A Career in Multimedia and Graphic Arts
Graphic Design is essentially the design of all forms of printed communciation media (newspapers, magazines, brochures, posters,etc.). With the growth of the Internet as a communication tool, the design principles associated with printed matter also extend to web-based media. In essence, good graphic design means effective communication.
As the name implies, multimedia brings together various computer-based media such as animation, computer graphics, 3D modeling and video editing, production and sound. Technologies such as the Internet, CD-ROM and DVD, digital cameras and video, along with the personal computer, have changed the way the world receives and distributes information and increased the demand for visual communication.
Manchester Community College was the first college in Connecticut to offer an associate of arts degree in multimedia studies, and it remains a leader in multimedia education. MCC's program is focused on developing students' creative and technical skills; its graduates are well-trained in today's technologies and are prepared for a wide variety of job opportunities in publishing, education, broadcasting, general business and medicine.
Some potential career choices are:
- Art Director
- Production Artist
- Project Designer
- Web Designer
- CD/DVD Producer
- Game Designer
- Sound Editor
- 3D Animator
- 3D Illustrator
- Video Editor
- Video Producer
- Video Special Effects Artist
- Web Master
On the Web
These websites provide additional information on careers in the multimedia field:
- Connecticut Art Directors Club
- Entertainment Consumer Association
- Game Designers Association
- Graphic Artists Guild
- Society of Illustrators
- World Organization of Webmasters
- Connecticut Department of Labor, Labor Market Information
- United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook
MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and "real world" credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions progams with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I - 84.
For additional information, contact: Brenda St. Peter