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Contact: Brit Pitre, Program Chair
Email: bpitre@atlantatech.edu
Direct: (404) 225-4439

 

Design and Media Production Technology

Program Overview

If you've ever dreamed of a career that utilizes and values your creative abilities, Atlanta Technical College's Design and Media Production program will change the way you think about work. Offering specializations in Video Production, Post-Production Technology, Photography, Computer Animation and Graphic Design, the program focuses on honing students' raw creative energy into marketable skill sets. We place emphasis on a hands on approach to learning the tools of the trade and students will be able to jump right into classes in their field of choice from the very first semester. Throughout the course of study, students will develop portfolio pieces that they will use to seek employment upon graduation. Graduates may potentially work at in-house corporate or government marketing departments, at advertising firms, as freelancers or even on film sets.

Video Production trains students to be content creators in the age of digital filmmaking. In its first half, the program focuses on camera operation, lighting, the use of audio equipment, and basic editing. In the second half, once students have mastered the tools, the emphasis shifts to the art of storytelling in a moving visual medium. Graduates will able to produce films, music videos, web series, commercials, and any other type of video content.

Post-Production Technology prepares students for entry level positions as video and film editors, motion graphics artists or visual effects artists. Students may also basic post-audio and color grading operations. Heavy emphasis will be placed on Adobe Premiere and After Effects, with more basic introductions to Pro Tools and Davinci Resolve. Students will work to develop a portfolio of finished film work, or material that integrates 2D and 3D design elements with live footage, audio, and visual effects. Graduates will be capable of handling the basics of the entire post-production process from start to finish.

Computer Animation trains students primarily in the art form of 3D animation, whether it be for the movies or for more industrial applications. Students begin by learning the basics of 3D modeling and keyframing, then go on to explore more specialized classes such as digital lighting, effects for animation, and short film production.

Photography trains students to capture still images that may serve as commercial art. In addition to exhaustive training in camera operation, students will also focus on lighting, shooting in studio and directing models. The sequence of classes is designed to give students a taste of each major form of photography, including documentary, portraiture and shooting in controlled environments. Graduates will be capable of producing stunning photographs in a variety of scenarios.

Graphic Design prepares students for a rapidly growing industry fueled by increasing commercial activity in the digital space. Students will learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and will focus on a wide variety of design projects including logos, advertisements, web graphics, flyers, brochures, business cards, book covers, posters, and much more.

Atlanta Technical College is a proud member of the Georgia Production Partnership, a coalition of companies and individuals who are active in the state's film, video, music, and interactive game industries. Our goal is to do whatever it takes to help grow the industry in Georgia.

Admissions Requirements
  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
General Education Courses (8 - 9 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Select One of the Following (2 - 3 hours)
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today\'s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
PSYC
1010
3
45
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Select One of the Following (3 hours)
MATH
1011
3
45
Emphasizes mathematical concepts found in business situations. Topics include basic mathematical skills, mathematical skills in business related problem solving, mathematical information for documents, graphs, and mathematical problems.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Occupational Courses (20 hours)
4
90
Covers the basics of computer terminology, operating systems, and input and output devices, file formatting, file management, and overview of software. Introduces students to the fundamentals of design concepts, including design, composition and layout, color theory and typography.
DMPT
1005
4
90
This course is an introduction to the creation of vector imagery. Students will learn to draw illustrations, transform objects, work with layers, patterns, brushes, and filters, use effects and create graphics for the various applications. The focus will be on learning the essential tools, basic operation and commands used in the creation of vector graphics used in different media fields.
DMPT
1010
4
90
In the Raster Imaging course, the student becomes acquainted with the concepts and software related raster image manipulation. The student is introduced to the workspace and tools used in an image editing software and will learn basic image editing techniques.

Covers the basics of computer terminology, operating systems, and input and output devices, file formatting, file management, and overview of software.

