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 is a new 48-hour program that 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.
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 sitein order to create a usable site. Explains the fundamentals of IA and why it’s important. Introduces the concepts of user research, hierarchies and structure, labeling, navigation, and search, and coverd different types of deliverables and the IA process.
CE-DGART 2078PE, 1 Sat., Sept. 16, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #83232
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., Sept. 23 & 30, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $200. #83233
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., Oct. 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #83234
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., Oct. 14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $175. #83235
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., Oct. 21 & 28, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #83236
Mobile Applications Development
Investigate mobile device user interface and responsive design of applications on cell phones and other small 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., Nov. 4 & 11, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (1-hour break), $300. #83237
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., Nov. 18, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $100. #83238
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., Nov. 18, 1:00-4:00 pm, $100. #83239
Save $$ when you register for all eight classes during the term for only $1,415.
Savings will reflect when course fees are calculated after enrolling.
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, Sept. 8-Dec. 22, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and F/Sa, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Package Fee $302. #83240
CE-DGART 2050PE, daily access subscription fee $27 per day (+ $50 lab fee).
NEW! 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., Sept. 9-Oct. 14, 9:30 am-2:30 pm (9/30 & 10/7 only, 9:30 am-3:30 pm), $425. #83241
NEW! 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, 16 Tues., Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, $425 #83242
NEW! 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., Sept. 6-Nov. 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, $400. #83340
NEW! 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., Sept. 11-Oct. 30, 6:00-9:30 pm, $400. #83247
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. Work with a game designer to develop characters and interactive user experience.
CE-DGART 2016PE, 8 Sat., Oct. 7-Dec. 2 (skip 11/25), 10:00 am-2:00 pm, $218 (+ $50 lab fee). #83249
This is an experiential beginner-level digital course that utilizes a variety of software and social media to introduce basic digital skills while demystifying computers and personal digital assistants (phones, tablets) as tools for personal expression. Learn responsible digital best practices of net-citizenship, with an introduction to a variety of digital tools and examining 21st Century digital visual culture.
CE-DGART 2068PE, 1 Sat., Oct. 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, $200. #83245
UX/UI Design: Human-Centered Research Methodologies
Provides a human-centered approach, sketching for user experience, journey maps, flow diagrams, architecture diagrams, motion prototypes, and wireframes. 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., Oct. 7-Dec. 2 (skip 11/25), 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $386. #83244
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., Oct. 14, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $235 (+ $50 lab fee). #83246
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. Learn tools and methods to evaluate and create a good information architecture; 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.
CE-DGART 2079PE, 4 Sat., Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $300. #83243
NEW! 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., Sept. 20-Nov. 8, 6:00-9:00 pm, $386. #83248
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, 1 Sat., Sept. 30, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $235 (+ $50 lab fee). #83250
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 necessary; previous computer experience required.
CE-DGART 2042PE, 4 Sat., Sept. 9-30, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #83251
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., Oct. 7-28, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #83252
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., Nov. 4-Dec. 2 (skip 11/25), 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386 (+ $50 lab fee). #83253