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Introduction to Prof. Deb Krikun classes!

Welcome to the Digital Arts with Prof. Deb Krikun

“Creativity is not exclusive to particular activities: it’s possible wherever human intelligence is actively engaged. It is not a specific type of activity but a quality of intelligence” Sir Kenneth Robinson

OFFICE HOURS – Fall 2018
Monday – 9am – 9:30am + 1:15pm – 2:15pm –
Center for the Digital Arts, PeekskilL
Tuesday – 5-6pm – HAAS 406
Thursday – Noon-1pm – Main Campus, HAAB 407

Office Hour Cancellations will be posted on this page.
Class cancellations will be posted on this page, Blackboard and emailed to students.

Computer Open Studios for Main Campus and Extension Centers

Office hours can be scheduled by appointment on days not scheduled above –
be sure to check this page for announcements such as office hour appointments, class cancellations or career opportunities. WCC Support Services

Here is where you can begin to explore creative career paths, EXPLORE!

Click here for Digital Arts Advisement for Spring 2019

Blog Header Credits: Images from THE PIET ZWART INSTITUTE and Game Design by former Digital Arts student Clara Martin

Below is a recent classified ad from the New York Times which requires some of the skills you will learn taking digital media classes. Send your questions to Prof. Deb Krikun

img_3580National Association of Schools of Art and Design – NASAD –
Two-Year Programs in Graphic Design: effective programs prepare students for:

1) technical support positions in the field of graphic design and visual communications, and/or (WCC Digital Media Certificate graduates) 
2) transfer to a design program in a four-year institution. (SUNY or CUNY)

“Technical support. No other aspect of design practice has experienced the level of growth and change found in technical support. The configuring and networking of technology for design studios, preparing electronic files for output in comprehensives, electronic pre-press, digital manipulation of photography, converting of files from one software program to another and from print-based to electronic formats, scripting and programming for web design, and designing of computer templates for a range of users are just some of the technical functions that did not exist 15 years ago. Mastering these skills, as well as the changes in software, can easily fill a two-year curriculum, especially if students must also understand the design context in which such work must be performed. Design studios, advertising agencies, and corporations search for individuals who have these skills and consistently report shortfalls in qualified applicants.  In metropolitan design centers, new companies have formed to provide precisely these services to groups of clients on a contractual basis.” NASAD

More information about SUNY’s Excelsior Scholarship 

The courses offered in the Digital Arts Certificate will help you build your online portfolio to apply for colleges and to help prepare you for internship opportunities.
Colleges that focus on Animation, Game Design and New Media

NY – SUNY Purchase – New Media BA
NJ – Montclair State University – BFA
NY – SUNY/Fashion Institute Technology – BFA  (deadlines)
NY – CUNY/City College – Electronic Design- BFA
NY – CUNY/City Tech – – BTECH Emerging Media
NY – CUNY/Lehman College, BS Computer Imaging
NY – SUNY/Old Westbury – Electronic Media BS
NY – MFA in Animation at Brooklyn College

FLA – Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, College Of Motion Pictures BFA Animation and Digital Arts

View all of the internet and television animated series using FLASH

Access to WCC  computer labs with Adobe Creative Suite

Student Club New Media Group  meet every  Common Hour on Wednesdays at 11am-1pm -Valhalla Campus, Tech. Bldg. in the Lounge to compete in GAME ON and help organize upcoming events sponsored by

Hope your experiences @ WCC will be creative and productive!
Email: if  you any questions about career goals and/or academic courses and programs!


NEW MEDIA GROUP, a student club engaged with digital media industries such as mobile apps, game design, animation, 3d printing and data visualization. Students produce two biannual events that support student networking, understanding digital media careers that utilize technology skills and experience in computer animation 2D/3D, game design, responsive mobile apps, web designs, 3d printing and data visualization.   

Spring 2017 DIG.IT.ALL Career Meet Up Forum (Theme: Virtual Reality), April 2017 at Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill NY

New Media Group meets during regular semesters on Main Campus WEDNESDAY 11am-1pm on Main Campus 

Join Us in our digital media endeavors!

View current trends in the job market for graphic designers (ux/ui) There are some exciting new trends and career opportunities.

Student Advisement
See above office hours and email me to make an appointment! I look forward to  helping you with possible college transfer, internships or deciding upon what digital art courses to take in your field of interest. (Game Design, Web Design, 2D and 3D Design and Animation, Internet Marketing and Advertising)

resources for students and faculty

Westchester Bus Transportation Planner
WCC Students Car Pooling
WCC Faculty and Staff
Center for the Digital Arts – UX Interactive Design & Digital Arts Certificate
Arts Department Website
How to change your major at WCC

How to access LYNDA.COM for FREE from your local library.

3D Printing Tutorial
Historical Pictures on Flickr
Electronic Educational Resources

Brookings Institute on Community Colleges
What students are looking for in education!
How to Get a Job
WCC Library Resources for Prof. Krikun classes
Recommended Game Design Schools for Transfer
Career and Portfolio Resources
SOPA  – Protect Your Internet Freedom
Creative Job Titles and Salaries
Free web hosting for educators and students
Resource to match graduates with career opportunities
Protecting your Intellectual Properties

WCC Student Services and Opportunities
Disability Services

Welcome to SUNY Westchester Community College, Associate Professor Deborah Krikun‘s WordPress site for students and educators. The site was designed as an online syllabus for students. Students are required to archive their notes and assignments in an e-portfolio format using WordPress. The e-portfolio will serve as a documentation to students learning process and assist the instructor and student to better evaluate their learning outcomes. Access to assignments, tutorials and resources readily improves the challenge to learning and understanding the creative process. Here you will find what is needed to accomplish your creative goals in the digital arts,  share, follow or explore.

Digital Imaging and Digital Design by Students


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The digital art courses at WCC support students who need to build strong
portfolios in the digital arts for transfer to a four year college or a possible internship opportunity. Graduates or professionals who enroll in WCC’s digital arts programs are able to retool their skills in web development, flash animation, digital video, motion graphics or simply to upgrade their design skills. The Digital Arts Certificate, Digital Filmmaking Certificate or the AAS Visual Arts and Digital Filmmaking degree offers all students the opportunity to learn more about the digital arts and gain the necessary experience to pursue a creative career.

As Faculty Advisor to the New Media Group I encourage students, alumni, professionals and businesses to join our group to participate in events, showcase your work and to learn more about new media technologies.

Click the menu of classes above for assignments and tutorials.

I teach full-time at the Center for the Digital Arts, in Peekskill, NY to reach me you may call 914-606-7359 or email:

To reach the Center for the Digital Arts, call or email your inquiries to: (914) 606-7301 – (studio labs are open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm / Friday-Saturday 9am-4pm) or