Digital Design Graphics Technology

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New DDGT Coordinator
Congratulations to Gary Strommen, who has been officially hired to be the full-time
instructor/coordinator for the program starting Fall 2013!

ATC Evening Courses
The ATC evening courses have changed and are now currently fee-based.  Please review the Digital Design Graphics Technology (DDGT) department website for additional information:

Click here to review new enrollment options:


Are you creative and like working with computers?  Would you like to learn to create two- and three-dimensional graphics?  Why not work doing something you enjoy?  Technical drafting and animation careers are an excellent choice!

Napa Valley College's DDGT program is a comprehensive, four-semester program.  Upon completion, a student is employable as an entry-level design drafter and three-dimensional (3D) artist, with the versatility to work in a wide range of drafting and 3D graphics fields.

Coursework includes the latest release of the AutoCAD drafting program, Inventor (3d mechanical design), 3DS Max Design (animation), Revit (architectural drafting) Dreamweaver (website design), and Adobe Photoshop (image editing).

The DDGT program lab is also an Autodesk Premier Training Center, which ensures that students are always taught on the most current releases of the various Autodesk software programs used in their coursework.

As a graduate in Digital Design and Graphics, you'll be ready to start your career in mechanical or architectural drafting and design, or technical illustration using 3D rendering programs.

Career Opportunities
People with college training (A.S. degree) in drafting-related programs, supplemented with some experience, will have the best choices of industry positions.  Bay area entry-level salaries average $40,000 per year.  Experienced employees may earn $90,000 per year.

Program Options
For specific courses and requirements, consult an NVC catalog, the program coordinator, a counselor, or the NVC website:

Student Learning Outcomes:  By the end of the program, students will be able to:
   #1 Manage and create digital media/data
   #2 Team work and office environment-work positively in office environment
   #3 Perform industry specific skills
   #4 Develop personal traits, and
   #5 Effectively apply technology learned/keep current with technology.

50 units (minimum grade of C in all courses).  Consult the NVC catalog or website for specific courses.

A.S. Degree
The A.S. Degree requires 61 units (minimum grade point average 2.0, minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major).  Students must take all courses required for the certificate and 29 general education units.  Students must consult with the program coordinator

NVC's program also provides a foundation for transfer to a four-year college.  Consult the catalog of your choice and get help with specific requirements from an NVC counselor.

Instructional Materials
Note: In addition to NVC Enrollment Fees, students may pay other DDGT specific fees.

For more information on student fees, please click HERE.

Program Coordinator
Gary Strommen
Digital Design Graphics Technology
Napa Valley College
Office:  Room 3901
Phone:  (707)256-7526
Email:  Email Gary Strommen
Program Website:

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