Studies & Degrees in Multimedia Creation and Design
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We are in the era of high-technology gadgets, Internet, and easy access to almost anything, Multimedia is not an uncommon word. As the name suggests, Multimedia is a content that combines multiple medium. To be specific, Multimedia is both a medium and a content that uses the combination of texts, audio, still images (pictures), animation, video, and interactivity content. The most common usage of Multimedia is as information content in computers, websites, and other electronic devices. But it can also be used as part of a performance, whether performed live or recorded as in movies and television shows. The word “multimedia” is also used to describe the electronic device or media that stores or allows users to access multimedia content.
When and how did Multimedia started anyway? If you look back in history and note the inventions of the different mediums such as printing, audio and visual mediums, computers, etc., you will see the slow evolution of the Multimedia we know and use today. Starting from the invention of the movable type printing by the Printing Press Gutenberg and Caxton in 1455; passing through the development and growth of the Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine in 1822 to the computer we know today; until the birth of the Internet in 1983 which widened the range of multimedia usage — from television to presentation and website content. Multimedia has also evolved in form as new hardware and software were developed such as digital audio tape player developed in 1987, 3D graphical supercomputers in 1988, and high graphic, multimedia video and computer games such as Maxis’ Sims City in 1989.
Multimedia Creation and Design is a popular, if not in-demand, career nowadays. Advertising, Entertainment, Engineering, Medicine, and Education are but a few of the industries that require the use of Multimedia either as a presentation tool or information content; and each usage requires a multimedia artist that specializes in the different aspects of multimedia. Career opportunities for Multimedia artists are numerous, thanks to the emergence and popularity of E-commerce, the boom of the Entertainment and Advertising Industry, and the shift of Education — from the traditional blackboard and chalk teaching method to computerized and online teaching. Here are some job opportunities a multimedia artist can choose from: animator, art director/creative director, web designer/developer, games developer, graphic designer, video/film production artist, digital media artist, motion graphics artist, video installation artist, and multimedia designer/programmer.
Independent of which industry you want to work afterwards, taking up Multimedia Creation and Design course would require you to have both creation and design skills. For the creation part, you will learn and be familiarized with software used to create and hardware used to view multimedia content. Software includes, but is not limited to, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, and Photoshop. Multimedia artists should also be familiar with basic web designing and development languages such as Java, and 3D content creation tools like Maya. Of course, Multimedia artists are called as such because they have basic knowledge of art principles like typography, photography, and, sometimes, traditional art.