Digital Arts, Certificate

Program Code: DART_UCT

Entrance to the Minor

For specific information on entrance procedures, please visit the website for the College of Arts and Architecture.

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Digital Arts, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
ART 10Introduction to Visual Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
or ART 20 Introduction to Drawing Keystone/General Education Course
ART 211YIntroduction to Digital Art and Design Criticism3
DART 300Digital Portfolio Elements3
DART 412Portfolio Design and Professional Practices3
Select one of the following:3
2D Digital Art & Computer Graphics
3D Digital Art & Design Fundamentals
Animation Fundamentals
Web Design and Visual Web Development

No Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. VISUAL LITERACY: Students will acquire a practical understanding of the conventions, languages, practices, and aesthetics that digital artists and designers use, thus developing personal competencies and capabilities in visual literacy.
  2. FOUNDATION COMPETENCIES: Students will develop foundation competencies in applying conceptual, technical, and historical knowledge and skills in visual arts projects, digital art, web design and art criticism.
  3. CRITICAL THINKING: Students will be able to explore, discuss, develop, and share informed views and perspectives about visual arts and design through critical writing and creative art making.
  4. CREATIVE CAPABILITIES: Students will apply entry-level competencies in enhancing their creative capabilities through problem-solving and visual communication strategies in designing computer graphics and multimedia.
  5. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: Students will produce a final portfolio reflective of personal growth and professional research in the program, blending theory, practice and purpose, with the latest Internet-based technologies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Angela Rothrock
School of Visual Arts Advising Coordinator
211 Patterson Building
University Park, PA 16802

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802


University Park

210 Patterson Building
University Park, PA 16802

World Campus

12 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802