By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- identify whether any given visual media item is creative production for personal expression or designed visual communication
- given a certain brain function or psychological principle that relates to visual communication, students will be able to identify its related brain function or psychological principle
- design simple visual communication items in a range of media
- Gmail or Dropbox account (for using Google Drive or Dropbox to back up your work and share it between computers)
- Access to Adobe CC software
- Access to WebCampus
- RSJ 201 and RSJ 202, the student graphics labs, have all required software and a large collection of quality fonts, as well as a scanner and printer for student use.
- RSJ214 has all required software but a limited selection of fonts. It is open M-F 9am-9pm.
- @one (on Level 1 of The Knowledge Center) also has all required software but a limited selection of fonts. It is open M-F 9am-9pm.
- Lynda.com has technical software tutorials you may need for extra software help.
Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. The Fundamentals of Creative Design. 2nd ed. Lausanne: AVA Publishing, 2011.
Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think. 3rd ed. San Francisco: New Riders, 2014.
Lidwell, William, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. Universal Principles of Design. 3rd ed. London: Rockport, 2010.
Saigal, Monica. Ed. The Psychology Book. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012.
No funds? No problem! Make sure you have access to the hardware you need to complete your work at all times by borrowing equipment free of charge, including cameras, ipads, and laptops, from the following places:
- @One: visit - Level One of the Knowledge Center, or call on 784-4924
- Reynolds School Equipment Loans: visit - RSJ214 in the Reynolds School
Academic Success Services
Seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student. Your student fees cover usage of these on-campus services:
- Math Center: Email, visit - William Raggio Building, Rooms 1002 & 1003, or call on 784-4433
- Tutoring Center: Email, visit - Thompson Building 101M, or call on 784-6801
- University Writing Center: Email, visit - Pennington Student Achievement Center Suite 350, or call on 784-6030
Nevada Recovery & Prevention Community (NRAP)
NRAP provides an environment of nurturing support and peer connections for students choosing a substance-free lifestyle and students recovering from substance and behavioral addictions.
- Nevada Recovery & Prevention Community (NRAP): Email, visit - William Raggio Building #1001, or call on 784-6224
The mission of Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to students in order to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.
- Counselling Services: visit - Thompson Building #202, or call on 784-4648
Ability & Disability Services
Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me or the Disability Resource Center (see details below) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
- Disability Resource Center: Email, visit - Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 230, or call on 784-6000
Title IX Services
If you have been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, sexual coercion, requests for sexual favors, and/or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct, or other conduct of a sexual nature, sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence, or if you have been sexually assaulted, whether on or off campus, please contact Title IX Coordinator.
- Title IX Coordinator Denise Cordova: Email, visit - Continuing Education Suite 206, or call on 784-1547
Guide to Winning
- Own your grade
Everyone starts with an F. Your grade increases with the volume and quality of your work.
- Own your actions
You are responsible for your own participation, behavior, learning, and work.
- Do more than you’re asked
Before every class, during class, after every class.
- Teach others what you know
This is the best way to learn. Plus, it’s nice to share.
- Make work into play
Finding ways to make work fun improves the quality of your work.
- Be nice
Life is too short to act like a jerk.
Open inquiry, freedom of expression, and respect for difference are fundamental to a comprehensive and dynamic education. This course and the instructor are committed to upholding these ideals by fostering an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives and respecting diverse identities.
Honesty and Dishonesty
Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitutes academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include canceling a student’s enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University General Catalog.
Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may have been given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded.