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
      • 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 - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Trident University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
      • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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 Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    Associate's
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • 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
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Computer Information Systems
      • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
      • B.S. in Computer Information Systems / Computer Networking
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • BFA in Graphic Arts
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Miller-Motte College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • IT Support Specialist - Associate of Applied Science
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • BS - Web Design and Development (Campus)
  • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
  • BS - Game Art (Campus)

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Trident University

  • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
  • Information Technology Management (BSITM)

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Purdue University Global

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

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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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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration / Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems / Computer Networking

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Regent University

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • BFA in Graphic Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology

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Miller-Motte College

  • IT Support Specialist - Associate of Applied Science

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Northcentral University

  • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science

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