Earn an Associate Degree as a Digital Media Specialist

Our associate degree in Digital Media Specialist provides industry-specific technical skills in areas associated with web and graphic design, computer programming, animation, and business-centered document processing applications to help secure growing career opportunities.

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Enroll in a Digital Media Program Designed for You

Our Digital Media Specialist associate degree program is designed by industry experts to give students an opportunity to land successful, high-paying careers in the Digital Media field. Students learn workforce-ready skills that uplift their employability and transition to future learning opportunities.

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Set a solid foundation with a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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151,500

New jobs

Are predicted from 2020-30 in the Media and communication field.

13%

Job Growth

In web developers and digital designers occupations from 2020-30 have been predicted.

$41K - $71k

Average Salary

For different professions in the media and communication field.

Hands-On Training

Prepare real workforce skills by performing hands-on training in the classroom.

    • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14% growth in openings for media and communication occupations is estimated which is faster than the average for all occupations and will create about 151,500 new jobs. 
    • As per BLS, the median salary of different media and communication occupations ranges from $41k to $71k .
    •  According to BLS, 13%  growth in employment is expected in the employment of web developers and digital designers.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree as a Digital Media Specialist?

The two-year Associate of Applied Science Digital Media Specialist program introduces students to various technical skills associated with informational, business, commercial, entertainment, and game-based applications. The degree lets students:

    • Learn essential web design software, help desk technical skills, and business-centered official applications.
    • Gain practical knowledge of graphic design software, computer programming, animation, and web design.
    • Strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Get prepared for high-paid entry-level jobs like junior graphic designer, web production technician, digital audio technician.

Become a Digital Media Specialist with a Digital Media Associate Degree

With Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree program as a Digital Media Specialist, students participate in hands-on activities to develop computer application fluency and fundamental technical skills required in business and industry.

Throughout the Digital Media Specialist associate degree program, students are equipped with web and graphic design software, web page design skills, presentation and publication design skills, business-centered office applications, and more.

Earn this degree from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies.

2-year

Degree Program

Formats

On-campus, Hybrid, Online

60

Credit Hours

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

Our researched and carefully articulated curriculum encompasses key technical concepts centered around computer-based media that today’s workforce finds relevant.

The Digital Media Specialist associate degree teaches students market demand concepts such as computer graphic design software and computer programming, animation, web design, computer applications, media expertise, and much more. Program outcomes include:

    • Hands-on activities that help develop computer application fluency and fundamental technical skills.
    • Project-based activities including publication and document creation, design skills, electronic presentation skills, and web design skills.
    • Knowledge on basic troubleshooting and help desk technical skills to aid in computer support training.
    • Use of essential web design software, graphic design software, and animate software to create digital or print publications.

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Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

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As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities
    • Student Loans
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about earning an associate degree as a Digital Media Specialist? We can help!

The Associate of Applied Science Digital Media Specialist program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical college lets students acquire real-world computer applications and technical skills to enter or advance in the computer media-based workforce.
Admission into a Digital Media Specialist Program requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
Blue Ridge CTC does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission into the Digital Media Specialist Degree. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
While selecting a Digital Media Specialist Degree, consider the following:
  • Fully accredited College
  • Qualified faculty and industry-driven learning delivery
  • Transfer evaluation opportunities 
  • Job prospects and placement assistance
  • Need-based financial assistance to qualified applicants
With an associate degree in Digital Media Specialist, students obtain industry-driven computer application and media expertise. They learn about the latest techniques and software of graphic design, web page design, business-centered office applications that can help set a foundation for entry-level roles or help advance in the current role.

Disclaimer

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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