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MAT 103: Introduction To Multimedia
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

An introduction to multimedia, including production processes, tools, techniques, trends and design principles, and production requirements of interactive multimedia development for the Web, on different devices. Provides a comprehensive look at the concepts and principles of digital media, visual literacy and the influence on business, education, art, science and culture.

MAT 105: Survey Of Multimedia Tools
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MAT 103.

Overview of tools and applications used to produce interactive multimedia, including software applications, peripherals and hardware. Major applications for design, photo processing, web design, authoring and video. Evaluation and description of the strengths of each program and potential for integration of production applications.

MAT 109: Informational Graphics for the Web
(.5) F, S, Summer

Overview of how to create and publish on the web; informational graphics, with typical office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FileMaker, etc.).

MAT 112: Digital Drawing
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Introduction to the powerful computer art tool of Illustrator. Use of Illustrator to create new works of art for various media: print, the web and CD-ROMs. How to use this tool's type, layout features, filters and other applications.

MAT 113: Dreamweaver
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Students learn how to use a popular tool for web page design and construction called Dreamweaver. Includes how to inset images, create frames, make links, use forms, and manage websites by creating actual web pages.

MAT 116: Flash I: Interactive Fundamentals
(3) F, S - CSU

Students create interactive applications that result in a rich-media user experience on the web using Adobe Flash. A foundation in Animation, Interactive principles, interface design, streaming media and ActionScripting 3.0 coding will be developed

MAT 121: Computer Interface Design
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Advanced Photoshop techniques (filters, masks, postscripts and more) while simultaneously learning principles of human-computer interaction: use of colors, icon, typography and navigation influence on the designing of interfaces. How to design visually pleasing and highly functional screens for multiple uses, including stand-alone kiosks, the web, or CD-ROMs. Students should have solid skills in Photoshop.

MAT 122: Web Design I
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: MAT 107 and MAT 108.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: ART 140.

Covers the process of designing, publishing and publicizing websites. Students learn how to communicate with clients, create detailed storyboards, negotiate a contract, set production schedules, design interfaces, develop content, and understand the job market in web design. Significant emphasis on designing attractive yet highly functional sites. Course is project-driven where students learn by redesigning a pre-existing website, or creating a new one.

MAT 123: Web Design II
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MAT 122.

Integration of multimedia elements in website design. Topics include graphics preparation, video, sound and animations on the web, communicating online, and designing for interactivity. Students should be familiar with creating a basic web page, formatting and downloading images, FTP, and understanding website structure. Students develop websites using SoundEdit, Flash, Director's Shockwave, Image Ready and Premiere.

MAT 128: Digital Video in Flash
(1.5)

Flash, a powerful multimedia tool for the Web, can be used to incorporate compressed digital video into web pages without the need of a video player. Students create custom and dynamic interfaces for their flash video content, and incorporate traditional flash content, such as animation, bitmap graphics and sound.

MAT 129: Intro to Digital Arts Center
(0.5) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100.

Introduction to the college's Digital Arts Center and basic skills and rules required for its use. A series of workshops are provided to open applications, manage files, find help, and be aware of lab rules. Topics are dynamic and change to reflect Digital Arts Center hardware, software and policy.

MAT 130: Fundamentals Of Digital Animation
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: Art 124A

Introduction to digital animation, including production processes, tools, techniques, trends and opportunities. Examines the issues and limitations of various digital image and animation formats as to resolution, color and motion. Provides an overview of various industries utilizing digital animation, including terminology and methodology.

MAT 131: Digital Imaging I
(3)

An introduction to the image processing capabilities of PhotoShop to create and edit images and to prepare images for various media. No prior knowledge of PhotoShop is required. Includes Tools Selection, Channels, Layers, Filters, Text, Brushes, Effects, Masks, Adjustment Layers.

MAT 132: Digital Imaging II
(3) F,S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 and 103
Course Advisories: MAT 131 and 112

Advanced Photoshop course which builds on skills learned in MAT 131. Students work on projects which challenge their creativity and technical ability. Working with this image manipulation software, students develop complex commercial and surreal projects.

MAT 136: Computer Animation I
(3) F, S - CSU

Fundamentals of computer animation, including modeling, animation and rendering. Focus on computer animation tools and techniques. Builds a solid foundation for developing character animation and special effect sequences.

MAT 137: Visual Effects for Film, Television and Gaming
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: DRFT 136/MAT 136
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Course on visual effects using 3-D and Compositing software to complete the scene production. Utilizing particles, rigid-bodies and soft bodies, students apply techniques for creating natural phenomena, such as waterfalls and blowing leaves. Also explored are methods for simulating physical interactions, such as a chair falling down a staircase.

MAT 138: 3-D Character Animation
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Advanced 3-D computer animation course on character animation, including character design, modeling techniques for bodies, heads, hands and feet, skeletal and muscle systems, facial animation and lip-syncing to dialogue.

MAT 139: 3-D Lighting And Rendering
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Advanced 3-D computer animation course on the art and science of lighting and rendering. Techniques for creating photo-realistic computer-generated imagery explored, including lighting, shadowing, texture mapping and shader manipulation.

MAT 141: 3-D Modeling
(3) F, S - CSU

Fundamentals of 3-D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Focus on 3-D modeling tools and techniques. Builds a solid foundation for designing and modeling products, characters, sets and props for animation, product advertisements, movies and video games.

