Digital Media Arts Program
The Digital Media Arts Program offers students the opportunity to complete an AA in Art with an emphasis in Digital Art. Courses in Digital Arts include the following:
ART 171 - The Artist and the Computer
A survey of the range of digital media used in the arts using computers as primary research and expressive
tools. Lecture, demonstration, and practice with computers as artistic tools in a variety of media, including
digital illustration and painting, electronic photography and image manipulation, typography and page layout,
and digital animation.
ART 175 - Digital Imaging I
An introduction to the principles of digital imaging for artists, using computers as a primary image
manipulation tool. Course content will include fundamentals of the computer imaging environment, digital
scanning, image enhancement through current raster-based software applications and optimized printing strategies
for both photographs, graphics and drawings. Image restoration, experimental manipulations, merging of visual
files and digital sequential presentations will provide students with an elementary understanding of the scope
and range the computer provides for today’s digital imaging artists.
ART 176 - Digital Drawing
This course will survey the rich tradition of drawing using traditional tools and the simulated tools of
current digital technologies such as drawing software applications, drawing tablets, scanners and other
digital input devices. The final image output will utilize quality printers for optimum results. The
representation of visual reality in the Western (Renaissance) tradition will be explored using the
various software applications, image formats and presentation modes. These digital technologies will
allow for immediate investigation of the fundamental pictorial elements of line, shape, space, color
and texture as well as the formal relationship of these elements to image composition, harmony,
contrast and balance. The resulting drawings will reference such visual strategies as description,
narrative, illustration, collage and image sequencing.
ART 177 - Digital Painting
This course will survey traditional drawing and painting strategies using the simulated tools and
textures of current computer technologies such as painting software, drawing tablet, scanners and
still video for input and the final image output will utilize color printers for optimum results.
These digital technologies will allow for immediate investigation of the fundamental pictorial
elements of line, shape, space, color, and texture, as well as the formal relationship of these
elements to image composition, harmony, contrast and balance. Various image formats and presentation
modes will be explored including description, narrative, illustration, collage, and image sequencing.
ART 184 - Drawing for Animation
Drawing and visual design are required skills to be successful in the field of animation. The
principles of motion, story telling and conceptual development, as well as the application of these
disciplines to current technology, will develop for the student an understanding of animation. By
examining these essential steps and skills involved for visual artists, Drawing for Animation will
emphasize such classical drawing topics as perspective, composition and color theory as well as develop
life-drawing skills through the study of proportion, line of action, structure and basic anatomy.
ART 275 - Digital Imaging II
This course is an advanced study in the principles of digital imaging using industry-standard
software applications as primary expressive tools for the artist. Course content will include
advanced problems in image scanning, digital capture, file storage and management, file merging
in both raster and vector software applications and process control for optimum printing output.
ART DEPARTMENT ADVISORY
In addition to completing the required curriculum, students are advised to refer to
the Grossmont College Catalog as well as check with the Department Chair and/or a Grossmont
College Counselor on which classes would be suit their educational goals as well as satisfy
all the necessary requirements, including completion of the AA degree, transfer to a 4-year
institution and/or career development.