Individuals seeking an associate's degree related to internet multimedia and design can find graphic design, web design, game design and digital design associate's degree programs online. Programs may also be offered in hybrid formats, with required on-campus courses or field experiences. Given the technology-centric nature of these programs, specific design software is usually required such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Office, Windows Media Player, video editing software, anti-virus protection, CD burner, digital camera, printer, and a scanner.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), graphic designers may need a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Web designers and multimedia artists may not necessarily need a degree, but typically complete some graphic design coursework and might choose a degree program to enhance their technical skills and develop a portfolio of high-quality work.
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Associate's Degree in Internet Multimedia and Design
Online associate's degree programs in internet multimedia and design include studies in graphic design, web design and advertising. Students create intriguing and aesthetically pleasing designs for web and print that capture the attention of clients with the goal of selling products.
Program Information and Requirements
It typically takes about two years to complete an associate's degree, but it can take part-time students longer. Pupils can complete courses entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses. To complete an online degree program, students log into the school's web-based educational system, where they can access video lectures, lecture notes, assignments and discussion boards. They can also use the virtual library and interact with their peers to complete online projects.
The online programs require access to high-speed internet. Software necessary to fulfill the design portion of the program includes Adobe Flash, Microsoft Office, Windows Media Player, video editing software and anti-virus protection. Hardware requirements include a CD burner, digital camera, printer and scanner.
In addition to studies in multimedia and design, most associate's degree programs require that students complete general education courses. This allows students to transfer into the third year of a bachelor's degree program.
Enrollees explore the role of color in design and learn how different colors trigger a specific physical or emotional response in people's minds. They also begin to incorporate various colors and color combinations in their designs to emphasize these concepts.
In this class, participants explore methods for optimizing and scripting animations for the web.
Typography in Design
What messages do font and word placement send? This course provides an all-inclusive look at the history, meaning and importance of typography.
Audio and Video Editing
Students study techniques for using video-editing software and gain practical experience editing short videos.
Graduates can become graphic designers, multimedia artists and web designers. The BLS projected that employment would increase by 1% for graphic designers between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). As of May 2015, graphic designers earned an average annual salary of $51,640. Multimedia artists and animators could expect a fast-as-the-average job growth of 6% from 2014-2024 and earned a May 2015 average annual salary of $70,300. Web designers, along with information security analysts and computer network architects, could expect a much faster-than-average 27% job growth from 2014-2024, and as of May 2015 web designers earned an average annual salary of $70,660.
Continuing Education Information
Online bachelor's and master's degree programs also exist in multimedia design, animation and graphic design. With experience, graduates can become creative directors or chief designers. They may also be able to fill management positions.
Online associate's programs in Internet multimedia and design can be completed fully online or as a hybrid. These programs focus on multimedia and design in addition to general education courses.