Become part of the rapidly growing field of motion graphics through acquiring the multimedia skills most in demand for motion graphics design positions in television, advertising, public relations, graphic design and the media departments of a wide range of businesses and educational institutions. Current tools and techniques develop proficiencies in video editing, designing video graphics, animations, and interactive experiences for the web and beyond. Projects include learning to analyze, plan, edit, and manage creative and technical elements across multi-channel platforms including broadcast, web, social and mobile.



  • Digital Design
  • Digital Imaging with Photoshop
  • Computer Illustrator
  • After Effects I
  • After Effects II
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Web Design I: HTML & CSS
  • 3D Motion Design



Enroll in individual courses according to your interests or complete all eight to earn the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met. It is recommended that students who wish to complete a program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses.  Dual Certificates may be earned by completing combined course requirements.




Each Digital Media course meets from 7-10 pm once a week for ten weeks.  For the specific schedule in a given quarter, please review the appropriate catalog or contact us directly.


Digital Design

DM101 $980 2 Credits
DMA101 $750 Noncredit
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Quarters

Develop proficiency in operating the Mac while learning the basic design tools and protocols of Adobe Creative Suite’s major programs. There is a combined emphasis on acquiring hardware and software skills with an understanding of design fundamentals in contemporary digital design. Hands-on projects include creating, importing and editing images, as well as text and graphics in a variety of formats to develop a better understanding of computer-aided design, digital workflow and visual communication. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet navigation skills. Note: Certificate students who do not need this course may substitute another course at any time during their program.


Digital Imaging with Photoshop

DM104 $980 2 Credits

DMA104 $750 Noncredit

Offered Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Quarters

Photoshop is the essential tool for digital image manipulation in graphic design, web design, and photography. Participants develop digital imaging software skills, as well as applied theoretical and technical skills in solving visual design problems. Projects cover Photoshop’s vast array of tools, filters, and procedures including resolution issues, retouching, color work flow, camera raw, image adjustments, compositing, and masking. A folio of digitally generated and manipulated images is completed. Prerequisite: Digital Design, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent knowledge.


Computer Illustrator

DM103 $980 2 Credits
DMA103 $750 Noncredit
Offered Winter & Summer Quarters

Adobe Illustrator is used to create the high-resolution illustrations essential for contemporary print, web, video, animation, and multimedia design. Participants learn techniques for developing professional images and working efficiently with various modes, panels, and settings. Projects utilize the full range of selection, organization, drawing and editing tools used to create quality vector artwork. Color and typographic libraries are explored along with basic design disciplines for both. Prerequisite: Digital Design, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent knowledge.


After Effects I                          

DM212 $980 2 Credits
DMA212 $750 Noncredit
Offered Fall & Spring Quarters

Adobe After Effects is used to design motion graphics for broadcast, film, video, and web. Learn the essentials for realizing multimedia projects, importing digitized video and creating dynamic visual effects and animations. Projects cover the use of basic tools, composition and design, storyboarding, project planning, music and sound synchronization, applying effects, and animating text. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.


After Effects II

DM303 $980 2 Credits
DMA303 $750 Noncredit
Offered Winter & Summer Quarters

A continuation of After Effects I, participants expand their knowledge of 2D animation and visual effects in the design of motion graphics through the development of more advanced multimedia projects that include skill development in transparency, axis modes, track mattes, adjustment layers, and camera and light settings. Prerequisites: After Effects I and Digital Video Editing or equivalent knowledge.


Digital Video Editing

DM213 $980 2 Credits
DMA213 $750 Noncredit
Offered Fall & Spring Quarters

Learn the art and craft of editing videos through exploring techniques applied in Adobe Premiere Pro, the non-linear editing program most used in the industry, alongside the art behind video editing.  Projects include editing a commercial, interview, narrative scene, music video and text title sequence. The focus is on providing a foundation in basic editorial techniques with digital video, audio and graphics in order to tell a story effectively and efficiently with control of rhythm, motion, and continuity. Prerequisite: Digital Design or Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.


Web Design I: HTML & CSS

DM109 $980 2 Credits
DMA109 $750 Noncredit
Offered Winter & Summer Quarters

Web Design I introduces best practices in web and user interface design as well as HTML (HyperText Mark-Up Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and related coding languages that provide the foundation for building web sites. Instruction includes the following topics: user experience design, design criticism, grid systems, typography for the web, and technical trouble-shooting. At the end of the course, students will have generated a site that is based on current professional practices in web design. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.


3D Motion Design

DM214 $980 2 Credits
DMA214 $750 Noncredit
Offered Fall & Spring Quarters

Create 3D software art assets that are designed to expand visual effects skills for animation and motion graphics. Explore different aspects of 3D modeling and animation to create interior environments, exterior environments, vehicles, and characters. Projects focus on techniques in simple modeling, texturing, lighting, animating and rendering. The integration of 3D objects into live action footage within compositing software is also covered. No prerequisites.