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Digital Design

Department Overview
Explore your creativity in the exciting, high-tech world of graphic design and dynamic media production. From eye-catching magazine layouts to innovative print advertisements, from understated corporate imagery to attention-grabbing websites complete with animation and sound. If you have ever wondered how those images were created and have ever thought about designing them as a career, then the Digital Design program might be the right choice for you.

The Digital Design program at Pierce College is a two-year, broad-based program requiring courses in two main areas:

• Traditional Graphic Design
This explores computer and traditional illustration, digital photography and image manipulation, print-based page layout, and web design.

• Rich Media Production
This part of the degree incorporates 3D modeling, 2D and 3D animation, video production, DVD authoring, and rich media authoring.

Graduates can expect to be readily capable of competing for jobs in the graphic arts industry, or they can choose to pursue an advanced degree at a four-year institution (See http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/digdesign/transfer.php for more information on that.)

The Digital Design program is enhanced by a state-of-the-art lab offering full graphic design and multimedia capabilities for hands-on experience. You will study with instructors who have both academic expertise and practical experience in their field, bringing a genuine working knowledge to their teaching.

Program Outcomes
Students Will:
A. Communicate ideas.
B. Collaborate with clients and co-workers in the creation of products.
C. Create and maintain a portfolio to show potential employers their abilities.
D. Maintain a competitive edge in the field through constant practice and upgrading of graphic design and media creation skills.
E. Ethical use of copyrighted materials.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Digital Design
DDSGN 110 - INTRO TO INTERACTIVE DIGITAL DESIGNGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 120 - INTRO TO PRODUCTION MANAGEMENTGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 121 - LAYOUT DESIGN AND PUBLISHINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 130 - FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAPHIC DESIGNGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 131 - TECHINIQUES IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATORGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 140 - FUNDAMENTALS OF 3D MODELING AND ANIMATIONGeneral ElectivesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 141 - ADVANCED 3D MODELING AND ANIMATIONGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 150 - WEB DESIGN AND CSSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 151 - WEB DESIGN WITH WORDPRESSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 160 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 161 - ADVANCED ADOBE PHOTOSHOPGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 170 - FUNDAMENTALS OF VIDEO PRODUCTIONGeneral ElectivesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 180 - FUNDAMENTALS OF 3D GAME DESIGNGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 210 - FUNDAMENTALS OF MOTION GRAPHICS AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA
DDSGN 211 - 2D ANIMATION WITH ADOBE ANIMATEGeneral ElectivesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 220 - INTEGRATED DIGITAL DESIGN IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
DDSGN 230 - PORTFOLIOGeneral Electives
DDSGN 290 - SUPERVISED INTERNSHIPGeneral Electives