Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

Digital Media Students may be eligible for limited scholarships and grants as they become available. Scholarships will cover only certain costs and may only last for a short time. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once available funds are used, the scholarship will end. The following scholarship is currently available for Digital Media certificates:

Fast Forward Scholarship

The Fast Forward Scholarship is Polk State College’s Rapid Credentialing Initiative (RCI). For those who qualify, it pays for the costs of college courses over two semesters. Qualified students may enroll in credit courses or non-credit programs that directly lead to jobs in Polk County. More details available here:

Who qualifies for the Scholarship?

The scholarship is open to candidates who are:

  • Financially needy
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Furloughed workers
  • At risk of losing their jobs because of the pandemic or automation

Digital Media Programs Covered

This scholarship will pay for credit courses leading to a certificate in:

  • Video Production – Digital Media Technology (12 Credits) 68410
  • Graphic Design – Digital Media Technology (15 Credits) 68400

Please review the options below to learn more about these certificates.  Select each course below for details.

VIDEO PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE (12 Credits) 68410

Fall Semester

DIG 2000C – Introduction to Digital Media (Prerequisite for DIG 2030C)

Course Description

This course introduces students to computer concepts and application software used for digital design and graphical communications. Students explore images, audio, video, web and graphical concepts and complete related projects. Additionally, the course incorporates a review of computer and communications technology and their influence on culture and media. Additional content includes digital concepts, file types, operating systems, computer hardware, software, productivity suites, spreadsheets, file management, data representation and Internet safety and browsing.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the role of digital media in modern society
  2. Discuss the influence of target audience on digital media production
  3. Identify deployment strategies for various types of digital media formats
  4. Describe design methodology from concept to production
  5. List and describe a variety of digital media for target genres of communication
  6. Summarize the process of digitization
  7. Demonstrate familiarity with computers, related concepts, and technology
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with standard productivity suites and workflows
  9. Demonstrate familiarity with major operating systems, file types, software, and hardware
  10. Demonstrate use of safe Internet browsing skills and techniques
  11. Describe the role of teamwork in digital media production
  12. Plan and implement a digital media project or creative activity

Course Content

  • History of Digital Media
  • Social function of Digital Media
  • Internet safety and use
  • Future of Digital Media
  • Understanding basic concepts of digital media
  • Understanding basic computer terminology and concepts
  • Digital media projects, personnel, and teamwork
  • Productivity suites
  • Operating systems
  • File types
  • Data storage and concepts
  • Editing digital images
  • Capturing and editing digital Audio
  • Capturing and editing digital Video
  • Interactivity, navigation, GUI, ease-of-use
DIG 2030C – Digital Video and Sound

Course Description

This course introduces the concepts, principles, tools, and techniques for telling visual stories and producing, assembling, and mixing digital video and audio. The course focuses on story conception, creativity, planning, and organizational skills as components of the production process. The course topics include story elements, screenplay and script-writing software, video personnel, budgets and scheduling, formats and terminologies, lighting, audio, safety precautions, messaging techniques, audience research, shot types, video software, hardware, tools and resources, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, video capture, editing, titling, postproduction techniques, output formats, and distribution.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the video production process and people involved
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the elements of a good story
  3. Create a short story/message or edit an existing story for video production
  4. Describe basic concepts of visual storytelling for different genres
  5. Evaluate the various software for screen writing
  6. Develop a script using appropriate format (A/V format)
  7. Construct a sample budget, schedule, list of personnel, and timeline
  8. Dramatize a simple scene based on an existing script
  9. Show familiarity with standard video related terms, concepts, and ideas
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the video creation equipment, hardware, and software
  11. Describe video formats, sizes, concepts, and related terminologies
  12. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of audio & video equipment and accessories
  13. Demonstrate creative control of lighting, composition, and exposure
  14. Apply creative use of audio, balance, and audio tools and formats
  15. Describe various shot types, angles, and techniques for composition
  16. Describe various formats for video presentation and distribution
  17. Recommend video tools & techniques given a certain budget, genre, and audience
  18. Compose, capture, and edit digital video and audio according to recommended principles
  19. Apply principles of good editing to manipulate video, audio, images, titles, and related media
  20. Create a digital video using appropriate techniques a clear message for a targeted audience
  21. Export finished video in a format appropriate for DVD, web, and mobile devices
  22. Create two or more finished videos for addition to portfolio

