CIS Digital Design, Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) CIS Digital Design degree is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. Upon successful completion of the AAS CIS Digital Design degree, students are prepared for a variety of entry-level positions in numerous digital design fields. Students attain knowledge and learn skills to seek careers in creative and support professions within such media industries as film and video, graphic design, production, game development, animation, and web design. Some of the careers available in media include: Production designer, camera operator, visual effects production, multimedia producer, duplication, production assistant, graphic artist, art assistant, web designer, and other emerging opportunities.
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Students must complete a minimum of 91 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional design principles and practices.
- Plan, design, develop, and edit digital images and graphics.
- Plan, design, develop, and edit digital time-based media.
- Plan, design, develop, and edit interactive webpages.
- Work effectively as part of a design team.
Students must take the following prerequisites:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|MTH60||Algebra I (or placement in higher math course)||4|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|ART115||Basic Design I Intro to Elements of Art and Principles of Design||4|
|ART131||Introduction to Drawing I||3|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|CIS125PH||Computer Applications: Photoshop||3|
|DD160||Digital Design Orientation||3|
|ART110||Digital Photography I||3|
|ART116||Basic Design II, Color Theory||4|
|CS195||Web Development I||3|
|DD235PH||Digital Design App: Photoshop||3|
|WR115||Fundamentals of Report Writing (or higher) 1||3|
|ART117||Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Design||4|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations 2||3|
|CIS125IL||Computer Applications: Illustrator||3|
|CIS125MA||Computer Applications: Maya||3|
|CS133WS||Computer Language I: Web Scripting||4|
|ART210||Digital Photography II||3|
|BA150||Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3||3|
|CIS125DW||Computer Applications: Dreamweaver||3|
|DD235MA||Digital Design App: Maya 4||3|
|MTH86||Computer Technology Mathematics 7||4|
|BA223||Principles of Marketing||3|
|DD250||Projects in Digital Media||3|
|DD280||CWE: Digital Design 6||4|
|SP100||Basic Speech Communications (or higher)||3|
|DD297||Digital Design Capstone||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 5||3|
|Specific Elective 6||6|
DD235ID may be substituted for DD235MA
Specific Electives may be substituted: Any ART, BA,CS/CIS, or DD course not otherwise required within the degree; MTH course higher than MTH86.
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.