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Multimedia Courses

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A sampling of courses for this discipline includes (not a complete list):

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MM-100 Introduction to Concepts in Digital Media
This course is an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of digital technologies and their applications within science, society and art. Students will gain an understanding of new media through an in-depth analysis of the history and trends within emerging technologies.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-102A Introduction to Multimedia
Explore technical, artistic, and creative ways to produce animations, digital imagery and interactive multimedia projects using industry standard software such as Photoshop and Flash. Topics include typography, design principles, multimedia terminology, copyright issues, image and sound manipulation.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-105 Web Site Design
Learn design principles to create web sites using the latest software applications. Also learn to analyze web sites created in a wide range of fields and various cultures. Topics include Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML5, JavaScript and slideshows, typography, color, copyright issues, accessibility, and techniques to display sound, video and animations.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
Plan A - District General Education, III-B. Humanities.
MM-106 Advanced Interaction Design for Web and Mobile
This course introduces students to advanced techniques in web site design and web-based mobile applications. In addition to industry standard software like Dreamweaver and Photoshop, this course focuses on CSS for layout, user experience design, and navigation. Other topics include rapid prototyping; forms; Ajax and JQuery; dynamic image galleries; building accessible and flexible layouts for screen, tablets, and mobile devices; and professional practices in web site design.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-107 WordPress
WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS) and one of the most popular online tools to build websites. In this hands-on course students learn how to install, setup, customize, and publish websites using the WordPress platform.
MM-109 2D Animation
Learn the essential tools in Flash for creating graphics, character animations, interactive interfaces, games, interactive content for the Web. In addition to animation, the course introduces students to basic ActionScript, the powerful programming language in Flash, to control the timeline, properites of symbols, and user input.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-110/ART-140 Digital Video for Web and DVD
This course is a hands-on introduction to digital video to develop media production skills. The course will combine hands-on demonstrations, technical workshops, discussion, and critiques. Topics include preproduction, storyboards, camera shots, composition, editing (iMovie and Final Cut), transitions, video file formats, compression, special effects, and producing video for YouTube, Websites, and DVD.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM/GA-112 Motion Graphics
This course is an introduction to concepts, practices, and techniques in Motion Graphic Design and Visual Effects software. Topics include digital compositing, animation, interaction design and visual effects to produce captivating communication design for film, TV, web, and multimedia industries.
Credit, Degree Application, Transferable to CSU.
MM-113 Mobile Application Development
This course is a practical and project-oriented introduction to creating Web and native applications for mobile platforms, specifically for Apple iOS and Android devices. Topics include user interface design, software design patterns, application architectures, Dreamweaver's mobile templates, jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-114 Textures for 3D
In this class you will learn different techniques to enhance 3D objects and environments using 3D modeling software and 2D paint software. The topics covered are: painting textures, manipulating digital images, texture mapping, lighting techniques, camera shots, applying principles of art and design to 3D imagery, and rendering images for multimedia and print.
Credit, Degree Applicable.
MM-118 Introduction to Video Game Design
This class focuses on the process of planning, developing, and creating content for video games. Students will gain an understanding of the video game industry, and learn how to design characters, levels, and design documents.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-119 Video Game Development
This class focuses on producing video games using 3D software and game engines. Students work in a team environment and follow production practices employed in the video game industry.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-121A 3D Modeling
Learn different techniques to model virtual objects and environments using 3D modeling software. The topics covered in this class are designing characters, modeling, texture mapping, lighting techniques, camera shots, 3D scene layout, and rendering images for different multimedia applications. Introduction to basic 3D animation techniques covered. Simple animations may be created.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-121B 3D Animation
This course will focus on how to use 3D Computer Animation Software. Students will create their own 3D animations and present their work. Topics covered include storyboards, principles of animation, function curves, bones, introduction to inverse kinematics, camera motion, scene direction, and exporting animations in different file formats.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-121C Advanced 3D Modeling and Animation
This class is a continuation of MM-121B and teaches advanced techniques in modeling and animation using 3D animation software. Topics include advanced modeling tools, texture mapping, lighting and reflection effects, function curves, particle systems, camera effects, scene direction, adding sound, basic video editing, and advanced animation using inverse kinematics.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-123 3D Prototyping and 3D Printing
3D printing is reshaping the fields of art, science, and technology by revolutionizing how things are made. This course explores 3D Printer rapid-prototyping technology to design and print custom interlocking 3D parts, culminating in building functional electro-mechanical devices such as flying drone copters and robots.
MM-160 Multimedia Portfolio Development
This course will focus on the development of student portfolios for the purpose of presentation on the Web. Students will learn about the "cultures" of the multimedia industry, review job roles and responsibilities, go on field trips, and get advice from professionals in the industry. Topics covered include creating a digital portfolio for the Web, evaluation of student work, resources in multimedia, preparing a resume, designing and producing business cards, preparing contracts, job hunting techniques, and preparing for a job interview.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.
MM-161 Business Basics for Multimedia
This course is an absolute “must” if you are interested in starting a successful career as a self-employed multimedia professional. The course covers the basics of opening and running a business in the multimedia industry (graphic design, web development, etc.). You will learn how to effectively work with clients, manage your time so you are productive, efficient and profitable, market yourself to the people or companies you most want to work with, and develop your own contracts.
Credit, Degree Applicable, Transferable to CSU.

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Multimedia AA Degree

  1. Use technical skills and professional workmanship to demonstrate proficiency using multimedia software.
  2. Use conceptual skills by innovating, brainstorming, sketching, problem-solving, building prototypes and scenarios, constructing narratives.
  3. Use visual communication by demonstrating the ability to design projects that communicate specific ideas and illustrate concepts of design.
  4. Exhibit professional behavior and work ethics.
  5. Express recognition of the diverse cultural contributions to art and design.