Put your creativity to work

Delaware College of Art and Design’s Certificate of Completion Programs are compact, focused courses of study. They are perfect for individuals who wish to explore art, enhance current skill sets, and grow both personally and professionally. Certificate of Completion Programs are part-time, non-degree areas of study which provide students with the opportunity to diversify their resume and artistic abilities through focused, compact courses that develop creative and technical skills.

DCAD offers Certificate of Completion Programs in the following areas of study:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • Combined Certificate of Completion in Web & Graphic Design

If you would like to learn more, take a tour of the College or find an opportunity to sit in on a class, please call 302.622.8867 ext. 123 or email rreed@dcad.edu.

Register online or via phone at 302.622.8000 x123.

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Thanks in part to the fantastic skills I've developed at DCAD, I've snagged a new job! The classes at DCAD have definitely given me an edge over other candidates.
– Leah Dodd, Graphic Design Certificate of Completion Graduate
  • Overview

    Certificate of Completion Programs are part-time, non-degree areas of study which provide students with the opportunity to accelerate and diversify their resume, as well as, artistic abilities through focused, compact courses that develop creative and technical skills. Classes are conducted in the evening and the weekends, allowing students to pace their studies to fit their life and work schedules.

    In order to attain Certificate of Completion status, students must:

    a) complete all Certificate of Completion course requirements and achieve a satisfactory level of competency in each class;

    b) meet attendance requirements as specified (based on the number of class sessions and acceptable absences, if any);

    c) attend a Portfolio Review Workshop for an evaluation of art and design work to demonstrate program proficiency; and

    d) satisfy all financial obligations to the College.

    Certificate of Completion Programs are open to students with a college diploma, high school diploma or equivalent. No portfolio review or special application is required for admittance to Certificate of Completion Programs.

    Students who wish to enroll in a Certificate of Completion Program must contact the Office of Community Programs to convey intentions and pay the certificate of completion fee. Tuition and fees for each course are listed in the Continuing Education catalog.

Certificate of Completion Curriculum
  • Graphic Design

    Graphic Designers are artists, visual communicators and creative problem-solvers for their clients.

    This compact curriculum enables creative students to communicate messages through print media, including books, posters, newsletters, magazines and packaging, while also providing an introduction to application of basic graphic design principles to the web.  This area of study is ideal for individuals who wish to establish their own business, freelance or work within a corporate advertising and design environment.

    Curriculum

    Semester One

    Introduction to Graphic Design for Web and Print
    Adobe Photoshop I/II

    Semester Two

    Adobe InDesign I/II
    Adobe Illustrator I/II

    Semester Three

    Basic Layout and Typography for Web and Print
    Web Design Fundamentals

    Semester Four

    Portfolio Workshop
    Elective I

     

  • Interior Design

    The Interior Design Certificate of Completion program familiarizes students with cutting-edge digital drafting software while providing a solid background in the history of interior design, architectural drawing, color, lighting, furniture and business practices. The compact program provides comprehensive instruction and prepares students to compete for jobs in a variety of fields: interior design, architectural design, drafting, interior retailing and interior decorating. Possible candidates for this program are working professionals seeing a career change, individuals interested in starting a home-based business, creative young people looking for a way to enter the business and recent college graduates seeking to expand their skill set.

    Curriculum

    Semester One

    Introduction to Interior Design
    History of Furniture & Decorative Arts OR The Historic Interior

    Semester Two

    Lighting Design
    Digital Design Communication for Interior Designers I

    Semester Three

    Color and Materials
    Basic Drawing, Rendering & Space Planning OR Drawing Essentials

    Semester Four

    Digital Design for Interior Designers II
    Commercial Design OR Residential Design
    Interior Design Portfolio Workshop

    Possible Electives:

    Faux Finishes & Experimental Painting
    The Modern Interior
    Interior Design Business Principles

  • Photography

    The Photography Certificate Program is designed for beginning photographers, artists, designers or anyone who would like to take their photographic vision and current knowledge to another level.

    If you are interested in changing careers or expanding your skills, these classes will provide a course of study that will take you through the fundamentals, as well as intermediate and advanced levels of black and white and digital photography. Aesthetics, process and individual creative vision will be emphasized to help students find their own unique style. Students acquire the technical skills to shoot, manipulate and print photographs with film and digital technology in courses that emphasize camera techniques, lighting methods, and use of computer software for modifying and printing digital files. In addition, students will begin to build a body of work and a professional portfolio.

    Curriculum

    Semester One

    Digital Photography I
    Adobe Photoshop I
    Adobe Photoshop II

    Semester Two

    Black & White Photographic Techniques
    History of Photography or Documentary Photography
    Photography Elective 1

    Semester Three

    Digital Photography II
    Photography Elective I

    Semester Four

    Photographic Lighting
    Portfolio Workshop

  • Web Design

    Web Designers focus on the art of creating aesthetically pleasing websites with effective usability.

    This compact course of study enables students to design the look and feel of an original website or upgrade an existing site, as well as implement the website by embedding images and objects in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and define the layout in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This program is well suited for creative individuals who wish to advance their careers, build their competencies and enhance their technical and creative skills by adding Web Design to their creative toolbox.

    Curriculum

    Semester One

    Introduction to Graphic Design for Web and Print
    Adobe Photoshop I/II

    Semester Two

    Web Design Fundamentals
    Interactive Design I/II

    Semester Three

    Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver & CSS I/II
    JavaScript for Non-Programmers

    Semester Four

    Portfolio Workshop
    Elective I

  • Combined Certificate of Completion in Web & Graphic Design

    For those students who wish to gain the technical and creative skills to excel in both web and print, DCAD now offers a Combined Certificate in Web & Graphic Design.

    Students will become well-versed in design principles as applied to both traditional print publishing as well as digital communications. Students may further customize advanced study through elective classes (offered in the spring and summer semesters).

    Please note: Students who are currently enrolled in the existing Web & Graphic Certificate Programs may meet with the Director of Community Programs to review their current transcript and transfer into the new Combined Certificate if desired.

    Curriculum

    Semester One

    Introduction to Graphic Design for Web & Print
    Basic Layout & Typography for Web & Print
    Adobe Photoshop I/II

    Semester Two

    Web Design Fundamentals
    Web Design with Flash & HTML

    Semester Three

    Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver & CSS I/II
    Adobe Illustrator I/II

    Semester Four

    JavaScript for Non-Programmers
    Elective I
    Elective II

    Semester Five

    Portfolio Workshop
    Paramount Project

For students who seek a degree, you may learn about DCAD’s Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program online or by calling 302.622.8000 ext. 110.