Web Publishing and Interactive Media
Embrace the world of multimedia! This course brings your creative ideas and designs to life through practical training in web publishing, video production, visual effects and 2D animation.
NOTE: This course is not suitable for absolute beginners. You will need either basic skills in Adobe Photoshop or relevant work experience to cope with the design pressures of the web and motion graphics modules.
What to Expect from your studies
The year is packed with theoretical & practical training that includes:
- Conceptualisation Techniques
- Interactive Screen Design Theory
- 2D Animation, Sound Editing & Motion Theory
- HTML5 and Responsive Design
- Game Design Theory
- Electronic Book Publishing & ePubs
- Web Technologies 2: WordPress
- Motion Graphics 1: Animation, Compositing and VFX
- Motion Graphics 2: Video & Post Production
- Interactive Web based Portfolio & Showreel
You will lean how to use the following Software Applications:
- Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition and Edge
- Sublime Text
You will be able to do the following on completion of the course:
- Produce engaging web interfaces using current web technologies such as XHTML, CSS and WordPress.
- Integrate various elements such as text, graphics, animations, video and sound for online, DVD or television usage.
- Output your final works using the correct compressions, formats and media for effective viewing.
- Include interactivity in a number of different genres of screen mediums through Actionscript.
- Create engaging 2D animations, visual effects and compositions for online and television use.
- Conceptualise, produce and professionally pitch a game design concept and visuals for an online campaign.
Note: Friends of Design reserves the right to alter the topics and modules of any advertised courses to meet or maintain what we feel the industry requires of graduates. Friends of Design is provisionally registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(3) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No 101 of 1997), and Regulation 16(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2002, to offer the Higher Certificate in Web Publishing & Interactive Media, until 31 December 2018.
Integrated Screen Design
- Characteristics of screen based media
- Screen Design Theory, Design Categories and Benchmarks
- Interaction Theory
- Information Architecture
Introduction to Sound Design Theory
- Sound Design Conceptual
- Working with a Sound Designer
- Headphone Project, implementation and presentation
Film Production Processes
Pre-production, production, post-production (Adobe Premiere Pro)
- camera language, blocking, story boarding, camera work
- Sound for Video
- Intro and Technical training on Adobe Premiere and Industry accredited 4 week video editing.
Animation, Compositing & VFX Introduction (Adobe After Effects)
This module introduces and develops student knowledge of digital video and compositing applications within a work-flow of digital image design, motion graphics and information design processes. Learners are taught the simple technical requirements around outputting visual content for mobile devices.
Game Design Theory
Introduction to the gaming industry, the use of games in advertising, the budgets, the players and conceptualising and pitching a game concept.
- Applied Design Techniques for the web, design and practical
- Basic to intermediate HTML4 and CSS2 (Cascading Style Sheets), hand coding in TextEdit
- The Aim is to create their own standards complaint and accessible website
- Basic to intermediate HTML 5 and CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets), hand coding in TextEdit
- Animation & Programming Responsive Design
- Introduction to Social Platforms & using Content Management Systems (CMS)
- PHP Introduction
- Setting up a WordPress Template
- Introduction to eCommerce using WordPress
Adobe Edge Animate
- 2D animation production
- Output to HTML5 format
- Integration into HTML books and web pages
Introduction to Digital Publishing, electronic book tools and formats for magazines and educational books, PDF vs APP vs ePub and why.
- HTML and CSS Essential Skills for ePub electronic books
The Digital Portfolio course focuses on the collation and compilation of the year’s work via the integration of selected technologies.
You must be 18 years of age or older, you must have obtained a Matric Certificate and you must be fluent in spoken and written English. Previous Art or Design training at a school level is an advantage.
Graphic Design, IT, Animation or Computer studies are advantageous for the Web Course, but not essential.
Why should I study at Friends of Design?
Friends of Design's course are like no other – they are highly focused on practical training on the software with projects for each and every module. This ensures that the graduate is ready to go straight from college into the workplace, unlike many graduates who struggle to integrate themselves into industry post studies. Friends of Design also specifically employs trainers who freelance in the industry, which ensure up to date technologies and methods are integrated into the courses.
How many Full Time Courses do you offer?
We offer 3 “stand alone” courses which can be taken one at a time, or if you wish, two or even all three.
- One Year Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing
- One Year Higher Certificate in Web Publishing and Interactive Media
- One Year Higher Certificate in Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment
Can we stagger the courses over a number of years?
Yes! If you wish to do one course and then take a gap year or two, and come back to do another course, that is completely permissible.
What is the 2 Year Digital Design Course?
The 2 Year Digital Design Course is comprised of the One Year Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing Course, and the One Year Higher Certificate in Web Publishing and Interactive Media Course.
Are these courses registered with the Department of Higher Education?
Yes, all courses are registered.
What are the prerequisites for the courses?
You need to be :
- 18yrs or older
- Have a Matric or Equivalent
What if I can't draw?
That doesn't matter - we specialise in Digital Design, so much of the work is done on computers, although scamping (rough drawings) is needed to conceptualise your ideas.
Who are your trainers?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
What are your students like?
