Digital Media Options
At Polk State College, we offer three digital media degree options:
- Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a Digital Media elective concentration for transfer to four-year institutions
- Associate of Science (AS) degree in Digital Media in graphic design and video production for students seeking entry-level jobs
- Certificates in graphic design and video production to improve job skills or personal development
1. Associate of Arts (University Transfer)
Polk State College offers a general Associate of Arts (AA) degree for students who wish to complete their first two years of college and then transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree. Getting an associate degree at Polk State is a cost-effective path toward achieving a bachelor’s degree because the costs for courses are lower at Polk State, and the associate degree may be transferred to any state university in Florida.
AA degrees consist of 60 credit hours and most courses count for three (3) credits. AA degrees require 36 hours of general education courses and 24 credit hours (8 courses) of electives. We encourage students with an interest in Digital Media to enroll in digital media and art courses for their electives (see below) because these courses are generally required by most universities offering Digital Media programs of study.
Specifically, AA students interested in digital media, should enroll in the (5) digital media courses listed below, plus three (3) other art courses for their elective options. The full list of digital media courses available for AA electives is available here. Be sure to consult with your university advisers about course recommendations as these will vary according to your chosen academic major.
RECOMMENDED DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES
- DIG 2000C – INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MEDIA
- DIG 2030C – DIGITAL VIDEO AND SOUND
- DIG 2109C – DIGITAL IMAGING FUNDAMENTALS
- DIG 2500C – FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERACTIVE DESIGN
- GRA 2120C – PAGE LAYOUT AND DESIGN
- GRA 2156C – DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ART COURSES GROUP:
- ARH 1050 – Intro to Art History I (equivalent to UCF’s ARH 2050)
- ARH 1051 – Intro Art History II (equivalent to UCF’s ARH 2051)
- ART 1201C – Design I (equivalent to UCF’s ART 2201C)
- ART 1203C – Design II (equivalent to UCF’s ART 2203C)
- ART 1300C – Drawing and Composition I (equivalent to UCF’s ART 2300C)
- ART 1301C – Drawing and Composition II (equivalent to UCF’s ART 2301C)
To learn more about the general AA degree and requirements, please select this link.
2. Associate of Science (Job Skills)
The Associate of Science degree is a two-year degree designed for students who are seeking skills for employment. This degree is not intended for students who wish to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Digital Media Technology degree is a 60-credit hour program that may be completed in two years if students follow the recommended class schedule and meet all prerequisites.
Students who complete this program successfully receive an Associate of Science degree in Digital Media Technology and are eligible for initial employment as multimedia managers, audio/visual production managers, video editors, filmmakers, graphic designers, photographers, content creators, illustrators, and related digital media fields. Graduates are also qualified to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.
Students who are employed may take classes part-time while they gain valuable experience on the job. Many of our courses are offered at night, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule.
Students who score below the required levels on state-mandated placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics must enroll in and complete the appropriate college preparatory courses before they enroll in some required program courses.
- Incorporate principles of good design, composition, lighting, interactivity, usability, typography, artistry, creativity, and aesthetics using appropriate tools and techniques to produce pleasing products.
- Develop targeted messages and use industry-standard tools to create, manage, and communicate that message using appropriate formats, channels, and messaging techniques.
- Collaborate within a multimedia team or group in a manner that demonstrates good soft skills, pleasing attitude, clarity of thought, and mutual respect to produce a common output that provides good aesthetic appeal and conforms to industry standards.
- Create, manipulate, manage, and distribute digital media using existing and emerging technologies that conform to industry standards of good design.
- Use multimedia tools for web, video, audio, imaging, animation, and programming to create products that meet clients’ requirements and conform to good standards of design, usability, and visual appeal.
- Critique the process of communications history, ethics, and mass media to evaluate their current effects on communications and technology.
- Employ good business and technology practices to evaluate project needs and resources, manage project workflows and deliverables, and market finished products or capabilities.
The Associate of Science degree in Digital Media Technology includes 60-credit hours that include the following:
- General Electives courses (18 credit hours)
- Digital Media core courses (24 credit hours)
- Specialization courses (18 credit hours)
For working professionals or students wishing to add to their existing digital media skills, we also offer three certificate options that may be completed in one or two semesters. Please select this link to learn more.