Prerequisites: None. Credits: 4
Time: Wednesday, 8:20 a.m. - 12noon

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to creative practices within digital technologies specifically focused on Internet based projects. A broad survey of digital arts is examined in tandem with an overview of software including BBEdit, Adobe Photoshop, Flash and others. Students apply knowledge and skills to web-based creative projects throughout the term. There are lectures, reading assignments, studio projects and critiques during the course designed to aid the student in developing visual literacy and critical thinking skills in relation to the digital arts.


Active student participation throughout all aspects of this course will make your experience much more meaningful and is necessary for the successful completion of the assigned work. There are reading/research assignments, weekly discussions, student presentations, critiques and the production of work during this course. Students are expected to be present for all class meetings. Please email me if you must miss a class. More than 2 absences will seriously jeopardize your standing in this course.

Students will be evaluated based on the following: Participation/attitude, creative/conceptual work, technical dexterity and progress over the term.

Midterm Project:

The first portion of the term will be focused on learning the skills necessary to build a personal website for you to house your ongoing creative work etc. We will look at principles of web design, information architecture, image optimization and best practice strategies.

Final Project:

Building on class readings and skills acquired students create a web-based artistic project of their own design. The instructor must approve projects and all work is to be located on individual websites. Please note that the final is to be an artistic project -- designing your friends website etc. will not be acceptable. (Final can be created in HTML, Flash, or a combination of both.)

>> Late work is not accepted!<<


All students are expected to contribute in class on a regular basis. Each student is also expected to create and maintain a personal website for this class. All research, documentation, and creative work should be posted on your site for peer review and comments. Individual websites should be updated regularly and include all of your work for this course. In-class presentation materials should be located on your website.

Student Presentations:

Each student will be assigned an artist or collective to make a brief (10-15 minute) presentation on. Presentation materials -- text, image, links etc. -- are to take the form of a web page.

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Office hours/help:

I am available for technical help or to discuss individual projects via office hours and email. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with me, please check my calendar (link above) and email me an appropriate time that works with both our schedules. Please do not leave voice mail! I am also readily available via email and will regularly respond within a few hours.

Preston Noon is the Digital Arts Technician and has regular help hours each week. For more information, please visit the POD website.

Recommended books:

HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference, by Jennifer Niederst Robbins, O'Reilly, 2006.

CSS Pocket Reference: Visual Presentation for the Web, by Eric Meyer, O'Reilly Press, 2007.

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions, by Andy Budd, Friends of Ed, 2006.

Dreamweaver CS3, The Missing Manual, by David Sawyer McFarland, O'Reilly Press, 2005.

Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas

Macromedia Flash CS3: The Missing Manual, by Chris Grover and E. Moore, O'Reilly Press.

This schedule is a guide and will change over the course of the term, check back often.

Session 1: September 3

Introduction to the course. What is digital art?
Intro to HTML and BBEdit.

Session 2: September 10

Bennington server space/accounts. FTP. XHTML and CSS.


Handout: Rachel Greene, Web Work, A History of Internet Art, Art Forum



Create biographical text-based web page inspired by Heath Bunting's _readme.html.

HTML Dog HTML beginner tutorial (use BBEdit).

Session 3: September 17

Photoshop, layout, site architecture.


From Internet Art, "Preface, The Internet's History and Pre-History" and "The Art-Historical Context for Internet Art." page 7-30.


Write one-page html document in response to the Internet Art reading using BBedit and an external style sheet. Be sure to include links and experiment with font, color etc.

HTML Dog CSS beginner tutorial (use BBEdit).

Session 4: September 24

Review work to date. CSS Layout. Image optimization with Photoshop.
Work on layout proposal.
(Don't forget about resource links regarding color, type, layout etc. here.)


Page Design from Web Style Guide.

Handout: Pages 1- 25, Setting the Foundations from CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

Student presentations:

Emily Thomas: Olia Lialina
Michael Zimmer: Vuk Cosic


HTML Dog HTML intermediate tutorial (use BBEdit).
HTML Dog CSS intermediate tutorial (use BBEdit).

Session 5: October 1

Scanning. Work on layout proposal. Individual meetings with Robert.


User Centered Design from Web Style Guide.
Handout: Pages 44 - 67, Background Images and Image Replacement from CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

Student presentations:

Insiyah Mohammed: Heath Bunting
Patrick Hajczewski: Brooke Singer


Site map/outline for student pages. Photoshop layout of home page and digital arts page (minimum).

Session 6: October 8

Work on sites in class.

Student presentations:

Becky Hollada: Mark Napier
Matt Denison: Michael Mandiberg


Two column layout.


Present revised site map/outline and design to the class for input. Assets for site should be ready (photographs, writing etc.)

Session 7: October 15

Class critique.


Student webpages complete, on student server and working.

Session 8: October 22

Review of work to date.

Student presentation:

Chris Platina: Minerva Cuevas
Ted Hendershot: Natalie Bookchin

Session 9: October 29

Introduction to Flash.

Student presentation:

Alex Katz: Natalie Jeremijenko
Eu-jin Queh: Young-Hae Chang/Heavy Industries


Continue working on personal sites and ideas for final projects.

Session 10: November 5

More Flash.

Student presentation:

Connor Dolson: Josh On/Future Farmers
Katari Sporrong: Jonathan Harris


- First draft of ideas for final project. You should have a page on your website that contains a paragraph description of your idea along with sketches/images and a site outline/map. Individual discussions with Robert.
- Short animation of shapes in flash.

November 12

Plan Day --> NO CLASS
All students are to be in the POD working (unless you have a plan meeting). Preston will be on hand to offer assistance and Robert will be present between plan meetings.

Session 11: November 19

More Flash.


Presentation of ideas for final project to the class. Description of the project along with sketches, site map etc. should be located on your website.

Session 12: November 26

Flash Video. Work on finals.

Session 13: December 3

Review work to date. Work on finals.

Session 14: December 10

Final projects discussion and critique.

Last class. Final projects due. (All work from the term must be complete and located on student web pages by the start of class.)