Course Description:

This course is an introduction to creative practices within digital technologies. A broad survey of the history of digital arts is examined in tandem with a survey of software including BBEdit, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia Flash. Emphasis is placed on making creative projects for the web. Students apply knowledge and skills to 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.

Monday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm


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: February 25

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

Session 2: March 3

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: March 10

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: March 17

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.)


User Centered Design and Page Design from Web Style Guide.

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

Student presentations:

Cyle Metzger: Olia Lialina
Jami Marshall-Lively: Vuk Cosic


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

Session 5: March 24

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


Handout: Pages 44 - 67, Background Images and Image Replacement from CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

Student presentations:

Daniel Ouellette: Heath Bunting
Jessica Snow: Alexai Shulgin


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

Session 6: March 31

Work on sites in class.

Student presentations:

Amelia Holmes: Mark Napier
Laura Kiefer:


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: April 7

Class critique.


Student webpages complete, on student server and working.

Session 8: April 14

Review of work to date.

Student presentations:

Andy Murdoch: Minerva Cuevas
Elizabeth Wisker: Natalie Bookchin

Session 9: April 21

Introduction to Flash.

Student presentations:

Simon Jolly: Michael Mandiberg
Keren Hasson: Young-Hae Chang, Heavy Industries


Continue working on personal sites and ideas for final projects.

Session 10: April 28

More Flash.

Student presentations:

Christie Goshe: Josh On/Future Farmers
Lydia von Berg: Jonathan Harris


First draft of ideas for final project. You should have a paragraph decsription of your idea along with sketches/images and a site outline/map. Individual discussions with Robert.

Session 11: May 5

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: May 12

Flash Video. Work on finals.

Student presentation:

Zoe Quittner: Natalie Jeremijenko

Session 13: May 19

Review work to date. Work on finals.

Session 14: May 26

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.)