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

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    1. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
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    2. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Information Systems (MS)
      • Information Systems (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Web Design and Development (BS)
      • Graphic Arts (BS)
      • Cybersecurity and Networking (BS)
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    3. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Digital Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Web Design and Development (Campus)
      • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
      • BS - Game Art (Campus)
      • BS - Computer Animation (Campus)
      • BS - Graphic Design (Campus)
      • BS - Information Technology Bachelors (Campus)
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    4. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
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    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Computer Science
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
      • M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity
      • B.S. in Cybersecurity
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    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Computer Science
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Web Application Development
      • Graduate Certificate - Strategic Digital Information Marketing
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Digital Marketing
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Computer Programming
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Data Management and Analysis
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    7. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in IT - IT Management
      • BS in Cloud Computing and Solutions
      • BS in IT - Supply Chain Management
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
    Associate's
      • AASIT: Network Admin
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    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Cyber Security, M.S.
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Database Management
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Networking
      • Information Systems Mgmt., B.S.
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Technology, A.S.
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    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
    Master's
      • MSTIM - Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Information Technology
      • MPA - Management of Engineering and Technology
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    10. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration

Featured Schools

Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Independence University

  • Information Systems (MS)
  • Web Design and Development (BS)
  • Graphic Arts (BS)

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Full Sail University

  • MS - Digital Marketing
  • BS - Web Design and Development (Campus)
  • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design

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Post University

  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems

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Grand Canyon University

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

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • BS - Computer Science
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Web Application Development

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Purdue University Global

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing
  • AASIT: Network Admin

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Colorado Christian University

  • Cyber Security, M.S.
  • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Database Management
  • Computer Information Technology, A.S.

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