Computer Graphics II ARTC-251

Course description from catalog

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.

Instructor’s information

Name: Ryan Seslow

E-mail: (or

Office hours: Fridays (by appointment) after class or remote via Zoom

Course information

Term and date: Spring 2022

Course number and section: ARTC-251 Computer Graphics II

Credits: 3

Meeting times: Fridays, 8am – 12pm – in person & via Zoom

Building and room number: 16 West 61st Street, NYC – room 927 – this class meets in person

Zoom link & passcode – is located on our course’s Canvas page – Zoom will be used for accessibility purposes, to record our class sessions and for those who cant make it to campus due to illness or other reasons discussed with the professor – the dept. chair will discuss this in detail on the first day of class)

Prerequisites and co-requisites: ARTC-201

Class Website:


Suggested text books (***not mandatory)

Caplin, Steve. How To Cheat In Photoshop CC: The art of creating realistic photomontages. Routledge, 2013.

ISBN: 978-0-415-71238-5

Adobe Creative Team. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2018 Release). Adobe Press, 2017.

Adobe Creative Team. Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2018 Release). Adobe Press, 2017.

Required items

– USB flash drive (8GB) external HD or access to dropbox, google drive, etc.. (You will need access to your data and files for each class)

-Sketchbook/notebook for brainstorming designs ideas and taking notes.

Course Introduction

This course is a continuation of Computer Graphics I, and will build upon the techniques explored in it. Students will use the computer as a tool and as a medium to explore creative possibilities for various formats of visual communications. Students will create digital artwork using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, in conjunction with various analog media and other related equipment. The course structure will be a combination of lectures, demonstrations, 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.

Student Learning Outcomes and Methods of Assessment

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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop at an intermediate/advanced level to produce complex designs and artworks.
  2. Utilize Adobe Software to effectively produce a multi-page document utilizing intermediate/advanced techniques such as styles and table of
  3. Execute artwork and designs with knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts, as well as design
  4. Critically address works of art and design in a knowledgeable
  5. Produce artwork and design that is conceptually driven, uses problem-solving skills, and is portfolio- and presentation-ready.

Methods of assessment will include:

  1. Main Projects
  2. Participation and Professionalism
  3. Weekly Assignments/Discussion

Description of Assignments


Some projects will focus on Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and some will involve a combination of both, as well other free alternative applications. Projects for this semester will emphasize the ability to create something fun and interesting within practical real-world constraints. Weekly assignments will review and go deeper into the software to help build and retain tech skills. Students will be expected to take the initiative in some instances and reverse-engineer digital art processes themselves.

Grading Formula

  1. Participation/Professionalism – 15%
  2. Final Portfolio / presentation – 15%
  3. Individual Class Projects – 70%

Schedule of Dates


Date Topics Assignments
Week 1 Class Introduction, Photoshop Review  

Project 1: Discussion

Week 2 PS: Pen Tool, Composting & Editing Project 1: Process / Research
Week 3 PS: Painting & Animation / GIFs Project 1: Critique
Week 4 PS/ AI: Digital Recreations – Mobile Apps Project 2: Discussion
Week 5 PS/AI Review: Shapes, Forms, Color Project 2: Process / Research
Week 6 AI: Type, Effects & Appearance Project 2 Critique
Week 7 AI: Layout Tools / Layout -Zine Collab Project 3: Discussion
Week 8 Process Research: PS / Ai -Zine Cont. Project 3: Process / Research
Week 9 Spring Break
Week 10 Ad Hacks & Replacements Project 3: Critique
Week 11 Web Portfolio Optimization Project4: Discussion
Week 12 ID Review: ID VS AI – Fusions Project 4: Process / Research
Week 13 ID Review: Masterpages, Styles, Importing Project 4: Critique


Week 14 Final Project Work Session 1 Final project work session
Week 15 Final Project Work Session 2 Final project work session
Week 16 Final Project Presentation and Critique Final project Critique


Exams and Quizzes

There will be no exams in this class, just various projects, collaborations and critiques.

Policy for make-up exams and missed or late assignments

Late assignments will always be accepted. All assignments can be revised. Students must be in contact and communication with the professor.




