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FALL Catalog July-Sept Vol 1.3 Last update August 4, 2011 Degree Programs CATALOG Graphic DesiGn

FALL Catalog July-Sept Vol 1.3 Last update August 4, 2011

Degree

Programs

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Graphic DesiGn Web DesiGn

FALL Catalog July-Sept Vol 1.3 Last update August 4, 2011 Degree Programs CATALOG Graphic DesiGn Web
FALL Catalog July-Sept Vol 1.3 Last update August 4, 2011 Degree Programs CATALOG Graphic DesiGn Web
Degree Programs Catalog W are because you are CREATIVE . We don’t e a believe

Degree Programs Catalog

W are because you are CREATIVE. We don’t

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believe in boring jobs.

We DREAM IN COLOR.

You have talent—you can do WHAT YOU LOVE and love what you do. Every professional decides one day:

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I CHOOSE TO CREATE. So unleash your

ability. It doesn’t matter where you are.

CREATIVITY STARTS HERE. Take charge, FUTURE DESIGNER.

CREATIVITY STARTS HERE . Take charge, FUTURE DESIGNER . FirsT accreDiTeD OnLine schOOL OF DesiGn Founded
CREATIVITY STARTS HERE . Take charge, FUTURE DESIGNER . FirsT accreDiTeD OnLine schOOL OF DesiGn Founded
CREATIVITY STARTS HERE . Take charge, FUTURE DESIGNER . FirsT accreDiTeD OnLine schOOL OF DesiGn Founded

FirsT accreDiTeD OnLine schOOL OF DesiGn

Founded in 1997, Sessions College for Professional Design offers degree and certificate programs in the visual arts. Our mission is to prepare art and design professionals for successful careers by providing the highest quality of online arts education. Our students gain a thorough training in the creative, computer, and communication skills required for a fast-changing industry.

Sessions College offers Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs in Graphic Design and Web Design, and certifi- cate programs in Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Arts, Digital Arts, Marketing Design, Game Art, and Fine Arts. Expert faculty and rigorous curriculum combine to offer an excellent education in a flexible online learning environment.

Sessions College is nationally accredited by the Distance Educa- tion and Training Council (DETC) and regionally accredited at the certificate level by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Sessions College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Sessions College is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Educa- tion and Training (IACET). Sessions College is approved for GI Bill education benefits and tuition assistance (TA) for active military servicemembers. A SOC Consortium member, Sessions College is recognized as a military-friendly school.

servicemembers. A SOC Consortium member, Sessions College is recognized as a military-friendly school. www.sessions.edu
Degree Programs Catalog Degree Programs assOciaTe’s DeGrees in Graphic DesiGn anD Web DesiGn Prepare for

Degree Programs Catalog

Degree Programs

assOciaTe’s DeGrees in Graphic DesiGn anD Web DesiGn

Prepare for an exciting career in visual design. Graphic designers are visual communicators who translate ideas into images. Good graphic design makes a brand inviting, a message coherent, and information accessible. Web designers balance the business goals of companies and clients with the diverse needs of Web users.

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Which field will you choose? Success in the design field requires not only creativity but also strong computer, business, and communication skills. The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program offers majors in Graphic Design and Web Design. Students build a foundation in today’s digital media and graduate with a portfolio of high- quality work.

Jason Maclean Graphic Design Degree student

Classes are delivered entirely online. Rigorous curriculum and expert instructors put you through your paces. Join students from around the U.S. and abroad at the first accredited online school of design.

and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field
and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field
and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field
and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field
and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field
and abroad at the first accredited online school of design. Having worked in the design field

Having worked in the design field for a long time, I felt that the Sessions College degree would prepare me for a more senior role and offer me strong credentials in design.

Degree Programs Catalog Program Options chOOsinG a prOGram The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program

Degree Programs Catalog

Program Options

chOOsinG a prOGram

The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program is a 72-credit program. Associate program students build a foundation in design and software, including color, typography, composition, digital imaging, and illustration.

Graphic Design majors develop an understanding of the professional design process for print projects, exploring a range of media including layout projects, print production, packaging, and branding and marketing concepts.

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Web Design majors develop a proficiency in Dreamweaver, Flash, and JavaScript as well as accessibility standards, CSS layouts, and Internet marketing. Students learn a professional approach to designing a Web site, from concept to launch.

A general education curriculum provides a foundation in psychology, business, computer technology, writing, and art history. During the final semester, students gain important career preparation skills in design business, capstone project, and portfolio review classes.

Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student

review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
review classes. Erin Ramsdale Web Design Degree student Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your design eye, as well as opening you
Class discussions are excellent tool for sharpening your
design eye, as well as opening you up to new ideas and
concepts. I’ve already gained a solid foundation in the
building blocks of design. Now I look at my work with a
critical eye and find areas of improvement.
Degree Programs
Degree Programs

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5 5 | | Degree Programs Catalog Student Experience nOW The FUTUre LOOKs mOre creaTiVe We

Degree Programs Catalog

5 5 | | Degree Programs Catalog Student Experience nOW The FUTUre LOOKs mOre creaTiVe We
5 5 | | Degree Programs Catalog Student Experience nOW The FUTUre LOOKs mOre creaTiVe We

Student Experience

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We believe that today’s learners deserve excellent curriculum combined with the flexibility of online learning.

With 24/7 access to the learning environment, expert instructors, and knowledgable student advisors, our degree program students complete their programs while continuing to meet their work, family, and life commitments.

Sessions College welcomes a range of applicants from novice to advanced. The school is a diverse and international environment, and students range from high school graduates to mid-career professionals.

Founded in 1997, Sessions College has graduated postsecondary program students from every state in the U.S. and more than 80 countries around the world, from Brazil to Benin and beyond.

A military-friendly school, Sessions College is proud to count active duty servicemembers, spouses, and veterans from every branch in the U.S. military among our graduates.

Recent high school graduate Hiba Abugosh Graphic Design Degree student
Recent high school graduate Hiba Abugosh
Graphic Design Degree student
school graduate Hiba Abugosh Graphic Design Degree student I’ve always been interested in art and design,
school graduate Hiba Abugosh Graphic Design Degree student I’ve always been interested in art and design,

I’ve always been interested in art and design, but it wasn’t until my senior year that I decided to pursue my dream of getting a degree as a graphic designer. The instructors at Sessions College are all very inspiring. It’s a great opportunity to be able to learn from professionals.

College are all very inspiring. It’s a great opportunity to be able to learn from professionals.
Degree Programs Catalog Building Your Design Portfolio When you graduate, you’ll need a portfolio of

Degree Programs Catalog

Building Your Design Portfolio

When you graduate, you’ll need a portfolio of high-quality work to show potential clients and employers. That’s why Sessions College classes are built around practical projects that help you build a body of original work as you progress through the program. Our instructors help you improve your work through critique and feedback, and all classwork is stored at your own private MyGallery page. Peer-to-peer critiques provide frequent opportunities to revise and improve, and a final Portfolio Review helps you hone your best pieces for future clients and employers.

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your best pieces for future clients and employers. 6 6 | | Christopher Schmitt Department Head,

Christopher Schmitt Department Head, Web Design

6 6 | | Christopher Schmitt Department Head, Web Design In the Associate program, you’ll learn

In the Associate

program, you’ll learn a process that will help you channel your creativity for the real world of client work. Practical work, discussions, and critiques will challenge you to evolve your design process and discover how to address the needs of different clients and audiences.

to evolve your design process and discover how to address the needs of different clients and
to evolve your design process and discover how to address the needs of different clients and
to evolve your design process and discover how to address the needs of different clients and

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7 | Degree Programs Catalog   Degree Programs AssociAte of occuPAtionAl stuDies (Aos) in GrAPhic DesiGn

Degree Programs Catalog

 

Degree Programs

AssociAte of occuPAtionAl stuDies (Aos) in GrAPhic DesiGn

AssociAte of occuPAtionAl stuDies (Aos) in Web DesiGn

Programs AssociAte of occuPAtionAl stuDies (Aos) in GrAPhic DesiGn AssociAte of occuPAtionAl stuDies (Aos) in Web

www.sessions.edu

Degree Programs Catalog Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Graphic Design 8 | The world

Degree Programs Catalog

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Graphic Design

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of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Graphic Design 8 | The world is getting smaller, our technology

The world is getting smaller, our technology and media environment develops at breakneck pace, and the need to communicate with diverse global audiences has never been greater. It’s a perfect time to enter the field of graphic design.

A graphic designer is a visual communicator who

translates ideas into images. In branding, market- ing, advertising, and publishing, the graphic de- signer is key to the customer. Good graphic design

is what makes a brand inviting, information acces-

sible, a message coherent.

The Sessions Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design program offers an intensive two- year professional degree for students seeking to enter careers as graphic designers with a focus on print design. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program offers a strong foundation in visual design and a working knowl- edge of contemporary design practices and media.

Foundation studies develop proficiency in the tra- ditional elements of art and design. Software and coding classes build skills in contemporary design tools and technologies for digital imaging, illus- tration, layout, and Web publishing. Second year classes help students develop a professional design process as they explore a range of media including advanced graphic design and layout projects, print production, and branding and marketing concepts.

Through research, practice, and critique, students learn to think like designers. Students learn how to develop solutions to design problems; research and analyze a project brief; explore different avenues of creative expression; create design mockups and present work to clients; design for different clients and audiences; control the fundamentals of design; create polished, professional work; and discuss and critique design with peers.

An integrated general education curriculum helps students develop proficiency in critical thinking and written communication and a foundation in psychol- ogy, business, computer technology, writing, and art history. Students are expected to apply the ap- proaches and ideas acquired in the general educa- tion program in their design coursework.

