Surry’s new Digital Media Technology – Graphic Design program was designed with new media in mind; new media are the channels of communication that rely on digital distribution and not so surprisingly, the channels that are becoming increasingly more popular.
Where the newspaper once ruled as the most prominent and reliable way of receiving information through print, now newspapers and other outlets have increased their efforts toward attracting readers and advertisers through online sources.
This shift has left news outlets, ad agencies, and other businesses that employ traditional graphic designers in search of designers who are also equipped with the technological skills necessary to excel in today’s climate.
The solution is Surry’s new Digital Media Technology program, launching in the fall, which is a marriage of Surry’s current digital media technology and advertising & graphic design programs.
“Our hope is to prepare students for the future,” said lead instructor Jay Smith said. “There are now so many parallels between graphic design and digital media that many of our students in either program are already taking the same classes.”
Typically, graphic design students focus on the artistic, creative side of things – designing advertisements, logos and other graphics for print media as well as creating website interface designs – while digital media technology professionals work in more technical realms such as animation, web design, and audio and video production.
“Surry’s new program pulls together an array of skills – the creative and aesthetic sensibility needed for eye-catching ads and the technological sophistication required to influence viewers across a diverse range of social media platforms using animation and other digital skills,” the college said in announcing the program.
The revamped program offers an associate in applied science degree option as well as two certificate options.
Both certificate options can be completed through Surry’s Career and College Promise initiative, which provides high school students in Surry and Yadkin counties with a way to earn college credits tuition free.
Donna Haynes, a business education teacher at Starmount High School, is instructing an Adobe Visual course that teaches students how to use several of Adobe’s most prominent design applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Upon hearing news of the new program at Surry, Haynes saw an immediate and positive response from her students.
“Many of the kids I teach can’t afford to go away to college. Even community college tuition rates seem daunting to them. Having the opportunity to take classes in the new Digital Media Technology – Graphic Design program, tuition-free is perfect for our students. I watched their eyes light up when I told them about this program,” Haynes said.
Registration for fall and summer classes is ongoing at Surry Community College. To learn more about the program or sign up for classes, contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or go to www.surry.edu.
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Jay Smith is the Lead Instructor for Surry Community College’s new program, Digital Media Technology – Graphic Design.
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Graphic Design student Sarah Orange of Dobson participates in Surry Community College’s Work Based Learning program where students earn college credit and work experience at the same time. Orange is a student intern in the Surry Community College Marketing Department.
About Surry Community College
Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and serves Surry and Yadkin counties through five locations. The college’s campus is located in Dobson, North Carolina with four off-campus learning centers – The Yadkin Center, Yadkinville; the Center for Public Safety, Mount Airy; The Pilot Center, Pilot Mountain; and The Elkin Center, Elkin. Surry offers degrees, diplomas or certificate programs in Advanced Manufacturing; Agricultural Science; Arts and Design; Business and Computer Technologies; College Transfer; Construction Technologies; Emergency Medical; Fire and Rescue; Health Sciences; Law Enforcement; Public Service; and Transportation System Technologies areas along with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars in a variety of fields. The college, under the direction of President Dr. David R. Shockley, has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service. For more information, go to www.surry.edu or find the college on social media by visiting www.surry.edu/follow-us.