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Certificate in Digital Media Production Certificate Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisite: Upon admission, if you have not passed the Hypermedia Proficiency Examination (register online to take the exam), you are expected to complete PBDS 501: Introduction to Web Development with a grade of B or better before undertaking any other coursework; this course does not count toward the completion of the degree program.

This 12-credit program requires the following:

Required Courses (6 credits)

    • IDIA 612 Interaction and Interface Design (3 credits)

      Explores electronic publication environments as fluid spaces where interactions among people, machines and media (words, images, sounds, video, animations, simulations) must be structured for the unforeseen. The course focuses on planning, analyzing, prototyping and integrating interaction design with interface design. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam
    • IDIA 616 Designing for Mobile Web (3 credits)

      Hands-on application and site development for the mobile Web. Students learn current programming languages and development environments for the latest mobile devices and work intensively on a major mobile design project. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam

Electives (6 credits)
Choose two of the following:

  • IDIA 618 Dynamic Web Sites (3 credits)

    Familiarizes students with the basic concepts and vocabulary of Web site programming, including application scripting, database management, object-oriented programming and full-lifecycle software development. Provides students with the fundamental skills required to develop and maintain a dynamic, data-driven Web site. Each student develops a complete Web site using a simple text editor to create and manipulate relational data, learn a middleware markup language to store and retrieve data and control the rules of interaction, and write HTML to format data and control display. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam
  • IDIA 619 Interactive Multimedia (3 credits)

    Practical and theoretical introduction to genres, strategies and techniques for producing interactive multimedia projects for the Internet. Students learn to program with a scripting language such as Action Script to create interactive information tools such as games, simulations and dynamic Web sites. Background readings provide theoretical and practical context for development of individual projects. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam
  • PBDS 639 Video Aesthetics & Technique (3 credits)

    In-depth analysis of the aesthetic variables affecting video programs. Advanced video and audio projects culminating in a thesis-quality production. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 602
  • PBDS 670 Motion Graphics for Interactive Media (3 credits)

    Students explore the relationship between graphic design and time-based interactive media while examining the history and fundamentals of animation. Students use current industry software to produce a range of motion graphics projects for the Web and other interfaces. Special attention given to the creative processes and developing an appropriate conceptual, technical and aesthetic critical sense within the language of motion design for dynamic media. Lab fee required. prerequisites: PBDS 615, PBDS 601 Adobe CS4 competence and one of the following: PBDS 645, DESN 616 or permission of the program director
  • IDIA 750 Special Topics (3 credits)

    Intensive exploration of topics in hypermedia, information architecture or interaction design of mutual interest to students and faculty. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam