Certificates Programs in Art

The department of art offers some of the most popular programs as certificate programs. These include the following:

Certificate of Proficiency in Applied Design

This Certificate of Proficiency in Applied Design guides students through a series of courses on sculptural and functional materials within Ceramics, Furniture Design & Woodworking, or Metalsmithing & Jewelry. Upon completion, students will be skillful in the use of equipment, materials, and applied design aesthetics.

Students select the entry level course from one of three Applied Design sequences:

  • Ceramics (ARAD 3350) + three additional courses in this discipline
  • Furniture Design & Woodworking (ARAD 3310) + three additional courses in this discipline

or

  • Metalsmithing & Jewelry (ARAD 3320) + three additional courses in this discipline

Two additional art courses selected with direction from the program advisor.

Totaling 18 credit hours for the certificate.

Certificates may be earned with a degree program or independent of a degree program.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Art Fabricator
  • Art Program Coordinator /Manager
  • Bench Jeweler
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Maker and Designer
  • Independent Craftsperson
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Maker Space or Studio Supervisor
  • Potter / Ceramic Designer
  • Professional Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Studio Manager
  • Studio Technician
  • Theatre or Film Prop Designer
  • Theatre or Film Set Designer
  • Woodworker

Certificate of Proficiency in Photography

This Certificate of Proficiency in Photography challenges students to perfect their photographic skills, both as a means of artistic expression and as a practical skill with many applications.

This Certificate consists of the following:

  • ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography

Five courses from the following upper level photography courses:

  • ARST 4370 Photographic Lighting
  • ARST 4371 Alternative Photo Methods
  • ARST 4372 Digital Color Photography
  • ARST 4373 Advanced Problems in Photography
  • ARST 4374 View Camera
  • ARST 4315 Advanced Problems in Design

Totaling 18 credit hours for the certificate.

Certificates may be earned independent of a degree program.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Landscape Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Real Estate Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Wildlife Photographer

Technical Certificate in Graphic Design

This Technical Certificate in Graphic Design covers a multitude of current graphic design and visual communication theories and trends as an alternative to the traditional Bachelor’s degree. Topics include aesthetic skill development, software proficiency, typography, print and package design, and digital media. Upon completion, students will develop a portfolio for employment in the Graphic Design industry.

This Certificate consists of 24 hours of required art courses, including:

  • ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
  • ARST 1315 2D Design
  • ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
  • ARTS 3340 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography
  • ARST 3341 Typography
  • ARST 4340 Print Design
  • ARST 4341 Package Design

and

  • Two additional art courses selected with direction from the program advisor.

Totaling 30 credit hours for the certificate.

Certificates may be earned independent of a degree program.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Environmental Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Publication Designer
  • Typeface Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Web Designer and Developer

Certificates may be earned with a degree program or independent of a degree program.