Media Arts & Technologies

The Media Arts & Technologies program provides a focused sequence of courses for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution or gain employment in the fields of Web and interactive design, graphic design, video production, or print-media creation and delivery. Career options include webpage design, Web/multimedia development, Web/multimedia programming, graphic design, video editing, video, production, media content development, information architecture, graphics production, interface design, and layout design. Specific career positions include Web designer, graphic designer, video editor, webmaster, Web programmer, Flash designer, art production assistant, video production assistant, special effects artist, background artist, product modeler, product animator, and storyboard artist.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Jill Malone

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/IMT

Department: Media Arts & Technologies

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Full-Time Faculty

Karl Cleveland
Jill Malone
Jeff Uhlik

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degrees

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Development and Design

Students may earn one of the above-named associate degrees by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta College counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Graphic Design

This certificate provides students with the design and technical skills needed to gain employment in the graphic design field with organizations and small businesses that design and distribute publications in both print and electronic media. Students who complete this certificate will also be prepared to start their own design businesses, work as freelancers, or pursue a graphic design degree at a four-year university. Students learn the key components of graphic design and publishing using current computer software applications as well as concept development through project planning and management. Employment opportunities include graphic designer, graphic artist, imaging specialist, photographic assistant, layout artist, and graphic production assistant.

Foundation courses:
MAT 110Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop3
MAT 120Media Design 1: Production3
MAT 125Web Design 1: Fundamentals3
MAT 135Graphic Design 1: Principles3
Emphasis courses (select 12 units):12
Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity
Graphic Design 2: Typography
Digital Imaging 2: Adobe Illustrator
Publishing 1: Adobe InDesign
Graphic Design 3: Design and Layout
Advanced courses (select 3 units):3
Digital Imaging 3: Advanced Photoshop
Publishing 2: Output for Print
Business of Media Arts
Advanced Design Studio
Required to graduate:3
Portfolio Development
Recommended Electives:
Drawing and Composition
History of Modern Art
History of Modern Art (Honors)
Total Units30

NoteMAT 292, MAT 296, or MAT 298 may be substituted for courses within this certificate with approval of the MAT Department Chair.


Certificate of Achievement

Video and Media Design

This certificate provides the skills students need to gain employment in the corporate, broadcast, technical, educational, and entertainment industries. Students learn how to create video programs and digital media content for broadcast, cable, DVD, Internet, and mobile delivery as well as for dedicated computer presentations. Students gain skills in all phases of video production, 3D and traditional animation techniques, special effects, DVD authoring, and project management. Employment opportunities include video editor, video production assistant, camera operator, product animator, DVD author, mobile content developer, special effects artist, and special effects animator.

Foundation courses:
MAT 110Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop3
MAT 120Media Design 1: Production3
MAT 125Web Design 1: Fundamentals3
MAT 135Graphic Design 1: Principles3
Emphasis courses (12 units):12
3D Animation 1: Maya
Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity
Video 1: Production
Video 2: Post-Production and Special Effects
Advanced course:3
Advanced Design Studio
Capstone:3
Portfolio Development
Total Units30

NoteMAT 292, MAT 296, or MAT 298 may be substituted for courses within this certificate with approval of the MAT Program Director. 

Certificate of Achievement

Web Development and Design

This certificate trains students in the skills necessary to gain employment in the dynamic field of Internet and mobile content design, development, and delivery. Students gain skills in all phases of website design, including page construction, site design, dynamic content delivery, e-commerce, Flash animation, web video, and Flash development for games, advertising, interactive content, and mobile content. Employment opportunities include webpage designer, website designer, information architect, interface designer, mobile content developer, web developer, Flash designer, or Flash developer.

Foundation courses:
MAT 110Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop3
MAT 120Media Design 1: Production3
MAT 125Web Design 1: Fundamentals3
MAT 135Graphic Design 1: Principles3
Emphasis courses (select 12 units):12
Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity
Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques
Flash 2: ActionScript
Web Design: Mobile Sites and Apps
Web Design 3: Site Design and Architecture
E-Commerce and Web Presence
Advanced courses (select 3 units):3
Dynamic Web Development
Business of Media Arts
Advanced Design Studio
Required to graduate:3
Portfolio Development
Total Units30

Note: MAT 292, MAT 296, or MAT 298 may be substituted for courses within this certificate with approval of the MAT Program Director.

Certificate of Proficiency

Digital and Print Publishing

This certificate provides focused skills necessary to gain employment in the field of digital printing and publishing. Students gain specific skills in graphic design, image manipulation, page layout, digital illustration, and preparation for final output. Graduates of this program are able to move into employment opportunities as graphic artists, imaging specialists, digital imaging assistants, layout artists, and graphic production assistants.

