Digital Media

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to provide personalized academic counseling to complete the fashion marketing program. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

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DIGI 1100
Photoshop for Digital Media
UNITS: 3
This course is designed to examine the process of basic image manipulation through the use of Adobes Photoshop software. Students gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of 2-D computer graphics and image compositing.
DIGI 1150
Design and Art Theory
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on elements of art that play an essential role in modern day digital media. Students gain knowledge and understanding of composition, design, art, color, and graphics through an in-depth examination of the impact of diverse artistic styles.
DIGI 1250
3-D Foundations
UNITS: 3
This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of creating 2-D and 3-D computer graphics using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. Students learn basic animation skills while working with the interface and controls of both programs. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for the more advanced courses later in the program. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
DIGI 1550A
Motion Graphics I
UNITS: 3
This course trains students in basic techniques of storyboard animatics and motion graphics creation through the use of software programs utilized by design and animation companies worldwide. The emphasis is on design from a problem-solving point of view. The course also examines the production timeline and graphical requirements of a multimedia project by demonstrating the manipulation of digital images in a studio environment. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a thorough understanding of input/output techniques, special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
DIGI 1550B
Motion Graphics II
UNITS: 3
This advanced motion graphics course builds on concepts learned in the foundational course and employs those concepts in conjunction with advanced techniques. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding of advanced techniques as they are applied in the continuing exploration of special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550A
DIGI 1650
Computer Graphics
UNITS: 3
This course is designed to teach students basic levels of color models, shading techniques, and design creation through the use of software platforms that are used by digital media companies worldwide. This course also examines the process of raster graphic design from a web and 3-D point of view.
DIGI 1770
Digital Photography for Digital Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography, including camera mechanics, particularly pertaining to digital media. Students learn framing and composition techniques and display mastery of those techniques through hands-on application in multiple projects. Students shoot and present their work in various delivery platforms. The course reinforces design concepts applicable to all media.
DIGI 1850
Digital Storytelling
UNITS: 3
This course leads the student through the methods and techniques of creating personalized digital content using the Apple iLife Suite. Students utilize this powerful suite of tools to create many projects with an emphasis on personal expression, including Podcasts, movies, and websites. The design concepts reinforced in this course are applicable across all types of media. Prerequisite: DIGI 1100
DIGI 1880
Digital Cinematography I
UNITS: 3
This first section of a two-part course introduces students to the operation of digital video cameras. Various aspects that impact image acquisition and/or manipulation, including RGB changes, scene profiling, gamma adjustment, black pedestal control, and camera filtration using tungsten, fluorescent, an HMI sources are explored. Students also learn basic color correction. Prerequisite: DIGI 1770
DIGI 2050
Web Design Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
This course examines the process of creating functional, industry-standard-based content for the Internet. Students learn to design and create websites using XML, eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML), and other standards. This course also focuses on searchability and other elements of effective web design, with a focus on using XHTML to ensure that web page markup is compact and easily understood. Prerequisite: DIGI 1450
DIGI 2150
Compositing Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
This course broadens the base of students knowledge by offering insight into the process of combining computer-generated imagery (CGI) with video and film elements. By learning what happens when rendered imagery is integrated into the post-production process, students better understand the core principles of proper compositing and finishing practices. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of node-based compositing, camera tracking and rotoscoping methods utilized in current post-production pipelines. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550B
DIGI 2250
Editing Digital Video
UNITS: 3
This course covers the art and science of non-linear editing. Students learn the importance of editing choices and the impact those choices have on how a project is perceived and its ultimate success. Students are introduced to the advanced concepts of imaging and editing, as well as to the production model of editing video in the industry. Students also participate in group discussions about editing choices and audience demographics.
