Computer Design Certificate Programs in NY with School Overviews

There are more than 15 schools in New York State that have computer design certificate programs. Read an overview of 10 of the largest schools' programs, requirements, and tuition info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Certificate programs in computer design allow students to develop skills in the digital arts. Programs in this category range from programming and digital media to Java and computer-aided drafting. They include coursework and laboratory components, and may culminate with practicum experiences. The following list and comparison table gives a rundown of the certificate programs available at ten of the largest 2- and 4-year colleges in the state of New York. Programs of study include:

  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Computers and Programming
  • Web Development
  • Computer Web Development
  • Interactive Media Technologies
  • Digital Design Production

Brooklyn College

The Department of Computer and Information Science at this CUNY (City University of New York) college in Brooklyn offers a certificate in computers and programming. With 24 required credits, the program begins with introductory courses in computer applications and C++ programming. As the sequence advances, students are schooled in topics like computer architecture and design software.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Computers and Programming
  • Tuition & Fees : $360 per credit for residents,
    $760 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

Dutchess Community College

Situated in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Community College offers several certificates as part of the college's computer information systems program. One is the certificate program in C++/Java programming, which consists of 32 credit hours in courses ranging from visual programming and UNIX to advanced Web administration. In this course of study, students design computer programs. Applicants are expected to be proficient in C programming prior to entering into this program.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in C++/Java Advanced Programming
  • Tuition & Fees : $1,600 per semester for full-time residents,
    $3,200 per semester for full-time non-residents (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; large suburb

Hudson Valley Community College

Hudson Valley Community College in Troy offers certificates in digital media and computer-aided drafting. The former is comprised of 31 credit hours, with classes covering topics such as graphic design, electronic art, photography, and 2-D Web animation. To earn the computer-aided drafting certificate, students take 11 courses in topics like topographical detailing and architectural applications. The program culminates in a 4-credit practicum. Graduates complete 45 credit hours.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
    Certificate in Digital Media
  • Tuition & Fees : $1,950 per term for residents,
    $5,850 per term for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; small city

New York City College of Technology

Brooklyn's New York City College of Technology, a CUNY school, offers a range of certificates through it's the college's Entertainment Technology program. They include a certificate program in interactive media technologies. In this program, students learn how design and computer systems are applied in modern-day media. The program is comprised of 16 credits, nine of which can be chosen from a list of elective courses in Web design, computer programming, data management and digital communications, and other topics. This certificate can also be earned as part of the school's bachelor's degree program in entertainment technology.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Interactive Media Technologies
  • Tuition & Fees : $360 per credit for residents,
    $760 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

New York University

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University in New York City has a vast array of certificate programs covering digital design. Software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Cinema 4D are respectively covered in classes covering imaging, design, and animation. Further certificates in this field of study cover topics like AutoCAD and online production, the latter of which includes courses in 2-D design, information architecture, and digital media strategies.

  • Programs Offered: Certificates in Computer-Aided Design Using AutoCAD, Digital Animation, Digital Design Production, Digital Imaging and Photography, or Online Content Producing
  • Tuition & Fees : $452 first unit,
    $63 each additional unit (Spring 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Queensborough Community College

Part of the CUNY system. Queensborough Community College in Bayside offers a certificate in computer information systems. Requiring 30 credits, the program is split between 18 core credits and 12 options in computer programming or microcomputer applications software. Courses in the program cover microcomputer applications, data processing, visual language and utility software.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Computer Information Systems
  • Tuition & Fees : $235 per credit for residents
    $370 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; large city

Rockland Community College

Suffern's Rockland Community College features various certificate programs that relate to the field of computer design. One is for computer-assisted design, which comprises 30-32 credits in courses about AutoCAD, and landscape and architectural design, along with algebra and electives. Another option is the 28-29-credit computer Web development program, which includes courses in database design and visual programming.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Computer-Assisted Design,
    Certificate in Computer Web Development
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,087 per semester for residents,
    $4,175 per semester for non-residents (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; large suburb

Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College in Selden offers a one-year certificate program in computer-assisted drafting. At 32.5 credits, the sequence includes courses in mechanical drafting, AutoCAD, 3-D modeling, and animation. Suffolk also has an information technology program with certificates offered in computer information, Internet/Web development, and network design and administration.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Drafting (Computer-Assisted),
    Information Technology Certificates in Computer Information Systems, Internet/Web Development, or Network Design and Administration
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,070 per semester for residents,
    $4,140 per semester for non-residents (No Date Given)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; large suburb

Touro College

New York City's Touro College offers certificates in Java and basic visual programming. At 25 credits each, both programs include computer science and database courses. Most of the curriculum involves lab time, and both programs include two-part namesake courses.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Programming (Java),
    Certificate in Programming (Visual Basic)
  • Tuition & Fees : $6,225 per semester for 18 credits (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College, a SUNY (State University of New York) school in Valhalla, offers certificates in digital arts, Web development and computer-aided drafting. With courses such as digital animation and digital imaging, the Web development program totals 24 credit hours. Students in the digital arts certificate program earn 36 credits, taking courses such as 2-D design digital design, and drawing. At 27 credits, the CAD program includes courses in architectural drawing, 3-D modeling, and math and technical electives.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
    Certificate in Digital Arts,
    Certificate in Web Development
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,140 per semester for residents,
    $5,885 per semester for non-residents (Summer 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; large suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Computer Design Certificate Programs Offered Tuition Information
Brooklyn College Four-year, public; large city Certificate in Computers and Programming $360 per credit for residents,
$760 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
Dutchess Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in C++/Java Advanced Programming $1,600 per semester for full-time residents,
$3,200 per semester for full-time non-residents (2013-2014)*
Hudson Valley Community College Two-year, public; small city Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
Certificate in Digital Media
$1,950 per term for residents,
$5,850 per term for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
New York City College of Technology Four-year, public; large city Certificate in Interactive Media Technologies $360 per credit for residents,
$760 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
New York University Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Certificates in Computer-Aided Design Using AutoCAD, Digital Animation, Digital Design Production, Digital Imaging and Photography, or Online Content Producing $452 first unit,
$63 each additional unit (Spring 2013)*
Queensborough Community College Two-year, public; large city Certificate in Computer Information Systems $235 per credit for residents
$370 per credit for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
Rockland Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Computer-Assisted Design,
Certificate in Computer Web Development
$2,087 per semester for residents,
$4,175 per semester for non-residents (2013-2014)*
Suffolk County Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Drafting (Computer-Assisted),
Information Technology Certificates in Computer Information Systems, Internet/Web Development, or Network Design and Administration
$2,070 per semester for residents,
$4,140 per semester for non-residents (No Date Given)*
Touro College Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Certificate in Programming (Java),
Certificate in Programming (Visual Basic)
$6,225 per semester for 18 credits (2012-2013)*
Westchester Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
Certificate in Digital Arts,
Certificate in Web Development
$2,140 per semester for residents,
$5,885 per semester for non-residents (Summer 2013)*

Source: *Schools' websites.

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