Required courses: 
Five of the following:15
Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop
Graphic Design 1: Principles
Digital Imaging 2: Adobe Illustrator
Publishing 1: Adobe InDesign
Digital Imaging 3: Advanced Photoshop
Publishing 2: Output for Print
Business of Media Arts
Total Units15

Certificate of Proficiency

Video and Animation

This certificate forms a solid foundation in the skills students need to create video, special effects and animation media programs for delivery in traditional formats, over the Web, or via mobile devices. Career opportunities include video editor, video production assistant, special effects artist, background artist, product modeler, product animator, and storyboard artist.

Required courses: 
MAT 1403D Animation 1: Maya3
MAT 150Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity3
MAT 160Video 1: Production3
MAT 200Video 2: Post-Production and Special Effects3
Total Units12

Certificate of Proficiency

Graphic Communication

This certificate forms a solid foundation in graphic design proficiency. These skills are essential in all types of visual media where a message must be conveyed to a specific target market. This certificate is designed to be completed in conjunction with other MAT certificates to enhance a student’s ability to create more effective and dynamic communication or for professionals who would like to enhance their job skills.

Required courses: 
MAT 135Graphic Design 1: Principles3
MAT 155Graphic Design 2: Typography3
MAT 185Graphic Design 3: Design and Layout3
ART 100Drawing and Composition3
ART 260History of Modern Art3
or ART 260H History of Modern Art (Honors)
Total Units15

Certificate of Proficiency

Web Design

This certificate provides the focused skill set necessary to gain employment in website design. Depending on which courses are selected, students gain specific skills in web markup and scripting languages, graphics production, web animation techniques, database technologies, and website architecture and design. Graduates of this program will be able to move into employment opportunities such as webpage design, web development, Flash designer, Flash developer, content developer, and interface designer.

Required courses: 
Five of the following:15
Web Design 1: Fundamentals
Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity
Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques
Flash 2: ActionScript
Web Design: Mobile Sites and Apps
Dynamic Web Development
Web Design 3: Site Design and Architecture
E-Commerce and Web Presence
Total Units15
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Courses

MAT 110: Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ART 247.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.60)

In this course students use Adobe Photoshop to create digital imaging designs of professional quality. Through the manipulation of photographic and other raster graphic images, students generate unique artwork that involves photo editing, tonal and color correction, masking, layer adjustments, painting techniques, blending modes, and advanced compositing. Students study layout and design techniques, application of color using CMYK and RGB, and appropriate typography practices.

MAT 120: Media Design 1: Production

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.10)

This course introduces the fundamental skills needed for the design and production of multimedia projects and interactive programs. Topics include capturing and editing video, images, and audio, basic 3D modeling and animation, and interactive program design and development. The course also covers proper formats for playback through various presentation platforms and the basics of network protocol.

MAT 125: Web Design 1: Fundamentals

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.30)

This course introduces the fundamentals of building Web pages, including XHTML coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), effective images/backgrounds, interface design, and File Transfer Protocols (FTPs) for uploading websites. Students also learn management techniques for personal websites, browser and platform issues, and the basics of network protocols.

MAT 135: Graphic Design 1: Principles

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.10)

This course introduces the visual communication principles and concepts of successful graphic design. Topics include form, color palettes, text/image relationships, typography, grid structures, and layout design. The course develops and refines each student's personal design sensibility by applying appropriate and creative design presentations within cultural and historical contexts.

MAT 140: 3D Animation 1: Maya

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 120.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.40)

This course introduces students to the concepts and execution of 3D modeling, animation, and rendering using Autodesk Maya. Topics include storyboard development and visualization, efficient modeling and texturing techniques, 3D environment design (including lighting and camera angles), object and camera animation, and rendering considerations. The course also covers proper formats for delivery through various mediums.

MAT 150: Flash 1: Animation and Interactivity

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 120.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.40)

Students approach web design using the latest animation and interactive media design techniques and tools. They learn to integrate animation, text, graphics, audio, and video to create rich, interactive user experiences. The course emphasizes effective interface design and design principles for time-based media.

MAT 155: Graphic Design 2: Typography

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 135.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.10)

This course covers the essential concepts of typographic design and its incorporation into all forms of visual communication. Topics include historical development and cultural impacts, type design, ligature, word/image fusion, and structural and experimental design. Students develop a solid understanding of how to use type and letterforms to improve the quality of comprehension and communication.

MAT 160: Video 1: Production

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 120.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.10)

This course offers detailed coverage of the video production environment. It covers the process of creating and editing video programs from concept and storyboards through shooting and recording, culminating in acquiring, editing, and mastering a digital program. Topics include proper formats for delivery through various mediums.

MAT 165: Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 125.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course builds on the skills developed in MAT 125. It introduces students to techniques for designing websites using industry-standard web design and development tools (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash). Topics include web-page design, image editing, animation, and producing and programming websites using XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

MAT 170: Digital Imaging 2: Adobe Illustrator

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ART 248.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.60)

In this course students use Adobe Illustrator to create and manipulate vector graphic images into personal artwork and commercial output. Students generate effective typography and vector shapes, utilize a variety of color palettes and libraries, develop unique brushes and patterns, and convert raster images into vector art. Through hands-on instruction and multiple projects students transform objects, manipulate perspective, utilize blends and gradients, understand the differences between CMYK and RGB, and import and export different graphic file formats.

