Digital Media

12 weeks, to a successful career in the $300 billion Digital Media industry.

We live in a digital world, and elements of digital media design are all around us. This bootcamp will allow you to learn the fundamentals of digital media design and production. You will develop skills in commercial animation, digital game design, and computer generated graphics (CGI) utilizing the latest software development tools popular in the industry today.

This bootcamp will introduce you to a variety of tools and techniques. We’ll provide you with space and time for creativity and exploration, allowing you to dive deeper into the technologies that most interest you and that align with your bootcamp projects.

By the end of this intensive and fun experience, bootcamp participants will create a portfolio of digital projects that will demonstrate to employers that you have the skills it takes to add technical value and creativity to their organization.

Digital media is a universal skill set that applies to numerous industries. Demand for digital media design professionals is growing not only amongst high-tech or entertainment companies but other sectors such as healthcare, education, scientific research, and more. Having demonstrated skills in both the design and technical aspects of digital media production will prepare you for a rewarding and fun career. The average digital media professional makes about $60,000 a year.

Why Digital Media

Due to New Mexico’s growing film industry and because Netflix has chosen Albuquerque as the location for their new production facility, MovieMaker.com has listed Albuquerque as the “Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker,” for the third year in a row, making New Mexico a great place to start your digital media career!

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“AdWallet has a nearly insatiable need for a workforce that is trained to craft a seamless marriage between creativity and technology. We’re looking for coders who are also poets, artists and storytellers. Dreamers…who happen to know how to code.”

Adam Greenhood, CEO, adwallet.com

"The digital media course challenged me and provided a solid knowledge-base and skill set in the field of digital media. I’ve been able to help several local businesses with professional videos for their social media as well as TV commercials. Anyone interested in digital would benefit from the expertise provided by the instructors leading the Digital Media bootcamp. Overall, I am grateful for the instructors, their direction provided, and their encouragement during my Digital Media Bootcamp. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Digital Media.”

Tom, Cohort#3

Check out this video to see final projects and to learn about this transformative experience from Cohort 5, who graduated in April 2020.

Instructors

Dr. Rod Sanchez, Lead Instructor

Rod’s formal academic training is in neuroscience. He has spent the last decade working with companies such as Intel, HP, and DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop first-of-its-kind digital products and technologies around the world. At Intel, Rod founded and managed Intel’s worldwide Community Solutions Program – this multi- billion dollar program paired Intel technologists and resources with industry experts outside of Intel in various industries to create new products. Rod led the development of the first wireless hospital in Italy, the first wireless school in Central America, the first robotic pharmacy in the US, and many other technical projects around the world. Later, Rod collaborated with DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop a new technical model for rendering animated images used in motion pictures from geographically remote locations. This new technical model was used in the production of Academy Award® nominated movies such as Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, and Puss in Boots. This technical process has since become an animated motion picture industry standard. Rod is the author of the Ben and IQ ExploreTM children’s illustrated book series. This series, which premiered during the spring 2017, entertains and educates children on various topics from gardening to healthcare. Rod maintains his academic roots and actively works with schools and universities around the US to develop digital media production training initiatives. Rod plays an active role in the community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, the Board of Advisors for the United States Department of Energy, the board of advisors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Venture Acceleration Fund, the Board of Directors of the Center for Hands on Learning, a member of the HP Production Studio Advisory Council, a Visiting Professor in the school of Business, Media, and Technology at New Mexico Highlands University, an Adjunct Professor in University of New Mexico’s Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program, the Founder and Director of the Innovation Laboratory, the Founder and Director of the “Dream Factory” technology incubator, and a member of numerous motion picture, technology, science, and digital media industry organizations. Rod speaks nationally about the important relationship between emerging media, education, and world economy.

Kasie Cochrane, Assistant Instructor

Kasie is a Creative Designer who specializes in digital illustration, 2d animation, graphic design and video production and editing. With a background in Fine Art and a passion for Art and Design, she strives to build projects that can expose the creative process. She has created logos, animations and graphics for organizations such as the New Mexico DOH, CNM Westside campus, Explora, and several local businesses.

Get College Credit

After you have completed this bootcamp, you will receive a certificate of completion, not a degree. You can receive Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) from Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) if you do decide to later pursue a degree, getting free credit for classes that are similar to what you learned in the bootcamp. Learn more about non-credit to credit CPL at CNM.