Non Credit and Certificate Programs
Interactive Design & Digital Arts
These classes are held at the Center for the Digital Arts, located at 27 N. Division Street in Peekskill. For more information or to register, call 914-606-7300. Software versions are subject to change.
3D Animation Certificate-180 Hrs - 1 year
3D Animation Certificate-180 Hrs - 1 year
This is a 1-year non-credit certificate program. Ideally, students will take two courses per module. However, courses may be taken independently without certificate completion. For the certificate, the culminating experience will be the creation of a demo reel for their portfolio to show employers or schools in order to continue on their career paths. Demo reels will be exhibited in a certificate completion exhibition in The Westchester Gallery at the Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension Center. Students need to be 16 years of age or older with computer skills for entry into this program. Contact Dr. Sherry Mayo at email@example.com or 914-606-7385 for further information.
This certificate program will take students through the 3D animation production pipeline and cover many facets of 3D creation. From modeling assets and characters to animating and final rendering, this certificate will guide you through the fundamental principles of 3D animation. Whether you are interested in film, video games, or commercial work, these courses will get you on the right trajectory. Prepare for an intensive exploration! Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge. It is recommended that students register for the entire program.
Module I - FallModeling I for Animation-30 Hrs (Offered Fall 2019 Mondays, 6:00-9:00 pm) This course will introduce students to creating hard surface modeling such as vehicles and assets for production in Autodesk Maya. The course will consist of demonstrations combined with discussion and tutorials created by the instructor; in-class exercises and an assignment will be given every week. In addition, different lighting scenarios such as interior, exterior, and studio lighting with Arnold renderer will be also covered. CE-DGART 2093PE, $350.
Animation 1 - Fall30 Hrs (Offered Fall 2019 Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm) This course will introduce students to animating in Maya. Students will start with the basics and learn about the twelve principles of animation. Some assignment examples will consist of a bouncing ball, walk-cycles, jumping, and kick ball. CE-DGART 2094PE, $350.
Module IIModeling II/Digital Sculpting for Concept and Animation-30 Hrs This course will introduce students to creating organic characters and sculpture for production using Autodesk Maya, Zbrush, and Mudbox. This course will introduce students to creating hard-surface & organic characters and sculpture for production and concept art with Pixologic Zbrush. We will also cover the 3D printing process and print work. The course will consist of demonstrations combined with discussion, and tutorials created by the instructor, in-class exercises and an assignment will be given every week. In addition, students will be given different lighting scenarios such as interior, exterior and studio lighting with Arnold renderer. CE-DGART 2095PE, 10 Tues., May 7-July 9, 6:00-9:00 pm, $350. #13200
Animation II-30 HrsAs a continuation to Animation, students will now look at creating basic rig setups to more advanced rig setups for characters and assets. Towards the end of this course, the class will focus on the importance of posing and body mechanics for animation. CE-DGART 2096PE, 10 Thurs., May 9-July 18 (skip July 4), 6:00-9:00 pm, $350. #13201
Module III - FallAnimation III-30 Hrs (Offered Fall 2019 for continuing students who started in Spring 2019) As a continuation to Animation II, students will learn about creating storyboards, animatics, and creating an animation based on their own stories. Each student will create a mini 15 sec animation with a pre-rigged character of choice. Students will also be recording their own live video reference to help with timing for their animations. CE-DGART 2097PE, 10 Tues., Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 6:00-9:00 pm, $350. #13202
Demo Reel Creation and Exhibition-30 Hrs - Fall(Offered Fall 2019 for continuing students who started in Spring 2019) In this course, students will use the technical, drawing, and storytelling skills they have learned in the previous courses to produce their own demo reel. It is expected that the reel will be of a high degree of finish regardless of the content. In addition, students will investigate survival skills and portfolio practices necessary to work as a professional, freelance, or independent computer graphic artist. Students will exhibit their final work at The Westchester Gallery, Peekskill Extension Center. CE-DGART 2098PE, 10 Thurs., Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 6:00-9:00 pm, Exhibition: Dec. 2-Feb.3, 2020, $350. #13203
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Certificate in User Experience Design (UX)
Certificate in User Experience Design (UX)User Experience Design is a 48-hour, non-credit certificate that prepares graduates for working in interactive technologies and provides them with industry literacy through applied practice. The program will offer a foundation in user experience strategies, design thinking, and interactive design. Students will acquire skills in Web Programming, Interactive Design, Mobile App Development, UX/UI Fundamentals and UX/UI Portfolio. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.
