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Online Digital Media Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media

Our Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media program provides an introduction to computer graphics, video, and motion graphics design. In the two semester, credit-bearing program, you'll develop a fundamental knowledge of digital imaging and illustration, and explore how to animate your artwork in digital video, After Effects, and Adobe Animate.

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Program Description

The Sessions College Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media offers an exciting foundation in video and motion graphics design. Students gain experience in creating digital images and illustrations, and making movies using Adobe Premiere, Animate, and After Effects. Students gain essential skills in visual design and apply them in animation, motion graphics, and video production and editing.

Curriculum

The Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media is a 24-credit program completed in two semesters. Part-time schedules are available.

Second Semester

Program Outcomes

By completing the program, UC in Digital Media students develop the following competencies:

  1. Video. Shoot and edit engaging videos utilizing skillful production, camera, audio, and non-linear editing techniques.
  2. Software. Create high quality images, animations, and movies utilizing Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, After Effects, and Premiere.
  3. Animation. Create short animations employing basic animation techniques using 2D artwork.
  4. Design. Create polished, professional artwork demonstrating knowledge of color, pattern, detail, and composition.
  5. Storytelling. Create images, animations, and movies demonstrating an effective use of visual communication and storytelling.

Course Descriptions

The program builds a foundation for entry-level art/design design work or further study. All credits can be later transferred into the Associate in Digital Media degree program.

DES 121 Photoshop I - 3 credits

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.

DES 104 Color Theory - 1.5 credits

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.

DIG 205 Intro to Motion - 1.5 credits

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.

DIG 204 Digital Video Production - 3 credits

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.

DES 111 Drawing I - 3 credits

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.

DIG 210 Animate I - 3 credits

In this course you’ll get a thorough, hands-on introduction to Adobe Animate, learning how to draw and import artwork, organize it using symbols and layers, and animate it using a range of techniques from basic tweening to frame-by-frame animation. Animation techniques you’ll cover will include motion tweening, scaling and rotating objects, nested animations, shape tweens, masks, frame by frame animation, and lip syncing.

DIG 201 Digital Video Editing I - 3 credits

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.

DIG 208 After Effects I - 3 credits

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.

DES 141 Illustrator I - 3 credits

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.

Financial Aid

Did You Know? Eligible students entering Undergraduate Certificate programs may be entitled to Federal financial aid. Grants and loans can help you cover the cost of your education.

Student Feedback

"I loved everything about Sessions online courses. The instructors were all fantastic! They answered any question that I may have had during the course. I learned so much during the time that I was a student." - Virginia Lamp, Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration Design

Student Work

Featured Faculty

Taz Tally Taz Tally is an industry-leading expert in digital imaging and pre-press techniques.
Greg Marlow Greg Marlow is a freelance animator and digital artist.
alyson_300x300 Alyson Titkemeyer is a videographer, editor and documentarian.

Career Information

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the field of digital media production. Potential employers include TV and broadcast media, game companies, Web design firms, publishers, schools and colleges, and Fortune 500 companies. Job titles include Digital Media Producer, Interactive Designer, Video Editor, and more.

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

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Getting Started

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Program At a Glance

Students entering the program are expected to have earned a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent. Any students under 18 years of age will need to provide the signed permission of a parent or guardian.

Classes start in January, May, and August, with early start options in February, June, and October. Our online application is simple and convenient, and there is no application fee.

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, Illustrator, Animate, After Effects, and Premiere CC software.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.
  • A Web hosting account with an ad-free hosting service.
  • Webcam, headphones or speaker, VPN connection, and microphone connected to the computer for live proctored exams.

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.

Effective July 1st, 2019, the tuition for Undergraduate Certificate students is as follows:

Undergraduate Certificate Tuition
$440 per credit
$5,280 per semester
$10,560 total program tuition

Tuition for part-time students is $490/credit and paid by semester.

A $200 registration fee is required to process your enrollment in the program. Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from the scheduled beginning of program orientation. (Active service members are exempt from registration fees.) See Undergraduate Certificate Tuition and Payment options.

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