Build a lasting impression online for your business or personal brand through marketing, design, and social media
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
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Explore the Digital Arts! This free, twenty minute on-demand information session is for those interested in learning more about our Professional Certificate in Digital Media Content Creation. Get an inside look at our courses and also explore the Blackboard online Learning Management System! In this online information session, we will review certificate program details and requirements, skills needed to succeed, and links to useful resources. This brief information session is available for access throughout the quarter. Learn what the Digital Arts can do for you!
All 21 units are required.
In today's media environment, it is essential for content creators to be comfortable working with many types of media. In this course, students will examine current professional and consumer trends in digital content creation and social media, following both the technological and theoretical advances that have disrupted mediums such as print, television, and film. This course is part of our certificate in Digital Media Content Creation, which provides newcomers and veterans in writing, marketing, corporate communications, graphic design, and journalism with the comprehensive set of skills necessary to produce many different types of digital media.
This fast-moving, hands-on course prepares students to advance into various fields of digital media content creation using the latest software applications and concepts. Learning terminology, file management, file formats, resolution and page layout as they relate to visual communication for the web. Typography, user interface design, and use of color will be discussed.
Learn to manage a freelance digital media business. Students will learn how to develop a business model for their freelance enterprise, understand small business accounting, identify and research potential markets, and create a portfolio website for marketing their services. Students will also gain an understanding of digital media distribution methods, media trends, and legal considerations such as intellectual property rights and payment for services.
Learn the fundamentals of news and feature writing, from developing story ideas to cultivating sources and crafting and structuring compelling news and feature stories. This course introduces students to the history, ethics and elements of journalism and feature writing. You will explore and begin to use emerging web tools used for writing and reporting online and will also explore principles relating to libel and journalistic ethics.
The ability to edit your own written work is a skill that's highly valued by employers and publishers. Whether your job or hobby is to create blog content, feature articles, or marketing copy, it is essential that you be able to organize your thoughts in logical, clear, and engaging ways. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize good writing, critique their own work, write clean copy, and edit content for optimal readability. Students will create a portfolio site as part of this course.
Develop competence and confidence as a photographer while mastering camera operation (aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Learn basic design and composition rules to capture more compelling images and study fundamental photographic principles with industry experts. Take part in weekly shooting assignments and demonstrations, discussions, and class critiques to help make the most of digital imaging technology. Class includes an introduction to Adobe Lightroom that focuses on digital workflow including image management, types of files, image exports, how to make basic adjustments, and file resolution.
all required courses and two electives must be completed first.
This course provides in-depth feedback to students as they polish the website or blog portfolio that they have been developing throughout the Digital Media Content Creation Professional Certificate program. This course includes online coursework and portfolio building, online meetings with the instructor, as well as email dialogue.
A minimum of 6 units is required from any of the following categories.
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software application used by professional graphic artists to create and modify images for use in print and web media. This graphic design training course includes topics about working with the tools and user interface, working with selections, retouching, correcting, and enhancing photographs, layer basics, masking, compositing, preparing files for the web, and more. Students learn through hands-on practice and a series of creative projects.
Advance your Photoshop skills. Using your own photographs, students will learn to effectively perform many of the image enhancements that could previously be accomplished only in the darkroom. Topics include advanced selections, masks, retouching, adjustment layers, portrait enhancements, perspective effects, and camera RAW. In this graphic design training course, efficiency techniques as well as color theory for print and screen will be explained, demonstrated and discussed.
Learn the industry-standard professional vector drawing program Adobe Illustrator. In this graphic design training course, students will gain practical experience with Illustrator's precision drawing and transformation tools for creating and editing Bézier curves, color, gradients, gradient mesh, patterns, transparency, type, layers, and more. Through a series of creative projects students will gain experience in using Illustrator to produce art for both print and web design.
