digital arts projects

ART 200 – Digital Arts Projects – 3 credits

This course is an overview of multimedia applications used in new media and digital arts practices. Students design, develop and apply pre-production techniques for collaborative student projects. Through a series of demonstrations, students learn how industry-standard tools are applied to situation-based professional and creative projects. Multiple projects may serve diverse industries beyond the visual arts, including science, business, entertainment or educational and community needs. Contact hrs. 3. Prerequisite: At least one level II Digital Arts class, or permission of instructor.

Digital Arts Projects collaborates with businesses to produce digital media assets. Other colleges are doing the same  – offering students the opportunity to work with businesses to produce real world deliverables and prototypes.
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” It’s not that students aren’t being taught what they need to know, he said. It’s that the learning isn’t organized in a useful way. Students need help tying together what they are learning inside the classroom and out of it. “We know what’s needed: We need skills-oriented learning, infused with the liberal arts, with a heavy dose of real-world experience,”
Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement
and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University

Download Syllabus (2017) – CASE STUDY examples for FINAL EXAM PRESENTATION
Team Internship Overview Complete Digital Arts Projects questions and discuss with class your career and course goals –

Email your inquires to Prof. Deb Krikun

Review of historical digital media and how it impacts social and economic systems. Students will design and manipulate digital media to produce a real world prototype. Students are expected to be working at an advanced level of skill for the class. Utilizing a WordPress site to archive their production tasks and collaborative works.

  • Design and develop a professional project that you
    have designed, developed and produced in one or more
    of the following examples: graphic design (print or web), animation 2D/3D, motion graphics, digital video efx, audio, music, a video short
    film (fiction/documentary) and an online wordpress site or website to promote the final project.
  • Each project must archive online an
    understanding of design, storyboard development,
    storyline, tools, production, layout and/or any
    interactive user experience principles as discussed in class
  • Create multimedia content that will serve a specific
    user/audience and communicate meaning
  • Demonstrate skills using multimedia applications and
    production techniques as used in public, commercial
    and/or creative industries
  • Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary
    designers/artists in new media and the digital arts.
  • Demonstrate understanding design thinking principles when designing and developing an interactive prototype.

Seeking an Interactive and Multimedia Designer –  (Classified Advertisement 2015)

  • Provide professional creative design and development for new media: interactive design, web pages, games or apps, digital video, animation, market development, research, communications, public relations, and deliver a proto­‐type proposal for crowd­‐funding. Responsibilities include seeking creative consulting, concept development, technology assessment of applications, graphic design, illustration, web (HTML/CSS3) and multimedia design and development. • Collaborates with project teams, blog management, analyze media, help organize and execute assigned projects.

What skills are needed to be an animator 2D or 3D?

What skills are needed as a web designer?

What skills are needed as an interactive designer?