DIGI 2280
Digital Cinematography II
UNITS: 3
The second section in a two-part course, this class continues to explore the art and operation of digital video cameras. In this segment, students explore various aspects of sound recording, including: recording fundamentals, the use of microphones, recording on location and/or on a soundstage, various techniques, and sound equipment. Prerequisite: DIGI 1880
DIGI 2350A
Digital Audio Design I
UNITS: 3
This course explores the digital audio workstation environment through an extensive study of digital audio concepts and practices. Students receive detailed instruction and hands-on experience with cutting-edge, computer-based recording systems typically found in the recording industry.
DIGI 2550
Editing Digital Video and Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine intermediate non-linear online editing concepts and techniques, including engineering, media management, and digital video effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 2250
DIGI 2820
Intellectual Property and Law
UNITS: 3
In this course, students examine general business practices vital to the success of a digital media artist. Students explore the principles of finance, accounting, insurance, taxes, management, marketing, and negotiation. Additionally, students are introduced to the concept of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, and basic business/contract law. Prerequisite: DIGI 2150
DIGI 2920
Digital Studio
UNITS: 3
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine intermediate non-linear online editing concepts and techniques, including engineering, media management, and digital video effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 2250
DIGI 2950
Digital Media Portfolio
UNITS: 3
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: DIGI 2050, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2350A, DIGI 2480
GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1080
Drawing Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
A course in which students learn to communicate quickly and effectively through the medium of the sketch, a graphic means for recording and transmitting a visual experience or mental image. In mastering the fundamentals of line, form, composition, and perspective, students acquire the techniques of a visual language which are useful in many endeavors.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2000
Film: History & Development
UNITS: 3
A survey course which explores film in America as an art form and charts its historical and technical developments. Students explore the social implications of films and view and analyze film technique, costume design, and set decoration. Contemporary and classic films and filmmakers are studied.
GNST 2020
Survey of Western Art I
UNITS: 3
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Prehistoric Period through the Middle Ages. Included are the social, economic, cultural, political, and religious influences which have prompted or affected the art of each period. Students examine works of art and their iconography, stylistic techniques, and different media, with the goal of being able to recognize, understand, and discuss various art forms in their broader contexts.
GNST 2420
Survey of Western Art II
UNITS: 3
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Art movements such as Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Abstraction, and Surrealism are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the artist's role in society and the effect of society on art.
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
Total Units of Credit: 90
DIGI 1250
3-D Foundations
UNITS: 3
This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of creating 2-D and 3-D computer graphics using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. Students learn basic animation skills while working with the interface and controls of both programs. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for the more advanced courses later in the program. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
DIGI 1550A
Motion Graphics I
UNITS: 3
This course trains students in basic techniques of storyboard animatics and motion graphics creation through the use of software programs utilized by design and animation companies worldwide. The emphasis is on design from a problem-solving point of view. The course also examines the production timeline and graphical requirements of a multimedia project by demonstrating the manipulation of digital images in a studio environment. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a thorough understanding of input/output techniques, special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
DIGI 1550B
Motion Graphics II
UNITS: 3
This advanced motion graphics course builds on concepts learned in the foundational course and employs those concepts in conjunction with advanced techniques. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding of advanced techniques as they are applied in the continuing exploration of special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550A
DIGI 1770
Digital Photography for Digital Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography, including camera mechanics, particularly pertaining to digital media. Students learn framing and composition techniques and display mastery of those techniques through hands-on application in multiple projects. Students shoot and present their work in various delivery platforms. The course reinforces design concepts applicable to all media.