DMPT
2930
4
180
Emphasis is placed on student\\\'s production of portforlio-quality pieces. Focuses on the preparation for entry into the job market.
Select One of the Following Specializations (3 - 20 hours)
Graphic Design and Prepress (19 - 20 hours)
DMPT
2100
4
90
This course focuses on the design challenges associated with the development of symbol systems, logos, environmental graphics and information graphics. Students will use their knowledge of vector and raster applications for further study into the use of typographic treatment and graphic images.
DMPT
2105
4
90
This course is an introduction to graphic design production using page layout software. Students will be introduced to the essential terminology, tools, and stages of workflow in the graphic design process.
4
90
This course is an in-depth introduction to the graphic prepress production process. Through hands-on projects, the student will experience the challenges involved in successful graphic prepress production.
Select Two of the Following (7 - 8 hours)
DMPT
2110
4
90
Using skills learned in the page layout course, students will design projects relating to the challenges associated with multiple page formats.
Using skills learned in the page layout course, students will design projects for advertising and promotion of products and services.
XXX
xxx
Guided Elective
3 - 4
75 - 90
Computer Animation (19 - 20 hours)

An introduction to 3D Animation software and component visualization. Students will be introduced to software and basic techniques to begin creating models and material for animation projects. Students will also be introduced to basic lighting and animation concepts so that they will be able to develop a complete animation using 3D software at the end of this course.

This course covers the fundamentals of computer geometry by creating the basic elements that make computer models: surfaces, NURBS, polygon, mesh and subdivisions. Students will also be introduced to production techniques that includes preparing reference images for modeling aid, rendering and output of models.

Select Three of the Following (11 - 12 hours)

Introduces the students to concepts for creating textures and lighting for 3D computer graphics. Students will explore in-depth the various ways to create and apply texture and lighting to the 3D models.

4
90

This course introduces fundamental rigging techniques used to prepare a modeled character for animation. The course will focus on the essential tools and techniques, used for body and facial character rigging, skinning, skin weighting, and blend shapes.

This course will focus on tying together all the various stages of production, including concept development, materials creation, rigging and animation, and post-production.

XXX
xxx
Guided Elective
3 - 4
75 - 90
Post-Production Technology (19 - 20 hours)
4
90
An introduction to basic audio and video editing techniques used in digital video production with non-linear software. Students will be introduced to the primary feature set and interface of video editing software and will learn to perform basic editing functions that include setup, adjusting and customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, various editing and trimming techniques and tools, audio editing and audio creation, finishing and output.
This course introduces how to create and animate motion graphics. Students will learn to create dynamic animated titles and logos, animate raster and vector image file graphics, composite and edit multi-layered special effects using footage, work with shapes and masks, work with 3D elements, apply and animate various effect filters, and analyze and compress digital video for different output specifications. Students will be exposed to compositing concepts, techniques, and terminology used in finalizing a video or animation project.
Select Three of the Following (11 - 12 hours)
This course is an introduction to the creative and technical aspects of video production. Students will learn the basic terminology and techniques of video production through analysis of produced video works as well as hands-on experience. Students will be introduced to basic digital video production including: pre-production and planning, camera operation and framing, lighting, sound, and post-production with basic editing.
This course will expose students to advanced techniques used in finalizing a video or animation project using compositing software. The class will reinforce compositing concepts, workflow techniques and terminology that students have learned in previous classes. More advanced tools and techniques will be introduced to focus on overall project workflow.

This course will focus on more advanced editing and finishing techniques. Students will explore different editing styles and techniques for different genres and learn how to use these techniques to create complex compositions with polished transitions, fix screen direction errors, edit multi-camera projects, edit and mix audio, work with nested sequences, create effects, use filters creatively, color correct video, and manage clips and media.

4
90

The course will introduce students to intermediate and advanced techniques for post-production audio for film and video using specialized software such as Adobe Audition or Pro-Tools. Students will learn the concept of sound design and use techniques such as rerecording dialogue and creating Foley to enrich the sound of finished projects. Students will also learn mixing techniques to ensure that all elements are audible final projects.

