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Digital Arts Certificate

George Mason University-Arlington

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES503
Hours: 360
Fees: $6095.00 USD

Overview

The Digital Arts Online Training Program will help you develop technical skills and creative artistry in digital imaging, traditional drawing, and digital illustration. You’ll learn professional applications for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator alongside traditional materials like pencil and charcoal. Course projects include retouching, compositing, digital illustration, and still life drawing.

This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

Objectives

As a student, you will learn the following:

  1. Digital Imaging:
    Your work will demonstrate entry-level professional Photoshop skills and effective decisions in selecting and editing images. You will be able to improve images for professional publication by retouching and correction, and create realistic or imaginative images by compositing or collage.
  2. Color:  
    You will develop distinctive color palettes based on the principles of color harmony. Your work will exhibit a sophisticated use of color and contrast, the ability to research colors and make choices that are appropriate for each client and project.
  3. Vector Art:  
    You will develop entry-level professional skills in creating vector art illustrations in Illustrator, using shape drawing and freehand drawing/tracing tools, Pen tool, type tools, and basic effects. You will be able to create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations for effective visual communication.
  4. Basic Drawing:  
    You will be able to create basic line drawings using pencil and paper following the principles of perspective and proportion. You will be able to identify and draw positive and negative space in a drawing subject.
  5. Advanced Vector Art:  
    You will develop an expanded range of skills in Illustrator for creating photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, and richly illustrated designs. You will be able to use color sampling, meshes, blends, masks, 3D tools, and tiles to create both realistic and stylized artwork.
  6. Intermediate Drawing:  
    You will develop drawing skills that show the ability to analyze a subject, represent realistic form and perspective, manipulate value and color, and reflect contemporary stylistic approaches. Your work will be informed by subject, lighting, color, and media choices.
  7. Vector Illustration:  
    You will be able to create straightforward, clear, balanced, and stylized icons, sequential illustrations, logos, and editorial illustrations using Illustrator's shape tools, freehand drawing tools, and classic illustration techniques. Your work will show an ability to communicate complex graphic and editorial concepts in digital form.

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