Design a career that crackles with creativity.

Learning Environment
Time is spent mostly working on projects. Students will be given appropriate levels of instruction, then asked to create meaningful projects related to the current unit. Relevance to the current job market and trends are paramount. Students will be prepared to take the CIW Web Foundations Associate series of exams upon completion of the program. All students should expect a significant amount of hands-on work while at their computers..

What's It Like?

Instructor Jim Langley says:
“The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on projects and self-motivation. You will get out of the class what you put into it. If you’ve been looking for a way to channel your creativity through design and to solve real-world problems with purpose, look no further.”

    Digital Media

    Of all the fast-track careers, none is more promising than the computer technology industry, which can include everything from computer design to website creation to video game design. Strong growth is inevitable in virtually all areas of computer technologies.

    Course Overview
    The core curriculum of this program focuses on Business, Networking and Web Design. Students should expect a significant amount of individual and team-based hands-on projects. Game Production Studio is an extensive project in the second semester of the program in which students build a Role Playing Game and all the elements that go along with it - original soundtracks, characters, items, story, marketing, etc. There is also a focus on 3D design. Students successfully completing the course will be prepared for pursuit of associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science or Digital Design. It is possible to earn college credit while completing this course.

    Potential Careers
    Participation in Digital Media can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

    • Network Support
    • Digital Animation
    • Quality Assurance Testing
    • Small Business Management
    • Web Design
    • Videogame Design

    With further training and/or education, you could expect Digital Media to help launch a career in fields like:

    • Network Engineering
    • Network Administration
    • 3D Modeling
    • Videogame Department Management
    • Professional Animation
    • Web Programming

    Primary Units of Instruction (lecture, demonstration and lab work):

    • Web Design
    • Videogame Design
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Animation
    • Networking
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Emerging Multimedia
    • Soundtrack Creation
    • 3D Modeling

    Length of Program:
    One Year, two semesters; second year is optional for qualified students


    Program Schedule:
    A.M. Session - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    P.M. Session - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


    It is if you...

    • enjoy computers
    • enjoy problem solving
    • enjoy designing
    • like new technology
    • are detail-oriented
    • are creative
    • like self and team approaches
    • can sit for long periods

    Going to college? Start with CTE

    College Partnerships

    • Ferris State University
    • Kirtland Community College
    • Mid Michigan Community College

    It is possible to earn articulated college credit through an articulation agreement between CTE and many Michigan community colleges and universities. This credit can only be granted after successful completion of the CTE program and future enrollment at a college or university that has a current articulation agreement with Clare-Gladwin CTE. See your school counselor for more information..

    Who’s Up For a Second Helping?
    Students interested in returning for the program’s second year must:

    • Have 10 or fewer absences and fewer than three tardies in the second semester of Year One
    • Have an 80 percent average or better in the first year
    • Be an effective and collaborative team member
    • Be a self-directed and independent worker, indicate a personal desire to pursue a business- or computer-related and have good work ethics
    • Possible CIW certification in Network Technology, Site Development and Internet Business

    High School Credit and CTE Certification
    Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Local schools will award high school credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs.