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Course Syllabus

For a complete description of this course, as well as a course schedule, [download the course syllabus].

Art 202/302/702 – Course Description

Practices, concepts, history, and social ramifications of design. Typography, layout, identity, visual/physical structure, graphic iconography, and relationship of form to function. Theoretical and/or historical issues relevant to contemporary practice. prereq: art 101 or art 102. This semester we will be exploring the elements and principles of graphic design found in typography and type design. We will be designing our own typefaces, exploring different typefaces, and learning the basic principles of type setting.

Course goals and objectives

Students of this course are expected to acquire a good understanding of the history of graphic design, beginning with typography in the mid-15th century, to current designers and perspectives, as well as an art historical analyses of design. Students will understand the basic elements and principles of graphic design, as well as the basic principles of typography and layout. Students will learn to work under design constraints, timelines, and will need to collaborate with fellow student designers. 


Attendance policy: Students are expected to attend all classes, arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session. Each unexcused absence will result in a reduction of the final grade by one increment (i.e., a to a-, b+ to b, etc). Two instances of lateness or leaving class early will count as one unex- cused absence. Absences will only be excused with adequate documentation of extenuating circumstances (i.e., doctor's note indicating serious illness, obituary notice indicating death in family, etc). Students receiving financial aid must be certified as attending classes regularly for continuing eligibili- ty. please note: the Provost's Office requires that all classes hold finals during the college-wide final exam period. This means that our final critique will take place Thursday, Dec 15, as indicated on the schedule. 

Policy for missing or late assignments

Turning projects in late is strongly discouraged, and will have a negative effect on project grades unless adequate documentation of extenuating circumstances is provided (see above). It is possible to mitigate this effect by using the extra time to do truly exemplary work. For example, a project that exhibits poor craftsmanship and little understanding of relevant principles will receive a greater penalty for being late than a project that exhibits immaculate craftsmanship and a deep understanding of relevant principles. In either case, the later the project the greater the penalty. Penalties will be assessed by the instructor on a caseby-case basis.


Lockers are available for student use and can be claimed with a label clearly indicating the student's name and the current semester. Students are responsible for providing their own locks as well as for removing all materials by the end of the semester. Materials left in lockers after the semester's end are subject to removal and disposal.

Accommodating Disabilities

Lehman College is committed to providing access to all programs and curricula to all students. Students with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to register with the Office of Student Disability Services. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services, Shuster Hall, room 238, phone number, 718960-8441.

The Academic Center for Excellence and the Science Learning Center

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Science Learning Center (SLC) are two of the tutoring centers on campus. The ace provides appointment-based and drop-in tutoring in the humanities, social sciences, and writing, as well as general writing and academic skills workshops. The slc provides drop-in tutoring for natural and computer science courses. To obtain more information about the ace and the slc, please visit their website at http://www. lehman.edu/issp, or please call the ace at 718-9608175, and the slc at 718-960-7707. 

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policies

Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list: Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source; presenting another person's ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source; using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source; failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments. Internet Plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and "cutting & pasting" from various sources without proper attribution. cuny's policies on academic dishonesty can be reviewed in greater detail at http://www.lehman.edu/lehman/about/policies_ pdf/CUNYAcademicIntegrityPolicy.pdf

Withdrawal policy

Applications for withdrawal are accepted through the seventh week of each semester. The grade of w, withdrawal without penalty, is awarded only when it is clear that a student has a good and sufficient reason for withdrawing from course and is doing so at a time when he or she is doing passing work in the course. Students desiring to drop a course in their major must obtain a recommendation from the chair or the adviser of the appropriate department program. No faculty member or counselor may withdraw a student from a course.