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Online MSU course helps participants build a digital website portfolio

August 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN--An online course from Montana State University helps MSU students and off-campus professionals build and organize a Web-based portfolio of their work.

By the end of the fall semester, each participant will have a customized website live on the Internet plus skills in software programs like WordPress and Photoshop. The course, "Portfolio Design and Preparation" (HORT 491-801), is open to students of all majors and professionals of all backgrounds. It offers three undergraduate credits.

"Students and professionals of all levels are expected to provide portfolios of their work throughout their careers," says instructor Page Huyette. "Whether searching for a first job, moving up the career ladder or providing samples of work for a coveted project, compiling a professional, updatable portfolio is crucial for career success." 

Students will learn the components of a professional portfolio, and practice scanning and editing images; editing and organizing work samples; and customizing Web templates for online publishing. The class will also cover marketing yourself, building a great resume, and interviewing techniques. 

The course is offered fully online, and students from throughout Montana and beyond are encouraged to enroll. The course runs from Aug. 26 through Dec. 13. 

Huyette is a landscape designer with more than 20 years of experience in multiple design fields, including as a set decorator for films and commercials, a designer of websites and promotional marketing materials, and as a consultant to expanding design firms in the West. 

To register, visit (the course is listed under Horticulture) or contact Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or

Suzi Taylor at (406) 994-7957 or