Design ThinkingFocuses on collaboration in the design thinking process. Work in groups to brainstorm an interactive experience and determine the look and feel of an interactive product. Group brainstorming, design principles, elements and features lists, and brand identity will be the outcomes. Students will take away the essentials of the design process. CE-DGART 2073PE, 2 T/TH, May 21-23, 6:00-9:00 pm, $175. #5748
User Experience FundamentalsLearn about the field of user experience and the essential principles of human-centered design, including information architecture and its application through current case studies. Discuss the different areas of user experience and why it is important. Explore the design process and different types of user research, taxonomies, labeling, and navigation. Students will be given a sample project and get hands-on experience creating a persona, site map, wireframe, and conduct a sample usability test. CE-DGART 2092PE, 3 T/W/TH, May 28-30, 6:00-9:00 pm, $400. #5749
Web ProgrammingThis course will teach HTML, CSS, XML, and PHP programming languages and focus on front-end web development to actualize dynamic web pages and apps. Students will be utilizing a variety of web tools and resources. CE-COMP 2157PE, Schedule change: 3 T/W/Th, June 4-6, 5:30-9:30 pm, $300. #5750
Mobile Applications DevelopmentInvestigate mobile device user interface and responsive design of applications on cell phones and other portable devices. Learn how websites look on mobile devices and to assess quality across devices. Specific topics include configurations and profiles; standard and custom user interface elements and events; text and multimedia messaging; and an investigation into current technologies. Students will prepare a mobile app prototype upon completion. CE-COMP 2138PE, Schedule change: 3 T/W/Th, June 11-13, 5:30-9:30 pm, $300. #5751
Website Optimization, AdWords, and AnalyticsAn overview and understanding of how website analysis works and how Google Analytics enables website managers to analyze traffic. Learn to assess visitor traffic, including sources, top landing pages, top exit pages, number of visits, and bounce rates. Get knowledge of how to enhance website copy, navigation, and design to improve your successful website conversions. Learn how to test different website versions to attract and retain visitors. Explore what Web 2.0 means and how engaging content and features are transitioning the web from a one-way experience to a two-way relationship. CE-COMP 2131PE, 1 Mon., June 17, 6:30-9:30 pm, $200. #5752
Multiplatform MarketingThis course will provide an overview of interactive advertising and social media marketing across multiple platforms and displays including mobile. Brand identity will also be included. Writing for the internet will be a focus of this course. CE-BUS 2075PE, 1 Tues., June 18, 6:30-9:30 pm, $100. #5753
Mindful EntrepreneurshipThe mindfulness movement, as specifically targeted to business people/practitioners/independent sole practitioners, takes time out for breathing and meditation to be strategic about decision making and trying to be present. These practices help you be mindful and creative. Students will be exposed to some strategies that will allow them to access these practices and stress reduction. Coloring activity and deep breathing exercises will be used. CE-BUS 2074PE, 1 Wed., June 19, 6:30-9:30 pm, $100. #5754
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*For the 72 hour Advanced Certificate in User Experience, the User Experience Portfolio course below is required.
User Experience Design PortfolioProvides a human-centered approach to sketching for user experience, journey maps, flow diagrams, architecture diagrams, prototypes, and wireframes. Investigate the user interaction principles and aspects of visual artifacts necessary to create a satisfactory user experience. Culminating experience results in a realized professional portfolio piece. Required for the 72-hour Advanced User Experience Design Certificate–24 hours. Prerequisite: Prior digital imaging experience required. *May be taken alone. CE-DGART 2089PE, 4 Sat., June 22-July 20, (skip July 6), 9:00 am-3:00 pm, $386. #5755
Non Credit Courses
Open Studio Access Package
Open Studio Access PackageThe Center for the Digital Arts at Peekskill is an artist’s space and a friendly environment in which to work. The Center hosts five Apple post-production studios including two video labs, an animation studio including ZBrush, Sketch, LinkedIn Learning, Adobe Design Creative Cloud, and facilities for other digital projects. The studio also offers large format printing, 3D MakerBot printers and 3D scanners for use by artists enrolled in this program. This package is for the professional or aspiring artist with competent computer skills who wants to continue to develop a portfolio and use the Center’s resources. Choose daily access fee or package fee. Note: Interview with Technical Support Manager required. CE-DGART 2003PE, May 20-July 25, M/T/W/Th, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and F, 9:00-11:30 am, Package Fee $313. #5756 CE-DGART 2050PE, daily access subscription fee $27 per day.
