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Fall Semester 2012 will begin at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Aug. 22 with a host of offerings in Digital Art & Design (DA&D) and Product Design & Development (PD&D) -- the two academic tracks of the Business of Art and Design program.  

Courses will be taught by a team of experienced, creative professionals that includes TJ Wells, a Virginia Tech graduate; Sam Knapp, a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, and Clint Johnson, a Rockingham Community College graduate in fine and creative woodworking.   Registration is still open for all courses.   

This fall students may register for six Digital Art and Design (DA&D) courses and three Product Design & Development courses. Classes available for registration are:

Introduction to Multimedia: covers the basic components of multimedia such as text, graphics, animation, sound, video and explores how all of these combine creating a multimedia product;

Design for the Web: includes the basics of web page design, topography, imagery and color and how these combine to create effective layouts; 

Introduction To Computer Graphics: provides a working introduction to computer based electronic technology learning how to use operating platforms and standard industry software; 

Multimedia II: emphasizes the development of well-designed and integrated multimedia portfolios for employment; 

Motion Graphics: focuses on graphics and promos for television, film and advertising, screen composition and content; 

Communication Arts Workshop: prepares students for career opportunities, resume writing, portfolio preparation and interview techniques;

Product Design And Development I: introduces students to concepts and tools in designing and developing new products using wood and other design materials

Computer Aided Drafting: exposes students to 3-D drawing and modeling using TopSolid, an integrated CAD/CAM software.  Any student in business and industry interested in learning CAD may take this course;

Coordinated Internship: includes team concepts and problem solving and covers they concepts and techniques used to assist project teams in improving quality and productivity. 

Creative professions are consistently ranked as growth areas within the job market. Examples of the fastest growing careers in Digital Art and Design are graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, and digital media artist. Product Design & Development graduates have job opportunities in industrial and product design, product development, computer numeric control programming, computer numeric control operation and computer-aided design.

“Everything we encounter each day is a design challenge,” said Amy Cole, SVHEC director of student services and partner relations.  “Every commercial on TV, magazine ad, or piece of furniture we use is a design challenge.”  

The Business of Art and Design program began in 2009 with a partnership between the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Danville Community College, and the Halifax County Public School System. The program focuses on Digital Art and Design and Product Design and Development, and offers hands-on, skill-based learning. The program also emphasizes entrepreneurship, teamwork, innovation, and creative problem solving.  Students may earn a Career Studies Certificate or an Associates Degrees in applied science from Danville Community College.  

For additional information and to register, contact Amy Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling 434-572-5441 and toll-free 1-800-283-0098.