Web & Interactive Design Degree Programs

In today's fast-changing world of technology, the demand for online, mobile, wearable and animation continues to rise. Dive into the digital space with Nossi and design your career with our 2-year or 4-year programs.

Associate's Degree

Earn Your Degree in 24 Months

Nossi College is the only Nashville college to offer a two-year Interactive Graphic Design Degree. As job growth continues to shift from traditional print to digital media, you need to stay competitive by learning new graphic design skills while building core competencies in the creation of responsive websites, apps, digital publishing and motion graphics.

Our highly-technical associate degree is ideal for adult students seeking an exciting career as a graphic artist, web designer or app developer. If you have a degree in print design, marketing, communication or advertising, this program can increase and enhance and skills sought after in today’s creative market. This is a perfect option if you built dynamic soft skills in your career, and now you want to break into the creative industry.

Earn your degree in just 24 months, Mondays – Thursdays 6 – 10 pm, with our Evening Degree Program; OR choose a mix of morning, afternoon and evening classes!

Bachelor's Degree

Earn Your Degree in 44 Months

This specialized field of study is designed to train students for high-level positions in web and interactive design industries. You will gain expertise to meet the capability requirements for interactive career opportunities. Our robust curriculum will teach and train you to be a professional web and interactive designer, incorporating:

  • front-end and integration development for web
  • interactive scripting languages
  • user interface design
  • tablet and online publishing
  • mobile application development
  • social media integration
  • motion graphics
  • small business management

Web & Interactive Design Courses

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  • Associate of Occupational Studies
    Interactive Graphic Design
  • 76 curriculum hours
  • DC102
    DESIGN COMPOSITION

    Students are introduced to the principles of design using a variety of media as they complete projects that emphasize various aspects of composition. They will learn about balance, repetition of shape, positive and negative space, focal point, the illusion of depth and motion.

  • CT105
    COLOR THEORY

    Students are introduced to the principles of color theory utilizing various affects, techniques and mediums to create a comprehensive understanding of color principles. Light, hue, value and saturation are all explored in the course and students will learn many aspects of color relationship, application and how to affectively utilize the many facets of color and color theory in the commercial art field.

  • BD101
    BASIC DRAWING

    This fundamental course introduces the beginning art student to the principles of drawing. Accurate observations of shapes, forms, contours and tones will be stressed while learning to use a variety of mediums, i.e. pen and ink, graphite pencils, charcoal, marker and colored pencil techniques. Fundamental understanding of perspective drawing concepts, including one-, two- and three-point perspective will also be taught in this course. Students will produce works of art using a variety of drawing techniques i.e: cross-hatching, hatching, scumbling, back-fourth strokes, overlaying colors, stippling and washes.

  • SS104
    SUCCESS STRATEGIES

    Success Strategies is a course in goal setting, techniques of note and test taking, problem solving skills, time management and critical thinking skill development. The course is designed to help each student improve his learning skills. In addition, students will acquire skills necessary to succeed as commercial artists. Life enhancing principles are also a major aspect of this course.

  • TY110
    TYPOGRAPHY

    Students will study the history of lettering from ancient symbols to today’s digital technology. Students will also study various type families, become familiar with the terminology and practice the art of hand lettering. Students will learn the art of designing with type and become familiar with different ‘moods’ or the feel type can have for different occasions. Students will also learn different styles of type used throughout history. Emphasis on rules for proper letter spacing, word spacing and the arrangement of type for maximum readability will be stressed.

  • AI140
    ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

    This course will teach students the Adobe Illustrator program, which is the industry standard for vector-based design in the graphic arts field. Students will learn to create their own designs, illustrations and reach an understanding of the types of real-world problems students face on the job. Printing, color and design techniques (the latter learned in the various graphic design courses) will be integrated for completion of the various projects.

  • APS142
    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

    Adobe Photoshop is the premier program for photographic manipulation for Graphic Designers and Illustrators. It is used for everything from print to web to video and now 3D. In this course, you will learn how to work within Adobe Photoshop, creating strong visuals for many different mediums. You will learn how to scan images and then modify them for use in your projects. And you will learn all of the tools of Photoshop. During learning these tools you will learn to manipulate images, create posters, paintings, videos and 3D advertisements.

