The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Digital Image Foundations is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. The certificate provides foundational knowledge and skills that can qualify students for entry-level employment in digital graphics with organizations offering on the job training or qualify students for advancement within their current employment.

Click here to learn how this Career Pathway Certificate can lead to an AAS in CIS Digital Design.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Digital Image Foundations 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CIS125PH Computer Applications: Photoshop 3
DD160 Digital Design Orientation 3
 Credits6
Winter
DD235PH Digital Design App: Photoshop 3
 Credits3
Spring
CIS125IL Computer Applications: Illustrator 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits12

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

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