Designed for artists and designers, students in the Digital Media Design program acquire technical skills while exploring the broad field of digital media. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who not only understand technical aspects but also know how to develop creative content. This program provides a concentrated overview of print design, animation, digital video production, and web design. It does this while incorporating art and design issues and introducing industry standard software.
Digital media designers use graphics, animation, video, and text to inform and entertain audiences. This rapidly growing field offers new opportunities for creative and technically savvy digital artists. Students receive training in traditional drawing, graphic art, interactive media, web design, photo editing, 3D modeling, 2D animation, video editing, and special effects. The program now offers three concentrations or pathways. Students may now focus on animation (2D animation and 3D modeling), graphic design/web design, and film/video production.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth in digital/interactive media, film production, and graphic design are expected to increase through the century. Employment opportunities include careers in graphic design, web design, advertising, public relations, marketing, and publishing.
- The Digital Media program helps students develop a solid artistic foundation that incorporates traditional art and digital media studies. It teaches students to skillfully use a variety of industry-standard software, hardware, and production methods, and to develop creativity and critical thinking skills in written analysis of text and visual media objects. Students draw on a rigorous combination of theory, analysis, and hands-on digital art in making original work in digital media, and collaborate with teams to bring ideas from concept to production.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Design will:
Demonstrate knowledge of visual theory, design principles, and design elements.
Demonstrate proficiency in industry-standard software.
Demonstrate collaborative skills by successfully completing team-oriented projects.
Demonstrate an ability to draw convincingly from observation using perspective, proportion, attention to detail, a wide range of values and composition.
Specific Degree Requirements
Students wishing to earn an Associates of Applied Science in Digital Media from South Louisiana Community College must:
- Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.
- Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
- Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
- Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
- Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.
General Education Requirements
A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses in this block.
Total General Education Credits 15
A grae of “C” or higher is require for all courses in this block.
A maximum of 6 credits with grades of “D” are permitted for SLCC graduation for the courses in this block.
Grades of “C” or higher are recommended if planning to transfer to a 4-year institution.
AAS: Digital Media Design Total Credits: 60
1 Recommended major elective for students interested in 3D animation/game design: DGMD 2300, DGMD 2350, DGMD 2700, DGMD 2701, DGMD 2710, DGMD 2720, DGMD 2730, DGMD 2740, DGMD 2750, and DGMD 2760 or one course from ARTS 1010, ARTS 1100, or ARTS 1200. Recommended major electives for students interested in desktop web and graphic design should select major electives from: DGMD 2350, DGMD 2510, DGMD 2520, DGMD 2540, DGMD 2700, and DGMD 2720 or one course from ARTS 1010, ARTS 1100, or ARTS 1200. Recommended major electives for students interested in digital video production: DGMD 2300, DGMD 2350, DGMD 2700, CMCN 1170, and CMCN 1270 or one course from ARTS 1010, ARTS 1100, or ARTS 1200.