Arts, media, and communications cover a broad spectrum of careers in creativity and expression, whether in a visual medium or in writing. Communicating powerful ideas and stories through the arts can lead to careers in design, illustration, animation, professional photography, and more. Here at Pickens Technical College, we offer two different certificates in our arts, media, and communication program: Graphic Design and Professional Photography.

Graphic Design certificate program

The Pickens Technical College Graphic Design certificate is a two-year program that addresses all the key design principles and advanced skills necessary to create digital artwork in a graphic design career. Students will learn about concepts like typography and color theory as well as how to operate cutting-edge software programs used by professional designers for photo manipulation and digital art creation in order to produce logos, websites, marketing material, and more for online and print.

Careers and employment with a graphic design certificate

Because of our affordable tuition, most of our students do not need loans and graduate debt-free, and 100% completed their Graphic Design degree in the normal, two-year schedule. After graduating, our students continue on to be multimedia artists, animators, and graphic designers in varied industries that need marketing materials, logos, and more.

Professional Photography certificate program

Are you passionate about capturing the world from a different angle? Do you love the idea of a career away from a desk, creating romantic moments in fairytale weddings, or seeking dramatic landscapes around the world? Pickens Technical College offers students like you a Professional Photography certificate in a comprehensive, two-year program.These courses will take you from the basics of exposure theory, 35mm SLRs, and black & white photography,all the way through advanced studio lighting and digital imaging. At the end of the photography courses, you’ll have a professional portfolio of images to share with employers or clients that showcase your art.

A freelance career as a photographer puts you in control of when, where, and how you work to create art. Other photography degree graduates prefer to join an agency that specializes in sports photography, fashion photography, or another niche. Our students also use a certificate program as an affordable and local way to kickstart their education, and upon graduation, choose to transfer to another community college or four-year university.

Our photography classes and our graphic design courses are eligible for Financial Aid to qualifying students. Please contact our admissions team if you have questions about tuition, financial aid, or the application process, and we’ll help you enroll with confidence as you start your creative career plan.

Apply for a certificate program today.