MAT 180: Publishing 1: Adobe InDesign

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 110 AND MAT 170
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.50)

This course introduces students to Adobe InDesign, the page layout software program used by professional graphic artists to publish ads, business cards, brochures, postcards, newsletters, magazines, books, and more. It involves considerable hands-on instruction and projects similar to those faced by today's designers. Students learn how to prepare documents for professional publication, how to format type, import images, use styles, generate tables, create swatches, and apply shortcuts. Students learn typographic and publishing techniques, basic design principles, and how to apply spot and process color. Students will examine, troubleshoot, and package digital files for output to a commercial press and for the Web.

MAT 185: Graphic Design 3: Design and Layout

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 135.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.10)

This course covers the process of creating effective, efficient, and dynamic layouts to solve complex design problems. Students explore every stage of the design process, including concept development, intuitive design, and structural hierarchy and grid design. The course emphasizes developing a creative problem-solving approach and refining a personal design sense.

MAT 190: Flash 2: ActionScript

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 150.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course expands upon the basic concepts covered in MAT 150. It emphasizes ActionScript, user interface functionality, advanced techniques, and efficient program development as they relate to creating interactive user experiences. The course also stresses development issues for multi-platform playback.

MAT 200: Video 2: Post-Production and Special Effects

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 110 or ART 247; MAT 160.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.40)

This course offers detailed coverage of the video post-production environment. Students learn techniques for creating complex video sequences by combining video, animated graphics, Foley effects, advanced editing techniques, green screen, and other special effects using industry-standard software. The course emphasizes instruction in advanced video editing techniques, and it covers final project output for delivery through various presentation platforms.

MAT 210: Digital Imaging 3: Advanced Photoshop

Units: 3
Prerequisites: MAT 110.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ART 252.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.60)

This course builds upon knowledge and skills gained in MAT 110. Students use Adobe Photoshop to acquire advanced digital imaging techniques for image design and production. Through specific projects, students utilize higher-level compositing techniques, apply advanced color management tools, and generate 3D objects within a 3D workspace. Multiple projects reinforce acquired knowledge through preparation of digital files for print and online delivery.

MAT 215: Web Design: Mobile Sites and Apps

Units: 3
Prerequisites: MAT 165.
Advisory: MAT 150.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0614.30)

This course introduces web design and development students to design considerations and development techniques for creating mobile websites and web applications. Students explore the use of web technologies, including HMTL5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and Flash/ActionScript, to design and produce websites and apps optimized for delivery on mobile and tablet devices. Topics include mobile media design, understanding mobile platforms, browsers, and device capabilities, responsive design, media queries, jQuery Mobile, the PhoneGap framework, and Flash Air for Android and iOS apps.

MAT 225: Dynamic Web Development

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 165.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.00)

This course develops skills for building database driven, dynamically generated web applications using current database technologies, such as PHP and MySQL. Students develop their own database-driven web applications as a basis for creating e-commerce, e-learning, or other dynamic, interactive applications. Topics include how to create web-page designs that seamlessly integrate dynamic and interactive content and how to leverage web-design software, such as Dreamweaver, to create professional, data-driven websites.

MAT 230: Publishing 2: Output for Print

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 180
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.50)

This advanced publishing course takes students through the process of producing and printing a press-ready publication at a professional printing company. Students explore print technologies (e.g., offset printing, variable-data printing, and direct digital printing), learn the steps required for prepress, production, binding, trimming, and finishing, and apply prepress techniques using Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. The course includes a professional print bureau tour.

MAT 235: Web Design 3: Site Design and Architecture

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAT 165.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.30)

Students use industry-standard Web development tools and techniques to design complex, professional-level websites. The course emphasizes site architecture, content rationale, interface design, and usability as well as creating an enriching user experience within a team development environment.

MAT 255: Business of Media Arts

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour. (0614.00)

This course covers business principles for the media arts industry and addresses such topics as market specialization, marketing tools, client interface, pricing creative services, proposals, contracts, and copyright issues.

MAT 270: Advanced Design Studio

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition with portfolio and instructor approval.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0614.00)

This capstone course provides advanced students firsthand experience in the function of a professional studio environment where they create real-world projects for real-world clients. Students experience client relations, project development and management, problem solving, team management, asset management, and project delivery considerations.

MAT 290: Portfolio Development

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: It is recommended that students complete most courses within a MAT certificate or degree program before enrolling in MAT 290.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (0614.00)

Students develop a personal portfolio that showcases their media and design skills and completed projects. The portfolio's format is determined by individual student goals and current available technology. The portfolio can be used to market the student as a prospective employee of a digital media company or as a self-promotion piece.

MAT 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

MAT 296: Topics in Media Arts & Technologies

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (0614.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Media Arts and Technologies that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

MAT 298: Directed Study in Media Arts Technology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (0614.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

MAT 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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