Multimedia Arts Certificate Online

Ready for new career opportunities? Multimedia arts professionals bring together technical prowess with digital design tools and creativity based on a deep understanding and competence with artistic principles.

In this 100% online multimedia arts course, gain proficiency in the core tools for interactive development: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects—all while learning to shoot and edit digital videos. Hands-on class assignments include digital image retouching and compositing, web pages and interfaces, scripted and documentary video-making, color and typography studies, and more!

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Job Outlook for Multimedia Arts

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there is an expected 8% growth in employment for special effects artists and animators by 2032, which is faster than the average for all occupations. On average, there will be about 9,400 job openings for special effects artists and animators annually.

    The BLS reports that the median annual wage for special effects artists and animators was $99,060 in May 2023.

Multimedia Arts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Skills Do Multimedia Arts Professionals Require?

Multimedia artists use digital tools to bring creative designs to life. Most multimedia artists are skilled in one or more high-level digital art software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Many also capture and edit digital images in either static or video formats, create motion graphics for multimedia projects ranging from video games to web pages.

Where Do Multimedia Arts Professionals Work?

Multimedia artists generally collaborate with other design professionals in creative teams. Some work with digital media production companies to create graphics, images, videos and 3D models for either commercial or artistic projects. Others work independently from home or remote locations as either independent contractors or on a freelance basis.

What Job Titles Are Associated With Multimedia Arts Professionals?

Multimedia Arts professionals' job titles generally reflect their responsibilities in the creative process. Some job titles for multimedia artists include:

  • Art Director
  • Craft and Fine Artist
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Web Designer
  • 3D animator
  • Level designer
  • Multimedia artist

Course Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of digital imaging and color theory
  • Create standards-compliant web page layouts with HTML
  • Understand various kinds of typography and how to create your own font
  • Develop an entry-level understanding of video editing techniques
  • Develop proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects
  • Create motion graphic work in After Effects
  • Use the multimedia items you create during class as portfolio pieces upon completion

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course, however, you must be 18 years old or older. It is recommended you have a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent.


Andrew Shalat

Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/illustrator, educator, and Mac expert. Since 1985, he has written hundreds of articles about Macs and has published three books: "How to Do Everything with Online Video," "Do It Yourself Mac Projects," and "MacDesign Out of the Box." He has been a speaker and faculty member of the Macworld Expo since 2001. Shalat is also a regular contributor to design and Mac related sites including Inside Mac Radio, InDesign Magazine, and, and MacWorld.

Margaret Penney

Margaret Penney is a teacher, designer, writer and media artist. Margaret developed the digital media curriculum at The Masters School, an independent school outside New York City. As a web and motion graphic designer, Margaret has worked with Simon & Schuster, TIAA-Cref, Nike, Delia's girls clothing, MTV, and Sol Lewitt. As a new media artist, she has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; and around NYC. Her artwork has been reviewed globally online, in print magazines, and included in the book Eye Candy from the Underground: Fresh Styles for Web Designers. She has lectured on new media art at Purchase College, the School of Visual Arts Annual Conference for Educators, and the Pratt Institute. As a writer, she has been published in New York Arts magazine,, and the Baltimore City paper. Margaret has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Bruce Bicknell

Bruce Bicknell is an instructor, illustrator, animator, web and graphic designer, and video editor. In his career, he has worked on projects for Adobe Systems, ATI, PhotoShop Elements Techniques, MacTribe, Yellow Machine, and Mac Design, to name a few. Bicknell holds degrees in Computer Animation and Web Development from the International Academy of Design and Technology.

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