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The growth of the media production and entertainment industry in Florida has increased the demand for experienced multimedia production professionals in private industry, public service and education. The Digital Media/Multimedia Technologies program provides a unique, interdisciplinary program in which you will learn to integrate graphics, sound, video, animation, text, and still images in preparation for jobs and careers in media-related industries.
There are five options within this program:
Students may choose to pursue an A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Digital Media/Multimedia Technology
Associate in Science
The Digital Media/Multimedia Technology program prepares students for positions in multimedia design and development firms or for self-employment as a multimedia developer. An internship experience is provided with this degree to allow students to gain work experience.
Expected Job Outlook and Earnings
Employment in Digital Media Production is expected to grow faster than average throughout 2014, and job opportunities should be especially good for graphic designers, Web Designers and Video Production in particular. The Internet business community will continue to provide work for those interested in web design, and opportunities will grow as all businesses emphasize Digital Media. There will be strong demand for both freelance and salaried workers in graphic design, web design, motion graphics and video production.
Besides artistic ability and creativity, Digital media Production jobs are usually required to have some formal training. A portfolio (a collection of samples of work) is also an important tool when looking for a job. Work done while attending school or an internship can be used in a portfolio. Graduates in their first jobs should expect to start doing entry-level work, but as they progress they will receive more advanced projects. Experienced workers can advance to art director, design director, editor, producer or go out on their own as freelancers.
Apple Macintosh computer labs are provided with all the current software applications and computer peripherals for use in the instructional component of the Digital Media program. Many students choose to purchase their own Apple Macintosh computer to work on outside assignments due to convenience and scheduling. Students interested in purchasing a computer, please contact the Digital Media program manager for recommendations.
For 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports average entry-level salary for designers is $26,000–$36,000. On average, experienced graphic designers make $32,000-$36,000.
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