  • PL160
    PRINT PAGE LAYOUT

    InDesign is the program for page layout artists. It is used to create highend advertisements, lay out magazines and books, as well as other print projects that need exacting typographic and layout specifications. InDesign also has the ability to produce interactive PDFs and Apps for the iPad. In this course, you will learn how to implement InDesign into the daily workflow of your design career. You will also break down actual ad and layout designs from magazines and newspapers to discuss how these can be built within InDesign.

  • GD115
    GRAPHIC DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS

    Students will explore the theory of aesthetics and design concepts as it applies to graphics. It will also encompass a detailed investigation into the principles and concepts of effective visual communications through the use of two- and three-dimensional design with a goal of creative problem solving. There is also an emphasis in Information Gathering, Step 1 of the Nossi 9 Step Creative Process and commercial application of designing corporate graphics such as logos and symbol designs.

  • PA240
    PRODUCTION ART

    In this course the student will learn a series of steps for creating a printed product. From the conception and execution of a design through editing and production of the finished product, students will learn about various printing processes focusing mainly on offset lithography. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a clear understanding of the four-color printing process and their role as graphic designer in the process.

  • WD285
    WEB LANGUAGE I

    Knowledge of basic Web Design is rapidly becoming a prerequisite skill in many technology-oriented occupations. Even for those who do not intend to enter a career exclusively in web design, the current demand for basic abilities to create and manage a web presence is becoming widely expected. In WD 285, students will be introduced to prototyping web designs, a variety of web programming languages such as HTML5 and CSS3, a variety of industry standard web editing tools, creation and optimization of web graphics and animations, web page layout and authoring web pages to the Internet. By the end of the course, students should feel comfortable designing web content from scratch or editing existing web content regardless of their chosen career path.

  • EN270
    ENGLISH

    This English class will include intensive grammar review as well as writing assignments to complete a portfolio. Illustrations are encouraged to enhance the writing and the portfolio (these can add points to the grade). A resume and a cover letter are a separate part of the writing. A research paper is required and must have the correct documentation and analysis format. Professional presentation of final portfolio is required for completion of this course.

  • GD220
    GRAPHIC DESIGN PROCESSES

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Fundamentals concerning the creative process. Emphasis is on conceptual execution with diverse projects including simple packaging, ads, posters, print design and brand identity. The course focuses on how people see and arrange visual information into a meaningful whole. Students will also get a deep-dive into specialized printing materials and techniques, design terminology, digital design and the ‘business of design.

  • ID280
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN I

    Interactive Design I represents a critical and rapidly evolving construct of the overall Internet user experience. Pacing with current industry standards means evolving beyond static web content to web pages and applications offering more dynamic user experiences with interactivity and animation. While the concept of Interactive Design embodies a broad spectrum of techniques and methodologies, the scope of this class will be limited to those most prevalent for basic web design. Students will expand on their Web Language I knowledge to gain proficiency in basic javascript, related libraries such as jQuery and additional CSS3 and HTML5 technologies. Currently, Interactive Design is in state of rapid maturation. In keeping with this, students will learn a number of different relevant toolsets for developing interactive content, from code editors, to graphical integrated development environments. By the end of this course, students will have built their own web applications, animations, widgets, advertisements and other interactive content for multiple platforms and devices through use of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript.

  • SM280
    SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGN

    Designing for online isn’t just limited to a brand’s website anymore. Social communities like Facebook and Twitter have allowed brands to communicate with their audiences in a new way. Students taking this course will learn the challenges and limitations of designing for these commonly used online sites as well as the history and theory of online social interaction. This unique course will help students gain valuable knowledge of evolving digital media development and user interface design to help them not only know how to design for currently popular online services, but also how to adapt to the constantly changing social media landscape.

  • AH212
    ART HISTORY APPRECIATION

    This course provides a broad coverage of the history of art from prehistoric cave painting through modern times. Students learn from lectures, slide presentations, outside reading as well as reading the assigned class textbook. The students in this course are taught art appreciation, art history, terminology, artists and art styles and the characteristics that distinguish individual artists and styles. At the conclusion of this course students are expected to be able to identify different art works and then name the period, the style, its characteristics, influences and the artist.