DIGI 1850
Digital Storytelling
UNITS: 3
This course leads the student through the methods and techniques of creating personalized digital content using the Apple iLife Suite. Students utilize this powerful suite of tools to create many projects with an emphasis on personal expression, including Podcasts, movies, and websites. The design concepts reinforced in this course are applicable across all types of media. Prerequisite: DIGI 1100
DIGI 1880
Digital Cinematography I
UNITS: 3
This first section of a two-part course introduces students to the operation of digital video cameras. Various aspects that impact image acquisition and/or manipulation, including RGB changes, scene profiling, gamma adjustment, black pedestal control, and camera filtration using tungsten, fluorescent, an HMI sources are explored. Students also learn basic color correction. Prerequisite: DIGI 1770
DIGI 2050
Web Design Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
This course examines the process of creating functional, industry-standard-based content for the Internet. Students learn to design and create websites using XML, eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML), and other standards. This course also focuses on searchability and other elements of effective web design, with a focus on using XHTML to ensure that web page markup is compact and easily understood. Prerequisite: DIGI 1450
DIGI 2150
Compositing Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
This course broadens the base of students knowledge by offering insight into the process of combining computer-generated imagery (CGI) with video and film elements. By learning what happens when rendered imagery is integrated into the post-production process, students better understand the core principles of proper compositing and finishing practices. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of node-based compositing, camera tracking and rotoscoping methods utilized in current post-production pipelines. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550B
DIGI 2250
Editing Digital Video
UNITS: 3
This course covers the art and science of non-linear editing. Students learn the importance of editing choices and the impact those choices have on how a project is perceived and its ultimate success. Students are introduced to the advanced concepts of imaging and editing, as well as to the production model of editing video in the industry. Students also participate in group discussions about editing choices and audience demographics.
DIGI 2280
Digital Cinematography II
UNITS: 3
The second section in a two-part course, this class continues to explore the art and operation of digital video cameras. In this segment, students explore various aspects of sound recording, including: recording fundamentals, the use of microphones, recording on location and/or on a soundstage, various techniques, and sound equipment. Prerequisite: DIGI 1880
DIGI 2350A
Digital Audio Design I
UNITS: 3
This course explores the digital audio workstation environment through an extensive study of digital audio concepts and practices. Students receive detailed instruction and hands-on experience with cutting-edge, computer-based recording systems typically found in the recording industry.
DIGI 2550
Editing Digital Video and Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine intermediate non-linear online editing concepts and techniques, including engineering, media management, and digital video effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 2250
DIGI 2820
Intellectual Property and Law
UNITS: 3
In this course, students examine general business practices vital to the success of a digital media artist. Students explore the principles of finance, accounting, insurance, taxes, management, marketing, and negotiation. Additionally, students are introduced to the concept of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, and basic business/contract law. Prerequisite: DIGI 2150
DIGI 2920
Digital Studio
UNITS: 3
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine intermediate non-linear online editing concepts and techniques, including engineering, media management, and digital video effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 2250
DIGI 2950
Digital Media Portfolio
UNITS: 3
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: DIGI 2050, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2350A, DIGI 2480
GNST 2000
Film: History & Development
UNITS: 3
A survey course which explores film in America as an art form and charts its historical and technical developments. Students explore the social implications of films and view and analyze film technique, costume design, and set decoration. Contemporary and classic films and filmmakers are studied.
GNST 2780
Major Art Movements
UNITS: 3
This course is an introductory survey of the art and artists influencing and informing the international visual arts of the late modern and contemporary periods. Beginning with Post-War Expressionism and Pop Art, the course covers the diverse movements of the late 20th century, including Feminist art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. Students examine the art and architecture of the postmodern, post-pop environment of today, paying special attention to new media and modes of expression such as video, installation, and performance art. Students investigate the intersections of fine art and popular culture as well as explore unique voices from the margins that inform visual culture today.
Total Units of Credit: 60
BUMT 3100
Ethics in Business
UNITS: 3
This course addresses the importance of ethical issues and the financial impact on business performance and ownership. The costs and consequences of failing to act ethically are explored. Students learn strategies to solve real life dilemmas. Students explore the importance of ethics as a dimension of social responsibility and business ethics in the global economy. Prerequisite: BUMT 4840
BUMT 4840
Studies in Leadership
UNITS: 3
Students explore leadership theories, the characteristics that define effective leaders, and develop the ability to navigate corporate culture as a follower and as a leader. They explore the processes whereby an individual empowers or influences a group of people for the purpose of achieving a (common) goal. They analyze the characteristics of leadership vs. management, and develop an awareness of how diversity impacts leadership.
