Associate of Science

Digital Arts Technology

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Digital Arts program provides students with an in-depth understanding of digital media creation and production. The aim of the program is to produce digital media designers for jobs in training, marketing, advertising, web development, broadcasting, audio production, graphic art, production and electronic publishing. Digital artists have become an integral part of the mainstream communications medium; positions in digital media design and development exist in business, industry, government, education, and entertainment.

Earn a degree

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in the creative field such as independent business owners, production assistants, freelance artists, or work in the area of video, web and social media, or graphics.
  • Students may to transfer to many universities with no lost time in areas such as Communication, Digital Arts, or various types of Media Design.

Earn a certificate 

Certificate programs in Audio/Video Production, Graphics/Animation, Multimedia/Web Authoring, and Electronic Music Production are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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Quick Facts

Digital Arts Technology Quick Facts

Join a Field Where Your Skills are In-Demand
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“Virtually every industry is using motion graphics, animation, modeling and special effects to engage consumers and build their brands. Digital artists shape our everyday experiences, from games and apps, to motion graphics for television and film, to models and simulations essential to product development, urban planning, and so much more.” --Tribeca Flashpoint College

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Creative Industries advocates suggest that by virtue of their training, creative graduates maintain skills, practices and other attributes which make them valuable throughout the innovation economy, such as interpersonal skills, the capacity to manage uncertainty and ambiguity, and certain types of inductive problem solving ability-- ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, 2007.

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The median annual wage for multimedia artists and animators was $63,970 in May 2015. --bls.gov

Additional Details

Four Concentrations, Many Options for the Road Ahead

This is tightly knit sequence of courses designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of interactive software development and digital media design. Sharpen your skills or learn to become an interactive software/media designer. Interact with colleagues and explore interactive design principles, human-computer interaction theory, software engineering structures, instructional design methods, and visual and audio design principles. 

The mission of the Digital Arts Technology program is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of digital media creation and production. The aim of our program, with its specific focus areas, is to produce digital media designers prepared for jobs in training, marketing, advertising, web development, broadcasting, audio production, graphic art production and electronic publishing.

If you are pursuing a career in fine arts, advertising, audio production, broadcasting, education, electronic publishing, graphic art production, instructional design, marketing, or Web development, then this program is for you. Choose to focus on one of these areas:

  •  Audio/Video
  •  Graphics/Animation
  •  Multimedia/Web 
  •  Electronic Music


Next Steps

If you are interested in the Digital Arts Technology program, follow the simple steps below. With proper planning you can earn your Associates Degree in two years.
  • E-mail Ray M. Leite or set up an advising appointment.
  • Once you determine what you would like to do, apply to NVCC.
  • If you have not taken the SATs, schedule a time to take your placement tests for English and Math.
  • Meet with a counselor or your advisor to choose your classes and register.
  • Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the financial aid office for assistance.

Program Requirements

Digital Arts Technology - Audio/Video Option A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than MAT*H137 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 Two Dimensional Design or ART*H250 Digital Photography or GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Reasoning ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAT *H108 Digital Imaging I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H110 Digital Video I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H218 Electronic Music Composition and Audio Technology I 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed (Prefer ART*H101 or 102) 3
Scientific Knowledge ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement DAT*H104 Multimedia Authoring I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H220 Acoustics and Sound Design 3
Program Requirement DAT*H224 Digital Video II 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed (Prefer HIS*H101 or 102) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer COM*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAT*H205 Multimedia Authoring II 3
Program Requirement DAT*H226 Motion Graphics and Animation 3
Program Requirement DAT*H290 Digital Arts Project 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, psychoacoustics, electro-acoustic and digital sound reproduction systems.
  2. Design and edit digital and analog audio files.
  3. Synthesize and apply the processes involved in transforming a concept to a video production.
  4. Design, produce, edit, and complete original video projects.
  5. Utilize state-of-the-ART special effect techniques currently used in the film and video industry.
  6. Complete significant projects terminating in deliverable software/media products with technical documentation.