The program will focus on helping students build a body of work through faculty mentoring and cri- tique. The graphic design faculty is a team of pro- fessionals who bring to the classroom many years of experience in design agency work, design indus- try publishing, software and technology standards, art exhibition, and online teaching. Small classes combine personal attention with peer-to-peer in- teraction, and second year students gain essential career preparation training in a capstone project, design business class, and portfolio review.

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9 | ADmissions Students can enter programs in the spring, summer, and fall. Candidates are required

ADmissions

Students can enter programs in the spring, summer, and fall. Candidates are required to:

Complete an online application.

Request official transcripts for high school or college (see full admissions policy on page 25 for details).

Provide two letters of recommendation (online form avail- able).

Write and upload a 500-word essay expressing your interest in studying graphic design or Web design.

Upload 5-10 samples of art or design work or complete a sample design project (available on request).

Optionally submit SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants whose native language is not English must pro- vide evidence of a valid, minimum score of 61 (iBT) or 500 (PBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Pay an application fee of $50.

hArDWAre AnD softWAre reQuirements

Students must have a computer with an Internet connection and the required supplies or software programs for specific classes. Requirements for the Graphic Design program:

A Windows or Mac-based computer that meets manufactur- ers’ requirements for the required software below

Access to the Internet

A digital camera

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver CS4 or CS5 software

Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

An account with an ad-free Web hosting service (details provided in class)

Basic drawing supplies (details provided in class)

Any questions about program requirements may be directed to admissions@sessions.edu.

course mAteriAls AnD librAry

The Associate of Occupational Studies program is delivered entirely online. Students have 24/7 access to the school learn- ing environment. No textbooks are required for the Associate of Occupational Studies program. The program is built around award-winning online curriculum developed by Sessions College for Professional Design faculty.

All coursework and materials required to complete each course are provided in an online learning environment, including ori- entation materials, lectures, exercises, critique and discussion forums, videos, multimedia tools, and an online library. The Ses- sions online library provides all students access to 50,000 titles in humanities, art, design, software, and technology. Library research is a particular focus in general education courses, and students are expected to research a wide range of topics for their design coursework.

Degree Programs Catalog

curriculum

The Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design pro- gram is designed to be completed in two years. Classes start in the spring, summer, and fall and students must complete 72 credits in order to graduate. 18 credits of general education are required.

year one

SemeSter 1

DES 104 Color Theory

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DES 101 Typography I

1.5

DES 111 Drawing I

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DES 121 Photoshop I

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GEN 104 English Composition*

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12

credits

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DES 105 Design and Composition

1.5

DES 131 Logo Design I

1.5

DES 141 Illustrator I

3

DES 151 Digital Photography I

3

GEN 105 Computer Technology*

3

 

12

credits

SemeSter 3

WEB 101 HTML and CSS I

3

DES 102 Typography II

3

GEN 106 History of Art*

3

GEN 107 General Psychology*

3

 

12

credits

year two

SemeSter 4

DES 201 InDesign I

3

DES 211 Graphic Design I

3

GEN 204 Intro to Marketing*

1.5

DES 204 History of Design

1.5

GEN 205 Business & Technical Writing*

3

 

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credits

SemeSter 5

WEB 211 Dreamweaver I

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DES 205 Print Production

3

DES 206 Branding & Identity

3

DES 232 Logo Design II

3

 

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credits

SemeSter 6

DES 207 Layout Design

1.5

DES 208 Packaging Design

3

DES 212 Graphic Design II

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GEN 206 Design Business*

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DES 259 Capstone Project

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DES 260 Portfolio Review

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credits

* General education course.

Total credits: 72

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10 | PArt-time stuDy Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules. Part-time programs

PArt-time stuDy

Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules. Part-time programs are completed over a longer timeframe. Per-credit tuition is higher for part-time programs and tuition must be paid by semester.

3/4 time students take 9 credits a semester and complete in under 3 years.

Half-time students take 6 credits a semester and complete in 4 years.

DePArtment heAD’s messAGe

What do employers look for in a designer? A future client or employer wants to know that you understand the whole process of graphic design. It is not about making something look cool, but rather selling a product or an idea visually in a creative and memorable way. Graphic design is about visual problem solving and meeting the client’s need.

In the Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies pro- gram, we will shape and mold you so you can do just that. We will ensure that you get a strong foundation and the knowledge needed to develop into a strong designer. Creativity, communica- tion, and problem solving skills are crucial to being marketable. An eye for detail is imperative. A good portfolio is the deciding factor for getting a job and so the degree program is geared towards helping you build a credible body of work. At the same time, you’ll find studying online to be fun and extremely satis- fying. You are forced to research your creative approach. You are encouraged to use inspiration and interpret concepts and thoughts in your own creative language. This practice can be- come second nature for the rest of your graphic design life.

- Joss Parsey, Head of Graphic Design, Associate of Occupational Studies Program

ProGrAm objectives

The goal of the Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design program is to prepare students for a professional career as a graphic designer. In the program, students will develop the technical, creative/visual, and communications skills for profes- sional practice. Students will also develop a portfolio of individual creative work to present to potential employers.

Degree Programs Catalog

In the program, students are expected to develop the ability to:

Create sophisticated, appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.

Design and lay out typography for readability, impact, or expression.

Create drawings in traditional media that show a command of proportion, perspective, and value contrast.

Prepare images for professional publication with Photoshop retouching, correction, compositing, or collage.

Create engaging and readable layout designs that attract the eye using fundamental design and composition techniques.

Develop effective logo designs from a client brief using an iterative design process.

Create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations in Il- lustrator.

Manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to take professional-level digital photographs in a range of set- tings.

Create consistent, engaging, and readable layouts in InDe- sign for multi-page print publications.

Create consistent, visually appealing page designs using HTML and CSS via Dreamweaver or via hand coding.

Apply in their work an understanding of English composition, business writing, psychology, computer science, marketing, and art history.

Write papers and presentations that demonstrate critical thinking, clear organization, and professional style, gram- mar, and spelling.

Represent their design services to potential clients or em- ployers and manage different aspects of the graphic design process.

Identify current areas of strength and prepare and maintain a portfolio of their best design work in print or on the Web.

Develop competence in various print design genres includ- ing poster design, logo/branding design, magazine layouts, cover design, and packaging

emPloyment oPPortunities

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level graphic design positions in advertising, print production, publishing, and com- puter graphics. Potential employers for graphic design program graduates include specialized design firms, advertising firms, printers, publishers (newspaper, magazine, book), computer sys- tems design firms, and motion picture production firms.

sys- tems design firms, and motion picture production firms. Graphic deSiGn department head Joss Parsey likes

Graphic deSiGn department head

Joss Parsey likes to describe herself as a graphics nomad. In the past two decades she has traveled through the diverse world of graphics working full-time and freelance for a varied crowd. The work has gone from designing fabrics for Liz Claiborne, logos for various institutions or for individuals, marketing pieces for photographers or corporations and posters for publishing houses. She worked in-house at Adobe Illustrator and was the graphic communication leader at Smart Design working on projects for Copco, Serengetti Sunglasses and Kepner Tregoe. She worked behind the scenes at the Art Institute in Chicago coordinating Design and Architecture programs and makes a point of never specializing within a media to be labeled a certain type of designer. Diversity and timeless solutions are keys to her approach. Joss has a Master’s in Graphic Design from the Royal College Of Arts in London.

Degree Programs Catalog Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design 11 | The Web

Degree Programs Catalog

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design 11 | The Web is always evolving, so

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The Web is always evolving, so it’s no wonder that Web design is one of the most challenging, cre- ative, and rewarding careers in design. A good Web designer is able to balance the business goals of companies and clients with the diverse needs of Web users. Succeeding in the field requires strong project management, technical, and communication skills, as well as artistic vision and an intuitive grasp of the medium.

The Sessions Associate of Occupational Studies in Web Design program offers an intensive two-year professional degree for students seeking to enter careers as Web designers with a focus on visual and interactive design. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program will offer a strong foundation in visual design and a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Flash design prac- tices.

Strong graphic design is the foundation of the Web design program. First year studies include draw- ing, typography, color theory, composition, digital photography, and HTML, CSS, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Second year classes place

greater emphasis on the Web by providing training in Adobe Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Flash, as well advanced studies in scripting, animation, and online marketing.

Web design students learn to think like designers through research, practice, and critique. Students learn how to identify the needs of different cli- ent and audiences; research and analyze a project brief; manage the different stages of a Web site project, create site maps, comps, and mood boards and present work to clients; manipulate the fun- damentals of design; create polished, professional work; and discuss and critique design with peers.

General education courses help students develop proficiency in critical thinking and written commu- nication and a foundation in psychology, business, computer technology, writing, and art history. Ex- cellent communication skills and an understanding of the social and aesthetic context of design are the hallmark of any Web designer. Students are ex- pected to apply the approaches and ideas acquired in the general education program in their design coursework.

The program will focus on helping students build a body of work through faculty mentoring and cri- tique. The Web design faculty is a team of profes- sionals who bring to the classroom many years of experience in design agency work, design industry publishing, software and technology standards, art exhibition, and online teaching. Small classes com- bine personal attention with peer-to-peer interac- tion, and second year students gain essential career preparation training in a capstone project, design business class, and portfolio review.

Degree Programs Catalog

Degree Programs Catalog

ADmissions

curriculum

Students can enter programs in the spring, summer, and fall. Candidates are required to:

The Associate of Occupational Studies in Web Design program is designed to be completed in 2 years. Classes start in the spring,

Complete an online application.

summer, and fall and students must complete 72 credits in order to graduate. 18 credits of general education are required.

Request official transcripts for high school or college (see full admissions policy on page 25 for details).

year one

Provide two letters of recommendation (online form avail- able).

