Interactive Design & Digital Arts

These classes are held at the Center for the Digital Arts, located at 27 N. Division Street in Peekskill. For more information or to register, call 914-606-7300. Software versions are subject to change.

Certificate in User Experience (UX)
User Experience Design is a new 48-hour non-credit certificate that prepares graduates for working in interactive technologies and provides them with real-world experience through applied practice. The program will offer a foundation in user experience strategies, design thinking, and interactive design. Students will acquire skills in Web Programming, Interactive Design, Mobile App Development, and UX/UI Design. Prerequisite: basic computer experience.

NEW! Intro to Information Architecture
The Information Architecture (IA), or organization, of a website or application is one of the most important areas of UX. It helps you understand how your users think about the content and functionality in a site, to create a usable site. This course will explain the fundamentals of information architecture and why it’s important. It will introduce the concepts of user research, hierarchies and structure, labeling, navigation, and search, and will cover different types of deliverables and the IA process.
CE-DGART 2078PE, 1 Sat., Feb. 25, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #13456

User Experience / User Interaction
This course will introduce the areas of expertise and distinctions between user experience and user interaction. Students will learn the essential principles of human-computer interaction theory and examine end-user case studies. Students will be required to create a site map with a navigation strategy for a proposed website and app. Students will pair collaboratively and observe one another interacting with an example interactive design and assess their human-computer interactive experience and prepare a quality assessment report based on end-user interviews.
CE-DGART 2072PE, 2 Sat., Feb. 25 & Mar. 4, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $200. #13457

Website Optimization, AdWords and Analytics

This course will provide an overview and understanding of how website analysis works and how Google Analytics enables website managers to analyze traffic. Learn to assess website visitor traffic, including analyzing traffic sources, top landing pages, top exit pages, number of visits, and bounce rates. You will gain the knowledge of how to enhance website copy, navigation and design to improve your successful website conversions and how to test different website versions to attract and retain visitors. Most importantly, you will gain an understanding of what Web 2.0 means and how engaging content and features are transitioning the web from a one-way experience to more of a two-way relationship.
CE-COMP 2131PE, 1 Sat., Mar. 4, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #13472

Design Thinking
This course will focus on collaboration in the design thinking process. Students will work in groups to brainstorm an interactive experience and to determine the look and feel of an interactive product(s). Group brainstorming, design principles, elements and features lists, and brand identity will be the outcomes of this class. Students will take away the essentials of the design process.
CE-DGART 2073PE, 1 Sat., Mar. 11, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $175. #13442

Web Programming
This course will teach HTML, CSS, XML, and PHP programming languages and focus on front-end web development to actualize dynamic web pages and apps. Students will be utilizing a variety of web tools and resources.
CE-COMP 2157PE, 2 Sat., Mar. 18 & 25, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #14214

Mobile Applications Development
Mobile Device user interface and responsive design of applications on cell phones and other small portable devices are investigated in this course. Students will learn how websites look on mobile devices and to assess quality across devices. Specific topics include: configurations and profiles; standard and custom user interface elements and events; text and multimedia messaging; and an investigation into current technologies. Students will prepare a mobile app prototype upon completion.
CE-COMP 2138PE, 2 Sat., Apr. 1 & 8, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #13459

Multiplatform Marketing
This course will provide an overview of interactive advertising and social media marketing across multiple platforms and surfaces of display including mobile. Brand identity and social media trafficking will also be included. Writing for the Internet will be a focus of this course.
CE-BUS 2075PE, 1 Sat., Apr. 15, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $100. #13460

Mindful Entrepreneurship
The basics of mindfulness theory and practice will be studied in conjunction with increasing focus, reducing stress levels, and honing strategy for success. Students will learn the essential principles of entrepreneurship, tools and legal information regarding starting a small business and construct a business plan for their own start-up interactive design company.
CE-BUS 2074PE, 1 Sat., Apr. 15, 1:00-4:00 pm, $100. #13461


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Open Studio Access Package
The Center for the Digital Arts at Peekskill is an artist’s space and a friendly environment in which to work. The Center hosts five Apple post-production studios including two video labs, an animation studio, and facilities for other digital projects. The studio also offers large format printing, 3D MakerBot printers and 3D scanners for use by artists enrolled in this program. This package is for the professional or aspiring artist with competent computer skills who wants to continue to develop a portfolio and use the Center’s resources. Note: Interview with Technical Support Manager required; choose daily access fee or package fee.
CE-DGART 2003PE, M/T/W/Th, Jan. 21-May. 14, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and F/Sa, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Package Fee $302. #13438
CE-DGART 2050PE, daily access subscription fee $27 per day (+ $50 lab fee).

