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Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 31
Term Effective: Fall 2014


The Digital Media:Interactive Multimedia Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to generate and manipulate graphics, animations, sound, text and video into consolidated and seamless multimedia presentations for use in developing products or creations such as advanced business presentations and performance pieces, video games, movies, music videos, commercials, CD-ROMs, DVDs, touch screen computer kiosks, and web-based rich media.

Multimedia Developers should have a good understanding of multimedia design principles including interface design, principles of interaction design, foundations of video content creation, color theory, typography. Designers need to understand how to optimize multimedia content for the web, as well as a basic knowledge of website construction. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, image-editing, Principles of Design, 2-D Animation, JavaScript, video editing and best practices, and the interactive development cycle. Students will be expected to design and deploy multimedia content to meet the standards of clients from the community.

This program stresses the practical application of multimedia development skills in real life projects. Students work in teams to create content for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The ability to work in a group, communicate with a client, resolve problems, meet deadlines, and understand the content development cycle is just as important as understanding the software and programming aspects of multimedia. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as finished multimedia projects to feature in an electronic portfolio.

A successful Multimedia Developer exhibits strong work ethics, perfectionist standards, patience, strong people skills, and an attention to detail.

Job titles include Interactive Designer, User-interface Designer, UIX Specialist, Multimedia Content Creator, Interface Architect, Video Editor, Web Multimedia Specialist.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option. For more information, see the Computer Studies website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Complete professional projects, products, and other assignments in applications such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, and various other video editing and web-design software applications;
  2. demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills as they apply to interactive media design;
  3. integrate knowledge of the principles and standards of rich-media design and demonstrate this in professional projects and assignments that rely on software, programming and markup language expertise

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia Certificate program are:

  • Complete 31 units from
    • Web Development Core Requirements
    • Interactive Multimedia Emphasis Requirements

Web Development Core Requirements - complete 12.00 units
CS 50AWeb Development 13.00
CS 50BWeb Development 23.00
CS 50CWeb Development 33.00
CS 57.11Introduction to Social Media3.00
Interactive Multimedia Emphasis Requirements - complete 19.00 units
CS 50.32Web and Digital Media Projects4.00
CS 55.11Programming Webpages with JavaScript, jQuery and AJAX3.00
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
CS 74.21ADigital Video Post Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21BDigital Video Post Production Techniques 21.50
CS 74.31AIntro to Web-Based Animation with Flash3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2014

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2017

Previous Versions:

Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia - effective Spring 2012
Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia - effective Summer 2011
Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia - effective Fall 2010
Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia - effective Fall 2008
Digital Media: Interactive Multimedia - effective Fall 2007

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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