Web Design – Syllabus

ARTS 105 – Time Based Media: Web Design

University of the Pacific

Spring 2015

Instructor: Dawn Pedersen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (916) 320-1371
Website: http://urlnextdoor.com


  • ARTS 045 Digital Photography
  • ARTS 091 Print Media Graphics


Fridays 9:00am-11:50am, plus 3 hours online


Jeannette Powell Art Center, 1081 West Mendocino Ave.: Mac Lab

Supplies Needed

  • Flash drive, or a free account with Google Drive or Dropbox, to store all your class files. CONTINUOUSLY BACK UP YOUR WORK!
  • Access to a computer with an Internet browser installed on it.
  • Internet connection & E-mail address
  • Notebook and pen for lecture notes and sketches.
  • Recommended: domain name registration plus web hosting, to put yoru website online.

Lab Fee

Your course fee of $50 will be automatically billed to your account after the second week of the course. This fee will pay for consumable supplies provided in conjunction with the completion of this class. Additional materials will be required.

Course Description

This intermediate level course for studio art and graphic design majors teaches the development of websites for commercial applications and artist’s portfolios. Emphasis is placed upon effective approaches to the organization and design of websites for self-promotion, employment, and e-commerce.

Student Learning Outcomes

This class will teach artists Web design tools they can use to promote their work in the commercial and fine art worlds. Students will learn to edit and organize their fine art and design work into an effective web portfolio that is easily accessible to viewers.

This course will introduce students to:

  1. Effective approaches to the design, layout, and organization of websites.
  2. Creating basic HTML and CSS based websites using Dreamweaver web design software.
  3. Preparing website layouts in Photoshop using the specialized web design features in that application.
  4. Working with additional software to add simple animations to a website.
  5. Editing their artwork to create an effective promotional portfolio.
  6. Writing artist’s statements and résumés both for inclusion on their websites and for other professional applications.

Student Responsibility

  • Attendance: You must attend class. Students are responsible for all material and instruction missed due to absences. Lecture notes are not available from the instructor. Refer to http://urlnextdoor.com
  • Timeliness: Complete all assignments and projects on time! Assignments are typically due one week after they are assigned. No late work is accepted. See late work policy below.
  • Academic Honesty: You are more than welcome to help each other on projects, but copying is not acceptable. Any indication of copying or cheating on projects or assignments will result in a failing score, and disciplinary action in accordance with district policy.
  • Work Load: Consistent work habits (attending lab time regularly and submitting assignments on time) are essential factors in determining your final grade. In addition to the three hours of class time per week, expect to spend six to nine more hours each week completing class assignments.
  • Clean Up: Students are also responsible for helping to maintain an orderly computer lab and studio environment. At the end of each studio session, computer, printer, and studio areas must be clean and the equipment turned off.

Open Lab Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00am to 9:00pm; Fri. 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sat. and Sun. 1:00 to 6:00pm

Officially scheduled classes will have priority access to all computers and printers during their class hours. Plan your schedule so that you will be able to complete your assignments during open lab hours.


Only enrolled students are permitted in the classroom. No guests, audits, children, or pets of any kind. Each student is responsible for his/her own enrollment status.


Excessive absences may result in you being dropped from the class.  If, however, you wish to drop the class, go to the admissions and records office and do the necessary paperwork yourself! Your records are your own responsibility.


Throughout the semester you may be e-mailing me with questions ([email protected]). Keep in mind that I teach other classes at other colleges, and receive a lot of e-mail throughout the semester. Make certain that all your e-mail starts with this subject line:

SUBJECT: UOP Web Design Fridays

Also, please sign your name to your e-mail!  Many people forget to do this; and I have no way of knowing that [email protected] is really Mary Jones. Even if your e-mail address has your name mentioned in it, please sign it still. [email protected] could be Mary Jones or Mark Jones.

Method of Evaluation

This is a rough breakdown of the grading structure. However, all regular assignments are simply graded credit or no credit. The midterm and final are graded in points. All will factor into your final grade, which will be based on demonstrated mastery of the subject.

Weekly assignments:     75%
Midterm Project:            10%
Final Project:                   15%
Total:                            100%
90% – 100%      A
80% – 89%        B
70% – 79%         C
60% – 69%        D
0     – 59%          F

You are encouraged and advised to participate in classroom discussions. Though not strictly graded, your interest and participation will be noticed over the semester, and will affect your grade in borderline cases.

Late Work

  • Each assignment must be received by the set deadline, typically one week after it is introduced. If you don’t keep up with the assignments, it will become harder to comprehend later course material.
  • Late work will not be accepted. You are welcome to turn in work early.
  • On-time projects may be redone with instructor approval.

Make-Up Projects

These will be offered only in the event of extreme and unforeseeable circumstances, such as a death in the family, serious illness, etc. You must notify me of such in advance of a scheduled project due date in order for a makeup to be considered.

Incomplete Grade

Only extreme and unforeseeable circumstances, such as a death in the family, serious illness, etc. warrant a grade of “incomplete.” You must notify me of such within ten days of the incident in order to be considered for a grade of “incomplete.”

Clean Language

You will be turning in a number of assignments throughout the semester. Please use language and graphics appropriate to a classroom setting. Failure to comply will result in a zero on that assignment. If your material is borderline or questionable, simply don’t risk it.


Late arrivals and early departures disrupt the entire class. If you know in advance that you will be late or need to leave early, please let me know. Otherwise, if you habitually arrive to class late or leave early, your grade will be lowered.

Smart phones, tablets, or any other electronics that make noise must be muted during class. If you receive a phone call, please leave the classroom before answering. Texting in class affects your attention to the coursework, and may get you marked absent.

University Honor Code

The University Honor Code is an essential element in academic integrity.  It is a violation of the Honor Code to give or receive information from another student during an examination; to use unauthorized sources during an examination; to submit all or part of someone else’s work or ideas as one’s own.  If a student violates the Honor Code, the faculty member may refer the matter to the Office of Student Life.  If found guilty, the student may be penalized with failure of the assignment or failure of the course.  The student may also be reprimanded or suspended form the University.  A complete statement of the Honor Code may be found in the Student Handbook, Tiger Lore.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability, who requires accommodations, please contact Mr. Daniel Nuss, Coordinator of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Bannister Hall, room 101, for information on how to obtain an Accommodation Request Letter. Contact: [email protected] or (209) 946-2879. Then please schedule a meeting with me during office hours or some mutually convenient time to arrange the accommodations. These services may include, but are not limited to, extended time for completing exams, alternative testing procedures, note takers, & transportation to & from classes.

The Policy Manual can be found at: http://web.pacific.edu/Documents/schooleducation/acrobat/PolicyManualforStudentswithDisabilities.pdf