DIGITAL MEDIA

The Digital Media program prepares students for careers in the expanding fields of digital media productions, audio engineering, audio technologies, web design, web development, graphics and multi-media communications, with an emphasis on critical thinking, written communication, and teamwork.

The Digital Media Arts program provides students the opportunity to gain fundamental skills in the application and use of digital tools such as audio engineering, audio technologies, video production, gaming, animations, and graphics in a project-based, hands-on environment.

Digital Media Arts degree and certificates were created by listening and responding to the needs of local industry experts.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Robust faculty mentoring and frequent portfolio review support students as they prepare to continue their studies or pursue work as freelance artists or as employees.
  • Students receive instruction and work in state-of-the-art green screen and infinity wall-stage technologies.
  • Train on RED, Panasonic, JVC and Sony 2K and 4K cameras
  • Learning from industry veterans and expert faculty with decades of experience.Offers certificate and degree programs program, that accommodates working
  • Offers certificate and degree programs program, that accommodates working
  • professionalsCurriculum includes instruction in writing and producing for digital media,
  • Curriculum includes instruction in writing and producing for digital media,
  • editing, production, streaming, video over IP and audio and recording technologiesClass sizes are kept small to allow for interaction and hands-on instruction
  • Class sizes are kept small to allow for interaction and hands-on instructionCourses transfer to CSU and UC
  • Courses transfer to CSU and UCRED
  • RED Digital Cinema Educational InstitutionAvid Learning Partner for both Media Composer, Pro Tools and Sibelius
  • Avid Learning Partner for both Media Composer, Pro Tools and SibeliusOffers industry Certification in Adobe Creative Suite, SSL, AVID, Pro Tools,
  • Offers industry Certification in Adobe Creative Suite, SSL, AVID, Pro Tools, Sibelius

Associate in Arts Degree in Digital Media

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Associate In Arts Degree In Digital Media

The Digital Media major provides formal training for individuals who seek entry into the rapidly growing field of digital media, encompassing digital video production, audio recording, and digital arts. Students utilize the latest tools to learn about digital editing on computers using industry standard software and operating systems environments. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. Sizable projects are undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add the projects to their portfolios and knowledge to their skill sets. Students can apply the skills they learn through this program in digital media to careers in multimedia production, digital video production, digital audio engineering, web design and development, corporate communications, and graphic arts.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Produce professional audio recordings.
  • Produce professional digital video recordings.
  • Design and build multi-user web based applications.
  • Edit audio, video and graphic content in a digital environment.
Required courses

Digital Arts G178 – Introduction to Web Page Design – 3 units

Digital Media G100 – Digital Media, Introduction – 3 units
or
Humanities G101 – History of Radio, Television and Broadcasting – 3 units

Digital Media G110 – Digital Audio, Introduction – 3 units
Digital Media G111 – Audio Post Production – 3 units
Digital Media G140 – TV Studio Production, Introduction – 3 units
Digital Media G160 – Video Editing and Motion Graphics – 3 units

Digital Media G200 – Applied Digital Media – 3 units
or
Cooperative Work Experience G103 – Personal Career Seminar – 3 units

Total units: 21


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Digital Media

Semester 1
DM G100 – Digital Media, Introduction – 3 units
or
HUM G101 – History Of Radio, Television and Broadcasting – 3 units

DM G110 – Digital Audio, Introduction – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
DM G111 – Audio Post Production – 3 units
DART G178 – Introduction To Web Page Design – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
DM G140 – TV Studio Production, Introduction – 3 units
DM G160 – Video Editing and Motion Graphics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
DM G200 – Applied Digital Media – 3 units
or
COOP G103 – Cooperative Work Experience – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 21 units
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU GE Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Audio Recording Certificate Of Specialization

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Video Editing Certificate Of Specialization

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Video Production Certificate Of Specialization

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Semester at a Glance – Digital Media Certificate Of Achievement

Semester 1
DM G110 – Digital Audio, Introduction – 3 units
DM G140 – TV Studio Production, Introduction – 3 units

Semester 2
DART G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
DM G102 – Writing and Producing for Digital Media – 3 units
DM G141 – Intro to Single Camera Video Production – 3 units

