Instructor: Tiziana d’Agostino
Office Hours
: By appointment
: Term 1 – Term 5
: 5.00 (100 hours)
: How To Cheat in Adobe Flash CS6 by Chris Gerogenes. Focal Press, 2013
Flash Professional CS5: Visual QuickPro by Russel Chan. Peachpit Press, 2011
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Grading Site:

Description: This class is designed to give students experience with creating animation for use on Web pages or mobile devices, and rich media banners & interactive Web experiences. Using relevant tools and techniques, students learn how to translate vector-and raster based imagery into animation, and use ActionScript programming skills to create rich media banners and mobile apps. These techniques are useful for creating truly interactive experiences. Interactive design issues, usability and mobile design issues are also emphasized.

Instruction Methods: Lectures, demonstrations, exercises, student presentations.  Check your assignment specs, and bring your back up disks and book to every class. BACK UP YOUR WORK EVERY DAY

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Create animation using Adobe Flash
2. Optimize Flash work for optimal viewing on the web and on mobile
3. Create interactive ActionScript – based banners and mobile apps
4. Create simple and complex, rich media banners for the web
5. Understand how to use flash in the mobile environment

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor early in the semester, so accommodations can be made as soon as possible. Platt is committed to do everything possible to make all reasonable accommodations.

Attendance: As a common and professional courtesy, please advise me in advance when you will miss a class. Please email me if you will be either late or missing class for any reason. This will also give me a chance to fill you in on what you will be missing.

Missing class, leaving early or arriving late will cost you points in your attendance grade. (-1 pt each tardy, – 5 pts each absence). If you miss 4 classes during the mod, you will be dropped from this course. If you miss any class, it is your responsibility to ask someone for notes and to catch up.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting work–either written or spoken–that is not your own. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, not properly citing others’ work, or using someone else’s writing. Platt College will not tolerate plagiarism of any sort and the penalty will be automatic failure of this course and potential dismissal from the college.

Makeups: There will be NO make up exams or assignments. Assignments handed in 1 day late will be graded down one letter grade. No assignment will be accepted on the second day past its due date. Ask in advance if you have a timing conflict. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Class Expectations: All students will be treated fairly and with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated. If these expectations are violated, the violator will be appropriately disciplined: a verbal warning, class suspension, expulsion from the class, and expulsion from the college can result. If I suspect you are under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug, you will be asked to leave class. Lastly, show respect for me and your classmates: everyone learn at a different rate.

Concerns and Disagreements: Any concerns regarding policies or procedures of this course, as stated in this syllabus, or as they occur in class should be discussed directly with me either outside of class or by making an office appointment.

Class Protocol: Make sure all mobile devices are turned off during class time. Absolutely no web surfing, chatting, tweeting, etc. will be allowed during class lectures, demonstrations and presentations, and generally during class time.

Due to insurance policies, children are not allowed in the classroom at any time. Try not to leave the class during lectures and please do not enter the class while a speech/discussion is in session.

Computer Protocol: You are not allowed to download and install any software, without the instructor’s approval. Do not work off your removable media (CD, Flash drives, etc.): it may crash the computer. Back up your files regularly. Catastrophic failures do happen, and you want to be prepared.

Class Participation: Participation in this class is required in a variety of ways. Attendance to each class session is extremely important. Every student is expected to participate in a variety of ways including: class discussions, feedback after each student’s presentations, listening and staying engaged during each class period, speaking at scheduled times, and physical presence. You are expected to follow along aevery demos and tutorial.

Class Requirements: You will be required to work on your projects outside class. Every student is expected to do at least 15 hours of work per week outside of the classroom, including reading text book, following tutorials, watching videos and working on projects. Computers will be available EVERY DAY on campus before and after class. Sunday lab is also available on most weekends. Any material from “out of class course work” may be applicable to questions on quizzes or tests, & any assigned homework will be graded.

Platt Grading Scale:

Grade Percentage:
B      80%-89%
C      70%-79%
D      60%-69%
Below 60%

Grade Breakdown:
Ad Campaign Proposal / Concept: 30 points
Ad Campaign Simple Banner Files:
30 points
Ad Campaign RM Banner Files:
50 points
Ad Campaign RM Mobile Banner Files:
50 points
Ad Campaign Presentation :
20 points
Invoice: 20 points
Midterm: 50 points
Final: 50 points
Participation: 60 points
Attendance: 50 points
Homework/in class: 20 points

Projects Grading Policy:
Many elements will contribute to your final project grade:

  •  The design concept —Is the main idea behind the design strong, effective and appropriate for the client?
  • The design execution — Does the final design reflect the main idea effectively?
  • The final piece — How good is the craftsmanship and presentation of the piece?
  •  Presentation — Was the work presented to the class in a professional manner?
  •  The digital files — Are the files prepared correctly and follow the specs?
  •  Support work — Was all the prep work ( thumbnails, comps, research, etc) completed on time? Was everything turned in?
  •  Deadlines — Was the project completed on time, and did it follow all the requirements, from thumbnails to completion? Were all deadlines met?

Remember: no assignment- or part of it – will be accepted on the second day past its due date. You will loose a significant amount of points if you don’t meet deadlines or don’t turn in all the requested elements, no matter how great your final design is. Keep your project sheets with you, and create a checklist to make sure you are following the specs and turn in all the requested elements.

Extra credit opportunities may be introduced during the course.