SemeSter 1

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Write and upload a 500-word essay expressing your interest in studying graphic design or Web design.

Upload 5-10 samples of art or design work or complete a sample design project (available on request).

Optionally submit SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants whose native language is not English must pro- vide evidence of a valid, minimum score of 61 (iBT) or 500 (PBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Pay an application fee of $50.

PrereQuisites

Students must have a computer with an Internet connection and the required supplies or software programs for specific classes.

Requirements for the Web Design program:

A Windows or Mac-based computer that meets manufactur- ers’ requirements for the required software below

Access to the Internet

A digital camera

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fire- works CS4 or CS5 software

Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

An account with an ad-free Web hosting service (details provided in class)

Basic drawing supplies (details provided in class)

Any questions about program requirements may be directed to admissions@sessions.edu.

course mAteriAls AnD librAry

The Associate of Occupational Studies program is delivered entirely online. Students have 24/7 access to the school learn- ing environment. No textbooks are required for the Associate of Occupational Studies program. The award-winning online cur- riculum is developed by Sessions College for Professional Design faculty.

All coursework and materials required to complete each course are provided in an online learning environment, including ori- entation materials, lectures, exercises, critique and discussion forums, videos, multimedia tools, and an online library. The Ses- sions online library provides all students access to 50,000 titles in humanities, art, design, software, and technology. Library research is a particular focus in general education courses, and students are expected to research a wide range of topics for their design coursework.

DES 104 Color Theory

1.5

DES 101 Typography I

1.5

DES 111 Drawing I

3

DES 121 Photoshop I

3

GEN 104 English Composition*

3

 

12

credits

SemeSter 2

DES 105 Design and Composition

1.5

DES 131 Logo Design I

1.5

DES 141 Illustrator I

3

DES 151 Digital Photography I

3

GEN 105 Computer Technology*

3

 

12

credits

SemeSter 3

WEB 101 HTML and CSS I

3

DES 102 Typography II

3

GEN 106 History of Art*

3

GEN 107 General Psychology*

3

 

12

credits

year two

SemeSter 4

WEB 204 Web Graphics Using Fireworks

3

WEB 211 Dreamweaver I

3

GEN 205 Business & Technical Writing*

3

WEB 205 JavaScript for Designers

3

 

12

credits

SemeSter 5

WEB 221 Flash I

3

WEB 212 Dreamweaver II

3

WEB 231 Web Design I

3

WEB 206 Web Accessibility Design

1.5

GEN 204 Intro to Marketing*

1.5

 

12

credits

SemeSter 6

WEB 207 Internet Marketing

3

WEB 208 Flash Web Site Design

3

WEB 209 CSS Layouts

1.5

GEN 206 Design Business*

1.5

WEB 259 Capstone Project

2

WEB 260 Portfolio Review

1

 

12

credits

* General education course.

Total credits: 72

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13 | PArt-time stuDy Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules. Part-time programs

PArt-time stuDy

Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules. Part-time programs are completed over a longer timeframe. Per-credit tuition is higher for part-time programs and tuition must be paid by semester.

3/4 time students take 9 credits a semester and complete in under 3 years.

Half-time students take 6 credits a semester and complete in 4 years.

DePArtment heAD’s messAGe

Web design is no longer a tool for major companies with outsized IT budgets or expensive computer systems. Broader access to technology means that your idea (and the execution of that idea) must compete for attention on the Web with so many other mes- sages, ads, pages, and sites that it’s hard to be noticed.

But that’s the fun part of designing for the Web. As a Web designer, you’re responsible not only for creating a design idea— but also for executing that idea, down to the last pixel and HTML tag. You control the message, if you have a mastery of Web languages and graphics software, and a good grasp of design fundamentals, page layout, and interface design. At Sessions College for Professional Design, you’ll gain a foundation for cre- ating rich Web designs. We’ll help you hone the skills you have and develop the skills you don’t have to give you the tools for creating professional work.

- Christopher Schmitt, Head of Web Design, Associate of Occupa- tional Studies Program

ProGrAm objectives

The goal of the Associate of Occupational Studies in Web Design program is to prepare students for a professional career as a Web designer. In the program, students will develop the techni- cal, creative/visual, and communications skills for professional practice. Students will also begin to develop a portfolio of indi- vidual creative work to present to potential employers.

In the program, students are expected to develop the ability to:

Create sophisticated, appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.

Degree Programs Catalog

Design and lay out typography for readability, impact, or expression.

Create drawings in traditional media that show a command of proportion, perspective, and value contrast.

Prepare images for professional publication with Photoshop retouching, correction, compositing, or collage.

Create engaging and readable layout design that attracts the eye using fundamental design and composition techniques.

Develop effective logo designs from a client brief using an iterative design process.

Manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to take professional digital photographs in a range of settings.

Create consistent, visually appealing page designs using HTML, CSS, and basic JavaScript via Dreamweaver or hand coding.

Design Web graphics that are polished, consistent, and optimized, which communicate effectively and are integrated into an interface design.

Design basic Flash illustrations, images, animations, and interfaces for the Web.

Manage a professional Web design process including com- petitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, CSS layouts, and basic usability testing.

Create Flash Web sites that show a proficiency in the use of digital assets, animations, interface design, and usability.

Apply in their work an understanding of English composition, business writing, psychology, computer science, marketing and art history.

Write papers and presentations that demonstrate critical thinking, clear organization, and professional style, gram- mar, and spelling.

Represent their design services to potential clients or em- ployers and manage different aspects of the Web design process.

Identify current areas of strength and prepare and maintain a portfolio of their best design work in print or on the Web.

emPloyment oPPortunities

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in Web design and development. Potential employers for Web design program graduates include specialized design firms (e.g. Web design firms), advertising firms, and computer systems design firms.

advertising firms, and computer systems design firms. weB deSiGn department head Christopher Schmitt is the

weB deSiGn department head

Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heatvision, a small new media publishing and design firm. Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. Christopher earned a Masters in Communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in Project Management from FSU’s College of Communication. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. Christopher is the Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites, and CSS Cookbook. Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

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14 | Degree Programs Catalog Degree Program Faculty Andrew Shalat Boris Margolin Catherine George Christopher Schmitt

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Degree Program Faculty

Andrew Shalat Boris Margolin Catherine George Christopher Schmitt Debra Herman Janelle Simmons John Feld

Jordon Schranz Joss Parsey Margaret Penney Marie Mockett Russell Chun Taz Tally

Debra Herman Janelle Simmons John Feld Jordon Schranz Joss Parsey Margaret Penney Marie Mockett Russell Chun

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Faculty

Sessions College courses are developed and taught by a faculty

of industry-leading artists, designers, and educators who share

a passion for online teaching. The AOS faculty brings together

decades of professional and academic experience to deliver an excellence in online curriculum and instruction.

instructor bios

in online curriculum and instruction. instructor bios Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/ illustrator,

Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/ illustrator, educator, and Mac expert. Since 1985 he has been designing and writing articles about Macintosh, Mac software, and publishing technologies that have appeared in Macworld, maccentral.com and macweek.com (for which he was a columnist writing “Shalat’s Web”). He has been a regular speaker/faculty member at Macworld Expo since 2001 and has written three books: How to Do Everything with Online Video (McGraw-Hill, Osborne), Do It Yourself Mac Projects

(McGraw-Hill), and MacDesign Out of the Box (Peachpit). Andrew

is a regular contributor to design and Macintosh related sites

including Inside Mac Radio, InDesign Magazine, and Creativepro. com. His design work covers a large range of media including book, CD and DVD covers, brochures, catalogs, outdoor signage, print ads, artwork, logos, Flash and Web design, and grocery lists. Over the past two decades, Andrew has taught literature, writing, Web design, and print design. Andrew has an M.A. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Boris Margolin is a graphic designer with 10 years of experience. Boris has worked as an in- house designer for several major international corporations including CIGNA, MetLife, and Nypro. While living in New Zealand Boris worked at a brand development studio and at Victoria University. His design work has ranged from advertising design, to identity design, brand development, Web design and administration to Flash application development. In his spare time Boris runs his own niche design company catering to unconventional companies and emerging markets. Boris has a B.S. from Mount Ida College in Massachusetts.Boris Margolin

Boris has a B.S. from Mount Ida College in Massachusetts. Catherine George is a digital media

Catherine George is a digital media designer, developer, and instructor, with extensive and diverse experience; she has worked in the industry for more than 10 years in a variety of capacities: graphic and interface designer, web designer, animator and motion designer, illustrator, project manager, programmer. She has designed curriculum for and taught digital media design and technology at high school and college levels, to the general public, and as a private tutor. She is also a fine artist who draws, paints, sculpts, creates jewelry and fiber art. Catherine has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in New York.

Catherine has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in New York. Degree Programs Catalog Christopher Schmitt is

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Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heatvision, a small new media publishing and design firm. Christopher is an award- winning Web designer who has been working

with the Web since 1993. Christopher earned

a Masters in Communication for Interactive

and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in Project Management from FSU’s College of Communication. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. Christopher is the Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites, and CSS Cookbook. Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference. Christopher has a B.S. from Florida State University.

