Masters School of Art

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Web Design - Class Description

Instructor: Taran Kratz


Level: 1; Age requirements: 12 and up; Format: Class; Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers; Instructor Permission: None

The internet is a new and growing medium of communication.  Websites  are used for everything from commerce to news to hobbies to art galleries.  Web Design I gives students a foundational knowledge in building a functional and good-looking website.

To learn how to use basic HTML and CSS to build and style structurally sound websites.

A 1+ GB (gigabyte) Flash Drive will be needed to store the student's work.  Flash drives are available at just about every office supplies store for $10+. 

We will start off learning how the internet works and then move into the basics of HTML, which is the structure of a website.  After building a solid understanding of HTML, we will move into CSS, which is what we will use to create the "look and feel" of a website. Throughout the course we will use sample files for practicing various concepts, but each student will also work on their own website*, which will be their final project.  We may or may not show the final  projects in the term exhibit.

*The student websites will not be published online unless the student arranges to do it themselves.

Check schedule to determine time of class. Students are responsible for showing up on time and making work up outside of class.

Students will not be graded (unless in college); however, they will be evaluated through level of skill performed in class on whether or not they can continue on to the next level.  Students will also be expected to keep track of their own final project, which will be kept on their flash drive.  The school and teacher will not be responsible for its loss or deletion.

Web design is an intensive, "left-brained" class that requires attention to detail and the ability to focus for relatively long periods of time.  Good web design also involves creativity and patience in problem solving.  If the student listens to instructions during class, asks questions when they don't understand a concept, follows along in the exercises, incorporates what they are learning in their own personal project, and takes the time to look through their book, they will succeed in this class.

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