UPOWER Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics

The Upower Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics (DDG) program prepares students for entry level positions and further study in many areas of the graphics industry including: print and interactive media design and production, 2D and 3D computer generated graphics and animation, photography, marketing graphic production, presentation graphics, video game production, as well as the design and production of commercial, industrial and engineering graphics using CAD. This program blends design principles and practical, production oriented knowledge and skills. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation, and elective choices that allow students some degree of specialization based on their individual interests and goals.

UPOWER Self-Paced Learning
The Associate degree in Digital Design and Graphics is offered On Campus, Online, and in Upower format. Upower is an online, self-paced competency-based option.  See our traditional Associate in Science page for non-Upower options.
*Upower program format is not eligible for the Rewards Plan or Scholarships.

DDG Program Technical Requirements:

Required Hardware
  • Mac Specifications
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    Model: MacBook Pro or iMac
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
    Memory: 4 GB RAM (more is better)
    Display size: 13-inch or larger
    Hard drive: 320 GB or larger
    CD-ROM: Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    Operating system: Mac OS X Snow Leopard or newer
    Office Suite Microsoft Office: 2008, 2011 or Microsoft 365 (free for students)
    Mac (includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage/Outlook)

  • PC Specifications
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    Processor: Pentium M processor or newer
    Memory: 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
    Display size: 13-inch or larger
    Hard drive: 80 GB or larger
    Network card: Integrated Internal Card 10/100
    CD-ROM: 24X CD-RW/DVD drive
    Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2 or newer
    Office Suite Microsoft Office: 2008, 2011 or Microsoft 365 (free for students)

  • Optional/Recommended Equipment - 1 TB portable hard drive
Required Software
  • Autodesk Autocad 2012 or later
    *Free license for students
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    *Discounted student plans are available for all students from Adobe

Why DDG?

Is DDG right for me?

Art comes in many different forms, and with the evolution of technology, the computer is now one of the most popular canvases in use today. If you are an artist with an interest in technology, a career in Digital Design and Graphics can start here.

The graphics industry is incredibly diverse, including: print and interactive media design and production, 2D and 3D computer generated graphics and animation, photography, marketing graphic production, presentation graphics, video game production, as well as the design and production of commercial, industrial and engineering graphics using CAD.

Digital Design and Graphics may be a good fit for you if:

  • You are artistic and creative
  • You enjoy problem solving
  • You are a good communicator
  • You enjoy working with technology
  • You enjoy working with others
  • You want to continue your education and obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Digital Design and Graphics

Advantages of a UPOWER Degree in Graphic Design:

  • An extremely affordable, self-paced degree option in which you control the total cost of your degree.
  • Class format that allows you to complete classes you have prior real world experience in by passing the Pre-Course and Post-Course Assessment.
  • Gain current technical and creative skills to enter the career field of design.
  • 24/7 access to your course content allowing you to complete your coursework on your schedule.
  • A degree from a traditional, not-for-profit university.

Careers

What can I do with a Digital Design and Graphics degree?

Careers in graphic design, web design, computer animation, and computer aided drafting are all in great demand, and Hodges University is prepared to help pave the way for students interested in any of these career fields.

Digital Design and Graphics Careers

Listed below are a few examples of career opportunities. Opportunities will vary depending on a company's industry and specific requirements.

ADVERTISING, MARKETING, AND PUBLISHING
  • Signage
  • Newspaper Design
  • Digital Pre-Press
  • Printing
  • Magazine Design
  • Web Design
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Television
  • Video Production
  • Video Game Design
  • Animation
MORE
  • Corporate In-House Designer
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Real Estate
  • Packaging Design
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Designer

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may begin a 6 month subscription for the CIT program on the first day of any month. You will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits during your subscription. However there is no limit on the number of credits you may earn during a subscription period.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Upower Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics

A.

Digital Design and Graphics Core Semester Hour Credit
DDG1002 Foundations for College Success

DDG1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

The Foundations for College Success in the School of Technology course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year technology students and new technology students who do not have a minimum of 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate’s Degree. In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will begin to develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a student in the school of technology and the eventual transition into a digital design professional.

2

DDG1003 Introduction to Graphic Communication

DDG1003 -Introduction to Graphic Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the field of graphic communications and digital design. Students will survey many of the specific fields within the broad category of graphics and digital design. They will also be introduced to the range of career options within digital graphics and design. Topics will include: computer graphics, desktop publishing, web design, multimedia, animation, CAD, virtual reality, photography and video production.

