2023-2024 Catalog

Digital Design Technology Associate of Arts

(96 credits)

Program Description

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts degree in Digital Design Technology, students will have knowledge and technical skills in graphic design, web design, and multimedia fields.

The Digital Design Technology degree at SKC is considered a “hybrid” program - that is, while each course has set times on the schedule each term for students to meet as a class with their instructors, any and potentially all courses may additionally require online participation for some part of the schedule. Syllabi for each course contain specific information about the format of the class.

Advising Information

Students who have been out of school more than 5 years and not working in the field may be asked to repeat courses to ensure they have current competencies needed to succeed in the program. A current portfolio and projects demonstrating competencies may be considered on an individual basis. Advancements in the field of design software evolve, as does the understanding of practical methodologies used within them.

Career Opportunities

SKC graduates in Digital Design Technology have successfully attained careers in the surrounding community. Currently, graduates create page layouts, ads and update company web pages. Graduates gaining entry level employment in this field can expect $12 to $20 per hour. Other graduates have freelance positions earning near $25 per hour, completing photography, poster, and web designs. Local businesses include Total Screen Design, Charkoosta newspaper, and sign and printing businesses. Examples of job titles for graduates with a degree in Digital Design Technology include Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Photographer and Photo Editor, Digital Illustrator, and Videographer/Video Editor.

More information about career opportunities and qualifications may be found at the website for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook:

Graphics Designers

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Digital Design Technology Degree Program, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate and critique the elements and principles of visual design, color theory, information hierarchy, and typography to successfully communicate narratives, concepts, emotions, and/or identifies across a variety of digital media.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills for project planning and implementation.
  • Communicate clearly in visual, verbal, and written forms using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Perform as a team member to create collaborative decisions toward shared objectives in digital design technology.
  • Produce a portfolio that demonstrates effective print and digital communications and user experiences through the application of theories, tools such as Adobe Create Cloud Programs, and best practices in the field.

Curriculum

Fall Quarter (First Year)

ARTD114Beginning Drawing

3

DIGD101Intro to Digital Design Technology

5

DIGD102Introduction to Web Design and Portfolio

2

ENGL101English Composition I

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (First Year)

ARTD111Fundamentals of Art and Design

3

DIGD140Introduction to Digital Illustration

3

DIGD143Digital Storytelling and Data Visualization

4

FTVP140Fundamental Video Production

3

FTVP102Introduction to Photography

2

FTVP103Introduction to Photography Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:16
The Digital Design Technology Department has designated DIGD 143 as a course that emphasizes information literacy.

Spring (First Year)

DIGD175Interactive Web Design

2

ENGL202English Composition II

3

HMNT101Introduction to Humanities

3

OR

PHIL100Introduction to Philosophy

3

 

ELECTIVENatural Science General Education from List

5

ELECTIVEDigital Design Technology FTVP Focus Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Digital Design Technology FTVP Focus Elective

FTVP142Intermediate Video Production

3

FTVP150Digital Photography

3

FTVP202Intermediate Photography (in B & W)

2

AND

FTVP203Intermediate Photography Lab

1

 

FTVP216Advanced Black & White Photography

2

AND

FTVP217Advanced Black & White Photography Lab

1

FTVP241The Fine Photographic Print

3

FTVP251In This Light

3

Fall (Second Year)

ARTD150Introduction to Art History

3

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

MATH100College Algebra

5

OR

MATH103Contemporary Math

5

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

DIGD204Design Project Management

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Winter (Second Year)

ARTD145Beginning Printmaking

3

DIGD240Page Layout & Design

3

DIGD241Game Design & 3D Modeling

5

PSYC110Introduction to Psychology

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Second Year)

PSYC225Psychology of Advertising and Propaganda

2

DIGD275Advanced and Special Projects

3

DIGD270Design Trends Seminar

3

DIGD290Design Portfolio & Presentation Capstone

3

SVLN100Community Service Learning

1

ELECTIVENASD OPEN

3

Total Credit Hours:15
The Digital Design Technology Department has designated DIGD 270 as a course that emphasizes information literacy.

Total Credit Hours: 96