A.S. Degree, Media Design

Digital Media Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : GRDIG-AS
CIP: 1611080300
Educational Plan: GRDIG-AS

Program Description

The Digital Design Program offers students the skills and training needed to work as a digital media professional through the creation of appealing and engaging content. Our hands-on approach gives the student the communication, production and technical proficiency training techniques needed to make sophisticated choices in the creation of digital media art. The student is challenged to go beyond their depth of creativity while exploring an array of recent methods and approaches currently used within the field of digital media.

This program not only provides skills training, but also examines the theories behind new methods of conveying information, how audiences take in and react to this type of messaging and how media must adapt its message. Students are taught to work effectively on both an individual basis and as a member of a team, to prepare them for work as an industry professional. Instructors with extensive experience in the field share their insights and experience on what it takes to succeed as a digital media professional.

Throughout the program the student continuously builds a portfolio of their work, showcasing their talents and skills, to present to employers. Digital media students have the choice of customizing their education by specializing in graphic design, web design or entertainment design.

Profession

Digital media is a rapidly evolving field offering exciting opportunities to integrate the creative process of art and design with the technology of digital media production. The digital media artist uses visual communication and technologies to inform or entertain audiences. This field combines innovative thinking and creativity with a high level of technical skill. Change in this field is constant as technology progresses. An effective digital media artist must be able to work within a team along with possessing good communication skills. Career opportunities are available within a vast amount of industries such as entertainment, advertising, publication design, 3D modeling and animation, web design and interactivity.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities available for graduating students include: 

  • 3D Designer
  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Architectural Renderer 
  • Art Director  
  • Book Designer
  • Chart/Graph Designer 
  • Creative Director
  • Credits Designer
  • CSS Developer
  • Curriculum Materials Developer 
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Illustrator 
  • Digital Layout Artist
  • Editorial Artist
  • Editorial Illustrator 
  • Film/Video Graphic Designer
  • Front-End Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Production Artist
  • HTML Developer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Information Graphic Artist
  • Instructional Materials Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Newspaper/Page Layout Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Pre-press Technician
  • Presentation Artist
  • Product Designer
  • Promotions/Publicity
  • Publisher
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Training Video Producer
  • Type Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Graphics Designer
  • Web Illustrator/Imagist 
  • Web Production Artist Presentation Designer

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 8 percent from now until 2020. Expected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

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

  • Digital and Interactive Media Design Technical Certificate
  • Digital Media - Digital Media/Multimedia Production Certificate
  • Digital Media - Graphic Design Production Certificate
  • Digital Media - Graphic Design Support Certificate
  • Digital Media/Multimedia Web Production Certificate
  • 3D Modeling & Interactive Media Support Certificate
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Available Courses
Required Courses
25
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course is designed to explore the current technologies associated with Web 2.0 and social media. Topics to be covered include social networking etiquette, Real Simple Syndication (RSS), tagging, Consumer-Generated Content (CGC), blogs, wikis and podcasting. Student knowledge in the historical perspectives, prevailing definitions and industry-wide applications of Web 2.0 and social media tools will be extended. Lab fee required.
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.
Elective Courses
24

Choose 15 credits (Any GRA or DIG courses):

15
Graphic Design
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course teaches typography as a primary tool of all graphic designers. The emphasis of the course is in the elements and anatomy of type and its expressive, technical and visual aspects. This course also teaches typeface, size, leading, line length, headlines, grids, hierarchy and the overall character in developing creative elements. Readability in type is examined in the development of publications - ads, books, brochures, identity systems and posters.

Web Design

This introductory web design course examines the process of creating existing, functional content for the World Wide Web. Students receive an understanding of html and web standards related to the development of websites. This course demonstrates how to create, edit, manage and design a website within a web authoring tool and complementary software applications. Lab fee required.
This course explores practical and theoretical issues related to Internet as a medium for delivering information. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of dynamic and interactive experiences on the web, integrating video, graphics, sounds, image and typography. Lab fee required.
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.
This course introduces students to web design for mobile devices. Topics include planning an effective mobile website, industry standard Mobile Markup Language, CSS, mobile commerce, social media, testing and publishing. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to plan, develop, test and publish web content designed for mobile devices. Lab fee required.
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.

Virtual Environments

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.
This course includes 2D tools for compositing, animation, and effects that digital media professionals, web designers, and video professionals use. Fundamentals in the design of composited layers are combined with sophisticated visuals and audio effects for animations. Students are also introduced to the use of digital assets created in object-oriented and digital imaging software.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course is an introduction to the latest emerging rapid prototyping technology, 3D printing. Using specialized software to create and export files, students will bring their digital work to life. Students will learn how to create, scan, manipulate and print three-dimensional objects. Topics include desktop 3D printing and the operation of equipment, rapid prototyping, product customization and creating new product alternatives. Literacy in basic 3D modeling, design and manufacturing is an essential skill for future STEM success and innovation. Lab fee required.

Career Development

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.

Choose 9 credits from the following list:

9
ART
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Any ART prefix course
CAP
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Any CAP prefix course
COP
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Any COP prefix course
DIG
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Any DIG prefix course
ETD
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Any ETD prefix course
GRA
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Any GRA prefix course
PGY
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Any PGY prefix course
RTV
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Any RTV prefix course
General Education Courses
15
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. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Any General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

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.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

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.

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
64
Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

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.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate in arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

Contact

Michael Kappers
Program Manager
407.708.4505