Multimedia Arts & Technologies

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Welcome to Multimedia Arts & Design

Program Description

Multimedia is a field of study and an industry emerging from the synthesis of communication networks and cross-disciplinary media development processes. The advent of digital technologies, media authoring, storage and distribution, in conjunction with traditional media production processes, has created this confluence of what is often referred to as new media, digital media or multimedia.

The Multimedia Arts curriculum develops students' aesthetic and technical competence by providing training in state-of-the-art software, production processes, theory and concepts. The program prepares students for employment in applied media industries or for transfer to media programs at 4-year institutions. Our courses give students a core background in art, design and technical skills in media development, production and distribution.

Currently, the program offers two fields of study with a number of electives. These electives range in specialization from web design and development authoring, sound design and engineering, to 3-D animation and effects compositing. Students may seek an Associate in Arts Degree or pursue a more rigorous and concentrated Certificate.

Along with faculty and staff who bring a passion for teaching and support into the classroom, our program offers a state-of-the-art Digital Arts Center, including over 150 computers, scores of scanners, digital design, editing, animation and audio workstations, along with digital video/still cameras, lighting equipment and a video production studio.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Multimedia Arts and Technologies Degree

  1. Use multimedia elements (text, graphics, movie clips, etc.), combined with communication principles, basic graphic composition and visual display, to effectively communicate a chosen topic in electronic media theory.
  2. Input, create, edit, enhance and composite a variety of visual media and then optimize and format for output to web, screen or mobile media.
  3. Use industry-standard software to produce graphic design layouts; construct appropriate concepts to solve design problems; and apply process of design methodology.
  4. Plan, design and construct a website in accordance with basic principles of effective web communication.
  5. Identify and create basic values, color mixtures, color systems and basic design strategies to develop a 2-D composition, using elements according to traditional and contemporary design concepts.
  6. Identify and incorporate the principles of composition, techniques of drawings and 2-D art.

Multimedia Arts and Technologies Certificate

Use multimedia elements (text, graphics, movie clips, etc.), combined with communication principles, basic graphic composition and visual display, to effectively communicate a chosen topic in electronic media theory.

  1. Input, create, edit, enhance and composite a variety of visual media and then optimize and format for output to web, screen or mobile media.
  2. Use industry-standard software to produce graphic design layouts; construct appropriate concepts to solve design problems; and apply process of design methodology.
  3. Plan, design and construct a website in accordance with basic principles of effective web communication.
  4. Identify and create basic values, color mixtures, color systems and basic design strategies to develop a 2-D composition, using elements according to traditional and contemporary design concepts.
  5. Identify and incorporate the principles of composition, techniques of drawings and 2-D art.
  6. Analyze a film or films in relation to style, history, movement and genre, using film terminology and conventions of standard English in a final term paper.
  7. Learn the fundamentals of 35mm traditional and digital cameras; digital printing; composition and image enhancement.

Faculty & Offices
Alejandra Jarabo , Chair (A-170, ext. 4722)
Michael Gallegos (A-170, ext. 2914)


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