ARTC 251 – M01- Computer Graphics II

Prerequisites: ARTC 201

Co-requisites: None

Contact Hours: 1-3-3 or studio

Credits: 3

Type of Course: Seminar / Lecture / Laboratory and/or Studio

Term / Semester: Spring 2024

Class Meetings: Mondays, 2PM – 6PM – In Person

Location: 16 W. 61st St., Rm. 922

Instructor: Ryan Seslow

Office Location: 16 W. 61st St., Rm. 922 (classroom)


Office Hours: Mondays before class or by appointment

Course Description:

Computer Graphics II is the second semester of our sequence in Computer Graphics on the Macintosh platform. This course will use fundamental industry applications to prepare students’ work for artistic and commercial computer graphic design packages. Lecture topics include: preparation, input, manipulation, display and output of digital images. Students are required to have third-party manuals for Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign.


This course is a sequence to the course Computer Graphics I, and will build upon the techniques achieved in the previous course.  Students will use the computer as a tool and as a medium to explore creative possibilities for various formats of visual communications (print and web based). Students will create artwork and be introduce to a basic understanding of web design principles (usability, navigation and bitmap animations) through the use of software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), hardware (scanner, digital camera, and printer), research, and creative processes (sketches, drawing, and collage). While developing their techniques through lectures, demos, and hands-on projects, emphasis will be placed on advancing technical skills, developing rich concepts and ideas, and developing one’s own aesthetic.  Students will also be exposed to artworks of historical and contemporary importance.  Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to utilize these tools and apply them when necessary in the following courses in the Computer Graphics sequence.

This design studio based course focuses on the development of diverse, effective digital design methodologies to and translate transmedia ideas, engage spatial, material and visual communication problems and projects with innovative and uniquely appropriate designs as a lifelong, continuous, self-education and evolving critical practice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using intermediate/advanced level of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to produce complex designs and artworks.
  2. Utilize Adobe InDesign to effectively produce a multi-page document utilizing intermediate/advanced techniques such as styles and table of contents.
  3. Identify and apply creative solutions to basic web design principles to be later apply in more advanced courses.
  4. Execute artwork and designs with knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts, as well as design workflows.
  5. Critically address artworks with accuracy in areas of visual perception; appropriate language and aesthetics/design fundamentals.
  6. Produce artwork and design that is conceptually driven, uses problem-solving skills, and has aesthetic ownership by the artist (student) ready for presentation and portfolio.


Required instructional software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects.

1 – Zoom – for optional on campus and hybrid instructional schedules

2 – Canvas – NYiT institute wide grading rubric

Prime instructional methods will be class lectures, instruction, individual and group discussion and project review. The student will be expected to work on cumulative phases of assigned problems related to two semester projects prior to and during each class.


The Freshmen courses are paired laboratory studios that will collaborate by studying the design and development of the shared semester lessons and projects.

The syllabus is designed to impart ways of seeing, ways of thinking, and ways of making. It is designed to help students frame questions, define problems and to generate thoughtful, inventive responses, analyzing, challenging and intelligently reframing the premises around which the problems are built. The design process is a self-reflective journey of inquiry, guided by questions and emerging options that inform the discovery of opportunities. Designers develop tools and methods, integrating skills and knowledge to inform the process and project from the beginning to evaluate the challenges and consequences range of degrees of successful decision making. Each step in the design process offers a series of new decisions with a wide array of alternative options to pursue and evaluate. Clarifying goals, assessing strategies, methods and outcomes is the cycle of progress and defines the evolving cumulative sequence of steps in the design process.

Semester Project List & Descriptions:

Create a synergistic transformation through cumulative semester projects that create, develop and transition interrelated environment(s) and organism(s) (characters, object & things)

Project 1 – Fictional Form Character

Vector Portrait -> Poster -> Animation & Collaboration

Project 2 – Transformative Sequences – Subjective to Representational (Life Form)

2D/3D Vector -> Raster -> Process Video

Project 3 – Life / Existing Content Transformation

Hacking, remixing, re-contextualizing & transformation.

