Digital Media (Certificate)

The Digital Media certificate is designed for students who wish to enhance their skills in the digital creation of Web-based content, animation, digital design for print media and digital video production. Core classes offer a strong foundation in the history, theory, and studio practice of digital media, as well as the use of basic software.

This program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Students also may be able to transfer to four-year degree programs in: Digital Media; Graphic Design; Computer Animation; Electronic Art; New Media.

The certificate is offered through the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department. The department also offers an associate degree in Digital Media. Contact the department to speak with an advisor about whether the degree or certificate program is right for you.

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Program Highlights

  • Enrollment in the Digital Media program has grown rapidly since it was introduced in 2010.
  • Graduates can take advantage of an articulation agreement that allows them to transfer into the BFA program in Graphic and Media Design at Sage College of Albany.

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Gallery of Student Works

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Graduates Talk About the Digital Media Certificate Program

"I felt comfortable there. It had been 14 years since I had been in school and was a little nervous going back. The instructors in the Digital Media program made me feel right at home among people who wanted to learn about art. I enjoyed being around those people and seeing what they would create from week to week. It served as inspiration as well many times."
- Drew Suto, Class of 2012

"The cost and location of the college were the most important factors in my interest in Hudson Valley. Once I heard about the Digital Media program I was eager to enroll and begin classes. The class size and curriculum aided in my success and enjoyment of the program."
- Jason Carnegie, Class of 2012

"I was really into art, photography and animation, and this program offered all of that and other things I was interested in learning about!"
- Abby Kizer, Class of 2012

"Excellent staff and the online portion of the degree worked around my time schedule. I suppose it was just different compared to most curriculums."
- Eliot Ambrosio, Class of 2013

"I had never even opened Photoshop, or any other visual design programs, until my first day at Hudson Valley. It was a great place to see if this was going to be a viable career for me, and with the help of my professors, they gave me the tools I needed to realize my passions. I know that may sound cheesy, but it's true."
- Jared Schafer, Class of 2012

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in advertising agencies, design firms, newspapers, magazines, television stations, web and multimedia production companies, retail stores, printers, government agencies and corporate in-house art departments. Please note that additional education may be required to pursue positions in some of these fields.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are some median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: graphic designer, $46,900; desktop publisher, $39,840; multimedia artist/animator, $63,970.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Scott M. Hathaway
Department Chairperson
Brahan Hall, Room 124
(518) 629-7347

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309