The Digital Design program is designed to be a 48-week program from start to finish. All coursework (tutorial, reading and projects) is structured to follow a tight, specifically-planned schedule.
Specific instructions for coursework is delivered via the Blackboard website.
- The full menu of courses for this program is found in Blackboard under Digital Design > Coursework.
- Each course in this program has its own page that describes the coursework to be completed and provides the instructions to do so.
- Due to the sequential structure of the program, each course in this program must be completed in its entirety before moving on to the next.
- In order to achieve measurable success, and to meet all of the course requirements, students are expected to make continuous progress throughout the entire program.
The textbooks required for this program are listed below. These books are typically in stock, for purchase, in the campus bookstore (with retail pricing). Note that certain types of financial aid may include the cost of textbooks with your tuition (i.e. you may be able to get these books for free from the bookstore). Otherwise, these books can purchased: online by ISBN (links below show samples of online pricing), from another student or from some other source. To plan your budget and/or help spread your expenses out over time, you can review the Digital Design Program Costs (from the college website) to see when/which books are needed (by course).
Note: textbook requirements may change periodically; always consult with your instructor before purchasing textbooks.
- 9781111824310 MS Office 2011 Mac, Fundamentals, 2nd ed (needed on Day One)
- 9781111527983 HTML5 & CSS3 Illustrated, Complete
- 9781133945529 Graphic Design Solutions
- 9781133815211 Adobe InDesign CS6 Revealed
- 9781133693192 Adobe Illustrator CS6 Revealed
- 9781133693222 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Revealed
- 9781133693246 Advanced Adobe Photoshop CS6 Revealed
- 9781133815006 Video Collection CS6 Revealed
Course Content/Curriculum Revisions
Note that, to stay current with evolving technologies, specific course offerings in these programs are subject to modification, deletion or replacement at any time. Consequently, textbook requirements may change within the program; always consult with your instructor before purchasing textbooks.
How to become a Professional Digital Designer
Use a Simple Recipe for Success:
Have a Goal. Keep it Real.
Plan on Winning. Eliminate Distractions.
Get Serious. Act Like a Pro.
Start with the end in mind, it drives you forward with focus. A realistic goal helps you and your supporters generate the motivation you’ll need to reach the finish line… and beyond.
Having your plan is good. Acting on your plan is better. Consistently avoiding timewasters is best.
Attitude and action are everything! Before you can become a professional, you must first learn to act like a professional. Before actually getting drafted into any professional team, any “serious” collegiate athlete will prepare by training exactly like a professional athlete. Likewise, if planning on becoming a qualified, working professional, a committed student must also train like a pro!
To transform serious students into legitimate professionals our program employs a multi-tiered system of learning. Methods of learning include textbooks, videos, demonstrations, lectures and projects. Note that, to stay current with evolving technologies, specific course offerings in these programs are subject to modification, deletion or replacement at any time.
Your learning process begins with reading through the chapters and working through the tutorials in your textbooks. This first exposure gives you an introduction to each subject along with a basic understanding of how the theories and tools operate.
Every enrolled student has access to over 10,000 video tutorials through a program subscription to Lynda.com. These detailed tutorials are an invaluable supplement to your course textbooks. Using these industry-recognized training videos will help enhance your fundamental skills, and reduce the learning curves for complex topics.
Live Demonstrations & Lectures
Your learning process continues through your observation, note-taking and active participation in the live demonstrations and lectures provided. Content is typically structured to student comprehension level(s) in the program:
- Basic Topics & Concepts
- Intermediate Topics & Concepts
- Intermediate / Advanced Topics & Concepts
Ultimately, at the end of each course, you will competently apply your newly-acquired knowledge by completing challenging, hands-on project(s) from start to finish. The resulting pieces are used in creating your professional portfolio and establishing your professional brand.