Project 4 – Transformational of Social Issue of Environment

Digital Tryptic with animated elements

Project 5 – Transformational Anatomical or Mechanical Mutation

Portrait / Character from Project 1 morphs into alternate being

Project 6 – Transformational Transmedia Visual Communication

Short Story Animatic / Narrative about Semester long character and environment

Project 7 – Final Semester Project Portfolio / Presentation

Semester Schedule: 






First day of Classes

Introduction – Syllabus

Project 1 Introduction:

Software Tutorial




Project 1 lab work session

Software Tutorial





Project 1 Due – Project 1 Critique

Project 2 Introduced

Software Tutorial




Project 2 lab work session

In Class Assignment #1 Introduced

Software Tutorial







Project 2 Due – Project #2 Critique

Project 3 Introduced

Software Tutorial




Project 3 lab work session

Software Tutorial




Project 3 Due – Project #3 Critique

Project 4 Introduced

Software Tutorial







Project #4 lab work session

In Class Assignment #2 Introduced

Software Tutorial



Project 4 Due – Project #4 Critique

Project 5 Introduced

Software Tutorial




Project 5 lab work session



Project 5 Due – Project #5 Critique

Project 6 Introduced



Project 6 lab work session

Project 7 Introduced – Portfolio Examples

In Class Assignment #3 Introduced



Project 6 Due – Project #6 Critique

LECTURE – Continued Portfolio Design

Software Tutorial



Portfolio work session

Preparing for Final Presentations




All Projects, Deadlines, Lectures, and content are subject to change at the discretion of the professor.

Any changes will be sent as Announcements that will be posted on Canvas and sent automatically to all students in the class via NYIT email.

Course Requirements:

Grading Criteria:

Because the studio is recognized as the setting for discourse and the exchange of ideas and approaches, an important rule will be given to the active/ proactive participation to that, in determining the final evaluation of each student. Your professor is under no obligation to review your work if there is no indication that the work has advanced since the previous meeting, and if this happens often, it will affect the final grade. The work of the team and the individual one is evaluated in class, during desk critics, pin-ups, interim and final reviews, as a whole and through a series of specific related assignments; however, you are graded individually on your final results, process and progress, contribution to the group effort if applicable, and quality and development of your overall individual work.

Two main components contribute to the final evaluation:

Process- coherent development of the idea along the entire semester through the open discussions, and especially the two (2) main reviews; intensity of effort and motivation; consistency of the involvement with the conversations with faculty, classmates and with the project itself; ability to clarify and to respond critically and creatively to issues and potentialities discovered.

Product- quality, clarity and strength of the work towards the final book portfolio, including the final design solution and the complete final presentation.

Methods of grading will include:

Evaluation of the required material produced;

Evaluation of the level of engagement and collaboration with the overall class;

Ability, originality and coherence in formulating, developing and communicating design topic and process;

Ability in understanding and developing appropriated skills and creative methodologies;

Evaluation of the process of theoretical/professional growth

The work will be evaluated in “A” range (“superior”, innovative idea, intellectual coherence); “B” range (“very good”, increasing mastery in both technical and intellectual skills); “C” range (“average”, sufficient competency, adequate to meet minimum course requirements).

Course Requirements & Grading Criteria

  • Regular attendance to class (3 unexcused absences could result in an F if no prompt action or effort is taken in coordination with the faculty)
  • Timely completion of all projects and assignments
  • Work completed with the highest standards of criticality, quality and craft

Grading standards:

A = sustained level of superior performance demonstrated in all areas of Course Requirements

B = consistent level of performance that is above average in a majority of the Course Requirements

C = performance that is generally average and Course Requirements are achieved

D = below average performance and achievement of the Course Requirements

F = accomplishment of the Course Requirements is not sufficient to receive a passing grad


Grades will consider the originality and appropriateness of the idea, the project’s completeness, the quality of presentation, and the effort put into the submission. Process throughout the duration of the project will be considered as an intrinsic part of the product, and in such a way that grades will (heavily) reflect process. Both content and presentation are crucial to the evaluation of the design proposals. Evaluation of contents is based on the general quality, clarity, and development of the design, as well as how the student deals with the specific issues being emphasized by each new project. Evaluation of presentation will consider the quality, precision, and craft of the presentation, as well as the effectiveness and clarity of it – this includes also the verbal presentation of your work. Thus, neither merely completing all the presentation requirements, nor merely having a good idea, will be enough to achieve a good grade. Curiosity and inquiry, ability to respond to criticism, ability to generate and criticize your own ideas, responsibility, and work ethic all play a crucial role in this evaluation.

