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Integrated Media Design Option

Associate in Science -  Visual and Media Arts Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement.
College Writing II ENG 112 3 ENG 111
Individual / Society From Area 2 3
World View VMA111 satisfies Area 3 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities VMA104 satisfies Area 6 3 ENG095 or placement
CONCENTRATION COURSES
VMA Freshman Seminar VMA100 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design: Composition and Color VMA102 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Digital Image-Making for Artists and Designers VMA106-see note* 3 VMA102
The Moving Image VMA115-see note* 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Typography I VMA132-see note* 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design with HTML and CSS VMA129-see note* 3 VMA132
Typography II VMA133-see note* 3 VMA132
Digital Photography Techniques VMA261-see note* 3 VMA102
Visual Design Lab I or Interactive Design I VMA232 or VMA275-see note* 3 VMA133 or VMA129
Audio for Media Audio for Media 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Social Media Strategy VMA130 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Media in Motion VMA140 3 VMA132
Video Techniques Lab VMA262 3 VMA261; co-req VMA
Video Concepts Lab VMA263 3 VMA261; co-req VMA
Total Credits 64
Last Modified Date: July 9, 2018

Program Description

*Note:  All VMA courses that are pre or co-requisites of other VMA courses require a grade of C or higher.

The Associate in Science Degree in Integrated Media Design is a multidisciplinary program intended to lay the foundations for entry-level jobs that require cross-disciplinary skills in video, visual design, web/interactive design, storytelling, and social media strategy, and for transfer to four-year design and media programs. Working through the program, students will produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their preparedness in industry-standard technical skills, critical-thinking skills, and visual and audio content creation.

Career Outlook

The Integrated Media Design program addresses current demands for cross-disciplinary skills in the contemporary job market. Visual designers, interactive designers, social media specialists and many other professions require people to understand various aspects of content creation in video, web, and visual design, and social media strategy. People with a multimedia portfolio find work in advertising agencies, visual design firms, web design companies, publishing companies, game design companies, pre- and post-production houses, public relations firms, colleges, and many kinds of private, public, and non-profit companies.

Examples of occupations that require cross-disciplinary skills are:

  • The visual designer who needs to know web content management, social media, video, and motion graphics.
  • The promotions manager who needs to know web architecture, video production and editing, social media strategy, and storytelling skills.
  • The communications specialist, or journalist, who needs photography, video, sound and social media strategy
  • The videographer who needs to know social media, typography and web content management.
  • Interactive designer who needs to know animation, storyboarding, and content management.

Further, more concentrated study can lead to jobs such as animator, motion graphic designer, art director, advertising account manager, public relations specialist, communications specialist, journalist, multimedia designer, multimedia production artist, multimedia developer, illustrator, videographer, filmmaker, film video editor, sound designer, 3-D artist, web designer, multimedia coordinator, technical artist, multimedia developer, experience designer, game designer, storyboard artist, interface designer, virtual reality specialist. art director/creative director, web designer, broadcast designer, software application designer, interface designer, information designer, product designer, environmental designer, broadcast design, educator, instructional designer, artist, and special effects designer.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

Upon the successful completion of the requirements of this option, graduates will be able to:

  • Approach multimedia design as a responsive process of problem identification, ideation, creation and iteration.
  • Apply basic skills in video, still images, visual design, typography, web/interactive design, storytelling and social media strategy to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their preparedness in industry-standard technical and critical-thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in software applications for image editing, and layout and content creation.
  • Produce content using industry standard procedures for publication of content on electronic devices, websites and print.
  • Use social media platforms for social media interaction and public relations and marketing strategy.
  • Work within a team.
  • Plan and execute projects to meet deadlines and design objectives.
  • Practice effective communication and presentation skills necessary to engage in professional practice.
  • Engage in creative and analytical discourse in order to communicate concepts to colleagues and clients.
  • Produce portfolio content that is suitable for applying to four-year design programs, internships, and entry-level employment.
  • Cultivate habits of independent learning and creativity.