Course Outline

Learning Outcomes

  • Digital Design students should be able to:

    • Apply their understanding of the theory and history of digital art and design to the analysis and evaluation of artistic creations and commercial design productions in a variety of cultural contexts and settings.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in up-to-date computer skills such as Adobe Creative Suite:  digital imaging, digital illustration, layout, web design, and interactive design to produce artistic/design work.
    • Articulate their personal vision through creative art and design and explain that vision effectively to multiple audiences, in various situations, and through diverse channels of communication.
    • Perform and communicate effectively as professional artists/designers in both individual and collaborative settings to propose, manage, and complete design projects.
    • Prepare an effective professional portfolio suitable for career applications in the design industries or for admittance into highly competitive graduate programs in the arts.

Course Calendar
Course Blog
Portfolio Projects
Presentation Skills
Career Information
Doodle for Google [Competition]
Late Work Submission Form
Reflection Form

Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) - Art
Principles and Elements of Design

Learn the Basic Principles and Elements of Design and Composition [2:42]
Language of Design [PDF]
Elements and Principles of Design [1:23]
Graphic Design Tutorial:  Typography and Design [16:05]
Dave Carson - The Rules of Graphic Design [32:21]

Design Styles

Student Companion Websites:


Visual Design:
Foundations of Design and Print Production (Photography, Illustration & Basic Print Layout) Projects

Web Design:
Foundations of Web Design Projects

  • Project 1:  Widgets
    In this project, students are introduced to web design principles, HTML, and CSS. They use these new skills to customize an existing widget. Students also learn about the phases of web production and about publishing web projects.
  • Project 2:  Web Design and Planning
    In this project, student teams begin work on a project to build a website for a client. They complete the define, structure, and design phases of the web project production process. Students create wireframes, design comps, storyboards, and a web site prototype.
  • Project 3:  Web Development and Deployment
    In this project, student teams use their client-approved design documents for the technical build of a website. They complete the build and test and launch phases of the web project production process. Students extend their skills by using HTML and CSS to build a functional client website.
  • Project 4:  Web Portfolio
    In this project, students create the elements of a web portfolio with Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Dreamweaver. They build a website that features work they have completed and work to be completed. As students create their portfolios, they plan, implement, and test their website designs; students then reflect on and evaluate their work.

To Submit Your Work to be Graded on the HULK Server:
  • Open your student folder on the server
    • Open the Student.Data Files (yellow) folder on your desktop
    • Scroll down on the left side until you find your server folder (indicated by your username) on the "P" drive
    • Double-click it to open it
    • Leave this window open
  • Open the class drop folder on the server
    • Open the Student.Data Files (yellow) folder on your desktop
    • Open the Digital Design folder
      (do not try to open your class period folder)
    • Leave this window open
  • Submit your work to be graded
    • Drag your work (File(s) and/or Folder(s)) to be graded from your server folder and drop it on the folder for your class period
      (make sure it is named appropriately as identified in the assignment)
    • Close both windows

Internet Resources: