New Interactive Design Certificate Program Launched at TNCC

Published: March 12, 2008

Creative students interested in exploring the interactive web design and animation field can enroll in the new Communication Design Interactive Media Career Studies Certificate Program now available at Thomas Nelson Community College. This new certificate program teaches the foundation of solid design along with the use of industry standard multimedia art and design software programs and enables students to create pieces that combine their technical knowledge with a personal creative visual.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a steady climb in multimedia jobs nationwide going from 87,000 in 2006 to 110,000 available jobs in the field by 2016. “The demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies. Additional job openings will arise from an increasing demand for Web site development and for computer graphics adaptation from the growing number of mobile technologies. Animators are also increasingly finding work in alternative areas such as scientific research or design services,” according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Statistics. (

The College’s new Communication Design Interactive Media Career Studies Certificate Program is structured so that a student can complete the coursework within two semesters, noted Cece Wheeler, TNCC Computer Arts Department Head. She said it gives students the opportunity to create various multi-media productions which may become part of their interactive portfolios for review by prospective employers. “This program gives students the skills they need to pair their creativity with the understanding of the communication principles that will help them create effective multimedia content for professional, educational, and entertainment purposes,” said Wheeler.

Also among offerings in the Computer Arts Department is the Communication Design Multimedia Certificate Program for students who wish to specialize in video production and 3D modeling. This 35-credit program prepares students for employment as visual communicators in the field of multi-media production and broadens the skills of those presently employed in the field. On April 15 at 7:00 p.m. students will have the opportunity to participate in a Digital Film Festival to showcase short films they created during the spring semester. The event will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the College’s Hampton campus.

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