FMX 311 is a studio/performance-oriented advanced web production classs, addressing the history and culture of the Internet, exploring the World Wide Web as a domain for publication and expression for online producers. Special emphasis will be placed on defining the differences between client-side and server-side creations, and how these affect the content and presentation of the information on the web. It will also emphasize on the evolution of multimedia into hypermedia through the usage of client/server tools, web services, CMS, programming languages and databases.
Process and Strategy
The goal of this class is to understand the Web as a self expression tool through a series of personal and collective projects. The projects are intended to prepare the students for the real world web design processes.
You will be required to purchase your own server space and domain name for this class AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Make sure it runs APACHE and allows you to work on PHP and MySQL, as well as ONE CLICK INSTALLERS for WordPress!
There are plenty of very inexpensive and efficient options on the web such as Dreamhost or BlueHost
It is ideal for you to own the Adobe Creative Cloud • in Particular Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Premiere and After Effects • in case you are a commuter or you prefer working at home.
All your assignments will be posted on your web sites, and they will gradually build your online portfolio.
Make sure you check and empty your ut webmail account regularly. We will use Blackboard permanently to post the grades and communicate.
Short readings will be distributed throughout the semester. Most of the information will be provided by the professor or will be found freely online. Critiques will frequently be initiated from various topics covered in the readings. In order to participate effectively you will need to have read the required texts and be able to articulate your responses to them within the context of class discussion and critique.
Use your own portable hard-drives or iPods, and JumpDrives such as Sandisk or others in case you have any, to store your work. Do not rely on the CAS LAb student server, it is not secure and you might lose your data. the most secure storage is your own remote web server. It is your responsibility to have a full complete backup of your work.
There will be several projects throughout the course, including papers, assignments, quizes and others. Each one of them will be a part of the final 60% of the grade. If necessary I will do some pop quizes, depending on the students’ participation and motivation, and depending on how certain classes work, I might add an extra work not listed in the syllabus. The final project will count for 40% of the final grade. The grades posted on BlackBoard may not reflect the final grade on SpartanWeb
Possible last-minute changes
Although unlikely, it is possible that last-minute changes might be made to the dates for all assignments or class meetings, excepting only the final exam. In this unlikely event, I’ll make all possible efforts to inform students with sufficient lead-time.
Readings / assignments / requirements
- Opera Web Standards Curriculum covers the basics of web standards-based design in HTML and CSS.
- The W3C, itself, has a wiki-based general Learn page as well as an HTML element reference.
I reserve the right to modify this syllabus for any reason at any time.
Links to Atomic Learning for HTML5 + CSS3