Computer Graphics 202 (MCMPGR-202) | Fall 2022 | Sections 9801 & 9802

Instructor: Kenneth W. Sholar
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Course Description

Welcome to the online Computer Graphics 202 course. This class primarily uses Canvas as its learning management system and Adobe Photoshop Elements and Daz3D Bryce software as its tools for learning. You will learn these software packages while applying them to master the Elements and Principles of Art. These principles will be applied to two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques such as painting, design, photo-manipulation, modeling, and animation.

Recommended for Success

  1. General computer and internet literacy: Basic knowledge of the Windows or Mac interface (opening/saving files, creating folders, creating text documents, decompressing files, etc.) and the internet.
  2. Computer: Access to a computer with Windows 10 or 11 64-bit operating system (NOTE: Mac users using Intel-based Macs will need BootCamp or Parallels to run Windows 10 on Mac or access to a secondary Windows 10 computer for the Daz3D Bryce software. Details in the Required Software section below). Visit this link to determine your computer's specs: Which version of Windows operating system am I running? A 3-button mouse is recommended.
  3. Internet: A reliable connection (broadband recommended) with full access to the Internet (e.g. Canvas, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
  4. Course textbook and software: Access to course material at home or another location (e.g. MJC East Campus Library, CAT 141 MAGIC Lab) .
  5. Online readiness: Take the MJC Online Readiness Quiz to see if you are a candidate for success in an online class.

Course Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the class, students will be able to:

Course Schedule

The course schedule is your guide to the dates and assignment deadlines of the course. Print it and keep it at hand.

Canvas LMS

We will be using the Canvas Learning Management System -- Canvas LMS -- as our conduit for online communication and learning. The Canvas LMS supports modern browsers on both Windows & Mac computers and mobile platforms. Go to Canvas Supported Browsers to verify that your preferred web browser is supported. I would recommend the latest version of Firefox or Chrome as the browser for Canvas.

To access Canvas, go to the MJC Canvas login page. If you are accessing Canvas for the first time, follow the instructions outlined in Signing Into Canvas for the First Time in the Canvas Sign In for Students. For a brief video tour of Canvas, go to the Canvas Overview.

Technical Help

Online Student Resources offers information for resolving Canvas-related hardware and software problems as well as provides e-mail and phone support for students having log-in issues. For log-in problems, contact the Student IT Service Desk by phone at 209.575.7900. For Canvas-related issues, contact the Canvas Helpline by phone at 209.575.7900 during regular MJC business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 844.303.8280 at night and weekends or by e-mail at

Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) 141 MAGIC Lab

For your assistance, there is a computer lab available to you for this course. It is sometimes less frustrating to work in an environment where you have access to all of the software, computers, and, more importantly, one-on-one assistance with the projects necessary for the course. The lab is located on the East Campus between the Gymnasium and the Student Services Building in the Center for Advanced Technology Room 141. The lab may be reached by phone at 209.575.6140. The virtual lab may be accessed online at hosted by the lab manager Adam or one of the lab personnel.

In addition, 5 MAGIC Lab computers are available in the East Campus Library located on far right side (North side) of the computer lab. These computers have our course software installed and may be used during the Library's open hours.

Hours for the CAT 141 MAGIC Lab:
The hours for the lab are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed daily noon to 1 p.m). Please note that the lab will be closed on the first week of the semester, holidays, and weekends. Any changes to the lab's hours will be announced in class.

Required Textbook

cover of the Art Fundamentals booksArt Fundamentals 12th Edition

"Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice", by Ocvick, 11th or 12th edition, ISBN 9780073526522. Earlier versions of the textbook (10th edition and earlier) are not recommended due to the considerable amount of changes made in the latest editions. You may purchase or rent the textbook at the Pirates' Bookstore on the MJC East Campus in the Student Center or from an online retailer (, Chegg, eCampus, Knetbooks). Also, the textbook is available at the CAT 141 MAGIC Lab for in-lab checkout. The first three chapters of the textbook will be provided as PDFs in the course.

