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Design Media Certificate

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

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Certificate Course Matrix
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
INFO-70002
0
O O O O
Required Courses (All courses are required)
Digital Media: Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite
ART-40525
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe Illustrator
ART-40527
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Design Essentials A: Elements of Design
ART-40540
3
O O O O
Adobe Photoshop I
ART-40311
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe Photoshop II (Intermediate)
ART-40526
3
O O O O
Adobe InDesign
ART-40533
3
O O,U O O,U
Portfolio Consultation
ART-80000
0
Schedule Varies
Electives (Minimum of 3 units)
Design Essentials B: Advanced Applications of Design
ART-40541
3
Schedule Varies
Adobe InDesign: Creating eBooks and Digital Magazines for Mobile Devices
ART-40580
3
Schedule Varies
User Interface Design I
ART-40535
3
O O O O
Adobe Dreamweaver I
ART-40325
3
O O O O
WordPress IV: Designing a Portfolio Site
ART-40600
1.5
Schedule Varies
Animation I: Introduction to Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation
ART-40557
3
O O O O
Introduction to Photography in the Digital Age
ART-40439
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Introduction to Video Production
ART-40583
4
O O O O
Digital Skills for Editors
WCWP-40282
2
    O  
Adobe After Effects I: Introduction to Motion Graphics
ART-40587
3
O O O O
Promotional Copywriting
BUSA-40448
3
X      
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Register in the Certificate Program

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
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Digital Arts, (858) 534-6704
E-mail: unex-digital@ucsd.edu