Course Content

  • Analysis and impact of memorable movies, ads, TV shows, web videos, or scenes
  • Preproduction, production process, postproduction, people, teams, budgets, timelines
  • Screenwriting, story development, visuals, scripts, storyboards, shot list, related software
  • Writing for an audience, writing with purpose, sharing responsibility, selling ideas
  • Video concepts, formats, terminology, transition to digital video, HD, codecs
  • Evaluating cameras, image quality, lens, features, types, interface, controls, accessories
  • Using video equipment, angles, depth of field, aspect ratio, framing, motion, zoom, aperture
  • Camera mounts, safety issues, movements, pan & zoom, white balance, gain
  • Audio concepts, microphone types, wireless microphones, environment
  • Sound control, sound recording, audio postproduction, sound effects
  • Lighting, types of lights, wattage, light quality, lighting people, video lighting, special lighting
  • Composition, headroom, framing, eye lines, lead room, dolly shots, handholding, exposure
  • Light safety, shadows, color, lighting techniques, light meters
  • Using DSLRs and other non-standard video capture devices
  • Editing equipment, workstation configuration, CPU, RAM, monitors, backups,
  • Video editing software and video capture/acquisition, linear editing principles, rendering
  • Drag and drop, cuts, ripple & roll, slip, slide, effects, titles, importing media, images, audio
  • Sound editing, audio fixes, cleaning, equalizer, vocal problems, sound effects, music, licenses
  • Color correction, luminance, chroma, fixing camera shakes, mixing different media
  • Mixing multimedia elements to create a visually appealing finished product
  • Compression options, exporting for web use, exporting video to various formats
  • Finishing and archiving; portfolio addition
DIG 2292C – Digital Post Production

Course Description

This course includes a detailed exploration into editing theory, workflow, and post-production tasks. Students explore non-linear video and audio editing techniques for digital video and movie making. Students use innovative techniques to create and edit videos and movies based on storyboards, camera work, sound, animations, special effects, photographs, drawings, text, and other media. Students export finished videos to various formats and bit rates including standard discs, web, mobile platforms, and local storage. Industry standard video, audio, animation, special effects, and conversion software and utilities are explored.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Capture, edit, and manipulate digital video and audio to produce a complete video product
  2. Use images, typography, and animated sequences as part of a video workflow
  3. Demonstrate professional use of keying and green screen techniques
  4. Apply primary and secondary color correction / grading techniques to create visually appealing video images
  5. Apply audio sweetening and noise reduction effects to support visual imagery
  6. Incorporate ADR, Foley, audio effects and closed captions in a video production
  7. Demonstrate the use of advanced workflow to ingest, label, tag, pre-edit and export video and audio in a variety of formats
  8. Use special effects software to enhance video production value
  9. Use advanced techniques to fix, tweak, and improve poor video, audio, and media assets
  10. Demonstrate video techniques, workflow practices, and project skills that promote good post-production processes
  11. Demonstrate use of multi-camera video capture and editing techniques
  12. Export finished video to appropriate formats for home, web, and commercial use

Course Content

  • Styles of editing
  • Postproduction theory and best practices
  • Budget, workflow, schedule, and projects
  • Video codecs, formats, file types, compression
  • Video formats, frame rates, resolution, bit rates, file types, RAW
  • Audio formats, rerecording, bit rates, compression, mixing, sound design and effects
  • Software applications for post-production
  • Video capture, ingesting, tagging, editing, animation, effects, grading, rendering, output
  • Multi-camera production
  • Sound capture, editing, sweetening, fixing, mixing, synching
  • Working with scores
  • ADR, Foley, special effects, closed captions
  • Fixing problematic video and audio
  • Film look, color, balance
  • Grading, color correction
  • Keying, green screen, special effects suite
  • Lighting
  • Compatibility between video applications, project workflow
  • Importing, editing, images, animation, text
  • Importing, editing, creating and including animation and motion
  • Review, approval, and archiving of content
  • File export methods
  • Disk authoring, web output

