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2022-23 RCC Catalog

DDM-Design and Digital Media

Career and Technical Courses

DDM120 (3 credits)
Digital Graphic Design I

Introduces students to the concepts of graphic design and production by integrating design principles with software capabilities. Exercises include an introduction to the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Concepts in color, typography, logo design, page layout, package design and Web page design are covered. Additional lab hours required. The intent of this class is to provide a sound foundation and experience in the organization of design elements, individual creative processes, a heightened sense of aesthetics; a grasp of printed and Web principles, and basic typography. These experiences shall provide a working ability in graphic design for students interested in graphic design, web design or for personal enrichment. Corequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM125 (3 credits)
Digital Photography

Offers instruction in the use of a SLR digital camera and fundamentals of digital photography. Topics include, image composition, digital camera techniques in various formats including raw, GIF, JPEG, and PNG, digital processing using Adobe Photoshop and digital printing. Students will learn how to manually operate a digital camera, taking control of aperture settings, shutter speeds, and ISO controls.  Students will learn how various lenses effect the depth of field and image quality of an exposure. No darkroom work is required. Students must provide their own digital single lens reflex cameras and these cameras must be able to allow for manual adjustment of shutter speed and aperture. Does not fulfill degree or certificate requirements for computer proficiency. Additional studio hours required. Recommended prerequisites: ART115 and DDM160.

DDM130 (3 credits)
Introduction to Adobe Web Tools

Provides an overview of various Adobe applications including Acrobat DC, Dreamweaver, Spark, Portfolio and Behance to create web and portfolio sites, social media posts and videos. Free productivity applications for time and income tracking, creating estimates and invoices, and project management will also be explored. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM140 (3 credits)
Electronic Publishing I (InDesign)

Introduces the student to the computer software used in the development of page design and layout. Emphasis will be placed on the production of basic business publications including newsletters, fliers, brochures, etc. General principles of page layout design will be studied including the placement of text, images, illustrations and logotypes and the important synthesis of these elements. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM141 (3 credits)
Electronic Publishing II (InDesign) 

Emphasizes design and proper preparation of electronic pre-press files for print and digital production. Students will execute print and interactive projects for the web using advanced design and publishing tools in InDesign. Students will also examine many advanced layout and printing techniques, multiple page document preparation and the proper methods for sending files to printers and online publishers. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite: DDM140.

DDM150 (3 credits)
Computer Illustration (Illustrator)

Develops competency in the creation of computer-generated illustrations. Includes instruction in creating vector graphics and techniques for logo design as well as brochure, book, magazine, and advertising illustration. Adobe Illustrator is currently the application used in this course. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM160 (3 credits)
Digital Imaging: Photoshop

Explores a wide range of digital imaging techniques from photo touch-ups to realistic scenes created from scratch. Digital image creation and manipulation commands and operations will be covered. Design, publishing concepts, and terms will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to creating files for effective output whether for printed media or electronic. Adobe Photoshop is the application currently used. Corequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM161 (4 credits)
Advanced Digital Imaging (Photoshop for Web)

Provides intermediate-level digital imaging training using Photoshop CC for designing websites. Students learn to create shared libraries of graphics, colors and styles assets between Adobe programs and generate assets and extract assets for web at different device resolutions. The use of Dreamweaver CC to extract style information and assets from Photoshop comps will be explored. Emphasis is on utilization of effective design principles and exploration of industry-appropriate production tools. Prerequisites: CIS195, DDM120, DDM160, and DDM130.

DDM170 (3 credits)
Motion Graphics (After Affects)

Introduces Adobe® After Effects for 2D animation and visual effects for television. Students will learn the essentials of motion graphics including visual rhythm and kinetic typography. Through a series of lectures and assignments, students learn how to conceptualize and visualize motion graphic storyboards and develop methods of producing title sequences, television network identifications, music video effects, and Web-based graphic animations. Prerequisites: DDM160, and DDM150.

DDM185 (3 credits)
Introduction to Digital Video (Premiere)

Introduces digital video production planning, acquisition, comprehension, editing and distribution, and covers special effects and compositing techniques. Also includes potential uses of digital video in related computer applications, and a hands-on component using Adobe software to edit and composite a variety of digital video animation projects. Formerly offered as DDM180. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM186 (3 credits)
Advanced Digital Video

Introduces digital video production planning, project management, collaboration, acquisition, comprehension, creative problem-solving, leadership, editing and distribution, and covers special effects and compositing techniques. Also includes potential uses of digital video in related computer applications, and a hands-on component using Adobe software to edit and composite a variety of digital video projects. Class would culminate with small groups preparing and producing short films. Additional lab hours required. Formerly offered as DDM181. Prerequisite: DDM185.

DDM190 (3 credits)
Introduction to Animation (Adobe Animate)

Using the Adobe Animate application, students design rich media Web content containing interactivity, animation and sound. Students gain an understanding of Animate’s logic, concepts and language. In addition, students will learn of designer/developer resources for continued self-paced learning. Topics include introduction to rich media; the Animate drawing tools; creating Animate movies; adding graphic elements; designing with text; symbols, instances, and libraries; working with sound and motion; using ActionScript to create interactivity; combining Animate with HTML; integrating Illustrator and Photoshop with Animate using Animate Catalyst; publishing an Animate website. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM191 (3 credits)
Advanced Animation II

Introduces animation and object-oriented programming concepts and techniques. Includes tools used by the creative industry for animation productions and interactive media. Topics covered include representing form and transforms in two dimensions, capturing user actions and driving application behavior interactively. Prerequisites: CIS195, DDM190, and MTH95 or designated placement score.

