Core Courses

Area A: Natural Science – Choose from an assortment of natural science courses ranging from Astronomy to Physics. Check out the College of the Redwoods course catalog for more information.


Area B: Social Science – For this area, Digital Media student are required to take BUS-10: Intro to Business, available in both the fall and spring semesters.


Area C: Humanities – Area C requires Digital Media student to take ART-10: Color & Design, available in both fall and spring semesters.


Area D1: Writing – Complete ENGL-1A or an alternative writing course of the same level or higher. These classes readily available both in the fall and spring semesters as well as summer.


Area D2: Oral Communication – To fulfill this requirement complete one or the following course; COMM-1, 6, or 7.


Area D3: Analytical – Complete one of the following math courses; MATH-120, 4, 5, 15, 25, 30, 50A, or 194. Alternatively, CIS-1 will fulfill this requirement if the student has assessed above MATH-120.

CIS-1 – College Computer Literacy (Fall/Spring) 4

An intermediate-level course focusing on the principles and applications of computers, including their role in business and society, the fundamentals of information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, and computer systems hardware and software components.

COMM-5 – Intro to Mass Communications (Fall) 3

Survey of mass communication and the interrelationships of media and society including history, structure, and trends in a digital age. Discussion of theories and effects, economics, technology, law and ethics, global media, media literacy, and social issues, including gender and cultural diversity.

DM-10 – Digital Storytelling (Fall/Spring) 4

An introduction to digital media concepts featuring digital media hardware and software tools and techniques, survey of digital media applications, and issues relating to the use of digital media. Students conceptualize a media-based project using text, graphics, audio, video, animation, and interactivity and follow a development process to project delivery.

DM-11 – Digital Media Design (Fall/Spring) 4

An introductory course in visual design principles and concepts as applied to digital media-based projects with emphasis on the use of raster and vector graphic development tools.

DM-15 – Pre-Production (Fall) 4

This introductory course will explore digital media issues, develop projects for different types of media (i.e., CD ROM, video, Web), work with clients, and develop detailed storyboards culminating in a project manuscript.

DM-20 – Media Development for the Web (Spring) 4

A study in the use of professional software for developing multimedia applications and publishing on the internet and or CDROM-DVD, student teams assess needs or problems and design multimedia solutions with emphasis on the production process: concept, design, content development, product testing, and publishing.

DM-22 – Digital Publishing (Fall) 4

A study in the use of professional software for developing digital media products and publishing on the Internet. Student teams follow a production process: concept, design, content development, product testing, and publishing.

DM-30 – Interactive Media (Spring) 4

This is a course using professional-level software to develop interactive media products for entertainment and/or educational use. Students follow a production process to design and develop content to meet defined objectives and delivery requirements.

DM-63 – Desktop Publishing (Spring) 4

A study and practice in the use of professional desktop publishing software.  Students will apply the principles of typography and graphic design to develop documents which combine text, graphics, and photographs on a printed page for personal and business use.

ART-17 – Basic Drawing (Fall/Spring) 3

A beginning level course that introduces students to a variety of concepts for visual literacy and visual expression in drawing: including line, composition, value, color, space, and perspective. Media used includes graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel, and collage.

DM-71 – Digital Illustration (Fall) 0.5

An introduction to the concepts and use of digital illustration software. In this hands-on course, students develop vector graphics using industry standard graphics software.

ART-19 – Figure Drawing (Fall) 3 ~OR~

An introduction to the fundamentals for drawing the living human form. Concepts explored include gesture, contour, proportion, foreshortening, portraiture and anatomy. Students will also explore the expressive characteristics and narrative possibilities of figure drawing in both traditional and contemporary contexts.

      ART-35 – Digital Photography

An introduction to digital photography. Concepts explored include tools, materials, and processes, the elements of design, and historical and contemporary trends.

      ART-43A – Introduction to Digital Art

An introduction to fundamental concepts, practices, and theories of digital art. Topics include integration of traditional design, color, and compositional principles with contemporary digital technologies, including Photoshop.

DM-70A – Photoshop I (Fall/Spring) 0.5 ~OR~

An introduction to the concepts of Adobe Photoshop. In this hands-on course, students learn basic Photoshop techniques for image development and optimization for various delivery formats.

        DM-70B – Photoshop II (Fall) 0.5

Intermediate studies and hands-on skill development with masks, blending modes, alpha channels, and other common Photoshop techniques.