Digital Design: Diploma Coursework Summary

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With a Digital Design Diploma a student is prepared for an entry-level career as a graphic designer, animator, web designer, computer artist or a computer animator. This diploma teaches all of the latest techniques needed to work in these industries. To earn this diploma a student will need to pass classes such as: design fundamentals, website design, digital illustration, electronic design and production procedures. If this sounds interesting to you please read the rest of the article for more information.
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Why Earn a Diploma in Digital Design?

Do you have artistic ability? Would you like to learn how to make designs and layouts utilizing computer software and applications? Then a diploma in digital design just might be for you! This degree program will prepare you to work as a computer artist, graphic designer, web creator, Flash animator or many other similar positions. You may work for an advertising agency, newspaper, TV station and start your own business.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook for Digital Design

Jobs for artists are anticipated to grow by about 9-17% in the coming years (BLS). Although there will be jobs, there will be a lot of competition for these jobs. Individuals with computer skills may see more jobs opportunities as more and more companies require web sites and the video game market heats up.

Salary Information for Digital Design

The online career source known as Salary.com, www.salary.com, has a number of online calculators that can help calculate salary potential. According to those calculators a web designer can earn between $35,394 and $60,800. Web designers who also develop web-related software can earn between $51,480 and $92,590. Web animators and content managers earn between $75,692 and $129,767. Film and video animators earn between $17,566 and $40,312. Graphic designers averaged about $38,030 in May of 2004 (BLS).

Degree Specifics

Courses for a Digital Design Diploma

Digital Design is a very technical and specialized area of the design field. Students may be required to take the following courses:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Web Design
  • Website Development
  • Computer Software Programming
  • 3D Animation
  • Computer Animation
  • Flash Animation
  • Manipulation of a Digital Image
  • Procedures for Production
  • Digital Illustration
  • Digital Imaging
  • Technology and Design
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Ethics in Media
  • Graphic Design

Skills Learned with a Digital Design Diploma

Graduates of this degree program will acquire a number of specialized and technical skills. They may include the following:

  • Computer Animation Skills
  • Programming Skills
  • 3D Animation Skills
  • Web Design and Development Skills
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Digital Filmmaking Skills
  • Digital Design Skills
  • Business Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Computer Skills

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
      • B.S. - Game Design
      • B.S. - Computer Animation
      • B.S. - Game Art
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    2. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
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    6. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Management Information Systems
    Certificate
      • Certification - Network Technician
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Virginia International University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
      • MPA in Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS)
      • Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)
      • Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance
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    8. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma: Web Page Designer
      • Career Diploma: Computer Graphic Artist

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
  • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
  • B.S. - Web Design and Development

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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The George Washington University

  • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Information Technology

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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Virginia College

  • Bachelor: Management Information Systems
  • Certification - Network Technician

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Virginia International University

  • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

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Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

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