Online Multimedia Certificate

Multimedia Arts Professional Certificate

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. Course topics include Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects alongside motion theory, digital video editing, digital video production, and motion graphics. Learn the newest trends and techniques from our regularly updated multimedia courses.

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Program Outline

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

Level 1

4218 Photoshop Basics
6001 Intro To Motion
5229 HTML and CSS Essentials
4221 Fundamentals Of Typography

Level 2
8040 Digital Video Production
6225 Digital Video Editing I
6010 After Effects I

Already have some design experience? You can customize the program around your learning goals. Browse our digital media courses or course catalog 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Program Objectives

In the program, students learn the following skills:

#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 Coding - 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.

#4 Typography - 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.

Student Feedback

The courses explained everything very clearly, it was very easy to follow along. The instructors were wonderful. They were very professional and very kind when offering tips and critique. My skills in Adobe have greatly improved.

Sean Riley, Multimedia Arts Professional Certificate

Student Work

Featured Faculty

Greg Marlow Greg Marlow is a freelance animator and digital artist.
Bruce Bicknell Bruce Bicknell is a writer, illustrator, animator, Web designer, video editor, and marketing pro.
alyson_300x300 Alyson Titkemeyer is a videographer, editor and documentarian.

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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.

Nine Month Program. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program can be completed in nine months studying on a part time schedule. 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.

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.

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

Professional Certificate 
Registration Fee$200
Total Cost$4,500

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.

Payment Plan

Affording your education just got easier with our Payment Plan.

  • Pay for your Professional Certificate with 11 monthly payments of $415.
  • Your first payment (which includes a $200 Registration Fee) is due at enrollment.
  • A $65 payment plan charge is included.

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.


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.

Career Information

Job outlook for marketing design careers is very good. Jobs in digital media technology are projected to grow faster than average. There is a constant increasing demand for animation and visual effects in the mediums people use every day. Multimedia technology surrounds us.

Our multimedia certificate program helps our students build a foundation for careers across the media spectrum. Here are some examples.

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Creative Design
  • Print Design
  • Promotions
  • Publishing
  • Video
  • Animation

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

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