Portfolio 5: Contining Ed

Here I am adding some results of assignments from the Interactive Media Certificate Program.  Tap on images for larger view.  Some are not smushed; and are full-size for viewing on high-resolution screens, and may be slow to load.

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Interactive Media Certificate Program

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The 36-week Interactive Media Certificate Program (IMCP) is offered at the North City Campus, 8355 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.  Class times were all day Monday through Thursday in the Summer, and all morning Monday through Wednesday in the Fall. Time commitment was 15 classroom hours, and 10 hours online per week.

According to the district’s website, the IMCP offers a unique, life-changing program that has earned an excellent reputation throughout the community and beyond.  The college has spent the last ten years “fine-tuning” the program, and takes the job of educating very seriously.  The IMCP provides skills and software currently used by industry professionals, and emphasizes a hands-on approach to planning, production, and presentation, plus production of a dynamic portfolio to share with prospective clients or employers.  Portfolio projects include Adobe Photoshop manipulations, illustrations, page layouts with logos, newsletters and web designs, plus animations, videos, marketing and educational materials, and web sites.

Students learn how to plan and develop projects from concept and design through production and delivery.  Principles of design and composition are implemented throughout the program.  Students learn how to integrate color, type, and graphics to convey information and make an impression.

The on-line component accessed the Internet for instruction including researching topics, taking quizzes, learning about accessibility, writing assignments, and watching video tutorials to strengthen and reinforce what is learned in class.  Students also did storyboards, thumbnails and assigment proposals on-line.

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is a public, noncredit educational institution in San Diego, California.  It is part of the San Diego Community College District along with three two-year community colleges: San Diego City, San Diego Mesa and San Diego Miramar colleges.  SDCE is administered by the San Diego Community College District and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  SDCE is the nation’s largest separately-accredited noncredit continuing education institution.

SDCE offers noncredit career technical education; adult basic education and basic college preparation; life enrichment programs; general interest fee-based community education classes; and customized contract training classes designed for the business sector.  Continuing Education serves approximately 40,000 students per year through its seven campuses: CE at Mesa College, CE at Miramar College, Cesar Chavez, the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC), Mid-City, North City and West City; it also conducts programming at various other off-campus sites throughout San Diego.  SDCE is diverse: it is co-educational, multi-generational and multi-ethnic.  It has a semester-based academic calendar with an added summer session as a regular part of its offerings.

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Print Module

The print module includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects.


Adobe Photoshop is a bitmap digital imaging and editing program that enables students to enhance images and create special effects for the web.  Digital editing is used to edit digital images and to create original artwork.  The program includes timesaving production techniques for this industry-standard image-editing program which is used by print, multimedia and web professionals.  The student also learns how to scan photos, create special filter effects, and incorporate photos and art into text and layout applications.  Adobe Photoshop is one of the most important graphic design tools and is the world’s leading image-editing program used by photographers, designers and web professionals.


Using the Illustrator application, students create vector graphics used for digital design.  This application is the premier postscript vector graphic program used to create object-oriented images—which means students create graphics with smooth edges and small files.  The student learns about the leading vector drawing program used by designers who appreciate the program’s precision tools to produce high-quality logos, signs, illustrations, brochures, and packaging.  It features superior power and precision.  Adobe Illustrator is the primary vector-based software program used by professional graphic designers to create illustrations.


Students learn important aspects of publishing for print in this section.  InDesign gives students the ability to design documents—including graphics and writing copy.  InDesign also helps design a professional resume and create a professional corporate identity (or brand) and collateral materials.  Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications and interactive PDF documents.


This program is the essential tool for universal document exchange.  Acrobat converts any document (including entire Web sites) into a PDF file, with its original appearance preserved, and then distributes it for viewing and printing on any system.  Powerful markup tools make electronic review a snap, so students can collaborate more easily and productively than ever before.  Acrobat is the file format used to FTP print files to printers.


Students create and present a Print portfolio which includes completed projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and InDesign.  In addition, students create an up-to-date resume, business card, and stationery package.

Multimedia Module

The Multimedia Module builds on the Print module to include Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro, and audio editing such as Garageband.


Students learn the basics of sound-based editing software using Garage Band.  GarageBand is an easy to use yet professional audio application designed for musicians and sound editors to create and edit their own masterpieces.  Creating custom sounds and applying unique sound elements and enhancements to projects would be an asset to any company.


After Effects software delivers a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web.  Students can explore unlimited creative possibilities while working in a 2D or 3D compositing environment.  After Effects has the capability to animate static images, further enhance presentations and take media still images, animations, video clips and Flash movies to compose them into a single video, adding effects and altering the nature of the images (and sounds) in a variety of different ways.


Adobe Premiere is the video editing industry standard application with tools that make editing video both easy for the novice and powerful for the professional.  Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application.  It is part of the Adobe Creative Suite, a suite of graphic design, video editing and web development programs.  Students learned how to capture and import video and audio and edit and export video to various offline or web formats.


Students created a CD or iDVD Multimedia Portfolio that included completed projects in Sound, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.

Web Module

The Web Module included XHTML, CSS, Dreamweaver and WordPress.


Learning how to create a web page, topics included the actual Hyper Text Markup Language (html) tags used to create Web pages, important concepts and terms; appropriate file formats, naming conventions, and organizational skills.  Students also learned critical evaluation of Web sites and gained an understanding of the Web creation process.


Students learned the visual web design application that industry professionals choose to develop Web sites, automate production, and enhance team efficiency.  WordPress can be customized using HTML and CSS giving students the power they need for rapid Web development.  Students learned additional time saving production techniques with this high-end visual Web design program.


For the final IMCP-FT assignment students created a Portfolio website in Dreamweaver.

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