Advanced Interactivity I

This course focuses on the development of interactive media across a variety of platforms. Human-Computer interaction and layout are discussed along with implementations on mobile and PC based platforms. Dynamically created web content and integration with databases, as a server-side component, will also be covered. Specific content will vary based on current technological developments.



Jervis Thompson

Troy Finamore

Phil Sinatra

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This course builds on the foundation knowledge learned in DIGM-505: Foundations of Design and Interactivity, and integrates advanced interaction methods and client-server implementations.


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Course Format:

  1. Homework Review
  2. Software Tutorial
  3. Homework Overview
  4. In-class lab time


Any and all course email to professor(s) must be sent from your student drexel email account with “digm520” somewhere in the meaningful subject area. (i.e. subject = “digm520 ftp question”). Students must keep a copy of all email correspondence for their records.

Midterm Project:


Final Project:

Due BEFORE Saturday December 15th

Students will build a responsive, CMS (content management system) web site to house their portfolio and/or final thesis media. Students will balance the issues of monitor resolutions, bandwidth, typography, color scheme, design, graphics, forms, and readability. This web site will be viewable on devices as small as smart phones, and on devices as large as 60″ HDTVs. This web site will be engaging and pleasing to the eye as determined by the class professor. Required media include text, approved color scheme, graphics (portfilio, gallery, or slide show), student created videos and/or animations. Optional media include Audio, Animations, Videos, Maps (extra credit 1-10).

Grading Policy:

Grading is based upon attendance, class participation, extra credit, homework assignments (5 x 8 pts each = 40), class projects, and final project (60).

Homework Projects, based upon skill sets covered in each lesson, will be due before midnight the night before the following class. Each homework assignment is graded based on technique, creativity and being submitted on time.

The dates your assignments are due are indicated clearly in this course outline. Assignments are due on those dates unless you have submitted a written request for an extension at least one class before the assignment is due. Late assignments receive a 50% reduction in points, no exceptions.

Homework and Project grades based upon three criteria, Specifications, Content, and Creativity, broken down as follows:

  • Files/e-mails are named appropriately
    • Assignments requiring email submission should be sent to your professor according to the instructions listed per assignment.
  • Assignments meet project size/color requirements
  • Assignments are completed on time
  • Homework contains all requested elements
  • Quality/Legibility of designs and layouts
  • Level of detail in thinking
  • Variety of ideas explored
  • Focus on consistent strategy


Critiques are opportunities to learn and share what you’ve learned through demonstration and constructive criticism. When you present your work, you must be prepared to discuss it and address any questions concerning it. You should also take whatever criticisms you receive from faculty or students intent in which they are given, which is for you to improve. If you’re not presenting, it is expected that you give the presenter and their work your undivided attention and you are encouraged to ask questions, offer opinions and suggestions for improvement. You must take advantage of critiques for self improvement as an artist, and your participation in critiques will contribute to your class participation grade. Weekly assignments will be critiqued in class, as will the final project.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend all classes and strictly adhere to the project due dates. Lack of participation in class discussions will count against your grade.

Students are allowed one unexcused absence. If a student has more than one unexcused absence, his or her grade for the course will be reduced one letter grade. If a student has three or more absences, he or she will receive an F grade.

Arriving late to class will result in the loss of one final grade point for each lateness.

Grading Percents:

Points Grade
100% or above A+
95% to 99% A
90% to 94% A-
88% to 89% B+
83% to 87% B
80% to 82% B-
78% to 79% C+
73% to 77% C
70% to 72% C-
68% to 69% D+
65% to 67% D
64% or below F

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