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COVID-19: Spring 2023 Semester Guidelines

Program Overview

The Digital Media program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the digital design and multimedia industry. Students learn to synthesize multimedia, hypertext, computer programming, information architecture, and client/server technologies using both Internet and non-network-based media.

Students develop skills in communication, critical thinking, and problem solving as well as interface design, multimedia formats, application programming, data architecture, and client/server technologies. The program develops technical skills through practical applications that employ current and emerging standards and technologies.

Employment Opportunities:

Graduates should qualify for employment as web designers, graphic artists/designers, multimedia specialists, web developers, web content specialists, media specialists, information specialists, digital media specialists, animation specialists, interface designers, and many new jobs yet to be defined in this expanding field.

Online Program Information: Surry offers this program online. Go to Online Learning for more information.

Technical Standards:

Program Contacts:

Jay Smith

Lead Instructor: Digital Media Technology - Graphic Design

Degree Curriculum

To complete the degree (A25210), 37 credit hours must be included from the Digital Media Diploma (D25210).

Spring Semester

DME-285 Systems Project 3
WBL-111 Work-Based Learning I 1
GRD-142 Graphic Design II 4
PTE-120 Pathway to Employment - Information Technology 3
CTI-110 Web, Programming, and Database Foundation 3
Social Science Elective 3

Fall Semester

ART-264 Digital Photography I 3
WEB-151 Mobile Application Development I 3
DME-210 User Interface Design 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 29 Hours

Diploma Curriculum

To complete the diploma (D25210), 12 credit hours must be included from the Digital Media Technology Certificate (C25210/C25210X).

Spring Semester

DME-140 Introduction to Audio/Video Media 3
DME-215 Advanced Graphic Design Tools 3
DME-260 Emerging Tech Digital Media 3
WEB-210 Web Design 3

Fall Semester

CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
GRD-141 Graphic Design I 4

Total credits needed to graduate: 25 Hours

Certificate Curriculum

DME-110 Introduction to Digital Media 3
DME-115 Graphic Design Tools 3
DME-120 Introduction to Multimedia Applications 3
DME-130 Digital Animation I 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 12 Hours

This certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise program (C25210X).

Skills Training Courses


Learning Outcomes

Digital Media Technology students will:

  • Think practically and creatively to analyze, synthesize, and develop design and media solutions that meet client needs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using industry standard hardware and software to generate and manipulate images, print and digital advertising, publications, websites, audio, video, motion graphics, and animation.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively troubleshoot when projects do not go as planned.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and conduct commensurate with industry expectations.

Program Costs

Digital Media Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,368.00 $4,824.00
Books and Supplies $500.00 $500.00
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription $360.00 $360.00
Laptop Computer $1600.00 $1600.00

Computer Requirements

Students enrolled in the Digital Media Technology degree or certificate programs will need a computer with the following:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 or higher (64 bit) or Apple macOS 10.13 or higher
  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • At least 16 GB of RAM
  • At least 512 GB hard drive (SSD is recommended)
  • Graphics card with at least 2 GB of GPU VRAM
  • 1280x1080 or greater display resolution

A compatible laptop is available for purchase through the SCC Bookstore.

Software Requirements

Students enrolled in the Digital Media Technology degree or certificate programs will need an active Adobe Create Cloud (All Apps) Student and Teacher Edition subscription. This software subscription is available to students at a discounted price directly from Adobe. Students will need to purchase the “All Apps” version of the Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher subscription and maintain this subscription while enrolled in the Digital Media Technology degree or certificate programs. For more information, visit

Adobe Creative Could - All Apps are also available for purchase through the SCC Bookstore.

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Program Facts

Chris Riddle in a Sport coat
I used my Digital Media skills to sharpen my tools as a video editor within the professional wrestling industry, leading to work with legends, hall of famers, and now I even have an on-air role

Chris Riddle

Class of 2016,
Certificate in Digital Media Technology

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