Required Software

Both software packages -- Adobe Photoshop Elements and Daz3D Bryce -- are required for this course and it is important to have access to them either on your personal computer or through an alternative means. Software installation instructions will be provided in the course's Module 1.

Adobe Photoshop Elements [version 8 or later version. Current version is 2022]

You may purchase the Photoshop Elements software at the Pirates' Bookstore on the MJC East Campus, a nearby computer store (Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Costco to name a few), an online retailer (JourneyEd, Amazon, CollegeBuys), or directly from Adobe. When ordering the software, be sure to purchase the correct version for your computer (either Windows or Mac). Computer software, once opened, cannot be returned! For Photoshop Elements 2020 and newer versions, Windows 10 or 11 64-bit is required. For Mac Users, versions 2020-2022 work on the latest releases of Mac OS (10.15 & 11). An earlier version of Elements (versions 6-11 ~ verify the software requirements meet your system specifcations) may be used on Mac OS 10.4-10.6.

Daz3D Bryce Pro [version 7]

The Bryce software may be purchased online at Daz3D Productions. When the software is purchased from the Daz3D Productions site, a Daz3D account must be created first (click the Register button at the top right of the site) to avoid issues with the checkout process. When purchasing Bryce, only the Bryce 7 Pro software is required -- the optional Interactive License and 3D Printing License are not required for our course. For Mac Users, Bryce does not work on Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) thru 12 (Monterey) due to the removal of Rosetta 1.0 ~ please check your Mac OS version beforehand. If you are using Mac OS 10.7-12, an alternative means (a secondary Windows computer, Boot Camp on Intel-based Mac, Parallels on Intel-based Mac) will be required to complete the Bryce assignments. Bryce does work on Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) thru 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Student Academic Contract

Please review the MJC Student Academic Contract for Online Courses available here.

Participation and Withdrawal Policy

Integrity Policy


The course grade is determined by the number of points earned by the end of the semester. The maximum amount of points is 4000 based on assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes.

Assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes will be accepted late until Sunday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m. -- the maximum grade for late work will be 50%. If an assignment, graded discussion, or quiz is not completed by the late date, it will receive zero points. Assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes will not be reopened for any reason whatsoever after they are closed. Please plan your time wisely!

There are several extra credit opportunities throughout the semester. It is recommended that you complete them for the purpose of giving yourself a "point buffer" should you submit late work or miss an assignment or two due to unexpected technical or personal reasons. In addition, two late submissions will be graded on-time at the end of the semester. These two submissions will be determined by the higher point value (e.g. a 200 point late assessment will be graded on-time over a 50 point late discussion).           

Each module will have points assigned according to the projects submitted.

How do I know my grade during the semester?
It is your responsibility to calculate your grade as the term progresses. Do not rely on Canvas' auto-calculated percentages in the Grades area, which are inaccurate if there are any incomplete or ungraded items. Should you like to know the total percentage at any given time, just add up the points possible, then add up your earned points. Finally, divide the possible points into your earned points. This will give you a percentage representing your current grade. If the calculation needs its accuracy verified, please contact me directly.          

(Example: 2 assignments (100 points each), 1 quiz (100 points), 1 graded discussion (50 points) = 350 points. You have earned 320 of the points possible. 320/350 = .914 = 91.4%. You current grade is 91%, or a "A").

Incompletes are not an option in this course.
Please consider this as the semester progresses and be aware of the drop dates listed in our course listing and schedule.

Grading Sheet
For an example of grading, go to the example grading sheet. The quizzes, assignments, discussions, extra credit, etc. will vary from semester to semester. The points are also an example, so please do not use this to tabulate your grade.

Canvas LMS Tutorials 

Explore Canvas with a series of tutorials listed in the Canvas Student Guides. It is very important that you understand each area of Canvas thoroughly. Prior to the start of the course, I would recommend covering the following areas: Introduction, Global Navigation, Profile and User Settings, and Course Navigation.

Download and Install

If you have not already, download and install the following software.

Student Examples

These links will take you to examples of student work for several modules.