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Web Design (certificate)

Credits Required: 24

(2016-2017 Academic Year)

The Visual Communications Web Design certificate supplements educated working designers who are interested in adding new media web design to their portfolio and resume. Students will create original interactive media with a strong visual style and the level of web programming that is appropriate to the new media project’s concept and goals. With the emphasis on new media design skills, the certificate addresses the ever-evolving nature of visual communications within the new media environment. Students will gain project and goal-oriented skills in design creation, layout and presentation involved with all the major new media formats, including mobile broadcast and dynamic web site programming. The interdisciplinary project based coursework focuses on the creation of a variety of interactive media tools that include gaming, entertainment, and other types of media. 


Students interested in the Visual Communications–Web Design certificate must have solid computer skills (CIST100 Introduction to Information Technology can be taken for this Certificate). Students must also have a strong design background, an interest in web-based technologies and have an aptitude for problem solving in an individual and collaborative group setting, excellent aesthetic judgment, and the ability to meet deadlines and project specifications.

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First Semester - 12 Credits

CIST 170
Web Site Dev Using Dreamweaver
This course is designed as an introduction to Web page design, creation, and maintenance using Dreamweaver as the primary software application. In addition to Dreamweaver, current versions of HTML, XHTML and CSS will be used in the Web development process. Students will learn how to generate Web sites incorporating a variety of techniques involved in Web page develpment including hyperlinks, tables, forms, templates, stylesheets, layers, image maps, navigation structures, AP Divs and introductory animation. File management concepts and connectivity issues will be emphasized. 3-0-3
CISW 101
Web Scripting Languages (day only)
Web programming languages are introduced using scripting languages. Students learn how to create interactive Web applications using current industry standard HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Students begin with the study of the World Wide Web, current internet protocols, operating systems and client-server paradigms. Classroom projects emphasize good programming techniques using HTML5 to create websites, CSS to format web pages and JavaScript to provide interactive design. Media is used to enhance the user's experience with the website. Website management techniques are used to complete the design, development and management cycle. 3-0-3
FINE 210
Two Dimensional Design
Utilizing studio practice and lecture, this course examines the visual elements and compositional principles necessary to the artist. Principles of two-dimensional design and a knowledge of historically successful design models will then be applied to solve a variety of mixed-media design problems.
VISC 115
Digital Imaging
Using Adobe Photoshop, students will solve media problems by producing specific digital graphic solutions while observing the principles of good design. In order to observe how form contributes to message, the student will research how designers create the essential graphics, gather design elements from various resources, and generate designs that conform to and enhance message content. The students will also consider design variables related to various destination media like monitors, printers and other deliverables. 2-2-3

Second Semester - 12 Credits

CISW 205
Programming in C# (day only)
This course introduces the student to computer programming, using the C# based language in a Visual Studio. NET programming enviornment, students will write programs that run in Console, Web, or Grathical User Interfaces. Prerequsite: CISW101. 3-0-3
CISW 206
Web Data Connectivity (day only)
Web Data Connectivity expands the development and management of websites using current client-side and server-side programming languages. Students learn how to build rich web applications by coding scripts and Windows and Linux environments. Classroom projects incorporate LAMP-WAMP-MAMP stack technology together with basic databased structure, query techniques and connectivity concepts allowing students to create dynamic interactive data-based driven websites. Document Object Model (DOM), client-side (JavaScript JQuery), server-side (PHP) and database processing techniques are emphasized to establlish databinding and data communication between various components of a dynamic, interactive, database driven website. Prerequiste: CISW101 3-0-3
VISC 122
Web Design
In this course, students will learn how to use digital tools for designing web pages. Emphasis will be on how to design effective websites for a specific user in mind. Usability guidelines, tips, and examples of effective and ineffective web sites will be discussed. Students will create a web site in class using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3
VISC 220
Digital Photography
This course will introduce students to digital photography and photographic image manipulation through the use of digital camera and computer technology. Students will build skills and techniques in digital photography and image processing for digital printing, the web, and interactive digital media. Emphasis is placed on acquiring digital photographic skills based on proficient and appropriate use of their camera, software and imaging editing tools. Image formatting possibilities are investigated, along with aesthetic/functional aspects of traditional photography techniques. 2-2-3