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Media Entertainment Program | Multimedia Careers | College of Marin

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.

Each course provides hands-on experience for professional advancement and career related training. Classes focus on project-based learning, preparing students to be resourceful and independent, and to succeed in a wide range of multimedia careers.

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:4 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$1425.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$30.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (9.50 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
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:4 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$2759.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$467.50
Required Courses (0.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
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 (18.00 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.
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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: $26,850 to $120,170
  • 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.

Numerous other career options exist, including:

  • Animator/Motion Graphics
  • 3D/Game Artist
  • Game Designer/Developer/Producer
  • Sound & Video Designer/Editor/Producer
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

 

READY TO GET STARTED?

Questions? Call Us!

  • Admissions (415) 457-8811 x8822
  • Counseling Office (415) 485-9432
  • Career Education (415) 457-8811 x8200

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!)

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.