30% — Main projects and their presentations
40% — Assignments: homework and tests
30% — Participation: Class Activities/Discussions

Grades Will be Posted To

Blackboard or OpenLab. Please refer to the college’s catalog for numerical values of grades.

Main projects and their presentations 30%
Projects. There will be 3 major projects (their grades are averaged and are 30% of total/final grade). Projects must adhere to documented project guidelines and must be presented in a clean, professional manner.
Visit Activities > Project Guidelines to view the assigned projects.

Assignments – Homework 40%
Daily homework assignments support projects will be submitted and critiqued on the class site (their grades are averaged and are 40% of total/final grade). Assignment work will be completed and per the specifications listed on class pages.

  • All assignments have a very specific deadline/due date
    (Even if student is absent on due date)
  • Students who are absent are responsible for what was missed
  • Late assignments will only be accepted up to one class after the deadline.
  • Grading will start with a “85” for assignments that are handed-in late.
  • After the above deadline assignments will not be accepted & will result in an “F”/ 0 grade.
  • Handouts will be distributed via Open Lab

ParticipationClass Activities/Discussions 30%

  •  Grade reduction from 100 pts
    • no entry or posts to designated class activity (-3 pts each)
    • Participation activities during class, are expected to be completed during the allotted class time:
      Late entries to designated class activity (-1 pts each), are only accepted one class after deadline if student was absent or had tech difficulties.
    • wrong or incomplete entry to designated class activity (-1 pts each)
    • no comments during class critiques/ presentations. This can be done via chat(-1 pt each)
    • arriving to class late (-1 pt per lateness)
    • no answer when called (-1 pt each)
    • Others (-1 pts each)
  • Student participation is also demonstrated by:
    • Posting and commenting on the shared class site, submitting your work, contributing to discussions, or giving peer feedback.
    • Paying attention and participating in critiques, presentations, and discussions.
    • Following best practices for face-to-face and online learning.
    • Class preparedness: bringing materials to class and checking the class site for instructions.
    • Asking questions, volunteering answers, and helping other students


Critiques will be held regularly to help you master the design vocabulary and support your fellow classmates. The critique is a neutral, supportive dialog with members of the class. All students will present their work and discuss the strengths and weaknesses with regard to the project guidelines.


If you will not be able to present or hand in a project on the scheduled due date, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor BEFORE the due date
Points are deducted for late projects (-15 pts per day of class late) and missed critiques.


Student posts and comments will be used for recording and sharing your creative process and learning experience throughout the course. Posts and comments documenting your inspiration, experiments, readings, discussions, field trips, final work, and peer critiques will serve as a record of the effort and dedication you demonstrate throughout the semester. Find student posts and comments in the Student Work section.

  • Student Posts
    • You will be posting to the class site every week. Instructions for posting your work will be provided in each class agenda. For general help posting to the class site and submitting your work visit Help & Resources > Participation > Posting your work
  • Student Comments
    • You will be commenting on the class site every week. Instructions for commenting on discussion topics, visual library posts, and your fellow classmates work will be provided in each class agenda.


In addition to work during meetings there is an expectation of Independent Work.

In order to meet the coursework requirements, you are expected to work at least 4 hours each week outside of class meeting time. Lab time will be available to help you meet the requirements, but you will need to schedule independent work time to complete your coursework.


Attendance is taken and is important to success in this class.  Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be noted. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that he or she may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower or failing grade.

Academic Integrity Standards 

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.

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