Frequently Asked Questions


HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Students must have a current record on file and meet the minimum proficiency level in reading, writing and mathematics. Proficiency can be satisfied by placement into MTH60, WR115 and RD115 on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by completion of MTH20, WR90 and RD90 (or equivalent transfer courses demonstrated through official transcripts on file at MHCC).

Call 503-491-7678 for information about taking the College Placement Test. There is no charge. The test is administered by computer, takes about an hour, and you'll know your results immediately.

FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE 3-STEP PROCESS TO REGISTER!

  1. Have a current student record on file. If you are a new student, submit an online General Admission Application

  2. Meet the minimum proficiencies in reading, writing and mathematics which can be satisfied by placement into MTH60, WR115 and RD115 on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by completing MTH20, WR90 and RD90 (or equivalent transfer courses demonstrated through official transcripts on file at MHCC).

    For info about the College Placement Test, call 503-491-7678. There is no charge. The test is administered by computer, takes about an hour, and you'll know your results immediately.

  3. Select one of these four options: Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Photography or Video:

    Broadcasting students will register for RB150 and J216 plus any section of both IM178 and IM179 (14 credits)

    Graphic Design students will register for GD150 plus any section of both IM178 and IM179 (14 credits)

    Photography students will register for IM150 plus any section of both IM178 and IM179 (14 credits)

    Video students will register for TV150 plus any section of both IM178 and IM179 (14 credits)

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE INTO WINTER TERM?
Students must have the consent of their IM Program Advisor and meet the proficiencies of the program classes to be qualified for winter term Integrated Media courses. At that time, the student's major will be changed to Integrated Media.

CAN I CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM IN PERSON?
Absolutely! We offer two Integrated Media Information Sessions for prospective students starting in March 2014. Click here for more information.

These sessions are a great way to learn about the Integrated Media application process, tour the facilities and meet the faculty. You'll be spending 18 months of your life in the program, so check it out first to make sure it's a good fit for you!

WILL I NEED A PORTFOLIO TO GET INTO THE IM PROGRAM?
No. There is no entry portfolio required for admissions, nor are there any pre-requisite classes required. Students must have a current record on file and meet the minimum proficiencies in reading, writing and math as described above. Then, just register for fall term Integrated Media classes when the open registration period begins in late May 2012.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS WILL I CREATE IN THE INTEGRATED MEDIA PROGRAM?
You'll work on both personal and team projects that showcase your skills as well as demonstrate your ability to "play well with others". Assignments begin at a basic level and grow in complexity and challenge as you progress through the curriculum. In the second year, you'll work on real projects for real clients, either through internships or through sponsored client projects. During the last term, the portfolio classes allow you to assess personal career goals and create portfolio samples that truly reflect who you are and where you want to go.

WILL I LEARN ANIMATION IN THE INTEGRATED MEDIA PROGRAM?
If your goal is to go into animation, Mt. Hood's Integrated Media program can provide an excellent foundation in creative thinking, graphic communication, design fundamentals, software proficiency, lighting, framing, color, and composition--- all prerequisites to being a successful animator. Both the Video and Graphic Design options in particular can provide you with a solid start towards a career in animation. You will most likely want to continue your studies at a four-year school after MHCC, so make sure to talk to your IM advisor early on.

WILL I HAVE TIME FOR A JOB?
Yes. Most of our IM students have part-time jobs averaging 20 hours a week. We've designed the IM program to be as efficient as possible. For 2014-15, all first year IM courses are on Monday- Wednesday- Friday. In the second year, all IM classes are on Tuesday-Thursday. We pack three 3 classes in to each day, and schedule them back-to-back. A typical day looks like this: morning class: 9 - 11:50 am, afternoon class: 1:10 - 3 pm, late afternoon class: 3:10 to 5 or 6 pm.

HOW MUCH HOMEWORK IS INVOLVED?
It differs every week, depending on the class and the stage of the projects you're working on at the time. Because each class is structured to be 2-3 hours of lecture and 2-3 hours of lab each week, this means that you'll learn new content through the lecture and the other hours are devoted to practicing what you just learned. There will be complex projects where you'll need to research, explore and experiment outside of class. Also, some students are just more efficient and fluent with the software. You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection at least 3 - 5 days a week to stay on task.

ARE THERE ANY INTEGRATED MEDIA COURSES IN THE SUMMER?
No. However, summer is a great time to work on your General Education requirements such as Writing, Math, PE, Human Relations, etc.

WHAT CLASSES CAN I TAKE BEFORE THE PROGRAM STARTS AGAIN NEXT FALL?
You can work on the General Education requirements while you wait for Fall term: Writing 121 (4 credits), Human Relations (3-4 credits), Math 65 (4 credits) and HPE (3 credits). Contact an IM adviser if you have specific advice about which courses to take.

CAN I TAKE EVENING or WEEKEND CLASSES?
Evenings and weekends are a great time to take the required General Education classes such as Writing, Math, HPE, and Human Relations.

