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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Computer Design Certificate Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees Information (2018-2019)|
|Brooklyn College||Four-year, public; large city||Certificate in Computers and Programming|| $10,680 program cost for residents,
$21,960 program cost for non-residents (2019-2020)**
|Dutchess Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in C++/Java Advanced Programming||$4,404 in-state (undergraduate),
$8,268 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|Hudson Valley Community College||Two-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
Certificate in Digital Media
| $5,812 in-state (undergraduate),
$13,087 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|New York City College of Technology||Four-year, public; large city||Certificate in Interactive Media Technologies|| $7,120 in-state (undergraduate),
$14,790 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|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||$51,828 (undergraduate)*|
|Queensborough Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Certificate in Computer Information Systems|| $5,210 in-state (undergraduate),
$8,090 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|Rockland Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Computer-Assisted Design,
Certificate in Computer Web Development
| $5,182 in-state (undergraduate),
$9,928 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|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
| Certificate in Drafting: $8,147 for residents,
$15,123 for non-residents;
Certificates in Computer Information Systems: $7,711 for residents,
$14,251 for non-residents (2019-2020)**
|Touro College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Certificate in Programming (Java),
Certificate in Programming (Visual Basic)
|Westchester Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting,
Certificate in Digital Arts,
Certificate in Web Development
| $2,418 program cost for residents,
$6,113 program cost for non-residents (2019-2020)**
Sources: *NCES, College Navigator, **School's website