DMPT
2640
4
90

The course will introduce students to color balancing and grading techniques.

DMPT
2650
4
90

The course will teach students techniques in compositing video with visual effects which includes incorporating 3D elements and pre-keyed footage, applying digital lighting and shading techniques, and applying 3rd party plugins with the goal of creating realistic-looking visual effects.

DMPT
2660
4
90

In this course students will work closely with the instructor to develop complex, portfolio quality work that reflects his or her skill set in projects in production and/or post-production. Depending on complexity, the instructor may ask students to create a single project, or multiple projects. These may include, but are not limited to, works using motion graphics, visual effects, animation, editing, color grading, or post-production audio.

XXX
xxx
Guided Elective
3 - 4
75 - 90
Photography (19 - 20 hours)
Introduces student to an overview of photography. Students will be introduced to parts of a camera, photography processes and lighting setup, and will complete various projects using a camera.
4
90
Students will produce photographs using a variety of commercial lighting techniques and common studio setups, and compositing practices. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of their photography in a variety of formats.
4
90
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and theories of photojournalism. It concentrates on the principles of personal and social documentary photography. It is also designed to increase understanding of photography as a communication tool and to train the student to translate ideas and information into photographic form.
Select Two of the Following (7 - 8 hours)
4
90
The student will refine imaging skills and apply concepts in advanced techniques of raster imaging.
4
90

Provides instruction in the techniques of portrait photography. The students will be able to perform creative use of lighting, including available and studio lighting. Introduces techniques in posing portrait subjects, critical positioning of lighting, and techniques used in the field. Students develop skills for critical evaluation of a portrait photograph. Topics include: tools for indoor and outdoor photography, posing individuals and groups, manipulating natural light and flash, critique and portfolio building.

DMPT
2705
4
90

Students continue the study of Photography through technical skills and theory. Topics include exposure control, advanced lighting techniques, and portfolio building. This class emphasizes creative skills, practical exercises and photography projects.

XXX
xxx
Guided Elective
3 - 4
75 - 90
Video Production (19 - 20 hours)
This course is an introduction to the creative and technical aspects of video production. Students will learn the basic terminology and techniques of video production through analysis of produced video works as well as hands-on experience. Students will be introduced to basic digital video production including: pre-production and planning, camera operation and framing, lighting, sound, and post-production with basic editing.
4
90
An introduction to basic audio and video editing techniques used in digital video production with non-linear software. Students will be introduced to the primary feature set and interface of video editing software and will learn to perform basic editing functions that include setup, adjusting and customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, various editing and trimming techniques and tools, audio editing and audio creation, finishing and output.

This course will expose students to advanced techniques in digital cinematography and production audio. Students will gain hands on experience in camera operation, shot composition, camera movement, lighting, and production sound.

Select Two of the Following (7 - 8 hours)
4
90

This course will take students through the entire process of creating a narrative short film, with particular emphasis on skills that are specific to fictional, scripted material.

4
90

This course will take students through the entire process of creating a documentary short film, with particular emphasis on skills that are specific to unscripted or partially scripted, non-fiction material.

