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Media Design, Associate of Science

Philosophy

The mission of the Associate of Science degree in Media Design is to merge creative skills and ideas into strong visual statements and to understand industry workflow in rapidly evolving media technology. 

This degree includes required coursework in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, concept development, followed by a series of design electives, which allow students to customize their degree. 

Students may also use this degree as a building block to the Media Design, Video and Motion Graphics, or Game Design and Development bachelor degree programs. Students should meet with an Academic Advisor for further information as the prerequisite(s) for those degrees differ and should be carefully planned using the electives that are part of this degree.

Additionally, the General Education core courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation.


The Purpose of an Associate Degree in Design

Design is a common thread that runs through all media, art and communications work. To succeed in these professions, students need to be creative and innovative thinkers.

Equipment such as cameras, computers, and drawing tablets are merely tools for creating images that are used in the final design and, though important, learning their use is only a small part of the process.

The design approach to programs within the College of Technology provides an opportunity to develop a two-year associate degree that is a basic core to all design-oriented baccalaureate programs. If a student intends to go continue on to a bachelor’s program in Media Design, Game Design and Development, or Video and Motion Graphics, it would be beneficial to use the design electives on courses that are pre-requisites to those of the intended program. 

Program Competencies

Students in the Media Design Program (A.S.) will be able to:

  • Appraise the needs of the audience and then speak in a clear and succinct manner.  Research, construct, and deliver professional presentations using a variety of communication tools and techniques.
  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar:  mechanics and usage.  Correctly and ethically exhibit competence in writing for specific purposes, diverse audiences, and genres.
  • Employ legitimate and valid informational resources.



Media Design A.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

COM 300 Communication Theory

CTA 210 Computer Science

DSN 094 Technology Orientation

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SCI Natural Science Elective- SCI 308 excluded

Media Design Core (30 credits)

DSN 121 Basic InDesign

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

DSN 220 Concept Development

DSN 235 Vector Drawing

DSN 307 Intermediate InDesign

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

OR

Free Elective


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

Semester 1

CTA 210 Computer Science

DSN 094 Technology Orientation

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

DSN 220 Concept Development

ENG 121 English Composition I

 

Free Elective

OR

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

Semester 2

DSN 121 Basic InDesign

DSN 235 Vector Drawing

ENG 122 English Composition II

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Sophomore

Semester 1

COM 300 Communication Theory

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective

Semester 2

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

SCI SCI Elective

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.