A key course in learning the fundamentals of graphic design, this course introduces students to the principles of design and their application for print and web. Coursework will cover design fundamentals including gestalt design theory, color theory, typography and hierarchy, and imagery resulting in the successful integration of design concepts. Students will learn about print production and file format and management and their effect on both printed and digital/web projects. In this graphic design training course, gain an introduction to the essential design techniques required for the production of professional work from both an aesthetic and technical standpoint. Students will work with Adobe Creative Suite design applications including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
In this graphic design training course, students will explore applications of typography to achieve and improve upon effective visual communication. Students will apply techniques including layout, hierarchy, leading, tracking and font selection to design a variety of specific marketing, graphic design and web design needs. Coursework will incorporate student communication, presentation, and storytelling of design work. Students will work with Adobe Creative Suite design applications including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Learn to create digital illustrations and designs using Adobe Photoshop and the Wacom Intuos drawing tablet. The Intuos pen tablet combines Wacom’s finest pen capabilities with intuitive multi-touch gestures and gives you the precision and control you demand when using professional software and time-savers to speed your workflow. It's a versatile, unique, and fun tool that allows designers and enthusiasts to be creative in all new ways. In this course, students will learn how to use a digital stylus to create drawings, illustrations, and designs, how to navigate using the Intuos tablet, shortcuts, and more.
Designed to inspire intermediate photographers who are comfortable with the basics of photographic camera work (aperture, shutter speed, ISO). Take your work to the next level, both artistically and technically while participating in detailed demonstrations, hands-on exercises and constructive critiques. Discover your personal photographic style while photographing a variety of subjects under varying conditions. Explore different methods and types of photography including narrative photography, still life photography, histograms, color theory, portraiture, electronic flash basics, night time photography, time exposures and more.
Documentary photography is a powerful tool for telling a story, making a point or giving voice to people who have none. In this course, you will learn to document what you see with your photographs. By examining the work of respected documentary photographers, you will explore the boundaries of objective reporting while developing an awareness your own biases. Your photographs may be about a place— the San Diego River Valley; a topic that interests you— eating locally produced food or an issue that defines our times. Instruction includes demonstrations of field practice and weekly critiques of project photographs as well as a final group exhibition.
What story would you like to tell using the expressive medium of photography? Photographers share their vision or opinion with viewers on a particular issue (family, culture, conflict, celebration) using different approaches--showing a linear progression through space and time, layering meaning, or using metaphors and a "poetic approach". In this class, students will propose an idea and with the help of the instructor they will learn to capture their story visually. The class will culminate in a final project of multiple images that can be presented in various ways: incorporating text, mounted on a single board, or in a small book format.
Gain an understanding of Adobe’s CC / Premiere video editing software. In this course, students will learn how Adobe Premiere works, understand the basic principles of shooting and editing digital video, learn media management techniques, and practice time-based storytelling principles. Audio editing, color correction, and some advanced techniques will be covered. Students enrolled in this course will use their new skills to complete one project using Adobe Premiere.
In addition, this workshop style production class examines the new frontier of online publishing for film and video narratives and explores editing and compression techniques for online distribution. Through discussion and group critiques students will develop an effective language for describing their work, providing constructive critiques to their peers and collaborators, and analyzing time-based media works. This course will demand significant self-guided editing work outside of class time and a dedication to being available as crew member for all in-class shooting and editing projects.
An introduction to audio production techniques. In this course, students will learn to record and digitize sound and apply it for audio enhancement of their productions. Students will also learn how to produce audio effects and transitions. After completing the course, students will be able to identify basic types of microphones, set up mics to record voice, examine sound/image relationships to select suitable audio, match audio effects with specific visual images, use audio to create mood in transitions, integrate and adjust levels in mix of voice, effects and music, and more.
Learn Adobe After Effects, the digital motion graphics and compositing software used by professionals in filmmaking and television post-production. In this motion graphics training course, students will learn the basics of animation, visual effects compositing and use of titling in theatrical and broadcast graphics. Finishing techniques including image adjustment, color correction, and output settings for variety of media will be covered.
