Web Design Courses l Graphic Design & Web Development Diploma

Take web design courses to become a designer and developer of effective websites!

You have a flair for the creative and a fascination with the internet. You love to design, but you’re also obsessed with digital technology. You’re all about ‘the look’, but you also value functionality. You were meant to be a designer and developer of websites.

We teach our students how to integrate their knack for creativity with the technical skills required to build a website. Check out these web design courses in our Graphic Design and Website Development Diploma program.

3D Virtual Environments (3DVE)

3D content is rapidly becoming an expected component of interactive digital media applications. This course is designed to give the digital media artist the capability of producing basic 3D models and animation for use in websites and interactive applications on CD-ROM and DVD

Audio for Multimedia, Internet and Gaming (AMIGA)

Music and sound effects can promote inspiration and add emotional depth to professional projects. This course provides an overview of audio theory, tools, and production techniques for multimedia, the Internet, and game applications. Students will develop skills in MIDI and sequencing, sampling, editing, and mastering.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Career Management (CM)

This course is concerned with providing students with the tools to successfully navigate the business world while working as a self-employed artist. The end goal is to guide the student towards a feasible career plan aimed towards their individual needs, and specific goals.

Design Studio 1 (DS 1)

This course begins with a study of concepts and skills in commercial art and graphic design using industry-standard illustration, digital publishing, and image editing applications. In today’s world, products need an edge to differentiate themselves from other products. This is done through brand identity. Students will learn all aspects of creating a brand experience from concept to application.

Design Studio 2 (DS 2)

From color correction to effective typography, this design studio course strengthens your graphic design skills and mastery of image creation and editing software. Compositing photos, designing web graphics, brochure and magazine layout, illustrating technical journals and creating ad campaigns are just some of the challenges you’ll meet along the way. Using Photoshop and Illustrator, students will learn how to recreate various advertising techniques of the past and present.

Design Studio 3 (DS 3)

This course is designed to help students apply Adobe Photoshop to situations that may occur throughout their career. Typical industries in which these skills may be applied include advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing. Using primarily Adobe Photoshop, students will develop intermediate level skills in photo manipulation and restoration.

Design Studio 4 (DS 4)

Moving from the basics into intermediate level design topics in typography, design for film, theatre and television, PDF file architecture, automated graphic templates, and select topics in color correction, image compositing, and 3D illustration maps out the main thrust of this course.

Design Studio 5 (DS 5)

ln the Graphic Design industry, understanding the theory behind and the creation of design elements is only part of the design process. Being able to combine design knowledge and skills into a proper work-flow is the key to success. Design Studio 5 takes students through real world scenarios that will show them how to gather pertinent information from customers, apply that information to design elements, communicate design progress to customers and output a final design through various printing methods.

Digital Illustration (DILL)

This entry-level Illustration class introduces you to essential tools for illustration and addresses methods and techniques

used in the profession of illustration for advertising, brochures, books and other forms of printed communications. The course concentrates on developing expertise in producing line and black-and-white art with emphasis on design and the creation of art for reproduction. Discussions and projects covering the major markets for illustration include editorial, sports, caricature, medical, product, and concept art.

Digital Imaging (DIM)

This course is designed to inspire students and help apply Adobe Photoshop and other manipulation programs to create designs inspired from key movements. Typical industries in which these skills may be applied include advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing.

GDWD Employability Skills 1, 2

In today’s marketplace technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability, and teamwork skills. Employability Skills 1 and 2 provide a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills (covered in the Professional Development series of courses) can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs such as industry overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses, or special or advanced technical skills, assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments, and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Foundation for Art & Design (FAD)

Foundation of Art and Design explores the evolution of imagery from primitive art through to today’s digital creations, with a focus on 20th century North American and European art and the elemental themes in design, composition, and content. Developing the oral and written skills with which to discuss or critique works of art, FAD enables students to understand the artistic direction demanded by future clients. Topics include color, composition, balance, perspective, social context, and visual perception.

Interactive Media Development (IMD)

Interactive Media Development introduces the concept behind the event based applications which drive the interactive multimedia world. Students learn to integrate text, graphics, animation, sound and digital video to create presentations, interactive kiosks, and CDs. Building panoramas for CD-ROM, DVD and the web are some of the additional activities encompassed in this course.

Interface Design (ID)

Human factors and usability are key in successful website, product and interactive application design. If a user engages a website and has to think about the interaction process then the designer hasn’t done their job. This course focuses on creating good interface design to produce intuitive navigation and usability.

Internet Database Connectivity (IDC)

Internet Database Connectivity explores the ability to relay content from a MySQL database to a browser using PHP scripting language and Dreamweaver forms. There is a real drive for content management systems (CMS). With a CMS based website, the clients can update their own content. As a programmer you do all the hard work, and then your client uses the administration pages that you setup for them to quickly and easily edit their website.

Internet Marketing (IM)

Fundamentals of traditional marketing concepts are discussed and applied to practical exercises and case studies that focus on Internet marketing tactics. This course discusses many topics such as marketing mix, strategic planning, market characteristics, marketing research techniques, market segmentation, target market selection, economics, and business and international marketing. This course will help students create, present and explain a marketing plan. They will be able to employ various online marketing tactics with the goal of being able to successfully market an online business.

Internet Programming 1 (IPRO 1)

This entry-level course in Internet publishing focuses on the origins of the World Wide Web and creating websites from the designer’s point of view. Using Web design software, students will be able to create basic Web pages and integrate introductory level Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with (X)HTML.

