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Interactive Design Curriculum

The Interactive Design Degree provides instruction in the planning, designing, and production of interactive media for the screen, Web, CDs, and DVD's. All of the courses provide hands-on training where students learn how to develop projects with text, graphics, sound, animation, and video as well as acquire fundamental principles of design.

Our program offers both Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Interactive Design.  A Interactive Design Certificate is available to those students who complete 30 hours of specific Interactive design course work. The Interactive Design curriculum is downloadable in PDF Format.

Degree Options

Associate of Arts Degree - Transfer Program

Students studying to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Interactive Design are those who are seeking a transfer program and plan to earn a baccalaureate degree at a 4-year institution. Students should check with an advisor for specific course requirements at transfer institution.

Students should select 10 classes from the following:

Interactive Design Courses

   
COMP-162 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
COMP-277 Desktop Publishing:  Adobe InDesign* 3
COMP-286 Illustration:  Adobe Illustrator* 3
COMP-285 Image Manipulation:  Adobe Photoshop 3
COMP-195 Principles of Web Design** 3
COMP-298 Special Projects*** 3
COMP-296 Web Animations:  Adobe Flash 3
COMP-205 Web Design Technologies 3
COMP-297 Web Page Design:  Adobe Dreamweaver  3
COMP-284 Web Page Design:  HTML/XHTML 3
COMP-289 Web Production I*** 3
COMP-299 Web Production II*** 3
     

*Offered only in the fall semester 
**Offered only in the spring semester
***May be repeated

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Associate of Applied Science Degree - Two-Year Program 

Suggested Curriculum
 

First Semester Courses

 
PSYC-100 College Orientation 1
COMP-142 Introduction to Design I (Art) (Humanities)* 3
COMP-285 Image Manipulation: Adobe Photoshop 3
COMP-277 Desktop Publishing: Adobe InDesign* 3
COMP-205 Web Design Technologies* 3
COMP-297 Web Page Design:  Adobe Dreamweaver 3
 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

16

     

Second Semester Courses

 
BUSN-133 Business Math (Math) 3
ENGL-101 English Composition I (Communications) 3
COMP-162 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
COMP-195 Principles of Web Page Design** 3
ARTS-110 Photography I 3
COMP-284 Web Page Design:  HTML/XHTML 3
 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

18

     

Third Semester Courses

 
BUSN-166 Fundamentals of Business (Bus. Mgmt.) 3
COMP-286 Illustration: Adobe Illustrator* 3
COMP-245 Interactive Authoring:  Adobe Director 3
COMP-289 Web Production I*** 3
COMP-298 Special Projects*** 3
 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

15

     

Fourth Semester Courses

 
SPCH-111 Public Speaking (Communications) 3
PSYC-107 Orientation II 1
BUSN-202 Marketing 3
COMP-296 Web Animations: Adobe Flash 3
COMP-298 Special Projects*** 3
COMP-299 Web Production II*** 3
 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

16

 

TOTAL ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE HOURS

65


*Offered only in the fall semester 
**Offered only in the spring semester
***May be repeated

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Interactive Design Certificate

The Interactive Design certificate is designed for those seeking multimedia/interactive design skills and who want to improve their career opportunities relating to Web-oriented and multimedia applications.

Required Courses

 
COMP-285 Image Manipulation:  Adobe Photoshop 3
COMP-297 Web Page Design:  Adobe Dreamweaver 3
COMP-284 Web Page Design:  HTML/XHTML 3
 

Total Required Hours

9

     

Electives - Select 7 classes from the following

 
COMP-162 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
COMP-277 Desktop Publishing:  Adobe InDesign* 3
COMP-286 Illustration:  Adobe Illustrator* 3
COMP-195 Principles of Web Page Design** 3
COMP-298 Special Projects*** 3
COMP-205 Web Animations:  Adobe Flash 3
COMP-285 Web Design Technologies* 3
COMP-299 Web Production I*** 3
COMP-299 Web Production II*** 3
 

Total Elective Hours

21

 

TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS

30

     

*Offered only in the fall semester 
**Offered only in the spring semester
***May be repeated

Description of Courses

COMP-161. Computer Information Systems. 3 Hours. This is a theory course designed to introduce students to the history, terminology and applications of computers. The student will learn the fundamentals of Windows along with many of the application software programs including spreadsheets, word processing,
databases and presentation software. The fundamentals of computer programming will also be studied as well as the different programming languages currently being used in the industry.

COMP-162. Computer Concepts and Applications. 3 Hours. This course provides an introduction to computer concepts and terminology, information technology, and software applications used in business and industry. Included are word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation management.

COMP-190. Microcomputer Applications I. 1-3 Hours. Students receive hands-on experience with microcomputers while learning introductory theories and practical applications of a software program. Software programs may include Windows, Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage, Internet and Web Design.

