Academic Catalogs

Digital Media (DM)

DM G1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Digital Media, Introduction  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

The course enables students to develop a broad perspective of design communication theory, processes and tools, applications, and career opportunities in digital media. Students will apply design elements and principles to projects ranging from print media publications, digital video and audio presentations, and website design. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1023 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Writing and Producing for Digital Media  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Introduces techniques in writing for electronic media including film, radio, television, cable television, the internet and multi-media. The course emphasizes the preparation of scripts in proper formats. This includes fundamental technical, conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts for information and entertainment purposes in film and electronic media. Includes a writing evaluation component as a significant part of the course requirement. Course examines principles and techniques used in producing digital media for streaming, broadcast, cable and film. Graded.

DM G1103 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Digital Audio, Introduction  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course covers audio theory, tracking, mixing, and mastering techniques using digital audio workstation systems in more detail. Lab experiences include editing, processing, mixing, and mastering projects of various musical genres. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1113 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Sound Design for Film, Video, and Gaming  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: Audio Post Production. Creating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effects from a digital library. Dialogue editing and re-recording (looping), and musical soundtrack creation. Synchronization of audio to video using timecode, aesthetic quality of sound and music as it relates to video content, and the production of video/audio projects using Apple Logic, Adobe Premier, AVID Media Composer, Adobe Audition, and Pro Tools. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1123 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Recording Studio Basics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: DM G050 – Sound Recording I Introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of mixing boards, amplifiers, microphones, signal processors and their application to both live and studio sound reinforcement. Basic introduction to computer based recording with Avid Pro Tools HD systems. Microphone placement, physics of sound as it relates to recording, sound reinforcement and studio setup techniques. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1133 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Pro Tools 101 - AVID Certification  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

The course provides the student with an introduction of Pro Tools, the standard software used throughout the recording industry. The course covers basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. The student will learn how to build multi-track sessions of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Additional topics include an introduction to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. AVID Pro Tools Level 1 certification exam is included with the course. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1153 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Recording Studio Production Techniques  
Advisory: DM G112.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: Sound Recording II. Introduction to multitrack recording and production using AVID Pro Tools HD systems. Contemporary recording studio production techniques including microphone selection, placement, analog and digital signal paths, speaker monitors and studio acoustics. Techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings and vocals. Practical hands-on experience with professional recording artists and student collaborations. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1183 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: MUS G051 – Digital Audio Production. Mixing and mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion, multi-band compression. Comparison and contrast of various styles of mixing including jazz, classical, country, rock, hip hop and electronica etc. Example exercises featuring professional recordings and mixes. Understanding and applying mixing concepts such as balance, dimension, and monitoring. Deliver final mixes that translate accurately to various speaker systems and listening environments. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1303 Units (54 lecture hours)  
History of Electronic Media  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Students in this course will analyze their personal media habits while also examining media's influence on culture and society. This course invites students to think about ways in which they receive and perceive news and entertainment. The course examines the history of mass communications, its functions, economics, content and evolution of radio, television, film, recording industry, the Internet and new media. Social, political, regulatory, ethical and occupational impact of electronic media are also studied. Graded.

DM G1403 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Digital Media Production, Introduction  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: TV Studio Production, Intro. This course introduces theory, terminology and operation of a multi-camera television studio and control room. Topics include studio signal flow, directing, theory and operation of camera and audio equipment, switcher operation, fundamentals of lighting, graphics, video control and video recording and real-time video production. Graded.

DM G1413 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Intro to Single Camera Video Production  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Formerly: Documentary Video Production. The course provides an introduction to the history, theory, terminology, and operation of single camera video production, including composition and editing techniques, camera operation, portable lighting, video recorder operation, audio control and basic editing. The course exams single camera production for documentaries, news, corporate/training videos, public service announcements, narrative and producing for the web. This course focuses on the aesthetics and fundamentals of scripting, producing (documentary, news, scripted narrative, training, public service single video formats and genres) directing on location, postproduction, and exhibition/distribution. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: FTVE 130.

DM G1603 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Video Editing and Motion Graphics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course explores theory and techniques in digital video editing. Course covers fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, and visual storytelling. The course reviews the process of video editing throughout the entire development of a media project. There is an emphasis on image sequencing and story continuity, the use of visual effects, color correction, media management, narration, and industry terminology. Students will apply these concepts through a series of digital video projects that showcase effective storytelling through the use of technology. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1633 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Introduction to Motion Graphics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course provides the student with study principals, concepts and practices used in the production of motion graphics. The course also examines the history and development of broadcast motion graphics. The course includes classroom demonstrations and extensive hands-on labs that cover the topics of: audio, color keying, motion tracking, stabilization and animation techniques using Adobe After Effects. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1703 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Sound Sequencing Production  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course covers sequencing of sound on an audio recording workstation using Logic Studio. Students will sequence several styles of sound using different instrumentation and utilizing many software instruments and beat creation. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G1911 Unit (60, 75 other hours)  
Digital Media - Cooperative Work Experience  
Prerequisite(s): DM G100 and DM G111 or DM G140 or DM G160.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course provides the student with an opportunity to take part in a supervised work experience in the field of Digital Media. Students extend their classroom-based occupational instruction through participation in a supervised cooperative workplace experience in Digital Media. The student, instructor, and employer will cooperatively develop one learning objective. One unit of credit will be awarded for 75 hours of paid or 60 hours of unpaid employment for successful completion of learning objective. The maximum units a student can earn in a term for general work experience is 6 units, and for occupational work experience it is 8 units. Students may earn up to a maximum of 16 semester units or 24 quarter units of work experience education. Graded.

DM G2003 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Applied Digital Media  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course is a capstone course for students preparing for a career in digital media. Students apply theory and use concepts to create projects emphasizing professional appearance, visual and audio quality, and problem-solving techniques in individual and group assignments. This course requires skills in audio, video, and digital arts that will be combined to create professional level products. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

DM G2603 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Non-Linear Editing II  
Advisory: DM G160.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course is a continuation of DM G160, Video Editing 1 and explores advanced theory, principles and techniques used in nonlinear editing. The class progresses through creating a sequence, inputting source footage, assembling and trimming sequences, editing audio, creating titles, working with special effects, and outputting a finished program. Additional topics include creating multi-layered effects, keyframing, creating templates, 3D effects , and work with nested layers. Class time is divided between discussion of theory, demonstration and hands-on practice. Students will edit segments from feature films, commercials and promos. The course is designed for experienced video editors and developers of interactive media. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.