Art and Design Technology Certificate Programs in Schaumburg, IL

The Schaumburg, IL, area has several schools that offer art and design technology programs. Learn about certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools that are less than 20 miles from Schaumburg and make an informed education decision.

Schaumburg, IL, Art and Design Technology Schools

Students seeking a certificate in art and design technology have a variety of options near Schaumburg, IL. This article gives an overview of three schools that offer certificate programs in many fields related to art and design and are less than a half-hour's drive from downtown Schaumburg. It also includes a table of pertinent information about the schools. There is a brief paragraph at the end of the article that explains a bit about other area schools with relevant programs.

  • Harper College is in Palatine, approximately four miles from downtown Schaumburg. It offers design-related certificate programs in architecture, fashion, interior design and graphic arts.
  • In Elgin, students can earn a Basic Certificate in design from Elgin Community College, is about 14 miles from Schaumburg's center. Certificates are offered in web design, architecture and computer-aided design (CAD).
  • In Glen Ellyn, which is around 12 miles from the heart of Schaumburg, the College of DuPage provides design certificate programs in areas such as graphic arts, web design and architecture. All three schools have open admissions policies.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to look at a variety of factors, such as costs, size and graduation rate, when choosing a college. The following table affords a way to quickly compare important points about these three schools.

Harper College Elgin Community College College of DuPage
School Type Two-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 13,749* 9,599* 26,165*
Campus Setting Large suburb Mid-sized city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,498 in-district; $9,666 out-of-district, in-state; $11,478 out-of-state* $3,108 in-district; $10,452 out-of-district, in-state; $11,964 out-of-state* $4,050 in-district; $9,660 out-of-district, in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*
% of Incoming, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Aid (2016-2017) 51%* 47%* 72%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 74% of full-time students; 50% of part-time students* 75% of full-time students; 51% of part-time students* 74% of full-time students; 51% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate Within 150% of Normal Time (Students began in 2014) 29%* 37%* 23%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator.

Harper College

Harper College offers certificate programs in various design disciplines, including interior, architectural, web, fashion and graphic design. The college also features associate's degree programs in many areas of art and design technology.

Interior Design Assistant Certificate

Working professionals or students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design can earn this 33-credit-hour certificate that specializes in technological aspects of interior design. Required coursework covers topics such as design theory, codes for interior designers, detailing and construction drawing. Courses in architectural CAD cover kitchen design and working in 3D.

Architectural CAD Certificate

The certificate in CAD can provide an introduction to the topic or supplement the knowledge of working professionals in architecture. Students gain hands-on experience through six credits of coursework. Required courses are a first- and second-level class in architectural CAD.

Apparel Construction Certificate

The Apparel Construction Certificate is an 18-credit-hour program that provides students with entry-level knowledge of sewing, pattern design and draping. Required coursework includes apparel construction and industrial sewing.

Graphic Arts Certificate

Students in the Graphic Art Certificate program learn the technical and creative skills necessary for print production. Students learn to design graphics, layouts and typefaces. Required coursework covers topics such as digital imaging and illustration, press operations and page layout. Students develop their own portfolio during this 27-credit program.

Web Design Certificate

The graphic arts Web Design Certificate program teaches students to design for print and online media. Students learn to design layouts and graphics, and utilize software for web design and desktop publishing. Required coursework covers digital imaging and illustration, web graphics, graphic arts technology and web multimedia. This program, which requires 30 credit hours, provides students with the necessary skills for an entry-level graphic design position.

Fashion Graphic Arts Certificate

The Fashion Graphic Arts Certificate program comprises two courses in fashion design and illustration, as well as classes in graphic arts technology, digital imaging and illustration, desktop publishing and graphic design. The 21 credit hours of coursework train students in the skills required for entry-level work as fashion illustrators in the graphic art and fashion design industries.

Elgin Community College

At Elgin Community College (ECC), students seeking skills in web design, CAD and architectural design can pursue certificates.

Basic Certificate in Web Design

This certificate program introduces students to the software and skills required to design web content. Students must complete 12 credits total. Required courses cover digital design, basic and advanced web design and videography.

Basic Certificate in Computer Aided Design

This certificate program provides students with basic CAD knowledge in order for them to gain specialized knowledge and/or advance in their career. Students fulfill 15 credits of coursework on topics such as basic and industrial design. They learn to work with software such as introductory Micro-CAD and SolidWorks. Students must also choose between two classes in designing for engineering.

Basic Certificate in AutoCAD

This certificate program in AutoCAD is designed to provide up-to-date knowledge of current software for those who have earned a previous degree in engineering or technology or have at least three years of work experience in design and drafting. The program includes an introduction to Micro-CAD and an advanced AutoCAD course. It requires a total of six credits.

Basic Certificate in Architectural Design

This program is designed for students wishing to learn basic architecture or those with previous experience in the field. Students take nine credits of coursework, with required classes in Micro-CAD and both introductory and advanced architectural design.

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage (COD) offers many certificate programs in various aspects of design technology. Students can gain beginning or advanced level training in graphic design or study web, fashion, interior or architectural design.

Graphic Design Level I Certificate

The first-level graphic design certificate program at DuPage provides students with fundamentals in design, drawing, typography and illustrating in both digital and traditional media. The program's 27-credit curriculum covers such topics as 3D design, digital illustration and drawing for design.

Web Design Certificate

The web design certificate program at DuPage provides students with the basics of using software to design web pages and programs. The program includes 24 credits. Students take one class each in digital illustration, typography and user experience design, two web design courses and three courses in graphic design.

Fashion Design Certificate

The fashion studies certificate program trains students for various fashion design careers, such as costuming for theater, product development and patternmaking. The program requires 30 credits of coursework. Students take courses in flat patterns, textiles, apparel construction, draping, fashion illustration and studio design. Students can choose from electives on topics such as fashion promotion, history of costume and tailoring.

Fashion Entrepreneurship Certificate

The fashion entrepreneurship certificate program is designed to train students to produce and market their own designs and collections, through hands-on course experience. The program is composed of 21 credits. Students take required courses in flat patterns, clothing construction, business practice and entrepreneurship.

Interior Design Certificates

The Interior Design Lighting Certificate is often used by students earning an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design to help them gain specialized knowledge of lighting design. The program's 25 credits include courses in drafting and interior systems and ways to meet building codes. Students take three courses in computer applications and two courses in lighting design.

In addition to the lighting certificate, the college also offers three other interior design certificates: one in computer applications for those who would like computer support jobs in design, one in kitchen and bath design and one in sustainable interior design.

Pre-Architectural Certificate

This 35-credit program is designed to prepare students to transfer to an undergraduate architecture program at another college or university. Students take 19 credits of required coursework in architectural design, presentation and portfolio preparation. They then take six credits of electives in topics like AutoCAD, architectural theory and computer modeling. Students also take 10 credits of general education, in accordance with requirements at their transfer institution.

Other School Options

Many other colleges and community colleges within 25 miles of Schaumburg, IL, offer certificate programs in various areas of design. Students can seek programs at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Triton College in River Grove, College of Lake County in Grayslake and Morton College in Cicero. Students seeking more options can find art and design technology certificates in Chicago at Columbia College - Chicago


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