Apr 21, 2018
School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Arts
Curriculum Chair: Nicole Tschampel
Office: HAAB 205
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Certificate programs are designed to provide a mix of theory and practical training leading to immediate employment upon completion. People who pursue certificates might have an advanced degree and typically want to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Others might enroll in a certificate program to “test the waters,” with an eye toward pursuing an associate’s degree. Credits earned now in a credit-bearing certificate will apply later toward an associate’s degree at Westchester Community College. Click to learn more about the differences among the award types.
The Digital Arts Certificate is a concentrated course of study designed for students interested in developing professional expertise in the field of digital art. Core classes provide a strong foundation in history, theory, and studio practice, including an introduction to basic software skills. Subject area electives allow students to explore a range of concentration areas, facilitating a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional experience that reflects contemporary digital art and media production. A capstone course in Digital Arts Projects encourages an integrated approach to project conception and development, or can be substituted with an internship providing real world experience in the field. The Mentored Portfolio course focuses on portfolio development and career preparation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of digital media tools.
- Produce a range of finished pieces that demonstrate and variety and versatility in the use of digital media tools.
- Demonstrate strong understanding of design principles.
- Demonstrate ability to use formal/technical skills to communicate a message or idea.
- Assemble a portfolio of work that meets professional standards in terms of image quality, presentation, and appearance.
Art & Design Foundation - 15 Credits
Art History Elective
Art/Media History Elective
Professional Development - 21 Credits
Digital Arts Electives
Choose at least 5 courses from the following:
Minimum Total Credits - 36
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Digital Arts Certificate Educational Plan (PDF) .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
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