Digital Design, Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion Digital Design is designed to successfully prepare students for entry-level support positions in the expanding field of digital design through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Completion Digital Design, students are prepared for a variety of entry-level support positions in numerous digital design fields. Students attain knowledge and learn skills to seek careers in creative and support professions within such media industries as graphic design and web design.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 52 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Create and edit digital images and graphics.
  • Create and edit interactive webpages.
  • Work effectively as part of a design team.
  • Discuss professional design principles and practices.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree.

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ART115 Basic Design I Intro to Elements of Art and Principles of Design 4
ART131 Introduction to Drawing I 3
CIS125PH Computer Applications: Photoshop 3
DD160 Digital Design Orientation 3
MTH60 Algebra I (or higher) 1 4
ART110 Digital Photography I 3
ART116 Basic Design II, Color Theory 4
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CS195 Web Development I 3
DD235PH Digital Design App: Photoshop 3
ART117 Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Desgn 4
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 2 3
CIS125IL Computer Applications: Illustrator 3
CS133WS Computer Language I: Web Scripting 4
WR115 Fundamentals of Report Writing (or higher) 3 4
 Total Credits52

MTH65, or higher, excluding MTH211, may be substituted for MTH60.


BA110, BA120, BA285, PSY100, PSY201, PSY202, PSY203 will satisfy this requirement.


A higher writing course may be substituted excluding WR241, WR242, WR243, WR250.


All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.