At The Modern College of Design I have been a part of curating and modifying the curriculum for our digital focused courses. We vet our courses in understanding the user and strive to make sure each year we are modifying our work to stay ahead of the constant changes within out industry. The courses range from 100-400 level courses and are a part of both an associates and bachelor's degree. As a part of full-time faculty I participate and develop interactive workshops for incoming students.
GRD 499 - PORTFOLIO
This course was created as the capstone of our Bachelor's in Design Leadership program. In this course, the students pitch ideas for their project(s) and complete the work with the help of self-found mentors within the industry and myself. The projects are selected to allow the student to feel they have the portfolio they need to step into the job they are hoping to find after graduation.
ELT 301 - UX RESEARCH
The UX Research course was created to allow our students to follow one large website through from start to finish. They learn how to start a project from the ground up and how to keep a client up-to-date with weekly communication. This course also introduces the students to various user testing techniques and UX research deliverables. The students also learn how to work with another person's work as there is only one final design selected from the class. All student's must extend the work 'the client' selects, mimicking how a team would work within our industry.
ELT 301 - UI/UX DESIGN
This course helps expand the knowledge of a student who is focusing in both digital design and user experience. They learn how to build upon the skills taught in our 200 level courses, as well as, be introduced to new user testing and design deliverables. The students push their thinking past website design and learn about data visualization, user empathy research techniques, software design and utilizing digital mediums to create an immersive consumer experience.
ELT 201 - UI/UX DESIGN
The student's who select this course will expand their knowledge of digital design learning how to better focus on human interactions and who is using their product. We explore mobile app design and how this differs from responsive, how to design a website full of important information and statistics and the basics of data visualization for dashboard design.
WEB 201 - WEB DESIGN III
This course is the final required digital course for our associates program. This course focuses on expanding their knowledge of responsive design best practices, e-commerce, auditing websites, compiling findings and recommendations, design systems, marketing campaigns and landing pages.
WEB 201 - WEB DESIGN II
This second required digital course in our associate program builds upon the learnings from their first foundational web course. We now teach the students how to design for the user, how to establish a sitemap and other information architecture deliverables, as well as, how to think and design for mobile. This course also provides a foundation for HTML and CSS allowing the students to understand a basic level from developing a box model to coding a provided website design.
WEB 101 - WEB DESIGN I
As a student in their first semester with The Modern, they will take this required digital course. In this class, we teach the foundations of digital design from how to use the required programs, prototyping, UI element creation and even crafting their very first website.