Digital Design & Production

The Digital Design & Production (DDP) courses and program lay the foundation for student-success into the field of digital media. It involves bringing ideas to the printed page or screens using industry standard software. Topics covered include design history, page layout, typography, research, branding, and interaction design, video, animation and more. It is a field where art and design practices meet technology with courses on Digital Imaging, Digital Illustration, Publication Design & Production, Digital Typography, Graphic Design, Advertising Design, Video Post-Production, Motion Graphics, Digital Photography, Commercial Photography, Character Animation, Digital Darkroom, Social Media Design, 3D Animation, and Business Practices for Creatives. The program stresses the design thinking process as well as the professional and production methods used currently in the industry in building their portfolio. Whether they enter the workforce or transfer to a university the DDP program prepares students with skills that increase student success.

For more information, please call 760.674.5684.

Mari Abril
mabril@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.674.5684

DDP 095A  Digital Design & Production Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills 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 (for a 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 education or occupational goals are directly related to Digital Design and Production.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          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

DDP 100  Introduction to Digital Art & Media   Units: 3

This overview course is open to all students wanting to know more about the different areas of Digital Art and Media. Introduction to fundamental concepts, practices and theories of digital art and media. Topics include: integration of traditional design, color, and compositional principles with contemporary digital tools. Demonstrations of digital image capture, image manipulation, illustration, layout, animation, 3D, and emerging technologies will also be given. (Equivalent to ART 034.) (C-ID ARTS 250)
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: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 101  Digital Imaging   Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the use of industry standard digital imaging software. Students will learn image capture, creation, enhancing, retouching, color correction, restoring, balancing, filtering and applying special effects will be explored as well as, type effects, patterns, icons, textures, montages and composites. Emphasis on image formats, resolution, workflows, automated processing, and output for multiple applications.
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 102  Digital Illustration   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.
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 103  Publication Design & Production   Units: 3

This hands-on course focuses on the principles of graphic design to create multi-page solutions using industry standard software. Students learn to integrate typography, photography and graphics into projects that explore the technical and aesthetic nature of digital publication design through print and electronic publication (EPUB). Advanced typographic controls and production specifications, multi-page document management, output solutions including print, Extensible Markup Language (XML) capabilities and the creation of interactive documents for online distribution are also discussed. The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. Verbal and visual presentation skills are emphasized to communicate with future clients. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest and craftsmanship.
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 110  Graphic Design   Units: 3

In this course, students learn about graphic design terminology, history, career options, concepts, the design process, project research, generating ideas, elements and principles. Emphasis is placed on the process of design development from research, brainstorming ideas, thumbnail sketches, digital roughs to final comprehensive layouts. Students use current industry software working individually and in groups on assignments and projects developing concept, visualization, documentation, and professional presentations. With an emphasis on visual communication strategies, students explore the fundamental text and image interaction to develop graphic design solutions for web, film, and print.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP 102
Advisory: ART 003A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 111  Advertising Design   Units: 3

This studio course introduces students to type and typography, grid systems, visual coding, interaction and motion design as well as what it takes to become a designer/content creator. With an emphasis on visual problem-solving strategies, students will generate design criteria research, analysis, design implications, and design system development. Students will work individually and in groups to development of multi-faceted promotional design programs with an emphasis on unifying concepts with meaning for various formats.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DDP 102
Advisory: DDP 110
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 112  Digital Typography   Units: 3

This comprehensive course emphasizes the use of typography in the design process for use in branding, marketing collateral, web development, and film. The study of letterforms and fundamental typographic principles will be covered. Students study typography terms, type as image, and typography's relationship to message making and meaning with an emphasis on understanding current and historical typographic trends including the importance of technology in the development of their own typeface including digitizing for use on the computer.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DDP 102
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 116  Social Media Design   Units: 3

Social Media enables individuals to create, collaborate, and share information with others. Students will explore the possibilities and limitations of social media and will have hands-on experience to create content for several forms of social media technology, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis. Those who complete this course will know how to use social media productively and have a framework for understanding and evaluating new tools and platforms.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A, DDP 110 and DDP 101 or DDP 102 strongly recommended
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 120  Video Post Production   Units: 3

