Top Rated Computer Graphics Technology Degree Program - Troy, MI

Students interested in studying computer graphics technology in Troy, MI, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs and tuition info to help find the right one for you.

School Information

Though there are no colleges or universities of any type based directly in Troy, MI, that offer computer graphics technology studies, those interested in an education in this subject can find a couple of schools in nearby locations. Based on school type, student population and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in the Troy area for programs in computer graphics technology:

  • Winner: Schoolcraft College is the largest postsecondary institution by enrollment and the only public school within 25 miles of Troy, MI, that offers programs in computer graphics technology. Students can enroll in either certificate or associate's degree programs in graphic arts, video graphics or Web and interactive media. A post-associate's certificate in computer graphics technology and associate's degree and certificate-level studies in Web specialist are also offered.

School Info Chart

Category Schoolcraft College
Location Livonia, Michigan
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $3,140 (in-district); $4,370 (in-state); $6,290 (out-of-state)*
Computer Graphics Technology Programs Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Computer Graphics Technology Certificate and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 52*
Most Popular Computer Graphics Technology Award in 2012-2013 Associate's degree (36 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 17%*
Noteworthy For the computer graphics technology programs, Schoolcraft College has articulation agreements with Eastern Michigan University and Madonna University

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Schoolcraft College

  • Internship opportunities in computer graphics technology are available
  • Computer graphics technology studies integrate lectures with hands-on labs and projects
  • Computer graphics students have the opportunity to develop a print and electronic portfolio for employment-seeking purposes

Schoolcraft College is a 2-year public school located about 16 miles southwest of Troy, MI. It offers more than 60 areas of study to more than 12,000 students each year. The Computer Graphics Technology Department offers four levels of programs: foundational certificate, 1-year certificate, associate's degree and post-associate's certificate. The Computer Information Systems Department offers Web specialist associate's degree and certificate programs.

The 1-year 3D and Video Graphics Certificate program requires 30 credits to complete. Students may take courses in photography, typography, illustration, Photoshop, motion graphics, 3-dimensional animation and digital video production. The 30-credit Web and Interactive Media Certificate contains coursework in Flash scripting, Photoshop, Web design and typography. Also requiring completion of 30 credits, the Graphic Arts Certificate curriculum offers study in electronic publishing, digital imaging, graphic design and drawing. All three subjects can be pursued in Associate of Applied Science programs, where the curricula remains nearly the same as those found in the certificate programs, but with added general education requirements.

The Post-Associate Certificate in Computer Graphics Technology program is designed to accommodate either working professionals or those who hold an associate's degree in computer graphics. Students may choose a specialization within the program to complement their expertise. They also choose from electives, which might include art history, animation history, Web graphics, interactive media scripting, visual effects production, sound editing or electronic publishing.

The Associate of Applied Science in Web Specialist program combines visual graphic design principles with programming principles. Students take an introductory course in programming logic along with courses from the Computer Graphics Technology department. In the second year, they study Web design, systems design, Javascript and Flash, among other applications. The Web Specialist Certificate program lacks general education coursework but otherwise contains many of the courses found in the associate's degree program, such as those in programming logic, digital illustration and design technology.

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