Our online Multimedia Arts Certificate programs provide a flexible, customizable course of study designed for adult learners. Complete your vocational program on a part-time schedule, fully online. Build professional skills with a Professional Certificate and add concentrations in an Advanced Certificate program.
Classes start at the beginning of each month. Apply academic or experience credits to customize your program. Advanced Certificate students choose from concentrations in Web Design, Flash Design, Game Art, and more.
As a Professional Certificate student, you'll gain a foundation in visual design, motion graphics, and digital video that you can use in Web-based media projects and beyond. At the end of the program, you will have developed a portfolio of highly engaging and interactive multimedia pieces.
Multimedia art course topics include training in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects alongside motion theory, digital video editing, digital video production, and motion graphics.
Do you already have some multimedia skills? You can customize the program around your learning goals, provided you meet core requirements. Check our list of multimedia arts courses and complete course list, and talk to an advisor.
"Sessions offered a robust, well-rounded certificate that would provide me with the content I needed for my career education goals."
- Mat Brink, Multimedia Arts Course.
The goal of the online Multimedia Arts Certificate program is to equip you with fundamental technical and conceptual skills to develop multimedia. 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 a student in this vocational program.
#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 Motion Theory
You will be able to apply basic physical properties of motion to sequential art, animation, and video. Your work will exhibit attention to the 12 traditional principles of animation in order to believably communicate motion.
#3 Web Scripting
You will be able to create standards-compliant Web page layouts by hand-coding using HTML and CSS and publish them to the Web. You can create fixed and fluid multi-column page layouts using basic HTML to organize information and CSS to control presentation.
You will be able to research and select appropriate typefaces and design typography to support the branding or communication goal of a particular client or project. You will demonstrate the ability to organize text into a clear, readable information hierarchy in page layouts while using display type for impact and expression.
#5 Video Production
You will develop a good understanding of digital video production and how to plan, shoot, and digitize video footage, prepare it for editing, and output it for a variety of uses. Your shooting and editing will show a basic command of visual and auditory storytelling.
#6 Video Editing
You will develop a proficiency in entry-level professional digital video editing techniques using a non-linear editing program. Your shooting and editing work shows the ability to create an effective, well-paced short narrative sequence and a control of rhythm, motion, and continuity.
#7 Motion Graphics
You will be able to create simple, effective, and polished motion graphic work in After Effects. Your work will integrate text, graphics, video, and audio and show a command of layers, motion control, keyframing, time effects, and animation techniques.
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.
"The Professional Certificate gives you a training in digital media production and editing, with a foundation in design." – Brenda Meda, Senior Admissions Advisor
Whenever you're ready, talk to our admissions staff to explore program options and learn about our fast, convenient application process. Here are some next steps:
To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.
Review the online Multimedia course requirements below, and be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and graphic design software. You must be an enrolled student to be eligible for educational discounts.
A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets manufacturers' requirements for required software in the program.
Adobe Photoshop and After Effects CS6 or CC.
A Web hosting account with an ad-free hosting service.
Adobe Premiere Pro (recommended) or other non-linear editor (such as Final Cut Express)
A digital video camera and ability to connect it to a computer to capture footage.