The Digital Media Technology Program at Polk State College provides students with a strong foundation that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in web technologies, graphic design, and audiovisual communication. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively.
Students in the program gain the digital media skills and techniques necessary for success. The courses offer a comprehensive curriculum that explores artistry, creativity, theories of good design, universal principles, balance, symmetry, lighting, composition, and visual and aesthetic appeal. Students apply communication formats, effective messaging, audiovisual communication, and page-layout techniques to increase engagement and usability in design projects.
Targeted projects and extensive training allow students to increase expertise and improve technical skills for graphic design, illustration, edited images, digital publishing, photography, and page layout. The course curriculum trains participants to work effectively within a team, cope under pressure, communicate well, improve soft skills, and use creative problem-solving to exceed the needs of clients or any organization that hires them.
The program offers 24 credits in the core curriculum, 18 credits in General Education, and 18 credits specializing in Graphic Design. Specialization courses focus on content and projects designed to produce highly-skilled graduates equipped with the necessary expertise to employ multimedia technologies for the creation of desired products and experiences.
Working adults, professionals with existing degrees, or those who wish to gain specific expertise in one or two semesters should explore the College's Digital Media Technology certificate options.
Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.