GRDSN 109: History of Graphic Design
Course Syllabus

Course Outline

June Roys, Instructor
Office: 19-218A Classroom: 30-203


A minimum Reading Compass score of 80 or Reading Asset score of 40.

Course Description:

This course focuses on major design movements as they relate to visual communication. Beginning with the invention of writing and continuing to present day key ideas, social/political/cultural developments and technologies are examined. Through observations and comparisons the course illustrates the relationships between various design disciplines. This course requires reading, research, writing and presentation of exploring visual communications role in society and popular culture.

Required Textbook:

History of Graphic Design, Sixth Edition, by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis

Activities include but are not limited to:

Lectures, research, videos, and exams. At the completion of this course, students will be able to identify historical influences and apply meaning to various contemporary design disciplines.

Be prepared: Read and study the chapters. Participate in class discussions.

  • Week One: Chapters 1, 2
  • Week Two: Chapters 4, 5
  • Week Three: Chapters 6, 7 (Quiz, Friday, April 19, 2019, points TBD)

  • Week Four: Chapters 8, 9
  • Week Five: Chapter 11, 13
  • Week Six: Chapters 14, 15 (Quiz, Friday, May 10, 2019, points TBD)

  • Papers assigned

  • Week Seven: Chapters 16, 18
  • Week Eight: Chapters 19, 20 (Quiz, Friday, May 31, 2019, points TBD)

  • Week Nine: Chapters 21, 22
  • Paper presentations

  • Week Ten: Chapter 23, 24 (Quiz, Monday, June 10, 2019, points TBD)
  • Paper presentations

Chapters we will not be able to cover: 3, 10, 12, 17


There are 4 quizzes and 1 paper/presentation. Paper/presentation counts as 20% grade. Quiz questions will come from the textbook, videos and the lectures.

4.0 = 91-100%

3.5 = 86-90%

3.0 = 80-85%

2.5 = 76-79%

2.0 = 70-75%

1.5 = 66-69%

1.0 = 60-65%

0.0 = 59% and below


Attendance is critical to your success.

Attendance is equivalant to on the job training. Attendance is crucial to your progress and will be taken at the beginning of every class. The attendance policy is as follows:

More than 10 absences = 0.0
(This equates to missing more than 2 weeks of lecture class time)
Two late attendances (tardies) = one absence

Student Holidays for Reasons of Faith or Conscience (SSB 5173)

SCC/SFCC students are entitled to two days of excused absences per academic year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious organization.

Students’ grades will not be adversely impacted by authorized absences under this policy, although students in courses with required community clinical and /or practicum experiences must fulfill these requirements to meet the licensure requirements of the program.

All absences under this policy must be submitted to the Chief Academic Officer in writing at least two weeks prior to the desired absence, containing a precise explanation of how the requested holiday is related to a reason of faith, conscience or an organized activity conducted by a religious organization. If deemed in alignment with the policy, the student will receive a document with date(s) of the approved absences (must be full days).

The student is solely responsible for ensuring the documentation authorizing the absence is provided to each of the instructors whose classes or assignments are affected by the absence. The instructor(s) will determine, within two days after receiving the notification, what adjustments, if any, will need to be made for the student to make up assignments or tests missed during the absence(s), and the instructor may require that the student submit the assignment or take the test before or after the regularly scheduled date. If the student fails to notify the instructor of an authorized absence under this policy, the instructor is not obligated to make accommodations.

Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and appropriate changes may be made by the faculty. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.



Revised 3/28/2019

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