Content Creation and Design for Websites (VA 333)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Elif Emine Ayiter,
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Formal lecture,Studio work/practice,Other
Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning,Simulation,Case Study
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This course will take a two step approach towards creating websites which hold meaningful, i.e., well researched and discussed content that is presented in a well-designed, easily understandable and navigable manner. During the first phase of the course students will first research a topic of their own choosing, for which they will subsequently put together written and visual content that is the outcome of the research that has been conducted. In the second phase of the course a website in which this content is displayed will be undertaken.


The course is geared to furnish the student with the skills necessary to visually design and correctly set up an html website.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a hands-on experience of designing and implementing a web site
2. Identify the basics of graphic design
3. Define the fundamentals of web design
4. Apply essential tools and methods including photoshop, html, css and basics of scripting
5. Develop a web page in a bottom up design manner
6. Learn how Wordpress works and how to create/modify a theme to create a custom website.


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 15
Individual Project 50
Homework 20
Other 15



Hands on Training
- Duckett, J. (2010) Beginning HTML, XHTML, CSS and Javascript. Wiley Publishing
- Nielsen, J. (2000) Designing Web Usability. New Riders Press
- Nielsen, J., Loranger, H. (2006) Prioritizing Web Usability. New Riders Press

Optional Readings

Carr, N. (2009) The Big Switch. W. W. Norton & Company
Pariser, E. (2011) The Filter Bubble: What the internet is hiding from you. Penguin Press