The online certificate program is a 15-credit program consisting of five 3-credit courses. The courses are offered in a time frame comparable to a traditional semester, with fixed start and end dates. The course content and activities are delivered in electronic format; access to the web is required in order to complete this program. Some of these courses may be taken to fulfill other requirements, e.g., students may take ART 010, ART 020, and ART 100 individually as GA courses.

Course List - Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Arts 

Fundamental Course: Beginning Level (Choose one)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Visual Studies ART 010 Introduction to visual studies; pictorial space and the principles of visual organization. 3 credits
Introduction to Drawing ART 020 Introductory experience in making of art through drawing media; designed for nonmajors seeking general overview of studio practice. 3 credits
Concepts and Creation in the Visual Arts ART 100 A study of the personal and cultural foundations of artistic creation and practice of creative production in the art studio. 3 credits
Fundamental Course: Second Level (Choose one)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Intro to Digital Arts: Computer Graphics ART 201 Art 201 is a course introducing digital art, design, and new media concepts using graphic applications on the computer. 3 credits
The Art of Web Design ART 203 This course will focus on utilizing graphic formats ideal for web-based work and designing with web standards.

ART 201 is not required in order to take ART 203.
3 credits
Prescribed Courses (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Digital Art and Design Criticism

OR

Introduction to Digital Art and Design Criticism
ART 211

OR

ART 211Y
Examines the conventions, language, practices, and aesthetics used by digital artists and designers and the social and cultural implications that they and their works have for society with regard for the contexts of politics, philosophy, economics, race, gender, and technological development. Critical and creative thinking and expression are given primary emphasis in class activities and assignments.

OR

An introduction to the language, aesthetics, and cultural impacts of digital art and design in contemporary society.

Though ENGL 015 isn't a prerequisite for ART 211Y, this course is writing-intensive, and students should be comfortable in their writing before taking the course. ART 211Y fulfills the United States Cultures (US) requirement and Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.
3 credits
Digital Portfolio Elements ART 302 This course utilizes relevant digital tools for the completion of more involved projects that may ultimately be included in the students' digital portfolio. Through completion of the course, students will gain increased ability and independence in the application of relevant digital tools. The structure of the assignments and overall course will prepare and guide the students toward increased professionalism.

Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 203
3 credits
Concluding Experience (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Portfolio Design and Professional Practices ART 402 The course provides opportunities for students to learn about the practical application of professional practices and portfolio development tools specific to careers that require knowledge of digital art and design principles and culminates in the development of a professional-quality creative portfolio.

Prerequisite: ART 302
3 credits

Note: Students need to earn at least a C grade in each course taken to be eligible for the certificate.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.