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DIGITAL DESIGN GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY
Napa Valley College • Bldg. 3900
Gary Strommen Program Coordinator
(707) 256-7526 • Contact Gary Strommen
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Course Descriptions
(DDGT Courses)

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Are you creative and like working with computers?  Would you like to learn to create two- and three-dimentional graphics?  Why not work doing something you enjoy?  Technical drafting and animation careers are booming.

Napa Valley College's DDGT program is a comprehensive, four-semester program.  Upon completion, a student is employable as an entry-level design drafter and three-dimensional (3D) artist, with the versatility to work in a wide range of drafting and 3D graphics fields.

Coursework includes the latest release of the AutoCAD drafting program, 3ds Max (animation), Adobe Dreamweaver (website design), and Adobe Photoshop (image editing).

The DDGT program lab is also an Autodesk Premier Training Center, which ensures that students are always taught on the most current releases of the various Autodesk software programs used in their coursework.

As a graduate in Digital Design and Graphics, you'll be ready to start your career in mechanical or architectural drafting and design, or technical illustration using 3D rendering programs.

 
Lab Fees

How to Enroll

Regardless of class title, all classes utilize the latest release of Autodesk products


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Program Options
For specific courses and requirements, consult an NVC catalog, the program coordinator, a counselor, or the NVC website:   www.napavalley.edu.  Student Learning Outcomes - By the end of the program, students will be able to:  
    #1 Manage and create digital media/data
    #2 Team work and office environment-work positively in office environment
    #3 Perform industry specific skills
    #4 Develop personal traits
    #5 Effectively apply technology learned/keep current with technology.
Certificate
50 units (minimum grade of C in all courses). Consult the NVC catalog or website for specific courses.

A.S. Degree
The A.S. Degree requires 61 units (minimum grade point average 2.0, minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major).  Students must take all courses required for the certificate and 29 general education units.  Students must consult with the program coordinator.

Transfer
NVC's program also provides a foundation for transfer to a four-year college. Consult the catalog of your choice and get help with specific requirements from an NVC counselor.

Instructional Materials
Note:  In addition to NVC Enrollment Fees, students may pay other DDGT specific fees.

Students will need to purchase a materials voucher at the bookstore for the Rapid Prototyping 3D Printer at a rate of $8 per cubic inch of materials used.  A typical project will use 2-3 cubic inches of materials ($16-$24 average project cost).

Autocad Night Classes -
Students should be prepared to pay $495.00 for Fee - Based courses.  Lab fees and materials included in price.-->
The CAD supplies voucher includes:  Courseware for the class, CD rom with copies of all files that are needed to reproduce the training, access to the large format plotters to reproduce drawings for the classes, and a copy of the AutoCAD software (academic version, normal retail value of $299 if bought privately).

   
         
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DDGT 110 Technical Drawing Fundamentals
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 90 hours total
An entry level course for students with little or no technical drawing experience. Topics covered include drafting standards, drawing scales, geometric constructions, orthographic projection, sectioning, computer-aided drafting (CAD) applications using the latest version of AutoCAD.
3 UNITS  CSU, UC

   
         
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DDGT 120 Digital Design Graphics Technology 1
5 hours lecture, 10 hours lab; 270 hours total
The first of a four course series in the Digital Design Graphics Technology A.S. Degree program. Drafting fundamentals are covered that include national and international drafting standards, geometric constructions, orthographic projections, dimensioning, sectioning, auxiliary views, Computer-aided drafting fundamentals, and three-dimensional modeling. All coursework is done using the latest release of the AutoCAD software program.
Recommended Preparation:  MACH 100, TECH 92
7 UNITS  CSU

   
         
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DDGT 121 Digital Design Graphics Technology 2
5 hours lecture, 10 hours lab; 270 hours total
The second of a four course series in the Digital Design Graphics Technology A.S. Degree program. Advanced study in computer-aided drafting (CAD) three-dimensional parametric solid modeling, Boolean operations, advanced lighting and scene layout for CAD rendered images, the study of descriptive geometry and lateral surface developments and creation of working drawing sets. Development of intranet web pages for communication of engineering documents across the internet.
Prerequisite:  DDGT 120
Recommended Preparation:  TECH 107
7 UNITS  CSU

   
         
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DDGT 230 Digital Architecture Drafting & Design - Residential
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab; 162 hours total
A study of the digital graphic representation used by the architectural field, building codes, symbology, floor plans, sectional views, foundation plans, roof framing plans, specifications, interior/exterior elevations, computer animated walk-throughs and fly-bys as relates to residential architecture and design.  Repeatable for credit one time.
Recommended Preparation:  DDGT 121, TECH 107
6 UNITS  CSU

   
         
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DDGT 231 Digital Architecture Drafting & Design - Commercial
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab; 162 hours total
A study of architectural design and drafting in the commercial building industry using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable analysis tools.  Repeatable for credit one time.
Recommended Preparation:  DDGT 230
6 UNITS  CSU

   
         
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DDGT 240 Digital Design Graphics Technology 3
5 hours lecture, 10 hours lab; 270 hours total
A third of a four course series in the Digital Design Graphics Technology A.S. Degree program. Study of modeling, materials, lighting, and animation of three-dimensional (3D) models and scenes. Editing 3D objects, lofting objects, utilize particle systems, create cameras, perform video post operations, timing of multiple object animations within a scene. Study of traditional pictorial drawing types, and biped character animation.
Prerequisite:  DDGT 121
7 UNITS  CSU

   
         
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DDGT 241 Digital Design Graphics Technology 4
5 hours lecture, 10 hours lab; 270 hours total
The last of a four course series in the Digital Design Graphics Technology A.S. Degree program. The study of civil drafting, geographic information systems (GIS) and their relationship to engineering documentation, utilization of electrical/electronic symbology and the development of various electronic diagrams.
Prerequisite:  DDGT 240
7 UNITS  CSU