Digital Media Arts

One Department | Six Disciplines

Unleash your creativity and professional development by taking classes in the Digital Media Arts Department at WCC! We are recognized for curriculum that prepares students for life long careers in dynamic visual arts technology industries, with certificate & degree programs in:

Our state-of-the-art facilities feature numerous computer labs with the latest and greatest software available. In class, students have access to a wide range of advanced output technologies including a 3D printer, color printers & flat bed scanners. A Production & Output Center supports wide-format color printers, color laser printers and peripherals for students to matte graphic design and photography. All of this robust technology is supported by a full-time IT/Mac Technician to oversee day-to-day operations and long-term maintenance, in addition to the management of a local area network that is a huge part of our students' success.

The cavernous green screen studio and handsomely outfitted digital video equipment cage gives students the edge to produce award winning motion picture projects. A professional photography studio supports the production of everything from small product to food to portraiture. Video & Photo students check equipment out free of charge to complete assignments that includes a wide range of DSLR, medium, and large format cameras. And YES, black-and-white film processing is alive and well, which is supported by a beautiful traditional darkroom for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level black-and-white, gelatin silver print production. We are one of Washtenaw County's best kept secrets in great education!

Transfer to Four Year Colleges and Universities

Articulation programs enable students to transfer to colleges and universities such as the College for Creative Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Eastern Michigan University.

Connections with Industry

Professional Advisory Committees in each Digital Media Arts discipline assist in maintaining each program's relevance in curriculum design, program-level outcomes, and keeping pace with current trends in technology to ensure that our graduates have the marketable skills to find success in the job market.

Related Programs

This department includes the following subjects, click on the links to view current course offerings

  • Animation (ANI)
  • Graphic Design Technology (GDT)
  • Internet Professional (INP)
  • Photography (PHO)
  • Video Production (VID)
  • Web Design & Development (WEB)

Faculty Spotlight

Terry Abrams

Terry Abrams, Professional Photography Faculty

 The magic of photography captivated me at a young age. Upon graduation from college, I lived in Europe for 13 years, teaching photography at American colleges and traveling extensively. ...

Helpful Resources

  • Digital Producer Magazine
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    Established in 1963, the internationally renowned festival is a showcase for independent and experimental films and is the oldest of its kind in North America. Each year, the festival attracts over 400 entries from filmmakers worldwide and screens more than 125 films before audiences 5,000 strong.
  • Michigan Film Office
    Michigan Film Office is an agency of the State of Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries, whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for Michigan residents by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan's heritage and fostering cultural creativity. The department also includes the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Film Office, and the Michigan Historical Center.

 


 DMA Schedule Grid 2020-2021


Winter 2020 DMA Open Labs + Equipment Checkout Times

Open labs can only be used by Digital Media Arts students enrolled in ANI, AUD, GDT, PHO, VID, and WEB classes. Students! Make sure to Log In to your discipline user space at the beginning of any work session for access to the correct software bundle.


DMA DMA Open Lab | Macintosh Computers | GM009

  • Monday ›› Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

DMA

DMA Open Lab | Macintosh Computers | GM011

  • Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

DMA

Bailey Library Computer Commons | GM 2nd Floor 10, DMA Macintosh Computers

 

  • Monday ›› Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Note: Only Ten Macintosh computers in the Library have DMA User Spaces [ANI, GDT, PHO, VID, WEB]

AUD

Audio Technology Open Lab | Macintosh Computers | ML154

 

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Normally Closed on Fri, Sat, & Sun

GDT

GRAPHIC DESIGN PRODUCTION + OUTPUT CENTER GM016 | 734.677.5121

 

  • Monday ›› Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Normally Closed on Fri, Sat, & Sun

PHO

PHOTO LAB OFFICE | GM012 | 734.973.3435 Camera Equipment Overnight Checkout | TH 29 Aug ›› TU 10 Dec 2019

 

  • View Photo Lab hours
  • To use photo equipment, instructor endorsements are required.
  • Equipment must be returned the next day by 9:00 p.m.

Open Studio, Darkroom, & BW Film Processing

  • Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
  • Students must begin set strike 30 minutes before closing time
  • Students must begin darkroom cleanup 30 minutes before closing time
  • Students must begin film processing 90 minutes before closing time
  • To use open studio, darkroom, or lab space, instructor endorsements for facilities and equipment use are required.

BW Film Processing

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon [BW Film Processing Only]
  • Monday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. [BW Film Processing Only]
  • Students must begin film processing 90 minutes before closing time
  • Instructor endorsements for facilities and equipment use are required.

Free Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop Tutoring + Open PHO Digital Lab | GM022

  • Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Epson printers not available for use
  • Students must be currently enrolled in PHO courses.

PHO

VIDEO LAB OFFICE | TI225 | 734.477.8720 Equipment Loan + Open Video Editing Lab | Macintosh Computers | TI227

 

  • Monday ›› Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Normally Closed on Sunday
  • To use video equipment instructor endorsements are required.
  • Equipment Loan Check-in / Check-out Closes 1-Hour prior to Closing Time | No Exceptions.