Christopher has a B.S. from Florida State University. Debra Herman is a computer expert who runs

Debra Herman is a computer expert who runs

a solo software consulting business specializing

in programmer documentation as well as FrameMaker Developer Kit plug-in creation and training. Debra’s corporate customers have included Adobe Systems, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Fisher Scientific, Nortel, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, United Airlines, and Boeing. Debra has taught Computer Science at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and was an original member of the team that developed Macintosh System 7 True Type fonts. She holds a Bachelor’s in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D in History, both from Stanford University in California.

in History, both from Stanford University in California. Russell Chun is a multimedia developer, author, and

Russell Chun is a multimedia developer, author, and teacher specializing in visualizing science, data, and story ideas for the Web. Russell is an adjunct at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. His clients have included Pearson Education, Quality Medical Publishing, the Center for Public Integrity, the New York Times, and the Asia Society. He has authored several books on ad- vanced Flash: the Flash Advanced VisualQuick Pro Guide series, published by Peachpit Press in association with Adobe Press. He also wrote Adobe’s official training manual, the Flash Professional Classroom-in-a-Book for CS4 and CS5, and co-authored a rich PDF on multimedia journalism with Jane Ellen Stevens called Storytelling with Flash CS3 Professional. He has written about Flash in magazines such as SBS Digital Design and MacWorld. Russell earned his Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. John Feld is the editor of The Graphics

John Feld is the editor of The Graphics Report,

a resource for graphic and Web designers

and digital photographers. John has been involved in the graphics world for over twenty years, as a graphic designer, owner of a large photographic studio, graphics trainer, system integrator of graphics software and networks, and manager of the creative concept and development of graphic software. He

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has worked at Scitex, MetaCreations, and UCLA and has taught at corporations and movie studios, recording companies, and advertising agencies including Paramount, Disney, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Chiat Day, 30sixty design, R.R. Donnelley, Toyota, and TransAmerica Corp. John started teaching computer graphics with PageMaker 1.0, and QuarkXPress, set up a Quark Authorized Training Center, and has since taught on the Windows, Unix and Macintosh platforms. John co-founded the Adobe User Group in LA and the Digital Prepress Committee for the PIA and co-authored the first industry standards for digital graphics for the printing industry. At UCLA, he created and taught the Digital Prepress curricula. John has lectured and taught at graphic and computer conferences, including AIGA, Comdex, Seybold, MacWord and E3 and has been active in developing on-line communities. John has a B.Ed. from University of Lancaster in England.

Jordon Schranz is a New York/New Mexico- based visual artist, musician, curator, and educator whose work focuses on the idea of social and political interaction and their underlying cultural structures. Jordon earned his BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently he is working in Las Cruces, New Mexico on an extensive project based on security camera footage and themed around issues of privacy and surveillance. In addition, Jordon is an active member of the New York experimental music scene, regularly curating, performing, recording, and promoting avant-rock, free jazz, noise, and experimental music performances in addition to running Tigerasylum. Jordon is the Director of Fine Arts for the Sessions Online School of Fine Arts and an instructor at the Las Cruces Museum of Art and the Preston Contemporary Art Center. Jordon has a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art.Jordon Schranz

Joss Parsey likes to describe herself as a graphics nomad. In the past two decades she has traveled through the diverse world of graphics working full-time and freelance for a varied crowd. The work has gone from designing fabrics for Liz Claiborne, logos for various institutions or for individuals, marketing pieces for photographers or corporations and posters for publishing houses. She worked in-house at Adobe Illustrator and was the graphic communication leader at Smart Design working on projects for Copco, Serengetti Sunglasses and Kepner Tregoe. She worked behind the scenes at the Art Institute in Chicago coordinating Design and Architecture programs and makes a point of never specializing within a media to be labeled a certain type of designer. Diversity and timeless solutions are keys to her approach. Joss has an M.A. from the Royal College of Art in England.Joss Parsey

Joss has an M.A. from the Royal College of Art in England. Margaret Penney is a

Margaret Penney is a teacher, designer, writer and media artist. Margaret developed the digital media curriculum at The Masters School, an independent school outside New York City. As a Web and motion graphic designer, Margaret has worked with Simon & Schuster, TIAA-Cref, Nike, Delias Girls Clothing, MTV, and Sol Lewittt. As a new media artist, she has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; and around NYC. She

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has lectured on new media art at Purchase College, the School of Visual Arts Annual Conference for Educators, and the Pratt Institute. As a writer, she has been published in New York Arts magazine, Rhizome.org, and the Baltimore City paper. Margaret has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is a novelist and non-fiction writer. Marie’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in The North Dakota Quarterly, Phoebe, Fugue, LIT, Agni, Epoch, South Dakota Review, New Delta Review, The Portland Review, and The Texas Review, among other journals. Marie’s essay “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium” was published in Agni 65, cited as distinguished in the 2008 Best American Essays, and anthologized in Creative Nonfiction 3. Marie’s debut novel Picking Bones from Ash, published in fall 2009 by Graywolf Press, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Writing. In 2009, Marie attended the Bread Loaf Conference in Vermont as a Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in NonFiction. A frequent seminar panelist and presenter, Marie has lectured on Japanese fairy tales and the business of writing. Marie has a BA in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York.Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Janelle Simmons is a psychology lecturer, presenter, and curriculum developer. She has taught psychology at various colleges in the Northeast and presented at the 2009 Adult Basic Education Conference as well as the Woman-to-Woman’s Rite to Passage. Janelle created the ‘REAL LIFE’ Project in 2007, a curriculum which was implemented in ABE I and II classes. Janelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a second major in law from Michigan State University, and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Janelle is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.Janelle Simmons

an Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. Taz Tally is the president of Taz

Taz Tally is the president of Taz Tally Seminars, a computer publishing consulting and training company, and Taz Tally Photography. Taz is the author of numerous graphics and print production books including Photoshop Before and After Makeovers, Acrobat and PDF Solutions, Avoiding the Output Blues, and Avoiding the Scanning Blues, and he is a contributing author to The Photoshop World Dream Team Book. Taz has produced numerous instructional videos, CDs, DVDs and online training courses on scanning, prepress and printing, Photoshop, color correction, and font management, including an extensive library on Lynda.com. Taz is a frequent presenter at seminars and trade shows throughout the U.S, including the GraphExpo, the annual Chicago Print show, and is a member of the Photoshop Dream Team at the biannual Photoshop World convention. Taz has a PhD in Geology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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18 | Course List GrAPhic DesiGn DES 101 Typography I 1.5 credits Explore the critical role

Course List

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DES 101

Typography I

1.5 credits

Explore the critical role of typography in graphic design. Course projects build an understanding of the anatomy of the letterform, the distinguishing features of different typefaces, and creative applications of type. An assured grasp of typography is essential in any visual communication project.

DES 102

Typography II

3 credits

Learn advanced concepts in typography including type fusion, information hierarchy, expressive type, and 3D type applications. Assignments include advertising, product packaging, civic branding, and currency design. The focus of the course is on improving your design by learning to see type differently.

DES 104

Color Theory

1.5 credits

Focus on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design projects. Projects explore the principles, terminology, and applications of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. A working knowledge of the expression and perception of

color, and color interaction, lends credibility and sophistication to

a designer’s work.

DES 105

Design and Composition

1.5 credits

Discover the principles of effective composition in print design

and advertising. Composition, literally the assembly of elements,

is the artful arrangement that guides the eye and unifies a

design work. Case studies and hands-on projects address closed/open space, negative space, movement, and more.

DES 111

Drawing I

3 credits

Learn how to analyze what you see in the world around you and communicate it on paper. Through hands-on projects, and guided by a professional artist, you will explore the critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid foundation for all your art and design work. And most importantly, you’ll also discover that drawing can be fun. Did you know that spheres have inner edges? Or why artists measure with their thumbs? This course is your first step to developing your craft as an artist.

DES 121

Photoshop I

3 credits

Get a thorough grounding in Adobe Photoshop, the premiere digital imaging program for graphic and digital designers. Hands-on projects show how to select, enhance, distort, color, scale, and manipulate scanned images and artworks—or create them from scratch. Every designer must tame this creative powerhouse of a program.

DES 131

Logo Design I

1.5 credits

Explore the philosophy and process behind designing a logo.

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Students learn the importance of corporate identity and the different stages in a typical logo design project. The course establishes a solid conceptual and practical grounding for anyone interested in pursuing a career in visual identity, from a design or a marketing perspective.

DES 141

Illustrator I

3 credits

Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost any application.

DES 151

Digital Photography I

3 credits

Explore the interaction of photography techniques and environmental factors to create powerful digital images. Students learn the fundamentals of lighting, perspective, and set up and explore techniques for classic assignments: portraits, product shots, indoor and outdoor location shoots, and fast- action sports. Whether you’re a fine artist, graphic designer, or Web developer, a mastery of digital photography gives you creative control of the medium.

DES 201

InDesign I

3 credits

Explore fundamental techniques for Adobe InDesign and develop your print design skills. The course will impart a working knowledge of the main InDesign tools and features, everything from basic features to using master pages, importing and manipulating objects, controlling text flow and style, to graphic effects such as transparency, drop shadow, and feathering. Projects give you practice in a range of desktop publication applications from creating a single-page menu to catalog design, visual identity, promotional design, even a wedding invitation.

DES 204

History of Design

3 credits

Discover the historical movements and designers that shape today’s graphic design environment. You’ll examine styles, media, and individuals with a specific focus on 20th century trends and the evolution of print media. This course builds your research skills, preparing you to communicate effectively and professionally with visuals and typography.

DES 211

Graphic Design I

3 credits

Establish a firm foundation for taking on professional design

work. You’ll gain insights from industry veterans and explore the challenges of designing posters, logos, magazine covers, book layouts, 3D designs, and brand identities. Looking to establish

a career as a freelance designer? The course provides you

opportunities to hone your design process, as you research each project, develop concepts, work with iterative feedback, and begin to develop quality pieces for your portfolio.

DES 205

Print Production

3 credits

Learn the technical fundamentals of producing professional-

looking print publications. Areas of focus include managing

a print job effectively, communicating with printers, and

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identifying the best solution within a budget. Course projects build skills in choosing file formats and fonts, specifying or separating colors, and managing the different phases of production.

