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About the Graphic and Web Design Program

UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned many of our courses to an online or live online format. Live Online classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. We will resume in-person classes when it is deemed safe to do so.
 

Accelerate your career when you take on this one-year Graphic & Web Design Certificate program where you’ll learn how to apply graphic and web design methodologies to a variety of mediums. From branding and corporate identity to advertising campaign development, digital illustration and photography, Adobe software training, web design, HTML and CSS coding, to user interface design and content management systems such as WordPress—you’ll have the opportunity to focus on all mediums of the design world. In this program, you will also collaborate with industry professionals and real-world clients to gain an advanced understanding of essential graphic and web design software and hardware. The program also focuses on professional development, branding, and business aspects of graphic and web design. As part of the program, you will complete a comprehensive portfolio.

This Program Is Designed For:
  • Creative individuals who desire to advance their career in web or graphic design.
  • Designers looking to uplevel their skillsets.
  • Professionals looking to expand their knowledge in digital, graphics and web design.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

For further information about the program, please enroll in the online on-demand Graphic and Web Design Program Information Session or attend one of our regularly scheduled in-person Information Sessions to meet program representatives. Questions about our classes or certificates? Contact our department at 858-534-5760 or unex-digital@ucsd.edu.

  • How to evaluate audience response, determine appropriate aesthetic sensibilities, identify effective spatial relationships, and explore color theory, typography, and effective page layout concepts.
  • An intense overview of website planning, where you will explore techniques of effective design and layout.
  • How to create web graphics, optimize them for website usage, and build your first websites using current web tools and best practices.
  • Develop and refine your portfolio websites by demonstrating thoughtful, integrated media presentations and intuitive design and navigation structures.
  • Comprehensive training in industry-standard software and hardware.
  • Project-based learning in a realistic production environment.
  • Own and be trained on all of your own industry-preferred hardware and software (Mac platform, Canon DSLR, Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • Internship opportunities for qualified students (limited)

Applicants for this program are assessed as follows:

  1. Experience in graphic design or web design or a related field.
  2. Strength of a statement of purpose, including a description of individual preparation, interests, and goals consistent with the program.
  3. Although a college degree is not required, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.
  4. For non-native English language speakers, proof of language proficiency is required.

Also, current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.

To complete the application process please follow the steps below: 

  1. Attend an online information session or in-person workshop
  2. Complete an online application above by clicking Apply Now!
  3. Interview for acceptance

Please note: We advise that students complete the above steps as soon as possible as the programs fill up quickly.

Format: Live Online

Hands-On Training via Zoom

Estimated Cost: $14,500

Textbooks/materials separate.

Duration: 12 Months

3 nights a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 5:30-9:00pm.

Contact
Department
Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts
Phone
858-534-6704
Email
dac@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • In-Person
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Information Session

Learn more about this one-year full-time program in a free information session.

Graphic & Web Design Professional Certificate - Information SessionINFO-70030

Units: 0.00

Free

Are you ready for a career change into Graphic Web Design? Want to learn the tools of the trade and professional skills needed to enter this competitive industry? Join the Digital Arts department in...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Graphic & Web Design WorkshopINFO-70016

Units: 0.00

Free

In this live online workshop via Zoom, Donna Sandsmark, lead instructor for the Professional Certificate in Graphic Web Design, will discuss the current state of the graphic and web design industry,...

Typically Offered:

Spring, Summer

FIRST QUARTER

Visual Communications: Fundamentals of DesignART-40455

Units: 4.50

TBD

Designers are faced with the challenge of visual-problem solving and utilizing a wide variety of graphic elements. How they organize these elements in layout can determine the success of a project. In...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

Visual Communications: Digital IllustrationART-40456

Units: 4.50

TBD

Continue to build upon design processes and skill sets acquired. Use Adobe Illustrator to develop design projects based on specific aesthetic and goal requirements. Students will also learn about file...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

Visual Communications: Digital ImagingART-40360

Units: 4.50

TBD

Graphic design projects are not complete until a high quality product with acceptable output or reproduction clarity is accomplished. Whether it is printed collateral, screen presentations, or project...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

SECOND QUARTER

Introduction to Digital DesignART-40362

Units: 4.50

TBD

Students will learn contemporary practices of web design using top web design software and Adobe Creative Suite. Students will develop and refine their portfolio websites by demonstrating thoughtful i...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Digital PhotographyART-40429

Units: 4.50

TBD

Learn the fundamentals of the digital photographic process. In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of photography concepts such as lighting, composition, digital processing workflow,...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Digital PublicationART-40359

Units: 4.50

TBD

Students will immerse themselves in the professional project development sequence by completing a series of design projects. Using Adobe InDesign, students will develop collateral material such as bro...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

THIRD QUARTER

Intermediate Digital DesignART-40363

Units: 4.50

TBD

Apply the advanced principles of design to real-world projects, taking on your first client work as introduced by your instructors. Clients may come from varying disciplines and backgrounds and presen...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Introduction to Web DesignART-40333

Units: 4.50

TBD

Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of web design. Students will discuss basic terminology, and identify internet components. In an intense overview of site planning, students will explore tech...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Introduction to Web ProgrammingART-40334

Units: 4.50

TBD

This course is designed to further students understanding of the principles of web design, including user experience and responsive design for viewing content on multiple devices. Emphasis will be pl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

FOURTH QUARTER

Introduction to Content Management SystemsART-40335

Units: 4.50

TBD

Students will continue to develop the skills necessary to design websites. Adhering to the contemporary practices of web design, and using top web design software, students develop and refine their po...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Summer

Intermediate Web ProgrammingART-40336

Units: 4.50

TBD

Continue to develop the skills necessary to design websites. Adhering to the contemporary practices of web design, and using top software such as WordPress, students will develop a dynamic website for...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Summer

Portfolio Development for Graphic & Web Design Professional CertificateART-40347

Units: 4.50

TBD

Learn how to position yourself for a career in the creative industry. Review careers and jobs in the field. Address the issues of starting and running a successful design business, including working i...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Summer

Advisory Board

Nick Adkins, B.A.

Graphic Designer, Web Developer; Instructor

UC San Diego Extension

Jordan Crandall

Professor, Visual Arts

UC San Diego

Bryan Monzon, B.S.

Web Developer, Instructor

UC San Diego Extension

Donna Sandsmark, MS

Web and App Developer, Lead Certificate Adviser

UC San Diego Extension

Aaron Serafino, B.A.

Photographer, Instructor

UC San Diego Extension

Rocco Torres, B.S

Art Director, Graphic Designer; Instructor

UC San Diego Extension

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.