About DMAD Classes

We appreciate your interest in the Digital Media Animation and Design program at Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa campus. We hope this introduction will answer many of your questions.

We are currently only offering the “Digital Media Animation and Design” applied science degree. The courses are taught in a two-year program, designed to help you gain the knowledge and experience to get into the marketplace quickly.

The curriculum is a one-of-a-kind curriculum and is designed to prepare you for the 3D and post production industry. The classes are structured to match that of a production environment.

Coursework currently covers advanced study in Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, Premiere and many other applications.

The goal of DMI is to take you through the entire production process from start to finish. This will include story and script writing, modeling, texturing, animation to rendering and editing.

You are required to purchase a laptop designed specifically for the DMI program. Before school starts you will need to set up an appointment with Professor Matson, so he can load the software programs required for use in the DMI Program. The laptop and the software are yours to keep.

If accepted into the program, you must take your acceptance letter to the registrar’s office when you go to enroll. Without it, they will not be able to enroll you in any of the DMAD courses.

Below is the course sequence for the Digital Media Animation and Design program.

Digital Media, Animation and Design – Year One


ORNT 1101 Freshman Orientation

This is a required class for first time enrolled freshman at Northern Oklahoma College. During this class, you will become familiar with the amenities and campus at NOC. Questions that are typically asked of incoming students will also be answered during this session.

ENGL 1113 English Composition I

English Composition 1 allows the student to study and apply rhetorical principles of writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays, with particular emphasis on writing expository prose about short fiction and non-fiction prose.

Math Applications General Ed

MATH 1493 Math Applications or MATH 1513 College Algebra are options for filling this credit.

DMAD 1213 Graphic Design

This course introduces the interaction of text and image and the fundamental components of graphic communication. Students will develop and hone skills in working with text and image as they create solutions to a series of design problems. Visual literacy will be increased through exposure to contemporary design issues and graphic design history.

DMAD 1123 Web Design

This is an introduction to the design, creation and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn how to critically evaluate website quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they’re important, and learn to create and manipulate images.


ENGL 11213 English Composition II

Composition II serves, among others, as a bridge into more formal genres of academic writing, including those that develop new knowledge—that is to say, researched writing. Because it is an introduction to them, and because the development of new knowledge is a complicated process, ENGL 1213 breaks down the process of writing such papers into a number of component assignments, mimicking the research process prevalent in the humanities and of which the sciences often use a variant.

POLI 1113 American National Government

A survey of national government and the political process in the United States, with emphasis on the Constitution, the President, Congress and the judicial system.

DMAD 1133 Introduction to 3D Animation

Students will be taught the fundamentals of animation and how to apply them to 3D animation using the Maya software. The course is presented through lectures, instruction, demonstration, videos, class participation and in class and take home projects.

DMAD 1233 Digital Filmmaking

The Digital Filmmaking curriculum offers an all-inclusive experience in the areas of pre-production, production and post-production with specific courses designed to fully integrate students into the ever-changing digital world of filmmaking.

DMAD 1243 Intro to Game Development

Introduces concepts and skills to create assets in environmental art for Game Development.

Digital Media, Animation and Design – Year Two


American History General Ed

HIST 1483 American History to 1877 or HIST 1493 American History Since 1877 are options for filling this credit.

DMAD 2313 Motion Graphics I

Introduction to Motion Graphics is designed for students to be introduced to the theory and production of animated 2D graphics for time-based media environments. Concept, research, design and preproduction routines for motion graphics projects are covered, focusing on animating typography, graphic objects and still images. Production of video-based kinetic type and its unique ability to interact with multi-layered video productions are explored in depth.

DMAD 2323 3D Animation II

Students apply and incorporate the principles and techniques of animation in a comprehensive exploration of current 3D software applications. Students learn how to integrate 3D animation into storytelling contexts and practical applications.

DMAD 2343 Texturing

This course expands on the basic texturing techniques introduced in DMAD 1133. Teach advanced techniques and tools used to add realism and complex textures to 3D objects.

DMAD 2363 Motion Graphics II

This course moves beyond the basics of motion graphics and explores deeper aspects of composition, motion and special effects. Emphasis is placed upon integrating analog and digital elements, animated information graphics, title design and special effects. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to design and create compositions for broadcast TV and film.


SPCH 1713 Introduction to Oral Communications

Theory and practice of speech communication behavior in one-to-one, small group, and public communication situations are introduced. Students learn more about themselves, improve skills in communicating with others, and prepare and deliver formal public speeches.

DMAD 2333 3D Animation III

This class continues the subject matter introduced in DMAD 2323 Introduction to 3D Animation. Students will be exposed to the more advanced tools and techniques used in 3D animation production for film, video and games.

DMAD 2353 Digital Video II

This course builds on the tools and techniques learned in DMAD 1113. Students will begin to learn more advanced and time saving techniques while discovering process that are typically used in the production of TV and Film video.

DMAD 2383 Multimedia Project

An advanced course tailored to students’ areas of interest in the communication field. The focus of the class is on acquiring skill sets specific to students’ career interests and the latest developments within the industry.

DMAD 2393 Emerging New Media

Teaching practical applications in the creation of digital mediated communication for entertainment.