Curriculum

Curriculum

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

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 1300
Editing I
UNITS: 3
This course provides an essential understanding of digital video, compositing, special effects, and motion editing. Students learn basic editing skills which enable them to work with professional broadcast equipment in post-production environments.
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 2100
Editing III
UNITS: 3
This course provides an essential understanding of digital video, compositing, special effects, and motion editing. Students learn basic editing skills which enables them to work with professional broadcast equipment in post-production. Prerequisite: DIGI 1700
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 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 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

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