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Online Multimedia Certificate

Professional Certificate in Multimedia Arts

Expand your creative, animation, video, coding, and technical skills

  • Software: Utilize techniques for Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Animate
  • Editing: Produce and edit videos and animations
  • CLASSES START: JANUARY 01 ENROLL NOW

    UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY. LEARN ONLINE, AT YOUR OWN PACE

    What You’ll Learn

    • Gain a foundation in visual design, motion graphics, and digital video.
    • Learn techniques for Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Animate
    • Create engaging and interactive multimedia pieces.
    • Learn the basics of Web coding using HTML and CSS.
    • Build a foundation in digital media editing and creation.

    FEATURES INCLUDE

    • Online. Study 100% online from anywhere with 24/7 access to classes.
    • Self-paced. Complete your program on your own time in 9 months or less.
    • Industry Relevant. Develop in-demand skills for your creative field.
    • Expert Instructors. Receive feedback on your work from industry pros.
    • Customize. Customize your program with added courses and concentrations.

    WHAT MAKES SESSIONS COLLEGE DIFFERENT

    Study at your own pace

    Study at your own pace

    Learn by doing

    Learn by doing

    Connect with pros

    Connect with pros

    grow your portfolio

    Grow your portfolio

    Professional Certificate in Multimedia Arts COURSES

    PROGRAM FLOW

    Designed for the busy adult learner, the Professional Certificate in Multimedia Arts is a 360 clock hour program completed in nine months studying part time.

    7 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. Learn more

    6001 Intro to Motion

    This course introduces topics of motion in animation and video through research and observation of real-life movement and movement in animation. Students learn basic principles of visible motion—including physics principles—and apply these principles to written analysis and practical explorations including flipbook-style animation. Topics include movement of objects and characters. Learn more

    4226 HTML and CSS Essentials

    To create Web pages, a Web designer must have a foundation in HTML and CSS. This course begins with the basics of HTML markup and specifications for standards-compliant Web pages. CSS scripting is examined as a method for positioning page elements and styling typography. Cutting-edge features of HTML5 and CSS3 are also introduced. The emphasis is on the contemporary use of markup and scripting to create effective and attractive Web sites. Learn more

    4221 Fundamentals of Typography

    Explore the critical role of typography in graphic design. Course projects build an understanding of the anatomy of the letterform, the distinguishing features of different typefaces, and creative applications of type. An assured grasp of typography is essential in any visual communication project. Learn more

    8040 Digital Video Production

    Learn how to control white balance, aperture, and shutter speed, to get high quality images from your digital video camera. You’ll explore the different types of shots and camera motion techniques used by the pros and learn how to do location scouting, plan props, wardrobe, and sets, and work with talent. Course lectures challenge you to think about different storytelling conventions in narrative and documentary movie-making and address the fundamentals of sound recording. You’ll script and storyboard short movie sequences and develop an understanding of the various roles in the video post-production process. Learn more

    6225 Digital Video Editing I

    Learn the art and craft of editing videos from two award-winning filmmakers. The course explores techniques that can be applied in a range of non-linear editing programs, including Adobe Premiere Pro. Yet the main focus is not just on developing software skills; it’s on exploring the magic behind video editing. Challenging projects including editing a commercial, an interview, a narrative scene, a music video, a video diary, and a text title sequence. Learn more

    6010 After Effects I

    Learn how to use After Effects to create sophisticated motion graphics—using text and object animations, compositing videos and images, and adding audio and effects. You’ll learn how to set keyframes on a timeline and work with transform properties, motion paths, masks, and effects, developing a solid foundation in this increasingly popular and versatile program. Learn more

    BUILD YOUR OWN LEARNING PATH

    This program is adaptable to a wide range of experience levels. Choose the option(s) below that best meet your learning goals.

    Option 1

    Specialize

    New to the field? Simply complete all required courses in the certificate program.

    Option 2

    Customize

    Already have some industry and/or software experience? Customize up to 50% of your programChoose from courses in Web Design, Software, Illustration, and more by choosing alternate courses.

    Option 3

    PLUS

    Need more training? After you've completed your program, add concentrations at reduced tuitionChoose from concentrations in Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Fine Arts, and more to enhance your creative skills.

    OUTCOMES

    Program Outcomes

    By completing the program, Professional Certificate in Multimedia Arts students develop the following competencies:

    1. Video

    Shoot and edit engaging videos utilizing skillful production, camera, audio, and non-linear editing techniques.

    2. Technology

    Create images, animations, and movies by effectively and efficiently using creative software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, After Effects, and Premiere, and other industry technologies.

