Professor Agresta Receiving DeVry University’s Distinguished Faculty Award in December 2011
Before coming to DeVry I was an Instructor in the Web Design & Interactive Media Department at The Art Institute of Houston. At the Art Institute I taught web design and graphic design courses such as Digital Illustration, Concepts in Motion, and Digital Imaging.
Before working at The Art Institute I was a graduate student and Instructor at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Information Technologies Department of Elms College. At Elms I taught web design courses such as Website Multimedia, Intro to HTML, and GUI Web Design. Before leaving UMass I earned my B.S. in Computer Animation and Web Design as well as a Master of Education in Educational Technologies.
Outside of teaching classes at Elms I also taught a class in a small section of the Computer Science department at UMass known as the Center for Knowledge Communication. Over the course of four years I have taught Interactive Web Animation. The course explored Adobe Flash and it’s programming language ActionScript. Most of my students were Computer Science or Art majors but we usually had a mix of experienced and non-experienced students. The assignments included creating an animation, a game, and a portfolio. Students also had the ability to choose their own final project. In most cases we got advanced games, programs, chat clients, RPG’s, and full websites.