Please consider that you active/proactive participation in your classes in a collegial and respectful collaboration with your faculty and classmates is also a crucial factor that will contribute to your final evaluation.

You may expect to receive a grade following each project. Possibly, at the discretion of each critic, grades may or may not be received at other “milestones” in the semester as well (or for other individual reasons). In addition to the following generic guideline, your critic may outline other specific criteria and/or expectations regarding grading. A more detailed list of available grades is below:

A 4.0 Superior

A- 3.7 Excellent

B+ 3.3 Very good

B 3.0 Good

B- 2.7 Competent

C+ 2.3 Fair

C 2.0 Satisfactory or Average

C- 1.7 Marginal

D 1.0 Unsatisfactory

F 0.0 Failure

I Incomplete. Approval course instructor, Department Director/Chair and SoAD Assistant Dean. See

             NYIT+ SoAD rules and regulations regarding grades at:

P           Passing/Fail Option Grade it’s a neutral grade that doesn’t change the student’s GPA

             (students will be informed promptly about details and procedures to receive this grade if

             applicable during the current semester)

Attendance is mandatory, weekly assignments required and midterm and final projects due on time.

Attendance: Mandatory

  1. Main Projects / Assignments – 50%
  2. Final semester complete Portfolio submission 10%
  3. Development Process (Research/Sketches etc.) 20%

4.          Final Presentation 10%

5 Participation/Professionalism 10%

1.) Main Projects / Assignments –  50%

A significant part of the grade will be based on the completion of assignments.  Students will receive an assignment list, and the assignments must be completed by each deadline given.  As the course continues, the assignments will become more complex and time-consuming; students are expected to spend at least 6-8 hours a week on the course assignment. It is crucial that each step be completed and understood before advancing to the next step.

2.) Final semester complete Portfolio submission – 10%

All Projects must be completed and ready for submission before the final critique.  Attendance and participation during the final critique is a significant part of the project grade.

3-5.) Process, Participation & Professionalism – 40%

Development process, participation and professionalism are extremely important to succeeding in this class. Students must be respectful to their peers and professor and have a positive attitude in the classroom.  Students are expected to come to class on time and stay throughout the work sessions for the entirety of the class.  In-class assignments also count towards this section of the grade.


There are no required texts. Throughout the semester, I will recommend books, tutorials or other materials that will help with projects or in class assignments.

Recommended texts (including ISBN numbers) Not Mandatory**

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book (2022), by Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez

ISBN-10:  0137621108

ISBN-13:  978-0137621101

Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a book (2021), by Brian Wood

ISBN-10:  0137622155

ISBN-13:  978-0137622153

Bibliography / References:

*Design Fundamentals

*20th Century Avant Garde

*Color Theory –

The Interaction of Color, 50th Anniversary edition, by Josef Albers

Dimensional Color, Lois Swirnoff

Elements of Color, Johannes Itten

*Perception –

Art and Visual Perception, Rudolf Arnheim

Materials and supplies:

**Absolute Full access to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign Programs, and After Effects (can be part of the creative cloud)

– USB stick/ portable external hard drive

– Sketchbook

– Basic pencil set

Wacom tablet/iPad– (to be discussed in class)

*Any class projects for which other materials will be needed will be discussed in class*

Library Resources

Students are encouraged to use NYIT’s physical and virtual library resources on campus and at Should you have any questions, please “Ask a Librarian” by email, chat, text message, or phone at: 

Additional Resources for Further Learning

If you would like additional help in the course, please contact your instructor for guidance. You are also encouraged use NYIT’s academic support services: the Learning Center, the Writing Center, the Math Center, and Online Tutoring. For more information and links to the individual centers, see:


Films / Videos / Websites / internet tutorials

Laptop + Software Requirements: (see NYiT SoAD website)

Assistance: Joseph Vasikoulkas and Mauricio Tacaoman

NYIT Policies and Useful Links

Students must adhere to all Institution-wide (NYIT) policies listed in the Bulletin under “Community Standards” and which include policies on attendance, academic integrity, plagiarism, computer, and network use.

