Digital Design

Across the spectrum of visual design, from newspapers to websites, television, and more, artists fill spaces with graphics and designs that both sell products and impact people on an emotional level. Learn how our Digital Design Diploma program can prepare you for work in this creative field.

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Enhance your Digital Design skills

Enhance your digital design skills

  • In this program, you can: Develop the skills needed to create powerful artwork promoting your clients' products and services
  • Learn how sophisticated software and computer applications can help you create high-quality layouts and designs
  • Study the fundamentals of design, concept development, typography, electronic design, digital illustration, and more
  • Receive guidance from instructors with professional experience and knowledge in digital design

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek entry-level positions as a digital artist in:

  • Media outlets
  • Manufacturing and retail
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that's right for you.

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The Art Institute student portfolios

Our students, alumni, and faculty are invited to join The Art Institute Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network — to gain broader exposure for your work, connect with fellow students and alumni, and make it easier for potential clients, recruiters, and creative enthusiasts to find your work.

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Course listing

The courses in the Diploma in Digital Design are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Mr. Joseph Podlesnik

Mr. Podlesnik received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University. Before accepting a full-time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division,  Mr. Podlesnik taught foundational art courses for the University of the Arts-Philadelphia, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. While at Richard Stockton College, he developed an art/psychology/philosophy seminar course titled "The Image and the Eye.”

Ms. Kathryn Butler


Ms. Butler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Arizona.  She has taught literature and writing at the college level for many technical and community colleges.  Before accepting a full-time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Ms. Butler taught for The Art Institute of Portland, also serving as lead of the Student Success Center. She is currently faculty lead for Ai Pittsburgh - Online Division’s English and Communication department and the director of the Online Writing Center.

Digital Design degree requirements

The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, final high school GPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software requirements

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  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite - includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, and InDesign (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Apple QuickTime (Version 7 or higher)
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor, 1280x800 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit color, 512 MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0-capable system. PC users are required to have a minimum of Windows 7.
  • Mac: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1280x800 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit color, 256 MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0-capable system.
    *Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud.

Web browser requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware Requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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