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Is your mind on fire with creative ideas? Are you a visual storyteller? Do you enjoy creating moving images? Multimedia Entertainment Designers use design skills, equipment and technology to produce audio/video content, visual effects, 2D and 3D animations for use in video production, video games, presentations, marketing materials and educational training. They create moving visuals that excite, explain and entertain.

Do you embrace change? Do you create new projects for diverse audiences using divergent forms of distribution? Multimedia Entertainment Designers may work in the entertainment industry in video production, modeling or visual effect creation for movie, television, and game development.Or, they may work for schools, corporations or organizations to create eye-catching motion graphics and animations for use in presentations, marketing materials and educational training.

Do you appreciate collaborative energy? Do you relish learning production equipment and digital software? Starting a career in digital media usually means functioning as part of team. Team members produce various types of media or multimedia (i.e., audio clips, still photographs, video clips, vector graphics, typography, animation, and visual effects) for movies, e-books,video games, television programming and commercials.Multimedia Entertainment Designers usually work behind the scenes in these enterprises and may be responsible for producing, story-boarding, modeling, lighting, camera and audio recording. A Multimedia Entertainment Designer is competent in a variety of digital animation and editing software programs.

Each course provides hands-on experience for professional advancement,entrepreneurial business promotion and career related training. Classes focus on project-based learning, preparing students to be resourceful, independent,and to succeed in a wide range of multimedia careers.Can you visualize an amazing team of multimedia instructors personally guiding your development into professional-level equipment, technology and design?

Multimedia-Entertainment Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Multimedia Studies, Entertainment Specialty Certificate of Achievement (27.5 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):4 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$1425.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$30.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (9.5 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
MMST 101Orientation to Multimedia0.5
MMST 110Introduction to Multimedia3.0
MMST 111Multimedia Production3.0
MMST 1413D I: Models and Textures3.0
MMST 146Video and Sound I: Editing3.0
MMST 150Photoshop I: Intermediate Techniques3.0
MMST 1613D III: Advanced Models and Textures3.0
MMST 166Video Effects I: Transitions and Titles3.0
MMST 200Portfolio Development3.0
MMST 213Multimedia Internship3.0
 

Multimedia Studies, Entertainment Specialty Associates Degree (45.5 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):4 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$2759.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$467.50
Required Courses (0.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
MMST 101Orientation to Multimedia0.5
MMST 110Introduction to Multimedia3.0
MMST 111Multimedia Production3.0
MMST 1413D I: Models and Textures3.0
MMST 146Video and Sound I: Editing3.0
MMST 150Photoshop I: Intermediate Techniques3.0
MMST 1613D III: Advanced Models and Textures3.0
MMST 166Video Effects I: Transitions and Titles3.0
MMST 200Portfolio Development3.0
MMST 213Multimedia Internship3.0
 
General Education (18.0 units)
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* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
-For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

Start your career in the digital arts, with many growing career opportunities. This Multimedia Studies program is designed to provide a link between content, technology and creative vision for emerging digital artists.

JOB TITLE: Multimedia Artist or Animator

  • Annual Earnings: $84,740 (2018 Median CA)
  • What They Do: Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
    Sample of reported job titles: 3D Animator, 3D Artist, Animator, Artist, Designer, Digital Artist, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Motion Graphics Artist, Multimedia Producer.

Numerous other career options exist, including:
JOB TITLE: Producers

  • Annual Earnings: $97,550 (2018 Median CA)
  • What They Do: Plan and coordinate various aspects of internet, radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
    Sample of reported job titles: Animation Producer, Associate Producer, Executive Producer, News Producer, Newscast Producer, Producer, Promotions Producer, Radio Producer, Television News Producer, Television Producer

JOB TITLE: Film and Video Editors

  • Annual Earnings: $74,900 (2018 Median CA)
  • What They Do: Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.
    Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Film Editor, Editor, Film Editor, News Editor, News Video Editor, News Videotape Editor, Non-Linear Editor, Online Editor, Video Editor, Videographer.

JOB TITLE: Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

  • Annual Earnings: $47,100 (2018 Median CA)
  • What They Do: Set up and/or operate audio and video equipment including
    microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment,
    connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for
    concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May
    also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
    Sample of reported job titles: Audio Technician, AV Specialist, AV Technician, Master Control Operator, Media Specialist, Media Technician, Multimedia Educational Specialist, Operations Technician, Stagehand, Video Technician.

JOB TITLE: Instructional Designers and Technologists

  • Annual Earnings: $81,510 (2018 Median CA)
  • What They Do: Develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based
    redesign of courses. Assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying
    instructional technology.
    Sample of reported job titles: : Instructional Coordinator; Instructional Designer; Instructional Technologist; Instructional Technology Senior Analyst; Lead Performance Support Analyst; Learning Development Specialist; Senior Instructional Designer; Team Lead, Teacher Support and Student Intervention.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

Multimedia Studies Dept. (415) 457-8811 x8255

Full-time Faculty:

  • James Gonzalez (415) 457-8811 x8205
  • Derek Wilson (415) 457-8811 8255

 

Why Choose College of Marin for Multimedia Studies?

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: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

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!)

PLEASE NOTE: This program is subject to change! For the most up-to-date information and to plan an individualized education plan, please see a College of Marin Counselor.
This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Gainful Employment - 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.