Multimedia & Web Design

Tanja Michels

Tanja Michels

Mutlimedia & Web Design Grad

"My education at DCTC has given me the confidence and skills to pursue my new career in design. I was doing freelance work, but I soon found the right opportunity to complete the transition to full-time designer."

I earned two degrees at DCTC, an A.A.S. in Multimedia & Web Design and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design Technology. I am now a Web designer for the state of Minnesota. I chose DCTC because I wanted to change careers and go into Web design. After doing some comparisons, I thought DCTC had a strong program that offered the education I needed to get started.

Everyone at DCTC is friendly and helpful, and the teachers in the Visual Communications department are fantastic. They are knowledgeable and hands-on—and they encourage you to push beyond what you think you can do. I enjoyed the camaraderie and support among the students and teachers as well as the sense of accomplishment as I learned each new skill.

VCOM at DCTC offers an exceptionally well-rounded education. You don't just learn how to click the right button to make something happen; you gain a good basic foundation in the principles of design and the creative process.

My education at DCTC has given me the confidence and skills to pursue my new career in design. I was doing freelance work, but I soon found the right opportunity to complete the transition to full-time designer.

As a student in the program you should work hard. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. And don't be intimidated by what you don't know—you will learn. That's why you're here.

 

Keena Smisek

Keena Smisek

Multimedia & Web Design Grad

"I also learned how to professionally represent myself to an employer which helped me get a job two weeks after graduation."

The Multimedia & Web Design program gave me the confidence and skills I needed to pursue a career as a graphic and web designer. The teachers' real world experience provided relevant and challenging classes that prepared me to work in the design industry. I not only learned the skills I use on a daily basis as a designer, but I also learned how to professionally represent myself to an employer which helped me get a job two weeks after graduation. Even after graduation I’ve emailed some of my teachers with questions and they have always been more than helpful. That’s what I love about being a DCTC alumni, the support and encouragement doesn’t just stop once you get your diploma.

 

Joseph Carey

Joseph Carey

Multimedia & Web Design Grad

"I believe that without the education I received at DCTC I wouldn't have the knowledge to succeed in the industry today."

I attended DCTC with only a vague idea of where I wanted my career to go. The instructors and staff really helped me define that idea into the career I have today. The instructors are really great, always staying on top of industry trends and always willing to offer help if you've fallen behind or wanted to jump ahead. They really want to see you succeed. I believe that without the education I received at DCTC I wouldn't have the knowledge to succeed in the industry today.

 

Jessica McDowell

Jessica McDowell

Graphic Design Tech Student

"Participating in the VCOM program enabled me to delve deeper into a field I have always been interested in and made me aware of possibilities previously unknown. Through the courses offered and with the guidance of dedicated instructors I was able to learn skills needed to get started in an exciting new future."

 

Ann Meyer

Ann Meyer

Multimedia & Web Design Grad

"I could not have gotten such a good job without my DCTC web design certificate."

I just finished my 2nd day [on my new job] so i am too tired to go on and on about it. I could not have gotten such a good job without my DCTC web design certificate. Hiring me was like getting a sturdy basic car loaded with ALL the options. My employer may not need all my computer skills, but they love knowing that they're there.”

 

Magic Miao Zhen Li

Magic Miao Zhen Li

Multimedia & Web Design Grad

"Even after graduation, the instructors are still happy to help me with any issue."

I graduated from Dakota County Technical College with a Graphic Design A.A.S degree, a Multimedia & Web Design A.A.S degree and an an Interactive Media Design Certificate.

During 3 years of studies in DCTC, I learned the up-to-date technology such as the latest version of Adobe products, mobile app design, responsive Web design, Web content management systems like Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla. Meanwhile, I established strong design basic on typography, layout, perspective drawing and design principles. I was trained to have eyes for details, and hands on production work.

The instructors in DCTC are helpful, patient, and friendly. They not only helped me with any technical problems but also helped me with emotional difficulties. Even after graduation, the instructors are still happy to help me with any issue. The instructors and employment advisors informs us immediately whenever there is a job lead. Thanks to the job lead sent from DCTC, I got my current internship with the Minnesota Historical Society. The strong knowledge foundation from DCTC makes my internship in MNHS efficient and meaningful.

DCTC provides us a good start on the design field and always informs us new design trends and technologies through Facebook and VCOM blog. We benifits from DCTC even after graduation. The money I spent on studies in DCTC are more than worthy. We can also work-study while we are at school. Through the 10 months work-study experience in the marketing department of DCTC, I not only learned practical workplace skills, made friends, but also got paid.

Words can never express my thankfulness to DCTC. Thank you very much, DCTC.