Spring Semester

DIG 2284C – Advanced Digital Video and Sound

Course Description

This is an advanced course in video production that builds on skills learned in a basic video class while exploring additional equipment and techniques. Students are exposed to extended video projects, documentaries, staged interviews, news reporting, commercials, and other genres. Topics include advanced storytelling, lighting, audio, titling, animation, composition, special effects, audio/video equipment selection and setup, advanced editing, and safety concerns. Special emphasis is given to creating complicated team-based video projects with fixed deadlines. Before course completion, students will demonstrate an ability to plan, record, and edit complicated video productions for on-air or large presentation purposes.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan and execute script and shooting schedule for a group production
  2. Create a storyboard and budget for a group production
  3. Work comfortably within a team to create a unified video project
  4. Create a variety of specified title graphic sequences
  5. Create a variety of special effects using image manipulation
  6. Demonstrate the operation of a video camera using a stabilizing device
  7. Capture, edit, and output studio-quality audio
  8. Add Foley, ADR and sound effects to support video
  9. Demonstrate a variety of techniques in sound recording and editing
  10. Demonstrate a variety of editing procedures
  11. Output edited material to a variety of formats
  12. Create a complete video project of professional quality

Course Content

  • Advanced concepts and skills for planning and production of digital video segments
  • Video projects of extended length
  • Genres: news broadcasting, advertising, documentary, interview, fiction, animation, short films, parodies
  • Advanced audio/video equipment and resources for special projects
  • Advanced digital editing techniques through project-based team work
  • Increasingly complex storytelling, pacing, timing, and higher visual aesthetic
  • Cranes, jibs, stabilizers, tripods, drones, Steadicams
  • Copyright, royalties, fair use, credits
  • Understanding client needs and meeting them
  • Advanced lighting techniques
  • Film look
  • Microphones, audio equipment
  • Audio capture and editing
  • Foley, ADR, closed captions, sound effects
  • Lighting equipment and scenic lighting
  • Special effects
  • Title and animations
  • Video formats, codecs, bitrates
  • Export options
  • Budgets, deadlines, project schedules, video production personnel and tasks
  • Estimating project costs and resources
DIG 2430C – Digital Storytelling

Course Description

This course combines elements of the visual arts and digital media to provide students with a foundation in story development, storytelling, script analysis, and screenwriting. Students engage in hands-on activities to explore the work flow process used by directors, cinematographers, and producers. Students review and analyze scripts, engage in conceptualization and screenwriting, create non-linear and interactive story structures, read supporting materials, view media for discussion, create and pitch story concepts, develop detailed storyboards, and create a final screenplay for production. Software applications for the creation of concept art, storyboarding, screenwriting, and related storytelling concepts are also introduced.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a good story
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of important story concepts including theme, structure, setting, sequence, plot, conflict, narrative, style, tone, character development, exposition, climax, and resolution
  3. Chart or outline a story or a film
  4. Describe target audience, messaging, and intended effect
  5. Define the steps in creating thumbnail sketches
  6. Demonstrate good screenwriting, storyboard development, and concept selling techniques
  7. Describe and use screenwriting software
  8. Create a script outline for a film
  9. Revise a script for clarity
  10. Identify and create a budget, list of personnel and resources needed for a screenplay
  11. Develop a complete storyboard for a short story or film
  12. Develop the story or script into multimedia project (movie, film, documentary)

Course Content

  • Digital Storytelling / Visual Storytelling
  • story concepts including theme, structure, setting, sequence, plot, conflict, narrative, style, tone, character development, exposition, climax, and resolution
  • Character development
  • Screenwriting & scripts
  • Industry software for storytelling
  • Staging, composition, tone, mood, lighting
  • Thumbnail sketches
  • Storyboard development
  • Industry software for animation & character creation
  • Story development
  • Marketing your story/concept

GRAPHIC DESIGN CERTIFICATE (15 Credits) 68400

Fall Semester

DIG 2109C – Digital Imaging Fundamentals

Course Description

This course introduces the concepts and principles of digital imaging and the tools and techniques of image capture, creation, manipulation, and integration when working with still images. The curriculum provides a study of composition, layout, color theory, and image capture and output using industry-standard software.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe design elements, theories and principles
  2. Explain the design stage from conception to completion
  3. Acquire digital imagery from a variety of sources
  4. Distinguish between raster and vector-based graphics
  5. Use raster and vector-based graphics effectively to support a design project
  6. Use typography effectively to support a given message, mood, or theme
  7. Illustrate design processes, principles, and problem-solving techniques
  8. Apply color theory to create pleasing visuals using recommended techniques
  9. Demonstrate good use of visual aesthetics and design vocabulary
  10. Apply design principles to create a digital imagery project that incorporates good techniques for color, symmetry, space, layout, style, balance, and effective messaging
  11. Demonstrate appropriate use of file formats, image resolution, color models, file management, image optimization, storage, import and export settings for packaging and distribution

