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2021-2022 Art, Humanities, Communication
Art, Humanities, Communication

Design and Digital Media

Associate of Applied Science Degree

About the Program

This program is for students interested in visual communication and digital arts and prepares them for entry-level employment in graphic design, Web design and advertising design positions within organizations. Courses cover principles of design, creative problem solving, art/design history, drawing, typography, and portfolio building. With core instruction based in aesthetic concepts and computer graphics applications, students learn to develop and integrate strong design technique with computer skill sets. These include instruction in digital imaging, graphic illustration, publication design, and Web authoring, as well as opportunities for instruction in video production, social media, 3D modeling, digital animation and digital photography.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for Design and Digital Media programs are:

Problem Solving: Solve communication problems and carry projects from creation through to the production process; including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping, user testing, integration of feedback and the evaluation of outcomes.

Communication. Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Demonstration. Create and develop visual concepts in response to communication problems, including an understanding of the principles of visual organization, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of original meaningful forms.

Technique. Operate tools and technology, and recognize their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media.

Application. Determine the mode(s) of production required to achieve a specific product and to demonstrate level-appropriate mastery of skills, manual and/or digital, necessary to achieve those products. Apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various media—digital, print, motion, 3-D, etc.—that exist in design.

Aesthetic Fluency. Recognize and apply aesthetic principles of design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives, including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.

Professionalism. Employ basic business practices and trade ethics related to graphic arts, including the ability to organize design projects and to work productively in client-designer and team relationships in the implementation and evaluation of projects.

Portfolio. Organize and present a portfolio of work that gives evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a graphic design career or transfer to a four-year college for additional study.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Design and Digital Media Coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

If students intend to transfer to SOU's Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, transfer courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an advisor for more information or visit www.sou.edu/degreecompletion.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their degrees. Certain prerequisite and required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of "P" for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a "C" or better grade.


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

90-97

Program Map

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 1

0-2

 

MTH20

Pre-algebra

0-4

 

 

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing

0-4

BT113

 

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

0-10

 

 

Fall

ART115

Basic Design (Composition)

3

 

 

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

4

 MTH60

 

DDM120

Digital Graphic Design I

3

 

fall/winter terms only

DDM150

Computer Illustration (Illustrator)

3

 

 

HE250

Personal Health

1-3

 

or HE112, HE252, HE261 or HPE295 (credits vary by course)

 

Total Credits:

14-16

 

 

Winter

ART116

Basic Design (Color Theory)

3

 

 

DDM140

Electronic Publishing Applications I (InDesign)

3

 

 

DDM160

Digital Imaging (Photoshop)

3

 

 

LIB127

Introduction to Academic Research

1

 

 

WR121

English Composition I

4

 

 

 

Total Credits:

14

 

 

Spring

DDM130

Introduction to Adobe Web Tools

3

 

 

DDM220

Digital Graphic Design II

3

 

spring term only

DDM221

Production Graphics

3

 

spring term only

DDM125

Digital Photography

3-4

 

or approved program elective (credits vary by course)

ART131

Introduction to Drawing (Value)

3-4

 

or approved program elective (credits vary by course)

 

Total Credits:

15-17

 

 

Fall

ART222

Graphic Design (Typography)

3

 ART245

 

DDM131

Content Management Systems (Word Press)

3

 

fall term only

DDM200

Survey of Design and Film History

3

 

fall term only

DDM223

Digital Graphic Design III

3

 

fall term only

DDM185

Introduction to Digital Video (Premiere)

3-4

 

or approved program elective (credits vary by course)

 

Total Credits:

15-16

 

 

Winter

CIS195

Web Authoring I

4

 

 

DDM141

Electronic Publishing II (InDesign)

3

 

winter term only

DDM224

Digital Graphic Design IV

3

 

winter term only

DDM190

Introduction to Animation (Adobe Animate)

3-4

 

DDM190 winter only, or approved program elective (credits vary by course)

PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations

3

BT101

 

 

Total Credits:

16-17

 

 

Spring

BA243

Social Media Marketing

3

BT106

 

DDM229

Portfolio and Professional Practices

3

 

spring term only

DDM230

Studio Capstone

3

DDM280

spring term only

DDM170

Motion Graphics (After Affects)

3-4

 

DDM170 spring term only, or approved program elective (credits vary by course)

COMM111

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

4

COMM218

 

 

Total Credits:

16-17

 

 

Approved Program Electives

(15-20 credits required)

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

ART131

Introduction to Drawing (Value)

3

ART132

Introduction to Drawing (Line)

3

ART222

Graphic Design II (Typography) (if not taken as core requirement)

3

ART234

Figure Drawing I

3

ART237

Illustration (Black and White Media)

3

ART238

Illustration (Color Media)

3

ART239

Illustration (Perspective)

3

ART281

Painting I

3

ART294

Watercolor I

3

BA223

Principles of Marketing or
BT250 Entrepreneurship

3

BT121

Digital Marketing and e-Commerce

4

CIS196

Web Authoring II (HTML/CSS)

4

DDM125

Digital Photography

3

DDM161

Advanced Digital Imaging (Photoshop for Web)

4

DDM170

Motion Graphics (After Effects)

3

DDM185

Introduction to Digital Video (Premiere)

3

DDM186

Advanced Digital Video

3

DDM190

Introduction to Animation (Adobe Animate)

3

DDM225

3D Graphics Design (Blender)

3

DDM235

Website Design

4

DDM280

Cooperative Work Experience/Graphic Design

variable

1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Design Department.

Visual Arts and Design Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: vad@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/vad
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

 

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