Students who require special accommodations for disabilities must refer to our Accessibility Services at:

Please refer to the link below for NYIT complete list of Policies & Guidelines:

Please refer to the link below for NYIT Academic Policies:

For more information about NYIT “Student Service HUB,” please see link below

For more information about  NYIT “Counseling and Wellness” please see the link below

Please refer also to the link below for NYIT Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities:

For more information about  NYIT “Tutoring Service” please see the link below

For more information about NYIT “Manage Your Classes,” please see link below

SoAD Dean’s Attendance & Punctuality Policy

Punctuality and attendance are indisputable requirements for academic and professional success. Being prepared, arriving on time and full participation in planned and registered classes are base line academic and legal requirements in the contracted agreement between students, NYiT and the SoAD. The commitment to education and professional preparation mirror real world standards, expectations and professionalism. The SoAD attendance policy requires students to attend all scheduled classes and arrive fully prepared and on time (fifteen minutes before classes, not fifteen minutes late).  Any student with two absences will receive a first written warning letter (within 3 days of the absence) from the Chair’s Office Admin who will be informed timely from the faculty member involved. A copy will be submitted by deposited in the Chair’s Office and eventually shared with the Dean if necessary. Upon the third absence the student will be notified by the faculty member and in writing through a second warning letter by the chair’s office, that they are strongly recommended to withdraw from the class avoiding failing which would compromise the GPA for the student. Prompt actions will be taken and coordinated as need among student, faculty and Chair’s office. A copy of the withdrawal letter will be timely shared with the Dean and filed in the student‘s record. This procedure for monitoring absences will commence upon a student’s official registration in the class.

Medical or personal emergency and excused absences require notification of any/all missed classes to the faculty member and coordination in making up for these. An official signed and authorized letter from the doctor or proxy must be submitted to the faculty member upon the students return to class and submitted to the Chair’s Office for archiving in the student file and record, also shared with the Dean’s Office as needed. Attendance is required at the exact hour of registered classes, however a grace period of 15 minutes prior to official roll call and attendance recording could be also offered.  Each 15-minute increment of tardiness is recorded and cumulatively applied and calculated for the duration of the semester. If a student arrives one hour late this constitutes an official absence. Absences are integrated as an important contributor for the final grading rubrics and evaluations.

Attendance: Group participation within the studio is critical. Learning occurs within an environment where students, faculty, teaching assistants and guests all contribute with consistency. Attendance and lateness is recorded, as is the timely submission of assigned work. It is expected that your studio time will not be uninterrupted by medical appointments or employment related issues.

ï Two unexcused absences may result in a substantial lowering of your grade.

ï School of Architecture + Design (SoAD) policy recommends your withdrawing from the course once you have accumulated three unexcused absences. Your professor is the final arbiter of whether an absence may be excused.

ï Arriving to studio more than 15 minutes late, or arriving without required studio materials, will be counted as an unexcused absence. Please take precautions regarding your commute and predictable traffic and public transportation problems.

Quizzes that are missed, regardless of reason, cannot be made up. Only in extreme and documented circumstances may an Exam be taken after the scheduled exam time.  Students are responsible for collecting all notes, assignments, and other information from missed class time.

Withdrawal from a Class

A withdrawal from a class means dropping a class during the withdrawal period. Refer to the Academic Calendar ( for the withdrawal period dates. No withdrawals allowed during the final exam period. Please be aware of the following consequences of withdrawing from a class:

You may have financial liability

Your financial aid may be reduced or canceled

Your immigration status may be affected

Your transcript will have a W grade (it does not affect the GPA)

Your path to graduation may be delayed

Your education cost may increase

It is strongly recommended that you check with your advisor, Office of the Bursar, Office of Financial Aid, and/or Office of International Education prior to withdrawal.

To withdraw from a class, complete a Withdrawal from Course form at:( and send to your instructor. The instructor will submit the form to the Office of the Registrar. Forms are not accepted when submitted by the student.

If you stop attending the class without submitting the Withdrawal from Course form, your instructor may assign a grade of UW (unofficial withdrawal). An unofficial withdrawal has the same consequences as the official withdrawal.

