About the Program
The Design and Digital Media three-term certificate program is designed to give students a solid foundation in layout/design concepts and computer graphics applications for print and web. These include desktop publishing, graphic illustration, digital imaging, and web page design. Students will also receive instruction in computer fundamentals including terminology, software use, hardware configuration, and operating systems.
All courses in the program have high academic standards and serve dual purposes: They prepare students for careers or serve as a vehicle for those wishing to learn specific skills. Courses can be applied to the two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Design and Digital Media as well as the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Emerging Media and Digital Arts transfer to SOU.
Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Students completing the one-year certificate in Design and Digital Media Certificate of Completion will be able to:
Apply the necessary skills to assist with the design process.
Create varied visual concepts in response to communication problems.
Utilize correct digital media tools to develop a portfolio.
Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.
Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Visual Art and Design Department Chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.
Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.
Students completing the credits in the program with a grade of “C-” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C-” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree.
This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some pre-requisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.