Frequently Asked Questions


How quickly can I complete the digital media technology certificate?

Students can complete the Digital Media Technology certificate in as little as two semesters, though you can spread some classes out to the summer as well if you need a slightly lighter course load.

The certificate is made up of 8 individual courses totaling 21 credit hours (View plan of study)

What classes do I need to take?

In order to earn this certificate, students must complete the following courses:

  • DMD-101: Digital Software Fundamentals
  • DMD-113: Introduction to eLife: Foundations of Digital Literacy
  • DMD-240: Video Production I
  • DMD-120: Web Design & Development I
  • DMD-208: Multimedia Production
  • DMD-104: Design Fundamentals
  • DMD-105: Photography I
  • DMD-121: Web Design & Development II

The entire course list that students need to take to complete the certificate are also listed in a plan of study.

Digital Media Technology Certificate Plan of Study
Digital Media Technology Degree – Graphic Design Major
Digital Media Technology Degree – Web Design Major

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Many, but not all DMD courses are offered in an online or hybrid delivery format. Check the course catalog for specific online offerings.

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the digital media technology certificate?

Students who complete the digital media technology certificate are encouraged to continue because they are well on their way to completing the digital media design technology associate degree

After I complete the Digital Media Technology (DMT) Certificate, will I be prepared to take the Adobe Certified Associates (ACA) exams? 

Students who successfully complete the DMT Certificate and have strong working knowledgeable of Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver are typically ready to take (and pass) the ACA exams. Good working knowledge includes the ability to comfortably navigate the software, perform routine tasks, and answer conceptual or applied questions about how to use the Adobe products. Adobe recommends people have approximately 150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience. 

Learn more about the Adobe Certified Associate exams

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

What type of projects or work do students do in digital media technology?

Throughout the program, students are exposed to “real world,” hands-on projects that help them develop a well-rounded skill set. For example, students in the web design and development courses will actually create functional websites for both fictional and real clients. We work with many different community partners who need assistance with digital projects. Students in Design Fundamentals will design logos, product packaging, environmental design and advertisements. Upper-level students in Graphic Design and the Digital Media Capstone create multi-faceted projects like a cookbook, interactive brochures and infographics. Students in Multimedia Production and Video create short films, music videos, commercials and immersive multimedia experiences!

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.