Digital Media Courses

DM/IS 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.

DM/IS 3 – Visual Design for New Media

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on basic concepts and design theory of visual imagery applicable for use in digital media. Effective communications using design principles and concepts are stressed. Topics covered include basic design principles, creative process, typography, color, visual construction, and various technical limitations and perimeters for creating digital imagery. This course uses critical analysis of student work to demonstrate and develop design concepts. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 4 – Principles of Design

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70, DM/IS 3 and DM/IS 14C

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course expands on basic design principles used in layout of interactive and print interfaces. Proximity, space, contrast, and information hierarchy are explored with emphasis on color and typography as integral visual elements in creating effective solutions for visual content. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 9 – Typography: Quick Start

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

This course focuses on the planning and use of digital type for commercial website design and other digital media applications. Selecting, purchasing, installing, and managing fonts for design and communication with the user will be emphasized. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 10C – Introduction to Digital Imaging

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces tools and techniques used in image development. This course covers a variety of Photoshop tools including the quick selection tool, the paint brush tool, the type tool, the pen tool, and how to integrate them into visual compositions. The course also emphasizes how to enhance and edit images, and prepare images for electronic and print output. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 10D – Advanced Digital Imaging

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on advanced techniques in digital image development. Topics include the creative process, advanced image compositing (masking), workflow methodologies and techniques for solving design issues and production requirements. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 11 – Blogs and Site Development: Wordpress

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

This course focuses on WordPress.org set up of a blog, theme, plugins, and content. Students use cPanel to create a MySQL database, FTP to set the blog up, a theme to create various layout options, and explore plug-ins to enhance user experience and meet client expectations. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 14C – Digital Illustration: Illustrator

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on using Illustrator to create digital illustrations and various kinds of graphics for visual communication. Emphasis is placed on acquiring technical skills and learning creative strategies for producing a variety of illustrations used in commercial media and online devices. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 14D – Advanced Illustrator

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70 or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is an advanced course in developing illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. The course focuses on the creation of completed commercial quality illustrations. Students have the opportunity to develop their own style while exploring different types of illustrative techniques. Production methodologies from concept to publishing and web graphics are emphasized. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 20A – Interface Design

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on patterns, information architecture and application structure, navigation, layout, actions, data, and client/customer input. Emphasis is on screen, tablet, and mobile product interface design and development. Students have the opportunity to create site maps, sketch prototypes, wireframes (using a variety of tools). Understanding of the interface design process and needs, from client request through design, development, and testing, is stressed. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 21A – Web Development I

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Advisory: CA 020 or CA 70

This course focuses on XHTML and CSS2 as well as HTML5 and CSS3. The course also covers validation, ADA requirements, and works with wireframes to create sites. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 21B – Web Development 2

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DM/IS 21A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on advanced markup using PHP and MySQL, Ajax, jQuery, and HTML5/CSS 3. Additional scripting languages are introduced providing for functionality on multiple output devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile.) Students are expected to have a working knowledge of XHTML and CSS, using FTP, and the mechanics of basic web code. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 21M – Mobile Sites/Apps Design and Development

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on creating wireless websites for proprietary (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) technologies and W3C recommendations (XHTML Basic, WAP). Additional, current and emerging technologies are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 22A – Digital Video I

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

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 postproduction delivery for webcast and new media. Production work, editing with software, readings, and screenings outside of class are assigned. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 22B – Digital Video 2

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DM/IS 22A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This class builds on DMIS 22A, and focuses on planning, shooting, producing, and editing digital video specifically for new media, including web and mobile delivery. Topics covered include compression for web and mobile delivery, integrating motion graphics, and troubleshooting production and software issues. Students will program online video channels for marketing and social media. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 23 – Web Design: Dreamweaver

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on screen, tablet, and mobile website design and development using Dreamweaver. Emphasis is on Dreamweaver as a design and production application, the fundamentals of web design to include layout, color, and navigation, and the fundamentals of web development to include FTP, XHTML/HTML5, and CSS/CSS3. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 23B – Web Development: Dreamweaver

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on advanced features of Adobe Dreamweaver. Students have the opportunity to develop a server side database website, expand their CSS skills, and work with additional Dreamweaver features. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 24B – Internet Legal Issues

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces conceptual and practical understanding of copyright and trademark, privacy, copying, posting pictures, videos, and music, “junk dog” statements, domain name disputes, disclaimers, and other legal issues. The course defines concepts, offers resources, and introduces options; it does not offer legal advice.

DM/IS 25 – Introduction to Internet Marketing

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

A practical guide to web and mobile marketing as well as emerging tablet and mobile advertising, this course focuses on how to plan, design, develop, and market in the context of clients, brands, and products. Current marketing and advertising tools and services, their costs and benefits, as well as measurement of their success and recommendations for improvement are covered. Contexts include websites, social media, and search. Emphasis is on small business, community organizations, and working within larger companies. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 25B – New Media Marketing

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on marketing businesses, products/projects, and ideas through new media channels. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 25C – Web SEO (Search Engine Optimization

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: CA 20; CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on current trends and techniques in search engine optimization to make websites findable and rank higher in multiple search engines. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 25D – Web Analytics

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: CA 20 or CA 70

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on Web Analytics, the objective tracking, collection, measurement, reporting, and analysis of quantitative Internet data to optimize websites and web marketing initiatives. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 25E – Mobile Advertising

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

A practical guide to the emerging mobile advertising market, this course serves as an introduction and how-to guide for understanding, planning, designing, developing, and marketing mobile advertising. Pass/No Pass Only

DM/IS 72 – Mobile Sites/Apps Design and Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on creating wireless websites for proprietary (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) technologies and W3C recommendations (XHTML Basic, WAP). Additional, current and emerging technologies are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 86 – Portfolio Planning and Review

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed for students committed to developing a professional quality portfolio. The course covers identifying professional goals, analyzing types of portfolios, legal and ethical issues pertinent to the field, and developing a professional resume. All portfolios are presented at an annual review. Pass/No Pass Option

DM/IS 99 – Introduction to Typography

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: Art 31A and Art 33A or DM/IS 4

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an introduction to typography, and focuses on creating typographic solutions for designs in visual media and art. This course focuses on working with letter forms, using typography as a design element, and assessing distinguishing characteristics of typefaces that are important in visual communication.

last published: 10/16/17