4

DDG1010 Introduction to CAD

DDG1010 - Introduction to CAD - 4 Credits

Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to work with and identify the commands required to work with AutoCAD and the basic drawing setup, scale factors, and plot scales for modeling. The student will learn concepts of layering, lineweights, linetypes, 2D drawing, editing, display, drawing aids, object selection, groups, calculation strategies and text commands. Lectures will include the information for the student to be able to demonstrate architectural standards for lettering, line work, sketching, orthographic projection, geometric constructions, and area and volume calculation for basic geometric shapes.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
DDG1020 Visual Communication and Design

DDG1020 - Visual Communication and Design - 4 Credits

Visual Communications is an exploration into the idea that memorable visual messages with text have the greatest power to inform, educate, and persuade an individual. This course will include the study of visual elements and principles of line, plane, shape, form, pattern, texture, gradation, color, symmetry, order, balance, unity, contrast, mass, and proportion. Additionally, spatial relationships and compositions in 2 and 3 dimensional space will be explored.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, DDG1003

4
DDG2105 3D Modeling and Animation

DDG2105 - 3D Modeling and Animation - 4 Credits

The 3D Modeling and Animation course is a complete overview of the three-dimensional CAD. It focuses on rapid prototyping using software, creation and editing of 3D Wireframe modeling, and 3D solid modeling. It also includes a broad overview of the theory and practice of rendering realistic simulations of objects in motion.

Prerequisite: DDG1010

4
DDG3000 Multimedia Portfolio

DDG3000 - Multimedia Portfolio - 4 Credits

Students will learn about portfolios: how to plan and design them; how to display art work by reproducing it both graphically and photographically; how to organize and physically assemble portfolios; and finally, how to use them as an integral portion of their resume for interviews and employment opportunities.

Prerequisites: DDG1003, DDG1010, DDG1020, DDG2105

4
Select two electives from the following:
DDG2000 Digital Animation and Effects for the Web

DDG2000 - Digital Animation and Effects for the Web - 4 Credits

An introduction to media concepts featuring digital media hardware and software, tools and techniques, survey of digital media applications, and issues relating to the use of digital media. Students conceptualize a media-based project using text, graphics, audio, video, animation, and interactivity and follow a development process to project delivery.

Prerequisite: DDG1003

4
DDG2310 Introduction to Web Design

DDG2310 - Introduction to Web Design - 4 Credits

This course is designed to teach students the proper procedures to create and post web pages suitable for course work, professional purposes, and personal use. Topics include basic skills of FTP, search engines, browsers, Internet literacy and secure Web design. The HTML language is stressed as the tool for web site creation. Also investigated are popular GUI interfaces such as Adobe Dreamweaver.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
DDG2102 Introduction to Multimedia

DDG2102 - Introduction to Multimedia - 4 Credits

This course is intended to give students an introduction to multimedia systems and an understanding of the multimedia data types, how to handle, store, and transmit multimedia data. Topics related to multimedia operating and communication systems will also be covered. It is also aimed to give the participants a chance to build a multimedia application using a multimedia application development tool.

Prerequisite: CAP1000, DDG1020

4
DDG2600 Civil Drafting

DDG2600 - Civil Drafting - 4 Credits

This course includes an introduction to civil drafting, symbols, terminology, standards, and development of an engineering drawing from survey notes to its inclusion into a set of construction plans or an engineering report. Other topics covered include structural details for concrete, steel, and wood for light commercial, residential, and heavy commercial building, and framework using CAD software.

Prerequisite: DDG1010

4
DDG2610 Architectural Drafting

DDG2610 - Architectural Drafting - 4 Credits

This course is an overview of basic concepts of residential construction to include site planning, floor plans, room planning, wall sections, roof types, and elevation of single-story and multi-story structures. This course will explore residential drafting techniques, commands, and terminology, color matching, shadow development, and cabinet detailing using CAD software.

Prerequisite: DDG1010

4
DDG2620 Advanced CAD Tools and Techniques

DDG2620 - Advanced CAD Tools and Techniques - 4 Credits

This course is an advanced course of hardware/software configurations required for the computer drafting environment. It provides CAD students an opportunity to approach detailed design problems from a computer perspective, hands-on experience in creating custom menus, text fonts, attributes, rotations, X-Ref and more. Different methods of generating commands are also covered.

Prerequisite: DDG1010

4

Total Digital Design and Graphics Core
30
  Liberal Arts and Business Components can be taking concurrently with Digital Design courses at any point and time during the degree sequencing process.

Area II.

