New Animation Focus for Northern Oklahoma College

Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa’s Multimedia Digital and Communications program has been renamed the Digital Media Institute (DMI) and will offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Media Animation and Design (DMAD). The new program will be headed by director Brad Matson and will be available to students beginning fall 2004 semester.

Through a cooperative agreement between Northern and Cameron University in Lawton, graduates can transfer their AAS degree to complete a bachelor’s degree at Cameron. In addition, there are internship opportunities to do 3D training and simulations for soldier training with a worldwide company based at Fort Sill.

"The modification [of the Northern program] was made to better serve the needs of students expecting to find employment with businesses in Oklahoma," Matson explains. "The goal of the Digital Media Institute is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate their ideas through the art of advanced computer graphics."

Coursework in the DMAD program includes 3D modeling, texturing, animation and rendering in Maya; motion graphics for broadcast and film with Photoshop and After Effects; non-linear digital video editing using Premiere Pro; designing and creating websites for showcasing student talents using Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks and authoring DVDs for student demo reels with Encore and Audition.