Week 1: Course Overview of Projects – create a unique WordPress site specifically for course (SLO# 1) Tuesday 1/24  – Class will meet and introduce their career objectives and presents what skills they have to contribute to the collaborative final projects. (Web Design, Application Design, Animation, Video, Graphic Design, Programming, Social Media, Manager or others) We will define the final projects that will be designed and developed as a prototype. Assignment #1: Clearly state what project(s) you want to work on and how you will be able to contribute to the project. Bring in research and portfolio examples that demonstrate how well you understand the tasks that are needed to collaborate on new media projects. You can work on multiple projects – Upload to PROPOSAL page
Week 2: Students present previous work and what Final Project they will work on. Discussion about design thinking practices applied to interactive design, animation, graphic design, product design and other systems or services. Students who are creating promotional media for community partner and event need to build basic graphics relative to the mission of the event. Promotional media format may be for print, web pages, apps design, data visualization, animation, and video. Students who are working on animation projects need to establish what scene, technique and what 12 animation principles will be represented. Overview of software will be explored (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Efx, Maya) Assignment #2: Design and develop sketches on computer or pencil – develop a logo, design page layout (web, posters, apps) or storyboard rough scene making notation of where the 12 principles will be infused. Upload to the SKETCHES page
(SLO# 1)
Week 3: Overview of animation techniques and interactivity – Page/App Layout or storyboard for final project (SLO# 2) We will review everyone’s boards. Be sure animators are making note of the 12 animation principles. 1) Logo and promotional mockups for JUNETEENTH Event needs to be researched and ready to design using Illustrator. 2) Motion Graphic students also storyboard ideas and research JUNETEENTH and/or design a unique motion graphic using Type(your name) and Design. 3) InDesign students have e-magazine mockup. 4) 3D students have Maya .OBJs ready for rigging and lightening. 5) The Resource page will have tutorials listed under DIGITAL ARTS PROJECTS for tutorials that I have found to be useful. Assignment #3 – Improve upon rough mockups on pencil and computer for all final layouts. Use of Color (palette-5 colors), other professional examples, research, web pages, typefaces, camera angles for framing and staging. Upload to DESIGN page
Week 4: Overview of Illustrator and Flash – Design and create assets for final projects. 1) Mockup of web pages 2) Storyboard Designs 3) Character Designs 4) Design for Motion Graphics 5) Graphic Novel layout 6) Visual Efx Assignment #4  – Rough boards and written narratives about your project.  (SLO# 2) Upload to PROGRESS page
Week 5: Discussion of Project Mentors – Invited professionals scheduled for end of April 1) Review of Animation Studio Recommendations 2) Overview of Illustrator assets and importing into Flash Symbols. Demonstration of Bone Rigging in Flash. Assignment #5 1) Finalize logo designs and marketing materials for Community Partners, 2) Finalize web page for Social Media Project 3) Revise storyboards (include POV and foreshortening) 4) Finalize the Character Designs for Puppet Project 5) Complete visual efx frames in PSD 6) Finalize frames of Graphic Novel Assignment #5 – Continue working on assets for final project – (SLO# 3-4) Upload to STORYBOARD page
Week 6: Painting in PSD for backgrounds or Matte Ptgs. Organize and build symbols to start prototype needed in Animation, Social Media, eBook and Visual Efx.  Assignment #6 –  Continue working on assets for final project – upload all pre-production documents to blog–  (SLO# 2)
Week 7: MIDTERM March 7th– You will present one of your blog postings (Total of 7 postings) Pages on the blog need to be complete – (1) Narrative (describe your project and your goals creating the project) and research (show examples) ,(2)  Design (illustrations, logos, graphic design, character designs), (3) Sketches (roughs), (4) Mockups (digital and pencil) storyboard, web pages, layouts, animatics, backgrounds) Game Design Lecturer (invited guest to critique) Assignment #7  -Center for the Digital Arts is OPEN over vacation  – complete all FIXES based on today’s MIDTERM evaluation – storyboards, animatics, action drawings, and mockups
(SLO# 2)
Week 8: Return from Vacation –  (SLO# 2-3) Introduction to After Efx – for timeline projects. All fixes need to be completed based on MIDTERM assessment. Demonstrate those fixes in your WP blog. Assignment: A file management document in MS Word that describes week by week your production tasks that you will be completing for the remaining semester. Sources: template, Animation, Creative Services,Schedule-03
Week 9: Resolve technical or creative issues based on last week critique of Projects
Upload your progress for your project (sketches, logos, posters, animation (capture screens and videos) You should have 12 examples of your progress for the semester – (SLO# 2-3)
Week 10:  Prepare Presentations for professional visitors(SLO# 3)
Week 11:  Assess feedback and trouble-shoot problems based on professional feedback ***(SLO# 2)
Week 12:  Continue to work on fine tuning Final Projects (SLO# 2-3)
Week 13:  Prepare final projects for end product deliverable (video, web and all projects are printed) (SLO# 4) Upload your progress for your project (research, iterations, logos, posters, animation (capture screens and videos), graphic designs
Week 14:  Update WordPress with all examples including Research and Resource Links (SLO# 1-4) Discuss Case Study presentation.
Week 15:  Present Case Study to professional guests *** (SLO# 4)
  • Weekly Journal Blog Entries (15) ________________________5%
  • Weekly Assignments (12 @5% using a point value system) ___________60%
  • Weekly Participation and in-class
    Tutorials (Pass or Fail)          ___________________  15%
  • Midterm and Final Presentation
    (Oral and Written)                                          _________                          20%
  • TOTAL __________________________________________100%

All assignments MUST BE UPLOADED TO STUDENTS PERSONAL BLOG to be evaluated and given credit, there are no exceptions. Students may access weekly video assignments through WCC’S BLACKBOARD and other weekly assignments from the instructor’s blog.

Students must have an online cloud account (Apple, Microsoft or Google Docs) to backup files (2 copies). Losing files will result in failing the course. Student’s personal blog and BLACKBOARD account will archive assignments, resources and their progress throughout the semester. The BLACKBOARD shell will present weekly assignments that need to be completed each week on a Pass or Fail basis. At all times students will know their grade and what assignment will follow each week. If absent you can find the missed assignment online, on the instructors blog or BLACKBOARD.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and sharing my expertise as we utilize creative digital media tools and learn applicable skills that are found in innovative professions. Here is an example of the skills we will be learning:


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