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Advanced Graphic Design II Class Guidebook | Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Monday & Tuesday 2:20 - 3:20pm, Room 200H/145
  • Red Day CDS - Room 200H

Welcome!

This class will provide students with an opportunity gain ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) certification in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Students may choose the software they would like to gain certification in, based on their interests. All three programs are a part of Adobe’s Visual Design curriculum. Becoming ACA certified through Adobe is an accomplishment that can set students apart and prepare them to be competitive members in college and work. Students will work with Adobe approved course material to prepare for the exam. The final exam will be taken at the end of the semester, administered through CertiPort by the teacher in the classroom, for a reduced fee of $78 (the exam costs twice this outside of school).

In addition to certification, students will work with the teacher to prepare a professional portfolio website. There will be prompts to create new artwork to add to the portfolio in addition to work that was created in previous semesters. This will be a platform for students to include their resumes and a portfolio of their artwork.

Semester Goals:

  • Students will achieve a passing score and become ACA certified in either Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, or Photoshop CC.
  • Students will create a professional digital portfolio & resume.
  • Students will continue to develop their artistic and design skills to personal projects.

Programs Used in Classroom:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
  • Adobe InDesign CC 2018

Materials Provided by Students:

  • Designated class folder on desktop/Google Drive
  • Flash Drive

Classroom Expectations

Work Ethic:

  • Come in on time and ready to work. You should check the board when you come in to see what is going on in the classroom for that day. You will have 10 minutes at the end of class to clean up.
  • Spend the entire class working on projects each day. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  • It is highly recommended that you backup all your work to a flash drive or Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.
  • No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind. School policy will be followed regarding students who have their phone out during class.
  • No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.
  • Plagiarism - Misrepresenting others’ work as your own is intellectual dishonesty. Because research and learning are often best done in groups, collaboration with classmates on many of our assignments is expected. However, all work must be individual and research or any written work must be written in your own words. You will receive a zero for any project or class work that is plagiarized.

Classroom Equipment:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in studio or near the computers. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave. Food is non negotiable. A lot of students use the lab equipment and I don't want to risk any allergens being on shared surfaces. Additionally, food is a quick way to ruin equipment.
  • This is not your personal space or your room. Don't leave your stuff laying around. If you take it out, put it away again.
  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 4 your login is period4. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • Don't change wiring set-ups, cable configurations, equipment set-ups, or backgrounds unless you ask me first. Again, this is not your personal space.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.
  • Do not open or alter student files; move or use student documents.

To Ensure Success:

  1. No food or drink in the classroom. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave.
  2. No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind unless you are getting a photo needed for your project from your phone. You should check with Mrs. Wong before doing this.
  3. No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  4. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  5. Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Our classroom will function with a culture of mutual respect.
  6. When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.

Grading

If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects (50%) are individual Projects and Portfolio Building
  • Classwork (25%) is reading questions from the ACA text books & practice tests
  • Quizzes (25%) are quizzes based on the reading chapter work from the ACA text books

Late Work:

  • If absent missed assignments must be made-up within an appropriate amount of time. Absence will be discussed on a case by case basis. Failing to turn in an assignment will result in a loss of 10% of the final grade every day until the grade reaches 0%.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments.
  2. Turning in work late.
  3. Poor work ethic.
  4. Plagiarism

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.

Credits:

Photos from Adobe CC splash pages

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