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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 planned for using the electives chosen within Associates 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, microphones, and recorders are merely tools for creating images and sounds 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

Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of design and its importance in the world of communications and technology;

Demonstrate personal skills in self-management and problem solving;

Practice the use and employ the benefit of library resources, including subscription services and other sources generally accepted as legitimate and valid.



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 251 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

ENG 121 English Composition I

DSN 121 Basic InDesign

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Semester 2

DSN 235 Vector Drawing

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 122 English Composition II

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

DSN Design Elective

Sophomore

Semester 1

DSN 251 Intermediate InDesign

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

DSN Design Elective

DSN Design Elective

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

OR

Free Elective

Semester 2

COM 300 Communication Theory

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

DSN 220 Concept Development

DSN Design Elective

SCI SCI Elective