Digital Media Technology Overview

This technology-oriented program focuses on the intersection of technology and design. Graduates should qualify for employment as web designers, graphic artists/designers, multimedia specialists, web developers, web content specialists, media specialists, information specialists, digital media specialists, animation specialists, interface designers, and many new jobs yet to be defined in this expanding field.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to do the following upon graduation.

1. Use digital media software according to professionally recognized methods.
2. Integrate principles of design for visual media.
3. Integrate programming techniques that meet industry web and multimedia standards.
4. Evaluate trends in digital media that meet real-world business needs.
5. Create promotional materials that meet real-world business needs.
6. Create computer-based digital media projects that meet real-world business needs.

Degree Program:

The DME degree program prepares students for employment for enry-level jobs in the digital media field.

Check out the semester-by-semester curriculum for the current program year, but please be sure to meet with your Computer Technlogies department advisor about your catalog year, as the courses may differ from what is currently posted online.

Certificates:

Certificates are a great way to learn new skills and increase your employability without going through an entire degree program. The DME program currently offers two certificates.

Advising

Please be sure to see a Digital Media faculty member for advising. If you are a new student, please bring your PIE form (received during placement testing) when you meet with your advisor the first time. Due to sequencing of courses it is critical to meet regularly with your advisor in the CT department to insure prereqs are met.

Advisors:

Jonathan Ross
Instructor, Digital Media
Computer Information Systems
Phone: 828.398.7305
jonathansross@abtech.edu

Ben Goliwas
Instructor, Business Computer
Computer Information Systems
Phone: 828.398.7666
bengoliwas@abtech.edu

Program Costs

See the DME program Cost Estimate.

Online Courses

Taking an online course requires a student with motivation and access to the neccessary pc and software requirements. If you are new to taking courses online, you also may want to take an online orientation workshop, offered in the Balsam building at the beginning of the semester. This will help you get up to speed on how to use Moodle to navigate your online course. Please contact Kathie Doole at kathleenrdoole@abtech.edu for more information.

Only a few courses are offered online in the DME program. Typically you can find first and second semester courses online. Find out more about requirements for specific online courses in the CT department. 

Career Opportunities:

Job titles include: Graphic Artist/Designer, Multimedia Specialist, Web Content Specialist, Digital Media Specialist, Interface Designer, Digital Video Producer, Digital Layout Artist and many new jobs yet to be defined in this expanding field. Getting positions often depends on an individual's focus (design/prgramming, web/print/video), networking, personal communication and a strong portfolio of work.

Salaries may vary based on size of business and other factors.

Sample Student Work:

Browse the types of projects you would create in the Digital Media Program. Course work in the DME program varies greatly, with training in graphic design, audio and video, web design and development, animation, web multimedia and more.

Design Samples

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