Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Spring 16 Syllabus

COURSE SYLLABUS                                           

Senior Portfolio, ILL 462.1

Instructor John Thompson Phone 315 256-8201
Office 349 Shaffer E-mail
Office Wednesdays, 2PM-5PM


*Prerequisite / Co-requisite:
ILL 261, 262, 361, 362, 461
Senior Level Illustration majors in their final semester
Development and Completion of a well-rounded portfolio geared toward a specific market

Additional Course Description
Each of your self-generated assignments should involve a step-by-step creative approach. While these steps may vary from one project to another, they will usually be: Concept, Rough idea sketches, Research, Reference, Working drawings, Final drawings, and Final art. *These self-generated assignments should be the core of your final portfolio.

Each class will begin with a group critique of ongoing projects. It is important that you come prepared to share your progress. You are being prepared for a career that involves communication with coworkers as well as art directors and/or editors etc. Please come to class on time and participate in your classmates’ critique. 

To create a website and a 4” x 6” postcard with your contact information that will direct people to your website

Basic Course Information:
Credits: 3
Room/Bldg: 307 Shaffer
Day/Time: 8:00AM-12:30PM
Dates: 01/20/16- 05/04/16

Learning Objectives:
  1. To continue to search for a personal artistic identity in problem solving
  2. To develop a specific career goal
  3. To create a body of work that is goal specific
  4. To be able to explain orally the direction and reasoning behind your body of work
  5. To maintain a strong work ethic
Bibliography/ Texts / Supplies – Required:

Suggested readings:
Revealing Illustration, by James McMullan; The Red Rose Girls, by Alice Carter;
Art is Work, by Milton Glaser; Richard Schmid Paints the Figure, by Richard Schmid
American Realists: Homer to Hopper, by Mahonri Sharp Young; Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud; Imaginative Realism, by James Gurney; The Illustrator Annuals published by The Society of Illustrators; American Illustration; Communication Arts magazine; The New Yorker magazine; The New York Times; UTNE Reader; Mother Jones

Suggested Websites and Blogs:
Continue to collect and follow useful websites and blogs

Bring all necessary supplies to class (drawing and Painting media, laptops etc).  

5-8 finished pieces depending on size and complexity.
Completed Portfolio
4” x 6” postcard with selected image and contact information
Final Portfolio review and Survey
On April 29, Your final portfolio will be presented in the Shaffer Galleria.
Afterwards, a survey will be critiqued by the illustration faculty and outside reviewers.

The bulk of your grade will be based on the completion of the goal you set at the beginning of the semester. I would expect that you should complete 5-8 pieces, depending on the size and complexity. The work done for this class should be the prime focus of your portfolio. If the contents of your portfolio depend on work done in your other classes, with little or no personal work (work done for this class) I will grade you down. I will also take into account your participation in the group critiques. 

Body of Work 85%
Attendance, participation in group critiques 15% 
Course Specific Policies on attendance, late work, make up work, examinations if outside normal class time, etc.:
This class will meet 14 times this semester plus the senior survey (Portfolio Day).You may have one unexcused absence. A second unexcused absence will lower you grade one letter grade. A third may result in failure. 
Additional Information:

Academic Integrity
Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy holds students accountable for the integrity of the work they submit. Students should be familiar with the policy and know that it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university policy. The university policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same written work in more than one class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. The presumptive penalty for a first offense by an undergraduate student is course failure, accompanied by a transcript notation indicating that the failure resulted from a violation of Academic Integrity Policy. The standard sanction for a first offense by a graduate student is suspension or expulsion. For more information and the complete policy, see 

Disability-Related Accommodations
If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue, or call (315) 443-4498, TDD: (315) 443-1371 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students with documented Disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters, as appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible. 

Religious Observances Policy
SU religious observances policy, found at, recognizes the diversity of faiths represented among the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious holidays according to their tradition.  Under the policy, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors before the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes.

For fall and spring semesters, an online notification process is available through MySlice/StudentServices/Enrollment/MyReligiousObservances.

Student Academic Work Policy

Educational use of student work: I intend to use academic work that you complete this semester in subsequent semesters for educational purposes. Before using your work for that purpose, I will either get your written permission or render the work anonymous by removing all your personal identification.

Calendar of weekly events:.
January 20 Present your proposal for the direction of your portfolio

January 22 Bring work over to Photo and Imaging in the women’s building to be photographed for the Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition,
Or send jpegs of your work to me

All Money due for SI Student Exhibition must be paid in cash
January 27 Group Critique

February 3 Group Critique  
February 10 Group Critique 

February 17 Group Critique
Begin work on post card. Select the piece that best represents the direction of your portfolio. Begin type design
February 24 Group Critique
Refine postcard design 

March 2 Group Critique

March 9 Group Critique

March 23 Group Critique

March 30 Trip To The Art Store to look at options for portfolio cases

April 2-3 MoCCA conference in NYC

April 6 Group Critique

April 13 Begin making digital prints of your best work to put in your portfolios
  (silk screens, wood cuts, intaglio and lino prints are OK)
I recommend using Light Work for your final digital prints.

April 20 Prints of all your work due
We will examine the best sequence for your portfolio

April 27 Final Critique (Dry run for Portfolio Review)

May 4 Senior Portfolio Day

May 9 The Pro Show

Graduation May 14-15

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