  • GD230
    GRAPHIC DESIGN ADVERTISING

    This course will explore the history of advertising and examine its role and importance in society. The student will learn the basics of marketing and product positioning with a focus on Conceptualization, Reflection and Refinement, Steps 3, 4 and 5 of the Nossi 9 Step Creative Process. How an advertising campaign develops, from the concept to final executions including newspapers, magazines, direct mail, television, radio and billboards will be explored, including the use of new medias, i.e. online advertising and social media.

  • MA260
    MOBILE APPLICATIONS

    This class has the intended objectives of learning mobile native and web application development processes and methodologies. The tools utilized to implement objectives includes Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for prototyping, reputable text editors such as SublimeText, Brackets or Adobe Dreamweaver. Libraries and frameworks such as jQuery Mobile, Bootstrap and PhoneGap will be among the technologies used for in integrated development environments like as Xcode and Android Studio.

  • ID290
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN II

    The primary scope of the Interactive Design II course is to facilitate an intermediate understanding of design principles, creativity and innovation as translated through an intermediate understanding of various webprogramming languages. Students transitioning from earlier courses should anticipate expanding on their knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to more comprehensive applications. With a primary emphasis on intermediate scripting language for the web, students will go beyond their elementary understanding of Javascript to learn advanced web animation techniques, basic terminal usage, implementation of Javascript build tools, task runners, dependency management, various relevant Javascript frameworks and libraries beyond jQuery, as well as repository hosting and version control. By the end of the course, students will have the confidence and experience to build custom web applications and add dynamic user experiences to their existing knowledge of web design.

  • SBM275
    SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    In this course, students learn the skills and procedures necessary to start a successful freelance operation by learning advantages and disadvantages of freelancing. They will learn what steps are necessary to protect their creative property and ensure that they are paid according to their skills and demand. Ethical standards as well as moral standards will be explored in order that students may understand fair competition in the freelance world. Governmental regulations, licenses and taxes will be explained.

  • WD290
    WEB LANGUAGE II

    Expanding on web languages and technologies learned in Web Language I, in this follow-up course, students will go beyond basic HTML5 and CSS3. In addition to learning more advanced constructs of each of the languages, students will learn a number of additional tools for advanced web development including relevant HTML5 and CSS3 frameworks, CSS preprocessors, Content Management Systems (CMS), a brief overview of server-side scripting languages such as PHP as well as advanced techniques for responsive design. By the end of the course, students will be able to fully develop a responsive website from a prototype, integrate it into a content management system using php frameworks and author it to the web.

  • MG250
    MOTION GRAPHICS

    This class is designed to expose the student to software and techniques used in the creation of professional motion graphics. With the demand for motion graphics in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, having an understanding of key concepts and methods will provide greater flexibility and capability for graphic designers and videographers. Beginning with keyframes, this class examines the basics of motion graphic creation and animation. Utilizing Adobe After Effects, the students will create pro-level graphics presentations.

  • PL250
    INTERACTIVE PAGE LAYOUT

    In this course the student will learn a series of steps for creating a digital publication from the conception and execution of a design through production and distribution of the finished product. The student will have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of digital layout techniques for tablet devices and online publishing after taking this course. Students will have knowledge of pre-production and digital publishing solutions using software tools designed to develop interactive interfaces. Understanding the production process and communication between art director and production artist will be the focus of this study.

  • BUS450
    PORTFOLIO AND PROMOTION

    This course provides students who are about to graduate an opportunity to explore the presentation and interviewing techniques used to find employment. Positive self-image and goal setting concepts are reintroduced. Students are expected to create communication materials for self-promotion and develop strategies for networking and community involvement, including internship opportunities. Students must participate in a formal portfolio presentation of their work to the community and to their fellow students. They are given instructions in portfolio presentation and preparation for career opportunities.

