Thomas Martinez Pilnik

Grading Breakdown

Due Dates and Late Policy

All work is to be completed and turned in on time as noted above. Exceptions and extensions will be made on a case-by-case basis and the onus is on the student to plan in advance. Unexcused late work will be graded up to 72 hours past the due date, but will lose 1/3 of a grade per 24-hour late period (i.e. an A becomes an A- 24 hours late, a B+ 24 hours after that, and a B 24 hours after that). Any work that is submitted after the 72-hour mark without excuse will receive an F.

Assignment Rubrics

Rubrics will be uploaded onto HuskyCT as assignments are given throughout the semester. Rubrics will outline how work will be assessed and different levels of attainment and outcomes.

Feedback and Grades

I will make every effort to provide feedback, rubrics, and grades within a week of submission. To keep track of your performance in the course, refer to Grades in HuskyCT.

Resubmission of Work

Because making, installing, designing, and creating at University and beyond is an iterative process you will be able to resubmit your assignments and other projects if you choose to do so once they have been graded. One resubmission per project will be allowed, and the new grade will be considered final.

Grading for most written assignments will reflect 3 components:

  1. Content
  2. Writing
  3. Thoughtfulness and effort

A high score in Content reflects a clear organizational approach that:

Addresses all questions and sections outlined in the assignment or prompt

Reflects a strong understanding and synthesis of relevant published theory and elements of visual culture included

Uses theoretical foundations to support assertions

A high score in Writing reflects:

Few typographical errors, misspellings or grammatical errors

Little or no redundancy

Clear transitions from one section to another

Clear focus on the study and not extraneous topics

Primary citations from reputable or peer reviewed publications and sources

Summaries of concepts in lieu of direct quotes (use of direct quotes should be limited)

A high score in Thoughtfulness and Effort demonstrates:

A novel contribution to contemporary visual culture, rather than a regurgitation of what you’re looking at

Fluent understanding of the material presented

Care taken to present a well-considered body of text


Incomplete work is work not completed due to documented illness or some other emergency occurring after the 12th week of the semester. Arrangements for the IN and its removal should be initiated by the student and agreed to by the instructor before the final exam date.

Weekly Time Commitment

You should expect to dedicate about 12 hours total a week to this course. This expectation is based on the various course activities, assignments, and assessments and the University of Connecticut’s policy regarding credit hours