Associate of Applied Science degree in Multimedia Arts
Enter the dynamic world of media arts as you study photography, filmmaking, and motion graphics in the Visual Communications program
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The AAS degree in Multimedia Arts is a unique path of study that is mostly separate from the other degree tracks within the Visual Communications program. Students earning this degree will take courses in photography, motion graphics/animation, and filmmaking.
Starting the degree track with a cohort of other students in the fall, all Multimedia Arts students take the initial software class (joined by other VC students) before diverging into degree-specific classes. Students within the other degree tracks, and experience a range of cutting-edge media equipment, facilities, and techniques.
All of this coursework culminates in a demo reel or staged exhibit that ranges in form and media depending on the student’s area of focus. This capstone experience is a way to introduce you to the local business community, and is held at the end of spring term your final year.
Students earning the Graphic Design AAS can work in a number of different positions, including:
- Motion Graphics Designer
- Freelance Photographer
- Photographer’s Assistant
Multimedia Arts employment is expected to grow 14.1% statewide between 2012-2024, with starting wages at $39,021 a year (qualityinfo.org). Creative individuals with technical expertise are limited only by their skill and capacity for work.
Being a Multimedia Arts students means more than attending class and completing projects. There are a wide variety of extracurricular options, both within Visual Communications and at Chemeketa. One example is The Epic Photoshop Show, held in February of 2020. 14 Multimedia Arts students were given a Photoshop challenge to complete in 25 minutes. Three finalists were given an additional 25 minutes to complete their images and present them to the alumni judges. Watch the event highlights below.
Multimedia Arts AAS Degree Outcomes
Students completing the degrees should be able to:
- Work with others in the creation and production of original ideas and graphic design, interactive media, or multimedia arts.
- Research and present design solutions to communication projects.
- Use current and evolving industry standard methods and processes in the production and crafting of graphic design, interactive media, or works of multimedia, including photography, filmmaking, and motion graphics.
- Articulate and apply the trade practices, ethics, and copyright laws related to graphic and/or multimedia arts.
- Participate in a client-designer relationship in the implementation and evaluation of projects.
- Organize and present a portfolio of work that gives evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a graphic design, interactive media, or multimedia arts career or transfer to a four-year college for additional study.
Student Work Examples
Our students create amazing work. We've shared some of their best work to help you see what class projects are like.
View Animation & Motion Graphic Work
If you would like information about graphic design and other degree options at Chemeketa, we invite you to attend an overview session of the Visual Communications program. During the session, a VC faculty member presents on the program options, shows student work, provides information about the application process, discusses transfer and career possibilities and answer all your questions.
The next overview is Wednesday November 2nd, 2022; 4:30–6:00 PM in Building 4/225 on the Salem campus in Building 4, room 225. Everyone is welcome and reservations are not required.
Interested in joining the Visual Communications program? Follow these links to help you prepare to apply.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more of the practical details of being a VC student.
- Thoroughly review the How To Apply section for information on the application process.
- Plan to attend an Overview Session to hear first-hand about the VC experience, and get your individual questions answered.
Course of Study for Multimedia Arts
VC Students: Be sure to pick the course of study that matches your entrance year to the program.
2021 — Multimedia Arts Track
2020 — Multimedia Arts Track
2019 — Multimedia Arts Track
For students entering the program in fall of 2021:
|RD115||Academic Thinking & Reading||3|
|WR115||Introduction to Composition||4|
Term One - Fall
|ART115||Basic Design: Black & White||4|
|ART203||New Media Art||4|
|VC114||Intro to Digital Graphics 1||4|
Term Two - Winter
|ART131||Introduction to Drawing||4|
|ART120||Digital Media Time Design||4|
|History of Photography
Understand Movies: Film Styles
Understand Movies: Directors
Understand Movies: Theme/Genre
Term Three - Spring
|FLM230||Audio Production & Sound Design||4|
|ART118||Digital Design and Color||4|
Term Four - Fall
|VC243||Animation & Motion Graphics 1||4|
|VC272D||Multimedia Arts Studio||2|
Term Five - Winter
|VC244||Animation & Motion Graphics 2||4|
|PSY104||Psychology in the Workplace||4|
|Multimedia Arts Elective||2|
Term Six - Spring
|ART249||Emerging Multimedia Arts & Technology||4|
|VC286||Multimedia Arts Portfolio||4|
|MTH060||Introductory Algebra (or higher)||4|
For More Information
For more information about graphic design or other degrees or classes offered by the VC program, contact the Program Chair Peter Hoelter at email@example.com or 503.399.6475.