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Digital Media Arts

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Media Arts is designed for the student who wishes to develop skills in the area of graphic design, imaging, photography, animation, time-based, interactivity, and media production. The program emphasizes critical thinking, written communication, and teamwork by challenging students to develop their own design method, production workflow, and conceptual aesthetic. The program provides students with a broad understanding of media design and its place in society as a means to communicate. It allows for the development of an individual's personal interest in this area, prepares students for employment, and upgrades skills of those already employed in this field. Upon completion of the program, students will have compiled a professional portfolio. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, graphic design, animation, web design, and video production. Based on course selections, students may also pursue transfer opportunities.

Details

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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Digital Media Arts (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3567
Total Credits Required
65-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Create media designs to project specifications demonstrating professional competence in research, planning, production, and presentation.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills, the design process, and historical and media literacies to solve design problems.
  3. Critique media designs to evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Research and apply industry standard tools to develop effective media, designs, and workflows.
  5. Demonstrate professional and collaborative practices, such as communication, time management, organization, and legal and ethical considerations, in diverse settings.
  6. Communicate design ideas and solutions that recognize diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  7. Create a portfolio of work that reflects current industry practices.
  8. Contribute to a client-based comprehensive project for industry, organization, or community use.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,250

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
Mathematics Mathematics area Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area;
MAT14+ recommended for students planning to transfer to a four-year university
3–6
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences SB 3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts 1
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design Critical course Gateway course 3
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
ARH102 or
ARH110 or
HUM/THF205
Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or History of Graphic Design or Introduction to Cinema Students who intend to transfer should choose either ARH102 or HUM/THF205 to fulfill the HU requirement for transfer H, HU or HU 3
ADA/ART/MMT184 Digital Animation I 3
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
ADA/ART248 Design Self Promotion 3
ART280AC or
ART297++
Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone or Computer Graphic Design Internship 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART182 Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT185 3D Modeling for Animation I 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART240 Cinematography and Directing for 2D/3D Animation 3
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
FMP108 Video Production 0
FMP215 Digital Video Effects 3
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
MUC122 Sound Design I 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design Critical course Gateway course 3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3
Mathematics Mathematics area Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area;
MAT14+ recommended for students planning to transfer to a four-year university
3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART/MMT184 Digital Animation I 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH102 or
ARH110 or
HUM/THF205
Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or History of Graphic Design or Introduction to Cinema Students who intend to transfer should choose either ARH102 or HUM/THF205 to fulfill the HU requirement for transfer H, HU or HU 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Elective 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART248 Design Self Promotion 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART280AC or
ART297++
Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone or Computer Graphic Design Internship 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART182 Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT185 3D Modeling for Animation I 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART240 Cinematography and Directing for 2D/3D Animation 3
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
FMP108 Video Production 0
FMP215 Digital Video Effects 3
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
MUC122 Sound Design I 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Digital Media Arts (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=148506).


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