Have a hand in shaping the way the modern world works, learns, communicates, and plays by earning a Certificate in Digital Media Design. Social networks, animation, marketing and instructional content all rely on the expertise of digital media designers to engage users and guide their experience. The Digital Media Design program provides hands-on experience using the very latest tools, technologies, and trends that make up the current media arts workspace. At Dixie Tech, you’ll be on top of the latest methodologies and technology used for visual communication in business, marketing, education, and entertainment.
The knowledge and experience gained in Digital Media Design courses prepare you for a transmedia, visually literate future that incorporates web design, audio, video, special effects, animation, layout and design, image creation and editing, and visual design.
Once you complete your core design courses in Digital Media Design, you will be asked to declare a track of your preference. The track will allow you to specialize in either Digital Marketing or 2D/3D Animation. Due to the competitive and in-depth nature of these fields, we provide project-based coursework specific to these fields to prepare you for success upon graduation. This program will allow thorough portfolio development so you can stand out to employers looking to hire in the ever-expanding and profitable field of Design.
Working with both print and digital mediums, students will learn design principles and skills like branding, printing, layout, and much more using a range of Adobe computer programs.
Students will learn how to read and write HTML and CSS, as well as many popular CMS applications to help build multiple websites quickly and with ease.
Because marketing is so intertwined with social media, this focuses on not only general marketing but how to use these skills to tap into the rich market that is social media.
From 2D animations to character rigging, these classes dive into the principles of animation and real-world examples and demonstrations to teach a large span of techniques. Students will be working with the same professional programs used in the animation industry today.
With a wide variety of professional equipment at their fingertips, students will learn to capture industry standard photos and videos. They will then take their photos/footage into Adobe computer programs to further edit/perfect.
Through case studies, students will learn how to create a good user experience and translate this into design through user-interface such as websites, apps, or product packaging.
Kevin Pfunder, best known in Dixie Tech circles as ‘Pfunder’, has two Bachelor’s degrees and a Masters in Educational Technology with an emphasis in online gaming development. With over 20+ years of industry experience, Pfunder also taught middle school for 16 years before joining the faculty at Dixie Tech. “The whole reason I do this is for the students…watching students grow throughout the program and the ultimate satisfaction for me is helping them get a job doing something they love. Sometimes it’s something they never even realized could be a job. That’s the payday!”
Mal was born in the small town of Rigby, Idaho, and later moved to St. George with her family. She’s been in the digital design industry for over 10 years and has been teaching at Dixie Tech since 2019. Mal finds great joy being in the classroom teaching design. Traveling around the world is her passion.
Josh was born in Salt Lake City and was raised in Utah. He attended school for Digital Media Design. Josh is happily married and a proud dog dad. He is thoroughly enjoying his position as a Dixie Tech instructor.
Ashlynn was born in Las Vegas and raised in Hurricane, Utah. Ashlynn has loved all things creative since childhood. At 13 years old, she dove into photography and graphic design to promote her online businesses. Her passion for computer arts and marketing has only grown since then. Ashlynn is an avid animal lover.
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