Digital Media


Digital Media

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Cabrillo has an articulation agreement with California State University, Monterey Bay for Communication Design, BS degree See a counselor for more details. Course credits earned at Cabrillo can be applied when transferred to CSUMB. Programs in the Digital Media Department provide instruction in the creation, preparation, and production of media for publication in print and on screen. Classroom instruction and lab assignments give students practical experience in various graphic design, digital publishing, interactive multimedia, motion media, and web media software applications and techniques. Students learn concepts, principles, and processes for digital media project design and development.

We offer a Graphic Design - Associate in Science Degree as well as many certificates of achievement to help you embark on the career of your dreams. A diverse selection of approved electives allows students to acquire specialized skills in particular areas of interest, such as: photography, CAD, graphic design, illustration, virtual reality, 3D animation, architectural modeling, color theory, engineering graphics, printing techniques, advertising, journalism, music, web design, and web publishing.

Graphic Design - Associate in Science Degree

The Graphic Design - Associate in Science Degree prepares students to create visual concepts and communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate users in print, screen, and interactive media. Students will use industry-standard digital media software as a tool to create visual solutions to a number of graphic design problems, focusing on the application of design principles and elements, typographic design, creative problem solving, and production practices to visually communicate messages and experiences. Students will evaluate design work, and explore graphic design within different contextual situations in order to develop successful visual communication solutions with a wide range of digital media.

This degree prepares students in the diverse field of graphic design, including: visual branding, logo development, advertising, promotional design, digital publishing, interactive media, motion media, digital art, illustration, digital image editing, UI/UX design, web design, and emerging occupations.

Students can choose a focus in the degree such as Web and User Interface, Graphic Arts, Digital Publishing, or Digital Imaging and Video by completing the corresponding block of courses listed in each focus, or students may work with an academic counselor to create their own focus. A focus can lead students towards a specific career pathway or educational goal.

Degrees and Certificates

Completion of the programs gives students the fundamental range of skills needed to work in the multifaceted fields of digital publishing and web media design and production. We offer a Graphic Design - Associate in Science Degree as well as many certificates of achievement. Students may obtain a Graphic Design - Associate in Science Degree (by meeting the requirements of either area of concentration). Separate certificates of achievement may be obtained in both areas of concentration.

Career Opportunities

The digital publishing and web media fields encompass a wide array of occupations involving almost every sector of society. Jobs and careers are always emerging in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of digital media. Students from the programs qualify for entry-level jobs, internships, and starting their own businesses.

Programming, drawing ability, writing proficiency, and animation skills are especially useful. Employers have specified three important qualities, in order of importance, for digital media job seekers: 1) Talent (inventive and creative with a strong interest in digital media), 2) Teamwork (group communication and problem-solving skills), and 3) Technological aptitude (proficient with digital tools and techniques).

Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Division Division

Dean: John Graulty

Division Office: Room VAPA 1007

Department Chair: Wendy Norris

Aptos Counselor: (831) 479-6274 for appointment

Watsonville Counselor: (831) 477-5134

Or Call (831) 479-6464 for more information