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Postby Nosdrahcir on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:23 pm

Hello. I'm completely inexperienced in programming in general or any other CS field. However, I'm contemplating currently enrolling in online courses to get a BA in Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media. However, the courses involved in this major don't include much programming, which is something I'd really like to know as well. I'll list the courses below, but I was curious if I could simply take some programming certifications (Such as c++) to supplement this education and have a good chance of landing in the IT field. Preparation for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units) COM 100* Intro to Mass Communication or COM 103* Public Speaking and COM 220* Media Literacy * May be used to meet a General Education requirement Requirements for the Major (16 courses; 72 quarter units) MUL 300 Convergence Media Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 BRO 305 Media Storytelling Prerequisite: ENG 100, and ENG 101, and COM 100, or COM 103, or COM 220 MUL 305 Graphic Design and Artistry Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 309 Camera and Image Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 365 Digital Video Editing Prerequisite: MUL 265 or equivalent. MUL 461 Motion Graphics Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 345 Applied Web Design Prerequisite: COM 100 and COM 103 or COM 220 MUL 370 Digital Interactivity Prerequisite: COM 100 and COM 103 or COM 220 MUL 315 Video Game Design Prerequisite: COM 100 and COM 103 or COM 220 MUL 355 Game Scripting Prerequisite: COM 100 and COM 103 or COM 220 MUL 375 3-D Modeling for Game Art Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 462 Digital Audio Creation Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 399 Emerging Technologies Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 445 Digital Project Management Prerequisite: COM 100, or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 430 Advanced Design Project Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 MUL 471 Adv Digital Interactivity Proj Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 103, and COM 220 Capstone Core Course (1 course; 4.5 quarter units) MUL 420** Multimedia Arts Portfolio Project As you can see, though heavy in digital animation and effects, the core of the major includes no programming. I'm extremely interested in the programming aspect of gaming as well as the artistic media aspect and was hoping for some insight from anyone in the field. Would I be able to get this degree and then some supplemental programming as well? Or should I perhaps get this BA then a MS in CS?
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Postby SQLDenis on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:44 pm

It is very rare that you will find someone who is a good designer as well as a good developer...in most cases the person is good at one or the other (must be a left brain, right brain thing)

Also unless you want to work for yourself most companies hire either programmers or designers...a company doesn't hire webmasters any more...those days are over


Even in programming you need to specialize these days, the days of knowing everything are over...the industry is changing so rapidly that you need 60+ hours just to keep up
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