type and tools for handset type. Light table. Inking workstations. Drying rack. Scale for ink measuring. Exposure unit with vacuum frame for Photopolymer plates. Sink for washout.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Publishing Projects
    1. History of letterpress printed books, periodicals, broadsides, and ephemera (Lec)
    2. Contemporary publishing venues, collections and exhibitions for letterpress printed works (Lec)
    3. Contributions by individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds (Lec)
    4. Visual communication, design, typography and audience (Lec)
  2. Project development
    1. The design process: information gathering, idea generation, concept development and distribution. (Lec)
    2. Defining goals and selecting a project or projects (Lab)
    3. Defining communication objectives and design objectives (Lab)
    4. Research, idea development, comps, presentation and finished art (Lab)
  3. Project management
    1. Managing publishing projects (Lec)
    2. Management of materials, files and project notes (Lab)
    3. Scheduling management (Lab)
    4. Studio management (Lab)
  4. Letterpress techniques
    1. Letterpress printing processes and safety (Lab)
    2. Advanced techniques appropriate to projects (Lab)
  5. Critique and presentation
    1. presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
  6. Safety & use of tools
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Proper use of of tools and equipment (Lec)
    3. Tool and equipment maintenance (Lec)
  7. Environmental practices
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Environmental concerns and personal safety (Lec)
    3. Reading and understanding product instructions (Lec)
    4. Reading and understanding Material Safety Data sheets (Lec)
    5. Reading and understanding safety signage in the studio (Lec)
    6. Proper disposal and recycling of materials (Lec)
    7. Environmental safety requirements at Foothill College (Lec)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of prints produced. Evaluation of each project is determined by how completely it fulfills the parameters and goals of the assignment.
  2. Participation in group discussions and critiques.
  3. Reading, research & writing assignments.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Cleeton, Glen, Charles Pitkin and Raymond Cornwell. General Printing: An Illustrated Guide to Letterpress Printing. Saratoga, CA: Liber Apertus Press, 2008.

8. Disciplines -
Graphic & Interactive Design
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, preparation of prototypes, maquettes, digital files, inks and paper, printing, and curating of finished work.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments from assigned textbook.
  2. Reading of handouts.
  3. Reading of internet research sites.
  4. Writing about art projects.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statements.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA and Certificate of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-04-09 18:29:30

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines