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A.S. Degree, Media Design

Degree Type: AS
Major Code: GRDIG-AS
CIP:1611080300
Former CIP: 1650040200

This program is designed to prepare students to create media, graphics, animation and applications using new technologies and apply their knowledge to contemporary culture. Students will gain a solid base in theoretical, practical and technological skills required for professional careers in the digtal media industry which includes graphic design, broadcast graphics, animation, Web and mobile development and 3D modeling. Students will learn workflows from concept to production. Graduates will be prepared with practical and marketable job skills to enter professional careers that rely on digital media production.

Students may complete the following college credit certificates as part of the Media Design degree:

  • Digital Media - Digital Media/Multimedia Production Certificate
  • Digital Media - Graphic Design Production Certificate
  • Digital Media - Graphic Design Support Certificate
  • Digital and Interactive Media Design Technical Certificate
  • Digital Media/Multimedia Web Production Certificate
Major Courses
AvailableDIG2000Introduction to Digital Media
This course explores the avenues of contemporary digital design, highlighting the importance of process, innovation and communication. Students will become familiar with design projects ranging from traditional print, sophisticated websites, interactive digital media and motion graphics. The course will focus on developing and refining the design concept and the execution strategy. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableDIG2109CDigital Imaging Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of digital imaging and the tools and techniques of image capture, creation, manipulation and integration of still images. Students will understand composition, layout, color theory, image capture and output using industry-standard software. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableDIG2302C3D Modeling and Animation I
This course is designed to teach beginning level 3D animation for digital media. Emphasis will be placed on viewing the world in three dimensions as opposed to a single flat plane and training the eye to see shape instead of line. It will allow students to comprehend fully visual concepts such as light and shadow, foreshortening, color recognition and modeling techniques. Other topics include NURBS vs. polygons, texturing, lighting, rendering and keyframe animation. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableDIG2500CFundamentals of Interactive Design
This course covers the foundations of interactive media including user-interface design concept, optimization/performance issues, resources and tools. Students combine audio, video, imaging, animation and other media formats to construct an interactive product using industry-standard software. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableDIG2581Portfolio Design
This course prepares students for professional situations through the creation of individual demo reels, resumes, websites and portfolios by emphasizing business structure. Topics such as studio hierarchy, production bidding, media distribution and professional growth will be included to highlight many of the important aspects of business in order for students to attain and sustain a professional career. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2144CWeb Publishing
This course includes the design and preparation of websites including the Web home page. Focus is from a graphics point of view and emphasis is on the importance of Web page design and layout. The course is taught using various software programs. Basics of HTML for the Web will be introduced. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2151CVector Graphics I Using Adobe Illustrator
This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableGRA2157CIllustration for the Digital Artist
This is an advanced course in computer graphics in the design profession. Students will use the computer to create original artwork and illustrations that will be used in professional publications. Advanced concepts, features and professional illustration are further explored. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2201Bitmap Graphics I
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2931Selected Studies in Computer Graphics
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
1
Support Courses
Choose one of the following specializations:
Graphic Design Specialization
Not availableGRA2121Digital Publishing I
This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing using industry computer software to communicate visual concepts used for the printing of publications such as brochures, advertisements, books and magazines. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications designed for print publishing and production. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2122Digital Publishing II
This is an advanced course in page layout software. Designed to teach advanced techniques and principles of digital publishing to assist students in gaining stronger creative control and improved production capabilities. Students create publications displaying multi-faceted integration of sophisticated text and graphic techniques. Emphasis will focus on the development of long-page publications and Internet connectivity. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2124Layout and Design
This course is a foundation to computer-aided digital publishing. It will explore various means of viewing visual elements in design. Focus is upon the foundations of professional design skills for computer graphics, multimedia, film and video and animation. Various media are used to explore traditional media, photography, illustration, animation, film and video and other image media development. The student is introduced to typography, typeface and type as a design element as well as composition, layout, pagination, style, balance, format and project planning. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2152CVector Graphics II Using Adobe Illustrator
This course is designed for experienced Adobe Illustrator users. Advanced concepts, features and techniques are further enhanced and applied to graphic applications. The world of vector graphics, the Web Internet and professional illustrations are further explored. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableGRA2207CBitmap Graphics II
This is a course for experienced Photoshop software graphic design users who wish to expand their skills in the application of this electronic tool for manipulating photographs and illustrations. The course introduces new features, tips and techniques for using these electronic tools. The goal is to apply more controls and improve production capabilities. Lab fee required.
3
Web Design Specialization
AvailableDIG2030CDigital Video Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, tools and techniques of producing, assembling and mixing digital video and audio. Students will understand story, creativity, planning and organizational skills as a part of the production process. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableGRA2142CWeb Effects I
This course provides an introduction to the creation of multiple forms in two-dimensional animation. The course is designed to familiarize the individual with a variety of 2D animation programs and their application to the Web. Students will learn the basics of thumbnail storyboarding, object creation and object manipulation for animated sequence. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableGRA2143CWeb Publishing II
This course includes advanced topics in the design and preparation of websites including the Web home page. Focus is from a graphics point of view and emphasis is on the importance of web page design and layout. The course is taught using various software programs.
3
Not availableGRA2757The course could not be found.
AvailableGRA2804CWeb Effects II
This course is an advanced study in the creation of multiple forms in two-dimensional animation as well as an introduction to web-related, three-dimensional animation. The course is designed to familiarize the individual with a variety of 2-D and 3-D animation programs and their application to the Web. Students will learn the advanced techniques in thumbnail storyboarding, object creation and object manipulation for 2-D animation as well as incorporating basic 3-D animation concepts. Lab fee required.
3
Entertainment Design Specialization
AvailableDIG2030CDigital Video Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, tools and techniques of producing, assembling and mixing digital video and audio. Students will understand story, creativity, planning and organizational skills as a part of the production process. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableDIG23033D Modeling and Animation II
This course gives the student an in-depth look at character design, development, rigging and animation. Character creation will include segmented and solid model mesh of bipeds and quadrupeds. Students will examine techniques used to create facial expressions and lip sync using phonemes. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableDIG23043D Modeling and Animation III
This course is designed to teach an intermediate level of three-dimensional animation for digital media. Emphasis is placed on building 3D world space that tells a story. It will allow students to build upon concepts such as environments, physical motion and modeling techniques, rendering and post-production. Lab fee required.
3
Not availableDIG2341Motion Graphics I
This course focuses on digital post-production used for film, animation, video, digital media and the Web. This course identifies production methods, compositing and sophisticated motion control for high-quality, two-dimensional animation. Focus is placed on digital media components, video tape and screen outputs for special and specialty projects while exploring foundations for computer-aided digital production. The topic of work flow issues and the variety of design and production vehicles will be addressed. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableDIG2251Audio Production I
This course provides a broad introduction to sound design principles as applied to moving pictures and interactive systems. Creative use of sound is explored through an introduction to field recording and the use of digital audio workstations. Students use original sound recordings from other departments as well as those sampled from an extensive sound library in order to create sound pieces both with and without images. Lab fee required.
3
Electives6
Choose six credits from the following list:
ARTXXXXAny ART studio art course
CAPXXXXAny CAP computer application course
COPXXXXAny COP computer programming course
DIGXXXXAny DIG digital media course
GRAXXXXAny GRA multimedia/graphics course
PGYXXXXAny PGY photography course
RTVXXXXAny film and television course
General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
3
General Education course, any area3
Recommended:
AvailableARH2050Art History I
This course is an integrated study of the main developments of the visual art forms (architecture, sculpture and painting) from Paleolithic man to the Early Renaissance. World art will be integrated into the content. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
3
Humanities General Education course3
Recommended:
AvailableARH2051Art History II
This course is an integrated study of the main developments of the visual art forms (architecture, sculpture and painting) from the 16th century to the present. World art will be integrated into the content. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
3
Mathematics or Science General Education course3
Note: If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.
Social Science General Education course3
Total Credits:64
Note: Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

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