Google AnalyticsLearn how to navigate the Google Analytics interface. In this course, beginner- and intermediate-level attendees gain insight into dashboard metrics, platform terminology, campaign tracking, filters, custom reports, and more. Discover how to set up campaign tracking and how to analyze basic reports on audience, acquisition, and behavior. Learn how to work with important dashboard metrics to improve website conversions and traffic. CE-COMP 2179PE, 3 Mon., June 24-July 8, 6:00-9:00 pm, $350. #5757
NEW! Marketing with Social Media
NEW! Marketing with Social MediaIn this course, you will learn how to leverage Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram for business. From profile creation to posts and advertising to analytics, attendees will take a deep dive into each platform’s unique opportunities for marketing use. Demographic research and best practices for each platform will be shared to help you determine the right platform for your business. In-class assignments and homework activities will be required. CE-BUS 2104PE, 4 Tues., July 9-30, 6:00-9:00 pm, $450. #5825
NEW! How to Create Effective Google Ad Campaigns (AdWords)
NEW! How to Create Effective Google Ad Campaigns (AdWords)Learn how to navigate the Google Ads interface and to create effective ad copy, tracking URLs, calls-to-action, and budgeting that work. In this course, beginner- and intermediate-level attendees will have hands-on activities to help develop effective text and graphical ads using the Google Ad (AdWords) interface. A review of keywords and URL structure are included. In-class assignments and homework activities will be required. CE-COMP 2195PE, 3 Mon., July 15-29, 6:00-9:00 pm, $350. #5758
Design with Code Boot Camp
Design with Code Boot CampThis course provides the tools and knowledge necessary to build completely functional web sites. The Wix website builder is a simplified way to create a website. It runs in your web browser (no need to install any software) and already provides its own web hosting. You will sign-up for new account and select a template design, and start creating websites. WIX visually impressive layouts are designed for small businesses, restaurants, online stores and artists/designers. They are optimized for mobile devices and can be spiced up with one of the numerous apps available from the WIX App Market. You will be able (choose a theme) and add the designs you love (photo galleries and other apps). For ages 14 & up. CE-COMP 2171PE, 4 Sa/Su, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (30-minute lunch break), $235. Sec. A: June 8-16. #5759 Sec. B: July 27-Aug. 4. #5760
Weekend Front End Coding Boot Camp 26 Hrs
Digital Imaging for Photography
Digital Imaging for PhotographyIn this rigorous six-week class, students will learn the fundamentals of digital photography, from learning the more advanced manual functions in their cameras to how to create strong and dynamic compositions. The course will include slideshows and lectures on important contemporary photographers’ critique sessions of new work, which will be assigned each week. This course provides the opportunity for aspiring amateur photographers to push their work to the next level. CE-DGART 2090PE, 6 T/TH, June 4-20, 10:00 am-12:30 noon, $250. #5763
Digital Matte Painting and Special Effects
Digital Matte Painting and Special EffectsThis course introduces techniques for creating paintings with realistic perspective, lighting, and textures in Photoshop through a unified multi-stage project over the course of the term. Students will start by developing an understanding of different types of perspective in drawing by creating a concept sketch. Later, students will find the light and dark side of shapes to give them some form. Then, photographic textures will be applied to enhance the realism of the project. Students will learn color correction on the chosen reference photos and also be shown how to use them in the project. The final step will be creating the mood of the entire painting. For ages 14 & up. CE-DGART 2084PE, 11 M/W, May 29-July 10 (skip July 1 & 3), 6:00-9:00 pm, $400. #5770
Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing
Introduction to 3D Modeling and PrintingExplore new technology that enables the design of everything from car parts to jewelry. Learn how to be a “maker” by using 3D modeling software and 3D scanners to print actual physical objects that you’ve designed. Use a free software package, TinkerCAD, to create 3D forms that you can realize through 3D printing. Our MakerBot studio is equipped with multiple 3D scanners, printers, and an array of colors. CE-DGART 2069PE, $244 (+ $50 lab fee). 6:30-9:30 pm Sec. A: 2 Thurs., May 30-June 6. #5771 Sec. B: 2 Tues., July 9-16. #5772
