DTC 201: Spring 2021: Calendar

The semester is divided into units, with each unit divided into lessons. Some lessons include activities or projects. Most weeks will have 1 live / synchronous lesson and 1-2 recorded lessons. The schedule below lists week-by-week details of the lessons and assignments. You should watch and complete the lectures in order; if you miss a live lecture, watch its recording before watching the next recorded lecture.

Weeks are described below with these categories:

  • Live / Synchronous: the unit, lesson, and topic of the live class that week.
  • Recorded / Asynchronous: the units, lessons, and topics of the recorded videos that week.
  • Assignments: assignments announced, continued, or due that week.
  • Required for Course Knowledge: additional supported work expected by the instructor but not directly graded.
  • Noteworthy: news relevant to the week, such as holidays.

Look on Blackboard for links to of all lectures, including the live ones, as well as PDF files of the instructor’s lecture slides. Please use the videos and PDFs for study as part of this class, but do not share or distribute the files outside of this class.

This calendar is subject to change. The instructor may update it periodically and will notify the class of any significant changes. Also, see the syllabus for general course information.

There are 16 weeks in the Spring 2021 semester:

  1. Unit 1: Photomontage, Bitmap Graphics, and Adobe Photoshop
  2. Unit 2: Travel Posters, Vector Graphics, and Adobe Illustrator
  3. Unit 3: Film Theory, Video Editing, and Adobe Premiere Pro

Week 1: 01/18–01/22 — Intro and Unit 1, Lesson 1


Week 2: 01/25–01/29 — Unit 1, Lessons 2-3


Week 3: 02/01–02/05 — Unit 1, Lessons 4-5


Week 4: 02/08–02/12 — Unit 1, Lessons 6-7

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 7: Photoshop Questions Answered
    • None.
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #1.
    • Before the next class:
      • Complete Milestone #2: Rough Draft of Major Project #1.

Week 5: 02/15–02/19 — Unit 1, Lessons 8-9 + Unit Test

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 7: Unit 1 Test Review Bitmaps, Photoshop, Dada, etc.
  • Assignments:
    • Before the next class:
  • Noteworthy:
    • Monday, February 15, is a holiday. This does not affect class directly, but it does affect the instructor’s office hours.

Week 6: 02/22–02/26 — Unit 2, Lessons 1-2

Note: Due to a family health issue, and WSU’s campus holiday on Thursday, all classes this week will be recorded/asynchronous.


Week 7: 03/01–03/05 — Unit 2, Lessons 3-4

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 2, Lesson 4: Illustrator, Continued
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #2.
    • Before the next class:
      • Complete Milestone #1: Rough Draft of Major Project #2.
    • Got Illustrator questions? Ask the instructor or post them on the discussion board.
  • Required for Course Knowledge:

Week 8: 03/08–03/12 — Unit 2, Lessons 5-6

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Got Illustrator questions? Ask the instructor or post them on the discussion board.
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #2.
    • Before the next class:
      • Complete Milestone #2: Rough Draft of Major Project #2.
      • Got Illustrator questions? Ask the instructor or post them on the discussion board.

Week 9: 03/15–03/19 — Unit 2, Lessons 7-8

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Got Illustrator questions? Ask the instructor or post them on the discussion board.
  • Assignments:
  • Noteworthy:
    • Wednesday, March 17, is a campus holiday, so there is no class. This does not affect class directly, but it does affect the instructor’s office hours.

Week 10: 03/22–03/26 — Unit 2: Lesson 9 + Unit Test


Week 11: 03/29–04/02 — Unit 3, Lessons 1-2

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 3, Lesson 2: Intro to Adobe Premiere and Video Editing
  • Assignments:
    • Before the next class:
      • Choose any “vintage video” from the Prelinger Archives page from which you would like to edit down to 20 seconds and replace the audio track in order to remix/reimagine the video. (Please, no violence or nudity.)
      • Post the URL for that original Prelinger video’s page to the Blackboard discussion forum “Unit 3 Activity: Vintage Video Input”.
      • With your post, summarize how you expect to edit it. Be creative. Be silly.
  • Required for Course Knowledge:
    • Install Adobe Premiere Pro on your computer, or plan for regular access to it at a computer lab.
    • Complete Premiere Pro tutorials under these sections:
      • Getting Started
      • More Editing Features

Week 12: 04/05–04/09 — Unit 3, Lessons 3-4

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 3, Lesson 4: Storytelling and Composition
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #3.
    • Before the next class:
      • Download the file for the “vintage video” you previously chose from the Prelinger Archives.
      • In the video editing software, import the video and edit it down to 20 seconds.
      • Completely remove the existing audio track, and replace it with speech overdubbing, narrative voiceover, new music, sound effects, etc.
      • Remember: this should be creative, and silly.
      • Add credits to the end.
      • Export the video from Premiere Pro.
      • Upload it to your YouTube channel. (Mark it as “unlisted” if you don’t want it found publicly.)
      • Post your YouTube video link to the Blackboard discussion forum “Unit 3 Activity: Vintage Video Output”.
  • Required for Course Knowledge:

Week 13: 04/12–04/16 — Unit 3, Lessons 5-6

  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • NOTE: Due to the campus holiday, live class will be on Thursday, not Tuesday.
    • Unit 3, Lesson 5: The History of Nonlinear Editing
  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #3.
    • Before the next class:
      • Complete Milestone #1: Rough Draft of Major Project #3.
    • Got Premiere Pro questions? Ask the instructor or post them on the discussion board.
  • Noteworthy:
    • Tuesday, March 13, is a campus holiday. As a result, the live class will be on Thursday, not Tuesday.

Week 14: 04/19–04/23 — Unit 3, Lessons 7-8

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 3, Lesson 8: Premiere Pro Questions Answered
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Major Project #3.
    • Before the next class:
      • Complete Milestone #2: Rough Draft of Major Project #3.

Week 15: 04/26–04/30 — Unit 3, Lessons 9-10

  • Live / Synchronous:
  • Recorded / Asynchronous:
    • Unit 3, Lesson 10: Unit 3 Test Review
  • Assignments:
    • Work on the Major Project.

Week 16: 05/03–05/07 — Unit 3 Test

  • By midnight on Wednesday (5/5/2021):
  • There is no “final” exam.