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Digital technology and visual communication are integral components of design practices. The application of computer-based knowledge and digital skills in the design process range from designing the built environment we inhabit to the printed digital media that surrounds us. The Digital Design and Visualization Certificate allows students to build expertise in design technologies and learn skills relevant to the evolving trends of current-day design practices. Graduates of this certificate are equipped with the latest software applications and knowledge for use in the design technology work environment.



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Certificate Enrollment

The Digital Design and Visualization Certificate offers both online and on campus courses. The certificate is open to students interested in digital design who want to learn new skills or to build on their current knowledge.

Enrollment in the Digital Design and Visualization Certificate requires the submission of the Certificate Application Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 617.585.0135.

Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.

Program Requirements

The Digital Design and Visualization Certificate program requires the completion of four courses. Students can choose any four courses or from one of our Certificate Track Options.

All Digital Design courses are 1.5 credits with the exception of DME2032 Autodesk Revit. This course is 3 credits and will satisfy one of the four program course requirements.


Four Courses 

Students can choose four courses from the Digital Design and Visualization Certificate curriculum below. 

Courses offered vary by semester. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings. Click below for course descriptions.

Certificate Track Options

Students can choose any four courses listed above or a Certificate Track Option below.

Built Environment Modeling and Documentation
The Built Environment refers to any human created space that we inhabit and the industry is commonly referred to as AEC: Architecture (including Landscape and Interior), Engineering and Construction. Individuals participating in this industry or who are interested in getting involved will primarily utilize Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to communicate within the discipline. To prepare or augment student's skills this track's courses begin with an introduction to the fundamental principles of CAD as a means for developing familiarity with computational interfaces. The remaining courses focus on developing a firm fluency in BIM utilizing the industry standard software Autodesk Revit. Students will develop competency in the elements Autodesk Revit utilizes to generate BIM models. They will then learn how to compose these elements into a modeled built environment - whether existing or proposed - and generate representational documentation. Finally, an introduction to this software's advanced workflow optimization techniques will prepare students for the future professional development.

Suggested Course Progression
DME2042 AutoCAD 1: 2D Drafting
DME2032 Autodesk Revit: 2D and 3D Representation
DME2034 Rhino 1: 3D Design 
DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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3D Modeling and Visualization

With the rise of digital three-dimensional modeling and rendering technology, individuals skilled in creating either hyper-realistic imagery or hyper-efficient visualizations are in demand in many industries. In this track, the focus is on the creation of visual content. Students will learn how to create models and visualizations applicable to various fields; such as, renderings of proposed built environments, marketing imagery for consumer products, visualization for game designs, or visual content for medical industries. Courses in this track will introduce students to multiple 3D modeling environments. Through the progression of courses, students will be provided with the skills and knowledge needed to digitally replicate the realistic visual nature of our world.

Suggested Course Progression
DME2034 Rhino 1: 3D Design
DME2046 3D Studio Max 1: Modeling and Rendering
DME2047 3D Studio Max 2: Rendering and Animation
DME2037 Rendering in V-Ray

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3D Visualization Specialist
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Visual Graphics and Communication

An important goal of visual communication and the use of visual graphics is to convey complex information both efficiently and in an aesthetically pleasing way. We live in a world where our lives are constantly and exponentially filling up with more and more information. Individuals who develop the skills of visual communication will have a larger capacity for professional success as these skills are becoming ubiquitously sought after. Students in this track will learn the fundamental tools for manipulating imagery in addition to the diagrammatic and graphics strategies for communicating various types of information.

Suggested Course Progression
DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging, Editing I
DME2073 Visual Communication
DME2017 Illustration: Information Graphics
DME2021 Digital Portfolio

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Digital 3D Design and Fabrication

The use of digital technology to consider the interactions and fabrications of physical forms and materials is a necessary skill for designing physical objects at any scale. The efficiency and speed of digital fabrication tools allow individuals to iterate through physical design thinking as they continue to learn and document a material's potentials and failures. Students in this track will learn how to utilize 3D modeling software and various fabrication techniques; including, traditional analog machining, Laser Cutting, 3D printing, and CNC Routing, to independently craft physical objects. The skills and knowledge provided in this track are highly valued in the industries of AEC (Architecture Engineering and Construction), Industrial Design, and Industrial or Design Fabrication.

Suggested Course Progression
DME2034 Rhino 1: 3D Design
DME2035 Rhino 2: Digital Design and Fabrication
DME2055 Algorithmic Design - Grasshopper
DME2028 Digital Fabrication and Model Making

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Industrial / Product Designer