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Inside the evolution of the Digital, Web and Multimedia Design major

Cait Kemp

Technology is used in all aspects of life on a daily basis, and it can provide truly amazing experiences. Springfield College is home to many students who are learning how they can use technology and design to create those experiences in the real world. These students are able to do so through the Digital, Web and Multimedia Design major.

The major itself sounds intimidating with its long title. More simply put, students who study this major are studying different aspects of technology and design, from coding, to graphic design and website building. There are many different avenues students can take, and they are able to discover their interests through the courses offered. 

“We focus at this point on giving a broad number of classes that you might want to take before you make a decision,” said Ruth West, Director of Digital, Web and Multimedia Design. Some of these initial courses include topics such as web design, learning the elements of design and 2D and 3D animation. 

“There’s a lot of different programs you can use that utilize different skill sets…it’s evolving,” said Colin Wright, a senior in the major. 

West said of the students’ abilities, “They’re a very select kind of group of people, so they can get their work studies pretty easily, in fact I’m usually asked for them.” Students of the major are known to work at the IT desk and with media communications, using the skills they are learning in class and applying it to jobs around campus. 

“After they have taken some baseline things…they can go on and take more things,” West said. “We have a class in sequential art, which is basically the art of comic books, we have a class in logo design.” 

The biggest thing about the major is that it offers such a large variety. Students are really able to focus on what they love doing, and build skills that will help them to make their passions into a career. 

“I know some people who are really into photography so they are focusing a lot on editing photos… I know other people who have gone into video game design, designing the elements for games… there’s 3D printing which is pretty cool, there’s a couple classes in that,” said Wright. “There’s definitely a lot of options you have.”

Originally a concentration called Computer Graphics, the major has developed greatly over the years of its existence at Springfield College. 

“The computer graphics area started in a closet with three computers,” West said.

In 1999, it started to involve more web aspects into the studies and students were able to do a semester in LA at Gnomon, which did much of the 3D animation for major studios.

Fast forward to today, and students are required to do a nine-credit internship, usually during their senior spring semester. 

Wright said he will complete his next semester, however students have the option to do it earlier, or to spread the credits out over multiple semesters. 

Digital, Web, and Multimedia Design is a unique major at Springfield College. Involving aspects of film, social media, graphic design, animation, and more, it has a lot to offer to students, including the amazing internships students have the opportunity to get. Technology is ever-evolving, and these students will be ahead of the game, making themselves equipped and ready for the huge market. 

Photo: Ruth West

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