Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design

Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design

Hybrid Program


3 months


UCR Extension

2018 Program Dates: January 27 - April 21

Join our blended/hybrid academy for working professionals. Begin in a face-to-face classroom session, and enjoy the flexibility of online instruction to be prepared to work in web or graphic design. Gain approximately 150 hours of professional level instruction in all key areas of digital arts and design.
Click here to view the detailed course calendar.

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • Want to sharpen current graphic and web design skills.
  • Have been novice artists who want to establish a career.
  • Hold a Preliminary or Clear, valid California Single Subject, Standard Secondary, or Specific Secondary Credential who are familiar with digital design software and are interested in teaching graphic arts.

What You'll Learn

  • Design fundamentals and visual communication skills
  • Digital media applications, digital photography and illustration
  • Latest techniques and standards of web design
  • Layout, production, branding and corporate identity
  • Professional portfolio
  • Use current Creative Cloud software by Adobe, including InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in self-employment, private firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Artist
  • Publications Coordinator

Program Overview


15 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“This program was amazing. The instructors were so knowledgeable. I gained the skills to go out and immediately start working as a graphic designer--something I had been wanting to do for a long time.”

Patricia Beebe

Graphic Designer
Local's Choice Printing
Rancho Mirage, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Familiarity with digital design software or Adobe Creative Suite applications.


Teachers earn 15 units of credit.

The final decision regarding an applicant’s academic eligibility for a supplemental or subject matter authorization will be determined by CTC staff when the documentation is submitted and the application is evaluated.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Quarter 1

Digital Arts and Design

ART X489.27

15 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Almost 30 years ago, I realized the need to merge traditional and digital design with the advent of computer technologies. As the need for contemporary online teaching environments emerged, I worked with UCR Extension to develop a unique program combining online and classroom instruction, and facilitating a high degree of interactivity, personalization, and efficiency.”

John Douglas Lane

Digital Arts Institute

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