For more information about NYIT “Grade & Transcripts,” please see the link below

INC – Incomplete Grade Policy

Incomplete grades can only be authorized by both the program Chair/Director & the SoAD Assistant Dean or Dean. Incomplete grade requests must be submitted by faculty for approval from the SoAD administrative leadership team within the last 4 weeks of the semester. Faculty are reminded that the “I” is restricted to cases in which the student has satisfactorily completed a substantial part of the coursework and has experienced circumstances that prohibit successful completion of course requirements. No credit will be given until the outstanding course requirements are completed satisfactorily within the given deadline, no longer than a reasonable time before the beginning of the following semester and a passing grade received.

Faculty will provide students and the department Chair/Director with a list of requirements, schedule of completion and grading expectations. When a final grade is received that final grade will be preceded with an I, e.g., IA or IB+

For more details about Incomplete Grade Policy see the link below:

STUDIO CULTURE POLICY- Learning and Studio Culture:

School of Architecture

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) asks that all schools of architecture have a written policy that describes the culture of the design studio and the expectations of students and faculty involved in studio-based education. This policy should be based on the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration and staff. The design studio in the architecture programs is at the core of a student’s educational experience in the SoAD at NYIT. The SoAD design studio at NYIT is shaped by the three guiding principles of creativity, community, and commitment, incorporating all of the fundamental and positive values of a studio-based education.

For more details about Studio Culture Policy see link below:

The NYIT School of Architecture and Design strives to provide a positive and supportive environment that encourages the fundamental values of optimism, respect, diversity, health-related time management, collaboration, engagement, and innovation among its faculty, students, administration, and staff. The school encourages students and faculty to uphold these values as the guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their educational and professional careers. The foundation of academic work is intellectual integrity, academic freedom, credibility and trust. The basis of this is the School of Architecture and Design Studio Culture Policy.

Architecture and Design is a field of study that requires tremendous passion and dedication. Professors expect a great deal, the workload can be daunting, and the range of skills and abilities one is expected to acquire is immense. The experience can be extremely rewarding—even life changing—but it can also be stressful.

Studio classes can be particularly demanding, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) now mandates that all accredited schools of architecture draft a Studio Culture Policy Statement. To quote directly from its website:

“The school is expected to demonstrate a positive and respectful learning environment through the encouragement of the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration, and staff. The school should encourage students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers.”

Here in the School of Architecture and Design, we honor everything stated above. However, we will place special emphasis on diversity, safety, accountability, and excellence.

Diversity is the cornerstone of the NYIT studio experience. We value reasoned judgment and creative self-expression, as well as differences in ideas and opinions and how crucial these are to foster creativity. Students and faculty are expected to treat one another with respect and dignity. Discrimination or prejudicial behavior on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, beliefs or economic background is absolutely unacceptable.

Personal safety is vital. The stealing or effacement of property that is not one’s own may serve as grounds for dismissal or suspension from NYIT. Studio workloads will never be so great as to prevent students from carrying out their responsibilities to other classes. Students and faculty can expect that studio spaces and facilities, from bathrooms to computer rooms, will be sanitary and reasonably maintained and they can also play a crucial role towards this end acting responsibly and respectfully. Flagrant littering or disrespect of school property will not be tolerated.

Professors will clearly outline their expectations in a syllabus handed out at the beginning of the semester. If asked, they will also offer informal grade evaluations to students during the semester. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty committee discussions and deliberations. The faculty and administration are particularly welcoming of involvement and input from the NYIT chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).

NYIT prides itself on the teaching and research skills of its faculty and the intellectual and technical abilities of its students. To this end, students can expect that instructors will be dedicated, responsible, and competent; conversely, professors can expect that students will appear for classes in a timely fashion, complete assignments when they are due, and simply do the best work they can whenever they can.

The NYIT School of Architecture and Design Studio Culture Policy is a document that evolves with time. Some values are universal, respect for others’ opinions, for instance, while others will grow and change. Bearing this in mind, we encourage continued input from students and faculty in improving this document.


Student Behavior

  • Every student shall comply with the instructions and directions of the faculty, NYiT SoAD staff, or

security guards who are acting in the performance of their duties.    