  • Bachelor of Graphic Arts
    Web and Interactive
  • 133 curriculum hours

General education courses

  • SS104
    SUCCESS STRATEGIES

    Success Strategies is a course in goal setting, techniques of note and test taking, problem solving skills, time management and critical thinking skill development. The course is designed to help each student improve his learning skills. In addition, students will acquire skills necessary to succeed as commercial artists. Life enhancing principles are also a major aspect of this course.

  • PL103
    PHILOSOPHY

    This course examines creative issues and thinkers in the philosophical tradition. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion and will focus on questions from four main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics.

  • PS108
    PSYCHOLOGY

    This is a survey course of the science of psychology. It covers the key terms of most of the psychological concepts from brain biology to abnormal, motivational and developmental psychology. This course surveys a broad field of study. A study of the thinking and research behind various fields of psychology will lead to a discussion of how each field applies to human events in the everyday lives of people. An examination of how psychology applies to advertising, graphic arts, illustration and photography will be made.

  • MTH300
    CONTEMPORARY MATH

    Students will examine common uses of mathematics in everyday life. This course will also focus upon mathematical applications involving choice, voting systems, routing and networks, project scheduling, descriptive and inferential statistics and probability.

  • AH212
    ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION

    This course provides a broad coverage of art history from prehistoric cave painting through modern times. Students are taught art appreciation, art history, terminology, artists, art styles and the characteristics that distinguish individual artists and their styles.

  • HWC301
    HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

    This course presents students with a survey of Western Civilization from the ancient world to contemporary culture. Through discussion and appreciation of historical works, students will draw connections between the origins and influences of Western Civilization, as well as an understanding of its role in shaping cultures.

  • ES300
    EARTH SCIENCES: THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

    This GE requirement was established, in part, because of the potent influence of science on society. Therefore, a major objective of this course is to help develop an understanding of the nature of science, including its philosophical basis, power and limitations. The content of the course is centered on life and its relationship to the environment.

  • LIT211
    LITERATURE

    This class is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and exposure to literature. Readings will come from PDF files on Moodle as well as from handouts from the instructor. A novel reading is required and each student will read and analyze a different novel from a list provided by the instructor. Readings from different genres and cultures will include short stories, poetry and drama. Essays to analyze the readings are the method of assessment as well as tests over the readings and background materials.

  • EN270
    ENGLISH

    This English class will include intensive grammar review as well as writing assignments to complete a portfolio. Illustrations are encouraged to enhance the writing and the portfolio (these can add points to the grade). A resume and a cover letter are a separate part of the writing. A research paper is required and must have the correct documentation and analysis format. Professional presentation of final portfolio is required for completion of this course.

  • EN280
    ENGLISH: WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

    This course is designed to provide the student with instruction in two major areas of the English language – writing and oral communication skills. Writing techniques using correct English grammar will be emphasized and will be applicable for different environments including corporate, business and professional settings. A variety of public speaking techniques will also be taught. The student will learn what is appropriate for each situation in which, as a professional artist, he might find himself.

Courses of major

  • DC102
    DESIGN COMPOSITION

    Students are introduced to the principles of design using a variety of media as they complete projects that emphasize various aspects of composition. They will learn about balance, repetition of shape, positive and negative space, focal point, the illusion of depth and motion.

  • CT105
    COLOR THEORY

    Students are introduced to the principles of color theory utilizing various affects, techniques and mediums to create a comprehensive understanding of color principles. Light, hue, value and saturation are all explored in the course and students will learn many aspects of color relationship, application and how to affectively utilize the many facets of color and color theory in the commercial art field.

  • AI140
    ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

    This course will teach students the Adobe Illustrator program, which is the industry standard for vector-based design in the graphic arts field. Students will learn to create their own designs, illustrations and reach an understanding of the types of real-world problems students face on the job. Printing, color and design techniques (the latter learned in the various graphic design courses) will be integrated for completion of the various projects.

  • APS142
    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

    Adobe Photoshop is the premier program for photographic manipulation for Graphic Designers and Illustrators. It is used for everything from print to web to video and now 3D. In this course, you will learn how to work within Adobe Photoshop, creating strong visuals for many different mediums. You will learn how to scan images and then modify them for use in your projects. And you will learn all of the tools of Photoshop. During learning these tools you will learn to manipulate images, create posters, paintings, videos and 3D advertisements.

