Digital Arts & User Design
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.
User Experience (UX)
User Experience Design prepares graduates for working in interactive technologies and provides them with industry literacy 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.
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. Utilize a variety of web tools and resources.
CE-COMP 2157PE, 2 Sat., Jan. 20 & 27, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #12471
Mobile Applications Development
Investigate mobile device user interface and responsive design of applications on cell phones and other portable devices. 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., Feb. 3 & 10, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #12472
Provides 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.
CE-BUS 2075PE, 1 Sat., Feb. 17, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $100. #12473
The basics of mindfulness theory and practice will be studied in conjunction with increasing focus, reducing stress levels, and honing strategy for success. 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., Feb. 17, 1:00-4:00 pm, $100. #12474
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, in order to create a usable site. This course explains the fundamentals of IA and why it’s important; it introduces the concepts of user research, hierarchies and structure, labeling, navigation, and search, and covers different types of deliverables and the IA process.
CE-DGART 2078PE, 1 Sat., Feb. 24, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $200. #12475
User Experience / User Interaction
Introduces the field of user experience and explores the different areas of expertise in UX. Learn the essential principles of human-centered design: human-computer-interaction theory, and its application through current case studies. Explore the design process and get hands on experience creating a persona, site map, and wireframe; learn about usability testing and pair collaboratively to conduct a sample test.
CE-DGART 2072PE, 2 Sat., Feb. 24-Mar. 3, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #12476
Website Optimization, AdWords, and Analytics
An overview and understanding of how website analysis works and how Google Analytics enables website managers to analyze traffic. Learn to assess visitor traffic, including sources, top landing pages, top exit pages, number of visits, and bounce rates. Get 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. Explore what Web 2.0 means and how engaging content and features are transitioning the web from a one-way experience to a two-way relationship.
CE-COMP 2131PE, 1 Sat., Mar. 10, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #12477
Focuses on collaboration in the design thinking process. Work in groups to brainstorm an interactive experience and 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. Students will take away the essentials of the design process.
CE-DGART 2073PE, 1 Sat., Mar. 17, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $175. #12478
Save $$ when you register for all eight classes during the term for only $1,415.
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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. 20-May 11, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and F/Sa, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Package Fee $302. #12479
CE-DGART 2050PE, daily access subscription fee $27 per day.
NEW! Weekend Front End Coding Boot Camp
4 Sa/Su, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (30-minute lunch break), $235.
At White Plains Center: CE-COMP 2172WA, Jan. 20-28. #12981
At Peekskill Center: CE-COMP 2172PE, Feb. 3-11. #12940
NEW! Design with Code Boot Camp
4 Sat., 9:30 am-4:30 pm (30-minute lunch break), $235.
At White Plains Center: CE-COMP 2171WA, Feb. 17-Mar. 10. $235. #12980
At Peekskill Center: CE-COMP 2171PE, Mar.17-Apr.7. #12941
Coding for Kids
Give your child the edge and have them engage in coding sequences of instructions that empower them to control robots and gaming interfaces. Students need to be able to write commands in the right sequences in order to communicate their instructions to others. Computer coding is what makes this possible and is a key 21st century competency for children today. Students will code stories, animations, and games.
CE-COMP 2127PE, 8 Sat., Apr. 14-June 2, 10:00 am-12:00 noon. $170 (+ $50 lab fee). #12482
Web Programming 1
Provides the theoretical concept of web services with an overview of what is required to build a website; including 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. Learn about server architectures, and implement a server by scripting programs for business logic and develop user and file security policies. Must bring your own laptop.
CE-COMP 2158PE, 6 Sat., Feb. 17-Mar. 24, 9:00 am-2:30 pm $425. #12483
Web Programming 2
Provides installation, configuration, and setup of WAMP server on your own PC, using a working webserver (Apache), database (MySQL) and PHP/Python environment. Perform database administration and test PHP server level programs; use Python and PHP to connect to web and database servers; use WAMP to build and test a fully working website. Use MySQL workbench and MySQL command line to create tables and indexes; populate tables with data elements; use PHP to create dynamic web pages with MySQL; use WAMP MySQL console to manage and monitor databases. Must bring your own laptop. Recommended prerequisite: Web Programming 1.
CE-COMP 2162PE, 6 Sat., Mar. 31-May 5, 9:00 am-2:30 pm $425. #12483
Digital Matte Painting for Teens & Adults
Discover the behind-the-scenes movie magic of digital matte painting, a painted representation of a set that creates the illusion of an environment not present at the filming location. Create photorealistic landscapes, which play an important role in cost-effectively producing panoramic shots that capture a filmmaker’s vision. Through hands-on projects, learn how to use interactive pen displays and touch screen tablets, Photoshop, and After Effects while creating imaginary worlds. For ages 14 & up.
CE-DGART 2084PE, 11 Wed., Feb. 28-May 9, 6:00-9:00 pm, $400. #12488
Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing
Explore new technology that enables the design of 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. 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.
CE-DGART 2069PE, 1 Sat., Mar. 3, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $235 (+ $50 lab fee). #12490
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. Students will work with a game designer to develop characters and interactive user experience.
CE-DGART 2016PE, 8 Sat., Mar. 10-Apr. 28, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, $218 (+ $50 lab fee). #12492
Introduction to Animation with Autodesk Maya
Ever wanted to try your hand at 3D animation? Dive in and learn with the same tools major studios use every day. Explore the process of the 12 principals of animation in any 2D/3D application. Through the use of Autodesk Maya you’ll be bringing objects and pre-rigged characters to life. Topics include 12 principles of animation, pose-to-pose animation, staging, shooting video reference, and weekly critiques.
CE-DGART 2083PE, 8 Mon., Mar. 19-May 7, 6:00-9:30 pm, $400. #12493
Provides a human-centered approach to sketching for user experience, journey maps, flow diagrams, architecture diagrams, motion prototypes, and wireframes. Investigate user interaction principles and aspects of visual artifacts. Prerequisite: prior digital imaging experience required.
CE-DGART 2076PE, 8 Sat., Mar. 24-May 12, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $386. #12494
Quick Start to Lightroom in 24 hrs
For the beginner photographer: 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 its organizational aspects, including how to safely import and store files on hard drives, tag and label photos, 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, 8 Wed., Feb. 7-Mar. 28, 6:00-9:00 pm, $386. #12495
Quick Start to Adobe 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 necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2042PE, 4 Sat., Mar. 3-24, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386. #12496
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 3D. No previous experience with Illustrator necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2040PE, 4 Sat., Mar. 31-Apr. 21, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386. #12497
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 necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2041PE, 4 Sat., Apr. 28-May 19, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386. #12498
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 imaging skills.
CE-DGART 2028PE, 2 Wed., May 16-23, 6:00-9:00 pm, $235. #12499