Web + Interactive Design
Please note that courses are offered in alternate quarters with the exception of a few that are offered each quarter.
- FALL QUARTER 2018: October 1 – December 6, 2018
- WINTER QUARTER 2019: January 22 – April 1, 2019
- SPRING QUARTER 2019: April 16 – June 20, 2019 (Registration opens January 30)
- SUMMER 2019: July 8 – September 12, 2019 (Registration opens January 30)
Be prepared with the technical understanding and design proficiencies to enter or stay current in the complex and continually evolving field of web design. Project-based courses integrate creative design and visual communication skills with professional-level software expertise. All phases of cutting-edge website design, development, and management are covered. Advanced courses culminate in mastering sophisticated functionality for creating and building dynamic, large-scale client-centered websites, cultivating strategies for meeting client needs, and assembling a first-rate web portfolio.
Enroll in individual courses according to your interests or complete all eight to earn the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met. It is recommended that students who wish to complete a program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses. Dual Certificates may be earned by completing combined course requirements.
- Digital Design
- Digital Imaging with Photoshop
- Computer Illustrator
- Digital Video Editing
- Web Design I: HTML & CSS
- Web Design II: UX & Advanced Codes
- Design for Mobile Devices
- Advanced Interface Design
Each Digital Media course meets from 6:30-9:30 pm once a week for ten weeks. For the specific schedule in a given quarter, please review the appropriate catalog or contact us directly.
Develop proficiency in operating the Mac while learning the basic design tools and protocols of Adobe Creative Suite’s major programs. There is a combined emphasis on acquiring hardware and software skills with an understanding of design fundamentals in contemporary digital design. Hands-on projects include creating, importing and editing images, as well as text and graphics in a variety of formats to develop a better understanding of computer-aided design, digital workflow and visual communication. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet navigation skills. Note: Certificate students who do not need this course may substitute another course at any time during their program.
Photoshop is the essential tool for digital image manipulation in graphic design, web design, and photography. Participants develop digital imaging software skills, as well as applied theoretical and technical skills in solving visual design problems. Projects cover Photoshop’s vast array of tools, filters, and procedures including resolution issues, retouching, color work flow, camera raw, image adjustments, compositing, and masking. A folio of digitally generated and manipulated images is completed. Prerequisite: Digital Design, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent knowledge.
Adobe Illustrator is used to create the high resolution illustrations essential for contemporary print, web, video, animation, and multimedia design. Participants learn techniques for developing professional images and working efficiently with various modes, panels, and settings. Projects utilize the full range of selection, organization, drawing and editing tools used to create quality vector artwork. Color and typographic libraries are explored along with basic design disciplines for both. Prerequisite: Digital Design, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent knowledge.
Learn the art and craft of editing videos through exploring techniques applied in Adobe Premiere Pro, the non-linear editing program most used in the industry, alongside the art behind video editing. Projects include editing a commercial, interview, narrative scene, music video and text title sequence. The focus is on providing a foundation in basic editorial techniques with digital video, audio and graphics in order to tell a story effectively and efficiently with control of rhythm, motion, and continuity. Prerequisite: Digital Design or Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.
Web Design I introduces best practices in web and user interface design as well as HTML (HyperText Mark-Up Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and related coding languages that provide the foundation for building web sites. Instruction includes the following topics: user experience design, design criticism, grid systems, typography for the web, and technical trouble-shooting. At the end of the course, students will have generated a site that is based on current professional practices in web design. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.
Building upon a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Photoshop, students learn user experience fundamentals and advanced coding methods for developing web sites based upon professional standards. Projects incorporate the fundamentals of interaction design principles and production values for creating high-quality web pages. Topics include working between software applications, advanced CSS and HTML, file management, and advanced grid systems. At course end, students have generated a site that is visually dynamic, user-friendly, and technically complex. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop and Web Design I or equivalent knowledge.
Mixing interactivity with creativity, participants learn to design for mobile devices. Topics include understanding how users approach mobile websites, designing for small screens, developing page layouts and navigation systems, and selecting appropriate content, as well as generating handheld style sheets and methods to test mobile websites. Projects incorporate effective web design principles, best practices for writing code, and creating graphics for mobile platforms. Responsive web design is addressed in setting up interfaces for various devices including desktop presentation, mobile and tablet. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop, Web Design I and Web Design II or equivalent knowledge.
User interface design is a multi-faceted and challenging role responsible for the transference of a product’s development, content and layout into an attractive and responsive experience for users. Focusing on the areas of design, implementation and evaluation, this course explores the principles and practices of user interface development. Projects cover how to design good interfaces, techniques for building interfaces including sophisticated interactive prototypes, and techniques for evaluating and measuring interface usability. You will learn industry-standard theory and methods for developing successful interfaces based on using CSS frameworks, JS code libraries and emerging technologies such as Sketch and Invision. Prerequisites: Web Design II: UX & Advanced Codes or equivalent knowledge.