Certificate of Achievement in Digital Media and Electronic Publishing

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 3071

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Achievement
Why major in Digital Media and Electronic Publishing?

The Digital Media & Electronic Publishing certificate program prepares individuals for employment in professional positions in desktop publishing, advertising graphics, video editing, and digital production. The skills developed in the courses prepare students for employment at specialized printing companies, multimedia production centers, and digital media companies. This program has been created in accordance with standards established by the Electronic Imaging Printing Industry Association and also the National Voluntary Skills Standards for pre-press/imaging in the graphics communication industry.

If I major in Digital Media and Electronic Publishing, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Digital Media & Electronic Publishing certificate program is career oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. However, credits earned in this program can be applied toward associate’s degrees at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. Please see a Humanities Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

No.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you follow the recommended sequence of courses and register for an average of 6 credits each semester, you should be able to complete this certificate of achievement in three semesters.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Please contact the Program Coordinator at (973) 877-1937 or email her at jwager@essex.edu.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of visual design and media technology fundamentals;
  • Describe and apply fundamental theories, practices, and appropriate elements of computer applications of presentation graphics; and
  • Use a variety of industry-standard design software programs to produce graphic design for print and web-based media.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

ART 161 Computer-Enhanced Layout & Design (3 credits)
ART 167 Introduction to Computer Art (3 credits)
ART 168 Desktop Publishing & Presentation Graphics (3 credits)
ART 169 Advanced Computer Graphics (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

ART 163 Digital Video Graphic Design (3 credits)
Choose one Art elective*: ART 170 Basic Webpage Design OR ART 171 Cyberspace Graphics & Beginning Animation (one 3-credit courses)

*Note: Students who wish to pursue web-based design should choose ART 170; students who wish to pursue animation design should choose ART 171.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 18

First Semester
ART 167 Introduction to Computer Art (3 credits)
ART 168 Desktop Publishing & Presentation Graphics (3 credits)

Second Semester
ART 161 Computer-Enhanced Layout and Design (3 credits)
ART 163 Digital Video Graphic Design (3 credits)

Summer Session or Third Semester
ART 169 Advanced Computer Graphics (3 credits)
Art elective (3 credits)


 
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.
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