  • PL250
    INTERACTIVE PAGE LAYOUT

    In this course the student will learn a series of steps for creating a digital publication from the conception and execution of a design through production and distribution of the finished product. The student will have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of digital layout techniques for tablet devices and online publishing after taking this course. Students will have knowledge of pre-production and digital publishing solutions using software tools designed to develop interactive interfaces. Understanding the production process and communication between art director and production artist will be the focus of this study.

  • GD115
    GRAPHIC DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS

    Students will explore the theory of aesthetics and design concepts as it applies to graphics. It will also encompass a detailed investigation into the principles and concepts of effective visual communications through the use of two- and three-dimensional design with a goal of creative problem solving. There is also an emphasis in Information Gathering, Step 1 of the Nossi 9 Step Creative Process and commercial application of designing corporate graphics such as logos and symbol designs.

  • TY110
    TYPOGRAPHY

    Students will study the history of lettering from ancient symbols to today’s digital technology. Students will also study various type families, become familiar with the terminology and practice the art of hand lettering. Students will learn the art of designing with type and become familiar with different ‘moods’ or the feel type can have for different occasions. Students will also learn different styles of type used throughout history. Emphasis on rules for proper letter spacing, word spacing and the arrangement of type for maximum readability will be stressed.

  • WD285
    WEB LANGUAGE I

    Knowledge of basic Web Design is rapidly becoming a prerequisite skill in many technology-oriented occupations. Even for those who do not intend to enter a career exclusively in web design, the current demand for basic abilities to create and manage a web presence is becoming widely expected. In WD 285, students will be introduced to prototyping web designs, a variety of web programming languages such as HTML5 and CSS3, a variety of industry standard web editing tools, creation and optimization of web graphics and animations, web page layout and authoring web pages to the Internet. By the end of the course, students should feel comfortable designing web content from scratch or editing existing web content regardless of their chosen career path.

  • ID280
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN I

    Interactive Design I represents a critical and rapidly evolving construct of the overall Internet user experience. Pacing with current industry standards means evolving beyond static web content to web pages and applications offering more dynamic user experiences with interactivity and animation. While the concept of Interactive Design embodies a broad spectrum of techniques and methodologies, the scope of this class will be limited to those most prevalent for basic web design. Students will expand on their Web Language I knowledge to gain proficiency in basic javascript, related libraries such as jQuery and additional CSS3 and HTML5 technologies. Currently, Interactive Design is in state of rapid maturation. In keeping with this, students will learn a number of different relevant toolsets for developing interactive content, from code editors, to graphical integrated development environments. By the end of this course, students will have built their own web applications, animations, widgets, advertisements and other interactive content for multiple platforms and devices through use of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript.

  • UI302
    USER INTERFACE (UI) AND WIREFRAMING

    Today, access to the Internet is available everywhere, changing the way we live. Users expect an attractive and user-friendly online experience more than ever before. The design strategies necessary for a well-planned and executed website is the reason users choose to return more that once. Wireframes, sketching what a screen does and not what it looks like, is an important technique students will use to help them execute their design layouts, before they even start their executions. Of course, what it looks like, are the user interface design skills students will learn to help them develop websites that use new trends like “mobile first” and intuitive thinking–web interfaces that users demand and what today’s employers are looking for when hiring designers.

  • UI140
    USER INTERFACE AND USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

    Whether with web pages, mobile and web applications, computer-based instructional material or digital design in general, developers need the ability to construct within established and proven usability and design principles in order to develop effectively. In this course, in addition to learning usability fundamentals including learnability, visibility, error prevention, efficiency and solid interface design, students will also learn how to use associated prototyping tools to create both low-fidelity and high fidelity prototypes. In addition, students will learn techniques for evaluating and conducting empirical research on the effectiveness of their user interface designs through predictive evaluation, usability testing, and focus groups.

