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Pattie Belle Hastings

Some of the courses I teach at Quinnipiac University:

Design Research and Methods
This foundation course in research methods for art and design introduces informed strategies for problem solving and prepares students for upper-level coursework in interactive digital design. Emphasis is placed on the role of critical thinking in the design process. Theoretical models of design analysis are introduced. Practical hands-on methods include visual research, design journals, thumbnail sketches, mind maps, storyboards, comprehensives, diagramming, prototyping, case studies, topic and content development and other forms of conceptualization.

Interactive Narrative Forms
Students read, view and critically analyze select examples from dramatic literature and interactive multimedia (videodiscs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, Web sites, interactive installations and games). Students create interactive multimedia research essays for desktop and online presentation. .

Type Design & Production I
This course enables the student to both understand type and to use it as a design element. Using current computer graphics technology, topics that are explored include the use of type, page layout, color and the importing of graphics. Using professional page layout software, students create projects that demonstrate both design sense and computer knowledge. Finished pieces are printed and become part of the student's portfolio. .

Motion Graphics I
Students explore ways to use the computer to create 2D computer images and animation for interactive multimedia, computer games and for the Web. Students use professional quality software for the creation of animated 2D text, images and dynamic audiovisual data. Students produce animations for desktop presentation, embedded in Web pages, and for nonlinear digital video that demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of 2D computer graphics while displaying creativity.

Motion Graphics II
Students use professional quality software to design motion graphics including text, bitmapped, and vector graphics elements with applied filters and special effects processing. Topics include typography and motion graphic design and layout, editing digital video and audio. This course explores advanced aesthetic, critical and technical topics in motion graphics and animation. Students produce digital video animations that demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of motion graphics and provide them with professional preparation for entry into the field.

This course covers practical techniques of scripting for creating advanced interactivity for Web site design and desktop multimedia presentations. Students use scripting to create projects that display a combination of artistic and design aesthetics, media theory and programming skills.

Advanced Interactive Authoring
This course explores advanced aesthetic, critical and technical topics in multimedia authoring, including overall multimedia Web site design, development, structure and information architecture. Students use problem-solving methods of design research and analysis combined with authoring and scripting environments to enhance design, interaction, usability and effective communication. Topics include current processes and technologies of Web design, Web standards and media theory.

Senior Seminar & Portfolio
In this course, students consider critical issues in interactive arts and compile a digital portfolio to be recorded on CD-ROM and presented as a Web site. For majors or minors in interactive digital design. Senior status is required.

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