LMU | Fall 2016 | Computer Graphics_Art 260.01

Monday & Wednesday
Burns 214

Hsinyu Lin (they / she)
hsinyulin [at] ucla [dot] edu
Office hours: Monday & Wednesday 11:30-12pm, Burns 214

Commitment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

In this class, we make a commitment to foster a welcoming and supportive environment where students of all identities and backgrounds can flourish. This means that we will issue content warnings as appropriate, use preferred pronouns, and respect self-identifications. While self-expression is encouraged, please remain aware of the implications of your words and the images that you include in your work. If the instructor or another student points out that something you have said or shared with the group might be offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. It is also extremely important to remember that certain race, sex, gender, class identities are more privileged in the U.S. society compared to other race, sex, gender, class identities, which can consequently makes some of us feel more protected or more vulnerable during debate and discussion. If you have a concern about any aspect of the class, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor. If you feel uncomfortable speaking with the instructor, you are also welcomed to speak with your undergraduate advisor, who can discuss the issue with you directly or point you toward other on- and off-campus resources for addressing your concern.

Course Description

This is an introductory studio art course in Computer Graphics. In this course we will explore the scope and the possibilities of utilizing computer graphics to visually represent creative concepts and themes derived from the socio-cultural environment. This course seeks to introduce the fundamentals and practice of 2D computer graphics using the Macintosh platform. Raster Graphics tools (Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter) and Vector graphics tools (Adobe Illustrator) along with page layout software (Adobe InDesign) will be utilized in this course to investigate digital imaging fundamentals and processes. No previous computer graphics experience is necessary.

Methods of Instruction

This course simulates the design studio within a workshop style environment. There are weekly projects / exercises illustrating the uses of software, as well as project critiques, discussions and creative reviews. 6 – 10 hours / week of outside lab time is required.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop fundamental conceptual skills for effective visual communication.
  2. Develop technical skills for creating 2D computer graphics.
  3. Gain familiarity with a wide range of professional formats and outputs in the digital production.
  4. Create real-world projects using 2D imaging and page-layout software.
  5. Gain exposure to diverse artists, art forms, and media.


Mon 8/29 Introduction.
Workflow Discussion.
Work on Project #1 Object Stylization in class.
Assign homework: Artist Presentation.
Wed 8/31 Artist Presentation Review.
Illustrator Workshop.
Instructional Art / Design Seminar.

  • Assign Project #2 How-To Guide.
  • Watch Illustrator CC 2015 One-on-One, Chapter 4
  • Finish Project #1 & Email file (JPG) to Hsinyu before 9/6 @ 10pm.
Mon 9/5 Labor day. No class.
Wed 9/7 Review Project #1. Project #2 How-To Guide, Part A Due.
Illustrator Workshop: Basic Drawing Tools
Continue to work on Project #2 in class.
Mon 9/12 Project #2 How-To Guide, Part B Due.
Illustrator Workshop: Stroke, Fill, Gradient, and Transparency
Continue to work on Project #2 in class.
Wed 9/14 Visit Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica.
Mon 9/19 Project #2 How-To Guide, Part C Review.
* Project #2 should be uploaded to the class website before class starts. 
Assign Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide.
Typography Seminar 1.
Illustrator Workshop.  
Wed 9/21 Kate Hollenbach Guest Lecture
Typography Seminar 2.
Work on Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide in class.
Mon 9/26 Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide, Part A Due.
Form Seminar 1.
Illustrator Workshop. .
Wed 9/28 Form Seminar 2.
Work on Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide in class.
Mon 10/3 Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide, Part B Due.
Color Seminar 1.
Corel Painter Workshop.
Wed 10/5 Color Seminar 2.
Work on Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide in class
Mon 10/10 Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide, Part C Due.
Space Seminar 1.
Illustrator Workshop.
Wed 10/12 Space Seminar 2.
Work on Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide in class.
Mon 10/17 Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide, Part D Due.
Design Principals Seminar.
Illustrator Workshop.
Wed 10/19 Work day. 
Mon 10/24 Project #3 Personal Narrative Style Guide Review.
* Project #3 should be uploaded to the class website before class starts. 
Assign Project #4 Identity Statement Posters.
Wed 10/26 History of Collage Seminar.
Photoshop Workshop.
Work on Project #4 Identity Statement Posters in class.
Mon 10/31 Photoshop Workshop.
Work on Project #4 Identity Statement Posters in class.
Wed 11/2 Project #4 Identity Statement Posters Review.
* Project #4 should be printed and pinned to the wall before class starts.
Mon 11/7 Art / Design Books Presentation.
InDesign Workshop.
Wed 11/9 Work on Project #5 Book Spread in class.
Mon 11/14 Project #5 Book Spread Review.
* Project #5 should be uploaded to the class website before class starts.
InDesign Workshop.
Wed 11/16 Laser cutting workshop
Work on printing Project #6 Book in Class.
Mon 11/21 Work on printing Project #6 Book in Class.
Book binding workshop.
Wed 11/23 Thanksgiving. No class.
Mon 11/28 Work on binding Project #6 Book in class.
Assign Project #4 Identity Statement Poster.
Wed 11/30 Work on binding Project #6 Book in class.
Typography workshop. 
Mon 12/5 Print Project #2 and Project #4. 
Wed 12/7 Present Project #2 and Project #4. 
Mon 12/12 Book Documentation. No Class.
Wed 12/14 Final Presentation. Bring your Project #6 Book and prepare a ten minute talk.

