What We Do
Digital Media Arts is the home of creativity and forward thinking for the Career Center. Using some of the latest technologies and in anticipation of technologies to come, our students have all the tools needed to design and create in both artistic and professional settings. Combining many media types, career paths, and industry trends, the curriculum of Digital Media Arts takes a progressive approach to learning. The first quarter involves extensive practice in photography and photo manipulation. The second quarter switches the approach to focus on graphic design, including use of our full print and vinyl print shop. The third and fourth quarters introduce digital filmmaking, leading students into film editing, digital cinematography, 2D animation, 3D visual effects, and sound design. Web design and music production are also incorporated into the curriculum throughout the year.
Successful students in this program have these academic opportunities available to them.
- Adobe Certified Associate Certification (currently offered in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro)
- Earn Up to 6 College Credits with a submitted portfolio through an Articulation Agreement with Lyndon State College (other college options available on request).
- Earn Up to 6 College Credits for 'Photography' and 'Adobe Creative Cloud' courses through Dual Enrollment with the Community College of Vermont.
For more information about Adobe Certification, click HERE to see a useful chart about this certification path.
Embedded Academic Credit Areas
For a student who successfully completes this program, the Vermont Agency of Education provides for the following credits. Additional academic credit may be available based on sending school policies.
- 1 Art Credit
- 5 Elective Credits
Digital Media Arts Students use these industry-recognized texts, although others might be throughout over the year.
- Pearson “MyGraphicsLab” Adobe eTextbooks for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro
- How To Design Cool Stuff- John McWade
Recommended Reading Level
Textbooks and the majority of class texts in this course are written at the following grade level. The first number correlates to the grade level and the decimal refers to the monthly progress throughout the year. For example, an 11.3 would translate to an “11th grade reading level, approximately 3 months into the school year.”
- 11.4 (MyGraphics Lab)
- 9.5 (How To Design Cool Stuff)
Recommended Math Skills
Successful students in this program should expect to master these math skills. Previous preparation and training in these areas are critical for academic success in this program.
- Fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Ratios and proportions
- Conversions between units and file structures
- Visual spacial cognition
- Geometry (spatial abilities)
- Basic programming and coding languages
CVCC Safety Exam
Every CVCC Program begins the year with a Safety Exam. Students are required to pass this safety exam before they can participate in program lab settings. For more information about these exams, contact the CVCC School Counseling Coordinator.
- Digital Citizenship and Copyright Law (DMA Designed Examination featuring content approved by Common Sense Media Incorporated)
Instructor: Matthew Binginot
Phone: (802).476.6237 ext. 1177
Software for Student Use
Successful completion of two semesters of Digital Media Arts will promote proficiencies in the software programs we utilize here, such as...
Hardware for Student Use
Each student has a wealth of hardware and facility resources available for their study in this course, including...
Site Designer and Web Master: Matthew Binginot.