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Grading & Expectations


  • Participation & Attendance: 50%
  • Production Assignments: 50%


There is no set reading assignment, but this class covers a lot of technical and design material. Check the bibliography page for references. Most of the texts referenced are available in the NYU library.

Production Assignments

For production assignments, you’ll be expected to present your project in class on the day that it’s due. If you’re working in a group, all group members should be present, on-time, and should participate equally in the presentation.

Participation & Attendance

Standard professional practice for any meeting applies to this class, specifically:

Be on time, ready to begin. Three unexcused latenesses will count as an absence, and three or more unexcused absences will count as failure in the class.

If you have an emergency, please let me know as soon as possible.

I understand that you do not have total control over your commute, so plan in advance. Leave home early enough to compensate for regular transit delays and to meet any personal needs before class begins.

Stay in the room during the session. We will always take a break approximately an hour to 90 minutes into the class. Prepare in advance so that you can stay in the room and participate.

Turn off phones, tablets, or computers unless you are using them specifically for a class exercise.

Do any reading required or assignments before their due date. Class will be more productive if you are prepared.

Participate in the discussion. Ask questions when ou don’t understand something. Offer advice and critique on other projects in the class. This a major part of your grade. Speak up. The class thrives on engaged discussion from everyone.

Give everyone in the room the same respect you expect them to give you. Listen when others are speaking or presenting. Be polite and constructive, especially when offering criticism.

Good Habits

Do not copy and paste examples in this class. You’ll see many examples of code, circuits, and design, but when it comes time to make your own projects, start with a blank page and write or design it yourself. You’ll internalize any given toolset better by using it yourself rather than copying and modifying the work of others.

When you copy or learn from someone else’s code or design, cite it in your documentation and link to it if possible. Maintaining a link to the previous work from which you learn is essential to getting better at your craft.


You’ll need to document your class assignments on your own blog, and prepare a report on on the class blog as well. Here’s what’s expected:

You’re expected to keep a visual log of lighting moments each week, and we’ll look at a few of these and discuss them every week. At minimum you should do one each week, but you’ll do better if you do more than that. The more you train yourself to notice lighting moments, the easier it is to describe and then reproduce them.

As with other classes at ITP, you should keep a record of your work, and you should document your production projects. An online site for them is helpful, both to you as a reference to point to, and to others as a place to learn from. Keep a blog and link it to the class site.

Always cite the sources of your code, the places you learned techniques from, and the inspirations of your ideas. This is the equivalent to citing your sources in a written paper, and copying code or techniques without attribution is plagiarism. few ideas come out of the blue, and your readers can learn a lot from the sources you learned from or were inspired by.

Class Site

The class site will be editable by all students. When you find useful information for others, please add it to the appropriate page. You are welcome to document your work on the class site instead of elsewhere if you prefer.

Statement of Principle

The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice. Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards. For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Statement of Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.

Statement On Title IX

Tisch School of the Arts to dedicated to providing its students with a learning environment that is rigorous, respectful, supportive and nurturing so that they can engage in the free exchange of ideas and commit themselves fully to the study of their discipline. To that end Tisch is committed to enforcing University policies prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct as well as discrimination on the basis of sex and gender.  Detailed information regarding these policies and the resources that are available to students through the Title IX office can be found by using the following link: Title IX at NYU.

Statement on Accessibility

Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you. Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities for further information. Their phone number is212 998-4980.

Statement on Counseling and Wellness

Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999. Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the Moses Center, phone number 212-998-4980. Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.