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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 Dev with Adobe Dreamweaver
Web development with Adobe Dreamweaver is an introduction to website development, programming and maintenance using Adobe Dreamweaver as the primary software IDE. Current industry-standard practices are used to program web pages with responsive design that can deploy on a variety of computers and mobile devices. Current versions of HTML and CSS are used within the Dreamweaver framework to create interactive websites. Animation techniques are introduced in the Adobe Suite of products as students learn to manage files, across Adobe CC. 3-0-3
CISW 101
Client-Side Script Language (day only)
Client-Side Scripting Languages teaches students to develop interactive websites using client-side programming techniques. Websites are developed using current industry-languages including Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) and JavaScript (JS). Management skills are sharpened as students complete projects that begin with the design process and continue through coding, testing, debugging, deployment and maintenance of websites. 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)
Programming in C# introduces object-oriented programming (OOP) within Visual Studio.NET. Students learn syntax, programming, debugging, testing, data connections and employment while creating interactive applications. Structural programming techniques including variable creation, decisions structures and looping structures are introduced and OOP techniques such as: programming with classes and methods are reinforced throughout the course. Advanced topics including exception handling, inheritance, file input/output and interfaces are studied within the .NET integrated development environment (IDE). 3-0-3
CISW 206
Server Side Programming Languages (day only)
Server-side Programming Languages expands the development and management of websites by building on client-side programming and introducing server-side programming languages. The course begins with a review of client-side scripting. Next, students learn essential server-side development including PHP, Data-driven web programming, error handling and site management. Specialized topics such as frameworks, security, web services and social networks are reviewed. Projects are developed throughout the course to offer hands-on programming experiences. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: CISW101
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