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Ministry-Approved Program Title: Media Fundamentals
This program introduces students to the foundations of animation, filmmaking, video production, motion graphics and video game production. Students will learn many of the creative and technical skills required to produce animated content for a wide range of industry applications as well as developing a portfolio of work for advanced School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) programs in Animation – Digital Production, Game – Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design and Video Production. Upon completing this program, graduates will be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore advanced programs that will lead to careers in broadcasting, computer animation, film/video production, game art, graphic design, motion graphics, etc. Skills learned in this program are useful in any discipline that requires or could benefit from marketing and promotion through audio and visual assets.
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In this program, students learn how to “give life” to images of all kinds, including: photographs, film and video; drawings (animation); and typography (motion graphics). The program will begin with the development of motion in the visual arts through image sequencing, including stop-motion animation; flipbooks; zoetropes, classic and computer animation.
The program‘s overview of, and introduction to the technologies and processes used to put images and text into motion provides students with insight into the skills and career pathways in five School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) programs in Animation – Digital Production, Game – Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design and Video Production. This program is intended to prepare students for more focused study and prepare them for a career in one of these disciplines. Skills learned in this program are useful in any role that requires or could benefit from marketing and promotion through audio and visual assets.
Throughout the program, students create a diverse portfolio that demonstrates technical and artistic strengths that can be used to apply for further programs of study. An annual showcase offers an opportunity for students to exhibit their best works and interact with faculty from target programs, peers, family, and friends.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
More than 75% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements. Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Qualified graduates of this program may apply to related programs at Durham College including Advertising and Marketing Communications; Animation – Digital Production; Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media; Contemporary Web Design; Photography; Video Production; Game-Art; Graphic Design; Interactive Media Design; Journalism – Mass Media; Music Business Management; or Public Relations. Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.