Summer Pre-College: Digital Media

Message from Digital Media Director

Welcome to Digital Media @ Marist College!

Attention all creatives and technology enthusiasts: Don’t let your memes be dreams!

The SPC Digital Media course at Marist College will give you all the tools you need to start learning about digital creation. Want to create graphics, edit images, make your own videos, or start a website? You will learn all of these skills over the summer, using industry-standard tools that you can list on your professional resumé – immediately, at the conclusion of the course!

This course assumes no prior knowledge and will walk you through how to use professional software to express and share your creativity. Not great with computers? No experience? No problem. The course will take you step-by-step from the beginning, as you learn the real-life professional tools that are used to make Hollywood movies, AAA games, A-list magazine graphics, and concept art for creative pursuits. You’ll also learn to make a website, which you could use to showcase all of these great new skills and artistic creations. Fields like game development, film and TV, journalism, public relations, and advertising rely on creative people who can work with technology to make stories, information, and news come alive, and you’ll be equipping yourself with the skills these fields require.

You will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, and more, all while earning three college credits for the Digital Toolbox (MDIA 103) course. Upon successful completion, you can use these credits to fulfill Marist’s technical competency requirement, giving you a head start in college before even enrolling. Not only that, but you’ll have a great time doing it. We learn best when we’re enjoying ourselves, so this course will focus on teaching the tools in a fun and engaging way that allows you to inject your own creativity and ideas.

Dr. Joey Fanfarelli

Associate Professor of Games & Emerging Media

Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601


Dr. Fanfarelli is a professor, researcher, author, and patented inventor at Marist’s School of Communication and the Arts. Prior to Marist, he spent a combined seven years at the University of Central Florida’s Games and Interactive Media Department and Institute for Simulation & Training, working on projects with organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and NASA. His current research focuses on digital badging (e.g., video game achievements) and video games, and how the integration of educational and psychological theory can enhance their design. His book, Designing Effective Digital Badges: Applications for Learning, identifies how these achievement systems can be best designed in video games and beyond. Dr. Fanfarelli’s work has been presented in five countries and has resulted in more than 20 publications. He also holds a patent on an automated system and method for simulating human judgment in the comparison of digital image pairs.

Computer Requirements

For this course, you will need a computer that can run Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premiere Pro. Please confirm that your computer matches the system requirements listed for each of these:

Each software also has a trial version that you can download for free. We strongly recommend downloading the trial to make sure it runs on your computer without any issues. Trial versions can be found here: