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Submitter's Information


Monica Romero


Dean, Business & Technology


San Diego/Imperial


San Diego Mesa College

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Program Details

Program Title

Visual Communication Certificate of Achievement

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Multimedia (061410)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

Award Description:

The Visual Communication Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide multimedia students the opportunity to develop the necessary foundation skills in visual communication by utilizing industry-standard digital design tools and processes. It helps students master the tools and processes of contemporary visual communication, digital video, and graphic design by providing them with industry standards production experiences. The curriculum is structured to provide students with a balance between aesthetic and technological design applications.

Program Description:

The Multimedia Program is designed to provide multimedia students the opportunity to develop the necessary foundation design skills, master software tools and processes, and experience industry-standard production environments in various fields of multimedia production. The program curriculum is structured to provide students with a comprehensive balance of aesthetic, technological, and practical design applications. Upon completing this program, students will be qualified for entry-level employment in the multimedia industry.

Program Goals and Objectives - The program provides educational instruction and career opportunities to students electing majors and /or courses in multimedia through transferable associate degrees and certificates in specialized multimedia fields.

Career Options:

Visual Communication: 

Graphic Designer, Production Artist, Web Designer, Web & Video Content Producer, User Interface Designer, Photo Editor, Logo Designer, Game Artist, Digital Media Designer, Multimedia Developer.

Interactive Media Production: 

3D Modeler, Animator, Interactive Media Designer, Web & Video Content Producer, Sales/Advertising Presentation Developer.

Video Game: 

Game Developer, Game Level/Content Designer, Technical Artist, Environment Artist, Character Artist, Prop Artist, Concept Artist, Previsualization Artist, Character Rigger/Animator, Graphics Engineer/Programmer, Software Engineer/Programmer, Multimedia Developer, Sound Artist/Designer, Game Tester, Cinematic Animator

3D Modeling and Animation:

3D Generalist, 3D Animator, 3D Texture Artist, 3D Lighting Artist, 3D Character Artist, 3D Character Rigger, 3D Asset Artist, 3D Environment Artist, 2D/3D Visual Effects Artist, 2D/3D Compositor, 3D Production Artist, 3D Previsualization Artist, 3D Medical Visualization Artist, 3D Architectural Visualization Artist, 3D Product Design Artist

Enrollment Completer Projections

20-25 students

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 8 to fewer than 16 semester (or 12 to fewer than 24 quarter) units (B)
Program Goal

Program Goals – 

The Multimedia program provides educational instruction and career opportunities to students electing majors and /or courses in multimedia through a fully transferable Associate degree and for certificates in specialized multimedia fields.

Objectives – See SLOs below.

Award SLOs –  

Students who complete the Visual Communication Certificate of Achievement OR MULT Program will be able to: 

1) Students will be able to create a proposal and business plan for the development of an independent game, including an executive summary, market analysis, funding requirements, monetization strategies, and development schedule.

2) Students will be able to create an original game and work collaboratively on feedback, best practices, and approaches for improving visual & design aesthetics while mastering industry-standard tools of the trade.

3) Students will learn to manipulate industry standard tools and programming languages for interactive design, develop playable worlds, and assess & debug test cases for any technical and production issues present in final product.

4) Students will be able to research relevant employment opportunities, learn interview skills, develop a resume with an online presence, and network in the game industry.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes. 

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

The department is creating a stackable Certificate of Achievement to encourage student completion of core classes and subsequent completion of existing Visual Communication AS.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
MULT 100Introduction to Visual Communication 
MULT 121Intermediate Visual Communication 
MULT 122Advanced Visual Communication 
MULT 123Digital
Video I 
MULT 124Digital
Video II 

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Submission Details

Published at

01/25/23 - 07:53 PM



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All Comments


Susan Wyche   ·  02/09/23

Palomar supports.


Efrain Silva   ·  02/08/23

IVC supports program.


Jennifer Lewis   ·  02/07/23

SWC supports the requested modification.


Dr. Javier Ayala   ·  02/07/23

GC supports.


George Dowden   ·  02/07/23

Cuyamaca supports this as a COA.


Cassandra Storey   ·  02/06/23

Is this a program mod or new program? COE is endorsing a MOD.


Monica Romero   ·  02/04/23

Mesa College supports this new CA, which is stackable to their existing AS.


Dr. Al Taccone   ·  02/03/23

MiraCosta College endorses this modification.


John Edwards   ·  01/27/23

San Diego Mesa College submitted the appropriate LMI from the COE. The COE recommends proceeding with caution when developing a new program, but supports a program modification because 1) there is a supply gap; 2) there is a high number of annual job openings; but 3) entry-level wages are below the living wage for some occupations. The colleges should also note that employers typically require a bachelor's degree as the minimum educational requirement.