  • WD290
    WEB LANGUAGE II

    Expanding on web languages and technologies learned in Web Language I, in this follow-up course, students will go beyond basic HTML5 and CSS3. In addition to learning more advanced constructs of each of the languages, students will learn a number of additional tools for advanced web development including relevant HTML5 and CSS3 frameworks, CSS preprocessors, Content Management Systems (CMS), a brief overview of server-side scripting languages such as PHP as well as advanced techniques for responsive design. By the end of the course, students will be able to fully develop a responsive website from a prototype, integrate it into a content management system using php frameworks and author it to the web.

  • GD220
    GRAPHIC DESIGN PROCESSES

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Fundamentals concerning the creative process. Emphasis is on conceptual execution with diverse projects including simple packaging, ads, posters, print design and brand identity. The course focuses on how people see and arrange visual information into a meaningful whole. Students will also get a deep-dive into specialized printing materials and techniques, design terminology, digital design and the ‘business of design.

  • WD310
    WEB DESIGN MARKETING AND SEO

    Having gained the skills to create and author websites in previous web and interactive design courses, in this course students will focus on the post-development processes: marketing and maintenance of the usage health of existing websites. Without strategies for acquiring, analyzing and maintaining traffic, any web development project would be rendered invisible, and consequently, ineffective. In this course, students will learn proper strategies for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which involves the technical and creative processes necessary to improve ranking among search engines, drive traffic and maintain an overall awareness of your site through organic (non-paid) results. In addition, students will explore marketing strategies and effectiveness of non-organic results, advertising campaigns and social media avenues.

  • SM280
    SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGN

    Designing for online isn’t just limited to a brand’s website anymore. Social communities like Facebook and Twitter have allowed brands to communicate with their audiences in a new way. Students taking this course will learn the challenges and limitations of designing for these commonly used online sites as well as the history and theory of online social interaction. This unique course will help students gain valuable knowledge of evolving digital media development and user interface design to help them not only know how to design for currently popular online services, but also how to adapt to the constantly changing social media landscape.

  • ID290
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN II

    The primary scope of the Interactive Design II course is to facilitate an intermediate understanding of design principles, creativity and innovation as translated through an intermediate understanding of various webprogramming languages. Students transitioning from earlier courses should anticipate expanding on their knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to more comprehensive applications. With a primary emphasis on intermediate scripting language for the web, students will go beyond their elementary understanding of Javascript to learn advanced web animation techniques, basic terminal usage, implementation of Javascript build tools, task runners, dependency management, various relevant Javascript frameworks and libraries beyond jQuery, as well as repository hosting and version control. By the end of the course, students will have the confidence and experience to build custom web applications and add dynamic user experiences to their existing knowledge of web design.

  • WD295
    WEB AESTHETICS DEVELOPMENT

    In this course, students will synthesize their understanding of concepts learned in user interface design, web languages, and interactive design courses for the intent of reinforcing their foundation in Web Aesthetics. In this course, students will examine advanced concepts in web aesthetics in the context of functionality. In essence, students will learn to better solve design challenges without compromising content, performance, or usability. Innovation and artistry will be the primary objective, and the medium will be the collective understanding of associated web languages. By the end of the course, students will have an array of original and innovative web projects to add to their professional portfolio that elevate beyond traditional design standards or conventions.

  • MA260
    MOBILE APPLICATIONS

    This class has the intended objectives of learning mobile native and web application development processes and methodologies. The tools utilized to implement objectives includes Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for prototyping, reputable text editors such as SublimeText, Brackets or Adobe Dreamweaver. Libraries and frameworks such as jQuery Mobile, Bootstrap and PhoneGap will be among the technologies used for in integrated development environments like as Xcode and Android Studio.

  • SBM275
    SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    In this course, students learn the skills and procedures necessary to start a successful freelance operation by learning advantages and disadvantages of freelancing. They will learn what steps are necessary to protect their creative property and ensure that they are paid according to their skills and demand. Ethical standards as well as moral standards will be explored in order that students may understand fair competition in the freelance world. Governmental regulations, licenses and taxes will be explained.