They are a mixed bag – some have just finished school, whilst others have a degree in Visual Communications and wish to round up their technical skills. Some are just 18, and some are moms of two. What they all have in common is a passion and love of Design!
Do you provide accommodation?
Friends of Design doesn't provide accommodation, but we do have two great and close by student residences:
What do you get at the end of your studies?
At the end of each course, you receive a Higher Certificate, NQF Level 5 registered with the Department of Education. The aim of the year is to create a Portfolio (body of work) which is essentially your CV in the Creative Industry. The student is therefore reminded always that each piece of work done goes into their final Portfolio and is reminded to give their very best at all times.
Are there exams?
There are no exams for any of our Courses at Friends of Design. Each Module is assessed by the Projects that accompany it and a rationale must be provided for each project. Occasionally you will receive a multiple choice test, but here at the Academy we throw our focus behind developing professionals who are adept at working with the software and ensure that all graduates are well equipped to handle the practical demands of the workplace.
How are we assessed?
Each project is marked on its technical, conceptual and visual aspects. Scamps (preparation & conceptual work) and Presentation Techniques are also given special attention. Each student receives a mark and comments for their projects as well as two reports for each Semester. External Moderators come in at the end of every year to ensure the marking process is fair and correct.
How long are classes?
Classes run from 08.30 – 12.30, Monday to Friday. Students are welcomed to stay after class to work on projects until 17.00 Mon – Fri.
How big are your classes?
We take up to 30 students maximum per class, so big enough to not stand out and small enough to receive personal attention.
Do you provide machines & software?
Yes. All students have a work station (Apple Mac) for the year with the latest software loaded. Students also receive a 1 year Adobe Master Collection Licence built into their fees upon enrolment.
What are the payment options?
There are 3:
- Payment in full in which you receive a 5% discount, or a FREE iPad Mini
- Payment in two installments in which you receive a 2% discount
- 11 Monthly Payments, visa Debit Order
The Web Publishing & Interactive Media programme is a full time One Year Certificate programme which requires you to be an active member of classroom activities. In order to determine if you are ready for the work set out we have a few questions to ask you. Please provide answers to all the questions and submit the portfolio (PDF or Printed A4) with the documents requested in the enrolment application form.
Question 1 – Motivation
In an essay or a video, tell us about yourself and why you feel you are a good candidate to study Interactive Media and Web Publishing?
Tell us about your time at school, what you have recently been doing, any hobbies or interests that have lead you to study this topic further and what you want to do in the future. Also tell us about what you think the future of Interactive Media and Web Publishing will be? – What trends and new technology are you excited to see become accessible via the web? Finally let us know how you came to decide that FoD would be the place you want to study.
Question 2 – Technical Requirements
2.1 Select a website you regularly visit and comment about how the site is put together or laid out. In no more than 500 words tell us why the site is great, or should be improved? Is navigating the site easy or difficult? Is the information easy to find and interact with? What parts of your experience with the site are fun and which are frustrating?
2.2. Film, Motion Graphics and Animation on the web require that we as designers know a little about how animations work, but more importantly how to tell a story in frames. Please draw up a simple, 12 panel storyboard which shows a stickman on a short adventure.
(Place 6 panels on one A4 page – Total 2 A4 pages)
Question 3: Digital Design
3.1 What is your understanding about how the internet and websites work?
3.2 Name 2 filmmakers, artists or designers that have influenced or impacted on your life/lifestyle and state why.
3.4 Can you identify any specific art or visual style that is common on the web or in films?
Attached 3 to 5 pieces of your original artwork. These can be drawings/ paintings / photography / Illustrations etc. Yes, Instagram counts. Anything creative you have made yourself.
Please send all the above to Kerry Hugill firstname.lastname@example.org in a zipped file. Now accepting late submissions.
The Distinguished Talent Scholarship
Friends of Design is committed to nurturing your potential. If you have the potential to shine as a visual communicator, the “Distinguished Talent Scholarship” programme is for you. We offer one scholarship per year to a talented individual.
One scholarship per year & per course is awarded to the candidate who most impresses us with their creative work and shows drive and initiative to make full use of their potential. If you are a creative, talented, imaginative, and colour, imagery and typography are all music to your ears, then be sure to submit your application today, and stand the chance to win the financial aid you need to afford an education in this field. With such immense talent to nurture, the last thing you need to worry about is funding!
What to Submit
Please go to the submission requirements tab for more details.
NOTE: Now accepting late submissions.
Note: The Scholarship covers your monthly tuition fee only and excludes additional costs for materials required for drawing modules, presentations and printing.
We had great study projects that were very similar to actual work projects, so that was amazing.
I had a blast at FOD and it broadened my skill range to such an extent that I can do more in my job than expected.
My experience was very favourable. I found the college head to be very accomodating and understanding, the lecturers always very friendly.
Friends of Design opened me up to the digital world and that helped me choose what I wanted to do with my career.
I have learned WAY more in the year with FOD than other juniors who studied for an entire 3 years at a well known institutions.
Now I feel very confident with my software skills. It definitely prepared me for the working environment!