This course focuses on the fundamental techniques, skills, and theories of editing as well as the technical requirements for assembling digital video projects. Through a series of hands-on projects, students will put traditional theories of picture and sound editing into practice. The course will also cover the history of non-linear editing and provide an overview of the post production process. Students use the computer to create digital presentations that synthesize photography, graphics, video, sound, and animation. This introductory course familiarizes students with the fundamental aspects of digital video production. Covering acquisition formats, authoring formats and delivery formats, the class provides a strong foundation for working with digital picture (both motion picture and still pictures) and digital sound in non-linear digital video post production. Topics will include digital vs. analog, time code, frame rates, frame size, frame aspect ratio, pixel aspect ratio, data transfer rates, key frames, NTSC and PAL television standards, image composition and acquisition, video capture, compression and output.
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 121  Motion Graphics   Units: 3

Motion Graphics is a form of communication with a range of applications: film, television, graphic design, branding, advertising and web. This hands-on course focuses on communication design and common professional uses of motion graphics. Students will conceptualize, design and produce innovative time-based visual communication solutions using motion design theory and techniques. Exploring a wide range of applications (film, web, television, communication design, branding and advertising), students will create projects with advanced techniques for animation and visual effects in broadcast design, film titles and video production by combining typography, graphics and narrative storytelling.
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 128  Portfolio Preparation   Units: 1.5

This course will concentrate on developing students' soft skills and preparing students to enter a professional creative environment. Students will create an online portfolio, curriculum vitae, artist statement, and a personal marketing plan. The course is designed for those students preparing to enter a professional creative environment or transfer to a bachelor's program. The course is also recommended for students pursuing a degree or certificate at College of the Desert with an emphasis in Film, Photography, Digital Design and Production, Architecture, Art or other creative fields. The course is organized for students who work two-dimensionally, three-dimensionally or in mixed-media formats. Students will develop a custom marketing plan and will work on real-world assignments designed around students' marketing plan. Final Capstone Assignment will consist of students working collaboratively to design and execute a public exhibition of student work.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Completed a minimum of two courses in Art (ART) Digital Design & Production (DDP) Architecture (ARCH) or Theater Arts (TA)
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 130  Digital Darkroom   Units: 1.5

This digital photography course teaches students valuable skills in asset management and image processing, using cutting edge, industry software. Students will check the camera before a session and follow post-capture steps of transferring pictures from the camera; reviewing, organizing, and ranking them; then adjusting, publishing and archiving them. Students need to bring their own Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR camera). Field trips may be required.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          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

DDP 131  Digital Photography   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the tools, materials and techniques of digital photography. Students learn to capture images using a digital camera to demonstrate and master basic standards in photographic technique. Topics include the use of digital interfaces, printers and file formats as well as the preparation of images for electronic display. A digital camera with manually adjustable f-stops and shutter speeds and a corresponding camera manual is required. (Equivalent to ART 031.)
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 132  Commercial Photography   Units: 3

This course provides intermediate and advanced instruction in digital photography. Students expand their basic digital photography skills to produce digital photographs for the web, advertising, print and 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 image editing 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 131 or ART 031
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 140  Character Animation   Units: 3

This course will introduce students to the basic forms and terminology of animation, and provide training in fluid representations of motion and expression. Instruction will emphasize traditional character animation techniques such as character development, exaggeration, timing, acting and weight. The course will provide a good grounding for basic animation skills and production processes. The classes will often include film screening from across styles and animation historical contexts to further demonstrate the topics covered in class.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ART 001A & DDP 102
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 144  3D Animation   Units: 3

Students will learn the basics of industry standard 3D animation software, user interface, essential modeling, rendering, character set up, and animation tools and techniques. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of theoretical concepts and will provide conceptually based guidelines that evoke personal creativity, and design fundamentals. This hands-on introductory course provides a basic overview of the tools used in the creation of 3D digital animation. Topics covered include modeling, character rigging, animation, shading, lighting and rendering. This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of 3D digital animation as well as an understanding of the software. In addition to completing weekly exercises, students will apply the skills they learn to create an individual project.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ART 003A, ART 005A, & ART 011A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 195  Business Practices and Portfolio Preparation for Creatives   Units: 3

