In New York State, certificate programs in digital production and related fields are offered at several schools. Some courses are offered through continuing education departments and one program is at the graduate level. Requirements typically include some training in graphic design and the use of common industry software. Most programs emphasize design and digital imaging. Few programs focus specifically on producing digital prints.
The Pace Center for Business and Technology in Manhattan and White Plains offers career-training programs in Adobe applications, Microsoft Office and technology. The division has been designated as an Adobe Authorized Training Center, and all of the instructors are Adobe-certified.
The 17-week certificate program in digital graphics provides students with a comprehensive background in all aspects of electronic design and teaches them how to create and export content for print or digital devices. Prerequisites include a background in the use of graphic arts software. In addition to training in the use of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, topics include color and digital asset management, layout and text styles. Students who enroll in the digital certificate program also learn how to use a variety of Adobe software programs to organize, develop and maintain functional websites.
The Certificate in Digital Graphic Design costs $2,950, and students who pursue the Dual Certificate in Adobe Web and Digital Graphic Design pay an adjusted course fee of $3,500.
Parsons The New School for Design
This Manhattan design school is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Arts and Design, as well as an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Through the school's continuing education programs, students can pursue noncredit certificates in, among other areas of study, digital and graphic design, fashion, fine arts and interior design.
The graphic and digital design program can be completed entirely or partially online, and to fulfill the core requirements, students can choose between courses in color theory or visual communications. Students who take the introductory course in visual communications learn how to produce materials for advertising, print and other related media. Additional requirements include topics in digital graphics and imaging, graphic arts and graphic design history, as well as electives in print production, typography and the use of Adobe software. In particular, the hands-on course in print production provides students and professionals with a background in digital and traditional printing procedures.
Pratt Institute's main campus is located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers multiple certificate programs, including photography and digital editing, and digital design. Through collaborative partnerships with high-profile vendors, students have access to the most up-to-date equipment and software, and courses are taught by faculty professionals.
The certificate in graphic design is designed to help students become familiar with the desktop design process from concept to printed piece. Future professionals complete a minimum of 13 courses that cover topics in color separation, digital typography, imaging and page layout. As with the aforementioned programs, they also train in the use of specific software, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. To fulfill the core and elective requirements, students can choose courses in graphic or Web design, digital photography or portfolio development.
Courses for the program run 10-sessions each for $895 per course.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy is the oldest technology school in the United States (founded 1824). The Department of Communication and Media provides graduate students in the technical communication or communication and rhetoric programs with an opportunity to earn a certificate in graphic design or human-computer interaction.
The graphics certificate requires 12 credits to complete and combines the study of design concepts with practical studio experience in both print and electronic media. In addition to coursework, students have the option of pursuing an independent study or an internship.
At the undergraduate level, the institute also offers a 20-credit undergraduate Certificate in Communication Design that includes courses in advertising, marketing and typography.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Digital Print Production Certificates Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Pace University||4-year, private-not-for-profit; large city|| Certificate in Digital Graphic Design,
Dual Certificate in Adobe Web and Digital Graphic Design
|Parsons The New School for Design||4-year, private-not-for-profit; large city||Graphic and Digital Design Certificate||$49,064*|
|Pratt Institute-Main||4-year, private-not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Graphic Design||$51,870*|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||4-year, private-not-for-profit; small city||Graphics Certificate||$53,880*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator