Please see the Policies Appendix for Covid-19 adjustments.


Attendance is mandatory. You are only allowed two absences for this course after the third absence your final grade will drop one letter, the forth absence will result in failure of the course. This absence policy accommodates standard illness, religious holidays and schedule conflicts during the semester. If you need an excused absence you must ask the Department Head Dr. Heather Pinson. Arriving late or leaving early twice will count as one absence. Missing the final critique on the last day of class will result in an F for the final assignment.

Grading Scale

94‐100 AExcellent work. Consistently high quality creative solutions that demonstrate the clear communication of ideas, both visually and verbally. All assignments handed in on time and complete. Students who receive a grade of ‘A’ must set an outstanding example of professionalism and demonstrate an excellent standard of work produced outside the class.
90‐93 A-
87‐89 B+
83‐86 BGood work that is above average creatively, visually and technically. All assignments handed in on time and complete. Special attention will be given to work produced outside the class and accredited accordingly. A positive attitude and involvement in class.
80‐82 B‐
77‐79 C+
70‐76 CCompetent work that meets the basic criteria. Satisfactory, but with only the minimum work required.
60‐69 DPoor work that fails to meet the basic criteria, demonstrating a lack of assimilation of principles covered in class. Assignments missing and/or work completed late.
< 60 FFailure to meet course requirements. Poor involvement in class projects or assignments. Lack of engagement with professor and missing work and attendance problems.

All assignments are to be completed at the beginning of class on the due date. Late Projects will be marked down a letter grade for everyday its late, projects that are 5 days late receive an automatic F, except the final project, which I will only accept on the due‐date. Being absent on a due date for an assignment means that your work will be counted as late unless you make arrangements to turn in your work ahead of time.


Robert Morris University is a non-profit educational institution. Receiving and giving critiques on student work at the Media Arts Department at RMU is a required part of the evaluation of student work. 


Student work produced in classes is protected by U.S. Copyright Law. Each student owns the copyright to her/his original work the moment the “work is “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression…” 


If any part of the class work created is originally someone else’s creation:

  1. the work must be in the public domain available for use without permission (generally work after 1922 is copyrighted); or
  2. written consent from the copyright holder must be obtained to use the copyrighted work. That consent must detail the terms of the use, such as what exactly can be used, how much of it, in what format, if modifications are allowed, and how the work is to be credited. Also the duration of the consent must be listed and any possible terms set on how the work can be used geographically; or
  3. if a course assignment states that it requires or allows the use of existing copyrighted work without consent, the assignment can only be displayed in this class. It cannot be used as part of a student portfolio, displayed publicly, or otherwise after the class has ended. The use has been one-time-only for learning purposes;
  4. Education Exemption allows:
    1.  Display of a copyrighted work
    2. By an instructor or pupil
    3. In a face-to-face teaching activity
    4. In a classroom or similar place

17 U.S.C. § 110(1).


Copyright Law of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code. Circular 92, Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html

Information closely related to media arts:

  • § 102 . Subject matter of copyright: In general28
  • § 106 . Exclusive rights in copyrighted works38
  • § 107 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40
  • § 110 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays43


Classwork may be displayed on display boards, shelves, TV/computer monitors and/or other display surfaces in the Media Arts Department spaces in the Wheatley Center and/or the Academic Media Center as a part of required classwork in order to provide experience of exhibiting one’s media arts work; in such a case the display identifies the work’s author.


The Media Arts Department at times may display clearly credited student work (unless a student requests anonymity) at different University events on and off campus, and also in print or digital form, or online, as samples of Media Arts student work. Student work displayed outside class will only be displayed on a student’s written permission on the RMU Media Arts Student Copyright Permission Form. Course professors and/or the department will notify by email the students whose work is displayed or stored on reserve as samples of Media Arts student work. 


For your work to be displayed outside the class in which it was produced, you are required to give your written permission to do so. Media Arts course professors and the department have copies of the RMU Media Arts Student Copyright Permission Form available for that purpose. In order for your work to be available for outside class displays, please fill out and turn in a signed RMU Media Arts Student Copyright Permission Form to your course professor who will also sign the form and then turn it in to the department for it to be filed. If you are under 18 years of age, your guardian must sign the form. Each student participating in the semester’s Senior Exhibition is required to fill out, sign and turn in a RMU Media Arts Student Copyright Permission Form to their course professor as exhibiting one’s portfolio publicly in the show is a course requirement. 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Robert Morris University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University’s educational programs. If you have, or think you may have, a disability that would impact your educational experience in this class, please contact Services of Students with Disabilities (SSD) to schedule a meeting with the SSD Coordinator and Assistant Director Molly Hill. She will confidentially discuss your needs, review your documentation, and engage with you in the interactive process to determine your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. To learn more about SSD, please visit the SSD website at http://rmu.edu/ssd, email ssd@rmu.edu, call 412-397-6884, or visit the SSD office located in Nicholson Center, Room 280.

