Digital Media Courses

DIGM 1: Digital Applications Basic

3 units: lecture 2 unit; lab 1 unit

This course provides an overview of the major software tools used in digital media design and production. The course also focuses on examining and developing the technical and intuitive skills designers use to visually and psychologically convey messages to an audience for communicative effect.

DIGM 2: Introduction to Electronic Communication

3 units: lecture 3 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course analyzes traditional forms of mass media, and the impact and development of new electronic communication technologies from both an historical and a cultural perspective. Special attention is given to media theories and effects, media operations and careers, and social, ethical and economic issues in the media. The course also examines the impact of media on the individual and on society as a whole.

DIGM 3: Visual Design for New Media

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the fundamental elements of design and introduces the software applications used in graphic design production. Topics covered include design concepts, creative process, visual construction, and the technical limitations and parameters for creating digital imagery and graphic solutions.

DIGM 4: Principles of Design

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DIGM 3 and DIGM 14C

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides a studio experience that engages a series of problems and themes in basic two design dimension. Students develop fundamental design and compositional skill sets in a range of media. This course also promotes the critical examination and development of design principals, attributes, and elements of design, including the relationship between some production methods and materials. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 11: Blogs and Site Development: WordPress

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: DIGM 3

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Students have the opportunity to learn how to design, customize, and maintain blogs on the Internet. Students use the WordPress content management system (CMS) to develop custom blogs and also have the opportunity to learn how to modify templates for blog publishing. Plugins and third party applications are also examined and implemented into blogging solutions. Pass/No Pass Only

DIGM 14C: Digital Illustration: Illustrator

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces design and vector-based illustration techniques, and focuses on conceptual approaches to digital illustration for specific design applications and media. It also explores concept development and composition techniques that pay particular attention to creative approaches to design solutions and developing individual illustration styles. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 14D: Advanced Illustrator

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DIGM 4, DIGM 14C

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on developing graphic design solutions for a variety of media and platforms. Both conceptual and technical aspects of the design process and design production are considered with additional focus on advanced software features and techniques. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 20A: Interface Design

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on creating a quality user experience and designing responsive web solutions that work well on web and mobile platforms. The course also explores what makes a site user friendly and how some common responsive design patterns work across different devices. Process and strategies for developing responsive layouts, and experimenting with major and minor breakpoints, are also covered in this course. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 21A: Web Development I

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on using the most recent version of HTML and CSS to create web sites and mobile applications. The course also covers web standards following the ADA requirements and validation. Students have the opportunity to plan, code and launch web sites for web and mobile platforms and work in teams using UX and interface design techniques. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 21B: Web Development 2

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DIGM 21A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on advanced programming and markup of code for web sites and applications. The latest web programming languages are explored including: HTML, PHP, Javascript, CSS, and JSON. Students have the opportunity to develop responsive web sites and web applications for desktop as well as mobile platforms. Additional focus is on user experience design guidelines and team development projects. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 21M: Introduction to App Design

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the planning and the delivery of applications for mobile and tablet devices. Students have the opportunity to learn object oriented programming and use applications to build products. Students have the opportunity to learn UX design processes and build prototype mobile products. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 21X: Application Design and Development 2

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DIGM 21M

This course focuses on planning and programming applications for phones, tablets, and augmented environments. Interface design and human computer interaction will be considered in relation to developing applications. Students have the opportunity to learn the latest application design processes. Working in design teams, students develop native applications for different platforms and environments. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 22A: Digital Video I

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the stages of video making, including narrative structure, and acquisition of video production skills in camera, lighting, sound and editing. Also covered are principals of motion graphics, and post-production delivery for webcast and new media. Production work, editing with software, readings, and screenings outside of class are assigned. Pass/No Pass Option

DIGM 25: Introduction to Internet Marketing

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces topics pertinent to foundation skills in web marketing. The course focuses on assessing customer need, building a marketing framework, developing a brand’s story, and strategies for traffic acquisition and developing long term relationships with customers. Other topics covered include: search engine optimization, web analytics and using a diverse range of media (video, ads, blogs) in order to develop a consistent and compelling marketing campaign. Pass/No Pass Only

DIGM 25A: Advanced Internet Marketing

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on writing an online marketing plan. This course also covers marketing software tools and services used in developing and managing a mobile marketing strategy. Pass/No Pass Only

DIGM 25B: Social Media Marketing

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides a critical framework for developing a comprehensive social media campaign. Additional focus is on the digital tools and software used to manage social media content. Pass/No Pass Only

DIGM 86: Portfolio Planning and Review

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed for students committed to developing a professional quality portfolio for work, transfer and other purposes. The course emphasizes strategies for developing a portfolio to meet a range of needs, and covers identifying professional goals, analyzing different types of portfolios, legal and ethical issues pertinent to the field, and developing a professional skills based resume. All portfolios are presented at the end of the semester.

DIGM 99: Introduction to Typography

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: ARTS 31A and ARTS 33A or DIGM 4

This course focuses on creating typographic solutions for designs in visual media and art. This course provides the study and demonstration of letterforms and fundamental typographic principles. Emphasis is on the vocabulary of typographic form and its relationship to message/purpose.

last published: 5/11/18