DES 206

Branding & Identity

3 credits

Develop essential skills for designing logos, marketing materials, and advertising programs to establish and promote corporate identities. Case studies focus on giant corporations such as CBS, BMW, and Sony, and how they established their corporate images and business strategically. Course projects require designing or redesigning corporate identities for both existing companies and newly established businesses.

DES 207

Layout Design

1.5 credits

Take your layout skills to the next level by studying advanced concepts in page design. Students explore how to use esoteric composition and typography and color to create layout designs that attract attention and challenge the viewer. Open- ended projects provide maximum opportunity for portfolio development.

DES 208

Packaging Design

3 credits

Explore the exciting medium of packaging design by creating branded products for retail display. How do you make a product stand out from the shelves? What makes the targeted consumer want to buy it? Students address these questions via course projects including champagne packaging, pizza box, perfume bottle, and mass versus prestige applications.

DES 212

Graphic Design II

3 credits

Prepare yourself for high-level graphic design projects. The focus is on understanding different styles that influenced graphic design, in addition to how to conceptualize projects, reinvent clichés, create balanced layouts, distill complex information, and motivate your audience. Course projects include postage design, annual report layout, poster and book design, an art poster, and a direct mail piece.

DES 232

Logo Design II

3 credits

Build your portfolio by tackling professional logo and branding design projects. Lessons cover such important concepts as corporate identity, image, branding, and repositioning, with reference to intriguing real-world case studies. Course projects offer a range of challenges from a record company logo to an airline branding system, allowing you to build your personal style within constraints of realistic project briefs.

DES 259

Capstone Project

2 credits

The course provides students the opportunity to complete a multidimensional design project in three stages, working closely with a faculty member. The project will challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in performance standards defined for the graphic design program. The project will require research, concept development, and critical thinking, providing students with the opportunity to explore a professional, iterative design process as well as experience simulated designer-client interactions.

DES 260

Portfolio Review

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1 credit

The course provides students the opportunity to gather and develop a portfolio of work and present it to a faculty panel for two rounds of feedback. Faculty feedback will help students identify specific works or subject areas that need improvement. The class structure provides the ability to revise a portfolio for a final presentation, during which students present both their final work and a professional summary of their design capabilities. The class not only helps students understand the strengths of their portfolio from a real-world perspective, it also provides experience in developing and presenting their portfolio that will be useful to their future development as creative professionals.

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WEB 101

HTML and CSS I

3 credits

To create Web pages, a Web designer must have a foundation in HTML and CSS. This course begins with the basics of HTML markup and specifications for standards-compliant Web pages. CSS scripting is examined as a method for positioning page elements and styling typography. Cutting-edge features of HTML5 and CSS3 are also introduced. The emphasis is on the contemporary use of markup and scripting to create effective and attractive Web sites.

WEB 204

Web Graphics Using Fireworks

3 credits

Learn the essentials of making superior Web graphics using Adobe Fireworks. You’ll explore the technical fundamentals you need to know, including the Fireworks toolset and features, and discuss tips and techniques for the wide range of graphics encountered in a typical Web design project: stock photos to illustrations, banners, text graphics, and more.

WEB 205

JavaScript for Designers

3 credits

Learn the basics of JavaScript programming with techniques aimed at visually oriented designers. To do it, the essentials of JavaScript are covered along with designer-friendly jQuery to make writing JavaScript easier and way more fun. You’ll begin with the basics of setup and syntax to get your footing, then build up to exciting and complex dynamic features.

WEB 206

Web Accessibility Design

1.5 credits

Learn how to design or modify Web sites to meet accessibility guidelines. Students study current trends in accessibility research and how to address Section 508 standards for making Web content accessible to users with physical, technological, or other limitations. Practical projects address the challenge of making a site accessible to the widest possible audience and negotiating the tradeoffs in information and visual design.

WEB 207

Internet Marketing

3 credits

Learn practical skills for growing your business on the Web. Studying with a professional Internet marketing consultant, you’ll learn how develop an entire marketing plan for your online business. Course projects will include target audience analysis, developing a site plan, creating a content development strategy, email marketing campaigns, search engine optimization,

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co-branding and community strategy, ad buys, sales/lead conversion, and using site metrics.

WEB 208

Flash Web Site Design

3 credits

Equip yourself to create Web sites with strong functionality, interactivity, and usability. Students learn to create compelling, well-designed Flash sites, avoiding common pitfalls and “Flash abuse.” The emphasis is on learning a step-by-step approach to Flash site design that can be applied to a range of professional projects.

WEB 209

CSS Layouts

1.5 credits

Take your knowledge of CSS to the next level by learning how to control float-based layouts, multi-column fixed and fluid designs, grid-based designs, and sophisticated navigation techniques. Advanced knowledge of floats, positioning, source ordering, and frameworks can set you apart as a professional designer and bring greater sophistication to your client projects. The course also explores different strategies for working with CSS, from tips on writing and formatting your code to creating print styles and working with frameworks.

WEB 211

Dreamweaver I

3 credits

Develop practical skills for Dreamweaver, the HTML editor of choice for professional Web designers. Dreamweaver integrates a host of Web design tools in one easy-to-use application. Without any prior HTML knowledge, students learn to design sites, creating advanced layouts by using Cascading Style Sheets, typography, colors, tables, and more.

WEB 212

Dreamweaver II

3 credits

Learn powerful features that lie just below the surface in Dreamweaver, including precision layouts through Cascading Style Sheets, templates and asset management, and even the ability to create high-end interactive features without wading through reams of code. Each hands-on lesson and exercise combines upper-level Dreamweaver technology with visual Web design know-how.

WEB 221

Flash I

3 credits

Develop a deep understanding of basic drawing and animating tools in Flash, mastering such critical elements as layers, symbols, and tweens. Build interactivity into your designs using advanced animation techniques, 3D rotation, navigation buttons, video, and even basic ActionScript.

WEB 231

Web Design I

3 credits

Learn a systematic professional approach to Web design. You’ll use site maps, wireframes, HTML and CSS layouts, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your designs hit the mark. Students entering this class are expected to have a basic competence in HTML and CSS design, Photoshop or Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. Building upon those skills, students will complete four portfolio projects that challenge their Web design skills and build an understanding of how to manage Web design projects in a professional context.

WEB 259

Capstone Project

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2 credits

The course provides students the opportunity to complete a multidimensional design project in three stages, working closely with a faculty member. The project will challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in performance standards defined for the Web design program. The project will require research, concept development, and critical thinking, providing students with the opportunity to explore a professional, iterative design process as well as experience simulated designer-client interactions.

WEB 260

Portfolio Review

1 credit

The course provides students the opportunity to gather and develop a portfolio of work and present it to a faculty panel for two rounds of feedback. Faculty feedback will help students identify specific works or subject areas that need improvement. The class structure provides the ability to revise a portfolio for a final presentation, during which students present both their final work and a professional summary of their design capabilities. The class not only helps students understand the strengths of their portfolio from a real-world perspective, it also provides experience in developing and presenting their portfolio that will be useful to their future development as creative professionals.

GenerAl eDucAtion

GEN 104

English Composition

3 credits

Develop your writing skills and effective use of the English language in professional documents. Learn to guide the reader with a hierarchy of information and writing appropriate for different situations. Explore methods for preparing and revising your writing with a series of essays and a final paper.

GEN 105

Computer Technology

3 credits

Gain an understanding of computer systems and technology with a focus on hardware components, file structure and formats, and data delivery methods. Learn the setups and roles of hardware and software technology in professional office settings.

GEN 106

History of Art

3 credits

Build a foundation in art history and gain a deep understanding of art and the artists who create it. Explore profound themes that have concerned artists for centuries: nature, the human body, society, religion, and politics. Through engaging lectures and projects, you’ll learn how to identify the mediums, materials, and techniques artists use and discuss the styles of important artists, art movements, and historical periods from antiquity through the mid-20th century.

GEN 107

General Psychology

3 credits

Explore topics in behavior, perception, and memory that shape individuals and relationships. You’ll gain understanding of the biological basis of human behavior, insight into important theories and individuals in the psychology field, and a survey of developmental and social principles.

GEN 204 Intro to Marketing 1.5 credits
GEN 204
Intro to Marketing
1.5 credits

Lay a foundation for a career in business marketing design by studying marketing concepts and how they impact the design process. Students learn design principles and explore design case studies from the world of marketing communications design. Focus of the class is building a basic understanding how marketing ideas translate into an effective design.

GEN 205

Business and Technical Writing

3 credits

Build your skills in writing professional documents and documentation. This course explores writing styles essential to business and technical documents such as professional letters, proposals, fact sheets, and tutorials. You’ll focus on the clarity and organization of your writing and writing for specific audience types.

GEN 206

Design Business

1.5 credits

The course provides essential preparation for finding a job in the design industry. Students learn how to defining a personal career path, break down the job market, and defining their goals, talents, and ideal job. The course explores different ways to brand yourself as a designer, discussing tips for resume and portfolio preparation, self promotion, marketing, client searches, responding to leads, interviewing, and making presentations.

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Student Services

stuDent ADvisors

Each program student is assigned a student advisor to work with them throughout their program. Student advisors can be reached 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mountain Time (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time).

If a specific advisor is not available, any other Student Services

team member can assist a student. Student advisors can be contacted with any questions regarding program orientation, course access, learning environment issues, academic questions, or transcripts.

Sessions student advisors are qualified designers as well as stu- dent services professionals. While it is not their responsibility to grade student work, they can often assist students with any gen- eral questions or resolve issues in that occur in a course. Student advisors may be contacted by email or by phone at 1-800-258- 4115 (from the U.S.) or 480-212-1704, option 2.

