Students are expected to devote a minimum 12 hours of study for each 4-credit course per week over the course of a traditional semester. A minimum of three of these hours are spent in class. (An hour may be defined as 50 minutes for the purposes of this definition.) Consequently, I expect a typical student to spend a minimum of an additional nine hours of effort per week on average outside of class.



Sketching is a vital part of the creative process, as well as fast and easy way to conceptualize ideas. All first critiques will be expected to be sketched mock-ups unless stated otherwise. Students are expected to keep a sketch/scrap book for this class and be able to show the process of how their ideas evolved. Expectations The student’s responsibility will be to fully explore the problems presented, follow directions, incorporate constructive feedback into their project revisions (in their own way), and present a clean and sharp finished piece on deadline.



Group critiques are touchstones for exploring issues in your design. The point is to discuss strengths, weaknesses and direction of your piece in process. Everyone will have work to show at every critique.



Projects are based on four distinct facets:
concept student applies a strong, well-thought-out idea or message to project.
process student completes research, concept development and sketches, participates in critiques and in-class assignments, and demonstrates personal improvement.
craft student demonstrates rigorous execution, craftsmanship, and presentation.
design students applies strong principles of composition and typography.



A (100 – 94) A- (93 – 90): Student learning and accomplishment exceeds course objectives. Student work is distinguished by high level of understanding, development, and innovation.

B+ (89-87) B (86-83) : Student learning and accomplishment meets course objectives. Student work is frequently characterized by a level of understanding, development and innovation.

B- (82 – 80) | C+ (79 – 77) | C (76 – 73): Student demonstrates a basic level of understanding and application of concepts.

C- (72 – 70) | D+ (69 – 67) | D (66 – 63): Student meets course objectives with minimum effort.

D- (62-60) F ( < 59 ): Student makes no effort to address course goals and objectives.


Data Loss

Students are responsible for making regular back-ups of their work. Data loss is not an excuse for missing work. Back up your work on an external hard drive or other storage device. - iPods are not recommended as storage devices. - Keep your data up to date in two places, so when one dies you still have the other. Almost all public email accounts have online storage (Yahoo, Gmail, ETC)



Using/viewing any non-class related media or media devices during class time is disrespectful to your classmates and instructors. Repeated use will result in you being marked absent for the day.



3 Absences = Failure of the course. 
Attendance will be recorded at the start of each class and it is your responsibility to make sure I know you are in class. Your attendence counts as a grade within this course.
Please Note: 2 lateness* = 1 absence, *Late or early leave is defined as over 20 min.


Intellectual Property and Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism are very serious offenses and have severe consequences. Emmanuel College’s definitions for cheating and plagiarism are specifically outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy found in your Student Handbook and on our website at http://www.emmanuel.edu/academics/academic_resources/academic_integrity_ policy.html .

Incidents of cheating and plagiarism will result in the following: (a) failure of the assignment or test, (b) notification of your Academic Advisor, and (c) notification of the Academic Dean. If the faculty member deems the offense serious enough, she or he may also fail you for the entire course. Cheating and plagiarism not only hurt your own learning experience, but they are also disrespectful to your fellow classmates who did complete their own work. If you have questions about intellectual property, appropriation or sampling, please ask.



It is the policy of Emmanuel College to provide appropriate, reasonable accommodations to students who have documented learning, physical, cognitive, or psychiatric disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with the course instructor. To receive appropriate accommodations students must contact the Disabilities Coordinator in the ARC to register for services. In addition, any student who finds him- or herself struggling in this course is encouraged to speak with the instructor and to take advantage of the services offered through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). This office provides peer tutoring, writing assistance, disability services, and academic counseling. The ARC (Room GO4) and the Disabilities Coordinator’s Office (Room GO6) are located on the lower level of the Cardinal Cushing library.

Please contact Ginny Mullen, (617) 735-9755 if you are interested in writing or tutorial services. Contact Susan Mayo, the Disabilities Coordinator, at (617)735-9923 or at mayos@emmanuel.edu if you have a documented disability and are interested in classroom and/ or testing accommodations.


Physical and Emotional Health

A range of issues can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, health issues, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation or feeling ill. These concerns or other stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or may reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. University resources can help you address these and other concerns.

You can learn more about our broad range of confidential mental health or medical services at the Counseling Center located in Admin 151 or Health Services located in lower level of St. Joseph’s Hall. http://www.emmanuel.edu/student-life/student-health-counseling.html