Digital Media Department at Cabrillo College

Courses



DM 1 is the recommended starting point for those planning a career in Digital Media. All courses are taught on Macintosh and are adaptable to Windows except DM 60A, which is taught on both Macintosh and Windows, and DM 34, DM 35, and DM 134C, because Final Cut Pro is not available for Windows. Software applications used in courses follow the course listing in the DM Notes.

DM 1 Introduction to Digital Media

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Introduces digital media from historical and contemporary perspectives, emphasizing fundamentals of design, the production process, and creative technology. Topics include: concepts, trends, content, methods, forms, careers, and delivery of digital media for print, screen display, and interactivity. Portions of the course will be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU and UC.

DM Notes: careers in digital media, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Prerequisite for: DM 2, DM 4, DM 34, DM 60A, DM 61, DM 70, and DM 72.
Software: Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word; Safari and Firefox.

DM 2 Introduction to Digital Publishing using InDesign

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: See Catalog
Covers digital page design and layout, typographic fundamentals, and precise formatting to produce print-ready documents and publications. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in graphic production, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word.
Prerequisite for: DM 6 & DM 8.

DM 3 Design in Society

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Studies the role of design in shaping the environment, utilitarian objects, and communication for commerce, culture, and entertainment. Portions of the course may be taught in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in graphic design or graphic production, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.

DM 4 Digital Graphics

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog
Introduces creation and editing of digital graphics, illustrations, and photographs for pre-press production and screen-based media. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in digital media, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
Prerequisite for: DM 8, DM 11, DM 12, & DM 76.

DM 6 Advanced Digital Publishing using InDesign

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 2 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog
Covers the use of InDesign to create advanced print projects, focusing on typography, style sheets, color, graphic formats, long documents, pre-press requirements, and efficient working techniques. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in graphic production, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word.
Prerequisite for: DM 9.

DM 8 Design for Digital Publishing

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 2 and DM 4 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog
Surveys graphic design and communication arts careers in digital media, covers practical application of design principles for print-based and cross-media production, and focuses on portfolio design. Uses page layout and graphics software to complete exercises and projects. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in graphic production, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word; Safari and Firefox.
Prerequisite for: DM 9.

DM 11 Digital Illustration

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 4 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog
Presents use of vector-based illustration software for digital publishing, web graphics, and screen media projects. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in illustration, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.

DM 12 Photoshop Techniques I

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 4 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Covers intermediate Photoshop techniques and topics including: image manipulation, adjustment layers, resolution, masks, channels, retouching, and colorization. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in illustration or 3D graphics, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
Prerequisite for: DM 13

DM 13 Photoshop Techniques II

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 12 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Covers advanced Photoshop techniques and topics including: levels and curves, alpha channels, filters, vector masks, lighting effects, and perspective. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in illustration or 3D graphics, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.

DM 34 Introduction to Video Production using Final Cut Pro

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: DM 4 or equivalent skills; eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Introduces digital video production procedures and techniques, including: audio and video capture, nonlinear editing, and output for inclusion in interactive multimedia projects for use in CD ROM, DVD, and various network environments, including the web. Taught on Macintosh. Portions of the course will be taught in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in film and video, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro.
Prerequisite for: DM 35

DM 35 Intermediate Video Production using Final Cut Pro

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 34 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: See Catalog. Due to frequent changes in the digital video field, students will need to learn new production methods and software.
Continues the study of digital video production process at the intermediate level addressing: story concepts, script, scenes, storyboards, shooting, lighting, effects, editing, and DVD authoring. Taught on Macintosh. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in film and video, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro.

DM 60 Web Publishing 1: (X)HTML and CSS Level 1

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Recommended Preparation: DM 1 or equivalent skills; eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Presents planning and production of web sites including: text, graphics, hand-coded (X)HTML, basic cascading style sheets (CSS Level 1), and (X)HTML and CSS validation. Taught on Macintosh and Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in web design or web development, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, text editor; Safari and Firefox.
Prerequisite for: DM 61, DM 70, & DM 76.

DM 61 Web Publishing 2: Graphics and CSS Level 2

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 and DM 60 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: See Catalog.
Presents planning, design, and production of graphics and page layouts for web sites using hand-coded (X)HTML and CSS Level 2, including image creation and editing, color, conversion, compression, web typography, rollovers, tables, validation, and design considerations specific to online graphics. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in web design or web development, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, text editor; Safari and Firefox.
Prerequisite for: DM 160C

DM 62 Web Publishing 3: Servers, Scripts, and Advanced CSS

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 61 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Teaches intermediate Web publishing techniques using hand-coded (X)HTML and CSS Level 2, focusing on web standards, accessibility, dynamic HTML (DHTML), server side includes, using JavaScripts and CGI scripts, processing interactive forms, and search engines. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

DM Notes: careers in web development, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, text editor; Safari and Firefox.

DM 70 Web Design Basics using Dreamweaver

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 and DM 60A or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: See Catalog.
Applies Dreamweaver software to combine text and graphics to create, edit, and manage web sites. Students must know HTML and be able to create and edit vector-based and bitmapped graphics. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in web design, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word; Safari and Firefox.

DM 72 Web Design and Animation using Flash

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 1 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Teaches beginning Flash techniques used to create interactive web sites and web animation. Topics include: creating vector graphics, importing and optimizing bitmaps, symbols and instances, tweening, keyframes, sound and interactivity. Taught on Macintosh. Adaptable to Windows. Portions of the course may be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in web design or animation, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word; Safari and Firefox.

DM 76 Design for Web Media

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: DM 4, DM 60A, and DM 72 or equivalent skills.
Recommended Preparation: DM 70 or equivalent skills; eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Explores the visual design process for web media focusing on design principles and elements, creative problem solving, and online portfolios. Topics include: interactive design and the design process, defining your project, content organization, effective screen design, navigation, interactive controls, visual identity, usability, functionality, and accessibility. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.
Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

DM Notes: careers in web design, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word; Safari and Firefox.

DM 190A–ZZ Special Topics in Digital Media

0.5–4 units; 0.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability:See Catalog.
Special Topics in Digital Media are courses designed to offer skill development and specialized knowledge in digital media, digital publishing and multimedia. The special areas will be announced, described and given their own course designations and titles in the Schedule of Classes.

DM Notes: careers in digital media, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.

DM 199C Career Work Experience Education

0.5–4 units; 1.8 hours work experience
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: May be taken 4 times.*
Career Work Experience Education is designed for students who have decided on a career and/or major, are taking classes in their major, and who are ready for on-the-job experience. Career Work Experience provides supervised employment at a work site that is directly related to the student’s career goal, and along with other on-campus lecture and laboratory courses, is an integral part of the student’s major. The student may receive one unit per 60 hours unpaid work experience or 75 hours of paid work experience per semester.

DM Notes: careers in digital media, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.

DM 199SL Service Learning Work Experience Education

0.5–3 units; 1.8 hours work experience
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Repeatability: May be taken 4 times.*
Service Learning integrates community service with academic learning focusing on meeting unmet community needs and achieving course objectives. The program combines classroom instruction with volunteer on-the-job experience, utilizing the community’s business, industry and government agencies as expanded educational sites. The student may receive one unit per 60 hours of unpaid work experience.

DM Notes: careers in digital media, recommended sequence, current offerings, student work.
* Students may earn up to 16 units of credit in career work experience.
Students may earn up to 6 units of credit in service learning or general CWEE through any combination or repetition of CWEE 99G, CWEE 199G, CWEE 99SL and CWEE 199SL.
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