Digital Media Arts
Photography, Graphic Design, Video Production
Web Design and Flash Animation
Digital Media embraces the digital technologies that surround our lives: video, animation, motion graphics, web sites, and graphic design for print and interactive media. Digital Media surrounds us, in constant flux. BTC’s interactive program lays a foundation for the students who want to be the pioneers for the next generation of the digital world.
The program integrates traditional design with cutting-edge technologies. The program is designed to educate creative innovators and visual problem solvers in theory and practice. After completing introductory units in design principles and media creation, students develop advanced skills in one or more areas including graphic design, digital photography, video production, flash animation, motion graphics, and web site design.
All program completers produce a portfolio of personal work suitable for applying for college or a job.
College Credit and Industry Certification
Digital Media students are eligible for Adobe Certifications in Photoshop and Fundamentals of Web Design.
Program completers may receive 3-12 Dual Enrollment credits through Community College of Vermont. Dual Enrollment students must complete the regular Digital Media curriculum and pass the Accuplacer sections designated by CCV. Dual enrollment credits are transcripted college credits that many universities and colleges will accept as transfer credits.
Digital Media program completers who attend Lyndon State College or the New England Institute of Art/AI also have the option of receiving college credit at either school. The New England Institute of Art/AI offers a waiver of 3 credits, and LSC offers up to 9 credits based on a portfolio review.
Post-secondary education is recommended for many digital media careers. Among the schools that program graduates have attended are RIT, New England Institute of Art/AI, Franklin Pierce, Lyndon State College, Castleton State College, Fairleigh Dickinson, Maine College of Art, Emerson College, SUNY and Hallmark Institute of Photography.
Students interested in Digital Media careers should have good basic computer skills. Art and communication courses are also helpful. Students should consider high school courses that will prepare them for college-level work.
Labor Market Outlook:
Employees trained in digital media are found in every sector of the economy. Vermont employers who have hired program graduates include Accura Printing, Leahy Press, Stillwater Graphics, Ad Art America, Burton Snowboards, National Life, Jet Service Envelope, Beltrami Photography Studios, Walker Motors, VideoVision Productions, Ben and Jerry’s, Signal Advertising, WCAX and Family Memorials.