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Course Descriptions


DMED 101: Introduction to Digital Media

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

DMED 101 is an introduction to the major media forms used in Digital Media production, including print design, web design, audio production, video production, animation and authoring tools. Students will also investigate the impact of digital media on society and current issues in media and technology. Basic computer skills will be expected in the areas of word processing, graphic and paint programs. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 110: Web Page Development

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

An introduction to the World Wide Web on the Internet and its uses as a communication tool. The course will cover essential terms and technologies, creating web pages, critiquing Internet content and a review of ethical and legal issues. Basic computer skills will be expected. Course covers HTML5 and CSS coding as well using web design programs to create content. Special attention is paid to creating web content that adheres to web standards. Students learn basics of image manipulation. The course will have a continuing emphasis on successfully communicating through the web, especially considering design and interactivity. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 120: Computer Imaging and Design

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

An introduction to creating and manipulating digital images. Emphasis is placed on studying and applying basic design concepts, while dealing with common print, video and computer designing challenges faced in the business world. Computer graphic programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign or Quark will be used. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 130: Media Design Fundamentals

Prerequisite(s):
- Concurrent enrollment in DMED 120 OR
- Completion of DMED 120
AND
- Completion of placement tests or equivalent is required

DMED 130 is an introduction to the fundamental principles and theories necessary to design effective interactive media. Students will focus on effective typography choices, employing sound design principles and using effective usability processes to achieve a successful interactive project. 3 credit hours

DMED 145: Video Production

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

An introduction to how to effectively use video production equipment to record and edit video for business, education, entertainment and personal use. Course will cover equipment, shooting techniques, composition, lighting, planning and non-linear editing. Students will complete a short video production in this course. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 150: Interactive Digital Media

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in DMED 110
AND
-Completion of English and reading placement tests, or exemption from placement tests

DMED 150 is an introduction to adding advanced interactivity to HTML pages using HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery. Emphasis is placed on using browser and device agnostic techniques to validate forms and add animation to web pages. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 170: Dynamic Web Technologies

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of DMED 110
AND
-Completion of English and reading placement tests, or exemption from placement tests

Introduction to scripting. Covers basic scripting techniques, basic database techniques and surveys major scripting languages. Special focus is on PHP and MySQL for web designers. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 210: Advanced Web Page Design

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of DMED 110
AND
-Completion of English and reading placement tests, or exemption from placement tests

Students will create professional websites built on popular Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Emphasis will be placed on administering a CMS and customizing it for the specific needs of a client. Students will continue to develop their HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 245: Advanced Video Production

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of DMED 145
AND
-Completion of English and reading placement tests, or exemption from placement tests

DMED 245 focuses on advanced video production concepts, such as live studio production, motion graphics, video compositing, studio lighting, video streaming as well as advanced issues involved in producing informational and narrative video, such as script writing, graphics production and project output using different digital methods. Students will be expected to produce several short videos on a deadline in this course. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 250: Preparing Print Publications

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of DMED 120
AND
-Completion of English and reading placement tests, or exemption from placement tests

Course will cover basic aspects of preparing copy, line-art and pictures for professional print. Students will build on design skills learned in DMED 120, while focusing on preparing printed pieces on the computer that are appropriate to be sent to a professional print house for printing in quantity. Issues of design, audience, interface and environment will be reviewed. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 260: Computer Animation

Prerequisite(s):
- Completion of DMED 101
OR
- Completion of DMED 120
AND
- completion of placement tests or equivalent

Course will cover basic aspects of animation using animation software, including modeling objects and bringing them into a virtual environment to add lighting, surfaces and motion for a completed scene. Issues of design, audience, interface and environment will be reviewed. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 290: Advanced Media Production

Prerequisite(s):
- Completion of DMED 145
AND
- Completion of DMED 210
AND
- completion of placement tests or equivalent

This course is a capstone experience that integrates various digital media skills as students work in a team to complete projects on a weekly basis in a realistic production environment. Students create and maintain their own section of a continually updated web site, with content they conceive, write, produce and post. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 291: Design Fusion

Prerequisite(s):
- Completion of DMED 120
AND
- 6 additional hours of DMED courses
OR
- ART 231

An intensive, hands-on course allowing students to work on real projects for Heartland Community College’s Marketing department. Students will meet with real clients and have the opportunity to work on a number of projects across all media. Student projects will be selected and placed into production. 3 credit hours

DMED 296: Topics in Digital Media

Prerequisite(s):
- Permission of division dean or chair

An advanced course in a specific topic in digital media communication, such as a specific software program, language or project. The course is intended to familiarize students with some of the latest technologies and trends in new media. The topic will be announced in the schedule book. Because topics studied will change each semester, DMED 296 may be repeated once for a different topic. 1.5-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 297: Independent Study in Digital Media

Prerequisite(s):
- Permission of division dean or chair

This course builds on the skills learned in other digital media courses, such as video production, motion graphics, computer animation and Web page design. Students will complete projects on a weekly basis in a realistic production environment. They will create and maintain their own section of a continually updated Web site, with content they conceive, write, produce and post. 1-4 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

DMED 299: Digital Media Internship

Prerequisite(s):
-Permission of Dean or Chair

Student interns will work, in a paid or volunteer capacity, to learn about digital media applications in a variety of settings including business, industry, non-profit organization, education, and government. Interns gain practical skills and experience while being supervised on the job and through the college. A total of 75 hours equals one internship credit hour. Credit is available only for work experiences approved in advance, before the internship begins, by the digital media communications department. 1-6 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

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