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 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS CIS Software Development 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).
Students must take the following prerequisites:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90||Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)||3-4|
|or WR90R||Academic Literacy|
|ART115||Basic Design I, Intro to Elements||4|
|ART131||Introduction to Drawing I||3|
|Concepts of Computing
or Problem Solving for CIS Majors
|CIS125PH||Computer Applications: Photoshop||3|
|DD160||Digital Design Orientation||3|
|ART110||Digital Photography I||3|
|CS195||Web Development I||3|
|ART116||Basic Design II, Color Theory||4|
|DD235PH||Digital Design App: Photoshop||3|
|WR115||Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher)||3|
|ART117||Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Desgn||4|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations 1||3|
|CIS125IL||Computer Applications: Illustrator||3|
|CIS125MA||Computer Applications: Maya||3|
|ART210||Digital Photography II||3|
|Introduction to Entrepreneurship
or Technology Entrepreneurship
|CIS125DW||Computer Applications: Dreamweaver||3|
|Digital Design App: Maya
or Digital Design App: Indesign
|MTH86||Computer Technology Mathematics (or higher)||4|
|BA223||Principles of Marketing||3|
|DD250||Projects in Digital Media||3|
|DD280||CWE: Digital Design||4|
|SP100||Basic Speech Communications (or higher)||3|
|DD297||Digital Design Capstone||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 3||3|
|Specific Elective 2||6|
BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams, BA120 Leadership Development; PSY100 Introduction to Psychology, PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/Honors, PSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA285 Human Relations in Organizations.
Specific Electives: Any ART, BA,CS/CIS, or DD course not otherwise required within the degree; MTH course higher than MTH86 Computer Technology Mathematics.
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 web pages.
- Work effectively as part of a design team.