DDM200 (3 credits)
Survey of Design and Film History

This is a survey course on the major developments, movements and critical approaches of design and film from the Industrial Revolution to the present. This course emphasizes an understanding of the historical, cultural, commercial and aesthetic contexts that influence graphic and cinematic styles of the twentieth century, using the works of designers, artists film-makers.  Students will conduct research, prepare a research paper, a presentation and create a poster on a chosen subject of the 20th Century. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisites: WR121 or designated placement score, and DDM120.

DDM220 (3 credits)
Digital Graphic Design II

Explores the communication of ideas and information through visual means. Students apply design process and principles, visual language, and the art of problem solving to finding creative solutions to complex visual communications problems. Various layout formats, the creative use of typography, concept origination and development are also addressed. A professional approach to the discipline will be stressed. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite DDM120.

DDM221 (3 credits)
Production Graphics

Introduces students to the print production process with an emphasis on document preparation and production planning and management. Students will learn about the history of printing and the commercial printing process. The full range of the design-to-print process will be covered. Topics include paper selection, soliciting bids and preparing quotes, selecting printers, photographers and other suppliers, design editing, typography selection and copy-fitting, proper image preparation, understanding color models for print, proofing and editing, and binding and finishing techniques. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisites: DDM140, DDM150, and DDM160.

DDM223 (3 credits)
Digital Graphic Design III

Focuses on creative typography for visual communication and stresses the use of typography as a design and communication tool. Emphasis will be on formal design issues related to typography, composition, scale and proportion and the relationships of type, layout and color in two- and three-dimensional graphic design projects. Students will study the history and classifications of letterforms and employ this knowledge base in the creation of various typographical designs and presentations. Typical projects may range from letter and alphabet design to the use of typographical forms as the feature design elements in graphic designs or page layouts. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite: DDM220.

DDM224 (3 credits)
Digital Graphic Design IV

Builds on basic concepts of graphic design and introduces systems of visual organization and composition for two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasis is on problem solving and idea generation skills to develop strong conceptual solutions. Students will gain experience solving complex visual communication problems through advanced design projects in logo design, package design, point-of-purchase and publication design. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisites: DDM220 and DDM221.

DDM225 (3 credits)
3D Graphics Design (Blender)

Provides an introduction to the principles of developing basic 3D graphic imagery and animations. Using a hands-on approach, students develop competence in using Blender to create 3D graphics. Topics include: modeling objects, generating surfaces, and working with textures, cameras, and lighting. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency. Recommended prerequisites: DDM150 and DDM160.

DDM226 (3 credits)
Advanced 3D Graphics Design II (Maya)

Provides competency in advanced concepts of design and development of complex 3D graphic images, animations, and special effects. Using a hands-on approach, students develop competence in using Maya to create 3D graphics. Topics include: modeling objects, generating surfaces, and working with textures, cameras, and lighting. Prerequisite: DDM225.

DDM229 (3 credits)
Portfolio and Professional Practices

This course will discuss the opportunities in the various fields of Web design, and graphic design. Students will be guided in the preparation of a digital portfolios of their work, in the development of resumes, a personal identity system for a business cards, letterheads and envelops, and cover letters to prospective employers. Students will learn practical interviewing techniques, job search “netiquette,” and how to position themselves using online professional networking sites. The intent will be to prepare students to enter the design field with a confident and professional attitude. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite: DDM220.

DDM230 (3 credits)
Studio Capstone 

Advanced exploration of completing a community project, with the emphasis upon creative problem solving, project management and professional practices. Students will learn to solve complex visual communication problems through projects in design, advertising, social media and video production. Provides the opportunity to work collaboratively on special projects and includes in-depth study of processes and procedures. Additional lab hours required. Prerequisite: DDM220. Corequisite: DDM229.

DDM231 (3 credits)
Content Management Systems (Word Press)

Introduces a broad range of topics related to various Content Management Systems, social media marketing, email marketing and SEO practices that will allow students to explore and understand the fundamentals of building CMS database-driven sites through the creation of their own responsive, user-friendly website. Additional topics will include purchasing and configuring a domain name and web hosting, installing WordPress, content creation and customization, modifying themes using CSS and HTML, choosing and installing plugins and payment platforms, website design trends and UX/UI functionality. Course formerly offered as DDM131.Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented proficiency.

DDM235 (4 credits)
Website Design

Provides students with a foundation in web user interface design, including usability, navigation, visualization, functionality (site maps, FAQs) and site accessibility.  Students will use X/HTML and CSS to create websites that incorporate these concepts while maintaining visual appeal.  Also introduces students to the core principles and methodologies of information architecture including content assessment and organization, defining organizational structures, and developing interactive web site prototypes. Prerequisite: CIS195.

DDM280 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Design and Digital Media

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their program.  Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning, which is expected to result from the work experience.  This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, students should complete this course within the last 2 terms of their certificate or degree. Prerequisite: Permission of CWE Instructor or Department Chair.

2022-23 RCC Catalog