ProGrAm orientAtion

Students who have completed registration are enrolled into the Program Orientation class along with 20-30 other program stu- dents. In order to complete Program Orientation, students must:

1. Create a student profile.

2. Participate in at least one group chat.

3. Complete an advisor interview.

4. Develop a familiarity with the Sessions learning environment.

5. Confirm their program schedule with their student advisor.

stuDent cohorts

Each entering class of new students creates a student cohort,

a group of up to 30 program students who are all beginning a

program at the same time. Each cohort has a designated student advisor who acts as a guide for the whole group throughout the program, advising students individually and as a group. Group chats, online newsletters, and progress reports are part of a cohort structure designed to motivate students and encourage online community among students.

stuDent recorDs

Sessions students can view a record of their academic progress at any time at their Success Tracker page. The Success Tracker page displays the student’s entire academic record at Sessions, including courses enrolled, course access dates, course comple- tion dates, assignments graded, overall grade, and current sta- tus. The data on a Success Tracker page is updated once a day.

Sessions maintains academic records of students indefinitely. Transcripts can be requested from Student Services by contact- ing your Student Advisor. In order to receive a transcript, a student must have resolved all financial obligations to Sessions College for Professional Design.

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stuDent myGAllery

Sessions students can view a record of their artwork at any time at their MyGallery page. The MyGallery page automatically dis- plays a graphical representation and/or links to all final graded work posted in the learning environment. MyGallery links can be sorted by all work or by course and viewed at full size.

exhibition of Work

Student work posted in the online learning environment may be nominated by instructors for inclusion on the online Sessions Student Gallery. Nominations for the Sessions Student Gallery are evaluated by the Education Department and the gallery is updated once a week. Gallery selections are based on many fac- tors, and not all work that is submitted can be included. Sessions also reserves the right to publish excellent student work posted in the school learning environment in its promotional materials, including catalog, handbook, and Web site. Sessions does not own the original work and will not use the work for any other purpose than those outlined above.

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ADmissions Policy

Students can enter programs in the spring, summer, and fall. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that Sessions College has received all required elements by the application deadline.

The following is a detailed list of requirements:

1. Complete an online application.

2. Provide official transcripts. a. Candidates who have not graduated from college must provide official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores. b. Candidates who have attended college must provide official transcripts from each college/university attended.

3. Provide two letters of recommendation. An online form is available.

4. Write a 500-word essay expressing your interest in studying graphic design or Web design. Essays will be evaluated for style and content as well as grammar, vocabulary, punctua- tion, and spelling.

5. Upload 5-10 samples of art or design work or complete a sample design project (available on request).

6. SAT or ACT scores are optional.

7. Applicants whose native language is not English must pro- vide evidence of a valid, minimum score of 61 (iBT) or 500 (PBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

8. Pay an application fee of $50.

Note: Any transcripts not created in English (such as at non- U.S. institutions) must be translated by a competent third party service at the applicant’s expense. The applicant must provide both the transcript and the translation.

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non-DiscriminAtion Policy

Sessions is in compliance with all requirements imposed by or pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in its activities, programs, or employment policies, in ac- cordance with federal, state, and local laws.

Sessions does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Sessions courses and programs do not replace elementary, high school or equiva- lent compulsory education. Sessions does not provide job place- ment assistance to students; it is understood that the school cannot and does not promise or guarantee employment to any student or graduate.

creDit trAnsfer Policy

Sessions College for Professional Design welcomes students who wish to transfer credit from other accredited institutions including students who wish to complete degrees begun elsewhere.

Credit will only be accepted for courses that are comparable in level and focus to Sessions degree program courses.

Credits will be accepted for college-level courses from nationally or regionally accredited schools and colleges. Courses transferred must be comparable in level and focus to Sessions degree program courses and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Students seeking to transfer credits must have earned a “C” grade (GPA 2.0) or higher.

Students can transfer a maximum of 50% of credits (36 credits) to a Sessions College 72-credit degree program.

Students requesting credit transfer must submit official col- lege transcripts prior to the registration deadline.

Students who received a score of 3 or above on high school AP English, Art History, or Psychology exams may receive credit for specific general education requirements. CLEP scores in English and Psychology may also be considered for credit. Official AP and/or CLEP scores must be submitted to Sessions prior to the registration deadline.

Sessions certificate program graduates may be able to transfer credits for courses in which their work and grades are strong. See Sessions Certificate/AOS Bridge program.

All credit transfer requests will be evaluated on an individual basis. All Sessions College credit transfer decisions will be at the discretion of the AOS Program Acceptance Committee and made prior to enrollment.

militAry service members

Sessions College pledges to use military-friendly policies and practices and provide easy access to information about pro- grams, policies, and procedures. Sessions College also sup- ports the credit transfer policies defined by the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and the SOC Military Student Bill of Rights.

Following SOC guidelines, the following credit transfer policies apply to U.S. military service members:

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Credit for Nationally Recognized Testing Programs. Credit is awarded for appropriate scores in CLEP exams in English and Psychology and AP exams in English, Psychology, and Art History.

Credit for Military Training and Experience. Credit is awarded for military training courses in applicable subjects listed in the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Reduced Academic Residency. Service members are required to complete no more than 30% of program credits at Ses- sions College. Credits transferred from external institutions are subject to the school’s general credit transfer policy detailed above.

sessions certificAte to AssociAte of occu- PAtionAl stuDies (Aos) briDGe ProGrAm

The Sessions College Certificate/AOS bridge program rewards academic achievement among our certificate students. Founda- tion or Professional certificate program graduates can apply up to 21 credits towards courses in the Associate of Occupational Studies degree program. In order to be eligible, you need to be a Sessions College certificate program graduate who enrolled after October 30, 2006. Your grades and portfolio of work must be outstanding and meet the standards expected of degree level students. Applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.

AcADemic loAD

Students in the Associate program are expected to enroll on a full-time basis, earning a minimum of 12 credits in each semes- ter. Students who wish to pursue an accelerated schedule may request permission to take up to 18 credits per semester.

Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules. Part-time programs are completed over a longer time- frame. Per-credit tuition is higher for part-time programs and tuition must be paid by semester.

Three-quarter time (3/4) students take 9 credits a semester and complete in under 3 years.

Half time (1/2) students take 6 credits a semester and com- plete in 4 years.

Students wishing to change their status from full-time to part- time or from part-time to full-time will be assessed a status change fee of $150.

ADD/DroP

Add/drop period occurs during the first three days of the se- mester. During this period, students may add or drop classes, subject to advisor approval, without penalty. No student will be admitted after the add/drop period.

GrADinG Policy

In the Associate of Occupational Studies program, grades are based on the faculty evaluation of assignments that include practical exercises, exams, discussions, and critiques. In each course, 80% of a student’s overall grade is based on the evalua-

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25 | tion of exercises and exams, and 20% on participation in discus- sions and critiques.

tion of exercises and exams, and 20% on participation in discus- sions and critiques.

Exercises

80%

Discussions and Critiques

20%

Course exercises are evaluated on 1-100 scale by the end of day Friday following a student assignment deadline. Instructors base their grades on criteria published in each course exercise. Exer- cises submitted late may be subject to a grade penalty.

Discussions and critiques are moderated by instructors during the course, with final participation grades assigned at the end of the course. Discussions and critiques submitted late will not be graded.

Course work is assessed using an A - F grading system, where

A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Satisfactory, D = Marginal, F =

Failing. To pass each course, Sessions degree program students must achieve an overall course average of 70 or higher.

A+

97-100

A

93-96

A-

90-92

B+

87-89

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D

65-69

F

64 or less

Resubmission policy: Students who earn a failing grade for

a completed assignment (64 or less) will be allowed a single

resubmission of the assignment in order to pass. Students who

wish to resubmit a revision of a passing assignment may do so

at the instructor’s discretion.

ProctoreD Assessments

Six general education courses contain final exams to be over- seen by live proctors. Online proctors are provided by ProctorU (www.proctoru.com/sessions) for a fee of $22.50 per exam. The Design Business and Portfolio Review classes each have a live event proctored by Sessions College faculty. Complete details regarding scheduling and completion of proctored assessments are provided in the Orientation class and in each class that has a proctored assessment.

sAtisfActory AcADemic ProGress

Students in Associate programs must meet the school’s Satisfac- tory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end of the student’s first semester and at the end of each year following enrollment. Satisfactory progress is determined by grade point average GPA and the number of credits earned per year.

To meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements, stu- dents must:

Maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of the first semester and at

the end of each year of study.

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Complete at least 75% of all credit hours attempted each semester.

Complete the program in 150% of the program length (3 years)

AcADemic ProbAtion

Students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress mea- sures are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are notified that they must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements at their next scheduled evaluation point or face dismissal.

AttenDAnce Policy

Students are expected to attend their online classes weekly and actively participate through exercises, discussions, course mail interaction, and critiques. Students who do not demonstrate attendance in a class for 21 days may be withdrawn from the class, unless satisfactory effort has been made by the student to return to class or to take an Incomplete (I) for the semester. Students who demonstrate excessive absences or unofficial with- drawal will receive a grade of Administrative Failure (AF), which has the same impact as an academic failure grade (F). Students who fail to attend any classes in a term will be dismissed from the program.

Students who are withdrawn from a class may re-enroll in the class for the following term. Students who are dismissed from the program may re-apply to Sessions following the standard admissions process and are not guaranteed admission.

leAve of Absence

Students are expected to adhere to the published schedule of their program and maintain satisfactory academic progress. In extenuating circumstances, students may need to request a leave of absence. By filing a leave of absence request, a student requests permission to withdraw from classes for the current or upcoming semester and be readmitted in the following semester. In order to file a leave of absence request, a student must:

(i) Have completed at least one semester of coursework. (ii) Have a cumulative a GPA of least 2.0. (iii) Have tuition account paid in full at the time of request.

