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Digital Communication and Web Design (WEB)

The digital communication and Web design program, housed in the communication department, teaches software-specific solutions used in desktop publishing, Web publishing, computer graphic arts, digital photography, digital video production, interactive applications, and publishing to print, CD, DVD and the World Wide Web.   Students not only learn how to use, but also communicate effectively with software programs. 

As part of this program, each student is provided an opportunity for a real-world experience.  Working with businesses and nonprofit organizations in the region, our students will create projects and develop an authentic client-artist relationship.  This unique experience prepares students for employment in digital communication and Web design careers.

All university students may take courses in our fully equipped Mac lab which is monitored and accessible to students 24 hours a day.
 
Digital communication and Web design majors are encouraged to purchase an Apple® Mac laptop.  This combination of computer and current industry programs allows our students to work on assignments at their convenience.  Upon graduation, students will be able to take their “toolbox” with them to potential employers and be prepared to start work immediately. Please contact the digital communication and Web design director if you have any questions about purchasing a computer or software.

Major
Digital Communication and Web Design

WEB 203

Digital Imaging

3

WEB 247

Web Page Design

3

WEB 300

Advanced Media Design

3

WEB 355

Information Architecture

3

WEB 450

Internship

3

WEB 456

Digital Communications Portfolio

3

WEB 499

Special Topics

3

COM 205

Communication, Media and Society

3

GDS 101

Introduction to Graphic Design

3

GDS 205

Photography Foundations

3

GDS 215

Typography

3

GDS 305

Color Theory Design

3

JRN 211

Journalism

3

 

Total

39

Students in the College of Arts and Humanities must pass two semesters of foreign language. 

Minor
Digital Communication and Web Design

WEB 203

Digital Imaging

3

WEB 247

Web Page Design

3

WEB 300

Advanced Media Design

3

WEB 355

Information Architecture

3

GDS 101

Introduction to Graphic Design

3

GDS 215

Typography

3

 

Total

18

Course Descriptions

202 Computer Graphics 3 hours F12    
Building on a foundation of graphic design department courses, this course is a studio course in using the computer as an illustrating medium.  Using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, students put their graphic design training to work on the computer.

203 Digital Imaging 3 hours F
The course will provide an Introduction to and application of computer-generated graphics, imaging and photo manipulation using industry standard software. Includes lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: GDS 101 or consent of instructor

247 Web Page Design 3 hours F12
Students are trained in using the Internet, designing Web pages and developing websites. File transfer, browsers, evaluation of sites, copyright, and principles of layout and design are included. Students will use Adobe Dreamweaver to create Web pages, will learn the basics of CSS and will review the basics of HTML coding.

299 Special Topics - Basic 1-3 hours TBA

300 Advanced Media Design 3 hours S
An extension of previously learned Web design/development concepts with the infusion of additional advanced techniques to produce state-of-the-art techniques and designs. Includes lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: GDS 101, WEB 203 or consent of instructor

305 Advanced Digital Imaging 3 hours S
An extension of previously learned computer graphic concepts with the infusion of additional advanced effects to produce professional-level techniques and digital media.  Includes lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: GDS 101, WEB 205 or consent of instructor

345 Desktop Publishing 3 hours TBA
This course provides instruction and experience in desktop publishing. Students will design, create and edit documents using Adobe InDesign.

355 Information Architecture 3 hours S
Design, organization and presentation of written and graphical information based on form and content to produce websites that are organized, intuitive, and easy to navigate.  Includes lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: GDS101, WEB 247 or consent of instructor

399 Special Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA
This course provides a forum in which students and instructors may pursue advanced topics not regularly covered in the digital communication and Web design curriculum. Students interested in arranging a special topics course should contact the department chairman.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

450 Internship 3 hours F,S
A student independently studies in a successful business operation with help from the instructor and professionals to gain practical working experience.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and digital communication and Web design major with consent of department chairman.

456 Digital Communication Portfolio 3 hours F
This course allows students to further develop professional portfolios as dictated by future goals. Students research career opportunities while re-evaluating and refining existing work. Students identify weaknesses in their individual portfolio and create new work in order to strengthen their portfolio and presentation. All portfolio pieces are expected to meet professional standards. All work in the portfolio should demonstrate the ability to convey complex compositional organization, problem-solving, creativity and originality along with mastery of media in single and/or multi-piece projects.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and digital communication and Web design major with consent of department chairman.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA
This course covers topics in advanced mathematics not normally covered in junior- and senior-level courses.

 

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