DAC Technology Certificate
Start to learn Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign from the very beginning. Learn the Adobe Creative Cloud to design in an AEC office.
Classes are Real-world, hands-on, project-based & instructor-led.
The DAC Technology Certificate Program prepares students with the skills and problem-solving strategies requested by employers. Earn your Digital Badge.
Prepare for Adobe Certification Exams. Enhance your Career.
Please call us – 619-758-9300 – to discuss your interest in the Certificate Program
The DAC Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the skills and technical knowledge requested by employers using Digital Arts design (DAC) software.
The certificate program focuses on the development of a variety of marketing, presentation, and design‐oriented, industry‐focused disciplines.
- Total of 300 instruction hours
- Complete in as few as 10 months
- Career Opportunities in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Design and more.
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with career options for the Certificate Program
- Prepares you for Adobe Specialist Certification
- A Certificate Program designed to work with you and your schedule
- Self-paced online learning environment
- Active Instructor in each course available to respond to any questions
- Eighteen-day courses with quizzes, midterm and final submissions
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with complete details about the Certificate Program
All courses in the DAC Technology Certificate Program are real-world, project-based. You will engage with your instructor and your classmates on a very regular basis. VDCI is known for our strong student-instructor engagement.
Courses in the Certificate Program
(240 Clock Hours required from these courses)
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (30 Clock Hours) – Introduction to Photoshop is an introductory level course for professional designers, architects, engineers, contractors, marketers, and others seeking professional advancement or job transition through the acquisition of Photoshop skills. This course is designed for the working professional and all individuals interested in utilizing Photoshop for their professional or personal advancement.
This course will breakdown the Photoshop application as well as the specific tools and features that make this application useful for photo and graphic projects. In addition, students will learn basic strategies necessary for adjusting, correcting, and supplementing photos and graphics.
Intermediate Adobe Photoshop (30 Clock Hours) – Intermediate Photoshop is designed for individuals who have completed Introduction to Photoshop and wish to further apply, reinforce, and expand upon Photoshop skills. This course reinforces Photoshop techniques and expands tool utilization and strategies using a project-based approach.
Students will walk through real-world project scenario phases including planning, goal-oriented design, and export, ultimately creating three unique banners for a fictional construction client. During Intermediate Photoshop, students will continue to utilize Photoshop techniques, expanding their ability to also set project requirements, utilize transparent masks, and stitch diverse images into photo composites.
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator - (30 Clock Hours) – This introductory level course is intended for professional designers, architects, engineers, contractors and others seeking professional advancement and job transition through acquiring illustrator skills.
This course is designed for the working professional and those people interested in advancing their employment opportunities. The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the basic Illustrator commands and menu systems. Students will learn about colors, layers, Illustrator tools, professional workflows for creating icons, and professional workflows for creating and aligning text, image traced assets and other Illustrator objects.
Intermediate Adobe Illustrator (30 Clock Hours) – This intermediate level course is designed for the working professional and all individuals interested in utilizing Illustrator for their professional or personal advancement.
This course will breakdown advanced uses of the Illustrator application as well as introduce the specific tools and techniques required to create intermediate level vectors and graphic materials. Throughout four lessons, students will learn strategies necessary to create digital marketing materials including a website wireframe, presentation panels, a graphic skyline image, and a space scene.
Introduction to Adobe InDesign - Required - (30 Clock Hours) – This introductory level course is designed for the working professional and all individuals interested in utilizing InDesign for their professional or personal advancement.
This course will breakdown the InDesign application as well as introduce the specific tools and features that make InDesign useful for layout and page design of print and digital media. Throughout four lessons, students will learn basic strategies necessary for layout design and will create business cards, print materials, and a newsletter.
Intermediate Adobe InDesign (30 Clock Hours) – This intermediate level course is designed for the working professional and all individuals interested in utilizing InDesign for their professional or personal advancement.
This course will breakdown advanced uses of the InDesign application as well as highlight advanced tools that make InDesign useful for intermediate level print and digital media. Throughout four lessons, students will reinforce and learn strategies necessary for layout design and will create print and digitally published materials.
Certificate Completion Practical (60 Clock Hours)– Applying skill sets learned from all of your previous courses, and integrating them into one project, where you and your instructor design your Certificate Completion Practical.
Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the acquired software and workflow skills through previous classes. Create a completed project of the student’s own design or selected design to highlight the skills that the student has acquired through required and elective courses. Participate in a design and documentation process without the aid of direct tutorial videos. Research construction document standards, construction systems, and design methodologies to influence the use of software and workflow.
(60 Clock Hours required from these courses)
You can select from a large number of elective courses:
Introduction to SketchUp - Strongly Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - intro to SketchUp, preliminary massing studies, preliminary interior design, AutoCAD compatibility, basic presentation techniques.
Design massing and preliminary design 3D models. Determine the most efficient way of accurately and productively working within SketchUp. Use all of the SketchUp tools to best learn the functionality of the software program. Create walk throughs of 3D models using the camera tools.
Intermediate SketchUp - Strongly Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - Schematic design concepts, design development concepts, AutoCAD compatibility pt.2, Revit compatibility, other 3d software compatibility, refined presentation techniques.
Use more advanced SketchUp tools to create doors, walls, windows and to detail the interior of buildings. Create and edit new materials and add photo textures to SketchUp models from Google Earth. Create scenes, generate scene settings and animate those settings in SketchUp. Explore creating topography and exporting images and animations.
Blueprint Reading for Residential Construction - Recommended - (10 Clock Hours) – Utilizes lectures, hands-on demonstrations and lab exercises to familiarize participants with the art of blueprint reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints) for a Custom Residential and a Mixed-Use Commercial project. Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents.
Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - An in-depth study of architectural, civil, engineering, interior and other construction documents for a mixed-use commercial project.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of commercial project Construction Documents (blueprints) for a large Mixed-Use project (hotel, parking and retail). Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents. Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project.
Introduction to AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Familiarizes students with basic AutoCAD commands while developing a floor plan for a single family residential home.
Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file. Distinguish the differences required to generate drawings for use as annotation and real-world model components. Create and insert blocks and externally reference files, and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets. Master file management, drafting on layers, integrating drawing component files and plotting while creating on the class residential project.
Intermediate AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Developing and assembling a set of 2D design construction documents.
Create an abbreviated set of construction documents including floor plan, foundation plan, electrical plan and building elevations for a small residential project. Create and insert blocks, externally reference files and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets to optimize project efficiency. Demonstrate layer and file management, external file referencing, use of model/layout environments and user coordinate systems. Apply intermediate-level skills including layer management, user coordinate system development, creating sheet layout environments and plotting.
Introduction to Revit (30 Clock Hours) – Designing 3D models that simultaneously document the project in schedules and 2D architectural drawings.
Explore the Building Information Modeling (BIM) interface. Design a 3D building model to explain how information is inter-related throughout the BIM model. Integrate building components into a 3D model and develop construction document sheets from that model. Develop a project which includes stairs and “feature architectural designs” to strengthen BIM modeling skill sets.
Intermediate Revit (30 Clock Hours) – Utilizing the family editor to create 2D and 3D components, refining graphics, and construction documentation.
Integrate DWG files to create Revit details and plan views for subsequent sheet layout. Tag elements for cost estimation and material take-offs. Create 3D parametric families and show alternate views of 3D objects in plan and elevation views. Build customized door, window, and materials schedules. Explore BIM management by creating an abbreviated set of construction documents.
All elective course options can be found in the VDCI School Catalog
How to Enroll
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All online courses have an 18-day duration. Please CLICK HERE to see the course calendar.
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VDCI Digital Badge
- Digital Badge is earned when you complete your Program
- Share your VDCI Digital Badge on your LinkedIn profile
- Display your VDCI Badge in your resume or eSignature
Get Adobe Certified
The DAC Technology Certificate prepares you for:
- The Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design Certification Exams:
- Photoshop Exam
- Illustrator Exam
- InDesign Exam
|Tuition||$5,250.00||Prorated upon withdrawal. Refer to refund provision within this agreement.|
|Registration Fee||Non Refundable. Not included in the Tuition. Billed separately from Tuition.|
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|Textbooks (optional)||Textbooks are not required. Estimated price based on elective courses. Textbook prices fluctuate depending on recent book editions and pricing changes by publishers.|
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee||Non refundable ($2.50 for every $1,000.00 rounded to the nearest $1,000). Applies to California residents only.|
|ESTIMATED DUE FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM*||The estimated amount due to complete the Program.|