  • No student shall use abusive or disrespectful language or behavior with fellow students, members of the faculty, members of the NYiT and SoAD staff, or security guards.
  • No student shall intentionally or recklessly endanger or threaten the mental or physical health or well-being of any member of the NYiT, SoAD community or any visitor to the campus.
  • Each ‘host’ student is responsible for the actions and behavior of each guest and is subject to disciplinary proceedings in the event of any policy infractions.  Guests are to fully comply with the NYiT Code of Conduct as well as all other NYiT policies and regulations.        
  • Students must carry college identification at all times while on campus and shall produce identification for inspection if so instructed by faculty or college staff members including members of the security staff.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages or storing alcoholic beverages on any part of the NYiT campus is prohibited.

Student Use of NYIT Facilities

The SoAD provides and supports a safe, healthy and respectful learning environment, in which there is a zero-tolerance policy for acts of vandalism to and on school property, or to the work produced by students and faculty. The SoAD promotes a collegial and respectful dialogue among all the members of our community.

Personal items and furniture that are not property of the school are not permitted on the SoAD campuses. Tampering with or moving school property without prior authorization by the NYiT + SoAD administrative teams, represent a violation of building, fire, health and safety codes. Unauthorized items will be promptly removed by NYiT Security. The student(s) found responsible for these types of violations will be subject to disciplinary actions.

  • No student shall intentionally damage or steal NYiT property or the personal property of fellow students or members of the NYiT Community.
  • No student shall enter any building, office, laboratory, room or any area of the college where he/she is not authorized.
  • Each student shall comply with the posted facility hours and promptly vacate the facility at closing times or when instructed to do so by Security. Conversation or negotiation regarding instructions to vacate the building is not permitted.   
  • Each student shall be personally responsible for maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of their work station. Model and drawing debris, food related trash, and discarded personal possessions shall be deposited in the building trash receptacles. The studio environment shall be left in a clean and orderly state at the end of each day. All student work shall be cleared from the building at the conclusion of the semester unless it has been selected for retention in the archive or for display in the SoAD Gallery and Exhibitions Spaces.  Materials abandoned by students shall be promptly disposed of.
  • Students are not permitted to sleep overnight in any part of the building. The storage of personal and/or bedding materials in the building is not permitted. The security staff has the expressed permission to confiscate and dispose of bedding materials whenever found in violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • Student cooking within any facility of NYiT is prohibited.
  • Showering or bathing in the restroom facilities is prohibited.
  • Students shall comply with the restrictions, guidelines, and requirements provided by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at NYiT, representing the federal, state and municipal regulations governing the use of Education Hall, the EGGC, 16 West 61st Street LL1 studio and classroom facilities.
  • As per NYiT’s policies, smoking in any facility of the NYiT is prohibited. Students shall not litter exterior areas of the building with smoking debris.
  • As per NYiT’s policies, the possession and use of illegal chemical or organic substances and firearms on the NYiT campus are prohibited.
  • Animals are not permitted on the SoAD campuses.

In addition to the Studio Culture Policy, NYIT NYiT offers a diverse range of support mechanisms for its diverse student body and has developed a series of contracts, policies and constitutions to insure that all members of the NYiT community understand these principles; these documents are reassessed and updated on an ongoing basis and are available at

Academic Integrity Policy

A learning community can only be maintained if its members believe that their work is judged fairly and that they will not be put at a disadvantage because of another member’s dishonesty. For these reasons, it is essential that all members of the NYiT community understand our shared standards of academic honesty. More than just a series of regulations, the Academic Integrity Policy serves as a guide for students and faculty for understanding these standards and their importance to NYiT.

See more info and details about NYiT Academic Integrity Policy including relevant issues such as Plagiarism, Cheating, Unauthorized Collaborations, Misrepresentation, etc. at:

Student Handbook: The Student Handbook provides information about all aspects of NYiT to assist students. The student handbook was last revised in September 2023.


