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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.

Students enrolled in this program will benefit from:

  • Personalized attention
  • Laptop lease program
  • 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.

This program is Online Possible 

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.

Multimedia is transforming the world of information communication as design, video, audio and photography technologies move into the digital realm. This is an emerging, evolving, and exciting industry being used to produce interactive touch screens, generate dynamic presentations, design web pages, and present information in its most creative and stimulating forms.

Multimedia skills are in demand in corporate industry, scientific fields, education and communication fields, service-providing businesses, and the entertainment industries. This is an emerging field, and jobs are found in corporate businesses as well as with design and multimedia firms that work for the above.

Sample job titles might include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Media specialist
  • Marketing specialist


Students who enroll in the Computer Support Technology Program and Multimedia Design programs are required to purchase a laptop computer with the following specifications.  


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 Windows 8.1*
8GB of RAM minimum
500GB free hard disk space 

Mac OS

Intel® Core i5 as a minimum. Core i7 suggested.
Mac OS X v10.8, or v10.9
8GB of RAM minimum
500GB free hard disk space 

Required accessories

Headset with microphone
6’ Ethernet cable


Under no circumstances can there be less than 8GB of RAM.
BIOS must support virtualization. Most do today, but the student must verify.
Intel processor required for Android HAXM virtualization. AMD will NOT work.

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).

BusinessWare Link:

-  If students are looking for a different configuration, please contact Dan Kellerman directly at 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:​ 



Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.