Computer Graphics Lab Use

The lab location for this class is Foley 200.

There is a $90 Lab fee per semester.


Fall Semester: August 31 – December 17*

Sunday – Friday: Open 24 hours from 11 a.m. Sunday to midnight Friday
Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight

* After 8 p.m., access to the library requires a current LMU OneCard or current visitor’s card.

* After midnight, Sunday – Thursday, only current LMU students, faculty, and staff are allowed in the building. You may be asked to show your OneCard after midnight.

*Exceptions for fall semester:

November 25 (Wednesday) – Closes at 5 p.m.
November 26 & 27 (Thursday & Friday) – Closed for Thanksgiving
December 6 & 7 (Friday & Saturday) – Open 24 hours

Required Materials

USB flash drive or external usb/firewire drive + Dropbox setup

Project Overview

#1. Object Stylization
#2. How-To Guide
#3. Personal Narrative Style Guide
#4. Identity Statement Posters
#5. Book Spread
#6. Book (contains #2~#5)

Extra Credit

Check on the class website for upcoming events that qualify for extra credit.

Grading Policy

A= 93-100, A-=90-92, B+=87-89, B=83-86, B-=80-82
C+=77-79, C=73-76, C-= 70-72, D=65-69, F=64 or less

*An evaluation rubric for the projects will be provided in advance.

A: represents exceptional creative work. It must be strong in both craftsmanship and concept and represents integrity between the content, concept and production process. This involves originality and clarity of concept, the relationship of concept to process and product, attention to detail, care in final execution, and consideration of the intended audience. I expect students to take risks conceptually and formally.

B: Very good work, above average, better than most in class however lacks excellence in some of the criteria. You do not get a “B” for simply turning in all of your work.

C: Average, some good parts, some not so good. This is probably what you will get for turning in all your work without any exceptional effort.

D: Poor, non-creative, messy, below average.

F: A total loss. (Please note poor attendance will lower your grade.) If you have any questions concerning your grade at any point during the course, it is your responsibility to meet with me. Feel free to do so at any time. Do not wait till the last minute.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and punctuality are mandatory. The only excused absences are for documented health problems. Arriving a half hour late and leaving class a half hour early is not acceptable and will count as one absence. First absence- freebee. Second absence-must have a reasonable and documented excuse. Third absence- Grade goes down to a Minus Fourth Absence- Grade drops a whole letter and we need to talk.

The only excused absences are for documented health problems. Arriving a half hour late and leaving class a half hour early is not acceptable and will count as one absence.

Participation is an integral component of the course. Involvement in the lectures, discussions, critiques, class collaborations, and final presentations are critical for each student and the class to excel. You will be graded on your engagement in the ideas and your interaction with the instructor and other students.

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty will be treated as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that can range from receiving no credit for assignments/tests to expulsion. It is never permissible to turn in any work that has been copied from another student or copied from a source (including Internet) without properly acknowledging the source. It is your responsibility to make sure that your work meets the standard of academic honesty set forth in the “LMU Honor Code and Process” which appears in the LMU Bulletin 2013-2014. Please check the Office of the Registrar website for the current bulletin: Also you might include a more specific statement about plagiarism if students will write papers in your class. Suggestions for preventing plagiarism are found at:

Americans with Disabilities Act

Students with special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act who need reasonable modifications, special assistance, or accommodations in this course should promptly direct their request to the Disability Support Services Office. Any student who currently has a documented disability (physical, learning, or psychological) needing academic accommodations should contact the Disability Services Office at 310.338.4535 as early in the semester as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please visit LMU’s Disability Support Services for additional information:

Tentative Nature of the Syllabus

If necessary, this syllabus and its contents are subject to revision; students are responsible for any changes or modifications distributed in class or posted on MYLMU’s course management system MYLMU Connect (if you are using that technology). IMPORTANT NOTE: Students should be notified of any syllabus revisions in the same manner(s) that the original syllabus was distributed (for example, distributed in writing in class and/or posting on MYLMU Connect).