The aim of Graphic Web Design is to apply principles of typography, layout, color theory and symbol design to create and develop user-oriented interactive content for the internet. The course is designed to learn HTML5 and CSS3 languages in order to better understand front-end (designer) and back-end (programmer) design terminology and processes. While learning code will be a necessary portion of this course, our main focus will be the designing of web pages and webpage elements. Additionally students will learn how the internet functions, types and styles of websites, and key landmarks in the development and history of the internet.

Course Objectives

This course is designed as a studio course in which students will complete a number of challenging assignments while learning the basic principles and standards within the graphic design industry. At the completion of this course, students will:

  • - Become familiar with essential design terminology
  • - Become technically proficient using industry standard software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • - Focus on craftsmanship and professional presentations of design projects
  • - Apply principles of formal design aesthetics to graphic design projects to create effective visual communications
  • - Strengthen creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • - Learn to analyze and discuss your design concepts and the work of peers and professionals

Aug - Sept 2019

Tu Aug 27

Introduction to course


W3C for HTML

Th Aug 29

Create 10 HTML Documents for next class





Tu Sept 03

Review HTML Documents

More type tags

Multiple pages

Named Character Entity

Create 3 HTML pages for next class

Th Sept 05

Review Multi-page site

Build Project 1 - Website with 3 HTML pages

Tu Sept 10

Godaddy Hosting

Set-up folders

work in class

HTML BOX Structure

Link to Godaddy Login

Th Sept 12

Project 1 Due

Introduction to CSS

Style one page for next class

Tu Sept 17

More advanced styling and RWD

One RWD Site with 2 viewports for next class

Begin Building Project 2

Th Sept 19

Review Project 2

Sept - Oct 2019

Tu Sept 24

Th Sept 26

Tu Oct 01

Th Oct 03

Tu Oct 08

Th Oct 10

Tu Oct 15

Th Oct 17

Oct - Nov 2019

Tu Oct 22

Th Oct 24

Tu Oct 29

Th Oct 31

Tu Nov 05

Th Nov 07

Tu Nov 12

Th Nov 14

Nov - Dec 2019

Tu Nov 19

Th Nov 21

Tu Nov 26

Wed Nov 27

Thanksgiving Recess

Th Nov 28

Tu Dec 03

Tu Dec 05


All Projects are due in the dropbox before class begins on the due date, always

All files must be properly labeled: Project Number_YOUR LAST NAME
example: 01_Dunlap.pdf

No Projects are accepted after deadline. You have remote access from any computer anywhere to the dropbox through:

remote access

This course is designed to understand HTML and CSS and to provide the student with the fundamental design tools to make sophisticated decisions designing content for the web. This is not a course in programming, although there is a significant amount of course time spent learning the languages. This is necessary to better understand the visual landscape we interact with everyday and to better understand the complete process of developing web content.

These projects are all exercises in creativity, focus on creative problem solving and technical understanding of the tools.

Computer Labs on Campus can be found at:


There is no text for this class, notes and reading material will be uploaded to this site and students will be informed when assignments are on the site. You will be required to back-up your projects with an external harddrive of USB stick. Additionally, you will need a sketchbook no smaller that 5 x 7 and no larger than 11 x 14 and a pencil or pen each class to work out ideas. We will use your free subscription for at home tutorials, the link can be found on your student homepage on the Bloomu site or HERE



Attendance is mandatory and crucial to a student’s success. Please make sure to look over the academic calendar to schedule any appointments or travel arrangements during breaks or outside of class meeting times. Students enrolled in studio courses are expected to attend all class sessions, as interaction and class participation are important aspects of the total learning process and should be valued as such. Students are responsible for all material presented in class and should contact the instructor for any information they may have missed. Additionally, there will be no makeup critiques, lectures, demos, or exams for unexcused absences.

If circumstances occur that cause excessive absences, the student will need to meet with the professor outside of class to discuss the situation. It will be the responsibility of the student to withdraw from class if it becomes necessary. Failure to do so could result in a poor academic standing and financial obligations.