Semester 3
DM G111 – Audio Post Production – 3 units
DM G160 – Video Editing and Motion Graphics – 3 units

Semester 4
DART G178 – Introduction To Web Page Design – 3 units
DM G200 – Applied Digital Media – 3 units

Total Units: 27


Audio Recording Certificate Of Specialization

This certificate of specialization in Audio Recording is offered to prepare students for a career in Audio Engineering, and also prepare students for upper division courses in Digital Media.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Create and record a project using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencing and software instruments.
  • Create a mix and perform the proper steps to produce a final product for various digital media.
  • Set up a complex microphone array (24 tracks) for a band and record digital signals in a tracking session.
  • Produce a digital portfolio comprised of sound recordings, mixed, and mastered.
Required courses

Digital Media G112 – Sound Recording I – 3 units
Digital Media G115 – Sound Recording II – 3 units
Digital Media G118 – Digital Audio Production – 3 units
Digital Media G170 – Sound Sequencing Production – 3 units

Total units: 12


Semester at a Glance – Audio Recording Certificate Of Specialization

Semester 1
DM G170 Sound Sequencing Production – 3 units
DM G112 Recording Studio Basics – 3 units

Semester 2
DM G115 Recording Studio Production Techniques – 3 units
DM G118 Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools – 3 units

Total Units: 12


Video Editing Certificate Of Specialization

The Certificate of Specialization in Video Editing encompasses technical skills, aesthetics, and workflow knowledge to provide industry-level expertise in nonlinear editing, media management and motion graphics. The goal of the certificate is to provide the student with a solid foundation focused on industry-standard editing and content organization techniques. The Certificate of Specialization prepares the student for entry-level employment as an Assistant Editor, Digital Imaging Technician or Editor in government, education or private business sector. The certificate covers everything from editing short-form promos, commercials, and music videos to full-length feature films and digital media. The student works with the most popular industry tools to develop technique and practice technical skills such as visual effects, sound, color correction, and finishing. The certificate also addresses story structure and narrative tools in editing. The student completes the certificate with a deep, robust understanding of all key components of TV and film editing. These job-ready skills cover the entire post-production process. As part of the certificate of specialization students are able to obtain industry certification in Adobe Premier and AVID Media Composer.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe three advanced editing principles and practices.
  • Apply advanced editing principles in editing of a narrative sequence.
  • Apply advanced editing principles in editing of a three to five minute dialogue sequence.
Required courses

Digital Media G160 – Video Editing 1 – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Media G260 – Video Editing 2 – 3 units
Digital Media G163 – Introduction to Motion Graphics – 3 units

Total units: 12


Semester at a Glance – Video Editing Certificate Of Specialization

Semester 1
DM G160  – Video Editing 1 – 3 units
DART G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units

Semester 2
DM G260 – Video Editing 2 – 3 units
DM G163 Introduction to Motion Graphics – 3 units

Total units: 12


Video Production Certificate Of Specialization

The Digital Media Certificate of Specialization/Video Production has been designed for the student who seeks a career as a working professional in digital media industry; including corporate, education, internet, cable and broadcast video production.

The certificate provides a course of study which will enable the successful student to plan and facilitate studio and field-based video production, including producing, filming, editing, sound mixing and graphic design.

Students have the opportunity to work for and serve internships at a variety of commercial TV stations, motion picture studios, video post-production houses, and cable networks.

Digital media production encompasses a variety of industries, including journalism, advertising and entertainment.

Employment and internship opportunities exists for students in noncommercial media venues such as educational media at schools and colleges and in-house media production at major corporations.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop solid base in the theory and technology skills required for professional careers in digital media industries.
  • Acquire real world, hands on experiences in basic software and hardware tools utilized in digital media production.
  • Develop interpersonal skills and professional demeanor that will enable students to work effectively and cooperatively as team players on collaborative projects.
  • Generate creative solutions to challenging assignments, demonstrating a clear understanding of project needs and technological demands.
Required courses

Digital Media G102 – Writing and Producing for Digital Media – 3 units
Digital Media G141 – Introduction to Single Camera Video Production – 3 units
Digital Media G163 – Introduction to Motion Graphics – 3 units
Digital Media G260 – Video Editing 2 – 3 units

