Rules, etc.

Class Schedule


Assignment Inspiration (Links)



Page Links

~Equipment Check-Out



~MA Attendance Policy

~Academic Integrity

~ Disability Services


~Contract Agreement


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~Print Course Rules, etc.




Class Rules, etc.

Yes, some of the information below is repeat from the Class Overview page. That means it's really important, and I want to make sure you have an easy time finding it wherever you look.


Equipment Check-Out

Videography students are eligible to check out video cameras and tripods from Mary Basler in the Media Arts West office. You may do this from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 1:00 – 5:00 pm after filling out the proper form(s).

NOTE: The equipment MUST be returned the following day by 10:00 am. Late equipment will be charged $5 each day it is past the due date—10:01 am is considered late. If you are consistently late turning in equipment you will lose your privileges—once lost, they cannot be restored during the current semester.

You are financially responsible for all Media Arts equipment you check out. It is your responsibility to make certain it is in good repair before your take it from the lab. Sometimes equipment breaks: breakage that happens under normal wear and tear will not be charged, so please let Mary know if something is broken so we can get it repaired.



You will have four assignments, each with a specific theme and objectives. Every assignment will be assigned point values. Late work will not be accepted. At the end of the term I will add up your points to determine your final grade. The points you receive will be based on the following rubric:

A: 90–100% Absolutely no doubt of superior performance, effort, teamwork and accomplishment. Clear evidence of talent, imagination and commitment.

B: 80–89% Good work with consistent effort and participation.

C: 70–79% Completion of assignment with average quality and participation.

D: 60–69% Poor work and/or effort.

F: 0–59% Late or very poor quality work or missing critiques.



Group Critiques of your work will be held numerous times throughout the semester to give you feedback on your projects.


You must attend even if your project is not complete. All work must be ready to present at the start of class on critique days.


Media Arts Policy: Attendance
& Class Participation

Because this is a “hands-on” course, your on-time attendance is crucial to your success and to the success of the class. Attendance requires that you show up to class on time, are prepared to work and contribute to discussions—anything else is not considered full participation! NO ABSENCE (other than pre-planned religious observations or death of immediate family member) will be considered an excused absence in this class.

Attendance is counted from the first class meeting each semester, regardless of drop/add scheduling situations. If you are absent, you are responsible for all material presented in any class as well as for all announcements and assignment. Please talk to a classmate or come to my office hours to get up to date.

Students who choose to be absent from a class to observe a religious holiday must present their request for accommodations to the faculty teaching the course during the first week of the course for exemption from this policy.

Media Arts courses meet three days a week, cumulating into 46 class periods. Missing 4 classes (or ~10% of a semester’s class periods) is not desirable, but acceptable if you are contagious, etc. Please do not get us all sick. Missing more classes, however—for whatever reason—will be reflected in a student’s final grade as follows:

5 absences = final course grade is dropped one full letter grade;
6 absences = final course grade is dropped two full letter grades;
7 absences = final course grade is dropped three full letter grades;
8 absences = Fail the course!

Tardies: Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having things to work on, or taking inordinately long breaks.

3 tardies will = 1 absence.

Electronic Devices and Other Distractions
The Media Arts department acknowledges and embraces the fact that we live in an exciting age of technology—texting, cell phones and iPods all make our world better when used appropriately. If your tech device interferes with your learning or the learning of others, then it is inappropriate and unacceptable.


Academic Integrity Policy

Because academic dishonesty in any form compromises the university’s reputation and thus devalues the NMHU degree, it will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty means any behavior that misrepresents or falsifies the student’s knowledge, skills or ability and includes cheating, plagiarism and falsification of records. Students who engage in academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action as defined in the NMHU Student Handbook.


Disability Services for Students

NOTE: “In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services by phone at (505) 454-3188 or 454-3252, via e-mail at desquibel@nmhu.edu, or visit the Felix Martinez Building, Room 111 on the Las Vegas campus.

If you need the document upon which this notice appears in an alternative format, you may also contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Service.” David Esquibel, Student Advisor/Coordinator of Testing and Accessibility Services



All students are expected to communicate in a civil respectful manner in all academic interactions.

Comments or actions that discriminate or single out someone based on race, gender/gender identity, religious beliefs, disability or sexual orientation are illegal and will not be tolerated.

Any such actions may result in disciplinary actions as described in the Student Handbook.


Contract Agreement

The rules and standards of conduct outlined in this syllabus are a contract between any enrolled student and the professor. By remaining registered in this course you agree to follow the rules set forth in this syllabus.


Original prepared by Kerry Loewen, January 12, 2012
Edited by C Sobieralski, June 28, 2012