Digital Media Foundations


C-TV host Michelle tells you why you should design your own career in Digital Media!

 
Prepare for an exciting career as an illustrator, multimedia artist, web designer or animator.
 
Download a brochure about this program. 
 
 

Why study Digital Media at Coastline?

In a recent study on high technology occupations in the motion picture and television industry (conducted by the California Community Colleges) a new term was introduced- "crossover skills." These indispensable skills are taught in Coastline's digital media program and are crucial in many industries that employ graphic artists, including the motion picture and television industry.
 
Along with necessary "crossover skills" that will prepare you for a variety of careers, Coastline's graphic arts program will teach you the basics, including color and design, plus all the necessary computer software programs like Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Maya or 3ds Max.
 
From ad agencies to print shops to "in-house" art departments in corporations to film and animation studios, the different kinds of positions offered in the Graphic Design field keep on growing. Coastline Community College offers students the Graphic Design courses they need to prepare them for jobs that cover the creative spectrum from Graphic Design Specialist to Technical Illustrator, or Fashion, Set or Exhibit Designer to Art Director!
 
People who can design for both print and the web are the most highly sought by employers. Coastline's students will establish a strong foundation in both the technical and artistic aspects of the digital industry after they have completed their chosen certificates of study.
 
If you are currently working full-time and attending school part-time, you can expect to complete the above courses within just one year by attending the summer, fall and spring semesters! If you are a full-time Coastline student, you can easily complete these courses in just 6 months!

Digital Media Foundations Certificates

The Digital Media Faculty have professional experience in the Graphic Design industry. Classes are held at Garden Grove's new Digital Media Center and online.
 
Upon completing the Digital Media Foundations Core Courses, you can focus your skills in a select area of either Print, Web, Motion Graphics Design, or Informatics. Advanced classes are available in all three areas to give you the skills and creativity you need to succeed.

Specialty Certificates

  • Animation
  • Informatics
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Print Design
  • Web Design
  • Web Technologies
Access the college catalog for specific information regarding courses, certificates, and pathways to professional advancement!

Digital Media Course Outlines

Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

DGA-C111

Section Description

This course teaches foundational animation skills such as 3D modeling, animation, rendering, compositing, visual effects, production, and performance skills. Hands-on training is emphasized using Autodesk Suite. ADVISORY: DGA C116A. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply the authoring tools used for simulation game development, animation, and training mediums.
  • Produce a demo reel that demonstrates a beginning proficiency in the principles of 3D Modeling as pertains to simulation, animation, and multimedia. The use of

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.
  • Select and use appropriate software and apply conceptual thinking skills to solve problems and complete specific technology-related projects.

DGA-C116A

Section Description

This course will introduce basic tools and techniques to explore the graphic capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. Learn how selection and editing tools are used to manipulate graphics and photographs by duplicating, deleting, replacing, or changing image elements. Create original images and produce multi-layered graphics from existing photographs. Create eye catching display graphics, color correct, and retouch photos. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified criteria, the student will create a professional-looking portfolio that includes examples of images, brochures, business cards, web graphics, flyers, and cd/magazine covers and layouts.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C116B

Section Description

This project-based course will focus on the intermediate tools and techniques that expand the graphic capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. Learn how editing tools and actions are used to enhance images and retouch photographs by compositing, deleting, replacing, or changing image elements with filters, masks, channels, and paths. Create original images and produce multi-layered graphics for print and the web. No art background required. ADVISORY: DGA C116A.Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified criteria, the student will create a professional-looking portfolio that includes examples of retouched photos, brochures, business cards, web graphics, flyers, and cd/magazine covers and layouts.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C118B

Section Description

This course is primarily designed for students wishing to expand their basic knowledge and enhance their skills using Adobe Illustrator. Topics include Illustrator's effect and appearance features, expanded text techniques, special effects filters, stylized palettes, transformation tools, and preparation of illustrations for the web. Create impressive illustrations utilizing features such as transparency, text, masking, and shadow-and-glow effects. No artistic background is required. ADVISORY: DGA C118A

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified criteria, the student will create an expanded professional-looking portfolio that includes examples of vector objects, illustrations, brochures, business cards, web graphics, flyers, and cd/magazine covers and layouts.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.
  • Select and use appropriate software and apply conceptual thinking skills to solve problems and complete specific digital media projects.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C120

Section Description

This project-based course will introduce the basic tools and techniques to explore the graphic and type capabilities of Adobe InDesign. Learn how to import and edit text; create and manipulate styles, tables, and graphics; and use effects and blend modes to create multi-page documents, such as letterhead, tri-fold brochures, flyers, and booklets for print and the web. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified client/customer criteria, the student will create a professional-looking portfolio that includes examples of flyers, business cards, brochures, and web and print layouts, ready for printing or online delivery.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.
  • Select and use appropriate software and apply conceptual thinking skills to solve problems and complete specific digital media projects.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C122

Section Description

This project-based course will introduce fundamental techniques used to integrate text, graphics, sound, video, and 2D/CG animation into video projects. Learn the skills used to create compelling digital effects and motion graphics to enhance storytelling and bring a new dimension to the finished video. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified client/customer criteria, the student will create a professional-looking finished composite video project that includes still graphics, video, text, masks, 3D effects, and basic animation that can be exported in various formats.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.
  • Select and use appropriate software and apply conceptual thinking skills to solve problems and complete specific digital media projects.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C131

Section Description

Use a digital camera with Adobe Photoshop to perform basic image editing techniques to enhance and correct images. Learn basic camera controls, camera support systems, basic lighting techniques, file formats, transfer of files, and saving options. ADVISORY: Student must have access to/own digital camera. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on customer needs and specification, the student will be able to create a digital photo projects with images from a digital camera using Photoshop to enhance, correct and crop the images, for print, the web or digital frames.

DGA-C166C

Section Description

From basic drawing to simple frame animations to complex video-enhanced materials, learn to build requisite skills with Flash, while allowing creative talent to emerge. Develop projects for the web or digital media projects. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on customer needs and specification, create an accessible, professional-looking Flash animation that reflects the nature of the business and the intended audience and that includes text, graphics, multimedia, and interactive elements.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and respond efficiently to specific customer needs.
  • Apply strategies to support self initiated lifelong technology learning to continually upgrade digital media knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of market trends on the needs and evolving styles within the media industry.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, and adaptive, creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.

DGA-C195

Section Description

This course emphasizes the foundational digital arts skills required to design and create professional media products for the BioTech field. Students will develop conceptual pathways related to interdisciplinary STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math); experiment with mixed digital arts and media, including 3D modeling; and discuss the importance of research, models, and props in the design and execution of the final product. Career options, self-promotion, and practical application of digital media skills will also be discussed. ADVISORY: DGA C116A and C118A. Letter grade only.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Based on specified digital media criteria, the student will create a professional portfolio that includes examples of vector objects, rasterized images, digital illustrations, graphics and animations related to the BioTech field.


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Use the link below to view Coastline Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits, and potential employment options of our certificate programs.

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