Adobe Photoshop for Certification
Adobe Photoshop for CertificationAn Adobe expert certification can help you prepare for the Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC exam, which measures your skill, and proficiency in Photoshop. This is not a course on how to use Photoshop; it is a course to help those with a high level of knowledge in Photoshop prepare for the certification exam. You might also learn some great features and functions within Photoshop that you never knew existed. CE-DGART 2086PE, 16 T/TH, June 4-Aug. 1, (skip July 2 & 4), 6:00-8:00 pm, $450. #5773
Quick Start to Lightroom in 24 Hrs
Quick Start to Lightroom in 24 HrsFor the beginner photographer: learn all aspects of Adobe Lightroom, from the basics of importing photography files, to the more complex steps of image post-production and presentation. Learn organizational techniques, including how to safely import and store files on hard drives; tag and label photos; create image collections; and the importance of backup files. Each student will create a presentation of 15-20 photographs in an online book or website created in Lightroom. CE-DGART 2077PE, 8 T/TH, May 7-30, 6:00-9:00 pm $399. #5774
Quick Start to Adobe Photoshop CC in 24 Hrs
Quick Start to Adobe Photoshop CC in 24 HrsLearn to use the latest version of Photoshop with time management features and enhancements for web and video designers. This training package will include imaging formats, use of Photoshop in computer imaging, and output for the web. No previous experience with Photoshop necessary; previous computer experience required. CE-DGART 2042PE, 8 M/W, June 3-26, 6:00-9:00 pm, $399. #5775
Quick Start to Adobe InDesign CC in 24 Hrs
Quick Start to Adobe InDesign CC in 24 HrsLearn to use the latest version of InDesign and take advantage of the integrative power and dynamic nature of its print-to-web solutions. Includes an overview of graphic layout and design; an overview of interface and tools; and a hands-on exercise. No previous experience with InDesign necessary; previous computer experience required. CE-DGART 2041PE, 8 M/W, June 3-26, 6:00-9:00 pm, $399. #5776
Quick Start to Adobe Illustrator CC in 24 Hrs
Quick Start to Adobe Illustrator CC in 24 HrsLearn to use the latest version of Illustrator with new 3D and web features. Includes digital illustration, drawing tools, Bezier curves, fonts, and use of Illustrator in graphic design and 3D. No previous experience with Illustrator necessary; previous computer experience required. CE-DGART 2040PE, 8 M/W, July 8-31, 6:00-9:00 pm, $399. #5777
Art & Crafts Creative Self-Expression Courses
Internet Tools for Artists & Writers 10 HrsThis course focuses on the use of online tools to publish and promote a creator’s work. Tools discussed and used by the students include social media; mailing lists; blogging; podcasting; broadcasting; videocasting; newsletter and newspaper publishing; and “publishing on demand”. The instructor, John F. McMullen, is the Poet Laureate of Yorktown and has a 30-year background as a citizen of cyberspace. CE-COMP 2189PE, Schedule change: 5 M/W, June 10-24, 6:00-8:00 pm, $200. #5778
Painting and Drawing for AdultsWork with a variety of media and learn different approaches to painting and drawing. Prep a palette; mix colors; use media; work on various surfaces; learn about brushes; investigate the use of colors and shades; and create strong compositions. Drawing and painting from observation will be implemented by working from a live model, still-life arrangements, portraiture, and working outdoors. Class will be encouraged to work together to create the atmosphere of an atelier. For all levels. CE-ART 2146PE, 12 Sat., May 11-Aug. 10 (skip May 25 & July 6), 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $250 (+ $20 studio fee). #5779
Digital Painting for AdultsThis is an experimental course that integrates digital painting with offline media such as drawing, painting, and collage. Students will scan in their manual works and utilize tools like Photoshop; tablet and stylus; and a variety of printers to construct original works. CE-ART 2233PE, 6 Sat., July 20-Aug. 24, 1:00-3:00 pm, $250. #5780
Summer Youth Program
Learning Camps for Kids and Teens Summer Courses