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What You Missed on Facebook, Instagram & More in May

image of social media iconsWe shared all kinds of great information this month on social media. Here’s what you might have missed:

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Catch the Eye of Employers With Multimedia Technology

photo of multimedia graphic artistHave you thought about a career working on Web and print graphics? Take a look at our Multimedia Technology program. You can learn how to create Web and multimedia productions that will catch the eye of potential employers.

Use the latest software and hardware to express yourself. Blend Web design, digital imaging, illustration, animation, video, special effects and interactive media to teach, train or just entertain. Learn to combine technical skills, artistic expression and critical thinking. You’ll be prepared to work on a team that combines writers, artists, programmers and technicians in many types of jobs.

Richland College is the only college of DCCCD that offers the Multimedia Technology program. View degrees or certificates.

To get started in the Multimedia Technology program, meet with an academic advisor and mention your interest in the Multimedia Technology program. He or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

What You Can Learn in Multimedia Technology

  • Digital Imaging. Digital imaging and illustration techniques are essential to develop original artwork that combines photography, design and other multimedia talents.
  • Illustration. Use vector tools to create effective and eye-catching illustrations, logos, Web art and animation.
  • Web Design. Develop websites that include compelling animation, graphics, video and interactivity. Our advanced classes teach XHTML, CSS, XML and JavaScript PHP.
  • Animation, Motion Graphics and Video. Work in both Mac and PC environments to output video and animation to Web, DVD and game applications.

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If you have questions about the Multimedia Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Student Success Story: Uyen Vo

photo of Uyen VoUyen Vo planned to be a traditional artist when she enrolled at Richland College. So she took art classes. But she also wanted to take computer science classes. That’s when she discovered the Multimedia Technology program.

“Multimedia allowed me to choose both — to do art in digital form,” she says. “Richland’s Multimedia program was the only one I could find that offered so many aspects of digital art and interactive programming. Not only did it have smaller classrooms where I could get the hands-on help from teachers, but I felt like I got more encouragement.”

Vo got her associate degree from Richland College, then got a bachelor’s degree in arts and technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She soon landed a job as an interactive designer.

“Richland’s program let me get the hands-on experience that I needed — the teachers basically walked us through everything we needed for a core foundation.”

“Most of my courses transferred into my bachelor’s program, but there was hardly any hands-on experience at the four-year level. They tried to teach the technical part, but it was more ‘what page in the book should we look on,’ not actual experience doing it.”

“My bachelor’s degree was just a piece of paper. My real job skills came from my associate degree.”

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Community College Grads Are Earning More, Spending Less

group of college graduatesMany community college graduates are now earning more than bachelor’s degree holders. CNN Money reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate degrees are earning more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees.

Associate degrees are more cost-effective, too. Right now, for example, a 72-hour (or two-year) associate degree from one of the seven colleges of DCCCD would cost you $3,744. A four-year degree at surrounding universities could cost you upward of $70,000.

With a two-year associate degree, you can have a great career with a great paycheck:

See all of our classes and degrees, and apply now!

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Richland Student Inspires Fellow Cyclists in Short Documentary “When We Ride”

Richland College student Kato Bentley created his short cycling documentary “When We Ride” as part of an assignment for his Digital Video class, but the video was also highlighted on PegasusNews.com as an inspiring, emotional piece for current (or perhaps future) cyclists.

If you’re a Dallas-area bike rider – or even if you’re not – you’ll enjoy this great footage from a DCCCD student.

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Multimedia Tech Clues You in on Digital World

art by student Keri RuedigerAre you interested in the world of computer art and digital media? If so, Richland College’s Multimedia Technology program can prepare you for an entry-level position in Web and multimedia production. We also offer transfer options if you want to continue your education at a four-year institution.

Even if you’re not interested in a career in multimedia, our Multimedia Technology program will teach you to communicate in ways you may never have imagined, combining technical skills, artistic expression and critical thinking. And if you’re like many of our students, you’ll have a blast!

Using industry-standard software and hardware, you can develop the ability to explore ideas and express yourself with new media tools. Blend Web design, digital imaging, illustration, animation, video, special effects and interactive media to teach, train or just entertain.

Learn about:

  • Digital Imaging. Mastering digital imaging and illustration techniques is essential for creative people to develop original artwork that combines photography, design and other multimedia talents. Output your art to Web, video, print and animation applications.
  • Illustration. Use vector tools to create effective and eye-catching illustrations, logos, Web art and animation.
  • Web Design. Develop accessible and engaging websites that include compelling animation, graphics, video and interactivity. Our advanced classes teach XHTML, CSS, XML and JavaScript PHP. Be in control of site design by learning to hand-code Web pages.
  • Animation, Motion Graphics and Video. Work in both Mac and PC environments to output video and animation to Web, DVD and game applications. Develop skills with nonlinear video editing and special-effects software to create documentary, training simulation, creative storytelling or music videos. Instruction includes motion graphics, rotoscoping, character animation and digital audio editing.

Projected growth in jobs for computer specialists, which includes Web developers, is 13 percent nationally (21 percent in Texas) through 2016, while the need for multimedia artists and animators is expected to grow by 14 percent nationally and 31 percent in Texas. Coroflot, a design-specific career and portfolio-listing site, offers an online salary database for Web design-related careers.

Multimedia Degree and Certificate Options

Richland College offers two associate degrees and several multimedia certificate options. See the Courses, Degrees and Certificates page to learn more.

To get started in the Multimedia program, complete the admissions process at Richland College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Multimedia program. He or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

Many of our classes are available not only in the daytime, but also in the evening, on weekends and online. Our Multimedia Learning Center is an open lab facility offering students access to computers and software, along with additional audio and video tools.

The Multimedia program includes comprehensive hands-on training, an advantage for our students since employers strongly favor hiring employees with real-world experience. Internships, required in the fourth semester of our associate degree or certificate programs, provide an excellent way to transition from the classroom to the workplace.

Our annual Computer Arts Festival brings professionals and prospective employers to campus each spring and offers a dynamic opportunity for students to showcase their portfolios. We sponsor student clubs and use of the Second Life Virtual DCCCD Island.

Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out our other computer-based arts and design programs. The catalog notes which of our seven colleges offer a particular degree or certificate.

Explore Multimedia Technology! You might find it’s right for you.

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Student Success Story: Uyen Vo

photo of Uyen VoUyen Vo is an interactive designer at imc2, an Internet marketing company. She earned her associate degree at DCCCD before transferring to complete her bachelor’s in arts and technology. She sums up the value of Richland’s Multimedia Technology program in two sentences:

“My bachelor’s degree was just a piece of paper. My real job skills came from my associate degree,” she says.

Richland’s program combines many aspects of digital art and interactive programming, which was exactly what Vo was looking for.

“Richland’s program let me get the hands-on experience that I needed — the teachers basically walked us through everything we needed for a core foundation. They teach you so many programs and make sure you learn the technical skills. They also encourage you to pursue your personal interests and skills to back that up.

“The best part of my DCCCD experience? I was encouraged to pursue what I wanted to do, and the instructors were very helpful. The teaching method there is very hands-on and helped me as a visual learner to take in information a lot easier.

“Most of my courses transferred into my bachelor’s program, but there was hardly any hands-on experience at the four-year level. Classes at the university level were also two- to three-times bigger than I’d had in community college, so we couldn’t really ask questions.”

At imc2, Vo is responsible for creating media campaigns and Flash websites and doing 3-D modeling and animation, video editing and special effects.

“The program absolutely helped me train for my career. It taught me the technical skills I needed and also the researching skills that I’m very thankful for today. The most important things I learned were resourcefulness and the hunger to learn, to do research and to keep learning.

“I would definitely recommend Richland’s Multimedia program. You’ll get the hands-on experience that you’ll need to get a wonderful job you want and the nurture you need from the teachers there.”

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