This course provides a basic understanding of the methods and techniques of developing a simple to moderately complex web site. Using HTML5 and CSS2 & 3, students learn to create and maintain a simple web site. The course covers the creation and use of images, audio and video in web sites and how to plan and execute a design project. The course also teaches students how to take advantage of JQuery libraries and how to integrate dynamic data into a webpage.
Digital Literacy builds upon the tools learned in Design Media I and Design Media II to introduce students to the detailed history, theory, and practice of screen-based interactive design and web publishing using Dreamweaver, Flash, and introductory programming languages. Students will use advanced web-based skills to employ digital media in technical, interactive, and investigative contexts of art and design practice. Conceptually this course will take students from the earliest history of computing and electronic media, into the digital-as- convergent media, and outward to examine the greater impact of digital media on the world of art, design, and culture, stressing the relevant implications for the designer. Digital media has traditionally been practiced and theorized within pedagogical and critical frameworks of pre-existing media, including television, avant-garde art, and fluxus art. The understanding of what is radically new about digital media often eludes such frameworks because digital media challenges many of the existing paradigms. Lectures, readings, and guided discussions will supplement project work, introducing students to the topics of interaction design, dynamic data, design authorship, networked culture, and critical analysis of the use of technology in design and our everyday lives.
Introduction to the Internet, web browsers, and e-mail. Procedures for accessing information on the web, including the use of search engines. Survey of major information sources. Taught in lecture/lab format. Offered Fall/Spring.