Graphic design is a highly sought-after skill in today’s workplaces, and the demand is always growing for employees who possess knowledge and experience in the Design Media field.
UC San Diego Extension’s Specialized Certificate in Design Media focuses on learning industry-standard graphic design software, as well as effective graphic design methodologies. In this certificate, students will gain an intermediate understanding of essential Adobe software, the design process, the psychology of design, output production, and presentation. Upon successful completion of the Design Media certificate, students will have completed a portfolio and a gained a solid foundation in graphic design that can be applied immediately to their current jobs or as a freelance designer. Enrolled students should have a basic knowledge of computers (PC or Mac), but design experience is not required.
For detailed information, please enroll in the online on-demand Digital Arts Programs Information Session.
The program can be completed in 4-8 quarters (taking 1-2 classes per quarter). Tuition is $595 per course. All courses are offered online, with a selection of courses held onsite for local students. The online courses are asynchronous, but not self-paced; students will be required to keep up with weekly assignments. The average student spends three hours online and six hours offline each week. For additional details, please preview our e-learning system at ucsdextension.blackboard.com
|Course Title||Course Number||Units||FA||WI||SP||SU|
|Information Session (Find out more about the program in a free, online information session.)|
|Digital Arts Design Media, Web Media, and AutoCAD Certificates - Information Session||O||O||O||O|
|Required Courses (All courses are required)|
|Digital Media: Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Design Essentials A: Elements of Design||O||O||O||O|
|Adobe Photoshop I||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Adobe Photoshop II (Intermediate)||O||O||O||O|
|Electives (Minimum of 3 units)|
|Design Essentials B: Advanced Applications of Design|
|Adobe InDesign: Creating eBooks and Digital Magazines for Mobile Devices|
|User Interface Design I||O||O||O||O|
|Adobe Dreamweaver I||O||O||O||O|
|WordPress IV: Designing a Portfolio Site|
|Animation I: Introduction to Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation||O||O||O||O|
|Introduction to Photography in the Digital Age||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Introduction to Video Production||O||O||O||O|
|Digital Skills for Editors||O|
|Adobe After Effects I: Introduction to Motion Graphics||O||O||O||O|
|L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA|
Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.
|Certificate Section ID:||100575||Add to Cart|
|Contact:||Digital Arts, (858) 534-6704|