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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year


Students who finish the web track can earn both Web Design short-term certificate and Advanced Web Design certificate.

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)

Description: Students are introduced to the fundamental principles and elements of design, through the application of critical and creative thinking skills, messaging, and storytelling; understanding of social and cultural context, human behavior, color, typography, image and modeling, resulting in traditional and digital conceptualization of visual communication projects. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Description: Introduction to the design development process including research, ideation and iteration, computer illustration, imaging, photo manipulation, page layout, and composition techniques using industry-based software.

Description: This course introduces students to the planning and development of interactive media, with a special emphasis on web design.

Description: HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are widely used technologies to create and display content on the web. HTML is the primary language used for creating web pages including basic text formatting, linking between pages and adding images and other media. CSS is a styling language that enables the separation of content from style and provides precision control over the display including layout, colors and fonts. Students will learn to apply best practices for web design and create sites that enhance the usability and interactivity of the pages.

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)


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Spring Semester (First Year)

Description: Introduction to drawing techniques as applied to design, including stylization, perspective, application of color and texture, design processes, shading and light to create depth and dimension in a 2-D rendering or illustration. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Description: The course will explore fundamental concepts in human-computer interaction (HCI) theory and usability and learn about various cutting-edge technologies to measure digital media environment design effectiveness. The coursework will allow students to learn to pay specific attention to user expectations and how they drive user behavior. The course's primary outcome is the design and management of usability study, then reporting that study's results.

Prerequisites: VIS 1140 and VIS 1310

Description: This course is an introduction to web design. Students will learn how to evaluate and develop quality websites by applying various web concepts. Students will learn how to use software to design and develop websites.

Prerequisites: VIS 1140 and VIS 1310 and CIS 1350

Description: Mathematics of finance, mathematics of trade, payroll, taxes, insurance, elementary statistics. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Choose one math course from MAT 1110, MAT 1120, or any OT36 approved math

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or DEV 0054 or Other (satisfactory score on Sinclair Community College English placement test)


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Fall Semester (Second Year)
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Description: This course will cover advanced techniques, practical guidelines, and best practices for building web applications. Student will have strong knowledge of design principles and elements in relation to designing user interface (UI) for the web. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: CIS 1350 and VIS 1320 and VIS 1330

Description: This course incorporates elements from each of the core program courses to allow students to talk through the entire web design process, including design/project documentation, wireframing, creating mock-ups, revisions, pages and final deliverables. Upon completion, students will have a professional website that can serve as part of their professional portfolio. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: CIS 1350 and VIS 1320 and VIS 1330

Description: An introduction to the technique of digital color photography, printing techniques, the presentation of digital prints and various camera and computer techniques will be employed to enhance the print. Student will supply own digital Single-lens Reflex (SLR) camera. Six studio hours per week.

Notes: Choose one program elective from ART 2265, CIS 1375, IND 1240, MRK 2135, VIS 1210, and VIS 1420.

Prerequisites: ART 1161 and Other (ART 1175 (if ART major) OR VIS 1140 (if VIS major))

Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description: A critical analysis of contemporary American society with review of major sociological theories, research methods, culture, socialization, groups, social structure, social institutions, deviance, social inequalities, social processes and social change.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015


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Spring Semester (Second Year)
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Description: This course introduces basic principles of animation (squash and stretch, anticipation, easing, etc.); the motion design process, including scripting, storyboarding, animatics, and final animation; and, industry-standard motion design software.

Prerequisites: VIS 1140

Description: This course focuses on web design utilizing industry-standard, database-driven, content management systems. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: VIS 2140 and VIS 2150

Description: Graphic design business practices including individualized portfolio development, work experience and development of professional practice skills; including cost estimating, contract writing, sales and communication techniques. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: VIS 2110 and VIS 2120 or VIS 2180 and VIS 2190 or VIS 2140 and VIS 2150

Description: Art history from early cave paintings through the Medieval period of Western civilization.

Notes: Choose ART 2230, 2231, or 2235.


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.