ART 435 Fall 2014

Web Design



Course Information

ART 435A: Web Design
Fall 2014, 3 credit hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:50pm
Wilson Fine Arts Building, Room 116
Professor Chris Davis
Professor Darrell Kincer, Co-Instructor


This course will teach students how to design and develop websites using HTML and CSS, with an emphasis placed on responsive, mobile-ready design. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of web development, including text editors, FTP applications, and browser web inspectors, and will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of standards-based web design. Skills developed in this course will allow students to design, develop, and troubleshoot a variety of static websites.

Outside of Class

Daily schedules, course materials, and helpful resources are available on our class website. This is a good place to start if you’re having trouble outside of class.

Additional help is always available by emailing me. In-person assistance is generally limited to class sessions.

Per Georgetown College policy, you are expected to spend approximately 9 hours a week on a 3 credit hour course. Class time counts for 5 hours a week; the remaining 4 should be spent on assignments and projects as well as practicing and refining skills learned in class.

Materials and Resources

  • HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett (required textbook)
  • Hosting and domain through HostGator (specifics will be given in class)
  • Digital lab (schedule posted outside the door)

Learning Outcomes

Course Outcomes

  • A thorough understanding of HTML and CSS through class assignments, quizzes, and projects.
  • Familiarity with the basic tools used to build, maintain, and troubleshoot websites through in-class practice, assignments, and projects.
  • The ability to create responsive designs specifically tailored to the web through class projects.
  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of standards-based web design through class assignments and projects.

Departmental Outcomes

  • Skills in formal and contextual analysis.
  • The ability to relate one’s own creative ideas and intentions to the wider contemporary and historical context.
  • Technical skills showing knowledge of traditional and digital media, thereby enabling the student to execute work with competence and clarity.


Your grade will be determined by the number of points you earn on the following coursework. More detailed information and rubrics will be given at the start of each assignment.

About Me Page 10 points
Image-Based Design 10 points
Practice Layouts 10 points
Practice Responsive Layouts 10 points
HTML and CSS Quiz 30 points
Reading Quiz Ch. 13 & 17 15 points
Reading Quiz Ch. 15 15 points
One Page Site 40 points
Client/Developer Site 50 points
Restaurant Site 50 points
Final Site 60 points
300 points total

Grading Scale

A 100-92% Excellent
A/B 91-88% Very Good
B 87-82% Good
B/C 81-78% Satisfactory
C 77-70% Acceptable
D 69-60% Poor
F 59-0% Unacceptable

Submission and Late Policy

All assignments and projects are due by 1pm on the date given on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. Your work will be submitted online.

Absence from class does not absolve you from turning coursework in on time. Late work is accepted with the following penalties:

Past 1pm 10% off
1 day late 20% off
2 days late 30% off
3 or more days late no credit

All quizzes will be given at the beginning of class on their scheduled date. If you are absent for a quiz, you will be expected to take it at the beginning of class on the day you return.


Art Department policy states that students must attend 80% of class sessions to earn credit for a course. You are encouraged to attend all class sessions, as they are your main opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from me regarding your work.

Class Policy

  • Missing any portion of a class will result in an absence, rounded to the nearest quarter (1-35 minutes equals 0.25 absence, 36-70 minutes equals 0.5 absence, etc.).
  • After missing the equivalent of 4, 5, and 6 classes, your grade will be lowered 4% (up to 12% total).
  • After missing the equivalent of 7 classes, you will receive a failing grade.
  • You are encouraged to inform me if you know you will be absent; however, please note that all absences count towards your total.

In Case of Absence

Materials for each class session will be available on our website. Class lectures and demonstrations will not be repeated; you should get notes from another member of the class. You are responsible for any information you miss.

Please see Grading – Submission and Late Policy for information regarding coursework and absences.


Participation in the critique at the end of each project is mandatory. You are expected to attend these class sessions and will lose points on the project if you are absent.

Extenuating Circumstances

In the event of severe weather or other extenuating circumstances, I will email you to confirm that class has been postponed or canceled.


You are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully towards your professor and fellow students at all times. This includes actively participating in class discussions and critiques and using personal electronic devices and lab computers for course-related work only.

Academic Honesty

You are expected to adhere to Georgetown College’s Honor System. All work must include proper attribution of resources used – whether for content, code, or design inspiration. Guidelines will be discussed in class.

The internet is full of resources for web designers, including many that will be pointed out in class. It is acceptable to refer to these resources while working on course projects. As a general rule, using small amounts of borrowed code for individual site elements is acceptable with documentation; using very large amounts of borrowed code or whole sites is not. If you are unsure about whether the use of a particular resource crosses this line, it is your responsibility to discuss it with me well ahead of a project’s deadline.

Note: The information in this syllabus is subject to change as needed.