DIGI 3010
Directing for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on the importance of the Director in modern media. Students explore the differences between directing for film and for television. Students learn various directing techniques, as well as important tips and tricks used in the professional arena, and then apply these skills in the directing of their own projects.
DIGI 3020
Introduction to Script Analysis for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the tools and techniques used in impactful film scripts, with a particular focus on developing engaging stories. Students explore the various components of effective storytelling, including character development, theme, conflict and resolution. Students work on their own scripts throughout the course.
DIGI 3030
Filmmaking Concepts & Practices
UNITS: 3
This course explores how filmmakers effectively employ sound and visuals to tell a powerful story. Students view various films as case studies, analyze writing techniques, and learn about gauging audience interest. Students become familiar with the concepts and practices that play a pivotal role in effective filmmaking.
DIGI 3400
Creative Writing
UNITS: 3
This course educates students about writing across multiple genres. Students learn to express their thoughts and feelings in an imaginative and unique way. Students take an original project from conception to completion. During that process, students engage in peer review, instructor critique, and multiple phases of re-writes. Upon completion of this course, students have at least one fully original work.
DIGI 3500
Visual Storytelling: Techniques & Technology
UNITS: 3
In this course students explore the technology and techniques used in visual storytelling. Students apply this knowledge while editing their own projects, and by participating in peer review and in-class critiques.
DIGI 3700A
Documentary Filmmaking I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to documentary filmmaking. Students view and discuss various documentaries as they learn about the entire filmmaking process, including producing, directing, preproduction, production, writing, lighting, cinematography, and interviewing for documentaries.
DIGI 3700B
Documentary Filmmaking II
UNITS: 3
In this course, students work in groups on the production of a short documentary project. Each student is assigned a specific job, including Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, and more. The students work as a team to research, write, shoot, and edit their original project, taking it from the pre-production stages through post-production and delivery. Prerequisite: DIGI 3700A
DIGI 3800
Lighting Techniques
UNITS: 3
This course emphasizes lighting for different scenarios. Students learn to light green screen, people, and different environments with industry-standard grip and lighting equipment. Students also learn about color correction, camera filtration, and the use of scrims, lighting gels, and barn doors. Finally, students learn how to employ various lighting techniques to create a mood and atmosphere that support their project.
DIGI 4200
Pre-Production
UNITS: 3
In this course, students are introduced to the various components of pre-production, including budget creation and analysis, production planning, and factual and logistical research. Students break down scripts, storyboard scripts, scout potential shooting locations, and identify potential crew members. This course emphasizes the role of the producer and the techniques involved in producing short films.
DIGI 4300
Introduction to Producing for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
In this course, students study various aspects of contemporary production and post-production practices for the film and entertainment industries. Students are introduced to the role of the producer on a project, including what a producer does and various pitfalls to avoid. Students also learn how to work effectively with a producer, as well as what is involved in effectively producing their own original work.
DIGI 4400
Production
UNITS: 3
This course builds upon the prior curriculum and immerses students in the world of documentary production. Throughout the course, students produce their original documentary, which will ultimately be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival.
DIGI 4500
Business of Film
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on the importance of the Director in modern media. Students explore the differences between directing for film and for television. Students learn various directing techniques, as well as important tips and tricks used in the professional arena, and then apply these skills in the directing of their own projects.
DIGI 4800
Post-Production: Editorial of Final Project
UNITS: 3
During this course, students edit their original documentary and prepare it for submission to the Sundance Film Festival. Students become familiar with all submission standards for the Festival, and must meet all delivery requirements in order to successfully complete this course.