CAN I TAKE JUST ONE COURSE AT A TIME?
Not really. IM classes are sequential and taught in sets of three each term. If you were to take just the one class a term, you wouldn't be able to progress to the next terms' classes because the prerequisite skills and knowledge to be successful at the next level would not be in place. Each class's content "pours over" into the other two concurrent courses. Since many of our projects are structured in collaborative teams, it's important that each cohort stays intact throughout the two years of the program.

However, if you are interested in a very specific class, talk to an IM adviser. Occasionally, there may be an open seat for a student with sufficient skills.

WHAT ABOUT ONLINE CLASSES?
There are many sections of the General Education requirements (Writing, Math, HPE, and Human Relations, etc.) offered online. Some of our IM courses are hybrid or enhanced through the use of Blackboard, MHCC's course management system. This allows students to complete some course requirements on their own time, without needing to be in a formal classroom or lab.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE BEGINNING THE PROGRAM?
You should have good keyboarding skills. You should be very familiar and comfortable on the computer (we'll teach you the Mac software) or at least fearless in learning the computer applications. This program may go too fast for novice computer users. If you are a novice user, you should make plans to study, learn and practice how to use a computer and some basic applications such as the MS Office suite and get familiar with web browsers and the Internet before entering the program in the Fall. You should be able to use a mouse with coordination, navigate the internet, and comfortably sit for up to 9 hours a day. Your vision should be good and free from any color impairment. We assume that you sincerely enjoy working with/on a computer as that is the primary tool that you'll use in Integrated Media.

WILL I NEED TO BUY A COMPUTER?
Not yet. During class, you'll work on a Macintosh computer in one of our six Integrated Media labs. You can also use Mac computers in the Main Computer Lab (AC1451). If you already have a computer at home, buy the same Adobe Creative Cloud software we use at school so you'll be able to work on your projects outside of class. You'll need to take a few extra steps and precautions when transporting files to and from school so that the files will be able to be read successfully on both PC and Mac platforms.

Many students decide to buy a Macintosh computer while in the program which can cost between $1,000 and $2,500 depending on the model, screen size, capacity and processing speed.

WHAT ABOUT SOFTWARE?
The Adobe Creative Cloud applications that we use (Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects and Premiere) can be licensed at a significant savings while you are a student directly through Adobe's cloud-based monthly subscription program (approximately $30 a month). All IM students are required to purchase a subscription to Lynda.com, a huge online library of video tutorials. Several discount plans are available through our IM program and the college bookstore.

WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
Computer Access: Integrated Media students will need to have access to computers with the same software we'll use during instruction in order to complete their work. While some parts of assignments can be done in class, significant out-of-class time is spent on homework. While having a computer connected to the Internet at home makes this much more convenient, those student who do not have access to a computer will need to plan on using the college's Open Computer Lab facilities each week to complete assignments.

All students should have earbuds/headphones, a 1GB thumb/flash drive and/or access to free cloud-based storage such as Dropbox.

Broadcasting and Video Equipment Requirements: Students in the Broadcasting or Video options will need to have access to open or semi-open back headphones. Expect to pay between $80 - $150 for a professional-level model.

Photography Camera Requirements:
Students in the Photography option will need to have access to an adjustable SLR digital camera. An example of an appropriate model is Canon's Digital Rebel XTi ($500 - $1,000 depending on lenses, source).

The IM department has a well-equipped checkout facility with digital cameras, lighting and sound equipment. Most items can be checked out for three days at a time to IM students.

Supply lists are discussed for each option and course on the first day of class each term.

MUST I BE ABLE TO DRAW IF I WANT TO BE IN THE GRAPHIC DESIGN OPTION?
Yes and no. Many great graphic designers draw very proficiently. However, just as important is the ability to be organized, creative and detail-oriented. There are so many directions to take your career in Graphic Design that someone with moderate drawing ability can still be very successful. You DO need to be able to communicate your ideas to others by writing, making quick sketches and/or doing rough drawings. If an illustration is required, graphic designers usually commission a professional illustrator to do the job. With computer software applications, designers often build an illustration or graphic in a very different way than with traditional art media. Digital photography and image manipulation are other ways to create art without being able to draw. You'll learn both at MHCC.

INTERESTED IN TRANSFERRING TO A FOUR-YEAR SCHOOL AFTER EARNING THE INTEGRATED MEDIA AAS DEGREE?
Talk to Chris, Jack, JD or Nancy as early as possible to get more information about transferring options. Please identify a four year school right away, so that you will have time to customize your course selections to maximize the number of courses that will transfer elsewhere. As a general rule, keep individual portfolios or collections of the work produced in each Integrated Media course, along with the course syllabus, official course description and any project briefs so that you can document that you've accomplished the same outcomes as courses in other schools. Marylhurst University has transfer guides to help IM students maximize the number of credits that will transfer to their BA in Film Studies program..

A formal articulation agreement is in place with PNCA, Pacific Northwest College of Art's Communication Design BFA degree program. Please contact Graphic Design adviser Chris Maier for details on how to take advantage of this opportunity for graphic design majors.

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