Content Creation and Design for Websites (VA 333)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
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.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences.

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society.

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information.

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 4

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 5

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 5

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 3

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 5

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 2

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 1

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 5


  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