Fall Syllabus


Visual Communications

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
Instructor: Lisa Rader (gro.cchap|redarl#gro.cchap|redarl, 382.1012 ext. 1044)

Class meeting times:
A rotation VisCom: Mondays & Thursdays, 9:37-11:00; Wednesdays, 9:38-10:18
B rotation VisCom: Tuesdays & Fridays, 9:37-11:00; Wednesdays, 10:22-11:02

MUHS: 1 Fine Arts (per semester)
VUHS: .5 Fine Arts, .5 Technology, .5 Elective (per semester)
MAUHS: .5 Fine Arts, 1 Elective (per semester)

Class motto: “Design, Create, Communicate.”

Description: Design is all around us. In Vis. Com., students learn the principles of design and how to communicate through the media arts. Students create original two and three-dimensional works using traditional art materials in combination with a variety of computer programs and technology, including: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, digital cameras, digital drawing tablets, scanners and the internet. "Traditional" and "non-traditional" physical art materials are used in cooperation with digital art & design media. Students learn the fundamentals of design including: space, tone, color, line, balance, composition and form through real-life design projects such as: album cover design, text design and children's book design. Careers in the arts are explored and investigated.

Philosophy: Emphasis is placed on learning the creative process and personal expression. 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 the upper level class (called 'Design & Illustration') 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.

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)

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.

Your parent or guardian MUST CALL THE CAREER CENTER IF YOU ARE ABSENT. Your home high school will not call us to report your absence.

Call: 382-1012 to report an absence. If you have a planned absence, bring a note to the Career Center front office.


Our school assesses student achievement using proficiency-based grading on a four point scale. Assessments may be found by accessing the class wiki site or accessing your JumpRope (online grade book) account. Information will be sent home later in the school year on how to access your grade report online. Until then, if you want to see your progress at any time, see Ms. Rader and she will print out a report for you.

Students' final assessments will be based on the following learning target areas:

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.

Detailed learning target statements can be found on the attached document 'VisCom 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.

Meeting deadlines is crucial in the field of graphic design. If the work is more than one week late, ten points will be deducted from the student's project grade. Revisions to any assignment will be accepted through the last day of each quarter. If you know ahead of time that you will not be able to make a deadline because of circumstances beyond your control, see Ms. Rader as soon as possible to make arrangements to complete the work.

Mid Term and Final Exams:
You will submit your a final piece (one from each quarter, properly labeled) with your written reflection for each piece. At mid-term you will have 2 submissions, at the end of the year you will have 4 total submissions.

Students should back up any important files to a thumb/external drive at the end of the semester or save files to their Google drive account, Dropbox.com, (or any other cloud storage service)

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

Student Resources & Opportunities:

• FREE student handbooks are available in the classroom 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 for students to use the Vis. Com. computer lab during a study hall if the student is a MUHS student or a home schooled student.

• 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. Logee, x1007) that is available for additional career and college counseling. She is happy to meet with students and/or parents.

• 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.


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