Student Responsibility

Students are expected to have their textbooks and other required course materials (lab books, digital media, etc.) at the start of the course. Failure to have required course materials will not be accepted as justification for failure to be prepared for class, missed or incomplete assignments, failure to prepare for exams, quizzes and other course evaluations or inability to complete other course requirements. The only exception to this policy will be situations in which the textbooks and/or other course materials are not available from the publisher as determined by availability in the RMU Bookstore.


It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their unclaimed class work from the course professor after the course has ended. The Media Arts Department will store unclaimed student work until the end of the next 15-week semester that follows the semester in which the work was created: work produced in Fall Semester is stored until the end of Spring Semester; Spring and Summer Semester work is stored until the end of Fall Semester. Only if a student work has been selected by a course professor or department, on the student’s written permission, to be placed on reserve as sample Media Arts student work, will student work be stored for a longer period of time. If a student receives an Incomplete for a course, the timeline described above will start after the final course grade has been submitted.

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is one of this university’s highest ethical values. All students are expected to understand and adhere to the standards of Academic Integrity as stated in the RMU Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found on the RMU website at www.rmu.edu/ai. Any student who violates the Academic Integrity Policy is subject to possible judicial proceedings that may result in sanctions, as indicated in the Policy. Depending on the severity of the violation, sanctions may range from receiving a zero on an assignment, to being dismissed from the university. If you have any question about the Policy, please consult your course instructor.

Excerpt from Robert Morris University Student Academic Integrity Policy and Judicial Procedures document (June 1, 2011, p. 3) – “Violation of ‘Fair Use’:

“Violation of ‘Fair Use’:  As noted, students’ projects may include any of the following works:

  • speeches, PowerPoint presentations, Web pages, charts, graphs,  illustrations, images, photographs, drawings, cartoons,  and the like
  • material obtained through people such as news sources, video and audio recordings, interviews, and the like
  • information and opinions obtained through electronic media such as web sites, blogs, images, video as well as audio materials, and the like.

Improper use of any such work or similar authored by other people is a violation of academic integrity as is the failure to comply with “fair-use” requirements. In many cases, written permission from the artist is required for use in student’s project. Students who feature the original artistic media works of others in their projects should ensure that they have complied with the legal and artistic implications of this use.  This includes knowledge of the concepts of “licensing,” “copyright,” “fair use,” and “public domain. (See http://fairusenetwork.com)”


Students who feature the original imagery of others in their artwork, should ensure that they are familiar with the legal and artistic implications of this appropriation. This would include knowledge of the concepts of “licensing”, “copyright”, “fair use”, and “public domain.” See: the syllabus information on copyright, and http://fairusenetwork.com.

Building Safety and Evacuation Information

It is important that each student familiarizes themselves with the most appropriate route to emergency exits in the classroom building.  Should a drill or emergency occur that would require evacuation, the class is to meet in a predetermined location away from the building, where attendance will be taken. Evacuation routes are posted near the main entrance to every classroom. Never use an elevator in the case of an alarm, even if you have been forewarned that it is a drill.

In an Emergency

RMU Police emergency response telephone number is: 412-397-2424.  From campus telephones dial only: 2424

RMU Alert

All students are urged to sign up for the RMU emergency alert notifications at: www.rmu.edu/rmualert. Always check with RMU to see if classes are in session during inclement weather: http://www.rmu.edu/newsroom/Weather


Location: Patrick Henry 200, 412-397-ACAD (2223)


Tel. 412-397-5900    Email: counseling@rmu.edu

Counseling is available for RMU students at the University Counseling Center in the lower level of Patrick Henry. Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm To make an appointment, visit the Center, call at 412-397-5900 or email at counseling@rmu.edu. Website: http://www.rmu.edu/counseling


The University Tutoring Center offers peer tutoring in hundreds of undergraduate courses, including in several media arts courses. The tutoring schedule is available at http://studentlife.rmu.edu/center-for-student-success/the-tutoring-center. This is a first comes, first served service without advance appointments.

Information Technology (IT)

  • IT Discounts (including software; Adobe Creative Cloud through OnTheHub network link)) https://www.rmu.edu/it/discounts
  • Adobe through adobe.com: Sign in: enter your RMU email address Company or School Account  Do RMU single sign on Manage Your AccountView and Download My Apps
  • IT website: https://www.rmu.edu/it/home
  • Help Desk: 412-397-2211 From campus phones: 2211 help@rmu.edu

Academic Advising and Enrollment Coordinator at the School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences Anne Marie Buschiazzo, Wheatley Center 236

Email: buschiazzo@rmu.edu  Tel. 412-397-6439 

Available daily: assistance with study habits, time management, registration process, adjusting to studying in college, student life etc. No advance appointment required. 



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