Advanced Multimedia Authoring

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 271

       Course Name: Advanced Multimedia Authoring

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 264 or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers in-depth understanding of interactive presentations, for students with basic knowledge of Adobe Director as a tool for multimedia design and production. Content includes how media such as sound, video, Flash, QTVR, fonts, text and graphics are controlled by Lingo to create interactive presentations, with final output to CD-ROM and the web (via Shockwave); practical and aesthetic considerations of projects such as games, instructional or promotional pieces, or other artistic expressions through multimedia. Integration with Internet is stressed.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To explain how intermediate to advanced level Lingo works with Director in creating interactive multimedia productions.
  2. To describe the limitations imposed by file size on the various types of media and how to optimize them for optimum delivery.
  3. To demonstrate how the Internet integrates with both CD-ROM and Shockwave-based projects.
  4. To demonstrate the use of Xtras to extend the capabilities of Director.
  5. To author an interactive multimedia project employing Lingo for delivery on both CD-ROM and the web via Shockwave.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Review of Director interface with in-depth discussion of preferences, options and settings in all windows and dialog boxes.
  2. Cast Member types – a detailed discussion of the following types:
    1. Sound
    2. Video
    3. Text – field and rich text
    4. Vector
    5. Bitmap
    6. Flash animations
    7. Animated Gif’s
    8. Font members
    9. The use of Fireworks 3 in preparing graphical cast members and animated Gif’s.
    10. Optimization for Director presentations, ie. Bit depth, file format, file size.
  3. Other Cast considerations
    1. Use of multiple casts
    2. Other cast member types such as pushbuttons, checkboxes and radio buttons.
    3. Color palettes and special color effects.
    4. Custom and animated cursors.
  4. Behaviors
    1. Use of behavior library
    2. Use of Behavior inspector
    3. Writing behaviors from scratch and customization of existing scripts.
  5. Lingo
    1. Variables
    2. Custom handlers
    3. Lists
    4. Repeat structures
    5. Conditional structures
    6. Advanced navigation
    7. Control of sprite properties
    8. Control of cast member properties
    9. Rollovers
    10. Custom Lingo to handle input from checkboxes, radio buttons, text fields and sliders
    11. Pop-up menus
    12. Control sound cast members
    13. Control video cast members
  6. Shockwave and integration of CD-based project with the Internet.
    1. Create nav bars
    2. Processing and displaying info from other web pages
    3. Streaming
    4. Sound issues
    5. Video issues
  7. Movies in a Window (MIAW)
  8. Xtras and how they extend Director’s capabilities.
  9. Professional applications for Director and Lingo.
    1. Educational
    2. Business
    3. Sound
    4. Games
  10. Cross platform issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures and demonstrations and hands-on studio work in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in class and lab sessions.
  2. Present assigned projects as scheduled.
  3. Attend critiques as scheduled by the instructor.
  4. Take midterm and final exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Recommended books:
            Director 8 Demystified, by Jason Roberts
            Director 8 and Lingo Authorized, Macromedia Press
            Advanced Lingo for Games, by Gary Rosensweig

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Projects: 45%
Midterm exam: 25%
Final exam: 15%
Class participation 15%

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.