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Updated on Dec 13  2017

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Deborah R. Fowler

General Information and Submission Guidelines

Updated on Sept 14  2014

Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to SCAD academic policy. Students are allowed to discuss exercises and/or projects with each other or help each other find errors in their code. However, you are not to do anyone else's work for them. Every assignment in this course is to be done as an individual. You must turn in your own work for all exercises, projects, exams and quizzes!  In particular you may:
Acts of cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.


The drop box is not for personal storage and is not to be used as a working directory. Only copies of the files that you hand in for exercises and projects should go into the dropbox. Please follow proper naming conventions as specified in the submission guidelines. Warning: Files and directories in the drop box which have not specifically been requested may be deleted without notice.

The Materials folder will be used to share class materials as well as other students work this quarter. So if you have something cool that would benefit others understanding of Houdini, let me know, drop it in your dropbox and I'll copy it to the Materials folder.

Submission Guidelines

Exercise submissions:  Create a directory in the dropbox, Quarter_Class_EN_LastnameFirstname_Title/ (for example F14_V350_E1_FowlerDeborah_Phyllo), containing:

Project submissions:  Similar to the exercise submissions, using directory Quarter_Class_PN_LastnameFirstname_Title/ This should include the hip/tga/mov/pdf. (Leave off the N if the class has only one project).

Final Render submissions: These are optional as explained below and should include the hip/tga/mov/pdf as specified above but in a folder with _Final appended to the end Quarter_Class_PN_LastnameFirstname_Title_Final/


Please follow the naming conventions as specified. It is your duty to check to ensure your work is in the dropbox and properly labeled. Failure to comply will affect your grade on the assignment and participation grade.

Late Policy

Students will be expected to hand in exercises and projects on time (start of class).  I have little tolerance for late assignments - it is not fair to the students who worked hard to get their work in on time.
Any late assignments accepted in extenuating circumstances may incur a late penalty anywhere up to 50 percent if accepted at all.

Projects and Exercises have strict deadlines. Due means due at the start of class!

Reviews and Dailies

As with any studio, you will be expected to present your work in progress during dailies (when time permits). Projects will requires a presentation. The purpose of critiquing is to give you feedback on your work so that your work can be improved. For this reason, on projects you will be given the opportunity of submitting an improved version the next class period. I reserve the right to have your final grade be the average of the grade given at the DUE date and the grade given for the improved version. This is not an opportunity for an extension but an opportunity to improve your work.

Note that you are always welcome to seek input on your progress at any stage in a project or exercise.

This policy gives you an opportunity to integrate changes based on constructive critiques in class. This is an extremely important step in studio production and you must have your work ready to present on the due date AND in dailies.


The grading breakdown is detailed on the syllabus. Note that part of your grade is for participation. This includes being prepared for dailies, handing things in on time, being part of classroom discussions, communicating, working on in-class exercises, asking questions when appropriate, showing respect for others in the class and participating in critiques when required - executive summary - acting professionally.

For all student presentations, please refrain from working during presentations, be courteous and pay attention. This is expected and counts toward your participation grade.