Digital Media Production A.A.S.

The Digital Media Production Associate of Applied Science degree, will provide students the opportunity to complete 21 credits of general education coursework (including two program-related courses that fulfill the “aesthetic dimensions” competency) and 12 credits of common course requirements in digital media.

A unique aspect of this program is that students will complete the balance of their degree requirements through 27 credits of directed electives targeted to needed positions in Connecticut’s growing media industry. This will require students to co-enroll in one of the college’s digital media professional certificate programs.  Students will select from one of the six areas of specialization designed to fulfill their educational and career goals from their chosen certificate.

The following career-oriented certificates provide the knowledge and skills to directly enter into the work force:

greenpixel Film and Video Production Certificate


This program teaches video production as applied to the broadcast television, film, corporate and digital media industries with an emphasis on narrative, documentary/news and informational programming. This hands-on program teaches all aspects of field, studio and video post-production on advanced technology in the college’s Center for New Media. 

greenpixel Multimedia Certificate


This program prepares students for careers in the field of interactive multimedia used in business, marketing, education, entertainment and the World Wide Web. Students learn interactive multimedia design, authoring and production including graphics, audio, video and animation. Graduates leave with a portfolio of work and experience that prepare them for careers as multimedia producers, web designers, project managers or media production specialists. 

greenpixel News and Sports Production Certificate  


This program offers hands-on education in the exciting field of news and sports production as used in the broadcast, event videography and digital media industries. Students will learn news and sports journalism as well as field, studio, and remote production in their courses.

greenpixel Corporate Media Production Certificate


This program program offers hands-on education in video productions as used in business. Emphasis is on creating marketing, training, instructional and promotional videos.

greenpixel Web Design and Development Certificate


This program offers students opportunities to integrate the world of computers, Internet, art and multimedia in completion of the certificate. It covers relevant areas of web site construction, including designing and programming pages, developing multimedia content, as well as building and managing a web site. This program is designed not only for the person who wants to design and develop a personal web site, but also for the systems, publishing or business professional who would like to understand the capabilities of this powerful technology and to use it to provide innovative solutions to business problems.

greenpixel Audio and Music Production Certificate


This program designed to prepare students to work in various types of audio-related positions in music recording and media.  Students can specialize in either music production or audio production for media, with some overlap between these two areas.  The program emphasizes hands-on training using professional-level, state-of-the-art, digital audio technology and software with some required coursework in music. While not designed as a transfer program, the curriculum includes several courses modeled after those offered by similar bachelor degree programs and should allow for easy transfer to these types of programs. MxCC’s new audio recording and post-production studios and labs are Pro Tools based and will allow students to learn the advanced-level skills necessary to be competent professional audio technicians.

Each of the above areas of specialization can also be taken as a 30-credit standalone certificate for professionals who may already have a degree and wish to update their skills or for those individuals seeking an occupational credential to enter the workforce. Students who enter a certificate program can matriculate into the Digital Media Production AAS program at any time without penalty.

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Back in the 1950s, some women didn’t attend college right after high school, and while MxCC alumna Sally Smith liked to learn, she began college much later in life. Sally Smith headshotOriginally from East Hampton, Sally grew up in Meriden and graduated from Meriden High School in 1958. Her father initially discouraged her from going to college or joining the Navy like her brothers. Instead, she started her own family. But years later, Sally was divorced and, because her children were still small, she had to sell her house and go on state aid. In order to get off Medicaid, Sally became a licensed practical nurse (LPN) through the Vinal Tech program in Middletown in 1973. While working as an LPN in a nursing home, Sally met a patient in her eighties who was a talented painter and always wanted to exhibit in her own art show. Sally simply went ahead and arranged an art exhibit and reception for her in Cheshire, where the patient even sold two paintings. “She was beside herself with joy!” recalled Sally. By the 1980s, Sally’s kids were grown and she explored the idea of attending college. She first attended Southern Connecticut State University, but that campus experience was not for her. Instead she decided to audit an algebra class at Middlesex Community College. She then enrolled in more classes and worked with a tutor to improve her grades. For a while, she lived near the former MxCC Meriden Center and also took classes there. She even reconnected with old acquaintance in one of her classes, Betty Berger. They knew each other previously when their kids were in dance class together. After attending MxCC part-time into the 1990s, Sally earned her associate degree in human services. “I had a very good experience at Middlesex. I enjoyed being there, and the teachers were great,” she reiterated. While still working as a nurse, Sally met an elderly male patient of Irish descent, who said he never had been to Ireland. She talked with his daughter to see if this was even physically possible for him to travel. She agreed, so Sally again proceeded to see how to arrange this for him. She spoke with other senior wish agencies that told Sally she would have to do all the work. If that was the case, why not start her own foundation with the mission of fulfilling the dreams of senior adults? In 2007, Sally and her friend Betty launched a nonprofit organization called Seniors Have Dreams, Too. The group’s purpose is “to make a difference in the lives of the elderly and create opportunities for seniors with limited resources to experience a lifelong dream.” The nationwide program is offered to seniors 65 years of age or older, living below the poverty level, and physically and mentally able to experience a wish. Receiving no grant money, the group operates on individual donations and holds an annual arts and crafts fundraiser. Recently, the organization granted several wishes—a 78-year-old woman with cancer living in Las Vegas went to a concert for the first time; a Connecticut woman’s dream was to visit the casino again with her friends; a woman in her eighties received piano lessons and recorded a CD; a former airline hostess rode in a helicopter—all made possible through the work of Sally’s organization. “No matter how old you are, you should always have something to look forward to. None of your memories should be old,” she said, who now lives in Wallingford. Sally still takes her nursing job very seriously. “ I love my job working in nursing homes. This is where I belong. I love working with the elderly and kids with disabilities. I’m getting things for nothing, and so I have to give back,” said Sally emphatically. What is Sally’s dream? “To complete a bachelor’s degree before turning 90 years old,” she said. “But now my job is to make people smile.” To donate, sponsor or apply for a dream, or attend the December 1 crafts fair, visit www.seniorshavedreams.org. October 2018