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Ramp-up your skill-set and position yourself in the creative job market in 15 weeks!

Arm yourself with the knowledge and strategies needed to succeed in a creative career. Discover career options while learning best practices in business, marketing communications, copyright law, and licensing. Hone a craft  in a creative field of choice. Position yourself strategically with a professional design portfolio.

Pratt Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant, international students. International students are required to maintain a full-time schedule, consisting of a minimum of 18 hours per week, during the fall and spring semesters.

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certificate requirements


Foundation

PMFD-750     Introduction to Creative Careers
PMFD-751     Introduction to Marketing Communications

Technology (Choose one)

PMCG-202    Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
PMCG-420    Adobe Illustrator Advanced
PMCG-422    Introduction to Photoshop
PMCG-425    Photoshop Advanced
PMCG-303    Adobe InDesign
PMCG-406    Adobe After Effects
PMCG-509    Video Editing: Premiere Pro
PMCG-318    Figma for UX/UI

Portfolio/Design Business (Select 54 hours of study)
Concentration (Pick one and select 3 classes, or 108 hours of study)

Branding and Digital Marketing
CAD Design
Digital Product Design
Graphic Design
Human-Centered Design
Interior Design
Motion Graphics
Photography and Video
Web Design

*Class substitutions are permitted with prior approval

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE CAREERS
PMFD-750

Discover the creative careers landscape for visual artists and designers. From staff roles to freelancing to launching an LLC, know your career options.  Learn how to protect your intellectual property through copyright basics and how to maximize distribution of your work through licensing. Get feedback and advice to improve your resumé.

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INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING COMMUNICATIONs
PMFD-751

Artists and designers know that visual language is paramount to the value proposition their services and products communicate to clients and customers. Yet many overlook how they present their services and products in oral and written language. Develop marketing communication skills for your creative practice. From pitch to final copy, compel and grow your audience.

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INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
PMCG-202

Adobe Illustrator is the premier program in the graphic design industry for vector drawing. Create smooth-lined, clean, scalable graphics for both print and the Web. Develop portfolio pieces.

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ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR ADVANCED
PMCG-420

Use the complex variations and advanced tools of Adobe Illustrator to execute refined projects that demand a mature skill-set. Develop portfolio pieces. Prerequisite: PMCG 202 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator.

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ADOBE INDESIGN
PMCG-303 

Produce professional-quality, full-color output on high-volume color printing presses with InDesign. Explore the vast capabilities of InDesign as an integrative production tool with Photoshop and Illustrator. Develop portfolio pieces.

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INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP
PMCG-422

Learn how to use its tools and develop techniques in Adobe Photoshop, the premier image-editing program used by professionals for image/photo color correction, retouching, compositing, and more. Gain the skills and confidence to work with this versatile program. Develop portfolio pieces.

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PHOTOSHOP ADVANCED
PMCG-425

Go beyond the basics and unleash the full potential of Adobe Photoshop. Produce seamless images for a multitude of industries with this versatile application. Develop portfolio pieces. Prerequisite: PMCG 422 Introduction to Photoshop.

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ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS
PMCG-436 

Dive into After Effects’ tools to discover this powerful application’s potential for digital artists interested in 2D and 3D animation.

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VIDEO EDITING: PREMIERE PRO
PMCG-509

Edit footage and tell your stories. Learn the aesthetics of video editing by connecting sequences and how to refine projects by applying color corrections, special effects, and graphics.

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Figma for UX/UI
PMCG-318

Figma is built for user experience designers. Learn how to create UX and UI deliverables, such as sitemaps, wireframes and mock-ups. Explore core Figma concepts like Vectors, Artboards, Symbols (Nesting and Overrides) and Libraries while understanding key visual design concepts like color, typography and iconography. Create low and high fidelity prototypes.. Through a website project of your choice, finish with a clickable prototype based on your unique design.

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