Course Content

  • Elements of design; Design principles
  • Design stages from concept to completion
  • Typography imagery
  • Saving graphic file formats
  • Understanding the importance of color
  • Creating a multi-color product ad
  • Changing product colors. Saving selections
  • Permanently using channels
  • Using quick mask for masking selections
  • Combining images using the paste into command
  • Working with brushes, symbols, and layers
  • Creating an electronic checkerboard game for e-mail
  • Changing colors of the board
  • Making digital illustrations from drawings
  • Selection and lasso tools
  • Creating a logo
  • Outlining the template image
  • Creating type on paths
  • Integrating Photoshop and illustrator files for web use
  • Selecting by color range, and using the masks panel
  • Combining illustrator and Photoshop graphics
  • Creating & editing finished images using appropriate techniques
GRA 2120C – Page Design and Layout

Course Description

This course provides a study of the placement of visual elements on a page and the manipulation of images, text, color, and other graphic elements to create a finished product that incorporates the principles of good design, layout, and aesthetics. Students use a systematic, cumulative, and conceptual design process to develop strong, creative layout solutions. Industry standard software for page layout and composition is used as students explore theories of design, spatial relationships, idea representation, page elements, and visual and concept communication. Students integrate photographs, illustrations, display elements, text type, and other elements to create brochures, advertisements, flyers, and other products for the printed and projected page. Adobe InDesign is used extensively.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use accurate industry terminology for page layout and composition
  2. Demonstrate intermediate understanding and usage of the main elements of a layout
  3. Exhibit knowledge of spatial relationships between elements in a layout
  4. Manipulate type, lines, images, color and other graphic elements using industry standard software to create
    effective page layouts
  5. Identify and apply accepted design standards for effective layout
  6. Craft and communicate an intended message using page layout software
  7. Prepare created or manipulated artwork for various printing, reproduction, and output processes and formats
  8. Demonstrate understanding of the critical elements for good mechanical reproduction
  9. Exhibit intermediate technical skills in the use of tools for board layout and mechanical reproduction.
  10. Utilize art and photography in the preparation of sizing and scaling

Course Content

  • Systematic process to design, brainstorming, conceptualization
  • Research, experimentation, creativity, thumbnail sketches
  • Communicating through graphic design, visual culture, visual storytelling
  • Design fundamentals and intuition
  • Grid systems in graphic design
  • Composition, layouts, margins, columns, cut-lines, headlines, tags
  • Space, line, shape, size, pattern, texture, value, focal point, contrast, balance
  • Unity, perspectives, movement, rhythm, lighting
  • Order, organization, placement, multiple page layouts
  • Typography: font family, characteristics, selection, design, styling
  • Pictures and words
  • Colors: impact, culture, history, nature, color wheel, CMYK, RGB, rules
  • Visual appeal: file format, size, photo selection, editing, photo resources
  • Infographics, graphics packages
  • Storyboarding
  • Layout for web pages; simple graphics, multimedia web sites
  • Printing: planning, paper, types of printing, print cost estimates, print preparation
  • Signs of an amateur designer
GRA 2156C – Digital Illustration

Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to advance their design skills by using vector illustration to explore visual, conceptual, and technical expressions of digital media. The course builds upon students’ previous study of digital design and image editing to focus to vector-based media and concepts. The curriculum includes implementation of basic creative options such as image creation, manipulation, color, drawing, typography, and retouching through the use of layers and selection methods. Adobe Illustrator is used extensively.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between vector and raster-based images
  2. Use appropriate software to create, edit, manipulate, and output vector and raster-based images
  3. Use a variety of tools to navigate editing software and manipulate design media
  4. Scan images to exact size and in various file formats
  5. Create basic montages of multiple images by using layers
  6. Transform images
  7. Create accurate and successful clipping paths for importing images
  8. Create smooth and accurate selections
  9. Create text and render type layers
  10. Select and use color effectively
  11. Use curves, channels, masks and various tools to manipulate parts of an image
  12. Create cast and drop shadows
  13. Enhance an image by using various editing tools to retouch and improve

Course Content

  • Introduction to vector images
  • File types, concepts, raster images
  • Exploring Adobe Illustrator
  • Text and gradients
  • Drawing and composition tools
  • Transformation and distortion
  • Objects, selections, alignments
  • Layers
  • Color
  • Lines, paths, clipping paths
  • Patterns and brushes
  • Meshes, envelopes, blends
  • Artwork, transparency, effects, styles
  • 3D objects
  • Symbols
  • Scanning images, resolution
  • Image manipulation and editing
  • Using Illustrator, Photoshop and other Adobe programs together
  • Prepress and printing
  • Images for web use
  • Advanced tools and techniques

