AR315 Special Topics in Art or Design

for FA 2004

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COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER:                                                             AR 315

COURSE TITLE:                                                 Special Topics in Art or Design

SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:                                         FALL 2004


NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:                                              MASOOM KHAWAJA

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:                                       ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:                                     ROOM 227 (underground)

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:                                       TUES & THURS: 1:00 – 3:00

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:                                  816 – 584 – 6507

FACULTY PARK E-MAIL ADDRESS:                  

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:                                    


DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM:                               AUGUST 23–DEC 10,2004

CLASS SESSION DAY (S):                                               TUESDAY & THURSDAY

CLASS SESSION TIME:                                                          3:50 PM - 5:05 PM

                                                                                                   WED: 1:50 PM - 4:20 PM

PREREQUISITE (S):                                                                      AR 418 1:5:3

CREDIT HOURS:                                                                                          03




A specialized workshop or seminar focused on a particular subject, issue or medium (such as Website Design or Digital Photography or Mural Painting). Maybe be repeated for credit when topics change. Variable 1-3 credits.






As a Graphic Design teacher, my principal objective is to expand student's design competency. In accomplishing this goal, I rely on a variety of skills including:


          • Building relationships of trust with students;

          • Possessing a high degree of competency and knowledge in course material;

          • Understanding the course material knowledge level of my students; and

• I believe that a teacher must encourage and allow students to take responsibility for their own learning accomplishments




At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to

          • To introduce the students with a Web Design and animation program.

• To explore the possibilities to learn in depth about MX Flash, a Web Design software.

          • To refine the artistic and technical maturity.

• Attention is given to research and explore the right use of animation in the multi-media environment.

The emphasis of this course in graphic design is the completion of the professional quality computer based graphic design portfolio using the latest web design software FLASHMX. Real world concepts of portfolio presentation through animation and HTML are presented.




Class participation, projects and quizzes will be used as evaluation methods in the percentages listed. No make-up quizzes will be given. No late projects will be accepted. The first day of class and the last day of class will be used for the pre-test and post-test. The professor reserves the right to add other quizzes and exam to the course.



Grading Standards:

A        Indicates superior performance on all levels of evaluation, participation in class critiques, punctual attendance and meeting project deadlines.

B        Indicates above average craftsmanship and problem solving abilities.

C        Indicates average performance, with problems in some areas.

D        Indicates failure to meet minimum standards. Problems exist in multiple areas.

F        Indicates problems in performance, attendance and attitude.


Grading Standards                                                                                                 

            A+=97-100                                 A=94-96                 A-=90-93

          B+=87-89                                  B=84-86                 B-=80-8                 

          C+=77-79                                  C=74-76                 C-=70-73

          D+=67-69                                  D=64-66                 D-=60-63



Grading Scales (Assignments/Projects)

There will be assignments, projects and written tests. Each student will be evaluated in the following manner:

                                                          Lab Projects and Assignment

                                                          Fulfills the Assignment                    20%

                                                          Design                                        20%

                                                          Creativity                                    20%

                                                          Growth and Development               20%

                                                          Class Participation                         20%

                                                          (Discussion, attendance, work habit, etc)



Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments.  Learners who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.




Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.




Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the learner will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".  An Incomplete grade will not be issued to learners who have unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Learners receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the learner.  Reports of a F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for learners receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.




There are no excused absences. The accumulation of more than four absences will result in the student’s failure for the class. Class critiques are part of the completion of each assigned project. Students who fail to attend a critique will lose one letter grade on the project. With a Doctor’s note you may submit your project, make up your in class assignment or take the written test. But you will receive one grade lower as a final grade for submitting it late as per the class policy.




Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Learners must recognize though that technology may also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Learners must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to zip disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.




Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:







Week 1

23 AUG – 27 AUG

Introduction, Orientation and explanation of class procedures. Learning Imageready and designing rollovers, slices and animation in Imageready.


Week 2

30 AUG – SEP 03

Work session on project #1 in Imageready. Project # 1 due. Introduction to FlashMX. Lectures on Flash toolbox, motion and shape twinning.


Week 3

06 SEP – SEP 10

Project #2 given in Flash to design an interactive Card. Working on Project #2. Lectures on Flash. Class discussion.                                                              

Week 4

13 SEP – SEP 17

Project # 2 due. Critique. Lectures on Flash. Introduction to Project # 3. To built a Flash website for Graphic Design portfolio. Developing a concept for the website.


Week 5

20 SEP – SEP 24

Lectures on Flash. Working on the concept of the website. Exploring different ways of buttons and rollovers. Class discussion.              


Week 6

27 SEP – OCT 01

Working on Final project. Collecting data for the website including images, written material etc. Designing and finish an INTRO PIECE for the website.                                                                                               

Week 7

04 OCT – OCT 08

Keep working on the website with emphasis on finishing the introduction and developing the whole concept for the website. Finish atleast two pages.


Week 8

11 OCT – OCT 15

Work session on Final project. Develop a sound system of navigation for the website and it should contain atleast 3 to 4 pages. 


Week 9

18 OCT – OCT 22


Week 10

25 OCT – OCT 29

Working on Final project. Finishing rest of the pages in this week. Finish incorporating good music and images.                           


Week 11

01 NOV – NOV 05

Working on the sound and selecting the right music for the website. Class Critique and watching each other’s work thoroughly.                            


Week 12

08 NOV – NOV 12

Keep working on the final project.   


Week 13

15 NOV – NOV 19

Keep working on the final project.


Week 14

22 NOV – NOV 26

Select DOMAIN name for the website, and get ready for HOSTING or uploading the files.


Week 15

29 NOV – DEC 03

Start uploading website through FETCH program.


Week 16

06 DEC – DEC 10

Project due. Website presentation will be held individually in front of the class. Class discussion       




Projects can be changed or revised on professor’s discretion