Introduction to Web Design

Course Description

This course is designed to develop skills that lay the foundation for producing web-ready communications:  graphic design principles, storyboards, web development, shared project management skills such as interviewing and project scheduling, peer review, and redesign. Project activities focus on developing effective communications that can be deployed on the web. Students develop a variety of graphical images, an electronic portfolio, and a client website.

The key skills emphasized in this class are:

  • “soft” skills such as interviewing and responding to feedback
  • designing a website for clients
  • problem solving that helps support multiple perspectives
  • reflection about the design process and effective communication
  • peer teaching and evaluation in a collaborative environment
  • technical web publishing

Students will use Adobe Fireworks CS3 to develop static and interactive graphics. They will also use Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 to design and build websites.

Course Goals

  1. To gain a reasonable level of practical expertise in graphic design, layout and production of web pages.
  2. To understand the principles and practice of electronic publishing and its importance in a visually-oriented world.
  3. To explore creative and scientific communication technologies for personal expression and professional use in industry, government, business and education.
  4. To understand the history, ethics, purposes, and future of electronic publishing on the Internet.

It is the student’s responsibility to come to class each day prepared (notebook, pen or pencil) and ready to participate.

Course Grading

The grading scale for this course is consistent with the scale printed in the Student Handbook.



Scholastic Honesty and Integrity

All students are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct. Any case of academic dishonesty--cheating, plagiarism, collusion--will not be tolerated and will result in no credit being earned for the assignment.