This is a difficult question since there's numerous answers, so forgive me, but I'll do my best.
Multimedia Design consists of a bunch of different areas of design including graphics, video, web, flash etc. Basically it's pretty much everything to do with design that you cam possibly think of.
Multimedia Design programs can help accomplish the look / feel that you are going for. For example, Flash is a multimedia program that allows for basic animation. You don't necessarily have to be a programmer to use it, but having that knowledge does allow you to do more with the program.
s5nelson is spot on. I'm actually doing a degree in 'Applied Multimedia' We do exactly that, a bit of everything, from the graphics side of things, Flash, Web design, 3D (3DsMax) and then audio side of things, audio production/recording, and video stuff, we made movies in one class.
Multimedia is just anything, multi- multiple, media, well media. haha.
Programs can help you achieve a lot in technical skills. Like it was already said above, Flash does animation, the more you invest in it, the more you get out of it. you can do basic stuff without much computer knowledge at all, it's not that complicated. But you can also achieve a lot and make complex flash games with the right knowledge of programming and so on...
3Ds Max for example is used for a lot of the video games out now and some movies.
Dreamweaver and other programs for example can help you make interactive content online, make a website.
Multimedia Design is the art of integrating multiple forms of media. It is used in video games, information kiosks, websites and many other interactive applications. Careers in Multimedia Design can be found in a growing number of industries, from Madison Avenue ad agencies to Hollywood production companies. The uses of Multimedia Design are just beginning to be explored.
It is the integration of multiple forms of media. It is use in website, video games and many other interactive applications. Multimedia design is a combination of audio, animation and text. It can greatly enhance the usability and effectiveness of your web site. Because of multimedia elements such as a moving, slideshow, animated information and embedded videos more visitor attract to your website.
Multimedia Design is the art of integrating multiple forms of media. It is used in video games, information kiosks, websites and many other interactive applications. Careers in Multimedia Design can be found in a growing number of industries, from Madison Avenue ad agencies to Hollywood production companies.