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Grading Policy2

All work is completed in class.

You might need to take photos or film outside of class.  All other work is completed in class. You do have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps at home. 

Student blogs entries are required each week.

Beginning in the third week of class, students will be expected to set goals and write a blog entry on their progress toward that goal.  Blog entries should include a specific claim about the work, visual evidence that supports the claim, an explanation of the evidence, and validation.


Completion of the blog entries constitutes a significant part of your grade.  Each entry is not individually graded, but it will be scored for feedback. Each six weeks the blog entries as a group from that time period will be given a grade based on the rubric score.


Blog Rubric







claim is clear, focused, and communicated clearly

claim is clear and


claim may

be unclear and/or somewhat


focus may be confusing or



–comprehensive evidence is integrated

–evidence is relevant

—use of art-specific

vocabulary is clearly appropriate

for the purpose

–some evidence is integrated

–evidence may be general

–use of art-specific

vocabulary is generally


–evidence is weakly

integrated, vague, or imprecise

–use of art-specific

vocabulary is uneven or

somewhat ineffective

–evidence is minimal, absent,

incorrect, or irrelevant

–use of art-specific

vocabulary is limited or




Grading is based on the quality and quantity of your posted assignments and blog entries.

The “Unit Grading Rubric” will be used to score your assignments and blog posts.

Each six weeks your artwork and blogs from the previous six weeks will be graded as a collection.  Feedback is provided as you finish each assignment, but only the “Unit Grading Rubric” is used to calculate the course grade.  Work can be revised at any time during the six weeks. The “Unit Rubric” score is worth 12 points.

Grading Scale

A combination of the scores on the “Unit Grading Rubric” and the final will be used to determine the final grade. Each assignment is graded on a four point rubric.  


Unit Grading Rubric







All the items from this unit are complete.

Most of the items from this unit are complete.

There are several items from this unit that are not complete.

Most of this unit is not complete.


The items from this unit are of a high quality. They demonstrate the skills and techniques that were taught. A degree of creativity was used in the completion of these assignments.

The items from this unit are of a complete but some looked rushed or do not demonstrate the skills taught.

The items are complete but were created in a hurry or do not demonstrate the skills taught.

They are done, but it isn’t clear how they meet the assignment.

Blog Entries

Blog entries were completed consistently.  They demonstrate grade level writing, effort, and growth in both writing and in photographic skill.

Blog entries were completed regularly.  Most posts demonstrate grade level writing, effort and growth.

Some entries were not completed or of inconsistent quality.  Effort is not consistent and/or growth is not demonstrated.

Entries are lacking in quality, effort, and growth.

Final Grade Grading Scale

A : 90% – 100%

B : 80% – 89%   

C : 70% – 79%

D : 60% – 69%

F :   0% – 59%


Course Outline

Unit themes and objectives are listed below.  Individual assignments are available on the course website.

Unit 1: Photoshop

You will understand . . .

  • Photoshop is used for more than photography

  • gaining proficiency/mastery requires commitment/time

Essential Questions

  • What area do you find the most interesting? The most enjoyable? The most challenging? Why?

You will be able to . . .

  • Use layers, masks, and text to create compositions

Unit 2: Illustrator

You will understand . . .

  • The difference between vectors and raster based art

Essential Questions

  • What are the advantages of drawing with vectors?

You will be able to . . .

  • Create vector based drawings.

Unit 3: Photography

You will understand . . .

  • The rules of composition.

  • The basic functions of a camera

Essential Questions

  • What makes a compelling photograph?

  • Does better equipment make a better photographer/photographs?

You will be able to . . .

  • Apply the rules of composition.

  • Use the camera controls for creative results.

Unit 4: Video

You will understand . . .

  • The process of making a video.

Essential Questions

  • What is the most important part of film making: pre-production, production, or post-production?

You will be able to . . .

  • Create a video project.

Unit 5: Client Based Work

You will understand . . .

  • How to work with a client to achieve the result that they desire.

Essential Questions

  • What does it take to keep a client happy?

  • What do you do when you don’t like a clients ideas?  Or you think your ideas are better?

You will be able to . . .

  • set goals, develop plans and execute

  • produce finished work for production and/or display

  • communicate with other artists and clients to create work for the community

Unit 6: Portfolio and Presentation

You will understand . . .

  • how to effectively prepare and present work online and in print

  • how your web presence impacts your relationship with potential clients and employers

  • the importance of a resume and professional presentation skills in gaining employment

Essential Questions

  • What are effective and ineffective ways of presenting art online?

  • What is the impact of your “digital footprint”?  

You will be able to . . .

  • create an effective resume

  • present your work others and discuss your work in an interview