Motion Media/Interactive Media

Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of this program:

  • Desktop Publishers $17.59/hr.
  • Multimedia Artists $27.08/hr.

Salary information is based on hourly, monthly, or annual estimates from the State of California Employment Development Department.

875 hours. Attend 25 hours per week for 36 weeks.
Three separate modules cover print, multimedia, and web design. Through a hands-on, portfolio-based approach, you will learn the skills you need for work in the digital media industry. You will plan, design, and create computer-based media using a variety of industry-standard tools, and will effectively combine video, audio, written content, animation, and digital images into an assortment of projects including CD-ROMs, DVDs, presentations, videos, marketing materials, technology-based education, and web sites. You will learn:

  • Project management
  • Storyboarding
  • Page layout
  • Graphic user interface (GUI)
  • Naming conventions
  • Typography
  • Output techniques
  • 2D creation
  • 3D rendering
  • Hardware
  • Media limitations
  • Legal issues
  • Theory of color
  • Information architecture
  • Delivery platforms
  • Lighting
  • Ethical issues
  • Usability
  • File formats and storage
  • Design basics
  • Planning/Production/Presentation
  • Teamwork
  • How to develop projects from concept/design through to production/delivery
  • Integrate design basics, color, type, and graphics
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat
  • Audio, Keynote, iMovie, iDVD, Flash
  • CSS, Dreamweaver, and more

Recommended pre-admission skills include intermediate knowledge of Photoshop; a strong interest in art or an art background; familiarity with the Macintosh operating system; file management skills, and oral and written communication skills.

Digital media skills continue to be in demand. Some students work as freelancers and entrepreneurs. Others blend digital media skills into new or existing occupations. Opportunities vary based on artistic ability, technical proficiency, and soft skills.

Classes are held Monday-Wednesday in the mornings or afternoons, or on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (plus Saturday mornings). All options include online instruction. Students attend 25 hours per week based on the schedule options below. Three sections will be offered this semester.