Media Design Technology

Media Design Technology

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Your career opportunities include working for design and advertising agencies, printing companies, newspapers, online companies and a variety of in-house positions with small and large businesses. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 70 (AAS)

Does creativity flow through your veins? Do you constantly imagine how things could be redesigned more effectively? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Graphic Media Design Technology degree. This industry directs and influences the entire population in some way wherever a visual product is designed, produced, printed or published online. Become skilled in powerful and complex software that will bring your creative work to the professional level. Graphic artists are critical in effective website development and internet applications.

Students are required to complete a capstone project which consists of presenting their work at a Portfolio Show attended by industry professionals.

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This degree requires a Southeast Tech Mac laptop.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 70 (AAS)


Tony Conrad
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Anthony began teaching at Southeast Tech in 2007. He has accrued extensive industry experience, having:
• worked as a prepress technician at the Argus Leader from 1998-2000
• worked as a lab specialist in the Graphic Communication program at Southeast Tech from 2000-2002
• worked as a graphic designer/pre-press supervisor at Western Commercial Printing from 2002-2007
• designed and built custom cabinets and fireplace surrounds for Conrad’s Custom Cabinetry in 2005
• served as Southeast Tech’s student organization director for AIGA and SDAF
• served as a member of AIGA and SDAF since 2007

“The field of Media Design is vast and ever changing. To account for this, I believe in establishing a strong foundation for students to build their skills and futures upon. Being able to adapt to new technologies and trends while understanding the variety of mediums used will keep students relevant and successful in this constantly changing field."

Anthony has several interests revolving around his family and the many various mediums of design.

Education: BA, University of Sioux Falls; AAS, Southeast Tech
Rick Warkenthien
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Rick began teaching in 1999 as a pre-press technician, and in fall of 2000 developed the web curriculum for the Graphic Communications program.

He specializes in online media including web design/development & mobile content. He also teaches Digital Photography and Photoshop courses. Rick has worked as a professional commercial and portrait photographer for 13 years having photographed over 200 weddings. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts with emphasis in graphic design from South Dakota State University. He is an active member of South Dakota Advertising, AIGA, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.

Education: BS, South Dakota State University





Student Work

Sometimes the best way to showcase our degree is to share our students' work. Take a look at what our students are producing in and outside of the classroom!

Illustration Projects

Creating powerful images that can be used for commercial artwork needs a solid background in basic design techniques and a mastery of design software. Industry standard Adobe software taught on cutting-edge Macintosh systems allow students to express their own talent with the knowledge that takes them to the professional level.




Branding and Identity Projects

Once our students have learned design basics and have mastered design software, they learn how to incorporate that into materials that tell a story. This story is different for each individual or company and is what truly sets them apart and gives them a competitive advantage. This level of work is what sets our students above others and prepares them for working in the real world. We stand behind the caliber of our students' work.




Photography Projects

Photography is becoming more and more of an expectation for designers, but few truly know how to harness the power behind the camera. Our students learn to take control of the camera rather than rely on the "auto" settings. Shooting assignments cover sports/action, landscape, macro, panoramic, studio portrait, night photography and commercial photography. Classes are taught by a professional photographer who will take your passion to the professional level.