Leaves of absence and readmission requests are subject to ap- proval of the Sessions Student Services and Bursar offices. The fee for a leave of absence request is $150. Students are ex- pected to return to classes at the beginning of the next semester and may do so without a re-enrollment fee. A student who files a leave of absence request during a semester will be subject to the withdrawal and refund policies for that semester.

retAke Policy

Students who have received a grade of Incomplete in a course or who fail a course may retake the course at standard tuition. Upon third attempt of a course, a $100 retake fee is required in addition to standard tuition.

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26 | reenrollment Policy Students who have withdrawn from a program may reenroll in the program,

reenrollment Policy

Students who have withdrawn from a program may reenroll in the program, provided they are in good academic standing, sub- ject to a $200 reenrollment fee.

GrADuAtion reQuirements

In order to complete the program, students must:

Complete a total of 72 credits of course work, with at least 36 credits of the total achieved at Sessions College for Pro- fessional Design.

Complete 18 credits of general education course work.

Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above,

Pass all core courses with a score of 70 or higher.

Have resolved all financial obligations to Sessions College for Professional Design.

Any questions about graduation requirements can be directed to your Student Advisor.

DiPlomAs

Graduation notices and events will occur at the end of the month following the end of a semester. Diplomas are printed and shipped via First-Class Mail on a monthly basis. Students who complete their program on or before their scheduled end date will receive their diploma within 30 days of their completion. International students should anticipate slightly later arrivals due to long-distance mailing. In order to receive a diploma, a student must have resolved all financial obligations to Sessions College for Professional Design.

behAvior AnD coDe of conDuct

In the pursuit of their educational goals, students have certain responsibilities toward their fellow students, to their school, and to themselves. To fulfill these responsibilities, students are expected to adhere to the following items in the DETC Student Code of Conduct.

I will:

1. Conduct myself with professionalism, courtesy and respect

for others in all of my dealings with the institution staff, fac- ulty, and other students.

2. Present my qualifications and background truthfully and ac-

curately for admission to the institution.

3. Observe the institutional policies and rules on submitting

work, taking examinations, participating in online discussions and conducting research.

4. Never turn in work that is not my own, or present another

person’s ideas or scholarship as my own.

5. Never ask for, receive, or give unauthorized help on graded

assignments, quizzes, and examinations.

6. Never misrepresent or overstate my role producing a part

or whole of a submitted assignment or other artwork.

7. Never divulge the content of or answers to quizzes or ex-

aminations to fellow students.

8. Never improperly use, destroy, forge, or alter my institu-

tion’s documents, transcripts, or other records.

9. Never divulge my student login information or password.

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10. Always observe the recommended study schedule for my

program of studies.

11. Always report any violations of this Code of Conduct to

the appropriate institution official, and report any evidence of cheating, plagiarism or improper conduct on the part of any student of the institution when I have direct knowledge of these activities.

Sessions students are expected to behave with respect toward their instructors and fellow students. Every individual has the

right to be treated with respect in the Sessions learning envi- ronment. Individuals who breach this code of behavior may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

1. Plagiarism. Students may not copy another student or

artist’s work (whether the work is an essay, a piece of visual artwork, or a page of code) without attribution.

2. Obscenity. Students may not post or send obscene material

within the learning environment. The judgment as to whether posted material is offensive and needs to be removed will be made by school faculty and administrators.

3. Harassment. Students will not engage in verbal hazing and/

or make derogatory remarks degrading an individual’s gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disabled status.

4. Email spamming. Students will not engage in any mass

emailing of other students for any purpose, whether promo- tional or informational.

5. Privacy infringements. Students will not share any private

student information with third parties. Committing any of the above actions may subject the student to disciplinary action.

A student who violates the Enrollment Agreement or the Behav-

ior and Conduct Policy will be subject to the appropriate disci- plinary action, which may include:

(i) Written or verbal warning. (ii) Suspension from a course or program. (iii) Dismissal from Sessions.

Decisions in disciplinary action are the responsibility of the Direc- tors of Education and Student Services Departments. Students who wish to appeal disciplinary action may address their claims to the Sessions Executive Management team. Every effort will be made to ensure that disciplinary procedures are fair and just.

stuDent GrievAnce ProceDure

Students who feel they have been treating unfairly relating to some aspect of school policy or procedure may register a formal complaint with school administration.

Before registering a formal complaint, students are encouraged to make every effort to resolve the problem directly through constructive dialogue with their instructor, advisor, or other individual(s) involved.

If a student wishes to register a complaint, he or she may use

the following procedure:

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Step 1: The student shall submit a written summary of the complaint to advisor@sessions.edu. Complaints

Step 1: The student shall submit a written summary of the complaint to advisor@sessions.edu. Complaints must be filed within 3 months of cause of grievance. Step 2: A Student Services representative will be assigned to the complaint and gather relevant data from student records, the learning environment, and third parties such as the in- structor or other students if necessary. Step 3: The Chief Academic Officer will review the complaint and provide a written resolution to the student within 15 days. Step 4: A student who wishes to appeal the Chief Academic Officer’s decision may present an appeal to the school CEO within 7 days. The CEO will review the appeal and render a final decision to the student within 15 days.

If a complaint cannot be resolved using the above student

grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Post Secondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is: 1400 W. Washington, Room 260, Phoe- nix, AZ 85007, 602-542-5709, http://www.ppse.az.gov.

WithDrAWAl AnD refunD Policy

A student applying to the degree program must pay an appli-

cation fee of $50. Upon acceptance to the program, a student registering for a program must pay tuition plus a registration fee of $200.

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A student who cancels a degree program within five days of the

beginning of orientation is entitled to a full refund of all fees and tuition. After five days, if a student cancels this contract, the school may retain the application and registration fees plus a percentage of tuition based on the number of weeks elapsed in each semester not to exceed the following amounts.

Refundable tuition due to the student in each semester:

After 1 week

80%

2nd week

70%

3rd week

60%

4th week

50%

5th week

40%

6th week

30%

7th week

20%

8th week

10%

9th week

0%

A student withdrawing from a course or program may notify the

school of cancellation in any manner, by email, fax, phone, or

mail:

Email: Bursar@sessions.ed Mail: ATTN: Bursar Main Campus 398 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 300, Tempe, AZ 85281

Within 30 days after withdrawal or dismissal, Sessions.edu shall tender to the student any refund that is due. Any questions regarding the refund policy may be directed to bursar@sessions. edu.

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28 | About Sessions school mission Founded in 1997, Sessions College for Professional Design (known as

About Sessions

school mission

Founded in 1997, Sessions College for Professional Design (known as “Sessions”) offers degree and certificate programs in the visual arts.

The mission of Sessions is to prepare art and design professionals by providing the highest quality of online arts education. The school prepares students for careers in art and design by providing a thorough training in the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills required for professional practice.

Sessions offers Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees in Graphic Design and Web Design, as well as certificate programs in graphic design, Web design, multimedia arts, digital arts, marketing design, and game art. More than 2,000 students enroll at Sessions College for Professional Design each year.

AccreDitAtion AnD AWArDs

Sessions is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Sessions College certificate programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Sessions is approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and licensed to operate by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education with a Conditional Degree- Granting License and a Regular Vocational Program License.

For two years in a row, Sessions has received the USDLA Gold award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming and appeared in the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

fAculty

Sessions courses are developed and taught by a faculty of more than 30 industry-leading artists, designers, and writers who share a passion for online teaching. Instructors include published authors, professional photographers, architects, illustrators, design agency directors, and Adobe-certified trainers. They bring together decades of professional and educational experience to deliver excellent classes and online instruction.

DePArtment heADs

Academic planning for programs is coordinated by Department Heads working with Sessions Education Department staff.

Department Heads provide the vision for each program, provid- ing guidance on curriculum development and helping to define the standards that students are expected to meet in each pro- gram. Course learning outcomes are correlated to professional standards to help students acquire the skills and practices for creating entry-level work.

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Sessions Department Heads are as follows:

Degree Programs:

Graphic Design

Joss Parsey

Web Design

Christopher Schmitt

Certificate Programs:

Graphic Design

Joss Parsey

Web Design

Piper Nilsson

Multimedia Arts

Margaret Penney

Digital Arts

Andrew Shalat

Marketing Design

John Feld

Game Art

Todd Gantzler

Fine Arts

Jordon Schranz

AcADemic mAnAGement

Gordon Drummond was appointed the President of Sessions College in February 2011. As president, Gordon’s role is provide the leadership for the school executive team to achieve their ed- ucation, operations, marketing, and student services goals. Key tasks include maintaining and enhancing school accreditation, licensing, and relations with government agencies and other institutions, working to CEO and CFO to manage annual strategic planning and budgeting, representing the school at conferences, seminars, Webinars, and other public events. To help Sessions College meets its mission of preparing design professionals, Gor- don will create a positive environment for teaching and learning and a staff culture of planning, execution, and accountability.