  • adequate and functioning personal laptop during the academic year
  • updated required software to fulfill course assignments during the semester
  • knowledge of the required digital platforms (Zoom, Canvas, Miro’, etc, as per faculty suggestion) to participate to all classes and meetings remotely
  • working camera and microphone to actively participate and perform within Hybrid Remote Instruction (HRI) classes 
  • camera and digital sketch board if required
  • material for study models (paper, museum board, chipboard, etc., scissors, tape, glue, etc.)
  • proper use of FabLab and PlotShop services

It is responsibility of each student to follow the faculty requests to upload material and assignments, sign for attendances and so on in the required platforms (Canvas) and to proactively participate to the class following the same criteria of the in-person classes in terms of absences. This will be also considered as part of the evaluation process.

Please follow instructions and procedures regarding Campus Access, Academics, Health-Safety & Wellbeing, Vaccination Policy, Cleaning and Disinfection, Feeling Sick or Exposed to COVID-19 as specified at the link below about “New York Tech Returns”


We all share responsibility for the health and safety of all in a classroom environment. Please refer to info and roles indicated at the link below:

  1. Each student is responsible to leave his/her desk empty and clean after using it during class time or for any additional work needed. Desks are going to be shared among classes and students from different academic years, and any object or material left on table would be trashed if room if this space is needed to allow the following class to take place appropriately
  2. Please use any available space on shelves located in proximity of your section within the studio space to store your material or work, and be wise in bringing away with you any valuable or important item. Storage space is at a minimum so students and faculty are reminded that only required in studio tools, materials and midterm models can be stored on shelves. Other items must be put in lockers or taken home. Over 260 students and faculty will be sharing the EGGC 502 space. Over 120 students and faculty will be sharing the EGGC 1013 space. We work together as a community to sustain the optimal studio culture etiquettes, respect and considerations of each other’s space, work, and personal well-being.


  1. Video must be activated for the duration of the class. Screen off = Not present/absent.
  2. Position camera properly – laptop and student should be located in an isolated private quiet space:
    1. Sit to allow head to waist to fit on screen
    2. Do not block the light source
    3. Make sure there is no strong light behind you
    4. Sit in front of, facing, the light source, or sit next to the light source
  3. Close or minimize all other running applications (apps)
  4. Live-stream from a tidy space or use a fake background
  5. Remove distractions
    1. No eating (there will be 2 short breaks)
    2. No pets
    3. No non NYiT student or person should be present
  6. Ask questions in the Group Chat during lectures
  7. Unmute microphone for all discussions other than during the lecture
  8. Mute microphone when you are not talking
  9. Dress Code – (Dress as you would inside the physical campus + classroom – no pajamas, etc.)
  10. No outside accessories (sunglasses, hoods, hats etc.)
  11. Turn off notifications


AI based Image generation models: The most recent development of AI powered image generation has revolutionized our understanding of image making in relation to language. For architects and designers, this can be considered as a step into a limitless imaginative content that can assist us with the development of our design ideas and aspirations at a much faster rate and with endless variations. AI powered image generation is a quick way to visualize, experiment and examine a variety of ideas and concepts. Implementing policies regarding the use of AI image generation models is important to ensure ethical, responsible, and educational use of this technology.

Here are several policies that must be considered in order to ensure a proper use of the tool:

1. Ethical Guidelines: The use of AI image generation must be transparent, well documented and well communicated following coordinators and professor’s approval.

2. Data Usage Policy: Collecting data must meet the guidelines of the course to what is appropriate to the research or studio project and must be sited with the name of the author of the work.

3. Informed Consent: You must inform your professor if you are planning to use AI image generating platforms and to what capacity. It is advised that AI tools are used as an inspiration that informs the research of your project rather than a final product for your final submission. The use of AI image generating must be supplemental and not final. It should only inspire the possible exploration paths.

4. Transparency and Attribution: Agenda must be clear on how and why the use of AI is incorporated and it must be discussed with the professors prior to adding it to your research.

5. Validation and Verification: AI image generating results must be thoroughly and critically assessed to determine its value and relevance to the architectural research prior to incorporating it in the class. Students are asked to critically and skeptically examine the AI generating image in collaboration with the professor in order to determine its value to the research.

6. Accessibility: AI generated content must be accessible to all students to ensure a culture of inclusion and fairness across all research and all projects.

7. Intellectual Property Rights: Since AI generated content is not only prompt based but also image based, students must declare the use of words and images that belong to other authors. Any content that influences or inspires your prompt must be declared especially if it belongs to a particular style, historical era or another author’s work.

