Associate of Applied Science Digital Media

Digital Media

student working on graphic design at computer

Program Duration

2 years (Four Semesters)

Program Type

Associate of Applied Science

Median North Arkansas Salary

$35,420 graphic designer; $38,170 public relations specialist (Career Information)

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Why Choose This Program

Students can tap into their creative side in this program.


About The Program

The program combines strong technical preparation in current graphical software applications with courses that enhance the student’s creative talents. In this track, students have a choice to specialize in either graphic or web design. Certifications include Adobe Certified Expert (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver), Apple Certified Professional Final Cut Pro 6 and Adobe Certified Associate (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver).

Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

This degree is designed to get students into a career upon graduation.

Faculty Contact

Kara Arnold
Digital Media Instructor
(870) 391-3315

Northark digital media student Diana Bailey

Through the digital media program, I have discovered and developed creative abilities that I would have never imagined. Every day I delight in applying my love of digital media to produce content that is utilized in new and inspiring ways. The digital media program at Northark has opened my eyes not only to the intricacies of graphic design, but also to a new-found love for the arts. I am thankful to the faculty members that have helped prepare me for a future in graphic design.

- Diana Bailey, digital media student

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficient level skills in design software necessary to gain entry-level employment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communication, presentation, and business skills necessary to engage in professional practice in Digital Media, including the ability to organize and manage design projects and to productively collaborate with others in a team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgments to develop effective designs.
  • Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about Digital Media and to communicate art ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice.