Digital Workshop Center Trade School

Capstone Project

Level 1 | Target Audience: Advanced| 4 hours

Once you have completed coursework both in and out of the classroom, it is time to put your skills to the test.  For your Capstone Project, you will be assigned a real-world challenge to solve. Working closely with your instructor, you will need to design everything from start to finish.  Your instructor is there to guide you all along the way.

Whether beginning in a new field or continuing at your existing job, the goal of your Capstone Project is to prepare you for the next step in your career. The specific project will vary according to the program or bootcamp, your goals, and instructor.

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Overview

Capstone Projects develop methodologies for solving real-world problems.  You will have an opportunity to build your portfolio, solve real-world challenges, and create a comprehensive final test of the skills learned throughout your program.

As you work through your Capstone Project, each session will be an opportunity for you to review your work with your instructor, collect valuable feedback, and continue to build your portfolio.

Your Capstone schedule will be as follows:

  • Capstone Meeting 1:
    Discuss project scope and next steps
  • Capstone Meeting 2:
    Progress check-in
  • Capstone Meeting 3:
    Progress check-in
  • Capstone Meeting 4:
    Present finished project

Class Objectives

Upon successful completion of your Capstone Project, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the requirements and design a project that will help move forward in career goals
  • Understand that self-motivated projects strengthen individual processes and problem-solving capabilities
  • Identify a company, organization or non-profit to create “assets” in their behalf.  Or research a related company for a use case if necessary.
  • Work closely with an instructor meet project deadlines

Pre-requisites

  • All coursework for a certificate program must be completed prior to registering for your Capstone Project.  See program details for more information.

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Inside Our Curriculum

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Focus on Real-World Skills

Each of our stand-alone classes is designed to teach how to improve your skills in a real-world setting.  DWC's experiential learning style ensures you will be guided by an expert instructor will performing all of the tasks to help you learn.

The challenges you face in class will mimic what you will need to land a job and improve your daily productivity.

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Support & Mentoring

All Capstone Projects sessions are offered in a one-on-one, private format.

Each Capstone Project may be eligible credit towards a certification program, which includes career counseling and portfolio projects.

Flexible scheduling options allow you to choose what works best for your time.

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82%

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Pay nothing until you’re hired with the Ignite ISA plan.  Payment plans and financial aid options available.

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Capstone Project Guidelines

Graphic & Video Design

  • Examples of Capstone design projects would be composite graphics, content for marketing, logo or branding design, brochures,  complex layouts (print and/or web), web mockup layouts for multiple devices, short pamphlets, books with multiple chapters, video content and similar.
  • It is expected that more than 1 design asset will be assigned to complete the Capstone Project.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivert, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized.
  • DWC would like a copy of all Capstone projects to be able to highlight student work and show examples to future Capstone students as well
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade

Web Design

  • Examples of Capstone web projects would be a fully functioning website designed using the latest authoring tools and practices.  It is expected that a student would create a responsive website in its entirety, demonstrating techniques that would lead to employment in this field.
  • It is expected that a complex website will include a minimum of 5 pages of content and custom HTML/CSS/JS to complete the Capstone Project.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • DWC would like a copy of all Capstone projects to be able to highlight student work and show examples to future Capstone students as well.
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern web design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade

Digital Marketing

  • Unlike other Capstones where the final deliverable is tangible (e.g. create a logo/branding package, brochure, etc), in digital marketing the focus is on all of the marketing skills to deliver a comprehensive marketing plan on behalf of a business, non-profit or similar.
  • The final deliverable would be a combination of the student presentation to you (as if in a real-world client meeting) and a professional, printed report (as if handed into a potential client) that shows the planning and research for a marketing plan.  The finished product is something a student could show in an interview and that they comprehend all strategies/concepts from their program.
  • A professional marketing plan includes:
    • Explain customer/audience//target demographics in detail
    • SWOT analysis
    • Competitive Advantage
    • Mission / Vision
    • Customer Lifetime Value
    • Customer Voice
    • Keyword research for SEO
    • Landing page examples with solid content showing keyword strategy and on-page SEO
      (which program to use to design this depends on the student)
    • Define custom audiences for Social Media
    • Write several social media ads and highlight the audience for each
    • Traffic predictions and insights for social media advertising campaign
    • Design an email marketing campaign
    • Keyword research to draft Google Ads
    • Incorporate ideas around how Google Analytics will be used to track efforts
    • Content marketing / Write an initial blog post using solid keyword research / Create some graphics for digital campaigns
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized.
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern web design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade

Business Administration

  • Students learn to develop systems and methodologies for solving real-world, pragmatic business administration problems

  • Each student and instructor should discuss the requirements and design a Capstone that will help a student move forward in their career goals

  • Self-motivated projects strengthen individual pro­cesses and problem-solving capabili­ties.

  • Students begin by identifying a potential project for a company,organization or non-profit to create business documents on their behalf.  Or research a related company for a use case if necessary. (Note: If necessary, Instructors may need to assign a use-case scenario)

  • Example Project: Business Correspondence for a new project

    • Create a simple budget using Excel

      • Format in a professional design

    • Type a professional cover letter for the project in Word

      • Embed the Excel budget in Word doc if possible

      • Add logo and professional formatting

    • Create a 4 slide presentation in PowerPoint to explain new project, display Excel budget, etc

    • Use Outlook to schedule some project presentation meetings, add tasks, etc

  • Each Capstone meeting is one hour long and should be used as a check-in between Instructor and Student, as well as a chance for Instructors to work through obstacles with a Student

  • When possible, students should present the entire project in the last Capstone meeting

  • DWC would like a copy of all Capstone projects to be able to highlight student work and show examples to future Capstone students as well

  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern business productivity tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade

Blueprint

  • Examples of Blueprint Program Capstone project assets would be a professional letter/document in Word, a budget in Excel, creating appointments/events in Outlook, and a short presentation in PowerPoint.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their productivity tools and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern tools as taught in the Blueprint program to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade

FAQs

When can I start?

DWC classes are scheduled on a rolling enrollment system with flexible scheduling options. Each student needs to choose the schedule that best fits your availability.

Public, group classes in the certificate programs are offered approximately every 6-8 weeks. Students are able to start with any Level 1 class within the program list as long as prerequisites are met.

Who teaches these classes?

All classes are taught by industry professionals with 10+ years experience in their field.  Check the specific class offering to learn more about the assigned instructor for each class.

You may also learn more about our team here.

What format are these classes?

Stand-alone classes at DWC are focused skills workshops that teach in a specific area of a high demand career field. 

Often described as a "short course" format, these accelerated workshops can be attended as stand-alone or can be taken as part of a larger certificate program.

Certificate programs offer more comprehensive training to help lead you to empoyment, support & mentoring, portfolio building, and career coaching.

To find out more about DWC's style of training, talk to a student advisor today.

What if the listed schedule doesn't work for me?

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What's included?

Capstone Project

 

  • 4 hours of 1-on-1 meeting time (four 1-hour meetings), plus additional time to independently complete the project
  • One month of technical support
  • Certificate of Completion

What career services do you offer?

For full length programs, support and mentoring is included and you will be eligible to work one-on-one with a career counselor. 

Workshops for job search and resume writing are included in the cost of your program.  Our expert career advisors will help you prepare for the next steps of your career path.  Your success is our success.

Talk to a student advisor to discuss career coaching options today.

Payment & financial aid options

DWC offers several flexible financial aid options to help you finance your education.  None of our financial aid tools will require a federal student loan or add severe interest penalties.  

Popular financial aid tools include payment plans and  Ignite Income Share Agreement.

If you are interested in scholarship opportunities, you must first speak with a student advisor and discsuss eligibility requirements.

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