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Digital Media Bootcamp 2014

The world is digital, and people with a digital media skill-set are in high-demand. Digital Media Bootcamp is an intensive three-week introduction to digital media production that is designed to impart practical technological skills to people from any industry or discipline. DMBC will teach you how to use industry standard technologies and applications, but will also show you how to use these tools in order to successfully communicate your ideas.

Many times, your career will demand of you to have an ever expanding knowledge of digital media. After the Digital Media Bootcamp experience, you will not only have the basic skills necessary to perform a wide range of tasks (build and deploy a website from scratch, create a multimedia presentation, create a demo video for a new product, etc.) you will also have the confidence to build on the DMBC foundation. DMBC starts from square 1—no digital media experience is required. This is not about theory or philosophy, but about practical tools and skills being used in today’s digital industries. *We will also have Bootcamp Assistants in the lab after class from 4:00PM–6:00PM to help students who wish to work on projects after class.

Digital Media Boot Camp (DMBC), offered by the ATLAS Institute on the CU Boulder Campus, is a popular three-week intensive digital media certificate program that provides real-world skill-sets to help you be competitive, productive and versatile in today’s marketplace. Offered during Maymester 2014 (May 12-30, 2014), DMBC offers an focused introduction to digital media production that is designed to impart a broad range of practical digital media and technological skills to people from any field or discipline. These all-day intensive classes are offered in one of ATLAS’ teaching labs and feature a small, hands-on and collaborative learning environment. Students will learn to use industry standard technologies, applications, and creative tools to successfully communicate and present their ideas.

What

DMBC is a 3-week intensive digital media certificate program intended to give students and industry professionals the necessary skill-sets to be competent designers and developers of digital media.

Where

The ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Room 113

When

Maymester 2014 May 12–30, 2014
Monday–Friday
9AM–12PM and 1PM–4PM*

Curriculum

DMBC starts from square 1– with no previous digital media skill required. The curriculum includes daily exercises, 3 projects, and weekly Skill Assessments. Each student will be given a handbook that comes complete not only with lecture notes, but also supplemental handouts, cheat sheets, and tips that have been produced by our Program’s faculty. The Digital Media Bootcamp Certificate will be given to students attending and participate in a minimum of 80% of classes (no more than three absences).

Faculty

Through our combined experience of teaching digital media for over a decade, we have found that one of the best ways to learn is through guided exploration, which is why we have scheduled plenty of time for you to work on your projects, and explore technology, with the Instructors and Bootcamp Assistants on-hand to answer any questions you may have.
For Summer 2014, David Schaal and Ian Hales will lead the Digital Media Bootcamp. Both are highly skilled in all things digital and are full-time faculty for ATLAS at the University of Colorado. Additionally, there will also be Bootcamp Assistants who will be able to answer your questions throughout the camp. A Bootcamp Assistants will also be available after the camp from 4:00PM–6:00PM to help students who wish to stay and work on homework and projects.

Equipment

We will supply you with everything you need! Included in your registration fee is DMBC t-shirt, USB Dogtag, and a fieldguide notebook to keep all your notes and handouts organized. We do not use any textbooks because we like to keep our curriculum as current as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will DMBC benefit my future?

A skill set in digital media is critical and universal across all industries; DMBC helps provide confidence in knowing and understanding how to work within digitial media, and will also impart students with the confidence to learn new skills on their own.

Who can enroll?

Anyone can register for Digital Media Bootcamp, however, current and recently graduated students can register at a discounted rate.

When does DMBC take place?

Digital Media Bootcamp takes place during the Maymester semester from 9AM–4PM daily. There is a one-hour lunch break.

What are the registration fees for DMBC?

Current students (or those who have recently graduated) = $3,000 / Industry Professionals = $4,000

Is there a deposit required?

Yes, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due in order to secure your seat in the class (Hurry, space is limited!).

Can I earn University credit for DMBC?

No, DMBC is not offered for credit. Participants graduate from the program with a Digital Media Bootcamp Certificate from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Can I skip any classes? What is the attendance policy?

In order to graduate with a DMBC certificate, students cannot miss more than three days.

Can I use financial aid to pay for DMBC?

No, traditional financial aid is not available as DMBC is a non-credit program. Alternative loans may be available to eligible students for the exact amount of the program (living expenses and additional costs not included). Call 303.492.8252 to schedule an appointment with a Continuing Education financial aid advisor.

What is the typical class size?

The maxium class size is 28 students. This size is large enough to promote diverse opinions and discussions, but small enough to allow individual attention from instructors and staff.

Are there exams, homework, grades, etc?

There is homework, but no formal exams or tests are given. However, some instructors may give quizzes to help students assess individual progress and retention of material.

Will I need to buy textbooks or other materials

No, all course materials are included in the registration fee.

Do I need a laptop or special software for DMBC?

No, a laptop computer is not needed during class time as we will meet in a computer lab (ATLS113) equipped with all the necessary software.

Do students need to know anything about computers before enrolling?

DMBC starts with the basics, but a familiarity with computing (e-mail, saving files, word processing) is recommended.

Is there a dress code?

Nope. Dress comfortably.

2014 Calendar

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
AM: Prezi-Kucha
Prezi Notes

PM: File Management & Servers
File Management & Server Notes
Download: File Types
AM: Photoshop 01
Photoshop 01 Notes
Download: Photoshop 01 Files

PM: HTML5
html5 Notes
AM: CSS

PM: Photoshop 02

Photoshop 02
AM: Web Layout
CSS Notes

PM: Wireframing
HTML Layout Notes
Download: HTML Layouts
AM: Web Development
Class Example

PM: JavaScript & Animated Gifs
JavaScript & Gif Notes
Download: JavaScript Rollovers
Download: Lightbox
Download: Smooth Scroll
AM: Wordpress
Wordpress Notes
PM: Search Engine Optimization
SEO Notes
Download: SEO Slides
AM: Wordpress

PM: Web Analytics & Web Fonts
Analytics and Web Font Notes
Download: Web Font Slides
Download: Web Font Files
AM: Audacity & Logic
Logic X Notes
PM: Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator Notes
AM: Logic

PM: Adobe After Effects
After Effects 01 Notes
Download: After Effects File Types
AM: Sound to Picture
Sound to Picture Notes
Example File
PM: Adobe After Effects
After Effects 02 Notes
Download: After Effects 3D Scene
Memorial Day:
No Bootcamp
AM: Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro X Notes

PM: Social Media Marketing
Social Media Marketing Notes
Download: Social Media Marketing Slides
AM: DSLR Video
Photography Notes
Haiku Project
Haiku Video Example

PM: Domain Names & Web Hosting
Web Hosting and Domain Name Notes
AM: Work Session
unofficial resource site

PM: Work Session
AM: Final Presentations

PM: Final Presentations

Register

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! REGISTRATION CLOSES ON APRIL 25, 2014

The tuition for this three-week intensive seminar is $3,000 for University of Colorado students (and recent graduates) and $4,000 for industry professionals. The cost includes instruction, lab access, and all course materials (and some cool DMBC schwag). Registration is based on a 28-person class size and is on a first-come basis.

To register, students must submit a registration form and a $500 non-refundable deposit via email, fax, mail, or in person:

Email: CERegistration@colorado.edu
Fax: 303.492.5335
Mailing Address:
Continuing Education: Registration
178 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0178

The deadline for paying the remainder of the tuition is April 26, 2013.
Click here for the CU Student / recent CU graduate Application Form
Click here for the Industry Application Form
For questions regarding registration, please contact Silvie Kilworth at Kilworth@colorado.edu