Web Design and Development

Class projects provide an integrated approach to acquiring both technical skills, and developing strong aesthetic and conceptual skills.

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There are multiple levels of web design and development courses within the DMD program. Each course builds upon the knowledge and skills of the previous course, the first course being DMD 130.

The curriculum strives to reflect the current and future trends in the industry to provide motivated and talented students the competitive skills required to gain employment. The multimedia classes provide a strong foundation in programming and design skills using industry standard applications enabling students to reach their full creative potential using digital multimedia.

The following web design courses are offered within the DMD curriculum

  • DMD 130 Principles of Design & Development for Digital Media

    This is a new course and is a prerequisite for DMD 131. This course is an introduction to fundamental design and development principles within the context of digital media production.

    The following information will be covered in class

    • Learn the basic concepts and principles of design as they apply to interactive media.
    • Learn the basics of color theory as it applies to digital media.
    • Create a flow chart, wire frame layout and navigation map.
    • How to evaluate and analyze good and bad design.
    • How to use type and apply typographic principles in interactive media.
    • Create a basic web page structure using XHTML and explain what XHTML elements are and their specific uses.
    • Apply CSS styles to web pages, and explain their specific uses.
    • Create links and add images using CSS and XHTML.
    • Learn the theory and practice of user-centered design.
    • Prepare graphics for web pages.
  • DMD 131 Beginning Multimedia Design & Development

    This course is an introduction to multimedia authoring using industry standard web authoring software applications. Students will be use industry standard vector and WSYWIG development software to design and develop web and desktop applications

    The following information will be covered in class

    • Use vector authoring programs to create interactive applications
    • Learn to write basic navigation scripts using Actionscript
    • Learn to control sound and video in vector authoring programs
    • Learn the various menus, palettes, and tools in industry standard vector authoring programs.
    • Learn the various menus, palettes, and tools in industry standard WSYWIG web site authoring programs.
    • Build linked interactive websites using both Flash and Dreamweaver
    • Learn how to upload your site to a server
    • Animate text and images in vector authoring programs
    • Format XHTML pages using CSS
    • Debug and correct scripting errors
  • DMD 231 Intermediate Multimedia Design & Development

    This course builds upon the technical and design skills learned in DMD 130 and DMD 131. Focus is on design skills, intermediate programming skills, basic concepts of object oriented scripting, open source libraries, and designing for mobile devices.

    The following information will be covered in class

    • Construct advanced standard compliant web sites.
    • Develop a site for a mobile device
    • Know the basic XML programming
    • Use open source libraries and or applications.
    • Construct a rich Internet application for web or desktop delivery.
    • Demonstrate basic object oriented programming skills.
    • Differentiate between client and server sided scripts
    • Use CSS to create a flexible web layout.
    • Create CSS only navigation.
    • Use content management systems.
  • DMD 233 Advanced Multimedia Design & Development

    This course builds upon the technical and design skills learned in DMD 231. Focus is placed on advanced scripting and programming skills along with team-based projects. Students will develop an understanding of team roles, time management, and legal and technical considerations for completing a project. Students work in teams to design and complete a client -based web site. This will provide an opportunity to plan, design, develop, and implement solutions for web/multimedia projects requiring students to analyze, integrate, and synthesize knowledge acquired from previous course work

    The following information will be covered in class

    • Construct advanced standard compliant client based web sites.
    • Implement project management tasks according to team roles and responsibilities.
    • Administer development decisions based on interpretation of design specifications.
    • Write proposals, and construct wire frames and layout comps, for client review.
    • Utilize search engine optimization techniques, and implement Google analytics into client-based projects.
    • Communicate clearly, interview, and respond appropriately to client feedback.
    • Effectively implement web design principles to build client based web projects.
  • DMD 299 Portfolio and Professional Practice Seminar

    Students develop an Online portfolio using technical and design skills learned in prior multimedia classes. Professional issues related to the business of interactive design will be covered.

    The following information will be covered in class

    • Create a professional on-line digital portfolio.
    • Identify possible employment opportunities.
    • Design a professional resume.
    • Write proposals, and construct wire frames and layout comps, for client review.
    • Learn how to interview for a job.
    • Write a professional cover letter.
    • Learn to present yourself and your work in a professional manner.
    • Research internship opportunities.