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SCC Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design Program Unearths Forgotten Creativity

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Surry Community College student Tyler Mosley felt he had slowly lost some of his creativity but says the Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design program “unearthed” a side of him he had forgotten existed.

“My favorite thing about the Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design program is that I am free to be a creative individual. While most projects maintain boundaries, there is still room to be creative and put my ideas forward,” he says.

Kayla Popovic, also a student in the program, agrees. “We learn the basics of digital media technology and how to use a wide variety of programs to animate and edit photos, video, and graphics. We also learn how to use our creativity and animation skills and apply it to an interactive interface. Right now, I am working on a 20-second advertisement for a local non-profit organization. The ad will be an animated photo with motion graphics, text layers, keyframe animation, and audio.”

Mosley reports that he has recently gained a surprising interest and satisfaction with the process of audio and video editing.

Popovic says, “SCC is unique in that all the faculty, instructors, and advisors genuinely want you to succeed. Not just in the classroom, but in life and in your future. I have never had a problem at Surry that wasn’t met with compassion, understanding, and resolution. If you are a creative person who loves experiencing and working with digital content, you should give Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design a try. It’s a special program because it’s an opportunity that is not limited to just one path, but a path that leads to many, many doors.”

According to O*NET Online (onetonline.org), the average salary for a graphic designer in North Carolina is around $57,990 per year.

SCC’s Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design program, which is currently all online, prepares students for entry-level jobs in the digital design and multimedia industry. Students learn how to synthesize multimedia and hypertext, computer programming, information architecture, and client/server technologies using both Internet and non-network-based media.

Graduates of the program 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.

New online classes begin March 13, 2024, which include Digital Animation I, Introduction to Audio Video Media, Graphic Design Tools, Web Design, and Graphic Design II.

If you’d like to learn more about the Digital Media Technology and Graphic Design program, contact Gatlin Hiatt, SCC Lead Instructor of Graphic Design and Digital Media, at (336) 386-3290 or hiattgn@surry.edu or visit surry.edu.

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