Spring Semester

GRA 2150C – Image Editing with Photoshop

Course Description

In this course, students will create, manipulate, retouch and enhance images and photographs using pixel-based editing applications. Additionally, students will employ advanced techniques to manipulate multi-layered images to create a visually compelling composition. Adobe Photoshop will be used extensively.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use software for raster graphics to create, edit, manipulate and output images for web, print, animation, and video
  2. Use appropriate selection tools to make complex paths and selections
  3. Use layers effectively to create and edit images
  4. Demonstrate understanding of color theory as it applies to raster images
  5. Add, remove, change, replace, and manipulate color to create duo-tones, black and white and myriad color effects
  6. Colorize drawings or images to balanced images
  7. Use masks, channels and similar tools to manipulate and isolate images
  8. Use Photoshop filters and effects to enhance and manipulate images
  9. Demonstrate expertise using painting, drawing and retouching tools and hardware
  10. Demonstrate understanding of good scanning, editing, and output techniques
  11. Create and manipulate vector images
  12. Produce a completed graphics or print project from conception to design that demonstrates good implementation of good editing techniques and output for raster images
  13. Fix, restore, resize, sharpen and improve deteriorated images for optimal results
  14. Use filters, effects, patterns, layers, and image manipulation techniques to create pleasing, professional imagery
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of resolution, color management, color modes, resolution, special effects, compression and output formats
  16. Prepare and print images to various sizes, resolutions and formats

Course Content

  • Introduction to image file types, formats, resolution, bit depth, compression and output
  • Overview of Adobe Photoshop
  • RAW format
  • Image editing tools
  • Selection tools
  • Layers and layer modes
  • Advanced layers and effects
  • Masks, quick mask, pen tool and elliptical tool
  • Drawing with tablets
  • Using Brushes
  • Cropping, resizing, rotating
  • Combining images
  • Color correction
  • Retouching, sharpening
  • HDR images
  • Filters, sharpening
  • Fix common image problems
  • Printing
  • Photoshop actions
  • 3D objects
  • Using video in Photoshop
  • Using Photoshop for web-based output and designs
  • Image workflow
  • Using plugins
  • Using other Adobe applications
PGY 2801C – Digital Photography I

Course Description

This is an introductory class in digital photography. Using Adobe Photoshop, students integrate the principles of traditional photography with contemporary digital imaging. “Digital darkroom” techniques including scanning, photo restoration, and multiple imagery are explored to create imagery unattainable through traditional methods. Students are encouraged to create basic self-promotional and portfolio pieces. Adobe Lightroom is also introduced. A digital camera with adjustable functions is required.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mechanical functions of the digital camera
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how the mechanical functions of the digital camera relate to each of the creative functions of the digital camera
  3. Demonstrate techniques using shutter speeds to illustrate various “looks” of motion.
  4. Use a camera’s aperture to manipulate a subject’s impact using depth-of-field
  5. Describe the concept of white balance and demonstrate its use to illustrate how changing the color of light can affect the mood and relationships of photographs
  6. Describe relationships between a camera’s focal length and “f stops” and demonstrate how these attributes can be used effectively to meet specific needs of the photographer
  7. Explain the use of ISO and how it relates to each shooting situation and output quality
  8. Determine and calculate the final output size of a digital image based on the needs of each project and explain how those decisions can affect the quality of the final image
  9. Differentiate between the various types of file formats used in digital photography and how each one is utilized in relation to quality, size and special characteristics
  10. Explain the metering system on a digital camera and also how extreme lighting conditions (that will confuse the camera) can be manually adjusted to produce correct results.
  11. Identify the difference between a correct exposure and the “right” exposure
  12. Demonstrate how to capture, download, file and manage digital images
  13. Utilize Adobe Photoshop to complete assigned projects that will include the following skills (download and setup files for projects, use basic tools, size files, use layers, use edit and selection techniques, retouch images, manipulate type tools, and prepare files for final output to web, basic printing, or professional usage)
  14. Recognize basic concepts of photographic composition and good design layout