8. Responsible Experimentation: Students are encouraged to explore new ideas responsibly based on the ethical protocols set forth by the school.

9. Monitoring and Compliance: Compliance with these protocols is mandatory and any violation of these protocols must be reported to the faculty, coordinators and the chair’s office.

10.Feedback Mechanism: AI exploration must be examined based on a feedback mechanism between students and faculty.

11. Regular Review: Professor must review AI generated content critically and periodically to ensure its relevance to the research.

12.Collaboration with Experts: Collaboration is encouraged between faculty and students through tutorials and workshops with experts in the field to make sure an effective and critical use of the tool.


In-Person and Hybrid Remote Instruction course modalities will be operative all Spring term.

All NYIT- SoAD Fabrication facilities are inclusive, welcoming spaces where we want for all our students and faculty to feel comfortable seeking help and advice. Our goal is to provide knowledge and skills to thrive in a constantly evolving and technologically sophisticated field of practice.

Most importantly, our SoAD FabLab is to be understood as an extension of the design studio as compared to a line of production for students.

Please be sure to consider the following instruction:

  • You must treat FabLab staff and student employees with respect at all times. Anything otherwise will not be tolerated.
  • All students must go through mandatory FabLab training, sign waiver, and display sticker to use the woodshop.

All students must watch and understand all the training videos on the FabLab website prior to submitting jobs or using digital fabrication equipment. Please find the useful information in the video at the link:

  • Larger groups or studio-wide required usage of machines or tools must be communicated and coordinated in advance with FabLab director and supervisors. Communication is key!
  • As the fablab and its capabilities grow along with the SoAD, inevitable time constraints and delays when submitting digital files will arise. There is no substitute for proper time management, i.e. please plan ahead, give yourself and the FabLab realistic time expectations.
  • Safety is the number one goal! If you don’t know something, please ask! Our specialized and dedicated personnel is here to help.

All info and details about the schedule and references regarding our SoAD FabLab and PlotShop are listed at the end of this document.

Printing on paper in smaller formats (max 11×17) will be available via the printers located in our libraries.

These should be used for in class reviews with course instructors and taken home after each session.

All in class, midterm and final presentations will be conducted as specified from class coordinators, following the instructions shared by faculty through the class syllabus and accordingly to specific communication shared during the semester and coordinated with the administration offices.

Below is the link to our NYiT Library Service

Below is the link to SoAD Laptop Policy

Fab Labs will be fully operational as listed on the NYiT SoAD website.

Opening hours to access to our NYiT, SoAD Facilities for in-person courses will be as indicated in the NYiT website

If any assistance is needed from our Chair’s Office and Academic Advisors, please reach out during office hours to:

NY Campus in Manhattan:

  • Admin Coordinator and 4th – 5th Year Advisor, John Vincennes

office EGGC room 1113, phone 212 261 1629, email

  • Senior Academic Advisor (2nd – 3rd Year), Desiree Gomez

Office EGGC room 1113, phone 212 261 1746, email

Student Advisor (4th – 5th Year), prof. Christin Kerigan

office 16 west room 916, phone 212 261 1715, email

  • Department Chair, Prof. Trudy Brens

office EGGC room 1116, email

LI Campus in Old Westbury:

  • Admin Specialist and 4th – 5th Year Advisor, Ashley Andrews

office ED Hall Room 123, phone 516 686 7678, email

  • Senior Academic Advisor (2nd – 3rd Year), Desiree Gomez

Office EGGC room 1113, phone 212 261 1746, email

  • Student Advisor (4th – 5th Year), prof. Christin Kerigan

phone 516 686 7543, email

  • Department Chair, Prof. Trudy Brens

office ED Hall Room 123, email FabLab, NY Campus in Manhattan:


Mo-Fr >> open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM

FabLab, LI Camus in Old Westbury


  • Mo-Tu-Th >> open from 9:00AM to 7:00PM
  • We-Fr >> open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM

PlotShop: NY Campus in Manhattan

PlotShop Supervisor, Max Kotsonis, email


Mo-We-Th >> open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM

PlotShop: LI Camus in Old Westbury:

PlotShop Supervisor, Max Kotsonis, email


Tu-Fr >> open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM