Professor / Lauren Meranda
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Meetings / Tuesday & Thursdays, 8:00–10:40 pm

Course Description

This course will cover visual communication for web and digital media technology. It will begin with understanding site structure and mapping. Students will plan, design, and produced finished websites and other multi media projects. The student will gain a greater understanding of site maps, site navigation, menus, buttons and web graphics.


The course is comprised of many short exercises plus 3 graded assignments.

Exercises are designed as a means to become familiar with and explore the functions of various software environments. Each exercise focuses on specific tools and requires experimentation within those tool sets to discover their potential. Most exercises will be due the class period immediately after they are assigned. All exercises must be posted to the class blog prior to the start of the next class and tagged with the student’s name and exercise number. Please categorize all of your posts with your name, so I can see all of your work throughout the semester.

Assignments are intended as opportunities to synthesize and apply ideas explored through the exercises, required readings, writing, and class discussion. These are invitations to invent and experiment creatively with the design tools. Creative and ambitious experiments will be evaluated high, while obvious and easily attained solutions are evaluated low. All assignments must be completed to pass the course. Assignments are only considered as completed when they are available on the class website. Final projects must be uploaded to the class website by the posted deadline.

Late assignments will reduce the grade proportionally.

Active contribution during class is required. You are expected to be resourceful to your peer students and seek help when needed. The class website is available to you for questions, comments, and feedback amongst your peers and to the professor.


Your final grade is a result of the effort, aesthetic quality,and craft of class assignments, participation in class discussions, attendance, and your final project.

Off-Campus Learning

We will plan at least one studio tour or other off-campus event during the semester. These events will be scheduled outside of class time based on the most accessible times available for the full class. Though NOT required for completion of the course, this is a unique opportunity, and participation is highly recommended. I hope this will also demonstrate some of the diverse possibilities a career in design affords. We will discuss dates and times to schedule during the first few class sessions.


Attendance at all class meetings is required. A sign-in sheet will be at the front of the room before class starts. The sheet will be removed after class starts. If you do not sign-in during this period you will be not allowed to do so later. You will be marked late if you arrive after the start of class. Two late arrivals is equal to one absence. More than two absences will impact your grade negatively, and more than three absences are grounds for an F.

Please note: No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. You are responsible for maintaining your own schedule.


Students can use the lab computers or their own laptop computers with the required software in class and for completion of course assignments. If you don’t already, make sure to get a USB jump drive or external hard-drive. ALL hard drives (internal and external) eventually fail, so file safety cannot be guaranteed on ANY computer. Always back up your files. Loss or damage of data or files is NOT an acceptable explanation for late or missing assignments.

Your files are your responsibility!

Required Software

Adobe Photoshop CS 6+

Adobe DreamWeaver CS 6+

Sublime Text 2 (free text editor)

Students must have access to the internet and Judson email accounts to use the class blog for posting assignments and feedback. Please make sure you can access the internet from our classroom as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

You will also need to purchase a URL and hosting for your own site. You may want to go in on hosting with a classmate to reduce costs. URLs run about $15 and hosting can cost anywhere from $6-10/month. You will need this for our second assignment.

Required Books

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, By Jon Duckett

Office Hours

Students are responsible for scheduling any desired one-on-one meetings for before or after class  at least one day in advance of the desired meeting time.


Time spent in the classroom will be dedicated to presentation, discussion, and self-directed studio work. Any other activities or behavior not conducive to our coursework will NOT be tolerated. Prohibited activities during class time include use of cell phones for talking or texting, surfing the web or social media for unrelated purposes, private conversations amongst students, rude or insulting language or behavior, and any other form of distraction from the tasks at hand.

We have a lot of exciting work to do, and our time together is valuable. Let’s make the most of it.


Judson University is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, you must contact Gineen Vargas, ADAA Compliance Coordinator in the Student Success Center, located in the Lindner Tower—2nd floor at 847-628-1556.

The ADAA Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to receipt of a current  licensed clinician report outlining the disability, possible limitations and reasonable accommodations in order to meet the needs of the post-secondary coursework. Accommodations are never provided retroactively – prior to finalization of the Letter of Accommodation. Gineen will be happy to meet with you to discuss your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential.

Further information is available by visiting
the Student Success Center website

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus should the need arise.