Gordon is an editor and educator with 20 years of experience in instructional design. Prior to joining Sessions College, he worked as curriculum director at Kaplan Educational Centers, design- ing courses for K-12, pre-college, and graduate students, and co-authoring two test preparation books. Gordon began develop- ing online education in 1999, working as the senior Knowledge Architect at Boston-based learningbrands. Gordon has presented seminars on online learning at Macworld, DETC, ANGEL Learning, CCA, Surtex conferences and has published in Distance Learning magazine. Since the Fall 2007, Gordon has served on the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. Gordon earned an MA in English Literature from University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Louis J. Schilt, Executive Vice President, is responsible for busi- ness development, military student liason, and financial counsel- ing. Lou holds New York State teaching licenses for the primary and middle school academic levels, as well as being a licensed NY State Public School Administrator through Superintendent. During his teaching tenure, Lou pioneered programs in individu- alized instruction that emphasized the homogenous grouping of students and teaching methodologies that addressed students’ various learning styles. In the corporate world, Lou has success- fully developed and executed world-wide business strategies in sales, business development and operations. In addition, Lou co-founded an e-business supply chain solutions company, which was sold in 2000 with a valuation of over $80 million.

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29 | Tara MacKay is the Chief Acacemic Officer at Sessions College, responsible for curriculum and

Tara MacKay is the Chief Acacemic Officer at Sessions College, responsible for curriculum and product development. Working with an instructional design team and a faculty of more than 30 art and design professionals, Tara manages the process of planning, designing, and continously updating Sessions College course content. Other important aspects of Tara’s role include Web site content, information architecture, and institutional research. An experienced instructional designer, Tara has worked as a Web designer on projects for the American Museum of Natural History and Sage Online, among other online properties, in addition to running an e-commerce business. In 2006, Tara edited the book Graphic Design Portfolio-Builder: Adobe Photo- shop and Adobe Illustrator Projects. Tara’s interests include Web

design, logo design, and illustration and she is currently pursuing

a Master’s in Higher Education.

Carole Anne Bailo, Chief Financial Officer/Bursar, is responsible

for assisting students in all financial matters related to their pro- grams, including Sallie Mae loans, Workforce applications, and all military programs. Carole Anne, a Certified Public Accountant,

is a seasoned financial professional who holds undergraduate

degrees from Pace University and Queens College, and an MBA

in Taxation from St. John’s University.

Nomi Altabef is the Director of Student Experience. Nomi manages the team of student advisors who provide essential services to more than 1,500 students. Nomi has a long career with Sessions as a faculty member and a manager for Education, Student Life and Student Community. Prior to joining Sessions, Ms. Altabef worked in Fashion and Textile design and production management for houses such as Norma Kamali and Vivienne Tam, and in editorial production at French Vogue Magazine. She holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design.

Ethan Herr is the Director of Multimedia and Training, respon- sible for faculty recruitment, training, licensing, and support at Sessions College. An expert in digital media production, Ethan also spearheads the school’s multimedia strategy, developing and producing innovative interactive assets for educational and marketing use. Ethan earned a Master’s in Jazz Composition from William Paterson University, and continues to be an active pianist and composer.

school mAnAGement

Chief Executive Officer

Doris A. Granatowski

President

Gordon Drummond

Executive Vice President

Louis J. Schilt

Chief Operating Officer

Robert Timm

Chief Marketing Officer

Scott Chappell

Chief Academic Officer

Tara MacKay

Chief Financial Officer

Carole Anne Bailo

Creative Director

Patricio Sarzosa

Director of Student Services

Nomi Altabef

Director of Training and Multimedia

Ethan Herr

Director of Operations

Gavin Keiner

boArD of Directors

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The Sessions Board of Directors comprise Doris A. Granatowski, Chief Executive Officer, Louis J Schilt, Executive Vice President, Carole Anne Bailo, Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth Miller, distance learning and Internet consultant for People’s Publishing, and Irwin Kishner, a partner in Herrick, Feinstein, LLC.

Only two shareholders have a 20% or higher interest in company: Ms. Doris Granatowski and Spencer Trask, a private equity firm.

About this cAtAloG

The program catalog provides information on Sessions programs as well as rules and regulations, procedures, and academic poli- cies for students at Sessions College for Professional Design. Each student is responsible for reading and understanding the information in this guide.

Although every effort is made to ensure the information in this guide is accurate at the date of publication, please be aware that this guide will be updated from time to time. Sessions reserves the right to update its rules and regulations, procedures, and academic policies as needed. Students can always access an updated version of the Student Handbook in the Sessions learn- ing environment. Any policy updates with the exception of the Enrollment Agreement will become effective immediately for all enrolled program students.

Updates to this catalog are made available to the Arizona State

This cata-

log is available to students and prospective students in a written or electronic format. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions department at admissions@sessions.edu.

Board of Education with ten days of a major update.

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Tuition and Fees

Sessions is committed to providing its students a high-quality and affordable education. Degree students can take advantage of an extremely cost-effective $250 per-credit tuition, paying by semester or annually. The following costs are effective at the time of publication. Sessions reserves the right to change regulations at any time without prior notice; it also reserves the right to change tuition and fees as necessary.

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Fall 2011 tuition

Full-time Students (12 credits per semester)

$250 per credit $3000 per semester

Part-time Students

$9,000 per year $18,000 total program tuition

Part-time schedules are available for students with busy work schedules.

$300 per credit

Tuition paid per semester

3/4 time students take 9 credits a semester and complete in under 3 years.

Half-time students take 6 credits a semester and complete in 4 years.

General FeeS

$50 application fee* $200 registration fee* $50 late registration fee $250 late tuition fee $100 course reenrollment fee $150 leave of absence fee $150 full/part-time status change fee $100 course retake fee (on third attempt) $200 program reenrollment fee

* Application and registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from the scheduled beginning of program orientation.

payment oF tuition and FeeS

Program Registration. Payment of the $200 registration fee is due within 5 business days upon receipt of acceptance offer. Failure to remit the registration fee may result in the withdrawal of acceptance into the program. The first tuition payment is due no later than 30 days after issuance of the acceptance letter. Students will not receive orientation materials or be allowed to participate in orientation events prior to payment of the tuition.

Continuing Students. For continuing students paying tuition by semester, payments are due on the following schedule:

November 1 for January Semester March 1 for May Semester July 1 for September Semester

Payments not received within 30 days will be subject to a late tuition fee of $250. If payments are not received by start of semester, payment of a late registration fee will also be required. Course access will not be provided until accounts are up to date.

All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties. No degrees or final transcripts will be issued until all bills due Sessions College are paid in full.

proctorinG FeeS

Six general education courses in the program contain final exams to be overseen by live proctors. Online proctors are provided by ProctorU (www.proctoru.com/sessions) for a fee of $22.50 per exam. Proctoring fees are payable in each semester prior to a schedule exam.

BookS and SupplieS

All coursework and materials required to complete the Associate’s program are provided in an online learning environment, including orientation materials, lectures, exercises, critique and discussion forums, videos, multimedia tools, and an online library. Students are responsible for ensuring they have the computer, Internet connection, and any required supplies or software programs for specific classes. At time of publication, student versions of creative suites of Adobe software programs cost approximately $360 (design) and $350 (Web) respectively.

Gi bill

Sessions College is authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students enrolled in its Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay 100% of the tuition for eligible degree program students. Interested students should verify their eligibility for education benefits at the Department of Veteran Affairs Web site or by calling the Veteran Educational Benefit Office at 888-442-4551

finAnciAl AssistAnce

Sessions College offers a number of options to help students afford their education. Students can pay tuition in full, by semester, or by payment plan. Payment plans offer a low up- front payment combining with no-interest payments throughout the program. Part-time schedules are available. Sessions College offers by appointment financial advisement with an experienced counselor prior to enrollment. This option is recommended for all students interested in the most financially prudent approach to their educational investment.

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31 | Contact Information school ADDress Originally established in New York, in 1997, Sessions College main

Contact Information

school ADDress

Originally established in New York, in 1997, Sessions College main is now located in Tempe, Arizona:

Main Campus:

Sessions College for Professional Design Main Campus

398 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 300

Tempe, AZ 85281

Company Headquarters:

Sessions College for Professional Design

350 7th Avenue, Suite 1203

New York, NY 10001

Chat:

Design 350 7th Avenue, Suite 1203 New York, NY 10001 Chat: Email: Admissions, Financial Aid, and

Email:

Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment:

admissions@sessions.edu

Tuition Payments:

bursar@sessions.edu

Faculty and Course Development:

faculty@sessions.edu

Telephone/Fax:

Admissions:

1-800-258-4115 (from the U.S.) or 480-212-1704, option 1

Student Services:

1-800-258-4115 (from the U.S.) or 480-212-1704, option 2

General Inquiries:

1-800-258-4115 (from the U.S.) or 480-212-1704

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hours of oPerAtion

While the Sessions learning environment is always open, and online registration is always available, our main campus in Arizona has scheduled opening hours. Student Advisors (for current students) can be reached 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mountain Time (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time). Admissions Advisors (for prospective students) can be reached 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mountain Time (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time).

Sessions College administrative offices are closed on the following days for the calendar year of 2011:

Memorial Day Monday May 30th

4th of July week* Monday-Friday, July 4th-8th

Labor Day Monday September 5th

Thanksgiving Thursday-Friday, November 24th-25th

Christmas week* Monday-Friday, December 26th-30th

* Over July 4th and Christmas shutdown periods, Sessions College student services will operate with a limited staff.

AcADemic cAlenDAr for DeGree ProGrAms

SprinG 2011

Monday, January 2 Friday, January 7 Monday, January 10 Thursday, January 13 Friday, April 22

Summer 2011

Monday, May 2 Friday, May 6 Monday, May 9 Thursday, May 12 Friday, August 19

New student orientation begins End of regular registration Classes begin Last day of late registration Classes end

New student orientation begins End of regular registration Classes begin Last day of late registration Classes end

Fax:

Fall 2011

480-212-1705

Web:

http://www.sessions.edu/

Monday, Aug 29 Friday, Sept 2 Tuesday, Sept 6 Thursday, Sept 8 Friday, Dec 16

New student orientation begins End of regular registration Classes begin Last day of late registration Classes end

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