Tafeweb was created to test and demonstrate the work of students enrolled in website design and digital media courses at North Coast TAFE, NSW, Australia.
Web design students learn how to use the tools and current trends for developing fluid and responsive web sites. As their skills advance they are introduced to content management and e-commerce systems .
Certifcate 4 students create a small content management system (CMS) and shopping cart using php and sql to gain an understanding of how CMS works. Once mastered, they progress to developing themes for WordPress.
As well as mastering web development tools, students learn how to implement website accessibility for people with disabilities, search engine optimisation (SEO), website security, image optimisation and disaster recovery planning.
Digital media students learn how to manipulate and create images using Photoshop, Illustrator and other industry standard tools. They also learn 2D and 3D character development and animation using Flash and Blender. These skills are then combined to create a simple 2D game.
North Coast TAFE also runs a Certificate 4 course in Game Development. Students learn the process of planning and producing an interactive game. Unity is used as the game development engine. Blender, Photoshop and other tools are used to create assets and characters for games. Gaming students are encouraged to develop a number of 2D and 3D games, the best of which are destined for Steam Greenlight.
All students are encouraged to develop an online portfolio in order to demonstrate their talent and skills to potential clients or employers when applying for work.