Digital Media

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to create a personalized academic plan. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors help determine which courses must be taken prior to graduation.

For admittance to second year of A.A. program, a 3.0 grade point average is required in all courses. Acceptance to the Professional Designation Program is contingent upon documented proficiency in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Click on the green tab to see curriculum for each degree. Click on a course title to expand and read the course description.

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 1450
3-D Model Creation
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on modeling and rendering in a 3-D realm. The software employed is Autodesks Maya. Modeling strategies draw from the premise that good curves make good surfaces, and begin with a thorough examination of an objects profile curves and how to build on them. Prerequisite: DIGI 1250
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. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
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 postproduction 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 postproduction 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 2480
HD Filmmaking for Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
In this production-based course, students use various cameras and learn techniques required for creating digital visual effects. Starting with basic camera principles and setups, students explore the details of producing, budgeting, directing, camera operation, production sound, and lighting.
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 2890
Advanced Postproduction
UNITS: 3
This course explores the elements that are involved in finessing and finalizing a project, including various visual effects. Students examine advanced compositing and graphics techniques, and the impact of incorporating those techniques into a finished project. Specifically, students explore: motion tracking, digital mattes, painting tools, rotoscoping, color grading, incorporation of 3-D, and more. Prerequisites: DIGI 2050, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2350A, DIGI 2480
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 1450
3-D Model Creation
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on modeling and rendering in a 3-D realm. The software employed is Autodesks Maya. Modeling strategies draw from the premise that good curves make good surfaces, and begin with a thorough examination of an objects profile curves and how to build on them. Prerequisite: DIGI 1250
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. Prerequisites: DIGI 1100, DIGI 1650
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 postproduction 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 postproduction 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 2480
HD Filmmaking for Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
In this production-based course, students use various cameras and learn techniques required for creating digital visual effects. Starting with basic camera principles and setups, students explore the details of producing, budgeting, directing, camera operation, production sound, and lighting.
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 2890
Advanced Postproduction
UNITS: 3
This course explores the elements that are involved in finessing and finalizing a project, including various visual effects. Students examine advanced compositing and graphics techniques, and the impact of incorporating those techniques into a finished project. Specifically, students explore: motion tracking, digital mattes, painting tools, rotoscoping, color grading, incorporation of 3-D, and more. Prerequisites: DIGI 2050, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2350A, DIGI 2480
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

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.