NEW! Web Programming for UX Design
This course provides the theoretical concept of web services with an overview of what is required to build a website. This includes HTML, CSS, PHP and JQuery, as well as WAMP (apache, MySQL, PHP). Concepts of server administration, security management, and user interactivity together with the integration techniques of operation systems, web servers, and data base systems will be introduced. Students will learn about the server architectures, and implement a server by scripting programs for business logic and develop user and file security policies. Since web servers integrate several technologies to serve applications, this class covers reasonable in-depth knowledge and skills to serve design purposes.
CE-COMP 2158PE, 16 Fri., Feb. 3-May 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, $425. #14215

NEW! Advanced Information Architecture
Good information architecture is key to creating engaging and intuitive websites. Improving the way the information in your site or application is organized and presented is one of the most cost-effective ways of increasing user satisfaction and engagement. In this course, you will learn the tools and methods to evaluate and create a good information architecture. Learn how to plan, create and conduct your own card sorting, a common information architecture method to create a global site framework, and employ different online and offline usability methods to test your site with end users.
CE-DGART 2079PE, 6 Sat., Mar. 4-Apr. 8, 1:30-3:30 pm, $300. #13440

UX/UI Design: Human-Centered Research Methodologies
This course will provide students with a human-centered approach; sketching for user experience, journey maps, flow diagrams, architecture diagrams, motion prototypes, and wireframes. Students will also investigate user interaction principles and aspects of visual artifacts necessary to create a satisfactory user experience. Prerequisite: prior digital imaging experience required.
CE-DGART 2076PE, 8 Sat., Feb. 25-Apr. 15, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $386. #13441

Digital Literacy

This is an experiential beginner-level digital course that utilizes a variety of software and social media to introduce basic digital skills while demystifying the computers and personal digital assistants (phones, tablets) as a tools for personal expression. This course teaches responsible digital best practices net-citizenship, while introducing students to a variety of digital tools and examining 21st Century digital visual culture.
CE-DGART 2068PE, 1 Sat., Apr. 1, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #13473

Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing
3D printing is a new technology that enables students to design everything from car parts to jewelry. Learn how to be “makers” by using 3D modeling software and 3D scanners to print actual physical objects that you’ve designed and modeled. Use a free software package, TinkerCAD, to create 3D forms that you can realize through 3D printing. Our MakerBot studio is equipped with multiple 3D scanners and printers and an array of colors from which you may select.
CE-DGART 2069PE, 1 Sat., 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $235 (+ $50 lab fee).
Sec. A: Apr. 8. #13444
Sec. B: Apr. 15. #13445

NEW! Game Design for Teens
You play e-sports but did you ever wonder how to build an interactive game? The gaming industry is an exciting, burgeoning field that requires the technical ability of a computer programmer and the creativity of an artist. Dive into interactivity with a multimedia designer. Start programming and designing your own games, utilizing Torque 2D software. Students will work with a game designer to develop characters and interactive user experience.
CE-DGART 2016PE, 8 Sat., Feb. 18-Apr. 8, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, $218 (+ $50 lab fee). #13446

NEW! Quick Start to Lightroom in 24 hrs.
This course is for the beginner photographer. Students will learn all aspects of Adobe Lightroom, from the basics of importing photography files to the more complex steps of image post-production and presentation. In addition, learn the organizational aspects of the program, including how to safely import and store their files on hard drives, tag and label their photographs with keywords and metadata, create image collections, and the importance of backup files. Each student will create a presentation of 15-20 photographs in an online book or website created in Lightroom.
CE-DGART 2077PE, 4 Sat., Apr. 22-May 13, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386. #13447

Quick Start to Photoshop CC in 24 hrs.
Learn to use the latest version of Photoshop with time management features and enhancements for web and video designers. This training package will include: imaging formats, use of Photoshop in computer imaging, and output for the web. No previous experience with Photoshop is necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2042PE, 4 Sat., Feb. 4-25, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #13449

Quick Start to Adobe Illustrator CC in 24 hrs.
Learn to use the latest version of Illustrator with new 3D and web features. Includes: digital illustration, drawing tools, Bezier curves, fonts, and use of Illustrator in graphic design and in 3D. No previous experience with Illustrator is necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2040PE, 4 Sat., Mar. 4-25, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #13450

Quick Start to Adobe InDesign CC in 24 hrs.
Learn to use the latest version of InDesign and take advantage of the integrative power and dynamic nature of its print-to-web solutions. Includes: an overview of graphic layout and design, an overview of interface and tools, and a hands-on exercise. No previous experience with InDesign is necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2041PE, 4 Sat., Apr. 1-22, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #13451

Quick Start to Photoshop Elements
Learn to use the latest version of Photoshop Elements with a focus on personal photo imaging. Step-by-step procedures on how to adjust, fix, and organize your photographs will be demonstrated with the opportunity to practice on instructor-provided images. Perfect for beginners interested in learning digital imaging for personal use with an eye toward further enhancing their imaging skills.
CE-DGART 2028PE, 1 Sat., Apr. 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $235 (+ $50 lab fee). #13452