Multimedia Arts Certificate

Looking to launch your career in multimedia art and design? The Multimedia Design Online Training course equips you with the fundamental technical and conceptual skills for this challenging interdisciplinary environment. You'll gain proficiency in the core tools for interactive development: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, and you'll learn to shoot and edit digital video. You'll also discover how to create images, pages, and motion graphics for web-based multimedia.

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12 Months / 360 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES507

What you will learn

  • Learn the fundamentals of digital imaging and color theory
  • Create standards-compliant web page layouts with HTML
  • Understand various kinds of typography and how to create your own font
  • Develop an entry-level understanding of video editing techniques
  • Create motion graphic work in After Effects

How you will benefit

  • Develop proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, which you need to know for most design-related jobs
  • Use the multimedia items you create during class as portfolio pieces upon completion
  • Jump-start your career in the world of multimedia design

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 360 course hours
  1. Photoshop Basics
    1. Photoshop Is a Verb
    2. Layers, Cloning, and Other Ways to Rule the World
    3. Layer Magic With Masks and Blending
    4. Typography in Photoshop
    5. A Brush With Brushes
    6. Filters and Retouching
  2. Intro to Motion
    1. Analyzing Moving Objects
    2. The Motion Artist's Media
    3. The Shoulders of Giants
  3. HTML and CSS Essentials
    1. An Intro to HTML
    2. CSS Color and Typography
    3. Page Layout with CSS
    4. HTML5 Semantic Elements
    5. Advanced CSS Techniques
    6. Intro to Responsive Web Design
  4. Fundamentals of Typography
    1. The Language of the Letterform
    2. Type Classification
    3. Quirky and Loving It
  5. Digital Video Production
    1. Using Your Video Camera
    2. Shooting Techniques
    3. Pre-Production
    4. Modes of Storytelling
    5. Recording Sound
    6. The Big Picture

Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/illustrator, educator, and Mac expert. Since 1985, he has written hundreds of articles about Macs and has published three books: "How to Do Everything with Online Video," "Do It Yourself Mac Projects," and "MacDesign Out of the Box." He has been a speaker and faculty member of the Macworld Expo since 2001. Shalat is also a regular contributor to design and Mac related sites including Inside Mac Radio, InDesign Magazine, and Creativepro.com, and MacWorld.

Margaret Penney is a teacher, designer, writer and media artist. Margaret developed the digital media curriculum at The Masters School, an independent school outside New York City. As a Web and motion graphic designer, Margaret has worked with Simon & Schuster, TIAA-Cref, Nike, Delia's girls clothing, MTV, and Sol Lewitt. As a new media artist, she has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; and around NYC. Her artwork has been reviewed globally online, in print magazines, and included in the book Eye Candy from the Underground: Fresh Styles for Web Designers. She has lectured on new media art at Purchase College, the School of Visual Arts Annual Conference for Educators, and the Pratt Institute. As a writer, she has been published in New York Arts magazine, Rhizome.org, and the Baltimore City paper. Margaret has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Bruce Bicknell is an instructor, illustrator, animator, web and graphic designer, and video editor. In his career, he has worked on projects for Adobe Systems, ATI, PhotoShop Elements Techniques, MacTribe, Yellow Machine, and Mac Design, to name a few. Bicknell holds degrees in Computer Animation and Web Development from the International Academy of Design and Technology.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course, however you must be 18 years old or older. It is recommended you have a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • A digital video camera with appropriate storage media.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Photoshop (or Creative Cloud) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe After Effects (or Creative Cloud) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Premiere (or Creative Cloud) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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No.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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