Online Digital Arts Certificate

Digital Arts Professional Certificate

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.

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Student work by Vesela Popova, Digital Arts Certificate

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Program Outline

Designed for the busy adult learner, the Professional Certificate can be completed in six months studying part time.

Level 1

4218 Photoshop Basics
4017 Color Theory
4226 Illustrator Basics
4018 Intro To Drawing
(Or 4220 Digital Illustration Basics)

Level 2

4227 Illustrator Advanced
4501 Drawing I
4227 Digital Illustration Advanced

Already have some design experience? You can customize the program around your learning goals. Browse our Illustration courses or course list and talk to an advisor.

Program Courses

4218 Photoshop Basics

Get a thorough grounding in Adobe Photoshop, the premiere image-manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. You'll learn to choose and use the best techniques for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects. Every designer must tame this creative powerhouse of a program.

4017 Color Theory

Focus on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design projects. Projects explore the principles, terminology, and applications of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. A working knowledge of the expression and perception of color, and color interaction, lends credibility and sophistication to a designer’s work.

4226 Illustrator Basics

Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost any application.

4018 Intro To Drawing

Learn how to draw with proper techniques, learning how to represent what they see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space, and value. As you progress through this class, you will develop a better understanding of the forms you are observing and become more skillful in representing those forms.

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4220 Digital Illustration Basics

Learn how an illustrator approaches perspective, lighting, storytelling, and expression and how basic shapes, symbols, gradients, fill colors, Bezier curves, and text can be combined to create artwork in Illustrator. Creative class projects include still life illustrations, editorial art/brand logos, and character illustrations.

4227 Illustrator Advanced

Create photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, rich designs and learn how to speed your efforts with helpful workflow features. You'll build on your existing Illustrator skills to tackle high-end projects with depth, dimension, and wow-power.

4501 Drawing I

Learn how to analyze what you see in the world around you and communicate it on paper. Through hands-on projects, and guided by a professional artist, you will explore the critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid foundation for all your art and design work.

4227 Digital Illustration Advanced

Learn advanced illustration and Adobe Illustrator techniques for communicating your creative concepts. This course explores how a professional illustrator approaches creating editorial illustrations, icons, retro poster designs, illustrations with depth, and identity designs. Open-ended projects will help you develop portfolio-quality illustrations, and peer discussions and critiques will provide valuable interaction opportunities.

Program Objectives
Need skills? Here’s an overview of what you can expect to learn:

#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, and 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.

Student Feedback

"Every class I took during my time here has been a collaborative effort for everyone to learn the techniques and get better..." Kyle Gilbreath, Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Student Work

Learn to design from a faculty of professional artists and designers.

Career Information

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as illustrators. Potential employers for illustration graduates include fashion design, advertising, publishing, game development, consumer goods, and Fortune 500 companies. Job titles include include: Illustrator, Cartoonist/Illustrator, Graphic Artist, and more.

Visit our Career Center for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database.

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Program At a Glance

Open Admissions. The Professional Certificate is open admissions, with classes starting each month. To apply for the program, simply complete our free, no-obligation application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Six Month Program. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program can be completed in six months studying on a part time schedule. If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 12 months.

To take this program, you’ll need the following:

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • A digital camera for photographing drawing work.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.

Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

Sessions College programs are flexible and affordable. There are no textbooks required; tuition costs include all digital materials.

Professional Certificate
Tuition$6,550/ $3,299*
Registration Fee$200
Program Extensions$30/month
* Promotional tuition in effect until Dec 1st, 2016.

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable five days after beginning of Orientation class or submission of first assignment). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

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