XXX
xxx
Guided Elective
3 - 4
75 - 90
Guided Elective (3 - 4 hours)
CIST
1001
4
90
Provides an overview of information systems, computers and technology. Topics include: Information Systems and Technology Terminology, Computer History, Data Representation, Data Storage Concepts, Fundamentals of Information Processing, Fundamentals of Information Security, Information Technology Ethics, Fundamentals of Hardware Operation, Fundamentals of Networking, Fundamentals of the Internet, Fundamentals of Software Design Concepts, Fundamentals of Software, (System and Application), System Development Methodology, Computer Number Systems conversion (Binary and Hexadecimal), Mobile computing.
An introductory course that provides problem solving and programming concepts for those that develop user applications. An emphasis is placed on developing logic, troubleshooting, and using tools to develop solutions. Topics include: problem solving and programming concepts, structured programming, the four logic structures, file processing concepts, and arrays.
CIST
1510
3
60
Explores the concepts of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), XML, and XHTML following the current standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for developing inter-linking web pages that include graphical elements, hyperlinks, tables, forms, and image maps.
CIST
2371
4
105
This course is designed to teach the basic concepts and methods of objected-oriented design and Java programming. Use practical problems to illustrate Java application building techniques and concepts. Develop an understanding of Java vocabulary. Create an understanding of where Java fits in the application development landscape. Create an understanding of the Java Development Kit and how to develop, debug, and run Java applications using the JDK. Continue to develop student's programming logic skills. Topics include: JAVA Language History, JAVA Variable Definitions, JAVA Control Structures, JAVA Methods, JAVA Classes, JAVA Objects, and JAVA Graphics.
DMPT
1015
4
90
Introduces beginning student to basic drawing techniques. Student will complete drawings using various techniques and media.
Introduces student to an overview of photography. Students will be introduced to parts of a camera, photography processes and lighting setup, and will complete various projects using a camera.
This course is an introduction to the creative and technical aspects of video production. Students will learn the basic terminology and techniques of video production through analysis of produced video works as well as hands-on experience. Students will be introduced to basic digital video production including: pre-production and planning, camera operation and framing, lighting, sound, and post-production with basic editing.
DMPT
2105
4
90
This course is an introduction to graphic design production using page layout software. Students will be introduced to the essential terminology, tools, and stages of workflow in the graphic design process.
4
90
The student will refine imaging skills and apply concepts in advanced techniques of raster imaging.
4
90
Students will learn how to use advance vector imagery techniques for communicating creative concepts in different media fields. They will study a variety of digital illustration styles and begin to develop a personal style of their own.

An introduction to 3D Animation software and component visualization. Students will be introduced to software and basic techniques to begin creating models and material for animation projects. Students will also be introduced to basic lighting and animation concepts so that they will be able to develop a complete animation using 3D software at the end of this course.

4
90
An introduction to basic audio and video editing techniques used in digital video production with non-linear software. Students will be introduced to the primary feature set and interface of video editing software and will learn to perform basic editing functions that include setup, adjusting and customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, various editing and trimming techniques and tools, audio editing and audio creation, finishing and output.
This course introduces how to create and animate motion graphics. Students will learn to create dynamic animated titles and logos, animate raster and vector image file graphics, composite and edit multi-layered special effects using footage, work with shapes and masks, work with 3D elements, apply and animate various effect filters, and analyze and compress digital video for different output specifications. Students will be exposed to compositing concepts, techniques, and terminology used in finalizing a video or animation project.
DMPT
2660
4
90

In this course students will work closely with the instructor to develop complex, portfolio quality work that reflects his or her skill set in projects in production and/or post-production. Depending on complexity, the instructor may ask students to create a single project, or multiple projects. These may include, but are not limited to, works using motion graphics, visual effects, animation, editing, color grading, or post-production audio.

3
45
Develops skills and behaviors necessary for successful supervision of people and their job responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on real life concepts, personal skill development, applied knowledge and managing human resources. Course content is intended to help managers and supervisors deal with a dramatically changing workplace being affected by technology changes, a more competitive and global market place, corporate restructuring and the changing nature of work and the workforce. Topics include: Understanding the Managers Job and Work Environment; Building an Effective Organizational Culture; Leading, Directing, and the Application of Authority; Planning, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving; Human Resource Management, Administrative Management, Organizing, and Controlling.
3
45
This course emphasizes the trends and the dynamic forces that affect the marketing process and the coordination of the marketing functions. Topics include effective communication in a marketing environment, role of marketing, knowledge of marketing principles, marketing strategy, and marketing career paths.