Art Technology Certificate

Program Description

NOTE: Not accepting new students for this certificate program as of Spring 2023.

The Art Technology Certificate is a one-year certificate that emphasizes the technical aspects of visual communication, focusing in particular on the development of graphic design skills. The curriculum is rooted in a strong foundation of basic drawing and design skills. Students develop strong skills and technical knowledge using a variety of software program (based in the Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop), as well as experience with digital cameras, downloading images, scanning, printers and digital prepress considerations.

Students completing this certificate program will have the skills necessary for entry-level positions in graphic design, including advertising and editorial design, production artist, photo retouching or desktop publishing.

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Basic drawing and design skills with a strong understanding of design principles and color theory, as applied to a variety of design related careers, such as graphic design, web design, illustration, photography, etc.
  • Strong skills and technical knowledge in several Adobe Creative Suite programs, particularly InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and Animate. Basic understanding of technical requirements for digital prepress and print, photography and photo retouching.
  • Ability to work in a team environment exploring a variety of avenues to a project, while remaining flexible and open to concepts and applying critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Understanding and experience using a variety of equipment such as inkjet and laser printers, scanners, stylus tablets, digital cameras and studio lighting.

Basic skills necessary for entry-level positions in graphic design, advertising and editorial design, photo retouching or as a photography assistant.

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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

ART 100       Art Appreciation  or
ART 281       History of Western Art I (3)
ART 101       2-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 121       Drawing and Drawing Theory (3)
ART 215       Digital Imagery (3)
ART 230       Type & Digital Layout (3)
ART 290       Applications in Computer Art (3)

Second Semester

ART 111       3-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 122       Drawing and Drawing Theory (3)
ART 213       Digital Photography (3)
ART 217       Digital Drawing (3)
ART 246       Graphic Design  or
ART 248       Production and Prepress (3)
CS 100          Introduction to Computers (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 36