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. Check out the Digital Design webpage!

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Digital Design can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 51 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 Certificate of Completion Digital Design 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
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
WR80Sentence Fundamentals (or placement test score)3

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ART115 Basic Design I, Intro to Elements 4
ART131 Introduction to Drawing I 3
CIS125PH Computer Applications: Photoshop 3
DD160 Digital Design Orientation 3
MTH60 Algebra I (or higher) 4
 Credits17
Winter
ART110 Digital Photography I 3
ART116 Basic Design II, Color Theory 4
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 1 4
CS195 Web Development I 3
DD235PH Digital Design App: Photoshop 3
 Credits17
Spring
ART117 Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Desgn 4
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 2 3
CIS125IL Computer Applications: Illustrator 3
CS133WS Web Scripting 4
WR90
Paragraph Fundamentals 3
or Academic Literacy
3
 Credits17
 Total Credits51
1

CIS120X Problem Solving for CIS Majors may be substituted for CIS120 Concepts of Computing.

2

BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams, BA120 Leadership Development; PSY100 Introduction to Psychology, PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA285 Human Relations in Organizations.

3

WR90R Academic Literacy is a 4 credit course.

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 web pages.
  • Work effectively as part of a design team.
  • Discuss professional design principles and practices.