Total units: 12


Semester at a Glance – Video Production Certificate Of Specialization

Semester 1
DM G141 – Documentary Video Production – 3 units
DM G102 – Writing and Producing for Digital Media – 3 units

Semester 2
DM G260 – Non-Linear Editing II – 3 units
DM G163 – Introduction to Motion Graphics – 3 units

Total units: 12

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DIGITAL MEDIA G100 – 3 Units
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Digital Media, Introduction
The course enables students to develop a broad perspective of design communication theory, processes and tools, applications, and career opportunities in digital media. Students will apply design elements and principles to projects ranging from print media publications, digital video and and audio presentations, and website design. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DIGITAL MEDIA G102 – 3 Units
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Writing and Producing for Digital Media
Introduces techniques in writing for electronic media including film, radio, television, cable television, the internet and multi-media. The course emphasizes the preparation of scripts in proper formats. This includes fundamental technical, conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts for information and entertainment purposes in film and electronic media. Includes a writing evaluation component as a significant part of the course requirement. Course examines principles and techniques used in producing digital media for streaming, broadcast, cable and film. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G110 – 3 Units
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Digital Audio, Introduction
This course covers audio theory, tracking, mixing, and basic mastering techniques using digital audio workstation systems in more detail. Lab experiences include editing, processing, mixing, and mastering projects of various musical genres. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G111 – 3 Units
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Sound Design for Film, Video, and Gaming
(Formerly known as: Audio Post Production)
Creating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effectsCreating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effects from a digital library. Dialogue editing and re-recording (looping), and musical soundtrack creation. Synchronization of audio to video using timecode, aesthetic quality of sound and music as it relates to video content, and the production of video/audio projects using Apple Logic, Adobe Premier, AVID Media Composer, Adobe Audition, and Pro Tools. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G112 – 3 Units
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Sound Recording I
(Formerly known as: Digital Media G050, Sound Recording I)
Introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of mixing boards, amplifiers, microphones, signal processors and their application to both live and studio sound reinforcement. Basic introduction to computer based recording with Avid Pro Tools HD systems. Microphone placement, physics of sound as it relates to recording, sound reinforcement and studio setup techniques. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G113 – 3 Units
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Pro Tools 101 – AVID Certification
The course provides the student with an introduction of Pro Tools, the standard software used throughout the recording industry. The course covers basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. The student will learn how to build multi-track sessions of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Additional topics include an introduction to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. AVID Pro Tools Level 1 certification exam is included with the course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G115 – 3 Units
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Sound Recording II
(Formerly known as: Sound Recording II)
Advisories: Digital Media G112
Introduction to multitrack recording and production using AVID Pro Tools HD systems. Contemporary recording studio production techniques including microphone selection, placement, analog and digital signal paths, speaker monitors and studio acoustics. Techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings and vocals. Practical hands-on experience with professional recording artists and student collaborations. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G118 – 3 Units
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Digital Audio Production
(Formerly known as: Music G051 Digital)
Mixing and mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion, multi-band compression. Comparison and contrast of various styles of mixing including jazz, classical, country, rock, hip hop and electronica etc. Example exercises featuring professional recordings and mixes. Understanding and applying mixing concepts such as balance, dimension, and monitoring. Deliver final mixes that translate accurately to various speaker systems and listening environments. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G130 – 3 Units
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History of Electronic Media
Students in this course will analyze their personal media habits while also examining media’s influence on culture and society. This course invites students to think about ways in which they receive and perceive news and entertainment. The course examines the history of mass communications, its functions, economics, content and evolution of radio,television, film, recording industry, the Internet and new media. Social, political, regulatory, ethical and occupational impact of electronic media are also studied. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DIGITAL MEDIA G140 – 3 Units
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TV Studio Production, Introduction
(Formerly known as: Media Production, Introduction)
This course introduces theory, terminology and operation of a multi-camera television studio and control room. Topics include studio signal flow, directing, theory and operation of camera and audio equipment, switcher operation, fundamentals of lighting, graphics, video control and video recording and real-time video production. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G140E – 0 Units
Digital Media Production, Introduction
This non credit course introduces the student to theory, terminology, setup and operation of a multi-camera fixed and remote, studio and control room. Topics include studio signal flow, directing, theory and operation of camera, audio equipment, switcher operation, fundamentals of lighting, graphics, video control and recording and live streaming production. The course prepares the student for entry level, full or part-time, or freelance employment in digital media/video production industry. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