  • MG470
    MOTION GRAPHICS MEDIA

    Motion design is more than just animation and effects. Beyond creation of animated assets there exist a different, yet equally significant, demand for knowledge of application and deployment for diverse media. In this course, students will learn to expand on their media integration and deployment techniques to achieve even more unique and pragmatic professional motion graphics productions. More specifically, students can expect to integrate skills derived from previous motion graphics, interactive design, web design and a number of other related courses in digital media to create an even more diverse array of solutions to Motion Graphics challenges. Projects will include commercials for television and web, animations for interactive design applications, event presentations and more. In addition, students can also expect to be introduced to new relevant skills such as fundamentals in audio engineering, voice-overs and music beds, advanced chroma key editing, device and media-specific performance optimization and a multitude of other skills for individual and team projects.

  • MG360
    ADVANCED MOTION GRAPHICS

    This class is designed to extend the understanding of the software and techniques used in the creation of professional motion graphics projects including motion logos, motion text and infographic presentations. With the demand for specialized information presentations in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, having an understanding of key concepts and methods in motion graphic production as well as experience with relevant software will provide an extension of the capability and flexibility of graphic designers.  With such a wide range of concepts and techniques available, continued study and practice of motion graphics introduces new capabilities including 3D layers, lights, cameras and advanced effects use and animation techniques.  Building on previous semesters, students will create pro-level graphics presentations within Adobe After Effects and other software tools available.

  • APS342
    ADOBE FOR WEB

    The powerful tools associated with Adobe’s software solutions will be combined in this course for web-based applications. From image, video and animation optimization to music and webcast capabilities, students will further understand the importance of streamlined production for unique features within web-based applications.

  • WD385
    ADOBE FOR WEB AND INTERACTIVE

    Currently, there are over 20 desktop and mobile products and services that, when used in combination, can greatly improve the workflow and productivity of any graphic, web or interactive design project. Beyond Photoshop and Illustrator, students will leverage adobe’s suite of applications even further, exploring new tools for conceptualization and collaboration on large projects, improved prototyping speed and capabilities, creation and improved optimization of animations and graphical assets, creation of online portfolios and networking utilities, video and audio optimization and webcasting capabilities. Through better understanding of the arsenal of tools at their disposal, students will leave the course better equipped to create and manage any graphic, web or interactive design project throughout the duration of their academic and professional career.

  • ID390
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN III

    Following two preceding courses of interactive design, this course will press students further into programming languages, expanding on the clarity of understanding and variety of known libraries, frameworks and tools available for development. Additionally, students will venture outside of application development for browsers to explore possibilities of interactive design for wearable technology, television, streaming media devices and other hardware.

  • WD370
    NETWORKS AND SERVER STRUCTURES

    Even for a front-end developer, the need for a basic understanding of the relationship between the client-side and the server-side is paramount. Whether developing server-side applications oneself or in the event of a need to communicate with server-side developers in a team production environment, a front-end developer’s ability will always be hindered without this proper context. In this course, students will penetrate the server-side in more depth and better grasp its basic constructs: HTTP servers, Application servers and Databases, as well as understand how they communicate with the client. Students will be able to take their web and app development abilities to the next level through the integration of content-driven server-side application into their existing front-end skill sets. The primary server-side languages and programming environments focused on in this course will be php and node.js.

  • MA360
    ADVANCED MOBILE APPLICATIONS

    Having previously explored hybrid HTML5 mobile applications in the beginning mobile applications course, in this course, the primary focus will be shifted towards platform specific development. Students will build native applications for Android and iOS in their respective integrated development environments — Android Studio and XCode. This course will also familiarize students with elementary constructs of the native languages of each IDE: Java for Android Studio and Swift for XCode. By the end of this course, students will have developed fully functional native applications for both platforms. These will be added to each student’s portfolio.

  • SM380
    ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA

    After advancing past basic social User Interface (UI) structures using familiar social media applications from the previous social media course, in this course students will expand their abilities to programmatically build custom solutions for unique social media challenges. Students will synthesize their skills to build and use social media Application Programming Interfaces (API) and Mashups (hybrids of complementary API’s) for various networks. Concepts such as social media account association, real-time network monitoring and data aggregation, contextual sharing solutions, analytics and API integration into web applications will be covered.