Business Core

GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

4
MKT2014 Principles of Marketing

MKT2014 - Principles of Marketing - 4 Credits

A survey course of the marketing of goods and services within the economy. This course covers both the consumer and managerial viewpoints and clarifies the role of marketing within a free enterprise system.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

4

Total Business Core
8

Area III.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and at a level of basic proficiency.

4
ENG1101 English Composition I

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 3 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

3
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4
HARDWARE Required Hardware

Required Hardware

Mac Specifications
Model: MacBook Pro or iMac
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM (more is better)
Display size: 13-inch or larger
Hard drive: 320 GB or larger
CD-ROM: Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Operating system: Mac OS X Snow Leopard or newer
Office Suite Microsoft Office: 2008, 2011 or Microsoft 365 (free for students)
Mac (includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage/Outlook)

PC Specifications
Processor: Pentium M processor or newer
Memory: 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
Display size: 13-inch or larger
Hard drive: 80 GB or larger
Network card: Integrated Internal Card 10/100
CD-ROM: 24X CD-RW/DVD drive
Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2 or newer
Office Suite Microsoft Office: 2008, 2011 or Microsoft 365 (free for students)

Additional Optional/Recommended Equipment
1 TB portable hard drive

SOFTWARE Required Software

Required Software

Autodesk Autocad 2012 or later (free license for students)
Adobe Creative Cloud
Discounted student plans are available for all students from Adobe and include:
Photoshop CS6 or CC Extended
Illustrator CS6 or CC
InDesign CS6 or CC
Dreamweaver CS6 or CC
Flash Professional CS6 or CC
Fireworks CS6 or CC
Muse CC
Edge Tools CC
After Effects CS6 or CC
Premiere Pro CS6 or CC
Acrobat XI Pro
Bridge CS6 or CC
Media Encoder CS6 or CC


Total Liberal Arts Component
22

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

            60

Benefits

How is Hodges Digital Design and Graphics Program Different?

Hodges University’s Digital Design and Graphics program not only prepares students with the technical skills they need to succeed in today’s graphic arena, but also provides a solid base in both Liberal Arts and Business Skills.

UPOWER

Take advantage of your current technical knowledge with our competency-based Upower format. Upower is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option that allows students to get maximum credit for prior learning, including previous work experience. Students will receive the same high quality education they would expect in a traditional classroom. However, students also will have the advantage of completing courses and working with faculty at their own pace while earning their associate or bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical college education.

Our DDG Programs are Certified

Our curriculum is certified by the American Digital Design Association (ADDA). Curriculum Certification provides recognition to schools and training facilities whose curriculum in "Design Drafting" or  "Digital Design  (Graphic Arts)" meets or exceeds industry standards.

ADDA Curriculum Certification acknowledges the standards established and approved by the ADDA, and supported by related organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Code Council, the American Society of Testing Materials, Association of Career and Technical Educators, and many others.

The Curriculum Certification Programs also provides a means of encouraging schools to develop and upgrade program curriculum to better prepare students to meet workforce and employment requirements, a goal Hodges University strongly supports.  In fact, Hodges' Associate Professor, Arkady Grinberg, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Drafting and Design Association in 2014.

Our Small Class Size

Our class size averages 14 students, this small class sizes ensure you receive the attention you need.

Our Curriculum and Technology

Our Digital Design and Graphics program blends design principles and practical, production oriented knowledge and skills that are necessary to land high demand careers. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation, and elective choices that allow students a degree of specialization based on their individual interests and goals.

Hodges prides itself on providing technology for its students.  Fifty-four percent of classrooms at Hodges are equipped with a computer for each seat, including several classrooms that are outfitted for advanced technology studies.  Hodges DDG students also have the advantage of learning from faculty members that have real world experience.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Upower programs are only $2,000 for a 6-Month Subscription. For 12 credits, this translates into a per credit tuition rate of only $166.67. Since the Upower program allows you to complete as many credits as you can in a given subscription period, the actual per credit tuition rate can be significantly lower. This is an exceptional value currently unavailable at most other, Florida-based colleges and universities. Contact Admissions for more information.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

"The staff and faculty at Hodges take time to remember your name and always make an effort to say hello."- Fisher School of Technology Graduate

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  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

Tracey Lanham

Vice Chair of CIT, Professor : Computer Information Technology

It's the right time to be a woman in technology!

 
 

I think I will definitely have an advantage in the marketplace.

- Danalyn Cahill

Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics

Careers in graphic design, web design, computer animation, and computer aided drafting are all in great demand, and Hodges University is prepared to help pave the way for students interested in any of these career fields.

 
 
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