Arts & Design

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs related to the arts, like photography and painting, along with artistic endeavors and approaches, like film studies and art history. We also offer classes and programs that incorporate artistry in design, like decorating and home staging.

Our Arts & Design classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal arts education into art and design fields.

The selections listed in the tabs below represent a portion of what we have to offer. Additional listings are available and include a wide range of classes.


In the tabs below, classes and programs include a registration link. For specific information on how to register for online classes, review the information in the Online Partner Registration page. Procedures differ slightly by partner, but may all be completed online.

Programming Levels

In our Professional Education & Enrichment areas of study, we seek to provide a selection of coursework and programs that meet different enrichment and workforce levels of study. Each is described below:

  • Career-curious and enrichment: Designed to explore a career or expand an interest
  • Career-level: Designed to build skills or shift to a new career
  • Professional-level: Designed to deepen or widen knowledge and experience
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  • Career-Curious & Enrichment Programs

    Digital Photography

    Discover Digital Photography

    Online: Gain the skills you need to take great photos with your digital camera and never miss a memorable moment again. This course is an informative introduction to digital photography, from DSLRs to smart phone cameras. Instructor-led (start dates vary) or self-paced (three months access) through ed2go.

    Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera

    Online: Nature photography can be a fun, relaxing, and exciting hobby! In this course, you’ll learn about the many aspects of outdoor photography as well as how to master your digital camera’s controls and features. With the knowledge you gain in this course, you’ll be taking exceptional nature photos in no time. Self-paced tutorial (three months access) through ed2go.

    Photographing People With Your Digital Camera

    Online: Photographing people can be fun, exciting — and complicated! This course will make taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, and babies simple. You will start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You will discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos and make other improvements. Self-paced tutorial (three months access) through ed2go.

    Secrets of Better Photography

    Online: Learn to take outstanding photos and get the best results whether you are using a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or your phone camera. Each lesson contains exercises and assignments to help you apply techniques learned using your own camera and make a distinctive difference in your photos. Instructor-led (start dates vary) or self-paced (three months access) through ed2go.

    Digital Design

    One-on-One Training: Adobe Photoshop, inDesign or Illustrator

    One-on-one consultation through SPCS: Want to learn more tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop? Interested in learning inDesign for designing print and digital materials? Want a crash course in Illustrator? We are offering private professional training for Adobe Creative Cloud products. Instructor-led (dates selected in consultation with instructor).


    Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

    Online with ed2go: Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements. Instructor-led, start dates vary.

  • Career-Level Programs
    Interior Decorating Professional Certificate

    Campus-based: The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program will equip students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. The program consists of five modules and a capstone presentation. Classes include foundational instruction in architecture, furniture and color theory. Students will also learn about materials, sourcing and industry specific business practices while also establishing fundamental business skills needed to be a successful interior decorator. Instructional team from SPCS.

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Certificate Program This professional certificate equips students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. Interior Decorating Professional Certificate