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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Visual & Performing Arts: Digital Media

In today’s high-tech world, the digital arts industry is considered one of the fastest-growing job markets. The industry is experiencing unprecedented growth since all companies need digital media to regulate business operations and communicate with their target audience.

At Antelope Valley College, a wide array of certificates and degrees is available to you in order to become a valuable commodity in this ever-growing, ever-changing market.

What certificates/degrees can I earn?

  • Digital photographic imaging certificate
  • Computer animation certificate
  • Digital printing certificate
  • Graphic design certificate
  • Interactive media-Web design certificate
  • Video design and production certificate
  • Associate in Arts degree in graphic design
  • Associate in Arts degree in computer animation
  • Associate in Arts degree in digital photographic imaging
  • Associate in Arts degree in digital printing
  • Associate in Arts degree in interactive media-Web design
  • Associate in Arts degree in video design and production

What will I learn?

The Digital Media Program can provide you with the skills and knowledge to take your creativity and turn it into something marketable and profitable. Prospective employers need skilled designers and production artists to create web sites, brochures, billboard designs, commercials, logos, illustrations, presentations, movies, television shows and more. Your options in this industry are nearly limitless.

The instructors, who are all working professionals in the digital media arts, will train you in various computer programs and show you how to integrate them to create multimedia products. You will simulate a real-world working environment with assignments mirroring those that could be expected of you in the field. Business practices and portfolio-building skills will also be offered to you, enabling you to be employment-ready upon completion of your chosen area of study.

What kinds of classes are offered?

Depending on the certificate or degree path you take, you will have access to an incredible variety of courses designed to develop your abilities in the digital arts. You could learn techniques of the industry-standard graphics program Photoshop (DM 113) or design your own cartoon in two- and three-dimensional animation classes (DM 143 & 145). Web design (DM 128) and video design and production (DM 206) are just a few of the diverse courses available.

What are possible jobs in this field?

  • Web designer
  • Animator
  • Graphic designer
  • Production artist
  • Videographer
  • Printer
  • Stock image designer
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Storyboard design
  • Cinematographer

Who could hire me?

Web design studios, animation studios, graphic design companies, printing companies, motion picture companies, award and trophy shops and magazine companies are just a few of many options available to digital artists.

What’s the average pay range for local jobs in this field?

Hourly wages can range from $15 to $100 and salaries from $35,000 to well over $100,000, depending on employer, position and experience.

Sounds great! How do I get more information?

Contact the Visual and Performing Arts Division, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6385