The Digital Media Technology Program at Polk State College prepares an individual for a career in web development, video production, and graphic design. During the program, the student engages in hands-on tasks and industry-standard workflows using current technologies and equipment to produce professional results that communicate effectively.
The Web Production Specialization provides a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates front-end web development, user interaction and experience, web page design, markup and scripting languages, Content Management Systems, and visual design to increase engagement and acquisition of essential web-production skills.
Targeted projects and extensive training in the program allow the student to increase expertise, improve technical skills, and expand soft skills. Additionally, each student develops the ability to collaborate effectively within a team, cope under pressure, communicate professionally, apply important interpersonal skills, and use creative problem solving to exceed the needs of clients and complete projects.
The program offers 24 credits in the core curriculum, 18 credits in General Education, and 18 credits in Web Production. To promote a comprehensive media skillset, the core curriculum includes courses in digital media concepts, video and audio editing, photography, web development, image creation and editing, interactive design, and publication design. It also features a Capstone Course to develop and expand the individual's portfolio.
The Digital Media Technology Program provides certificate options for working adults, professionals with degrees, and individuals who wish to gain specific expertise in one or two semesters.
Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is able to:
PLO 1: Design and edit web pages and applications using a variety of standard tools to produce functional web products that conform to professional standards of design, usability, and visual appeal.
PLO 2: Use web tools, including markup and scripting languages, Content Management Systems, and visual design applications, to create personal, business, and e-commerce websites that incorporate dynamic content and multimedia into professional products.
PLO 3: Demonstrate effective collaboration within a multimedia team by integrating shared objectives, essential interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, timely communication, and professional interactions.
PLO 4: Produce end-products that comply with copyright guidelines and relevant laws; show commitment to professional conduct and personal ethos; apply best practices to content rights, privacy, and data security; demonstrate appropriate use of social media; and incorporate principles of inclusion and diversity.