- Animator/Motion Graphics
- 3D/Game Artist
- Game Designer/Developer/Producer
- Sound & Video Designer/Editor/Producer
Multimedia designers use design skills and technology to produce content used in video games and on websites, as well as audio content, special effects, and animation. They create visual effects that excite, explain, and entertain.
Multimedia designers may work in the entertainment industry, creating special effects for movies, television, and video games. Or, they may work to create attention-grabbing visuals and multimedia presentations for corporations and organizations.
Starting a career in digital media usually means functioning as part of team to produce any kind of multimedia: videos, e-books, computer games, television programs and commercials. Multimedia designers usually work behind the scenes in these enterprises and may be responsible for lighting, editing, or animating a project.
Multimedia designers and specialists:
- Are familiar with commonly used software programs.
- Have good computer troubleshooting skills.
- Communicate with their peers.
- Meet the needs of clients.
- Must be able to follow directions exactly.
A person can obtain entry-level employment in this field with a certificate or associate degree.
Available Certificates and Degrees
Certificate of Achievement, Multimedia Studies, Entertainment Specialty – 27.5 units
- Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters.
- Estimated Cost: $1,481 in tuition and fees plus $30 in books & supplies.
Associate Degree, Multimedia Studies, Entertainment Specialty – 46.5 units
- Time to Complete: Can be done in 4-5 semesters.
- Estimated Cost: $2,409 in tuition and fees plus $30 in books & supplies.
Why College of Marin?
COM is the place to get your career started fast. You can finish the certificate in 3 semesters — and many students have jobs before they even finish the program!
- State-of-the-art Facilities: COM has amazing facilities, with a beautiful new $2m building fitted out with new huge 32” monitors iMacs, doubling with Windows or Mac and fast Wi-Fi. You’ll also learn the most current versions of software.
- Real-world, Project-based Learning: The classes are project-based, leading you to finish work that will become part of your portfolio, key to your future career. COM’s program also includes an internship, which is the key to successful transition into the workplace. An internship builds your real-world experience, making you more employable.
- Affordable and Accessible: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify. Class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule.
- Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
- Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
This program is designed to provide a link between content, technology and creative vision for emerging digital artists. Each course provides hands-on experience for professional advancement and career related training, and develops the creative process through project-based learning.
The program prepares students to be resourceful and independent, and to succeed in the wide range of multimedia careers.
READY TO GET STARTED?
- Enroll Now at marin.edu
- Questions: Contact Counseling
- (415) 485-9432
- (415) 485-9430
Multimedia Studies Dept.
(415) 457-8811 x8205
Full-time Faculty: James Gonzalez, Derek Wilson
Part-time Faculty: Jeff Abouaf, James Helmer
Multimedia Studies Advisory Committee
Luisa Ayala, Entropic Design Studios, San Rafael | Ryan Bond, Game Producer | Julian Hoover, Owner/Principal, Bright House Media | John Macleod, Managing Director at Marinovation Learning Center Makerspace | Grant Rogers, Producer at Disruptive Games | Jena Scholten, Operations Efficiency and Internal Graphic Design, Bay Photo Lab | Todd Walker, CEO, Entropic Design Studios, San Rafael | Bobbi Wilson, Worldwide Print Marketing, HP, Inc.
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can complete the Certificate of Achievement in 4 semesters. An Associate Degree (A.S.) takes two years.
Are there any pre-requisites?
Yes. There are advised prerequisites for courses that follow the introduction level. Advanced courses have the preceding course as prerequisites.
What software do I need to buy?
None specifically, all software can be used at the college. Trial or free academic versions may be used at home. That said, depending on your specific interests, it can be helpful to budget up to $400 for software.
Can I take classes in the evening or online?
You have plenty of online learning options – some course have online options to take classes at the time that is right for you.
Do I need to buy a computer?
You may use the computers at school in the classroom or the open labs. It is convenient to have a current computer to work on from home.
How do I get started?
To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)