Course Content

  • Mechanical and creative functions of the Digital camera
  • Metering system of the digital camera
  • AWB and use of white balance
  • ISO and relationship to exposure and image quality
  • Using shutter speeds and apertures for regulating light and as creative tools
  • Basic camera metering system
  • Using file size and file type for professional results
  • Downloading images and filing systems
  • Learning the basic creative features of Adobe Photoshop to include: sizing images for specific needs, use of retouching, editing, type and adjustment tools for various projects
  • Introduction to composition and design layout concepts
  • Histograms to understand exposure levels and correction in camera and Photoshop
  • Metering with the 18% grey card utilizing window light to create a virtual studio

Note: All classes are 3 credit hours

SCHOLARSHIP DURATION

The Fast Forward Scholarship starts August 2020 and ends May 2021. To have your tuition costs paid, you will need to be approved for the scholarship and be enrolled in courses during between August 2020 and May 2021.

AVAILABILITY OF DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES

Courses for Digital Media programs are already in progress for fall 2020. You may enroll in courses for the spring 2021 semester. This means, the scholarship will only cover the costs of courses for the spring 2021 semester in Digital Media.

LOCATION OF DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES

Digital Media courses are available on the Lakeland campus of Polk State College.

LTB Building
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, Florida 33803
863-297-1000

HOW DO I APPLY?

STEP 1: CREATE ACCOUNT AND UPLOAD RESUME TO EMPLOYFLORIDA.COM
  1. Select this LINK to create an account with EMPLOYFLORIDA.COM
  2. Create an INDIVIDUAL account by adding a username and password.
  3. Use a Word Processing program such as Microsoft Word to create a resume.
  4. Include your contact information, skills, and education in your resume. View this LINK for resume ideas.
  5. Save and Upload your resume to EMPLOYFLORIDA.COM using your account credentials you created above.
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM
  1. Download this fillable PDF application form. If it opens in your browser, please download it before completing the form.
    • Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer to complete the form and save the results.
    • If you do not have the Adobe Reader, download it here. Be sure to uncheck the two optional McAfee offers from Adobe before downloading the Acrobat Reader.
    • Install Adobe Reader to your computer after downloading.
  2. Open the fillable PDF application form using Adobe Reader. Please do not complete the application form in your browser. It will not work as intended.
  3. Complete the application form digitally by entering the required information using your computer or tablet.
  4. Save the completed form.
STEP 3: EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION FORM
  1. Open or login to your email program. Create a new email and attach the completed PDF application form.
  2. In the body of the email, please include the following information:
    • Tell us you are interested in the Fast Forward Scholarship for Digital Media
    • Your first and last name
    • Your cell phone number
    • Confirmation that you completed the EMPLOYFLORIDA.COM Account
    • Confirmation that you uploaded your resume to EMPLOYFLORIDA.COM
    • Tell us that you attached the completed application form to your email
  3. Send the email with the completed PDF application form to fastforward@polk.edu
  4. Add digitalmedia@polk.edu to the CC line of your email so that we know you have applied.
STEP 4: WAIT TO HEAR FROM US
  1. We will review your application and contact you if we have questions.
  2. It will take about 10 – 12 days for us to review your application and respond.
  3. If you have questions, please contact us at fastforward@polk.edu
STEP 5: CONTACT ADVISING AND ENROLL IN COURSES
  1. Contact your adviser at Polk State College once you receive confirmation that you have been approved for the scholarship.
  2. Contact Claudy Fenelon at cfenelon@polk.edu or 863-669-2949 for additional guidance.

QUESTIONS

  • May I take multiple Digital Media certificates at the same time under this scholarship? No. The funds are limited. So, we work hard to serve as many students as possible. Please complete only one certificate at a time.
  • Will I pay for courses I take after May 2021? Yes. The scholarship covers courses up to May 2021. You will be responsible for courses you take after that date.
  • May I take all certificate courses in one semester? No. Advanced courses have prerequisites. You must complete beginner courses before completing intermediate and advanced courses. You will be able to complete two or three courses by May 2021. These will be covered by the scholarship.  The two remaining courses will not.
  • If I pay for a course, what are the costs? Tuition costs may be found at this link. Typically, Digital Media courses cost between $336 – $380 per course.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DIGITAL MEDIA?

If you still have questions about the Digital Media program, you may:

  • Explore our website to learn more about our program. Just select the links on the left.
  • Speak to our Program Specialist: Ms. Ashley Bramwell
  • Call Ms. Bramwell:  863-669-4987
  • Email Ms. Bramwell: Abramwell@polk.edu