The Digital Media and Design program offers four areas of concentration: graphic design; web development and interactive design; animation; and digital A/V production and editing, plus two certificates in multimedia presentations and communications. The program offers students a robust curriculum in digital media and design with state‐of‐the‐art software and hardware. Courses cover concepts and theories in new media, design, production, cultural and political issues, and current industry practices.
A career in digital media has four main specialties: animation, graphic design, Web development/interactive design and digital audio/video (A/V) production and editing. Depending on your specialty, you'll work at a graphic-design firm, advertising/PR agency, corporate marketing department, architectural firm, non-profit organization, post-production studio, television station, magazine, or newspaper.
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Why Choose CLC?
The DMD Department offers many courses that might not be available at other community colleges, but are included in curriculum at four-year institutions. These include History of Graphic Design, Typography, Packaging Design, Advanced 3D Modeling, Advanced 3D Animation, Concepts in New Media and a variety of Selected Topics courses. Our approach to teaching provides a comprehensive curriculum preparing students conceptually, creatively, and technically. Our faculty consists of working professionals in a variety of digital media fields who bring their expertise to the classroom and keep current with trends in new areas of technology including green design, 3D printing, motion graphics, and mobile app design.
Students are exposed to networking opportunities with local professionals, and prospects for internships, freelance, and part-time and full‐time employment. We have an ongoing relationship with Jockey in Kenosha, Wisconsin for graphic design student interns, and every semester students work with a number of CLC departments designing posters and digital display presentations promoting various weekly activities. Other recent opportunities include video production for several college departments. DMD students have free-‐lanced at McDonald’s Corporation (audio/video production), Baxter International (animation/video production), 4th and Goal Productions (animation, audio/video production), WRLR 98.3 (audio production) and many other local businesses.
Video Description. Digital Media and Design Instructor Michael Kozien outlines the DMD program, the variety of students enrolled in the program and the career and transfer opportunities. Several students praise the program's classroom equipment and course offerings.
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