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REAL WORLD SKILLS

The UNM-Taos 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.

Students completing a program in Digital Media Arts develop the skills to pursue careers in graphic design, publishing, advertising, web production, film, animation/3D modelling, 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’ Cinematic Arts Program. Concentration courses are almost entirely transferable.

The DMA Technician track, based on the IT Certificate, has been developed in conjunction with other NM community colleges.

UNM Taos students will have access to IT concentrations offered throughout SUN Online, leading to further industry certifications and perhaps an AAS in IT (e.g., Cyber Security, Health Records, Business Analytics, etc.).

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WHAT JOBS CAN I QUALIFY FOR WITH A DEGREE IN DIGITAL MEDIA?

A degree in digital media gives you several career options in different industries. Digital media majors often work in the motion picture and video industries to create special effects, visual images and audio. You may also work for computer software companies and make web sites, animations or video game designs. Others find work in the government or education industries. Common employers include advertising agencies, animation firms, graphic design studios, newspapers, magazines, museums and interactive media design firms.

Your skills will enable you to hold various types of positions within these companies, according to your interests and career goals. Some of the job titles you could qualify for include game designer, animator, sound producer, digital illustrator, graphic designer, animation engineer, presentation artist and art director. If you’re interested in education, you may pursue a teaching position at a trade or technical school. In government, your job might entail creating 3-dimensional imagery and animation for military purposes. New job titles also emerge as the digital media field expands with technology.

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ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS DESIGN

Total Hours (30 Credits)

Digital Media Arts Core Requirements (21 Credits)

  • DMA 100 – Foundations of Digital Media (3)
  • DMA 270 – Digital Media Portfolio (3)
  • MA 110 – Intro to Mass Communications (3)
  • MA 111 – Technical Intro to Video (3)
  • MA 210 – Intro to Film Studies (3)
  • MA 212 – Beyond Hollywood (3)
  • MA 216T – Topics (3) e.g.: Advanced Video Production (3); Computer Animation (3)

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES REQUIRED (6 Credits)

Art Studio (Directly transferable – should be taken if student seeks transfer to 4 year program)

  • ARTS 106 – Drawing (3)
  • ARTS 121 – 2D Design (3)
  • ARTS 130 – Intro to Electronic Art (3)
  • ARTS 187 – Intro to Photography (3)

Graphic Design (Applied Arts and Crafts/Computers & Technology) (3 Credits)

  • AAC 293 – Mastering the Digital Camera (3)
  • CT 109L – Desktop Publishing on MAC (3)
  • CT 110L – Digital Imaging (3)
  • CT 113L – Multimedia 1 (3)
  • CT 114L – Intro to WWW publishing (3)
  • CT 116 – Fundamentals of Graphic Design (3)
  • CT 175 – Planning and Designing a Website (3)
  • CT 190 – Desktop Publishing 2 (3)
  • CT 213L – Multimedia 2 (3)

Total Required (64 Credits)

Students transferring to UNM Main and other 4 year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion of this degree.

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS TECHNOLOGY

Total Hours (27 Credits)

The Focus Area for Digital Media Arts Technicians

REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES

Digital Media Arts (6 Credits)

  • DMA 100 – Foundations of Digital Media (3)
  • DMA 270 – Digital Media Portfolio (3)

Computer Science: (3 Credits)

CS 150L – Computing for Business Students (3)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information Technology Support Core (18 Credits)

  • IT 125 – Microcomputer Operating Systems (3)
  • IT 131 – Introduction to Hardware Installation (3)
  • IT 140 – Technical Customer Service (3)
  • IT 230 – Computer Networking & Security (3) (see ENMU-R IS 131)
  • IT 142* – Introduction to Business Information Systems (3) (see ENMU-R IS 153)
    • *new course, may be initially implemented via IT 193/293 (Topics I/II)
  • CS 151L – Computer Programming Fundamentals for Non-Majors (3)

Total Required (30 Credits)

Students transferring to UNM Main and other 4 year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion of this degree.  Please consult with your advisor.

BOTH REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES (37 Credits)

Writing and Speaking (9 Credits)

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 102
  • CJ 130 or ENGL 219, or ENGL 220

Math (3-4 Credits)

Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum, one of which must include a lab.

Physical and Natural Sciences (7 Credits)

Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum, one of which must include a lab.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits)

Humanities (6 Credits)

Select two courses from UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities. An additional upper division humanities course is required by ASM.

Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Select one course from ARTH 101, ARTH 201, ARTH 202

Foreign Language (3 Credits)

Courses & Course Descriptions
ID Course Name Duration Start Date
DMA 100 Foundations of Digital Media August 22, 2016
Social Media Marketing August 22, 2016