Montana State University

MSU evening course covers basics of digital media

August 18, 2009

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A new evening course at Montana State University that covers graphic design principles, digital photography and basic Web coding begins Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 9.

"Introduction to Digital Media" will help students publish their work in a professional format on the Web. The course is appropriate for people from all backgrounds--from business to science to fine art.

Students will work in two common software graphics applications -- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Participants will study project planning and preparation, graphics file formats, color modes, scanning and resolution; information architecture; and basic CSS-based HTML code. No prior graphics experience is necessary.

The course meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays on the MSU campus. Students are required to bring their own laptop with the Adobe Creative Suite software installed. Software discounts are available for all students through the MSU Bookstore.

Students can take the course for four MSU graduate credits, or for non-credit professional development. Those taking the non-credit option do not need to be enrolled in an MSU degree program; those earning graduate credit must have a bachelor's degree or instructor permission.

The course is offered by the MSU College of Arts and Architecture and Extended University. It will apply toward the college's graduate certificate in digital media, which is currently under development.

The instructor is Mike Kippenhan, an award-winning graphic designer with more than 15 years of client-based experience. He is also the author of numerous design-based articles.

For more information, contact Kippenhan at or visit and click on "Digital Media."

Mike Kippenhan, or Marilyn Jarvis,, 994-4820