Digital Arts Technology - Graphics and Animation Option A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H101) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than MAT*H137 (Prefer MAT*H146 or higher) 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 Two Dimensional Design or ART*H250 Digital Photography or GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Reasoning ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAT*H104 Multimedia Authoring I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H108 Digital Imaging I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H110 Digital Video I 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed (Prefer ART*H101 or 102) 3
Scientific Knowledge ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement DAT*H205 Multimedia Authoring II 3
Program Requirement DAT*H212 Graphics and Animation I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H230 Digital Imaging II 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed (Prefer HIS*H101 or 102) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer COM*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAT*H106 Digital Design 3
Program Requirement DAT*H234 Graphics and Animation II 3
Program Requirement DAT*H290 Digital Arts Project 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Design, edit and manipulate digital graphic and image files.
  2. Utilize advanced techniques for character modeling and the design of virtual space.
  3. Design, model, and animate complete 3-dimensional virtual worlds.
  4. Utilize state-of-the-art 3D special effect techniques currently used in the film and video industry.
  5. Utilize current digital imaging equipment and techniques to create/acquire content
  6. Complete significant projects terminating in deliverable software/media products with technical documentation.

Digital Arts Technology - Multimedia/Web Option A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than MAT*H137 (Prefer MAT*H146 or higher) 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 Two Dimensional Design or ART*H250 Digital Photography or GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Reasoning ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAT*H104 Multimedia Authoring I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H108 Digital Imaging I 3
Program Requirement DAT*H110 Digital Video I 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed (Prefer ART*H101 or 102) 3
Scientific Knowledge ◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement DAT*H116 Interactive Media Design 3
Program Requirement DAT*H205 Multimedia Authoring II 3
Program Requirement CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed (Prefer HIS*H101 or 102) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer COM*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAT*H215 Multimedia Web Authoring 3
Program Requirement DAT*H240 Multimedia Authoring III 3
Program Requirement DAT*H290 Digital Arts Project (Will require waiver) (To take concurrently with DAT*H240) 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize current design and delivery techniques to design advanced multimedia systems.
  2. Utilize the phases of the project development life-cycle to assist in the design and completion of software development projects.
  3. Storyboard, design, and implement multimedia systems.
  4. Design and implement accessibility-compliant user interfaces.
  5. Design World Wide Web Interactive technologies.
  6. Complete significant projects terminating in deliverable software/media products with technical documentation.

Certificate in Audio/Video Production

Course No. Title Credits
DAT*H108 Digital Imaging I 3
DAT*H110 Digital Video Production I 3
DAT*H218 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Tech I 3
DAT*H219 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Tech II 3
DAT*H220 Acoustics and Sound Design 3
DAT*H224 Digital Video Production II 3
DAT*H226 Motion Graphics for Film & Video 3
DAT*H237 Principles of Sound Recording 3
Total Credit Hours 24

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, psychoacoustics, electro-acoustic and digital sound reproduction systems.
  2. Design and edit analog and digital audio files.
  3. Synthesize and apply processes for transforming a concept into a complete video production.
  4. Script, produce, edit, and complete original video projects.
  5. Design state-of-the-art special effect techniques used in film and video.
  6. Complete original projects terminating in deliverable media products with technical documentation.

Certificate in Graphics/Animation

Students must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
Course No. Title Credits
GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
DAT*H106 Digital Design 3
DAT*H108 Digital Imaging I 3
DAT*H212 3D Graphics & Animation I 3
12
DAT*H116 Interactive Media Design 3
DAT*H230 Digital Imaging II 3
DAT*H234 3D Graphics & Animation II 3
9
Total Credit Hours 21

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Design, edit and manipulate digital graphics and image files.
  2. Utilize advanced techniques for character modeling and the design of virtual space.
  3. Design, model, and animate complete 3-dimensional landscapes.
  4. Develop state-of-the-art 3D special effects for film and video productions.
  5. Complete significant projects terminating in deliverable software/media products with technical documentation.

Certificate in Multimedia/Web Authoring

Course No. Title Credits
DAT*H104 Multimedia Authoring I 3
DAT*H106 Digital Design 3
DAT*H116 Interactive Media Design 3
DAT*H205 Multimedia Authoring II 3
DAT*H215 Multimedia/Web Authoring 3
DAT*H240 Multimedia Authoring III 3
Total Credit Hours 18

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize current development methods to design advanced multimedia systems.
  2. Utilize the phases of the project development life-cycle to assist in the design and completion of multimedia project applications.
  3. Conduct a user-needs assessment for the development of multimedia systems.
  4. Design and implement accessibility-compliant user interfaces.
  5. Design interactive application technologies for the World Wide Web.
  6. Complete significant projects terminating in deliverable software products with technical documentation.

