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Vocational Program Admissions

Professional and Advanced Certificate Programs

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PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

Designed for busy adult learners, our vocational certificate programs help you develop skills and build a portfolio of art/design work. You can complete a program studying entirely online, getting feedback from a faculty of professional working designers. It’s the most flexible way to kick start to your career in the visual arts.

In each major, you can select  Professional Certificate (9 month) or Advanced Certificate (12 month) program options.

Graphic Design

Learn the software programs that every graphic designer needs to know: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students discover how to produce digital images, illustrations, and page layouts, addressing concepts of color, typography, and composition. Class assignments involve hands-on photo editing, logo design, poster design, magazine design, and more.

Professional Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Web Design

Build proficiency in the technologies that Web design clients and employers demand. Students explore the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, learning visual design techniques to make their work stand out. Students focus on how to create page layouts for standards-compliant Web sites using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Bootstrap, designing sites that are functional and attractive.

Professional Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Multimedia Arts

Build proficiency in software programs for creating digital art, movies, and animations, acquiring professional techniques for video production and editing. Students will learn how to create and edit effective movies and motion graphics for the Web and beyond.

Professional Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Digital Arts

Develop a foundation in the technical and creative skills for digital art and illustration. Students explore the intricacies of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, building their understanding of color and composition through projects in traditional drawing and vector illustration.

Professional Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Marketing Design

Develop skills in the in-demand software that most marketing designers needs to know: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students build a skill set in digital image preparation and vector illustration while applying foundation design concepts in color, typography, and identity design.

Professional Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Fine Arts

Gain a foundation in art theory and artistic technique. Students enjoy a wide-ranging training in drawing and painting that instils a rigorous, traditional approach to representing still life and human figure subjects with attention to critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition.

Certificate | Advanced Certificate

Program Features At a Glance

Kick Start Your Creative Career

Advance your career in a flexible 9-month program.

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Study With The Pros

Get expert feedback on your art and design work.

Grow Your Portfolio

Enhance your portfolio with creative projects.
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Flexible, Self-Paced Program

Study at your own pace – no weekly deadlines!

Invest in Your Education

Affordable payment plans help you fund your education.

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Enroll Today, Start Tomorrow

Get creative now with open enrollment and monthly class starts.

TUITION AND FEES

Our Vocational Certificate programs are affordable tuition and offer a range of ways to finance your education. The Professional Certificate provides a cutting-edge, self-paced online program that can cost less than community college. The Advanced Certificate enables you to add concentrations, customizing a program to your specific learning goals.

Effective May 1, 2020, tuition and fees for Professional and Advanced Certificate programs are as follows:

 Professional CertificateAdvanced Certificate
Tuition$3,100$4,025
Registration Fee$200$200
Total Cost$3,300$4,225
Paid in Full Discount*$2,999$3,999

All program tuition and fees are fixed and any enrollment benefits are offered for a limited time and available to all students during that time. All tuition includes a digital materials fee. Sessions College reserves the right to change its tuition and fees as necessary at any time.

Students can pay tuition in full or by payment plan. Program extensions are managed on by auto bill on a monthly basis until a program is completed or cancelled.

Professional Certificate graduates may enroll in 3-month Concentration(s) to pursue an Advanced Certificate.

ConcentrationTuition
Tuition$1,800
Registration Fee$200
Total Cost$2,000

The Enrollment Agreement for a Sessions College certificate program provides a guarantee of service for the duration of the student’s program.

Professional Certificate program9 months (39 weeks)
Advanced Certificate program concentration3 months (13 weeks)

After the expiration of the above time periods, the enrollment agreement is void. Students who reach their program end date and need more time can continue their enrollment for up to 6 additional months at a rate of $50/month, provided they have completed Level I of the Professional Certificate program.

FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

Prefer not to pay your entire tuition up front? Sessions College offers a monthly payment plan for vocational certificate programs. Payment plans help you afford your education with a low up front payment and low monthly payments. Benefits of using a payment plan include:

  • Reasonable monthly payments
  • No credit check
  • No interest charged
  • Nominal administrative fee
  • Bi-weekly payments available
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Effective May 1, 2020, available payment plans for Professional and Advanced Certificate programs are as follows:

 Professional CertificateAdvanced Certificate
Duration9 Months12 Months
Tuition and Fees$3,100 $4,025
Registration Fee
(non-refundable)
$200$200
Total Tuition and Fees$3,300 $4,225
Number of Monthly Payments1113
Monthly Payment *$300$325
* Includes Service Charge.

Tuition Assistance

Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to finance your vocational program in one of the following ways. Ask an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Employer Assistance

More and more companies offer employer tuition assistance programs.

Sallie Mae Loans

Smart Option Student Loans save money, build your credit, and pay off students loan faster.

Workforce Investment Act

WIA provides Federal job training funds for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.

GETTING STARTED

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

What Software and Supplies Do I Need?

Students are responsible for access to a computer, Internet connection, and any required supplies or software programs for specific classes. Software discounts for Adobe Creative Cloud are available for enrolled students. Some programs will require additional art supplies, such as a digital camera, video camera, or drawing/painting supplies.

Please check program pages for information on specific requirements:
Graphic DesignWeb DesignMultimedia ArtsDigital ArtsMarketing DesignFine Arts.

Do I Need to Purchase Textbooks?

Welcome to the digital age, where no textbooks are required. All coursework and materials required to complete vocational programs are provided in an online learning environment, including orientation materials, lectures, exercises, discussion forums, videos, and multimedia tools.

How Long Does the Program Take To Complete?
Program LevelTime to Complete
Professional Certificate9 month program
Advanced Certificate12 month program (Professional Certificate + Concentration)
When Can I Start?

With classes starting every month, you can start learning right away. As soon as you complete registration, you’ll get access to Orientation and your classes within a business day.

Can I Customize my Program?

You may be able to customize your program based on your experience level. If you have experience or prior education in a specific course area, you may be able to take an alternate course of your choice. Talk to an Admissions Advisor.

How Do I Apply?

Our Vocational Certificate programs have an open admissions policy. To enter the program you are expected to have earned a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent. Any students under 18 years of age will also need to provide the signed permission of a parent or guardian.

We have a convenient and student-friendly online application process. You can begin your creative journey by completing our online application today. There is no charge and no obligation to enroll.

Ready to start?

You can begin your application here.