Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 293 Portfolio Seminar
Homework Assignments

Instructor: Paul Young


To research career strategies and industry trends. To become familiar with job opportunities in the local marketing communications industry. To understand digital portfolio building strategies. To become independent lifelong learners.


Using discussion forums, students will work in teams to check each other's reading comprehension of the required textbook Creating Your Digital Portfolio.

Students will also research the needs of the local job market:

  • Who is hiring?
  • What positions are open?
  • What are the minimum qualifications needed?
  • What skills are desired?
  • What kind of experience is needed?
  • What kind of education is needed?
  • What kind of salaries are being offered?

Student will also become familiar with industry titles and terminology (be sure to check at least the following headings in the classified ads):

  • Graphic designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Illustrator
  • Macintosh artist
  • Media specialist
  • Production Artist
  • Web designer
  • Mac operator
  • Desktop publisher
  • Computer graphics
  • Art director
  • Artist

Note: This is a peer-reviewed team assignment. Work with your team members to divide up the work and share the research results. The quality of the work you do will be graded by your classmates.

  1. Purchase The News-Gazette every Sunday and read the employment ads (classified and display). Also study the help wanted ads at
  2. Login to your Cobra Learning account every week via or
  3. As a group, post your local job market research in the "Weekly Job Postings" discussion forum (filed under the category "Help Wanted Ads").
  4. Also, select the Homework Assignment for the week and follow the instructions
  5. Post your completed assignment by Thursday (spelling, grammar and clarity of thought count!)
  6. Read and respond to at least 6 of your classmates by Saturday (respond to posts that have the least number of responses)
  7. While responding to your classmates' posts, score their homework assignment by assigning one to five stars to their posts based on the grading rubric below.
Grading Rubric All components completed Most components completed Some components missing
Excellent content and clarity of thought (with no spelling/grammar errors) 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Good content and clarity of thought (and/or some spelling/grammar errors) 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars
Poor content (and/or many spelling/grammar errors) 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star


Your initial post is due Thursday at 11:30pm of every week. You must also respond to your classmates' posts by the following Saturday at 11:30pm.

Note: Homework assignments are graded pass/fail. Full credit will be given each week only if both parts of the assignment are completed on time.

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