Certificate in Electronic Music Production

Students must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:

Course No. Title Credits
MUS*H101 Music History & Appreciation I 3
DAT/MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/
Audio Tech I 3
DAT/MUS*H237 Principles of Sound Recording 3
*Directed Elective Arts/Digital Arts 3
12
MUS*H126 20th Century/Modern Music 3
DAT/MUS*H219 Electronic Music Composition/
Audio Tech II 3
DAT*H220 Acoustics and Sound Design 3
9
Total Credit Hours 21

*Directed Electives:

DAT*H110, DAT*H226, DAT*H290,

MUS*H103, MUS*H115

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, and sound reproduction systems.
  2. Use principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics to design state-of-the-art sonic environments.
  3. Apply industry-standard techniques and tools to complete two-track and multi-track recording projects.
  4. Use digital signal processing tools to manipulate and shape sound.
  5. Compose original electronic music compositions.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

 

Want to specialize in Electronic Music and Audio Production?

Looking to learn new skills or enhance your talents in the areas of electronic music composition and audio production?

The certificate program serves the specialized need of students as well as individuals interested in electronic music composition and audio production. You will be exposed to important historical aspects that have influenced compositional styles as well as the impact of technology on music and art.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Audio is everywhere, quality audio is key.
  • Training and exposure to industry standard technology is what sets the amateur apart from the professional.
  • A perfect outlet for the merging of the technical and creative.
  • Immediate hands-on exposure sets NVCC apart from many four-year programs.

  • Want to specialize in Audio Video Production?

    If you already have a degree in design or you're currently employed in broadcast media, the Audio/Visual Certificate can be a great addition to your skill set.  You'll focus on the detailed study of audio production and sound design as well as visual composition and non-linear video editing.

    Here's what you need to know:

    • Audio can make or break any video production.
    • Anyone can make a video or film. It takes a trained individual to make a quality product.
    • Planning is key for any audio or video production.
    • Immediate hands-on exposure sets NVCC apart from many four-year programs.

Want to specialize in Graphic Design and Animation?

If you already have a degree in design or you're currently employed in the graphic design field, the Graphics and Animation Certificate can be a great addition to your skill set.

You'll focus on the detailed study of 2D and 3D design principles for print, web and animation.

Here's what you need to know:

    • Well-rounded exposure to key components of Graphic Design are the basis of this program.
    • Technological advances require constant training in the products used in creative design.
    • Best practices and new strategies are introduced; various opportunities are available.
    • Immediate hands-on exposure sets NVCC apart from many four-year programs.

Want to specialize in Multimedia Web Authoring?

If you already have a degree in web design, information technology or graphic design or if you're currently employed in a web-related field, the Multimedia/Web Authoring Certificate can be a great addition to your skill set.

You'll focus on the detailed study of solid web design principles and address the newest trends being used today.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Exposure to the multiple facets of Web Design and Authoring are the basis of this program.
  • Fast-paced changes in web technology fuel the need for diversified knowledge.
  • Best practices and new strategies are introduced; various opportunities are available.
  • Immediate hands-on exposure sets NVCC apart from many four-year programs.

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Academic & Transfer

Upon successfully completing one of the Digital Arts Technology Options, you should be eligible to transfer to one of the four Connecticut State Universities as a Junior. To receive transfer credit, a grade of C or better is required. Several private schools in the state will also take a majority of the classes, enabling you to enter their institution as a high level Sophomore or even a Junior. Several students have transferred to Universities in nearby states as well. Students are able to transfer to many universities with no lost time in areas such as Communication, Digital Arts, or various types of Media Design.

Career Paths

If you are pursuing a career in fine arts, advertising, audio production, broadcasting, education, electronic publishing, graphic art production, instructional design, marketing, or Web development this program is for you.

  • Independent Business Owner
  • Production Assistant
  • Freelance Artist
  • Video
  • Web-Social Media
  • Graphics

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