Our Innovative Programs

From Interaction Design to Film Studies, the Center for Media and Design at Santa Monica College offers quality degrees in diverse programs at an affordable price.

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Interaction Design

Interaction Design is a new baccalaureate degree that blends design, user experience, and technology to ensure interfaces and products are appealing, effective, and intuitive to use. Students will develop the skills to enter this well-paid and exciting field.

Courses of Study

Careers

User Experience Designer, Interaction Designer

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Entertainment Technology

Entertainment Technology prepares students for fields such as animation, digital media and game design through comprehensive training. It meets industry’s need for creative professionals who excel in developing and executing ideas.

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Film Production

Film Production serves students who want to pursue a career in filmmaking. This innovative, high quality program gives students access to state-of-the-art technology and consistent support to pursue their academic and professional goals.

Courses of Study

Careers

Director, Cinematographer

A film studies student holds a film clapper board for a production titled "Roadside."
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Film Studies

Film Studies introduces the history and development of cinema as an art, an object of philosophical study, and a cultural and social phenomenon. Students examine theoretical approaches and trends in filmmaking including contemporary evolution from film to digital media.

Courses of Study

Careers

Film Critic / Journalist, Film Researcher and Archivist

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design serves students wanting to build skills for careers in the design field including print, illustration, user experience design, motion graphics, web, and mobile app design. Courses range from foundation studio classes to a series of project-based courses.

Courses of Study

Careers

Graphic Designer, Web Designer

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Interior Architectural Design

Interior Architectural Design provides a thorough foundation that enables students to practice professionally and serve their community with safe, functional, and innovative residential and commercial interior spaces.

A journalism student writes an article on a laptop.
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Journalism

Journalism offers training in reporting and nonfiction story production across a wide variety of platforms. Students can prepare for transfer, learn critical thinking skills, and develop storytelling techniques useful in any career.

Courses of Study

Careers

Multimedia Reporter, Video Storyteller

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Media

Media Production provides hands-on training in the areas of Television, Radio and Internet Broadcasting. Students are prepared for both employment opportunities in the broadcasting industry and transfer to four-year programs.

Courses of Study

Careers

Broadcast Technician, Viral Video Producer

A promo pathways student conducts and interview with a camera.
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Promo Pathways

Promo Pathway is a comprehensive on-air promotions training program that prepares students for employment in entertainment promotion and marketing production. Students gain the essential skills needed to launch careers as writers, producers, and editors.

Courses of Study

Careers

Promo Editor, Entertainment Marketing Producer

OUR UNRIVALED AFFORDABILITY

Santa Monica College offers quality education for an unbeatable price.

Cost of Tuition

SMC’s affordability ensures that students can explore possibilities and hone their abilities in media and design fields without burdening themselves with debt.

Financial Aid

SMC offers financial aid in Grants, Loans, and Work Study to a broad range of students. Apply to see how much aid you qualify for.

Out-of-State

Santa Monica College welcomes students not only from California but also from the rest of the U.S. and some 116 foreign countries.

JUMP START YOUR EDUCATION!

Get started on your new career!
Enroll at Santa Monica College to begin taking classes at the Center for Media and Design.

MEET OUR AWESOME FACULTY

They make SMC a fantastic place to be!

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My approach to teaching filmmaking is the same as learning a language: we start with words (shots), grammar (mise-en-scène), and eventually we communicate ideas in a way that affects people (films). Learn more about Salvador Carrasco from this recent interview.

Salvador Carrasco
Film Instructor

THE NEW SMC BACHELOR'S PROGRAM IN INTERACTION DESIGN

The Interaction Design (IxD) Bachelor of Science degree program  of Science degree program blends the fields of design, user experience (UX), and technology. There is strong demand for UX/interaction designers in today’s high technology industries. This California accredited four-year baccalaureate program will provide you with the skills necessary to enter this exciting field.

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THE CENTER FOR
MEDIA AND DESIGN

Santa Monica College’s Brand New Campus!

Located in the heart of the area known as Silicon Beach— home to major media firms and some 500 technological startups—the new Center for Media and Design at Santa Monica College will unite all SMC programs focused on media content development and design.

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LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address

1660 Stewart St,
Santa Monica, CA
90404

Phone

(310) 434 – 4000

PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The CMD has a parking lot as well as nearby Big Blue Bus, Metro, and Expo Line stops. More transportation information coming soon!

RESOURCES

The CMD campus houses high tech classrooms, a computer lab, production suites with broadcast booths, a radio broadcast suite, a cafe, collaborative spaces, and a gorgeous 180-seat auditorium.