    3. Art/Design Principles

    Demonstrate the ability to produce visually compelling work by applying knowledge of color, pattern, detail, and composition.

    4. Storytelling

    Conceptualize, compose, and deliver images, animations, and movies demonstrating an effective use of visual communication and storytelling.

    Sessions Student Work

    what students say

    Enrolling at Sessions turned into a wide awakening of sort as I thought I would breeze through my classes, but this stuff made me work! The program helped fill in so many holes in my art knowledge.

    John Bodie

    Professional Certificate in Multimedia Arts, Class of 2019

    FACULTY

    Natalie La Scala is a Denver-based media artist and educator.
    Kevin Hedgpeth is an artist, illustrator, animator, and educator.
    Bruce Bicknell Bruce Bicknell is a writer, illustrator, animator, Web designer, video editor, and marketing pro.

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    Get expert feedback in classes taught by our industry-leading faculty.

    Instructor Biography Degree(s) Earned

    Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/illustrator, educator, and Mac expert who is a regular speaker at Macworld and has written several books on design for McGraw-Hill and Peachpit Press.

    • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
    • MA in English and American Literature, Brandeis University
    • BA in English Language and Literature, State University of New York at Stonybrook
    Bruce Bicknell

    Bruce Bicknell is a writer, instructor, illustrator, animator, Web designer, video editor, marketing pro, and graphic designer based in Tampa, Florida. Bruce has worked on projects for Adobe Systems, ATI, Photoshop Elements Techniques, MacTribe, Yellow Machine, and Mac Design.

    • Associate's of Science in Web Design and Computer Animation, International Academy of Design and Technology

    Kevin Hedgpeth is an Arizona native who makes his home in Phoenix, where he actively writes and illustrates in addition to teaching college-level visual arts courses. He is co-author and illustrator of several published books.

    • BA in Studio Art at Arizona State University, AZ

    Natalie La Scala is a Denver-based media artist with 20 years of work experience in creative direction, project management, and higher education. Recent clients include Z1CareerZone, Engage, LLC, and the Performing Arts Academy.

    • MFA in Film and Television, Savannah College of Art and Design
    • BA in Studio Art, University of Kentucky
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    Piper Nilsson is a graphic/Web designer and educator. Piper has been working with the Web since 1997, working in various roles as a designer, programmer, and information architect, Piper blueprinted sites for such global clients as MetLife, Pepsi, ETS, and Citibank.

    • AOS in Graphic Design, Pratt, NY

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    Job Facts

    A certificate in multimedia arts can help you land a position in an exciting field with a great outlook. Career opportunities appear abundant well into the future. Here are some job statistics to consider:

    Facts are sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. For more information about multimedia careers and the community visit: Videographer Awards, Animation World Network, or American Cinema Editors.

    87%

    Median Income for multimedia artists and animators in May 2017 was $70,530 a year, 87% higher than the median for all workers.

    6 in 10

    About 6 in 10 for Multimedia Artists and Animators were self-employed in 2016.

    GETTING STARTED

    Our online application process makes getting started easy, fast, and convenient.

    What's the Admissions Process?
    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.

    How Long is the Program?
    Nine Month Program.

    The program can be completed in nine months studying on a part time schedule. Since you study at your pace, you may complete it sooner! If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 6 months of access for students who qualify based on academic progress.

    Will the Program Fit My Schedule?

    There are no set login times, so you can complete your program at your own pace in our most flexible program. A designated Student Advisor will track your progress from class to class, providing you support and motivation.

    What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

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

    • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
    • A digital video camera and ability to connect it to a computer to capture footage.
    • Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere CC.
    • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.
    • An ad-free Web hosting account (free services are available).

    There are no textbook or course material costs to participate in this online program. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

    What are the Program Costs?

    Sessions College programs are flexible and affordable. There are no textbooks required; tuition costs include all digital materials. Effective May 1, 2021, tuition and fees for Professional Certificate programs are as follows: 

     Professional CertificateProfessional Certificate PLUS
    Tuition$2,550$3,550
    Registration Fee$200$200
    Total Cost$2,750$3,750

    Paid in Full Discount: Total program cost is $2,700 for students who pay in full.

    Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable after 5 days of enrollment in the program). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

    Can I Use a Payment Plan?

    Most definitely. Affording your education is easier with our Payment Plan.

     

    1. Pay for your Professional Certificate with 11 monthly payments of $250.
    2. Once you’ve set up your plan, your payments are automatic.
    3. Your first payment which includes a $200 Registration Fee.

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