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Digital Arts Professional Certificate

Creative Studies for Adult Learners

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Six Months to Accelerate a Career in Digital Arts

The online Digital Arts Professional Certificate program starts monthly. Apply now and learn about the software skills, design knowledge, and professional portfolio needed to effectively compete in this exciting and dynamic field.

You will gain hands-on experience in fundamental technical and creative skills in digital imaging, traditional drawing, and digital illustration. When you complete the program, you will have a portfolio of creative work.

Enroll today to join our cohort:

Digital art program topics include the intricacies of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, an understanding of color, and the representation of form through vector illustration and drawing.

Designed for the busy adult learner, this program can be customized to fit your experience level and can be completed in six months on a part time basis.  If you need more time, there is an painless extension policy for an additional 12 months.

Affordable tuition of just $2,999 and easy payment plans make the Professional Certificate  program your best value in design education.

This is an open admissions program that has monthly start dates.  Complete your no obligation pre-Enrollment form today.

Digital Arts Courses

Digital arts certificate

As a Professional Certificate student, you'll build creativity and technique in traditional drawing and digital illustration. You will gain hands-on experience in fundamental technical and creative skills in digital imaging, traditional drawing, and digital illustration. When you complete the program, you will have a portfolio of creative work.

Digital art program topics include the intricacies of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, an understanding of color, and the representation of form through vector illustration and drawing.

Already have some digital art experience? You can customize the program around your learning goals, provided you meet core requirements. Check our list of digital arts courses and complete course list, and talk to an advisor.

Program Standards

digital art school student Jaana Halme
"I believe that the skills I have learned during this program will definitely help me to achieve my goal, a career as a freelance artist and illustrator."
- Jaana Halme, Digital Arts Certificate.

The goal of the Digital Arts Certificate program is to develop fundamental technical and creative skills in drawing, composition, and digital illustration. You will begin to develop a portfolio of individual creative work you can present to potential employers. Here are the standards you are expected to meet as an online digital art school student.

#1 Digital Imaging

Your work will demonstrate entry-level professional Photoshop skills and effective decisions in selecting and editing images. You will be able to improve images for professional publication by retouching and correction, and create realistic or imaginative images by compositing or collage.

#2 Color

You will develop distinctive color palettes based on the principles of color harmony. Your work will exhibit a sophisticated use of color and contrast, the ability to research colors and make choices that are appropriate for each client and project.

#3 Vector Art

You will develop entry-level professional skills in creating vector art illustrations in Illustrator, using shape drawing and freehand drawing tools, Pen tool, type tools, and basic effects. You will be able to create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations for effective visual communication.

#4 Basic Drawing

You will be able to create basic line drawings using pencil and paper following the principles of perspective and proportion. You will be able to identify and draw positive and negative space in a drawing subject.

#5 Advanced Vector Art

You will develop an expanded range of skills in Illustrator for creating photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, and richly illustrated designs. You will be able to use color sampling, meshes, blends, masks, 3D tools, and tiles to create both realistic and stylized artwork.

#6 Intermediate Drawing

You will develop drawing skills that show the ability to analyze a subject, represent realistic form and perspective, manipulate value and color, and reflect contemporary stylistic approaches. Your work will be informed by subject, lighting, color, and media choices.

#7 Vector Illustration

You will be able to create straightforward, clear, balanced, and stylized icons, sequential illustrations, logos, and editorial illustrations using Illustrator's shape tools, freehand drawing tools, and classic illustration techniques. Your work will show an ability to communicate complex graphic and editorial concepts in digital form.

Admissions

Digital Arts Certificate Online Admissions

Classes in our vocational programs start at the beginning of each month. The Professional Certificate is open admissions: To apply for the program, simply complete our application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Digital Arts Certificate program advisor Brenda
"The Professional Certificate focuses on drawing and illustration, building a foundation for your creative digital artwork. " – Brenda Meda, Senior Admissions Advisor

Whenever you're ready, talk to our admissions staff to explore program options or attend an Open House.

Don't forget to visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Digital Arts Software and Supplies

software and supplies for digital arts students

To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.

  • A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets manufacturers' requirements for required software in the program.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 or CC.
  • Basic drawing supplies including pencils, charcoal, newsprint, and sketch paper.
  • A digital camera for photographing drawing work.

Be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and graphic design software. Program customizations or the addition of concentrations (Advanced Certificate) may involve additional requirements. View list of digital arts courses or our directory of all certificate program courses.

Related Programs

Check out our Illustration Associate Degree program and Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration.

 



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