Digital Art & Design
Associate in Applied Science
Gain the skills to manipulate computer graphics with ease. Our Digital Media program dives into the foundations behind digital design, while giving you the know-how to create exceptional content. Students use computer applications and visual techniques to manipulate images, videos, and digital copy to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Our program includes instruction in software specific to commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs. Students are prepared to work in interactive multimedia in web development, print and digital design, and 2D/3D computer animation.
HyFlex - HyFlex courses and programs give students the most flexibility and choices about how and when they take classes. Students have the ability to choose to attend classes face-to-face in person (synchronous), live online in real-time (synchronous), online (asynchronous) OR any combination of the three.
Estimated degree completion time
4 semesters, 60 credits
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YCCC’s Digital Art & Design program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the creation and manipulation of content for digital creative content. The program includes instruction in specialized computer software and applications for specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs of creative digital content. Students gain knowledge and develop skills to work in the areas of interactive multimedia including storyboarding, 2D animation, basic game design, 3D object and character design, texturing & lighting, animating, special effects, sound design, and rendering final output to a demo reel.
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of technical skills in traditional and digital media, applying principles of design to their work.
- Demonstrate broad knowledge of software applications related to digital media.
- Develop media content that displays both current technical knowledge and traditional design principles.
- Collaborate as a team in the development of media content from concept to production.
- Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in bringing ideas from concept to production
- Research design trends to choose appropriate fonts, imagery, and colors for an array of design projects.
- Analyze the appropriate demographic influences on design trends and product development responsibly and respectfully to complete various design projects.
Graduates can find entry level positions in industries ranging from gaming and animation to film production, special effects houses, and media boutiques, to architectural firms, corporate communication centers or web design. The growing field of digital media welcomes enthusiastic and creative, artistic individuals.
Meet the Faculty
Chair/Faculty - Digital Media
Birthed in the deep snow of CNY, and raised among the waves of the mighty St. Lawrence River, Michael moved to New England with his family as a youngster and fell deeply in love with the curmudgeonly Yankee culture so ingrained in this lovely foundation stone of America. Initially not receptive to traditional models of education, Michael grudgingly completed high school and worked for years in factory jobs, focused on the routine life of the everyday. Eventually the calling of higher education and career based work lured him away from the production based labor force and into school where Michael studied Art and communication. Art specifically interested Michael, as he had a natural proclivity and familiarity with due to his childhood and his father. As a boy, he grew up in his father’s painting studio, drawing and working next to his Dad, watching him working and hearing stories about his Grandfather who was also an oil painter. This lifelong love of art would lead to college, which led to Michael’s natural teacher emerging to help other students who were struggling. This caught the attention of one of the instructors who encouraged Michael to continue studies at the Masters level and become a teacher of Art. Due to his love of Martial Arts, Michael had been teaching for a while already in his dojo and knew he loved helping students learn. Now he pursued the educational credentials to go along with his natural love of teaching, and make teaching a career instead of just a hobby. Years of work in the private sector during his graduate work allowed Michael to accumulate experience relative to the areas he would teach, and provided a real world project based approach to teaching. Michael teaches in the areas of Graphic Design, Animation, Gaming and traditional Art. His favorite thing about teaching is when he sees a student achieve something they previously doubted they were capable of, and the joy and confidence that achievement brings to them. Michael lives in Dover, NH with his wife Wendy and his 6 year old daughter Zella, who shares Michael’s love of art and creates drawings and sculptures with him almost daily. In addition to the teaching at the College and his Dojo, Michael is an artist and sculptor and frequently displays his work.