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Computer Graphic Artist Career Diploma Program Details

Penn Foster’s online Computer Graphic Artist Diploma Program consists of courses geared toward helping students gain foundational knowledge to prepare for a career in the field. Your classes cover an introduction to design, graphic design and production, and how to market yourself as a graphic artist.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students for an entry-level career as a computer graphic artist.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Understand the benefits of using computer programs and hardware to create computer graphics that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers, as well as review different career options available to digital artists.
  • Explore basic color theory concepts and software techniques, the relationship between light and color, the organization of colors using color wheels and color spheres effectively, and the differences between additive and subtractive color and how it affects art on a computer.
  • Understand computer graphics and the difference between raster graphics and vector graphics along with the components and steps involved in publication design.
  • Identify how a computer works with existing graphics, original graphics, photographs, and the different types of graphics software available.
  • Understand the history of and the current uses for the Internet and the World Wide Web, how to navigate through the Internet using web URLs, and links and use email and upload and download files.
  • Recognize and name Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and search engines, while understanding how to use search engines and their features, including parts of a URL.
  • Identify the various components of a document, how the spacing between letters, lines, and words can be used, and what must be considered before a document can go into a page layout program.
  • Understand the term illustration and its applications in the world of graphic design, including the role of graphic images in publications; identify the different types of illustrations commonly used in graphic design and computer graphic formats used by most page layout software; and review today’s most popular graphics software packages.
  • Exhibit the basic design principles for communicating visually and incorporating Gestalt theory into your work by demonstrating how to use color, type, and an understanding of four basic principles of design: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.
  • Display the skills involved with setting up your own workspace including working with multiple art boards and preparing artwork for output by creating documents that fold and using templates, and explore drawing of basic shapes, drawing and painting complex artwork; working with gradient meshes, custom swatches, brushes, symbols, special effects, and type; combining text with graphics; creating charts, graphs, using image trace and live color and drawings in perspective, and constructing website interfaces.
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of working from home, as well as how to review strategies for organizing and managing your home office, develop a proper work-life balance, and list the equipment you’ll need, as well as understand procedures for successfully marketing your home business.
  • Understand the role of client’s expectations, the various functions of a portfolio, including common methods of presenting artwork, key elements of a professional résumé and different ways to promote your artwork.

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Computer technology enables the trained individual to create highly sophisticated images.

  • Describe the benefits of using computers for artistic purposes.
  • Identify hardware and tools used to create digital art.
  • Explore different career opportunities available to digital artists.

Color sends a powerful message, and the correct use of color can add to the effectiveness of any project.

Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between light and color.
  • Understand the basics of color theory.
  • Organize colors using color wheels and color spheres.
  • Use color in both two-and three-dimensional projects.

Graphics are a vital part of Web design.

Objectives:

  • Learn computer graphics formats.
  • Apply appropriate graphics (illustrations, photographs, animation, video capture).
  • Understand the electronic publishing process, and multimedia production.

Even before you turn your computer on to begin your design, you’ll need to plan and take preliminary steps.

Objective:

  • Plan your designs taking into consideration the subject, audience, illustrations, charts, graphs, type, page elements, spacing, style, and publishing the page.

Graphic artists use various kinds of illustrations.

Objectives:

  • Select, size, and place art in documents.
  • Arrange and manipulate illustrations to create different visual effects.

In this course, you’ll explore endless possibilities to create a great design.

Objectives:

  • Identify the four basic principles of design and the ways they're used in a variety of projects.
  • Recognize color relationships.
  • Explain the essential aspects of typography, including contrasts and categories.
  • Demonstrate skill at incorporating proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast, color, and type into a design.

Learn and practice the basic skills needed to produce Adobe® Illustrator® artwork.

Objectives:

  • Draw and paint complex artwork in Adobe® Illustrator.®
  • Create charts, graphs, documents that fold, and graphics with text in Adobe® Illustrator.®
  • Use Illustrator® to create a website interface using image trace and live color.
Graded Project

At this point in your program, you'll be required to complete graded projects.

Additional Unit Material

Textbook: Adobe® Classroom in a book

Discover what it takes to run your business from home.

Objectives:

  • Organize your home office.
  • Balance home and work schedules.
  • Market your products and services.

You’ve worked hard and now have the skills you need to work as a computer graphic artist. Learn how to market and promote yourself.

Objectives:

  • Build a portfolio
  • Write a resume.

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools

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Sample Computer Graphic Artist Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Computer Graphic Artist course would look like.
Computer Graphic Artist Sample Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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