AR 314 Advanced Graphic Design I


                                   AR 314 Graphic Design III
                                    Albertus Magnus College
                                     Jerry Nevins, Professor

                      Phone: 773-8546, office, 203 Aquinas Hall



Graphic Design III is intended to be a continuation of the work begun in Graphic Design I and II and at its heart is about the skillful interaction of text forms and images into cohesive, clean designs.

The focus of your work this semester will be on creating a personal, professional web site which will showcase your resume, creative images from your portfolio as well as a statement about your goals as a designer. You will take it live to the internet using an ftp client. You will get your own domain name and learn to update and maintain your website.

Technical Topics:

Introduction to Dreamweaver
Explore Squarespace, Weebly, Jimdo, Tumblr, Wix
Editing photographs for use in your projects
Scaling and setting up linked image galleries
Understand information hierarchies
Linking, hypertext, problem solving
Color design and integration across your site
Page layout and design for the monitor
Understanding FTP

Goals of the Course:

-Plan a Web site design based on the function and content of the information to be delivered. Extend that understanding to helping solve client needs in the future.

-Create a site map that visually shows the plan of each page in your site and how the architecture of the site is conceived.

-Develop user-friendly pages with bandwidth-saving techniques and clear navigation systems.

-Integrate prior graphic design experience to the Web site design.

-Develop Color Schemes using Adobe Kuler or

Color Scheme Designer

Dreamweaver Tutorial, Part 1 My video introduction

Dreamweaver Tutorial, Part 2

No code website builders

ADOBE TV Dozens of Videos from Adobe on using Dreamweaver.

Term Assignment. Develop a comprehensive personal website which promotes you and your visual portfolio work you have done to date at Albertus. Include an About Me page, Resume and Gallery page with links out to individual pages of images.

Develop front page sites using 3 or 4 of the "free" site builders such as Squarespace, Weebly, Jimdo, Tumblr, Wix.

Review and links to Free WTSIWYG website editors


Video: How to use Crop tool to Resize and not Skew in Photoshop

Upload and host online.

Academic Expectations:

Attend all classes, care about your work, make progress in the medium, help and cooperate with your classmates, take risks, make mistakes. Your grade will be based on your willingness to achieve the above as well as a portfolio of 10 pieces due at the end of the semester. A maximum of 3 absences is allowed, with or without a valid excuse. After that your grade will drop.

Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. To this end, every student must write and sign the following statement at the end of each examination: "I declare the Honor Pledge."

Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.

Special Needs and Accommodations: Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester or mod. Those students seeking accommodation based on disabilities should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through the Academic Development Center in Aquinas Hall, (203) 773-8590.


 It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course.  However, failure to attend a course for 14 calendar days may result in an administrative withdrawal from the course. The policies on course withdrawals and administrative withdrawals may be found online at

Albertus Magnus College adheres to the definition of a credit hour in compliance with, and as defined by, NECHE commission policy.

Required Reading:
Numerous Photoshop tutorials online at

Virtual Training Co. Photoshop CS2 Essential Training with Michael Ninness... Free has video tutorials that cover Dreamweaver, Photoshop, FTP and more

ADOBE TV Dozens of Videos from Adobe on using Dreamweaver.

Any mass market bookstore will have numerous Photoshop titles for sale in the computer section. Although not required you may want to pick up a book that fits your budget an learning style to have as a reference.

Suggested Reading:

The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition - Robin Williams (Author); Paperback

Niederst, Jennifer. Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond. Sebastopol, CA:O'Reilly, 2003.


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