  • PL350
    DIGITAL PUBLISHING

    With the skills learned from the previous print and interactive page layout courses, students will continue to develop layout techniques for tablet and online publishing — using applications designed for interactive User Interface (UI) solutions. This includes knowledge in production development by deploying contextual elements within “wrappers” to requesting certificates from Digital Publishing Solutions (DPS) on both IOS and Android platforms for access within “Store” environments for consumer use.

  • GD390
    GAME DEVELOPMENT

    In this course, students will leverage their existing user interface design, advanced programing, motion graphics, and 3D modeling skills to build 2D and 3D games for consumer markets. Using existing knowledge of javascript, students will explore integrated development environments (IDE’s) such as Unity to create 2D, as well as 3D, cross-platform games for desktop, mobile, or even console devices.

  • BUS400
    BUSINESS OF WEB & INTERACTIVE DESIGN (WEB & PROJECT MANAGEMENT)

    In this course, students will explore the idiosyncratic challenges of the business side of web and interactive design industry specifically. Proposals, pricing, contracts, marketing, client relations, and a number of other topics will all be addressed specifically within the context of web and application development. This course is intended to prepare students, whether they are prospects for freelancing or prospects for working in a team production environment, for that future career. Emphasis will be placed on project management, production schedule and workflow. By the end of this course, students will have successfully proposed, developed and managed a complete project from start to finish. – See more at: http://nossi.edu/degree-programs/web-and-interactive/#sthash.Z2kAinSQ.dpuf

  • MG250
    MOTION GRAPHICS

    This class is designed to expose the student to software and techniques used in the creation of professional motion graphics. With the demand for motion graphics in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, having an understanding of key concepts and methods will provide greater flexibility and capability for graphic designers and videographers. Beginning with keyframes, this class examines the basics of motion graphic creation and animation. Utilizing Adobe After Effects, the students will create pro-level graphics presentations.

  • WD475
    WEB APPLICATION INTEGRATION

    Building on advanced web and interactive design skillsets as well as basic competencies with server structures, students will reach beyond academic theory and migrate towards creating real-world web application solutions. Every stage, from problem analysis and definition, design, development, testing and deployment will be visited in both individual and group production environments. By the end of this course, students should feel confident analyzing and addressing web application challenges. They should also expand their portfolios to demonstrate their understandings of these processes.

  • WD420
    WEB & INTERACTIVE DESIGN CAPSTONE

    This final web design course is designed to display the knowledge and talent representative of the student’s cumulative abilities in completion of the BGA program. Aggregating all of their skillsets, students will independently research and evaluate a specific personal or consumer need for a website or application, propose and address a solution, address marketing strategies and deployment, as well as address monetization concerns. In doing so, students should have material evidence of their market value as a developer and designer to showcase to prospective employers and clients.

  • IS440
    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Independent study courses are individually designed to meet specific needs of students. They may vary from one to four semester hours of credit. They may be in any subject area a student needs in order to complete degree requirements. Independent study courses must be approved by a member of the Faculty, the student’s Department Coordinator and by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

  • BUS450
    PORTFOLIO AND PREPARATION

    This course provides students who are about to graduate the Bachelor degree program In Web and Interactive Design an opportunity to explore the presentation and interviewing techniques used to find employment. Positive self-image and goal setting concepts are reintroduced. Students are also expected to produce their own professional quality work for their portfolios. Students must participate in a formal portfolio presentation of their work to the community and to their fellow students. They are given instructions in portfolio presentation, preparation of their own resumes, both print and electronic, cover letters and promotional materials, both print and electronic.

Who you'll be learning from

Paul Edoho-Eket

WEB & INTERACTIVE PROGRAM MANAGER

Based on market trends, employers are looking to hire people who are really good at design and code - more specifically, people who are good at designing with code.

Paul Edoho-Eket - Web & Interactive Program Manager

Common careers for Nossi graphic design graduates:

  • Photojournalist
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Photo Studio Owner
  • Food Photographer
  • Advertising Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photo Retouching Professional

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COMIX CITY!

Hugh Shelton took his Sequential Illustration class to Comix City Too! to meet up with NOSSI Alumni Mark Angell and discuss the changing world of comics. Mark explained the history of comics, variety of comic styles and how comics have adapted to the digital medium. Afterward, the students got to shop and engage in Q&A
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