The DMA program offers a solid foundation in technology, a rich creative background in the arts, and the communication skills necessary to convey ideas in the digital realm. The proposed curriculum is interdisciplinary, including courses from the art and computer/IT areas and will provide practical, applied education towards entry-‐level positions in digital media and IT support. The program is designed to quickly develop the workplace and content skills necessary for entry-‐level work, with further concentrations in digital media design and technology. We believe the program is unique in two ways. First, it offers two related but distinct pathways to the Digital Media AAS: (1) designer (with the DMA area of focus on the Arts/Media Arts) and (2) technician (which is built on a “pluggable” IT certification). Second, the IT area of focus is built on a solid foundation of IT content and support skills based on an industry standard (A+/ CompTIA/TestOut). Students completing a program in Digital Media Arts develop the skills to pursue working in graphic design, publishing, advertising, web production, film, animation/3D modeling, television, gaming, interior design, and industrial design. Those student wishing to pursue the DMA IT area of focus become Digital Media Arts Technicians capable of entry-‐level IT and Computer Support Specialist employment with a solid background in Digital Media use and application.
The DMA Design track of the program is designed to be transfer ready for the 4 year program at UNM Main Campus’ Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program, as it contains the requisite core transfer area courses. Further the concentration courses are almost entirely transferable, with the exception of two (2) DMA courses ( which are part of the core prerequisites of the DMA Design program) offered locally; note that for full transferability of the elective courses, the elective offerings containing the Art Studio courses are fully transferable, while the AAC and CT courses are not.
The DMA Technician track of the program, based on the IT Certificate, has been developed in conjunction with other NM community colleges (e.g., CNM, SFCC, NNMC, ENMU-‐R, and UNM branches at Valencia and Los Alamos) under the DOL TAACCCT grant discussed above, and is designed to be articulated with other UNM Branches, as well as members of the emerging SUN Online consortium, which includes SFCC, CNM, and NNMC. UNM Taos students will have access to IT concentrations offered throughout SUN Online, leading to further certificates, industry certifications, and perhaps an AAS in IT (e.g., Cyber Security, Health Records, Business Analytics, etc.).
AASDMA – Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Arts Total Hours (67 Credits)
(A) DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS DESIGN or (B) DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS TECHNOLOGY
DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS DESIGN -‐ Total Hours (30 Credits):