CAC Digital Media Arts Program

Digital Media Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Central Arizona College offers an Associates of Applied Science in Digital Media Arts with two specializations available; Graphic Design and Digital Photography and Video, as well as individual classes in this rapidly growing and exciting fields. This dynamic, hands on program offers state-of-the-art technology and experienced instructors to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for a career in creative industries or transfer to a 4-year college or university. Students will develop technical skills while focusing on the latest production techniques for generating computer-based graphics and media-rich productions.

Graphic Design Specialization

The program offers hands on training in:
• Adobe Photoshop CC
• Adobe Illustrator CC
• Adobe InDesign CC
• Dreamweaver CC
• Photography
• Design Principles and Techniques
• Typography

As well as:
• A State-of-the-Art Mac Lab
• Industry Standard Software
• Experienced Faculty with Decades of Career Experience

Classes:

Fall Semester
ART107 – Drawing I
DMA125 – Introduction to Illustrator
DMA115 – Digital Imaging
COM100 – Fundamentals of Human Communication
MAT118 – Essential Mathematics or Above OR BUS101

SPRING SEMESTER
ART100 – Art Appreciation
ART101 – Two-Dimensional Design
DMA120 – Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign
DMA122 – Introduction to Web Design
PSY101 – Intro to Psychology

SUMMER TERM
ENG101 – English Composition III (or ENG 121)
DMA101 – Media & Society

FALL SEMESTER
ART109 – Color Theory
ART207 or 208 – Art History I or II
DMA210 – Publication & Packaging Design
DMA220 – Advanced Graphic Design Elective #100 level or higher if required

SPRING SEMESTER
ART102 – Three-Dimensional Design
DMA223 – Designing with Type
DMA205 – Portfolio Development
Physical and Biological Science – 100 Level w/ Lab or Higher w/ 4 credits

WHERE WILL A GRAPHIC DESIGN DEGREE TAKE YOU?
The A.A.S. in Graphic Design is a degree full of possibilities! Once you graduate you will be ready to either take your knowledge and skills to the next level, in a 4-year degree program or to enter the design workforce equipped with a portfolio and the confidence to succeed in a variety of positions. The field of graphic design is immense, filled with career opportunities in ever growing and changing specializations. These are just some of the employers you may find yourself working for: advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, publishers, websites, museums, educational institutions and large company chains. If self-employment in the freelance world is your goal, the Graphic Design Degree or Certificate will ensure you’re ready to market yourself to clients with an extensive portfolio and the skills to complete sophisticated design assignments.

Digital Photography & Video Specialization

Fall Semester
ART107 – Drawing I
DMA130 – Digital Photography I
DMA132 – Digital Video I
COM100 – Fundamentals of Human Communication
MAT118 – Essential Mathematics or Above OR BUS101

Spring Semester
ART100 – Art Appreciation
ART101 – Two-Dimensional Design
DMA135 – Lighting for Photography and Video
PSY101 – Intro to Psychology

Fall Semester
ART109 – Color Theory
ART207 or 208 – Art History I or II
DMA230 – Digital Photography II
DMA245 – Independent Projects – Photography/Video Elective #100 level or higher if required

Spring Semester
ART102 – Three-Dimensional Design
DMA240 – Digital Video II
DMA205 – Portfolio Development
Physical and Biological Science – 100 Level w/ Lab or Higher w/ 4 credits

Signal Peak Campus
Susan Tatterson
Room: T107
Phone: 520-494-5049
Fax: 520-494-5259
Email: susan.tatterson@centralaz.edu