Understand the principles of Human Factors and User Interface Design, including theories of human-computer interaction, and design principles and standards. The course also focuses on user and task analysis (framing, establishing goals), field research methods (observation, interviewing, testing, documentation of personas, budgeting), usability testing and the UX process (task models user journeys, content requirements, wireframes), and more.
Students will gain a high level knowledge of the medium of the Web, including an overview of different technologies used in the web front and back end. During the course students will produce simple web page and will build foundational skills necessary to complete future course work in the certificate program. The class provides an overview of the topics and concepts needed to create not only a web page but also an overview of understanding the functional aspects of websites and other server-side components.
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Search engine optimization, SEO, is the fastest growing form of Internet marketing, and the most successful and cost effective way to promote a website and receive maximum ROI. Learn to optimize your website for better rankings with top search engines. Discover how to optimize a website, rewrite HTML code, titles and tags; choose competitive keywords, write optimized content and create a successful linking plan. Benefits include enhanced visibility, better brand awareness and increased sales. This fast-track training course covers the basics of website structure, how search engines work and what they are looking for, choosing competitive keywords, writing content for your website, code optimization, linking and other advanced optimization techniques.
Students will learn how to use Adobe InDesign to create reflowable and fixed-layout ebooks, interactive PDF files, and native apps which are intended for viewing on tablets and other mobile devices. We will look at various Adobe publishing solutions and other options. Students will learn how to produce ebooks with a navigational table of contents, animation, and other advanced features. Students will learn how to create interactivity including buttons and hyperlinks, slide shows, audio and video, panoramas, and images that can be panned and zoomed. We will discuss the rapidly evolving world of digital publishing and the designer’s role in this exciting new frontier.
The marketing world is rapidly changing, and so are the methods being used to reach out to and interact with customers. While traditional print media are still dominant, new media channels such as Twitter and Facebook are taking the marketing world by storm. Examine interactive marketing opportunities beyond websites, including blogs, vlogs (video blogs), forums, e-mail campaigns, social networking, communities, podcasts, mobile computing, and even virtual reality. In addition, study the implications of this “social media” marketing on customer loyalty and engagement. These new media allow consumers a greater public voice and role, creating numerous opportunities and ramifications for marketers as groups share, sell, and swap goods and information via the digital world.
Successful freelance journalists follow time-tested industry practices to write and publish their feature stories. This course aims to take writers to the next level by building on the how-to's of reporting and writing a feature story, from conceptualization to the finished product. Through real-world exercises, students will learn how to develop a marketable idea and target a publication, to find relevant information through research and interviews, to integrate quotes and description needed for an informative and/or entertaining story, to self-edit and fact-check, and finally to pitch their stories to editors. They will also explore emerging Web 2.0 tools used for writing and reporting online. By the end of the course, students will have completed a story to pitch for publication.
Effective interviewing techniques translate to writing that is clear, lively, and – depending on the writer's mission – instructive or entertaining. This course will encompass all the integral components of the interviewing process, including preparation, one-on-one dynamics, comparing interview styles, how to take useful notes, asking the right questions, coaxing interesting quotes from interviewees and using quotes effectively in a feature story. Students will participate in interviewing and writing exercises in class and complete a major interview/writing assignment out of class.
This course instructs students on the business of freelance writing, identifying target markets and submitting features to editors. After completing the course, students will be able to pinpoint their target market, submit their work according to submission guidelines, write effective query letters, and create a portfolio and website. In addition, students will discuss print and hard-copy resources for the freelance writer and legal considerations, rights and payments.
Explore the wonders and challenges of writing about visual art. This course will cover the nuts and bolts of feature writing for the arts: music, dance, theatre and visual art. Find out how to make judgments about art - does the work "work," and is it work worth doing and incorporate them into your feature stories and reviews.
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Basic knowledge of English grammar, experience with graphic design software (Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop), and experience with website creation (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Dreamweaver) is recommended. Students should also have a basic knowledge of computers (PC or Mac).
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Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.
Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.
UC San Diego Extension
Department of Communication, UC San Diego
U-T San Diego
Voice of San Diego
Voice of San Diego
Law Offices of Linda S. McAleer
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