Internet Programming 2 (IPRO 2)

In this course, students move on to develop their skills in the more complicated Web design elements, including effective use of hand-coded HTML to form content and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to present that content.

Internet Programming 3 (IPRO 3)

This course is focused on JavaScript programming for the web. JavaScript is one of the leading languages in the creation of dynamic web pages. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to grasp more complex programming patterns found in AJAX theory, covered in future courses.

Internet Programming 4 (IPRO 4)

This course is focused on server side scripting languages that interact with online databases. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared for upper level database design and implementation.

Internet Programming 5 (IPRO 5)

This course is focused concepts found in the new emerging application of AJAX. Students will combine skills gained in IDC, and IPRO 4 to produce a dynamic web driven frontend that interfaces with a backend database.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)

This introductory foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever increasing levels of integration throughout the program.

Introduction to Digital Video (IDV)

Participants begin by learning the basic tools and terminology of non-linear editing. At the completion of class assignments students learn to analyze and critique each other’s work, examining individual style. Lectures are designed to introduce editing concepts focusing on developing pacing and storytelling techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of editing and composing. Specific attention is paid to the relationship between the Editor and the Audience. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of narrative, aesthetics, and the practical application of the techniques and theories discussed.

Introduction to Motion Graphics (IMG)

Introduction to Motion Graphics introduces students to digital video production, non-linear editing, compositing, and visual effects, using affordable desktop technology and software such as Adobe Premier and After Effects. Topics include basic computer graphic manipulation, titling and visual effects techniques, digitizing video and editing in a non-linear video environment.

Introduction to Video Production (IVP)

The ability to produce quality video content is an ever-growing requisite skill for the digital media professional. Students will setup and maintain professional video production equipment, use three-point lighting, manage spatial and temporal continuity, coordinate foreground, background, open, and closed frame shots, as well as setup for internal and external reverses, perspective, and deep staging. Basic blocking notation for camera positions will be applied in basic static setups which use master shot, pan and reveal, static pivot, rack focus, and follow focus. Students will use focal length to compress space, match sizes, and open up space. Upon completion, you will have produced all of the shots necessary for a basic interview and dramatic scene.

Media Communications & Law (MCL)

Digital media and emerging communication media are blurring many well established boundaries. This course explores the legal ramifications and how key elements are affected such as intellectual property, rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, third party liabilities, domain names, e-commerce, and issues of contract law and digital production.

Media English (ME)

Media English is a foundation course for students intending to pursue media-related careers. The course will focus on these areas of study: Language, Communication, Public Speaking, Media Construction, and Media Deconstruction. This course also provides a review of basic grammar, common punctuation, and instruction in composing critical essays.

Graphic Design & Web Development Portfolio Production Workshop (GDWD PW)

Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at daVinci College. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to complete a high-quality academic and professional portfolio in multiple formats and media, e.g. print, Web, DVD, tape, etc.

Principals of Photography 1 (POP 1)

The purpose of this course is to develop a basic understanding of photography principals. Students will become familiar with and understand: Functions of a camera, differences and similarities between film and digital, controlling exposure, composition/angle/framing, focal length, depth of field/focus, and basic color theory.

Professional Development 1 (PD 1)

PD 1 is the foundational class in the Professional Development series. It is designed to assist students to develop self-awareness by critically examining different aspects of their personalities. They will also be prompted to question their beliefs and behaviors in order to develop a clear sense of the influence they have on their own lives. Students will develop a vision for their future based on the insights they gain from the exercises in this class.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2)

PD 2 builds on the topic of self-awareness to focus on effective interpersonal skills. Students will examine their styles of communicating and they will be given an opportunity to build communication skills in a variety of class exercises. Students will also explore methods for dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, as well as giving and receiving feedback. Through the process of completing the final interview project, students will apply their communication skills and develop knowledge about the interview process.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3)

PD 3 is designed to build on the self-awareness and interpersonal skills to focus on self-mastery and leadership. Students will define what success means to them and then develop strategies for creating that success in their studies, their careers, and their personal lives. They will develop strategies for being an effective leader – both in their own lives and in leading others. Students will also explore the concept and issues related to work/life balance and will have the opportunity to develop and implement a variety of strategies that will assist them with achieving balanced academic and social supports.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4)

PD 4 is designed to build on the skills developed in earlier PD modules to develop professionalism. In this module students will learn the importance of ‘branding’ and corporate culture. Students will create a unique ‘brand’ statement and an effective resume. The final project in this course is a panel interview where students will have the opportunity to apply their professional skills in a formal interview setting. The interview will be filmed so that students can critique their performance and develop strategies for improvement.

Professional Development 5 (PD 5)

PD 5 is the final stage of preparing students for the professional world as they combine what they have learned in the previous four modules. Students will demonstrate their visualization, writing, networking, and presentation skills as they develop and publically present their ‘Success Plan’ to assist them in making the transition from student to successful employment in the field of their choice.

Vector Animation Production 1 (VAP 1)

Increasingly, vector-based animation is making its way beyond the web and showing up everywhere from television ads to theatrical films and video. This course gives the student grounding in the fundamentals of Flash interactivity and animation. Students also learn some scripting basics to control everything from file loading to simple user interactions.

Vector Animation Production 2 (VAP 2)

A continuation of VAP 1, this course introduces the whole concept behind the event based applications which drive the interactive multimedia world. Students learn to integrate text, graphics, animation, sound and digital video to create presentations, interactive kiosks and DVDs.


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