Digital Media - Courses

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Digital Media Major Courses

DMDA110 Light, Sound, and Motion (4 Credits)
PHY 110 Motion, Light, and Sound Four Credits This course presents topics which serve as the foundation for the science based digital industry. The general areas of Newtonian mechanics, wave mechanics, interference, acoustics, and optical phenomena are covered. Applications involving acoustic and optical devices are presented. Three class hours and one two-hour laboratory per week. This course will not fulfill requirements for pre-professional science programs, chemistry, or physics majors. Three hourse lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MTH 106 or two years of high school algebra. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
ARTD111 2D/3D Design (3 Credits)
A study of the basic principles and elements of two and three dimensional form and composition. Alternate discussions and projects designed to acquaint the student with materials and techniques in the plastic arts. Three double periods. (Offered fall semester.)
DMDA125 Digital Integration Experience (1 Credit)
This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience in utilizing digital media, the internet, and social networking. Each student will utilize video equipment and the internet to promote a group of people (maybe a team, a club, a cause, etc.). A prime goal of this experience will be to create a community following. Blogs, fan pages, text messaging and video sharing services will be utilized. This course can be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite: DMDA120.
DMDA226 Survey Music Industry (3 Credits)
This course provides a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of studio recording and sound reinforcement. Cross listed with COMM 126/MUSG 226. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (Offered fall semester.)
DMDA230 Type and Image Design (3 Credits)
This course reviews the overview of the technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the design profession. Studio work and research will be assigned. Specific focus on problems in visual organization, typography, and design theory as an expressive design element will be studied. Course content will concentrate on fostering creative thinking along with prescribed techniques and media.. Three double or two triple periods. Cross listed with ART 230. Prerequisite: ART 111. (Offered fall semester.)
DMDA241 Digital Photography I (3 Credits)
Students will work with traditional 35 mm and digital cameras and scanners to produce photographic images that can be improved, manipulated, altered, and printed from the computer. They will learn to control camera settings, adjust imagery using sophisticated photo manipulation software, and explore the variety of digitally based, photograph quality printing. Students will experiment with the fundamentals of photography while developing a portfolio of creative photography. Cross listed with ART241 (Offered fall semester.)
DMDA250 Web Page Design (3 Credits)
Instruction on the primary components of web design including: information architecture, usability, web technologies, and visual communication. Special attention is given to design, content creation, website development, and project management. Prerequisite: ART 111 and DM 120. (Offered spring semester.)
DMDA301 Digital Video I (3 Credits)
Students will work to master the ability to shoot, capture, and edit digital video. They will create mattes and other types of still digital pictures. They will prepare media in various types of formats and for various types of output. A major project will be to produce a short clip video which will integrate various software applications. Prerequisite: DM 241. (Offered spring semester.)
DMDA325 Digital Integration Experience (1 Credit)
This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience in utilizing digital media, the internet, and social networking. Each student will utilize video equipment and the internet to promote a group of people (maybe a team, a club, a cause, etc.). A prime goal of this experience will be to create a community following. Blogs, fan pages, text messaging and video sharing services will be utilized. This course can be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite: DMDA120.
DMDA350 Introduction to Animation (3 Credits)
This course explores the methods and objectives of motion and time based graphics. Emphasis is on visual design of commercial, educational, or narrative multimedia electronics presentations. Prerequisite: DM230 (Offered spring semesters.)
DMDA401 Digital Media Portfolio (3 Credits)
This course will give the student a chance to demonstrate talent in the area of digital content. Each portfolio will include interactive design (including visual, navigation, and information design), creative arts, and various projects with technical merit. The student will demonstrate the level of expertise that has been gained from Digital Media courses, such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Computer Programming, Digital Video, Digital Photography, Digital Multimedia, and Studio Recording. This portfiolio is intended to prepare students for entry in the job market or graduate school. Prereq: Senior Status. (Offered every semester.)
DMDA405 Practicum/Internship (3 Credits)
DMDA410 Digital Media Seminar (3 Credits)
A capstone course for all digital media majors, involving independent and group work in selected areas, guest speakers, research projects, and discussion as an essential learning activity. Topics will include digital manipulation ethics, digital sharing ethics, God & technology, and development of a career and lifestyle based on a technological society. A trip to the Annual Chicago International Film festival in October is an integral part of this course.
CVCMS Core Courses
BUSN101 Business Management (3 Credits)
A survey of business intended to give the student a general knowledge of the modern business world, provide a basis for choosing a field of specialization, and acquaint him or her with numerous business areas. (Offered every semester.)
ARTD113 Drawing (3 Credits)
Studio work in beginning drawing from still life and nature. Basic experiences with form description using a wide range of media. Three double periods. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
DMDA120 Introduction to Digital Media (3 Credits)
This course explores digital media as an experimental cultural practice, with an emphasis on critical approaches to art and technology. Experiments in digital imaging, digital audio, digital video, and multi-media authoring will be conducted. Students will produce independent digital media production projects, individually and in groups. Course meetings include seminar-style discussion of reading and other materials, critiques of student work, tech workshops, production studios (session in which we brainstorm, research ideas, and work on projects), and screenings. (Offered every semester.)
ENGL264 Storytelling (3 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the discipline and craft of storytelling using multimedia methods. Students explore the major formal elements and components of storytelling using visual, print, and auditory mediums. Students will gain a better understanding of the spiritual, social, and economic roles of storytelling both in terms of storytelling as a powerful tool for gaining an understanding of the world and oneself and as a professional craft. Prerequisite: ENG105. (Offered in the fall semester.)
Choose CIST140/DMDA140 (Courses Required: 1)
CIST140 Introductory Computer Programming (3 Credits)
This course will introduce students to computers and programming. It will begin with a study of computer hardware and software relationships, and a review of common operating systems in use today, with a detailed review of microcomputer operating systems. Then programming language construction and principles will be covered, culminating in problem solving and algorithm development in a high level computing language with several programming projects. Serves also as the entry point for a major in management information systems. (Offered spring semester.)
DMDA140 Introductory Computer Programming (3 Credits)
This course will introduce students to computers and programming. It will begin with a study of computer hardware and software relationships, and a review of common operating systems in use today, with a detailed review of microcomputer operating systems. Then programming language construction and principles will be covered, culminating in problem solving and algorithm development in a high level computing language with several programming projects. Serves also as the entry point for a major in management information systems. Prerequisite: CIS 105 or proficiency. (Offered spring semester.)
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