DIGI 4810
Advanced Post-Production: Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
This course builds upon the visual effects techniques learned earlier in the curriculum, exploring various plug-ins offered in the editing platforms in greater detail. Students learn advanced techniques used by industry professionals to manipulate footage, color correct content to create a mood or enhance the story, and even to create powerful visual illusions that contribute to a project’s overall impact. DIGI 4820
DIGI 4820
Advanced Post-Production: Audio Mix & Digital Output
UNITS: 3
This course explores advanced techniques in sound design and audio mixing. All areas of post-production sound design are applied during the editing phase of the project. Students learn to evaluate music choices, edit music, create sound effects to improve the story, edit dialogue, and effectively use sound design to enhance their storytelling capabilities.
GNST 1450
College Mathematics
UNITS: 3
An application course focusing on mathematical concepts used in everyday life. Students integrate computation and analysis with authentic learning in graph analysis, Venn diagrams, analytical geometry, statistical measures of central tendency and variation, and financial mathematics. Prerequisites: To register for GNST 1450, students must successfully pass the math placement test or pass GNST 450.
GNST 2470
Principles of Biology
UNITS: 3
This course explores and explains the workings of the human body. Students learn how human anatomy functions to support life, how lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs affect the human system, and how disease and aging progress.
GNST 2470L
Principles of Biology Lab
UNITS: 1
This introduction to laboratory investigations in biology is a one-unit course stressing processes common to living organisms. It helps students understand the concepts of scientific thinking and their connection to their lives. Students conduct online activities that simulate in-lab investigations and real-life events. Topics include organic molecules, cell transport systems, photosynthesis, evolution, classification and identification, plant physiology, and ecology.
GNST 2570
Microeconomics
UNITS: 3
Through the study of classical economic principles, students develop a framework for analyzing economic variables and their effects on individuals, business organizations, and economics. Using graphs and models, students also explore and apply fundamental economic concepts such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and profit maximization.
GNST 2630
Principles of Chemistry
UNITS: 3
Students study the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. The relationships between atomic particles and their effect on bonding, chemical reactions, and matter are explored.
GNST 2870
Macroeconomics
UNITS: 3
Students study the global economy and the ways in which changing economic conditions shape local, national, and international policy decisions. They apply classical and contemporary economic theory to achieve an understanding of past and current world events in light of the many economic variables that exist.
GNST 3000
World Political History
UNITS: 3
This global survey traces the quest for independence and prosperity on the part of emerging economies around the world after WWII. The course examines the varying fortunes of countries as they encountered the crucial questions of political organization, state control, and personal freedom from 1945 to the present. It also examines the issue of environmental sustainability in the face of pressures posed by population, industrialization, and consumerism.
GNST 3020
Statistics
UNITS: 3
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions, measures of central tendency, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying, describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
GNST 3050
Writing for Business Professionals
UNITS: 3
This course explores the principles and strategies of effective written professional communication in the context of the global workplace, current and emerging technologies, and contemporary issues. Students apply sound communication, analysis, and research techniques to the composition of a professional bio, memos, formal reports, and other forms of business communication. The connection between skillful communication, critical thinking, and decision-making is also stressed.
GNST 3400
Social Psychology
UNITS: 3
A course that examines social psychology and how the behaviors, thoughts, and emotions of individuals are created and modified by the social and cultural conditions in which they live. Issues of social influence, cooperation and conflict, conformity, perception, change, and leadership are explored.
GNST 3450
Applied Mathematics
UNITS: 3
Students working in teams use mathematical reasoning to draw conclusions, solve problems, and make decisions in real-world contexts. Emphasis is on topics relating directly to careers in design and business management: geometry, statistical data analysis and interpretation (including graphs and charts), proportion equations, and financial math.
GNST 3700
Multicultural Perspectives Through the Short Story
UNITS: 3
This course explores the co-existence, integration, and assimilation of cultural values through the literary vehicle of the short story. Diversities such as race, ethnicity, class, family, gender, disability, religion, and language are investigated. The course will culminate with students authoring a personal short story that articulates their own value system.
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society
UNITS: 3
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing. Prerequisites: GNST 3050, GNST 3500
One three-unit course.
Total Units of Credit: 91

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