TITLE OF COURSE: Multimedia Project Lab

COURSE NUMBER & SECTION: MMP460-1100, Fall 2022

SCHEDULE: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11AM-1:15PM. This is a hybrid class – please review the dates on which we will be meeting in person carefully below. We will have 4 in person sessions (about 1 per month). These dates are highlighted in green below – please save them in your calendar. Attendance in person on these dates is mandatory.  We will meet in 199 Chambers Street S-608 (the Makerspace) (unless otherwise stated). The recurring link for online, synchronous Zoom sessions will be posted on Blackboard (to insure privacy). Please email me at if you cannot find the link.

PROFESSOR: Anna Pinkas | email: | Office hours on Zoom: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30AM – 11AM. The recurring link for these sessions will be posted on Blackboard (to insure privacy). Please email me at if you cannot find the link or if you’d like to schedule a different time to talk. 


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will work collaboratively to plan, design and create a complete interactive, multimedia project. Projects may be drawn from such applications and tools as: media campaign; information kiosks; websites and mobile apps; physical computing, and digital fabrication.

PREREQUISITES: MMP200 and any 200-level MMP or MMA course.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to…) Measurements (means of assessment for student learning outcomes listed in first column
Students will work in a group to plan, design and produce a complete, interactive multimedia project. Campaign project
Students will apply advanced digital skills, and combine several types of media to create a cohesive project. Campaign project
Students will carefully assess their target audience and design their project accordingly. Campaign project
Students will assess and improve their portfolio to assist them in meeting their educational/career goals. Portfolio assignment



  • A good HTML5/CSS book
  • The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman
  • Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) by Steve Krug
  • 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk



  • The preferred software for this course require the use of a computer (laptop or desktop) with certain specifications as well as a WiFi connection. If you have any concerns regarding access to a computer, software or Internet please email me at to make me aware of the situation ASAP. We will work together to find a solution.

    You can get a free license for Adobe software for the semester by following these instructions:

    Alternatively, you can access the remote labs by following these instructions: If this isn’t working, please email me too:

  • In person labs are open on campus. You can find more information here:

  • You will use a variety of software applications to work on your interactive, multimedia projects. Here is a list or recommended software (and open-source/free alternatives when available):
  • You will need to access Blackboard to submit certain assignments. I will upload grades and comments there as well. To login to Blackboard, go to, login and click on the Blackboard menu item. If you do not have (or cannot remember) your id and password, contact the BMCC helpdesk right away: 212-220-8379; ; RoomS141 (199 Chambers Street). You may also try reseting your password by going to and clicking on “Account & Password Reset. 
    • All Students are required to use their full BMCC email address when signing into the computers, Wi-Fi, BMCC Portal and other BMCC IT Services requiring authentication. (For example, John Doe would now sign in as
  • You can access tutorials on on a variety of topics related to this course. While I will not assign tutorials, it’s a great place to learn techniques that can be useful for your portfolio and campaign project. Please follow these instructions to login for free.


Take advantage of BMCC’s one-on-one tutoring services (free!).You can find more information on online tutoring on this page (


Participation in the academic activity of each course is a significant component of the learning process and plays a major role in determining overall student academic achievement. Academic activities may include, but are not limited to, attending class, submitting assignments, engaging in in-class or online activities, taking exams, and/or participating in group work. Each instructor has the right to establish their own class participation policy, and it is each student’s responsibility to be familiar with and follow the participation policies for each course.


Grading is based on the successful completion of workshop exercises, a web-based portfolio, the campaign project, and on class participation. Students are expected to attend every synchronous session, to follow the workshops and discussions (in-class and online). Failure to do so will affect the “class participation” grade (see below). Projects must be handed in on time. Points will be deducted for work that is handed in late. It is your responsibility to contact me in the event of an absence or of an issue with meeting a deadline. I will do my best to help you catch up, but I must be notified. You may also re-submit workshop exercises to improve your grade.

  • Workshop exercises: 25%
  • Portfolio: 15%
  • Campaign project: 50%
  • Class participation: 10%


  • Digital media workshops (four from the following list: Typography, HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, WordPress, UX, Design Systems, Designing for Social Media, Kinetic typograph, AR/VR, Physical computing, Digital fabrication)
  • Portfolio review and enhancement
  • Teamwork/collaboration strategies
  • Campaign project – Project research
  • Campaign project – User Experience
  • Campaign project – Visual Design
  • Campaign project – Development
  • Campaign project – Presentation

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN (subject to change)

Week One (Mon 8/29 & Wed 8/31)

  • Intro to course
  • Portfolio review
  • Intro to OpenLab

Deliverable: portfolio review: gathering, organizing, describing + OpenLab portfolio creation and link


The Kids Hall of Fame Project is seeking illustrators for its website, upcoming books, etc. Each assignment (emailed to us as JPEG files) is twofold. It depicts the extraordinary achievement of one person under age 20, in color and a duplicate without color, suitable for an 8½” x 11” coloring book. Each accepted assignment includes a byline and $50.