MAT 145: Video Game Design
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103;
Course Advisories: MAT 103.

Introduction to the design and development of games. Learn about the computer gaming industry, script-writing and storyboarding. Gain skills through the design and prototyping of a game.

MAT 149: Social Networking and Social Media
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or 110GB

The use and creation of media content in developing, integrating and leveraging social networks and applications. Through integration of a variety of social networking applications, students learn about how the creation of media content helps to establish network and communities of shared professional and personal interests. Includes online applications Wikis, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Facebook, Digg, etc., and their use as media-oriented platforms.

MAT 152: Compositing and Visual Effects for Animation
(3) F, S, Summer - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Introduction to compositing and visual effects for computer animation. Working with Maya image sequences and alpha channel information. Color manipulation, filtering, keying (blue/green screen processing), camera tracking, rotoscoping and layering are used to create photo-realistic visual effects sequences.

MAT 153: Web Design I
(3) F, S - CSU
Course Advisories: Art 140

Covers the process of designing, developing and publishing web sites. Students communicate with clients, negotiate a contract, set production schedules, design interfaces, develop content, and produce a web site. Significant emphasis on designing attractive yet highly-functional sites. Course is project driven. Students learn by redesigning a pre-existing web site or creating a new one.

MAT 154: Web Design II: Integration
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: MAT 153

Students learn how to use popular Web design tools (Image Ready, Dreamweaver and Flash) for optimizing images and creating websites. Covers a range of tasks and functions of each software. Students learn the software by designing and creating a website.

MAT 155: Web Design III: Advanced
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100, 103
Course Advisories: MAT 153

The integration of multimedia elements in website design. Topics include graphics preparation, video, sound and animations on the web, communicating online, and designing for interactivity. Students should be familiar with creating a basic web page, formatting and downloading images, FTP, and understanding website structure. Students develop websites using SoundEdit, Flash, Director's Shockwave, Image Ready and Premiere.

MAT 164: Online and Mobile Marketing
(3) F
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Introduction to those components needed to develop effective online and search engine marketing (SEM) strategies. Emerging digital media and mobile advertising campaigns are emphasized. Includes search engine optimization (SEO), paid placement ads, keyword identification, placement strategies, SEM research and management tools, and WAP advertising applications in mobile marketing and video advertising.

MAT 167: 3D Environments Design
(3) F, S, Summer

Create assets for visualization and games. Includes modeling, environmental lighting, advanced textures, project workflow and management. Students complete a photo-realistic model for visualization or a game project versus portfolio preparation.

MAT 168: Serious Game Prototyping
(3) F, S, Summer

Prototyping games for virtual reality, simulations, education and marketing. Topics include game play, game-based learning, game concept development and game prototyping. Students explore game prototyping through hands-on projects.

MAT 169: Serious Game Production
(3) F, S, Summer

Serious game design project planning and production through hands-on experience. Students work in teams to design and complete a game project, providing each student with portfolio preparation.

MAT 176: Wireless and Media
(1.5)
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 and English 103.

Introduction to existing wireless technologies; telecoms, companies, platforms, operating systems and infrastructures in today's wireless space. Includes technologies and applications being employed in these rapidly changing wireless markets. Covers the latest market developments and trends.

MAT 177: Case Studies in Mobile Media
(1.5) F
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103

Introduction to case studies in mobile development and distribution. Covers real world models of mobile media content, entertainment creation and their distribution methods, using existing companies and organizations as examples.

MAT 178: Web Design for Mobile Devices
(1.5) S - CSU
Course Advisories: MAT 153 and 154.

Introduction to graphic content production for mobile devices. Emphasizes principles of interface design for a small screen and information design for interactivity on a limited area; graphic compression for cell phones; and how to minimize size of graphic-interface elements while keeping the desired appearance.

MAT 179: Media for Mobile Devices
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103.
Course Advisories: FP 114 and FP 170 and FP 175.

Introduction to media production for mobile devices, including the practicalities of producing content for mobile phones, portable gaming consoles, and video i-pods. Includes specific format, content and technologies for mobile deployment; distribution of media for both video and audio podcasting; and broadcast protocols to PDAs, phones and other devices.

MAT 183: Radio Production I
(3) F, S, Summer - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 100 and 103.

Introduction to fundamentals of radio production, including studio and field work. Covers producing, managing, scheduling and broadcasting/multicasting for a modern radio station. Through basic studio exercises and productions, including commercials, public service announcements, interview programs and general programming, students learn the tools of the medium, radio station formats and the creation of radio programming.

MAT 205: Portfolio Development And Professional Practices
(3) F, S - CSU

Students learn how to prepare for media arts careers (web design, digital design, audio, animation and video). Communicating with employers through cover letters and interviews, developing resumes and portfolios/reels, and using online resources for job hunting are covered. For the person who has taken several media arts courses and is nearing completion of the program.

MAT 216: Flash II, Interactive Storytelling and Simple Games
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: MAT 116

Students use Flash software for creating web sites, interactive art pieces and simple games. Covers a range of tasks and functions of the software: Tween engines, movieclip construction to organize interactive content, creating and positioning movieclips with ActionScripting, Working with external media, simple XML,using Action Scripting 3.0.

MAT 290: Work Experience In Multimedia
(1-4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100.

Supervised employment of students in multimedia and related industries consists of 75-300 hours of work (1-4 units) in employment, plus 2 hours of individual student/faculty conference.

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