This course will cover business-related topics including project management, estimating, billing, record keeping and taxes. Students will learn best practices for working with clients, vendors, and colleagues. Whether you plan to run a graphic design company or work as a freelancer, understanding the nuts and bolts of running a creative business is essential.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C5                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 301A  Digital Imaging A   Units: 0

This course introduces basic tools and techniques of Adobe Photoshop. Students explore digital imaging using industry standard software. Image manipulation and creation of original work using layers, masking, digital painting techniques and photo montage are covered. No prior Photoshop knowledge or art background required.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 301B  Digital Imaging B   Units: 0

This course prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for Photoshop. A Photoshop ACA earned certification validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, Web development, photography, digital media, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of Photoshop knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market. You will continue your Photoshop training and begin taking practice tests in preparation for the ACA exam. You will also develop Photoshop projects to build your online portfolio.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 302A  Illustrator A   Units: 0

This noncredit course provides an introduction to the process of creating vector based content using Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard vector graphics editor for digital media and graphic design professionals. Adobe Illustrator is used for creating graphic design, typography, logos, animations, social media and artistic illustrations on the computer. No prior Illustrator knowledge or art background required.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 302B  Illustrator B   Units: 0

In this noncredit course students develop an online portfolio while preparing to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for Illustrator. An Illustrator ACA earned certification validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, web development, digital media, social media, animation, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of Illustrator knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market. In this class you will continue your Illustrator training and begin taking practice tests in preparation for the ACA exam. You will also develop Illustrator projects to build your online portfolio.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: DDP 302A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 303A  InDesign A   Units: 0

This noncredit course introduces basic tools and techniques of Adobe Indesign. In this course students explore digital page layout for publishing using industry standard software. Layout organization using layers, masking, typography and creative content are covered. No prior Indesign knowledge or art background required.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 303B  InDesign B   Units: 0

This noncredit course prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for InDesign. An InDesign ACA earned certification validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, Web development, photography, digital media, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of InDesign knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market. In eight weeks you will continue your InDesign training and begin taking practice tests in preparation for the ACA exam. You will also develop InDesign projects to build your online portfolio.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: DDP 303A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 320A  Premiere Pro A   Units: 0

This non-credit course introduces basic tools and techniques of Adobe Premiere Pro and focuses on the fundamental techniques, skills, and theories of editing as well as the technical requirements for assembling digital video projects. Covering acquisition formats, authoring formats and delivery formats, the class provides a strong foundation for working with digital picture (both motion picture and still pictures) and digital sound in non-linear digital video post production. Topics will include digital vs. analog, time code, frame rates, frame size, frame aspect ratio, pixel aspect ratio, data transfer rates, key frames, NTSC and PAL television standards, image composition and acquisition, video capture, compression and output.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 320B  Premiere Pro B   Units: 0

This non-credit course prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for Premiere Pro. A Premiere Pro ACA earned certification validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, web development, photography, digital media, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of Premiere Pro knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market. In this class you will continue your Premiere Pro training and begin taking practice tests in preparation for the ACA exam. You will also develop Premiere Pro projects to build your online portfolio.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: DDP 320A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 321A  After Effects A   Units: 0

This non-credit course introduces basic tools and techniques of Adobe After Effects. Motion Graphics is a form of communication with a range of applications: film, television, graphic design, branding, advertising and web. This hands-on course focuses on communication design and common professional uses of motion graphics. Exploring a wide range of applications (film, web, television, communication design, branding and advertising), students will create projects with advanced techniques for animation and visual effects in broadcast design, film titles and video production by combining typography, graphics and narrative storytelling. No prior After Effects knowledge or art background required.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DDP 321B  After Effects B   Units: 0

This non-credit course prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for After Effects. An After Effects ACA earned certification validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, web development, photography, digital media, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of After Effects knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market. In eight weeks you will continue your After Effects training and begin taking practice tests in preparation for the ACA exam. You will also develop After Effects projects to build your online portfolio.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: DDP 321A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None