Design and Media Production Technology Degree (DAM3)  Degree

Program Description:

Design and Media Production Technology prepares students for employment in a variety of media production industries. This program of study emphasizes hands on production in the following specializations: Graphic Design and Prepress, and Photography.

Entrance date: Each semester

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

Writing 249 Reading Comprehension 64
Quantitative Reasoning 245 Algebra 57

High School diploma or equivalent required for admission.

Credits required for graduation: 61

Advising Plan: Design and Media Production Technology Degree - Graphic Design

Advising Plan: Design and Media Production Technology Degree - Photography

Beginning Spring 2022 (January 2022), ALL FIRST TIME college students will be required to take the College Success (COLL 1020) course.

General Education Core Courses 15 credits
Area I - Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

MATH 1101

Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
Program-Specific Gen. Ed. Course Requirements (3)
Occupational Courses 19 credits
DMPT 1000

Introduces students to the fundamentals of design concepts, including design, composition and layout, color theory and typography.

DMPT 1005
Prerequisite: DMPT 1000

This course is an introduction to the creation of vector imagery. Students will learn to draw illustrations, transform objects, work with layers, patterns, brushes, and filters, use effects and create graphics for the various applications. The focus will be on learning the essential tools, basic operation and commands used in the creation of vector graphics used in different media fields.

DMPT 1010
Prerequisite: DMPT 1000

In the Raster Imaging course, the student becomes acquainted with the concepts and software related raster image manipulation. The student is introduced to the workspace and tools used in an image editing software and will learn basic image editing techniques.

DMPT 2930

Emphasis is placed on student's production of portfolio-quality pieces. Focuses on the preparation for entry into the job market.

Select one of the following two courses for a min. 3 cr.:
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

DMPT 1055

Covers the basics of computer terminology, operating systems, and input and output devices, file formatting, file management, and overview of software.

Completion of one of two specializations is required.
Graphic Design and Prepress Specialization-8G13 27 credits
DMPT 2100
Prerequisites: DMPT 1005, DMPT 1010

This course focuses on the design challenges associated with the development of symbol systems, logos, environmental graphics and information graphics. Students will use their knowledge of vector and raster applications for further study into the use of typographic treatment and graphic images.

DMPT 2105
Prerequisites: DMPT 1005, DMPT 1010 Corequisite: DMPT 2100

This course is an introduction to graphic design production using page layout software. Students will be introduced to the essential terminology, tools, and stages of workflow in the graphic design process.

DMPT 2110
Prerequisite: DMPT 2105

Using skills learned in the page layout course, students will design projects relating to the challenges associated with multiple page formats.

DMPT 2115
Prerequisites: DMPT 1005, DMPT 1010

Using skills learned in the page layout course, students will design projects for advertising and promotion of products and services.

DMPT 2120
Prerequisites: DMPT 1005, DMPT 1010, DMPT 2105

This course is an in-depth introduction to the graphic prepress production process. The student will identify available commercial printing options and the advantages or limitations of each process.

DMPT 2905

Provides an approved industry-like setting where the student develops and sharpens skills. Emphasis is placed on production standards achievement and quality control.

Photography Specialization-8PH3 20 credits
DMPT 1020

Introduces students to an overview of photography. Students will be introduced to parts of a camera, photography processes and lighting setup, and will complete various projects using a camera.

DMPT 1025

Students will produce photographs using a variety of commercial lighting techniques and common studio setups, and compositing practices. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of their photography in a variety of formats.

DMPT 2135

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and theories of photojournalism. It concentrates on the principles of personal and social documentary photography. It is also designed to increase understanding of photography as a communication tool and to train the student to translate ideas and information into photographic form.

DMPT 2700

Provides instruction in the techniques of portrait photography. The students will be able to perform creative use of lighting, including available and studio lighting. Introduces techniques in posing portrait subjects, critical positioning of lighting, and techniques used in the field. Students develop skills for critical evaluation of a portrait photograph. Topics include: tools for indoor and outdoor photography, posing individuals and groups, manipulating natural light and flash, critique and portfolio building.

DMPT 2705
Prerequisite: DMPT 1020

Students continue the study of Photography through technical skills and theory. Topics include exposure control, advanced lighting techniques, and portfolio building. This class emphasizes creative skills, practical exercises and photography projects.

DMPT 2125
Prerequisite: DMPT 1010

The student will refine imaging skills and apply concepts in advanced techniques of raster imaging.

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Program Chair

Design and Media Production Technology Program Chair/Instructor
CEIT Building, Room 128

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