This course is a basic introduction to flat pictorial composition. Students will explore the basic principles of design and the application of line, shape, value, texture, and color to the two-dimensional surface. Students will learn to work with traditional materials as well as new technology. In addition to developing technical proficiency with a variety of materials and tools, emphasis will be placed on visual literacy and critical thinking skills throughout this course. All work (preliminary and final) must be retained for the duration of the semester and beyond as required. There is an iPad initiative/requirement for this course.


2D Composition is a studio course.  Students will spend much of class time working on visual/conceptual problems. In addition to studio work, students will be required to actively participate in critique sessions, create and maintain their own student blog, contribute to other online components, and complete a variety of assignments that will take place within and outside of class time. The iPad requirement enables students to consume content independently and remain connected beyond the studio. Students are expected to work productively and collaboratively in the studio setting. At least 5 hours a week outside of scheduled class time should be set aside for 2D. Students will need to have their iPad charged and with them at each studio session.


A/- (3.7-4.0)         Superior Scholarship (consistently and significantly exceeding standards)                               450-500points

B+/- (2.7-3.6)       Good Performance (demonstrating strong effort and consistent success)
400-449 points

C+/- (1.7-2.6)        Fair/Average Performance (meeting basic criteria/requirements)
350-399 points

D+/D (0.7-1.6)     Poor (but passing) Performance (falling short of meeting basic         criteria/requirements)
315-349 points

F (0.0-0.6)           Failure (meeting few or none of the basic criteria/requirements)
000-314 points


Points earned/500 points
4 Project grades* (100 points each)
Physical Portfolio & Digital Portfolio grades (50 points each)
Overall: Achievement, Participation/Attendance,Work Ethic, Improvement

Grades will be given for Projects 1-4* (includes reading/writing/blogging assignments, participation in critique sessions, collaborative efforts and active studio practice) and both Physical & Digital Portfolios. Mid-term grades (“you are here” grades) will be derived from work completed for Projects 1 & 2 and Digital Portfolio development. Students may choose to rework/redo assignments to be represented in their final Portfolios. Project 1-4 grades will not be changed. When accepted at all, students should expect late work to be lowered one letter grade (10%) and for it to be submitted within 1 week of the original deadline or an F will be given for that Project grade. Attendance can impact grades significantly (see Attendance section).

*Each project will have 3 parts ( .1, .2, .3) and account for 60% of each Project grade, while other participation will make up 40% of each project grade


Classes are conducted on the premise that regular attendance is expected. If students anticipate an absence, they should consult with the instructor individually as soon as possible. In the event the absence was due to illness or injury, verification from the medical professional treating the illness or injury should be presented to the instructor. Kent State University’s School of Art guidelines indicate that final grades should be lowered by one letter grade (10%) after three unexcused absences. Additionally, three late arrivals or early departures are equivalent to one unexcused absence. Anytime after the class is suppose to start will be considered a late. Absences and late arrivals/early departures will be excused or not at the instructors discretion (appropriate documentation should be provided as necessary). More than five absences is cause for failure of the course.  Failure to attend the Final is cause for failure of the course.


University rules and regulations form parameters of individual behavior on and off campus (and online) and follow the normative standards of behavior adhered to by the City of Kent and Kent State University communities. By virtue of a student’s enrollment at Kent State University, he/she consents to follow the policies and procedures of the University. It is the student’s responsibility and in his/her interest to be familiar with all applicable conduct-related policies (Code of Student Conduct).


University policy requires all students to be registered in each class they attend. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published University deadlines should not be attending class and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking her/his official class schedule (using “Student Tools” in FlashFAST) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be corrected before the deadline.


University Policy 3342-3-18 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodation to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note: You must first verify your eligibility for these (adjustments) through Student Accessibility Services (330)-672-3391


The instructor may document student work created in fulfillment of academic requirements for this class for use in future didactic or administrative contexts within the School of Art. Some or all of your work may be photographed; information on works chosen to be documented will remain confidential. By continuing enrollment in this class, you automatically grant permission to the instructor to document your work and use the image reproductions for the purposes stated above, unless you submit a request in writing by week 2 to the instructor. No one who opts out will be penalized for doing so.


Physical Inventory Book (PIB)

In 2D Composition, you will be creating a Physical Inventory Book, or PIB, and a Digital Inventory Book, or DIB.

Your PIB will consist of all of the projects done on Stonehenge paper.  These will be bound together, front to back, to create a book of all of the physical work you did throughout the semester in 2D Comp. If you make any adjustments/corrections to any of the pages of your projects, please indicate so on a sticky note on the corrected page.

Your PIB will be graded as a project grade.

List of order of pages in physical book (PIB)

Your DIB will consist of not only the digital work done during the semester, but will also include images you shoot of your Stonehenge pages.  These will be shot in the Photo Lab using hi-res cameras and then any color or light adjustments and/or cropping will be done in photoshop. Your final DIB will consist of images from all projects!  These images will then be formatted to be 1024 pixels on its largest size (can be done in iDraw) and then centered onto a black background (the black background is in Keynote, not iDraw).  This will be done in Keynote, which is an iPad App that creates a slideshow of your work. The page size in Keynote is a standard size so you do not need to worry about canvas size, just image size.  This Keynote document will be uploaded to your 2D Comp Portfolio Page on WordPress and then will be emailed to me at (that is a number one after the letters of my name) during class on the day it is due.

List of pages needed in digital book (DIB)

Your DIB will be graded as a project grade.


As part of this course you may have access to digital image reproductions of cultural objects or sites that are protected by United States Copyright Law. Access to these images is restricted to students actively enrolled in the class; and you are permitted to use such images only as part of work and intellectual pursuits relating to this course. You may have access to the material for the duration of the semester; downloading or copying these materials for personal or commercial use is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy could result in severe penalties.


Students enrolled in the university, at all its campuses, are to perform their academic work according to standards set by faculty members, departments, schools and colleges of the university; and cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.


Both the Art Building and the CVA should regularly be open from 7am – 2am (including Saturdays and Sundays) for classes and related activities. The buildings are NOT open on university holidays. Students who need to work after hours or over holidays may do so but can expect to be asked to produce identification to verify their status and reason for being in the building. Always be aware of your personal safety when working late.  It is a good idea to travel with a buddy after hours and to close all exterior doors carefully and securely while working in the building (no doors propped open). SECURITY AIDES is a Campus Escort Service for students needing secure transit on campus (to car, to residence hall, to library, to studio, etc.). Available from 8pm – 4am.  Call (330) 672-7004
In an EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1   •   (non-emergency) Kent Campus Police (330) 672-2212   •   City of Kent Police (330) 673-6732