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ADULTS - CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
PIXEL™ is always seeking funding to cover scholarships. Scholarships are given out as resources become available. Please contact us regarding scholarship opportunties.
Individual ( Career Enhancement ) classes ( 12 class hrs ) range from $395 to $500. A Certificate Program course is broken into four levels. Taking two classes totaling 24 class hrs qualifies for our base certificate. Taking all four classes qualifies for our advanced certificate. Each program ( Graphic Design, Animation, Game Development ) can have upwards of 20 courses making a base certificate around $16,000 and our advanced certificate roughly $32,000. You must Contact us to find out if your specific workshop or seminar requires books, materials, software or a laptop computer. Workshop costs vary depending on scope and number of attendees.
If you need a computer and/or software we recommend you visit the UA Computer Store, (479) 575-5414. They will advise you as to which laptop is best suited for graphic design. You are welcome to use a Windows based laptop. We like for students to become familiar with the industry standard computer operating environment as soon as possible which is why we do recommend going with a Mac. Regarding software you will need to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) directly from the Adobe website which requires a subscription “cloud” service for software. The student version is $19.99 per month and requires a minimum 1 year subscription. Here is a map and hours for the UA Computer Store, http://computers.uofastore.com/store-info.
No, PIXEL™ is not an accredited school, rather we are licensed with the Arkansas department of education to offer certificate-granting seminars that gain students employable career skills. The school is on track and in preparation to be reviewed to become accredited and already applies many of the practices of an accredited institution.
Yes, tuition may be financed over a school term. A minimum of one-third of the total tuition due will be due by the first day of class for the academic term that the student is enrolling. The remainder may be paid in installments throughout the term with cash, check, PayPal or credit card or bank auto-draft, however the remaining outstanding tuition for that term should be paid by the final day of class. Students with an outstanding balance from a previous term will first need to pay any full outstanding amount from the previous term before re-enrolling. In summary, students will only be allowed to accumulate the debt from a single academic term at a time before re-enrolling.
No, PIXEL™ currently does not qualify for FASFA participation since we are currently not accredited, however we do intend to apply for participation in the future.
Yes, you can take just one class. You do not have to sign up for the entire 2-year certificate program in graphic design. For example, you may take only web design, or only Adobe Illustrator or only Photoshop. Second year classes such as Typography, Color and Package Design seminars have prerequisites, however you may be able to qualify to take the class if you can demonstrate prior work or class experience. See the list of seminars about which classes have prerequisites. Students who complete all 21 certificate-granting, academic seminars in graphic design are invited to participate in our graduation ceremony.
Yes, however, a high school student may enroll early and be dually enrolled in PIXEL™'s certificate program academic seminars as long as they intend to complete their high school diploma or GED.
Most sessions will be $395. Some sessions will be priced differently depending on supplies. Please check the session page for pricing.
Registration for summer 2020 will begin in early March!
Most of our sessions are for kids 6-17. Please check the session age ranges.
Yes & No. Some location partners will provide food and others will require you to bring a sack lunch. Please check the session description for details on lunch availability.
We are working hard on scholarship funding and will have an update for you if you're on our mailing list. Discount codes are available most of the time. Inquire about discounts.