Semester 1 | Recording Arts Canada | Digital Arts College

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Web Development 1

The world is a wired place and websites are the cornerstone of the digital age. The fundamentals of the web have remained fairly stable, and with many projects requiring a home online, an understanding of how web development works can be invaluable in any aspect of new media.

In this class, students are introduced to the basic building blocks that form the web; Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript. Students will learn the basics of assembling a proper web site, how to conform to web standards, and be introduced to simple programming; all flexible knowledge with many applications that sets the groundwork for more advanced skills.

Students will learn:

  • HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • The fundamentals of web design
  • Introductory programming

Graphics Tools

Concept art, 2D art and animation, model textures and menu and interface elements: 2D visuals are a vital aspect to digital media. Designers need to understand these elements to be able to properly work with them, which requires them to be well acquainted with the graphic tools used to make them.

In this portion of the curriculum, students are trained in the use of the industry standards for graphic design; Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator. With these tools, students will gain expertise in both vector and raster art graphic design techniques, both giving them the knowledge to produce 2D elements and the skills to communicate with production artists.

Students will learn:

  • Adobe Photoshop and raster art techniques
  • Adobe Illustrator and vector art techniques
  • Graphic design fundamentals

Design for Digital Media

The basic principles of graphic design are simple, flexible, and have endless applications in any form of visual media, from visual art to interface design. An eye for design can make the difference between good and great work, and remains relevant to any career in digital media.

In this class, students will be introduced to the foundations of design by exploring design principles and producing design concepts and layouts, as well as working with interface design. Additionally, students will learn about computer fundamentals and gain more familiarity with varied computer interfaces.

Students will learn:

  • Graphic design fundamentals
  • Interface design fundamentals
  • Computer systems fundamentals

Digital Audio Editing

Multimedia projects are diverse and often include sound, music, and voice overs. Digital media has unique applications for audio, which require special considerations for the medium – digital media uses music, audio-scapes and sound effects to further enhance the user’s experience whether it be on a website or as part of a DVD project.

Students will learn about basic editing techniques including digital audio formatting, mixing, editing and working with scratch audio, as well as concepts such as multi-track music, and looping and branching audio.

Students will learn:

  • Sound mixing and editing
  • Formatting and compression methods
  • Sound Design

Animation 1 - Web Animation

Despite the ever-increasing capabilities and impressiveness of 3D animation software, the demand for 2D art and animation in web design continues to grow. There is a high demand for projects delivered via the web and through mobile devices, which only grows as web surfers gain savvy and portable devices become increasingly powerful and media-rich. Additionally, 2D art and animation remains fundamental to the development of 3D animation skills.

During the program, students will be introduced to 2D animation through the industry standard for web media, Adobe's Flash software environment. Flash Players are readily available across all major computer platforms and on many web-enabled devices. Additionally, students will learn how to use Flash to produce interactive multimedia applications.

Students will learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of the Flash platform
  • Core classical and modern animation techniques
  • Fundamental interactivity for the web
  • Basic Actionscript; Flash's native scripting language