Students are allowed three absences without penalty. After three absences, students will receive one final letter grade reduction for each additional absence. Student will not receive a passing grade after a total of Five absences. In addition, Students need to arrive to class on time and stay the whole class. Students arriving late or leaving early three times will equal an absence. Being an hour or more late or leaving an hour or more before class ends will result in an absence.


Over the course of the semester, I will administrate 4 grades, one every 4 weeks, which you can view on the BOLT system. Each of these administrated grades will be comprised of 2 projects and the exercises/quizzes accompanying those projects. If at any time during the semester you are unclear about your progress, or if you would like to discuss ratings on your evaluations, please contact me and set up an appointment to meet with me, or simply send me an email. I will also inform you if I feel there are areas of concern between the administrated grades, as well as give you honest and clear feedback during critiques.

Evaluation Criteria

Assignments are graded using the following criteria unless otherwise noted

(1) Technical proficiency - use of software applications

(2) Formal - Use of accepted practices and a visible understanding of concepts and principles

(3) Craftsmanship, presentation, deadlines and participation in critique

(4) Concept, critical thinking and revision

Each area of evaluation is given a rating from one to five. The most any one assignment can earn is 20 points. Each overall rating is given a grade equivalent based on the standard 90%,80%,70%,60%, grading percentages.

Within each of these criteria, your performance will be rated a number between 5 and 1, determined according to the following descriptions:

  • 5 - A rating of five means your work is excellent and distinctive beyond other work in the class. The work shows exemplary use of the fundamentals discussed in class and you are able to articulate your design choices clearly.

  • 4 - A rating of four means you fulfilled the requirements of the project. There are likely some very minor issues with the work. You understand the fundamentals, but not in-depth. You are able to discuss the work, but struggle with articulating your design decisions.

  • 3 - A rating of three means the work was completed, but has more than minor issues. It is not clear that you understand the fundamentals discussed in class and you struggle with articulating your ideas, or do not even attempt to discuss your design choices.

  • 2 - A rating of two means your work does not exhibit an understanding of the fundamentals discussed in class and you are unable to discuss design decisions. You did, however, try.

  • 1 - A rating of one means there are major issues with your performance and you should make an appointment to speak with me if you ever receive a rating of one on any of the above criteria.

Art majors at the sophomore, junior, and senior level are required to participate in the departmental annual review. Specific details including portfolio requirements and review dates will be provided during the semester. Non-participation will lower your final grade by 1/3.



Any student who is eligible for classroom accommodations is invited to meet with me to discuss their concerns and to present their disclosure forms from the Office of Accommodative Services. Our University provides reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations and are not registered with the Accommodative Services Office, please contact this office in the Warren Student Services Center, Room 043 as soon as possible to establish your eligibility. If you feel you need extra help to improve your academic performance in this or any of your courses, please consider requesting a tutor in University Tutorial Services (UTS). UTS offers peer tutoring at no charge to Bloomsburg University students. The UTS office is located in Warren Student Services Center, Room 13.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center offers free support for graduate and undergraduate writers at any point in the writing process. Think of our consultants as your personal trainers for writing. They will not write any part of your paper, but they can help you get started and then keep going; they can read what you have written and ask questions to help you think about what your readers might need; they can work with you on grammar, mechanics, or format; and they can help you develop strategies for proofreading and editing.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) opens on the first day of the semester. Hours are Mon. through Thurs. from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Bakeless 206. There are also night hours on Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Schweiker Room, Andruss Library. You can drop in
or request an appointment through email: Visit their website ( for more information.

Other Important Information

Disclaimer: This online syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester, students will be notified when changes are made

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language, visual elements, and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work without credit to the author. All work submitted for this class must have been made for this course and not used for assignments in other courses. Found images or downloaded images that have copyright protection are prohibited.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) offers free support for undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process. You set the agenda for the appointment
- whether you are concerned about getting started, or about clarity, grammar, organization, citations or any other aspect of writing or the English language. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit their website ( for hours and additional information. 

The timeline for this course may need to be adjusted for severe weather events or other unforeseen circumstances. 


James Dunlap

Office: Old Science 123

Office Hours: M/W 3:00 - 4:00, 6:30 - 7:00pm

T/Th 12:00 - 1:00, 6:30 - 7:00pm

or by appointment

Phone: 570-389-3961