Digital Media Design

A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences

Designed for students whose career goals are oriented toward the mass media in the fields of graphics and publication design, video production, photography, public relations and corporate communications.

The curriculum allows students to choose between a computer graphics and television production emphasis. 


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Lisa Sheirer
Program Manager
Digital Media Design Associate Degree: Computer Graphics emphasis
Computer Graphics Certificate
301.846.2637

Computer Graphics Program Brochure


Jason Santelli
Program Manager
Digital Media Design Associate Degree: Television Production emphasis
Television Production Certificate
301.846.2533


TV Production Program Brochure
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Karen Santelli
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2512
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition  3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences (Electives must be from two disciplines)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts:  
AR 101–Two Dimensional Art and Design or  
AR 106–Drawing I 3
AR 103–Survey of Non-Western Art ‡ or  
AR 104–Survey of Art I ‡ or  
AR 105–Survey of Art II ‡ 3
Humanities:  
EN 102–English Composition & Literature 3  
Communications:  
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals 3
CMM 101–Introduction to Electronic Media  3
CMM 111–Communication Graphics I  3
CMM 152–Digital Studio Production 4
CMM 112–Communication Graphics II or  
CMM 252–Digital Film Production 3/4
CMM 212–Communications Graphics III or  
CMM 254–Principles of Film & Video Editing 3/4
CMM 114–Web Design I or  
CMM 259–Television News Production or  
CMM 256–Television Studio Directing and Operations or  
CMM 261–Digital Post Production 3/4
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Choose from 2 categories:  
Computer Literacy Elective (GenEd course list)  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective (GenEd course list) ‡  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 6
PE/Health Elective (A Wellness course will satisfy this requirement) 1/3
Other Requirements  
INTR 102/103–Internship  2/3
Elective  (AR 101, AR 106, AR 204, CMM 114, CMM 131, CMM 132, CMM 256,  
CMM 259, CMM 261) 3
Total 61/70

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. AR 103, AR 104 or AR 105 fulfills this requirement.

Career

Designed to provide the core skills needed to function in the fields of graphic communication, publishing and Web based design. The challenging and rapidly changing world of visual communications requires creative problem-solving using a combination of tools and techniques. In hands-on classes, students solve design problems with instruction from active communications professionals, using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace. College-level reading and writing is expected.

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Courses Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Electronic Media  3
CMM 111 Communications Graphics I  3
CMM 112 Communications Graphics II  3
CMM 114 Web Design I 3
CMM 115 Professional & Transfer Portfolio 1
CMM 131 Darkroom Photography I   or  
CMM 132 Digital Photography  3/4
CMM 152 Digital Studio Production  4
CMM 212 Communications Graphics III  3
INTR 102 Internship 2
Total 25/26
Career
Offers students interested in broadcast and non-broadcast television production an opportunity for hands-on learning experiences. An overview of the mass communications field is followed by studio and lab courses in the television studio, editing labs, the computer graphics lab and photography lab. Instructional emphasis is on designing and producing high-quality, contemporary work that effectively solves communications problems. College-level writing is expected.

Gainful Employment Information

Courses Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Electronic Media  3
CMM 103 Introduction to Film 3
CMM 111 Communications Graphics I 3
CMM 132 Digital Photography I 3
CMM 152 Digital Studio Production  4
CMM 252 Digital Film Production 4
CMM 254 Principles of Film and Video Editing 4
CMM 256 Television Studio Directing & Operations 4
Total 28


Digital Media Design: Television Production Promo from FCC Digital Media Design TV on Vimeo.

The Associate of Arts degree program in Digital Media Design is for students:

  • who are interested in transferring to four-year colleges or universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and
  • whose career goals are oriented toward the mass media in the fields of graphics and publication design, video production, photography, public relations and corporate communications.
Television Production:
Students in FCC’s Television Production program learn:
  • skills and procedures for entry-level employment in a professional production facility;
  • how to think critically, solve problems effectively, communicate ethically, and demonstrate
  • professional behavior consistent with industry standards;
  • how to plan, produce and edit television segments that reflect current visual media standards and
  • communicate appropriately to a target audience; and
  • about digital television media applications for the Internet and for emerging technologies.

Graduates of the program are well-qualified for positions in both broadcast and non-broadcast media production. On-the-job duties may include:
  • digitally editing and creating motion graphics and effects,
  • directing, lighting and operating equipment for multi-camera studio productions,
  • planning, shooting and editing news and field production projects for a variety of clients, and
  • authoring customized interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs for training and education using digital media.

Computer Graphics:
Graphic designers use computer software to:
  • develop the layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, websites and other print and electronic pieces,
  • produce promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services,
  • design corporate identity systems and company logos for products and businesses, and
  • develop signage systems (called environmental graphics).
On the job duties may include coordinating projects through all phases of production from design to printing to delivery.

In hands-on classes, students solve design problems with instruction from active communications professionals, using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace. College-level reading and writing are expected. Completion of the Computer Graphics program prepares students for entry-level positions with independent graphics firms, or in corporate design departments.

Digital Media Design Associates Degree:

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  2. Produce works of digital and interactive art in a variety of media.
  3. Demonstrate and appreciate the creative/problem solving process through research, development and execution of digital media.
  4. Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  5. Enhance skills as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers and effective ethical communicators who demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate their ability to plan, produce and edit digital productions that reflect an awareness of current visual and interactive media standards appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.
  7. Demonstrate current digital media skills, procedures and techniques that will enable them to function successfully as entry-level employees in a professional production facility.


Computer Graphics Certificate:

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  2. Research and produce an informed design and photography appropriate to client/assignment needs.
  3. Produce works of design and photography using a variety of media.
  4. Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  5. Produce well-crafted design and photography appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.


Television Production Certificate:

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  2. Produce works of digital and interactive art in a variety of media.
  3. Demonstrate and appreciate the creative/problem solving process through research, development and execution of digital media.
  4. Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in a internship.
  5. Enhance skills as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers and effective ethical communicators who demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with industry standards. 
  6. Demonstrate their ability to plan, produce and edit digital productions that reflect an awareness of current visual and interactive media standards appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.
  7. Demonstrate current digital media skills, procedures and techniques that will enable them to function successfully as entry-level employees in a professional production facility.
 
FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A. in Digital Media and Design and who are looking for transfer opportunities.  For more information , contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471 or the Program Manager at 301.846.2533.
  • Towson University – B.S. Electronic Media and Film: Film/Video/Digital Media Concentration