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 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
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of creating 3-D computer graphics. Students learn basic modeling and animation skills while working with the interface and controls of current industry software. Focus will be on integration of 3-D elements into other projects. The skills gained in this course will be further explored in later courses.
DIGI 1350
Storytelling
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to storytelling from both a technical and creative perspective. Students study all aspects of storytelling, with a focus on story structure. The concepts introduced in this class are reinforced throughout the curriculum, particularly within the context of editing.
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 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 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 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 2360
Digital Audio Design
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 2420
Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to visual effects for film and television. Students will learn how to develop and choose effects that enhance their projects. Students will rely on their understanding of storytelling, cinematography, sound design and editing in evaluating their projects and selecting appropriate visual effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550B
DIGI 2580
Integrative Design: App Development
UNITS: 3
Students learn about developing applications for mobile platforms from both a creative and technical perspective. Students gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, and design. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for more advanced courses later in the program.
DIGI 2680
Integrative Design: Web Development
UNITS: 3
Students learn about developing websites from both a creative and technical perspective. Students will gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, design, and cross-platform utility. This course builds upon knowledge gained in Integrative Design: App Development. Prerequisite: DIGI 2580
DIGI 2720
Marketing for Digital Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to content creation in line with todays predominant marketing platform social media and the Internet. Students will learn about the various platforms used to promote products and/or services and the specifications for creating content appropriate to that platforms digital delivery system and demographic.
DIGI 2760
Editing with Avid Media Composer
UNITS: 3
This course will build on students experience with editing in a non-linear editing platform while introducing them to the industry standard utilized by most major entertainment networks and studios. Students will become familiar with the Avid interface, develop an in-depth of understanding of how Avid differs from other non-linear editing systems and why it remains the platform of choice for the majority of the industry. Prerequisites: DIGI 1850, DIGI 2250, DIGI 2550
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 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 2360, 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
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of creating 3-D computer graphics. Students learn basic modeling and animation skills while working with the interface and controls of current industry software. Focus will be on integration of 3-D elements into other projects. The skills gained in this course will be further explored in later courses.
DIGI 1350
Storytelling
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to storytelling from both a technical and creative perspective. Students study all aspects of storytelling, with a focus on story structure. The concepts introduced in this class are reinforced throughout the curriculum, particularly within the context of editing.
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 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 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 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 2360
Digital Audio Design
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 2420
Visual Effects
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to visual effects for film and television. Students will learn how to develop and choose effects that enhance their projects. Students will rely on their understanding of storytelling, cinematography, sound design and editing in evaluating their projects and selecting appropriate visual effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550B
DIGI 2580
Integrative Design: App Development
UNITS: 3
Students learn about developing applications for mobile platforms from both a creative and technical perspective. Students gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, and design. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for more advanced courses later in the program.
DIGI 2680
Integrative Design: Web Development
UNITS: 3
Students learn about developing websites from both a creative and technical perspective. Students will gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, design, and cross-platform utility. This course builds upon knowledge gained in Integrative Design: App Development. Prerequisite: DIGI 2580
DIGI 2720
Marketing for Digital Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to content creation in line with todays predominant marketing platform social media and the Internet. Students will learn about the various platforms used to promote products and/or services and the specifications for creating content appropriate to that platforms digital delivery system and demographic.
DIGI 2760
Editing with Avid Media Composer
UNITS: 3
This course will build on students experience with editing in a non-linear editing platform while introducing them to the industry standard utilized by most major entertainment networks and studios. Students will become familiar with the Avid interface, develop an in-depth of understanding of how Avid differs from other non-linear editing systems and why it remains the platform of choice for the majority of the industry. Prerequisites: DIGI 1850, DIGI 2250, DIGI 2550
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 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 2360, 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.
Total Units of Credit: 60
Prerequisite:

Associate of Arts degree in Digital Media from FIDM.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

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 3750
Editing for Documentaries
UNITS: 3
This course will cover the editing process for documentary films, from footage to final edit. Practical considerations, techniques, and processes used by documentary editors will be explored. Skills acquired in prior editing courses will be built upon to enhance understanding of editing in the context of the documentary genre. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to tackle a variety of real issues that may arise while editing their own documentary films in the final quarter of the program.
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 4450
Production Studio
UNITS: 6
This course builds upon the prior curriculum and immerses students in the world of documentary production. Throughout the course, students will be shooting and produce their own documentary, having completed pre-production in prior quarters. Students will spend time shooting, reviewing dailies, and addressing individualized production issues as they arise. Upon completion of this course, students will have shot all material to be used in the post-production phase of the film. The ultimate documentary short resulting from this course will be submitted to festivals and showcased for family, friends, and industry guests.
DIGI 3800
Finishing Techniques I
UNITS: 3
This course will explore color correction and other advanced finishing techniques that students will utilize as they move into the post-production phase of their documentary films. Students will work with color tools inside Adobe Premiere Pro to learn to properly color correct/color grade shots. Topics will include how to work with the various scopes, how to build custom primary and secondary color correction setups, and how to share projects between Premiere and After Effects using dynamic linking.
DIGI 4550B
Finishing Techniques II
UNITS: 3
This course will explore audio mixing and other advanced finishing techniques. Students will walk through the process of mixing audio in preparation for the post-production phase of their documentary films. Students will work with commonly used effects such as EQ, reverb, and de-essing, will learn how to change the length and speed of audio tracks, and will explore recording scratch tracks. Topics will include: adjusting audio levels, keyframes, using the Limiter and EQ effects, working with audio transitions, healing noise, trimming, recording, and exporting audio.
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 projects 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 2370
Applied 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 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 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 gather, interpret, and evaluate data that has been used as the basis of factual claims sup- porting legislation and policy decisions in health- care reform, environmental regulation, the criminal justice system, and other critical issues in society. Research centers upon quantitative analysis employing mathematical and statistical methodology.
GNST 3800
Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning
UNITS: 3
Students explore universal design concepts underlying the applied arts, the decorative arts, and architecture/architectural form. Using the language of aesthetic analysis, they relate formal elements of color and structure, pattern and motif, and icon and symbol to the origins, development, and diffusion of a wide range of designed objects from many cultures and historical periods. In the process, they gain insight into the durability, adaptability, and resonance of concepts and images that have achieved iconic status in the world of design.
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
Total Units of Credit: 91

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