Digital Design and Production

Digital Design and Production (DDP) is the study of computer graphic design for print, as well as design and animation for the web and mobile devices. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in DDP commonly include graphic design, web design, animation and video production. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include  college teacher, creative director and art director. Even students who choose not to major in DDP find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think critically, solve complex problems, improve their skills on the computer, and develop research and analysis for design projects.

College of the Desert’s DDP curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as specific courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash (including basic animation, basic web content, and basic ActionScript), and Applied Digital Photography.

The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in DDP, an Associate of Arts degree, as well as courses leading to transfer. The certificate of achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment or advancement as graphic designers. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field. Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in DDP have obtained positions as graphic designers, art directors, and creative directors. Students earning an associate’s degree in DDP may pursue (entry-level) positions as graphic designers or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree. COD has transfer agreements with California State Universities in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

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DDP 001A  Computer Graphics 1A Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the process of creating, capturing, and manipulating bitmap graphics using Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard bitmap editor for graphics professionals. Adobe Photoshop is used for retouching and photo processing of scanned or digital photographic images on the computer. (Equivalent to CIS-081A.)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 001B  Computer Graphics 1B Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the process of creating vector graphics images using Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard vector graphics editor for graphics professionals. Adobe Illustrator is used for creating graphic design, typography, logos, and sharp-edged artistic illustration on the computer. (Equivalent to CIS-081B.)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 002  Computer Graphics 2 Units: 3

This course provides advanced applications in computer graphics page layout techniques, using Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard software for computer graphic design. Emphasis is placed on the computer as a design tool to assemble type and manipulate images for the printed page and Web publication. (Equivalent to CIS-083D.)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP-001A or CIS-081A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 010  Graphic Design I Units: 3

Students in this course utilize computers to solve visual communication and design problems using graphic components. Topics covered include typography, logos/marks/symbols/ pictographs, corporate identity, graphic techniques (both digital and traditional), introduction to advertising design, digital prepress and press. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator software are used to create final images.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ART-003A or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: DDP-001A and DDP-001B (strongly recommended)
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 011  Graphic Design II Units: 3

Students in this course utilize computers to solve communication and design problems for traditional and new media using graphic, audio, and animation components. Topics covered include traditional and digital typography, animation, motion graphics, sound, new media as communication, non-linear interactive design, and electronic page design.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP-010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 020  New Media I Units: 3

Students use the computer to create multimedia presentations that synthesize photography, graphics, video, sound, and animation as well as making traditional and web-based interactive presentations using the industry standard software, Adobe Flash.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP-001A or DDP-001B or CIS-081A or CIS-081B
Advisory: DDP-010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 021  New Media II Units: 3

Students use a computer to create advanced multimedia presentations that synthesize photography, graphics, video, sound, and animation as well as making traditional and webbased interactive presentations.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 030  Intro To Applied Digital Photography Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the tools, materials and techniques of digital photography for the working professional photographer. Students learn to capture images using a digital camera or camcorder. Topics include the use of digital interfaces,printers and file formats as well as the preparation of images for web use. A digital camera is required.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 032  Applied Digital Photography Units: 3

This course provides intermediate and advanced instruction in applied digital photography. Students expand their basic digital photography skills to produce digital photographs for the web,prints or slide presentations. Emphasis is placed on taking high quality digital photographs,utilizing advanced image editing software and producing images suitable for prints, publication or the web. A digital camera of at least 3 megapixels is required and Adobe Photoshop software is recommended. Students should have access to a computer capable of handling digital photo files, a photo quality printer and USB connections.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP-030
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 095A  Digital Design & Production Work Exp Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Digital Design & Production.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None