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Multimedia Design Technology

The Multimedia Design Technology (MMDT) program at Ridgewater College provides students with design and software skills that will enable the developer to design in any application and for any client. Students gain the ability to mix in animation, illustration, photo-editing, image creation and interactivity to produce amazing products.​
Using a project-oriented approach, the Multimedia Design and Web Design programs aim to develop and nurture the creativity, passion, and industry knowledge required for meaningful employment in computer-aided multimedia design.
  • Personalized attention
  • Comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for learning
  • Real-world community projects
  • Group activities to develop teamwork skills
  • Education that evolves with technology
  • Development of a portfolio to share with prospective employers at the MMDT Portfo​lio Show

Students who earn Ridgewater's AAS Degree in Multimedia Design Technology have the option to a seamless transfer of those credits through a 2+2 partnership to Bemidji State University to work toward a bachelor's degree.

Our flexible delivery methods, including broadcasting and recording class sessions via WebEx, helps students with scheduling difficulties. We use various distance learning technologies to allow students to take classes from home or work. Most lectures and demonstrations are recorded so students can view them at their convenience for more clarification or review.

From enrollment to job placement Education and Employment Advisors provide students with comprehensive students advising to ensure students reach their full potential.  These services are provided by the Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA) through a TAACCCT Grant funded by the Department of Labor. More on these RITA services h​ere.​

​Text, call or email Nate Erickson to set up a time to meet with an Education & Employment Advisor, tour the IT and Multimedia Design classrooms, or to attend an IT Info Session.  You can also request information here.

Email Nathan Erickson
Text/call: (320) 429-0472​​

Students who enroll in the Computer Aided Drafting program are required to purchase a laptop computer with the following specifications.  

Windows

  • Intel® Core i5 as a minimum. Core i7 suggested. Intel Only, No AMD.
  • BIOS must support Virtualization
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or 8.1
  • 8GB of RAM minimum
  • 500GB free hard disk space
  • 1GB, OpenGL 3.2 and DirectX 11 compliant, Discrete Graphics Card as a minimum. 2GB suggested.

Apple Macintosh

  • Intel® Core i5 as a minimum. Core i7 suggested. Intel Only.
  • Mac OS X v10.8 or greater
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or 8.1 - *Separate retail purchase. Windows will need to be boot-camped onto Apple Macintosh
  • 8GB of RAM minimum
  • 500GB free hard disk space
  • 1GB, OpenGL 3.2 and DirectX 11 compliant, Discrete Graphics Card as a minimum. 2GB suggested.

Required Accessories

  • Headset with microphone
  • 6' Ethernet cable
  • AMD Processors may be used, but are not recommended by the college, and will not be supported by the College’s Computer Services Department.
  • Graphics Cards must support OpenGL 3.2 and DirectX 11 and have at a minimum of 1GB of dedicated RAM. AMD or NVidia Graphics Cards are supported.
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design software runs primarily on Windows. If you purchase an Apple Macintosh, you will need to purchase a supported retail copy of Microsoft Windows.
  • Any existing hardware you own, will need to meet the minimum specifications listed above. You may refer to our CADD software vendors for more information on Supported Hardware.

Students are free to buy any laptop that meets the above requirements. The college does offer students the ability to purchase HP laptops at educational pricing through BusinessWare at this link.  Apple computers can be ordered through the Apple Educational store as a current students (Link).

  • If students are looking for a different configuration, please contact Dan Kellerman or Direct Dial (320) 455.9356.   Contact him for tracking information as well.
  • Students can change the quantity to 0 if they do not want the warranty uplift. Students can click on ‘update cart’ at the top of the page or just click the ‘place order’ button once they have changed the quantity.
  • Once students click on the ‘place order’ button, they will need to click on ‘click here to make a payment’ in order to pay with credit card.

Apple Link:  Apple Store

2016-2017

Multimedia Design Technology A.A.S. Degree
Hutchinson
60 Credits

Multimedia Design Technology Diploma
Hutchinson
50 Credits​

2015-2016

Multimedia Design Technology A.A.S. Degree
Hutchinson
60 Credits

Multimedia Design Technology Diploma
Hutchinson
50 Credits