Undergraduate Degree




DM3001 Screen-Based Interaction

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DM2007; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce to students a practice-based familiarity with the principles and applications of screen-based multimedia for online and offline purposes.


This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of screen-based interaction for the use in such territories as websites, desktops apps, kiosks or games. Code will be discussed as a creative tool and how, through a study of its syntax, unique visual approaches can be crafted. Students will also be introduced to the importance of the user and how user needs impact upon the design and function of an interactive element.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Introduction to software interface and procedures 

• Scripting fundamentals


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Incorporating Audio/Visual Media

• Project Planning and Design. 

• Navigation

• Importing external data. 

• Project optimisation

• Audience and user consideration


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be familiar with the practice and importance of the design, planning and management of a website. The student will have a familiarity with coding as a creative tool.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


      1. Ray Villalobos, Exploring Multimedia for Designers (Design Exploration), Delmar Cengage Learning

      2. www.w3.org