DIGITAL MEDIA G141 – 3 Units
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Intro to Single Camera Video Production
(Formerly known as: Documentary Video Production)
The course provides an introduction to the history, theory, terminology, and operation of single camera video production, including composition and editing techniques, camera operation, portable lighting, video recorder operation, audio control and basic editing. The course exams single camera production for documentaries, news, corporate/training videos, public service announcements, narrative and producing for the web. This course focuses on the aesthetics and fundamentals of scripting, producing (documentary, news, scripted narrative, training,public service single video formats and genres) directing on location, postproduction, and exhibition/distribution. C-ID: FTVE 130 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G160 – 3 Units
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Video Editing 1
(Formerly known as: Video Editing and Motion Graphics)
This course explores theory and techniques in digital video editing. Course covers fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, and visual storytelling. The course reviews the process of video editing throughout the entire development of a media project. There is an emphasis on image sequencing and story continuity, the use of visual effects, color correction, media management, narration, and industry terminology. Students will apply these concepts through a series of digital video projects that showcase effective storytelling through the use of technology. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G163 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Motion Graphics
This course provides the student with study principals, concepts and practices used in the production of motion graphics. The course also examines the history and development of broadcast motion graphics. The course includes classroom demonstrations and extensive hands-on labs that cover the topics of: audio, color keying, motion tracking,stabilization and animation techniques using Adobe After Effects. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G170 – 3 Units
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Sound Sequencing Production
This course covers sequencing of sound on an audio recording workstation using Logic Studio. Students will sequence several styles of sound using different instrumentation and utilizing many software instruments and beat creation. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G191 – 1 Unit
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Digital Media – Cooperative Work Experience
Prerequisites: DM G100 and DM G140 or DM G160 or DM G111
This course provides the student with an opportunity to take part in a supervised work experience in the field of Digital Media. Students extend their classroom-based occupational instruction through participation in a supervised cooperative workplace experience in Digital Media. The student, instructor, and employer will cooperatively develop one learning objective. One unit of credit will be awarded for 75 hours of paid or 60 hours of unpaid employment for successful completion of learning objective. The maximum units a student can earn in a term for general work experience is 6 units, and for occupational work experience it is 8 units. Students may earn up to a maximum of 16 semester units or 24 quarter units of work experience education. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G200 – 3 Units
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Applied Digital Media
This course is a capstone course for students preparing for a career in digital media. Students apply theory and use concepts to create projects emphasizing professional appearance, visual and audio quality, and problem-solving techniques in individual and group assignments. This course requires skills in audio, video, and digital arts that will be combined to create professional level products. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL MEDIA G260 – 3 Units
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Video Editing 2
(Formerly known as: Non-Linear Editing II)
Advisories: Digital Media G160
This course is a continuation of DM G160, Video Editing 1 and explores advanced theory, principles and techniques used in nonlinear editing. The class progresses through creating a sequence, inputting source footage, assembling and trimming sequences, editing audio, creating titles, working with special effects, and outputting a finished program. Additional topics include creating multi-layered effects, keyframing, creating templates, 3D effects , and work with nested layers. Class time is divided between discussion of theory, demonstration and hands-on practice. Students will edit segments from feature films, commercials and promos. The course is designed for experienced video editors and developers of interactive media. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

Digital Media Arts graduates are qualified to apply for entry level jobs in such diverse fields as multimedia industries, graphic design, education, advertising, computer science, television, film, recording engineering, recording technologies, corporate communications, graphic design, animation, web design, web development, audio engineering, video production, 3D modeling or other creative positions.

Most of the courses in this program  transfer to the California State University (CSU) system and Private colleges and universities. Some courses are transferable to the University of California (UC) system. 

Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Warren S. Carter
Professor, Digital Media
B.A., Bluffton College; M.A., University of Pittsburgh; further graduate study: California State University at Dominguez Hills; University of California at Los Angeles; University of Southern California.

wcarter@gwc.cccd.edu