Professional/Technical Degree

Multimedia Communications Web and Interactive Design, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Area of Study
Arts and Communication
Offered Online
Yes
Program Coordinator

Renne Brock
(360) 417-6249
rbrock@pencol.edu

Program Description

Complete your Multimedia Communications Web and Interactive Design, Associate in Applied Science (AAS). Multimedia communications and web design technologies are integral components of business, communication, and social media. Professional web designers develop websites, information portals, and interactive solutions for service, data organization, and training. This two-year program prepares students to create accessible web interface designs, database driven websites, and content management system deployment for various business, entrepreneurial, and industry services. Capstone courses offer a unique opportunity for students to interact with businesses and clients while creating a collective portfolio of student work. This degree can be completed online. Students are required to have access to Adobe Design Premium software, supply their own digital still and video camera, Adobe Creative Cloud, personal website including domain and webhosting for Portfolio and subdomains for web-based projects, a digital camera for photography and video, and books for this degree option. Visit our web site at: pencol.edu/program/multimedia-communications.

Program Length: 6 Quarters
Program Code: ELCWIAPT

Career Opportunities and Earnings 

There is a high demand for talented people with digital media skills and an increasing number of employers are seeking workers with knowledge of multimedia communication tools. Graduates may find positions with a variety of multimedia oriented companies and organizations in the public and private sectors.

  • Multimedia developer 
  • Web content developer
  • Website designer

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit and search for the relevant occupational term: bls.gov/oes.

Program Outcomes

When this program is completed, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts, terms, tools, and methods used to create websites, web animation, and web based multimedia content
  • Deploy and test web content management systems
  • Create database driven websites
  • Work as a team to apply multimedia competencies and plan, develop, and publish a web site for a client

Special Features

  • Opportunity to arrange a concentration of classes to meet career goals.
  • Up to date curriculum that adapts to the rapidly changing field of multimedia and web technologies.
  • Unique learning environment in its accommodations for the physically challenged.
  • Significantly more cost effective than most private and public schools.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering this program should have good computer knowledge and skills to type and operate a computer. Online students should complete HUMDV 101 or have successfully completed an online course. College-level skills in English and math (eligibility for courses numbered 100 or higher) are required before registering for the English, math, or applied math courses in this program. Students may need to complete prerequisite coursework. The placement test will help determine placement level if not known. Previous coursework may also indicate placement level.

Approximate Additional Costs

  • Books, supplies and miscellaneous fees (per quarter): $200 - $250

Sample Schedule  

This Sample Schedule is provided as a guide for a full-time student starting in fall quarter whose goal is to earn the Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The typical student schedule is based on entering the program during the fall quarter, however some programs allow students to enter in the winter or spring as well. Since not all do, please confirm with an advisor whether this program must be started during a specific quarter or not.  

First Quarter (Fall)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course concentrates on the creative and practical exploration of computer graphics and page layout design. Students will explore basic concepts of digital media, terminology and acquire hands-on experience working with industry standard page layout and illustration software. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Learn fundamental concepts and skills of multimedia content development and website design. Students will create multimedia elements with Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and open-source applications. Manipulate photographs, design animated web banners and graphic rollover buttons. Explore interface design and embed multimedia presentations in a webpage. Good computer file management and typing skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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4

Designed to teach students the principles of digital photography with an emphasis on the discovery of solutions for artistic challenges to composition, lighting, color and photographic technology. Students will explore the cultural influences of visual communication and the evolution of traditional photography into the digital age. Good computer and file management skills are recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 4

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Sub-Total Credits
14

Second Quarter (Winter)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course introduces students to digital video, audio, motion graphics, and digital filming techniques. Students will plan, film, edit, and stream short digital videos on the internet. Students enrolling in this class must supply their own digital video camera and have good computer skills. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Explore the fundamental techniques of 3D creation, capturing, and rendering. Create objects and characters that can be used for 3D environments, interfaces and printing. Good computer file management skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Provides fundamental digital imaging skills. Learn to scan, optimize, enhance, colorize, and combine photographs. Emphasis will be placed on editing photographs, color management, and acquiring a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop. Good computer and file management skills are recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Third Quarter (Spring)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

College mathematics used in professional and technical programs. Content includes mathematical modeling and applications employing numerical operations; measurements; geometry; linear and nonlinear equations; exponent, radical, and polynomial operations; functions; formulas; plane analytical geometry with graphing; and an introduction to trigonometry. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 5

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5

Active reading, effective writing, and critical thinking, using subjective and objective approaches. Introduction to research techniques. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

Credits: 5

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5

Emerging technologies and new digital literacies require content creation that is retentive, absorbing, interactive, and social. Learn about media such as augmented reality that includes digital input overlapping the real-world environment, virtual worlds, and experiential projection spaces. Good computer file management skills recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Fourth Quarter (Fall)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

Examines vital issues for people who use mass media or are affected by it. Emphasis on freedom of expression, censorship, fair trial, privacy, ethics, law, media economics, technology, effectiveness in communicating to audiences and relationships to social, cultural, and political values in the United States and throughout the world. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

Introduction to the formal elements of graphic design. Explore contemporary design issues and examine the history and psychology behind design communications. Use page layout software to create materials for publication and produce a final printed portfolio of student work.  This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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Multimedia Elective  +
6
Sub-Total Credits
16

Fifth Quarter (Winter)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

Use practical techniques to professionally manipulate photographs and automate digital image production tasks. Create special effects for type, photos, and web graphics with industry standard software (Photoshop). Students will produce an informational multimedia presentation on the topic of a global issue, and design a webpage portfolio to showcase course projects. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Introduction to computer illustration with Adobe Illustrator. Learn basic through intermediate computer drawing skills, and use precision digital art production tools. Create professional quality vector graphics for printed materials, multimedia projects, and web presentation. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Develop and market a business presence and webpage on the Internet with social media and open source web applications. Explore online consumer behavior and Internet marketing campaigns. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Sixth Quarter (Spring)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course introduces the fundamentals of database driven website development using the PHP programming language and MySql relational database management system. Students will learn web application programming fundamentals by developing a relational database and PHP web applications. Students will also gain hands-on experience working with web application security and common web application features like create, read, update and delete. Basic understanding of HTML recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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5

Students will produce a website portfolio of digital media and artwork that showcases creative and technical skills. This capstone course is to guide students through the process of creating multimedia web portfolios for the need for college transfer applications and employment in related fields. Students will select, organize, develop, and present a collection of work that exhibits individual efforts, progress, and achievements. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Credits: 5

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Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Your personal Educational Plan will vary based on many factors including:  

Total Credits
90