Digital Media Production

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New Media is the convergence of audio, video and written media, delivered on the web or mobile devices. New Media distribution is focused on webcasting and podcasting.

New Media is the convergence of audio, video and written media, delivered on the web or mobile devices. New Media distribution is focused on webcasting and podcasting. New Media graduates are prepared for work in traditional media fields of broadcast and print, and as communications specialists in small business, manufacturing, health care, education and government. The Center for New Media offers training in digital photography, web design, video and audio acquisition and editing.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
BUSN 1110 Intro to Business 3 credits
CPTR 1500 Intro Web Concepts 3 credits
DMED 1125 Digital Audio Production 3 credits
DMED 1135 Media Design Prin 3 credits
DMED 1201 Digital Video 3 credits
DMED 1205 Internet Broadcasting 3 credits
DMED 1210 Nonlinear Video Editing 3 credits
DMED 2105 Desktop Publishing 3 credits
DMED 2110 Remote Broadcasting 3 credits
DMED 2115 Motion Graphics 3 credits
DMED 2210 Video Distribution 3 credits
DMED 2220 Social Media 3 credits
DMED 2226 Intro to 3D Animation 4 credits
DMED 2235 Internship 2 credits
ARTS 1131 Digital Photography 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation 3 credits
ARTS 1111Basic Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 1112Life Drawing 3 credits
ARTS 1125Intro Art I-2D Design 3 credits
ARTS 1126Intro Art II-3D Design 3 credits
ARTS 1156Intro to Painting 3 credits
ARTS 1157Intro to Printmaking 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Students will use digital media productions to craft creative business communications.
2. Students will combine images, audio, graphics and text into cohesive digital media productions.
3. Students will apply high technical and artistic standards in operation of cameras, microphones, recorders, editing software and other studio equipment.
4. Students will write scripts for multimedia commercials, news packages, documentaries, and other productions.
5. Students will evaluate appropriate methods for distributing multimedia programming, taking into account the compression/bandwidth considerations, image/audio quality, and cost effectiveness of each.
6. Students will integrate streaming and archived multimedia productions with basic web design elements.
7. Students will create verbal, visual, and written communications for employers/clients, including estimates, professional forms, marketing materials, market research, web pages and multimedia productions.
8. Students will apply problem solving to multimedia production workflows.
9. Students will read, comprehend and communicate verbal, written and visual information.
10. Students will analyze and critique multimedia productions for effectiveness, including: technical quality, accuracy, style, and marketability.
11. Students will demonstrate a professional and responsible attitude toward care of equipment, organizational skills and workplace safety.
12. Students will demonstrate skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning and career growth.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Learn the tools of New Media to begin or enhance your career in:

  • Radio or Television Broadcasting

  • Web Design & Content Creation

  • Public Relations & Marketing

  • Digital Filmmaking

  • Advertising

  • eCommerce

  • Journalism

The employment outlook for multi-media and graphic design specialists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 11.8%, a high growth career.

Program Faculty

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