Please refer to the following resources related to NYIT’s policies and guidelines


Student Handbook


Policies & Guidelines


Academic Policies & Rules


Manage Your Classes


Grade & Transcripts


Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities


Withdrawal Policy
To withdraw from a course, complete a Withdrawal From Course form and send it to your instructor. The instructor will submit the form to the Office of the Registrar. No withdrawals are allowed during the final exam period. Withdrawal from a course will result in the W grade. It is strongly recommended that you check with the Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Bursar, or Office of International Education prior to withdrawal from a course. Your financial aid may be reduced or canceled. Your immigration status may be affected.


For withdrawal form, please see the link below

“Withdraw From A Course”


Incomplete Grade Policy
Completion dates for incomplete grades can be found here:

Incomplete grades can only be authorized by both the program Chair/Director & the SoAD Assistant Dean or Dean. 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.

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 baseline 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 fifteen minutes before classes begin as classes begin promptly, not fifteen minutes after. Any student with two absences will receive a written warning (within 3 days of the absence or earlier) from the faculty member who is asked to inform timely the chair’s office about this. A copy will be submitted by the chair to the Dean and filed in the student’s record. Upon the third absence the student will be notified by the faculty member and in writing 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. A copy of the withdrawal letter (to be sent within 3 days of the 3rd absence) will be submitted to 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 excused absences require prior notification of any/all missed classes to the faculty member. 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 Dean for archiving in the student file and record. 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.  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 to the grading rubrics and evaluations.


Attendance: Class participation is critical. Learning occurs within an environment where students, faculty, teaching assistants and guests all contribute. 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.


Tutoring and additional resources for further learning

If you would like additional help with your course, please contact your instructor for guidance. You are also encouraged to use NYIT’s academic support services: the Learning Center, the Writing Center, the Math Center, and Brainfuse (online tutoring, 24/7). For more information and links to the individual centers, see

Studio Culture Policy

The NYIT School of Architecture and Design strives to provide a positive and supportive environment that encourages the fundamental values of optimism, respect, 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.


Here in the School of Architecture and Design, we will honor diversity, safety, accountability, and excellence.

Student Behavior

  • Every student shall comply with the instructions and directions of the faculty, NYiT SoAD staff, and security guards
  • No student shall use abusive or disrespectful language or behavior with any members of NYiT/ SoAD community
  • 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.
  • 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.



Technical requirements policy
In consideration of the peculiarity of the current COVID-19 situation, all students are asked to have accessible at home all the necessary and qualified technology and tools to attend their classes remotely, if needed. This includes:

  • personal laptop/desktop
  • working camera and microphone
  • required software
  • required digital platforms (Zoom, Canvas etc)

Zoom/Remote classroom student policy

For the HRI (Hybrid Remote Courses):

  • We strongly recommend having your cameras on for the duration of the entire class and dress appropriately
  • Use a virtual background you feel comfortable with
  • Mute microphone when you are not talking
  • If you are called to participate and you do not respond you are marked absent
  • If you are unable to use a camera, use a picture of yourself in your Zoom profile


In person/classroom policy

All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors in public areas and classrooms, irrespective of vaccine status. Daily health screens and temperature checks are not necessary to access campus.

We all share responsibility for the health and safety of all in a classroom environment. Please maintain a face covering at all times, physical distancing, and quarantine when ill. Specifically, in the classroom we must mitigate the risks of virus transfer by abiding by the following safety directives:

  • Students and faculty are responsible to keep the masks on during the all period of the class and especially in shared areas and services. If you enter the building without a mask Security will provide one. Entry and occupation of SoAD & NYiT buildings and spaces require masks use all the time.
  • Stay home when sick, and communicate promptly with your faculty if any issues or impediments emerge and coordinate accordingly.
  • Students and faculty are responsible to keep the social distancing as indicated by NYIT protocols

In the classroom, any student who does not follow these provisions will be asked at once to follow the safety directives. If the student does not comply, they will be asked to leave the class for that day and be marked absent. If a student persists in ignoring safety directives, the matter will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for review and possible disciplinary actions as described in the Student Handbook.

You may find detailed safety protocols here: