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Our passion for clear communication and cutting edge web design is only equaled by our belief that all our accumulated knowledge is worth more than the sum of our products. We believe that learning is only really learning if the knowledge gained is passed on to future generations. That's why we're very proud to be involved in education, training and continuing-education activities. Areas of specalization include web design, flash, php, sound design, media optimization, and recording techniques.

 

Classroom Instruction

Introduction to Electronic & Computer Music

This Course will examine the elements of a variety of sub-generes of electronic music and will explore the technologies used to create these musics. Through analytical listening and guided, hands-on exercises, students will attain a working knowledge of musical forms and styles and develop essential production and technical skills, such as sequencing, music notation and audio recording. Students will also gain the necessary knowledge to set up and configure a personal computer and MIDI studio for music production.

The overall goal of this course is twofold: Students who successfully complete the course will be able to, 1) create electronic music compositions using a variety of tools made available in Logic Audio, with concepts applicable in any software environment, and 2) be able to conceptualize and assemble a computer based MIDI recording/composition environment of their own.

In pursuit of these goals, this course will focus on: 1) analytical listening in order to understand the basics of electronic music construction, and its far reaching applications. 2) technical details of how MIDI and computer based recording systems function, and 3) utilization of these tools to produce a finished piece of music.

Introduction to Sound Design

The overall goal of this course is twofold: Students who successfully complete the course will be able to, 1) understand the fundamental concepts behind common audio tools which can be applied to other software or even hardware devices, and 2) make critical assements of audio requirments in specific situations, and formulate a strategy for addressing these requirments in the most streamlined manner possible.

In pursuit of these goals, this course will focus on: 1) analytical listening in order to understand the way in which audio recordings are put together. 2) technical details of how Automation, MIDI, SMPTE, Software Instruments, and Computer Based Recording Systems Function, and 3) learning the concepts that underly the most common effects and audio tools, and the scope of these tools utility to the producer.

Advanced Sound Design

The overall goal of this course is twofold: Students who successfully complete the course will be able to, 1) understand the fundamental concepts behind common audio tools which can be applied to other software or even hardware devices, and 2) make critical assements of audio requirments in specific situations, and formulate a strategy for addressing these requirments in the most streamlined manner possible.

In pursuit of these goals, this course will focus on: 1) analytical listening in order to understand the way in which audio recordings are put together. 2) technical details of how Automation, MIDI, SMPTE, Software Instruments, and Computer Based Recording Systems Function, and 3) learning the concepts that underly the most common effects and audio tools, and the scope of these tools utility to the producer.

Introduction to Web Design

Introduction to Web Design
3 credits (45 contact hours) Introduces web site planning, design, and creation using industry-standard, standards-based web site development tools. On-screen color theory, web aesthetics, use of graphics editors, and intuitive interface design are explored.

This course is an introduction to website planing, design, and construction with an emphasis on standardized best practices for accessibility, interoperability, and usability. Dreamweaver CS4 will be used for it's vast tool set and its ability to greatly simplify working with and managing the various document types required in modern web design. In addition to these technical considerations, the fundamentals of good design, color theory, information architecture, and user experience all play a central role in this class.

Advanced Web Design

This class is a continuation of MGD 141, and is designed to enhance and solidify students' proficiencies in Dreamweaver. New techniques will be learned and other perfected through numerous hands-on activities. Students will learn the basics of integrating a database into a site, work with server side languages, and use CSS to modify skins for CMSs. Students will also learn all about creating accessible websites that are Section 508 compliant, and will learn many workflow management techniques.

This class will expand on previously learned HTML and CSS skills, and add basic proficiencies in Java, PHP, and MySQL. Good design principles such as color usage, typography, information architecture, and simplicity of operation will be emphasized throughout the course. The class will examine more complex websites, as well as examine the creative possibilities afforded by CMSs and other data-driven web pages. Accessibility and Section 508 compliance will be discussed in detail, as will the creation of and accessible Flash and other multi-media files.

Introduction to Flash

This class introduces motion graphic design, planning, and creation using Adobe Flash CS4 and ActionScript 3.0. During the course students learn to build an interactive animated portfolio with images, video, sound and text.

Web-based Learning Products

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...you don't really teach science, people sort of get the idea how to do it as apprentices, hopefully by working with good people. But the goal is to learn how to do creative work, and to challenge everything [...] people have to be trained for creativity and disobedience - because there is no other way you can do science. But in the humanities and social sciences, and in fields like journalism and economics and so on [...] people have to be trained to be managers, and controllers, and to accept things, and not to question too much.

Noam Chomsky in Understanding Power, 2002