Digital Media / 3D Animation

Program Overview:

This Digital Media program prepares students for the 21st Century workforce demands through hands-on training with the industry’s leading software and equipment. Our innovative students collaborate through project based learning to gain skills for careers such as graphic design, digital illustration, photography, audio production, 2D and 3D animation, web design, film production, story development, game design, app development, and more! The foundational courses of this program will prepare students to successfully create all the necessary assets required within their later game development courses, as well as build upon their communication, time management, problem solving, and teamwork skills. By the end of year, students will have a comprehensive portfolio tailored to their skills demonstrating a wide variety of both printed and interactive digital media projects.

Course Descriptions:

ART 1080 Photoshop and Digital Media: The Concurrent Enrollment (CE) course focus will be on using Adobe software as a tool to produce CG imagery for video production, photo illustration, digital publishing and animation. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Premiere, and Autodesk software will be introduced. 

Digital Media 2: Students continue to create and learn digital media applications while focusing on elements of animation, audio, video, and digital imaging for various formats.

3D Graphics: Students will use 3D graphics software to produce 3D models. This course will introduce students to 2D and 3D modeling, the creation and application of textures, mapping, lighting, camera techniques, and rendering of 3D models. 

3D Animation: Use 3D graphics software to produce 3D animations. Introduce students to 2D and 3D, animation planning, storyboard development, and the animation process.

Game Development Fundamentals 1: This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and project based experience of fundamental game development concepts relating to STEM. These concepts include game design, scripting, creation of digital assets, graphic resources, animations, understanding hardware, problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and project management.

Game Development Fundamentals 2: Following Game Development Fundamentals 1, this second course will allow for a deeper application of the skills learned as students work together to produce original games.

Digital Media Advanced: Advance skills in digital media applications while using elements of text, graphics, animation, sound, video, and digital imaging for various formats. Develop a professional portfolio made up of both individual and team projects showcasing your strengths developed throughout the year. Enter your projects into competitions and engage with industry professionals. Work toward certifications in Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and Premiere Pro. 

Career Possibilities:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Illustrator
  • Audio Engineer
  • Videographer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Concept/Storyboard Artist
  • 3D Modeler
  • Texture Artist
  • Game Designer
  • 2D or 3D Animator
  • Digital Photographer
  • Art Director

Additional Details:

High School Credit:
CTE credit or elective credit: up to 4 credits total

College Credit:
4 College Credits. Student is responsible to register and pay for concurrent enrollment classes at SLCC.

Industry Certifications:
Adobe Certified Professional for Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Premiere Pro, InDesign, After Effects, and Dreamweaver.

Skills Certifications: Utah State Skill Certificate Test(s)

Additional Opportunities: SkillsUSA membership

Recommended: Computer skills, computer graphics, and art classes

Costs/Fees for the current school year

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