 Sample illustrations may be seen on the 14-Year-Old Extraordinary Achievers to the 17-Year-Olds Extraordinary Achievers page of our website Illustrators are invited to send samples of their work to this email address: 


!!! NO CLASSES ON MON 9/5 – Labor Day !!!

Week Two (Wed 9/7 & Mon 9/12)

  • Crit: portfolio review
  • Campaign project overview
  • Wed 9/7: Presentation by FFAC (Factory Farming Awareness Coalition) ( . Teams are invited to create a campaign for this initiative for their campaign project, in which case they will receive feedback from FFAC several times throughout the semester. 
  • Creating groups for the campaign project
  • Brainstorming ideas

Deliverable: team contracts + shared folder creation and link + pitch presentations + Please fill the survey for the FFAC presentation: and consider applying for their Internship for Spring or Summer. You can find more info here: Advocacy Institute

Week Three (Wed 9/14 & Mon 9/19)

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Creating a pitch
  • Planning the digital media workshops

!!! NO CLASSES ON MON 9/26 – Rosh Hashanah!!!

Weeks Four (Wed 9/21 & Wed 9/28)

  • Digital media workshop I (Makerspace)
  • Pitch presentations
  • In-class workshop: portfolio review update

Deliverable: portfolio review – formatting


Weeks Five  (Thu 9/29 & Mon 10/3)

  • Pitch presentations (Thu 9/29)
  • Group meetings to debrief the pitch feedback
  • Debrief Pitch presentations (Mon 10/3)

!!! NO CLASSES ON WED 10/5 – Yom Kippur, and MON 10/10 – Colombus Day!!!

Week Six (Wed 10/12 & Mon 10/17)

  • Digital media workshop II & III 
  • Target audience
  • Creative Brief
  • Time management

Deliverable: persona, creative brief, task analysis

Week Seven ( Wed 10/19 & Mon 10/24)

  • All workshop exercises are due
  • Sketching and developing ideas
  • Writing and presenting project proposals

Deliverable: text, start sketches (due on week 10)

Week Eight ( Wed 10/26 & Mon 10/31)

  • Color
  • Typography

Deliverable: style guide

Week Nine (Wed 11/2 & Mon 11/7)

  • Preparing the preliminary design presentations

Deliverable: preliminary design presentations (including sketches)

[Extra-Credit Opportunity 11/9 and 11/10: Portfolio Review with the Once Club:Students can still register here:  the tickets are under $15 I think, but if a student needs a comp code email Professor Esquirol ( to inquire about comps. ]

[Media Arts Transfer Fair: Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 – 3:15 PM | Register & Join Zoom Meeting. Have questions about transferring to a senior college to complete a degree in design, film or animation? Join representatives from the following schools and programs to learn more about your transfer options:

Brooklyn College Film
City College Electronic Design & Multimedia
City Tech Communication Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
NYU Interactive Media Arts
Parsons Design & Technology
School of Visual Arts
[Apply for the FFAC Advocacy Institute Fellowship opportunity here:]

Weeks Ten (Wed 11/9 & Mon 11/14), Eleven (Wed 11/16 & Mon 11/21), Twelve (Wed 11/23 & Mon 11/28)Thirteen (Wed 11/30 & Mon 12/5)

  • Last touches to design presentations
  • Preliminary design presentations (Mon 11/14)
  • Revising and finalizing the design
  • Portfolio reviews

Deliverables: Revisions based on feedback received during the design review + portfolio requests for feedback (last chance)

[Speaker event on 12/7, 2PM – 4PM :]

Week Fourteen (Wed 12/7 & Mon 12/12)

  • Final Portfolios due (in the form of a live URL on Blackboard AND on Open Lab (+ post it on this page: We will look at 5-6 portfolios together in class (please consider volunteering – this can help with your class/participation grade) (due 12/12 as a URL on Open Lab)
  • Campaign project finishing touches + final presentation preparation

Deliverables: campaign project assets + presentation prep + final portfolio submission (in the form of a live URL on Blackboard)

!!! NO CLASSES ON WED 12/14 – Reading Day!!!

Week Fifteen (Mon 12/19 & Wed 12/21)

  • Deliverables: Final campaign projects presentations
General Education Learning Outcomes Measurements (means of assessment for student learning outcomes listed in first column
Communication Skills- Students will be able to write, read, listen and speak critically and effectively Class presentations, critiques and project briefs.
Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to use quantitative skill and the concepts and methods of mathematic to solve problems. n/a
Scientific Reasoning– Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of the natural sciences n/a
Social and Behavioral Science– Students will be apply the concepts and methods of the social sciences n/a
Arts & Humanities– Students will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the arts and literature through critiques of works of art, music, theatre and literature. Design assignments and class critique discussions.
Information & Technology Literacy– Students will be able to collect, evaluate and interpret information and effectively use information technologies. Design assignments and project briefs.
Values– Students will be able to make informed choices based on an understating of personal values, human diversity, multicultural awareness and social responsibility. Design assignments, project briefs and class critique discussions.

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