COMP-191. Adobe PageMaker. 3 Hours. The Adobe PageMaker program is a program widely accepted
among designers, graphic designers, writers, editors and typesetters as a tool to integrate text and graphics from many sources into virtually any kind of publication, from newsletters and brochures to color catalogs and magazines, with maximum precision and control. In this course the student will be expected to learn and explore the creative and practical possibilities of the program. The student will learn the basic functions and applications of the Adobe PageMaker program.

COMP-195. Principles of Web Page Design. 3 Hours. This course is intended for those with some computer
experience and includes practical hands-on project work. In this course, students learn the principles of the
World Wide Web, learn to identify common problems in Web design, plan a web site project and have a practical understanding of how to build, update and publish a web site using a visual editor and HTML. The course is hands-on and production-driven where students learn about web design and authoring through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and through developing actual web pages.

COMP-205. Web Design Technologies. 3 Hours. This introductory course introduces the fundamentals of popular Web page design tools and technologies. No prior knowledge of HTML/XHTML or any other languages or tools is required. Students will be introduced to the basics of HTML/XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. They will also learn basic Web design using the authoring tool Macromedia Dreamweaver. Images and animations will be created by using Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe ImageReady, Macromedia Fireworks and Macromedia Flash. The JavaScript scripting language and Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language (DHTML) may also be examined if time permits.

COMP-245. Interactive Authoring: Adobe Director. 3 Hours. This course is an introduction to creating multimedia applications using Macromedia Director MX. Students will learn how to plan and create movies
from scratch, import and manage media from other sources, add navigation and user interaction, and prepare and deliver movies for distribution on CD-ROM or the Web.

COMP-256. Web Graphics. 3 Hours. The main purpose of this course is to instruct students in basic and
intermediate graphics design skills primarily for a Web environment and to prepare students for future careers as Web Designers. The basics of graphics design are included, from logos to icons to sliced images. This course affords a wealth of opportunity for hands-on experience using the primary design tools used in industry today.

COMP-276. Presenting With Multimedia. 3 Hours. Multimedia introduces students to the creation and use
of business presentations using multimedia software. Multimedia covers evaluation of media for various target audiences, advantages and disadvantages of various presentation methods/media, principles of design and creation of presentations.

COMP-277. Desktop Publishing: Adobe InDesign. 3 Hours. This course will expose students to InDesign, a
comprehensive software program that allows students to create output-ready layouts for anything from a simple coupon to an 8-page newsletter to a 120-page full-color magazine. This program interfaces seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

COMP-282. Internet Navigation and Exploration. 3 Hours. This course introduces students to the primary
tools of the Internet. Hands-on exercises teach students how to access information from a multitude of different areas.

COMP-283. Web Page Design with Microsoft FrontPage. 3 Hours. This course introduces students to the popular Web design program Microsoft FrontPage. Students will be introduced to the World Wide Web and
will develop skills in construction of web pages and web sites through tutorials and cases related to business applications. Students will create, publish, test and maintain Web pages using the visual editor.

COMP-284. Web Page Design with HTML. 3 Hours. This course introduces the student to the language of
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) for creating properly formatted pages for the World Wide Web. Students will create, publish, test and maintain Web pages using HTML.

COMP-285. Image Manipulation: Adobe Photoshop. 3 Hours. This course will expose students to a comprehensive understanding of Adobe Photoshop. Students will develop creative projects through concise
instructions, and complete coverage of basic to advanced Photoshop skills to help students create dynamic
Photoshop art.

COMP-286. Illustration: Adobe Illustrator. 3 Hours. This course will expose students to creative projects,
concise instructions, and complete coverage of basic to advanced Illustrator skills, helping students create
polished, professional-looking illustrations. Students will create everything from simple graphics, icons and
text to complex and multilayered illustrations, all of which can be used within a page layout, in a multimedia
presentation, or on the Web

COMP-289. Web Production I. 3 Hours. In this course students will learn how to develop Web sites utilizing the skills they have acquired from previously required Web Design course work. The course will teach students how to manage the Web site development process. In this course students will explore all aspects
of Web Production from page design through user testing to uploading and maintenance.

COMP-290. Microcomputer Applications II. 1-3 Hours. Students receive hands-on experience with microcomputers while learning advanced theories and practical applications of a software program. Software
programs may include Windows, Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage, Internet and Web Design.

COMP-291. Digital Media: Adobe Premiere. 3 Hours. This course will teach students how to create digital movies using Adobe Premiere software. Students will learn how to capture and edit digital video and will learn creative ways to include digital videos in DVDs, web sites and other multimedia projects. They will
also learn how to: assemble and edit a video sequence; enhance video with transitions, effect and titles; work with audio, capture video, and export a video.

COMP-296. Web Animation with Macromedia Flash. 3 Hours. This course is designed to teach students how to use Macromedia Flash to create dynamic, compelling and highly interactive Web content. Students will use Macromedia Flash as a drawing tool, an animation environment, a programming language and a web authoring package.

COMP-297. Web Page Design with Macromedia Dreamweaver. 3 Hours. The main purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Macromedia Dreamweaver, and the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to create Web sites.

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