Digital media touches virtually every business and industry today. If you use a computer, listen to music on your iPhone, read an e-mail on your tablet, or “like,” “tweet,” and “share” on social media, you’re engaging with digital media. It’s everywhere! And so are careers in digital media.
Choose a career in digital media and you might work in the kinds of industries you’d expect such as advertising, film, gaming, music production and publishing. However, digital media is also used in private companies, nonprofit organizations, schools and universities. If a business has a website, someone in digital media probably helped create it. If it has a Facebook page or Twitter account, it needs people who know digital media to help run them.
But how could you get started in a digital media career? You’ll need a passion for the field, solid skills and training, hands-on experience, and a portfolio of all you’ve done.
The skills you’ll need:
Are you comfortable with technology? If you work in digital media, you’ll spend a great deal of time on technology, from computers, programs and applications to audio visual tools and equipment. You’ll also need to be a creative problem solver. Many of today’s most popular movies and videos rely on creative people pushing the limits of digital video and audio production.
Training for the field:
If you want to work in digital media, study media production and get hands-on experience in studio labs. Among the topics you’ll need to understand are audio, video and graphic design. You’ll need a firm grasp on multimedia production and an understanding of the latest editing tools and techniques.
"Hands-on experience will set you apart from the competition... Actual experience proves you have the skills and knowledge to meet real world challenges."
The importance of experience:
Hands-on experience will set you apart from the competition. In addition to getting lots of practice in your classroom and labs, you’ll want to find an externship or volunteer position to learn all about digital media and get some practice in the field. Actual experience proves you have the skills and knowledge to meet real world challenges.
Your digital portfolio:
Another important way to get started in a digital media career is to have solid evidence of your work. Begin to build your portfolio while you’re still in school. Create your own webpage and add items as your expertise grows. Have you just completed a great project for a class? Add it to your site. Recorded a demo CD for your friend’s band? Include it. Use your portfolio to show off the full depth of your knowledge and the diversity of your skills.
Whether you want to work in digital media production, or just want a skillset that sets you apart as you build your career in business, check out the American National University Multimedia Production program at our Lexington campus in Kentucky or explore how social media is changing the marketing world in any of our Business programs. We have 30 campuses in six states and offer a wide range of programs in business, health sciences and information technology. Give us a call today at 888-956-2732 to learn more.
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