The virtual City Tech Student website has a wealth of information for students ranging from the computer loaner program to emergency funding to resources for successful online learning.

If you don't want us to see your room, you can use Virtual background



Please do not use Share option in dropboxes. The files have to be uploaded into your dropbox, just click Upload Files button at the right (see the attachment), find your file and click open.

Also, do not use dropbox Papers feature.

Here is the dropbox help if you need



It would be a very good idea to physically download your dropbox into your desktop. It will work as any regular folder and will be automatically synchronized with your dropbox on the internet every time.  

To download and install the Dropbox desktop application click this link.

You will be prompted to download DropboxInstaller.exe file. Click Save file and then just activate it, following some instructions.

Class Meetings & Attendance

College rules:
Class Meetings & Attendance
1. Attendance and class participation are essential and excessive absences may affect the final grade.
2. Unless you are notified otherwise, all courses will start according to the schedules listed in the bulletin. (In our case – 6:00 pm)
3. An instructional hour is 50 minutes (therefore, I am letting you go 10 minutes x 2=20 minutes earlier)
4. The college permits students to miss 10% of a class (in other words, not more than 3 classes)
Note: 2 latenesses constitute one absence.
In the case of excessive absences the instructor has the right to lower a student’s final grade depending on the amount of absences
City Tech sites for your information:
Grades and Records

If you think that you can fail the course (for example, if you got an “F” or a very low score for a mid-semester grade and still perform in the same manner), you still can windrow from the class

How Do I Process My Withdrawal Through CUNYfirst Student Self Service?

  1. Log into CUNYfirst.
  2. Select Self Service.
  3. Select Student Center.
  4. On the top left portion of the screen, in the Academics box, click on the "Enroll" link.
  5. On the next screen, select the "Drop" tab at the top of the page.
  6. Select the check box next to the course you are withdrawing from.
  7. Click the "Drop Selected Classes" button under the course list.
  8. You will get a confirmation page that allows you to make sure you selected the proper course.
  9. Cick the "Finish Dropping" button.
  10. You will get a message that your course has been dropped and assigned a grade of W. You are finished processing your withdrawal.

Visual instruction

DESIGN WITH LINES AND SHAPES - Design elements and principles
Grading scale
Components and grading max points:
1. Sketches: quality and quantity 10
2. Designs with lines only 30
3. Designs with lines and shapes 30
4. Layout, skillful implementation 30
Total 100
Due dates and submission:
3/24 Sketches - drop box submission
4/5 Computer work – Open Lab submission for peers critiques
4/7 Computer work – drop box submission for my comments and preliminary grade
4/12 Design revision (computer work corrected) – drop box submission for the final grade

Due dates:
Details are in the project text
1. 3/8: Thumbs
2. 3/10: Roughs (OpenLab submission for the preliminary grade)
3. 3/15: Comp (Dropbox submission for the FINAL grade)
Grading score
Practical part: mixing colors: 10
Creativity, uniqueness: 40
Skillful working with paint: 40
Professional photo submission: 10
Total: 100 points

Due for peer critiques is 2/22; Open Lab uploading
Due for the preliminary grade and my comments is 2/24; Dropbox submission
Due for the final grade is 3/1; Dropbox submission
Grading score
10 points: 4 thumbs on the OpenLab
40 points: Interesting shapes, good design
40 points: Skillful working with ink or paint
10 points: Professional submission
Total 100 points

ABSTRACT VALUE DESIGN, working with shapes and values
Due for peer cg todritiques is 2/17; Open Lab uploading

Due for the preliminary grade grade and my comments in dropbox is 2/22; Dropbox submission

Due for the final grade is 2/24; Dropbox submission

Grading score (and due dates):
10 points – Roughs quality on the OpenLab (2/17)
30 points - Design creativity (2/22)
30 points - Shading techniques (2/24)
20 points - Accuracy (2/24)
10 points - Presentation (submission) (2/24)
100 points total

Schedule and due days:
2/8: Phase one: research, brainstorm, multiple thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook
and Phase two: 2 roughs - refined sketches, 9x12 inches in your sketchbook, with the real object
Submission: Upload roughs on the Open Lab for peer critiques
2/10: Phase tree: comp - accurate finished work in your Bristol pad, with the real object
Dropbox submission

