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Emerging Media and Digital Arts Transfer to Southern Oregon University

2020-21 Emerging Media and Digital Arts Transfer to SOU (PDF)*

Associate of Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is based on a signed articulation agreement with Southern
Oregon University (SOU). The program is designed for students transferring to its baccalaureate
degree program in Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA). Students completing this degree will
meet the requirements for the foundation courses within the EMDA degree requirements. Students
must work closely with advisors in their areas of interest to ensure electives are appropriate.

The curriculum allows for 44 core credits within the major area. By completing all appropriate
credits (including electives), students will fulfill required lower division coursework for transfer
to SOU. Students should be aware, however, that if they transfer before completing this degree,
their courses will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their

Program Learning Outcomes

Problem Solving: Solve communication problems and carry projects from creation through to the production process; including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping, user testing, integration of feedback and the evaluation of outcomes.

Communication. Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Demonstration. Create and develop visual concepts in response to communication problems, including an understanding of the principles of visual organization, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of original meaningful forms.

Technique. Operate tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media.

Application. Be able both to determine the mode(s) of production required to achieve a specific product and to demonstrate level-appropriate mastery of skills, manual and/or digital, necessary to achieve those products. Apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various media—digital, print, motion, 3-D, etc.—that exist in design.

Aesthetic Fluency. Recognize and apply aesthetic principles of design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives, including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.

Professionalism. Employ the basic business practices and trade ethics related to graphic arts, including the ability to organize design projects and to work productively in client-designer and team relationships in the implementation and evaluation of projects.

Portfolio. Organize and present a portfolio of work that gives evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a graphic design career or transfer to a four-year college for additional study.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Design and Digital Media Coordinator's approval. In
order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed
and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who complete all credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better. Certain required courses are also graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or MTH96 Applied Algebra II or designated placement score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-9
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
ART204, 205, 206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
COMM225 Small Group Communication and Problem-solving or
COMM100 Basic Communication or
COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
COMM218 Interpersonal Communication 
CIS195 Web Authoring I (HTML/CSS)  4
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or higher level math 1


WR121 English Composition I 4
WR122 English Composition II 4
  Approved humanities electives 2 6-8
  Approved science electives 3 8-10
  Approved social science electives 4 9-12
  Total General Education Requirements 46-55
Core Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
DDM120 Digital Graphic Design I 3
DDM125 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
DDM130 Introduction to Web Tools 3
DDM140 Electronic Publishing I (InDesign) 3
DDM150 Computer Illustration (Illustrator) 3
DDM160 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) 3
DDM180 Introduction to Digital Video (Premiere) 3
DDM190 Introduction to Aniation (Animate) 3
DDM220 Digital Graphic Design II 3
DDM229 Portfolio and Professional Practices 3
  Approved Design and Digital Media electives 5 14
  Total Core Credits 44
Total Program Credits

1 Students may also take MTH111, MTH112, MTH211 and MTH212, MTH243 or MTH251. The Bachelor of Science degree requires two courses (7 or more credits) of math, designated programming, statistics or logic courses. The second course may be completed at RCC or SOU. See an advisor for details.

2 Approved Humanities Electives
(complete at least two courses from the following list, 6-8 credits)
Course No.
Course Title
ART204, 205, 206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
ENG104, ENG105, ENG106 Introduction to Literature 4-4-4
ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 World Literature 4-4-4
ENG201, ENG202 Shakespeare I, II 4-4
ENG204, ENG205, ENG206 Survey of English Literature 4-4-4
ENG253, ENG254, ENG255 Survey of American Literature 4-4-4
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
ENG275 The Bible as Literature 4
HUM101, HUM102, HUM103 Introduction to Humanities 4-4-4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4-4-4-4-4
IS110 Introduction to International Studies I 4
MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
MUS108 Music in World Cultures 4
MUS201 Introduction to Western Music 4
MUS205 History of Jazz 3
MUS206 Introduction to Rock Music 3
MUS208 Film Music 3
MUS261, MUS262, MUS263 History of Western Music I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS264, MUS265, MUS266 History of Rock I, II, III 3-3-3
PHL101, PHL102, PHL103 Philosophical Problems/Ethics/Critical Reasoning 4-4-4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology 4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
TA141 Fundamentals of Acting 4
WR241, WR242, WR243 Imaginative Writing I, II, III 4-4-4
3 Approved Science Electives

(Complete at least two courses, two of which must have labs, from the following list, 8-10 credits. Note that one course can be a regional field studies course.)

Course No.
Course Title
BI100GB Introductory Biology (non-lab course) 3
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems (non-lab course) 3
BI101, BI102, BI103 Introduction to Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI121, BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I, II with lab 4-4
BI211, BI212, BI213 General Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI231, BI232, BI233 Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI234 Microbiology with lab 4
CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry with lab and Recitation 5
CHEM105 Introductory Organic Chemistry with lab 4
CHEM106 Introductory Biochemistry with lab 4
CHEM221, CHEM222, CHEM223 General Chemistry I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
ENV111 Introduction to Environmental Science (non-lab course) 3
G100 Fundamentals of Geology (non-lab course) 3
G101, G102, G103 Introduction to Geology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
GEOG100 Introduction to Physical Geography (non-lab course) 3
GS104, GS106, GS107, GS108 Physical Science with lab 4-4-4-4-
GS170 * Regional Field Geology with lab 4
PH201, PH202, PH203 General Physics I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
PH211, PH212, PH213 General Physics (Calculus Based) I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
4 Approved Social Science Electives

(Complete at least three courses from the following list, 9-12 credits.)

Course No.
Course Title
ANTH110, ANTH150 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology/Archaeology 4-4
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA218 Personal Finance 3
CJ120 Introduction to the Judicial Process 4
CJ200 / SOC244 Introduction to Criminology 4
CJ243 / SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
COMM237 Communication and Gender 4
ECON115 Introduction to Economics 3
ECON201, ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics 4-4
GEOG110 Introduction to Cultural and Human Geography 3
GEOG120 World Regional Geography 3
HE250, HPE295 Personal Health/Health and Fitness for Life 3-3
HST104, HST105 History of World Civilization I, II 4-4
HST201, HST202 History of the United States I, II 4-4
PS201, PSY202, PSY203 American Government I, II, III 3-3-3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
PSY119 Psychology of Personal Growth 4
PSY201, PSY202 General Psychology I, II 4-4
PSY215 Life Span Human Development 4
PSY219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4
PSY231 Human Sexuality 3
SOC204, SOC205 Introduction to Sociology, American Society 4-4
SOC211 Social Deviance and Social Control 3
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 4
SOC218 Sociology of Gender 4
SOC225 Social Problems 4
SOC228 Environment and Society 4
SOC230 Introduction to Gerontology 4
SOC235/HST259 The Chicano/Latino Historical Experience 4
5 Approved Design and Digital Media Electives

(Complete 14 credits or a sufficient number of electives to meet the total degree requirements of at least 90 credits.)

Course No.
Course Title
DDM141 Electronic Publishing II 3
DDM161 Digital Imaging II: Advanced Photoshop 4
DDM170 Motion Graphics (After Effects) 3
DDM181 Advanced Digital Video 3
DDM200 Survey of Design and Film History 3
DDM221 Production Graphics 3
DDM225 3D Graphics I (Blender) 3
DDM230 Studio Capstone or
DDM280 Cooperative Work Experience/Graphic Design
DDM235 Website Design I 4


For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Design Department:

541- 956-7127
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7127
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