Grading score:
Components | Max points
Roughs quality: 20 points
Creativity, uniqueness: 30 points
Skillful implementation of the comp: 30 points
Professional photo submission: 20 points
Total: 100 points

It is a repeating project for each week
Class presentation, 20 points (instead of one Midterm quiz)
2 students will do the presentation each class session, 4-5-minute each one
Score distribution in points:
6 - Highlighting all art elements in a painting; discussion of each one
6 - Using professional vocabulary (Class/homework texts; Resources on the class site)
4 - Well prepared speech
4 - Keeping us interested

Class presentation, 20 points (part of the final test)

It is a repeating project for each week
2 students will do the presentation each class session, 4-5-minute each one
Score distribution in points:
5 - Discussion off all design principles that are present in a poster.
5 - Clear and logical explanation of your statements
5 - Using professional vocabulary (Class/homework texts and other resources on the class site)
5 - Well prepared speech and keeping us interested
20 points total


Hi guys, welcome to my class.
These are difficult times, everybody has problems to some extent, some of us quite serious. But it doesn’t mean that we should give up, life continues no matter what, and everything will be eventually good, hopefully soon.
Therefore, meanwhile let’s adjust to the new normal, new college guidelines, and enjoy our class together.   
In this class you will get a lot of necessary knowledge, the basics and foundations to be professional designers. These foundations are very important for your future profession - whatever beautiful building you plan to build, it will not stay strong without a solid foundation and eventually will collapse.
So, we need to apply effort and to do our best to study and practice, to become a high-class specialist, to survive in this highly competitive design world. And if you are serious and passion enough, it is actually quite easy


Let’s start:
Online meetings:
We will be meeting during the class time, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6pm to 8:30pm via Zoom. The link is
It would be convenient for you to download the free Zoom app on your desktop or/and cellphone:

Zoom Camera
I prefer to see your faces during the class time. You have to have a serious reason keeping your camera off. To prevent students not participating in class using the hiding mode, I will be taking an attendance randomly several times during the class session. If you need to step out for several minutes, you have to inform me orally or via message
If you don't want us to see your room, you can use Virtual background
Zoom Microphone
Please keep your microphone off unless you need or asked to speak


The office hour is Wed, 5pm-6pm via the same Zoom link. If you need an additional time, we can certainly arrange it


Your main class site:
You will use this site to find all course information: the class and homework for each week, assignments and readings, new announcements (on this page), syllabus, grading system and calculations, useful resources and tutorials, projects examples and more.


At the same time, we are going to use the OpenLab site only for the communication: your introductions, projects peer critiques, discussions, where you can help each other, and for quizzes or tests. (I will give you the instructions later, meanwhile read OpenLab tutorials)


I will create a dropbox folder for each of you using your city tech email, where you will upload your homework for grading. I will send you the invite; you have to accept it and create an account there (unless you already have one).


If you don't have a computer to do the coursework, the college has a limited amount of iMacs that you can request through this link to loan:
Also, college is working on a remote login capability to utilize our onsite computers as your remote workspace. Each loaned and remote desktop will have Creative Suite; but again, college must get started with the effort to identify student needs, and get them to the above site to request a machine.


Very important: in order to succeed in this online course, you need to be very responsible communicating with me; therefore, read each my email thoroughly and answer if required.

Please email me anytime when you have questions or want to say something, I am checking my email Monday through Friday at least twice a day. I am very disciplined answering; if you did not get my answer, it means that I did not get your email (which almost never happens). Then please email again (or use my college email if still something is wrong).

Distance Learning Rules:

- I am available via my email as always

- The homework will be posted on your class site every Monday and Wednesday mornings.

- You have to read and watch ALL the materials very carefully and practice a lot.

- To do and submit the homework on time is MANDATORY (handmade work - take good quality photos) into the dropboxes for grading and the OpenLab site for peer critiques

- You have to answer on all my personal emails (when I address you by name)

- And more TBA


From the College Registrar email:

Despite all of our efforts, if students are not engaged actively in the online courses, their credits and grades will be in jeopardy. We cannot award credits simply because online courses exist. Students need to know your expectations and participate actively in the course in order to complete it successfully”.