Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design

Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design

Hybrid Program


3 months


15 Units

UCR Extension

2017 Program Dates: January 28 - April 22

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

“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.
  • Courses are CTC-approved to meet the requirements for: Specific Subject Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Digital Communications

ART X489.2

3.5 units

Digital Art & Design

ART X489.21

3.5 units

Digital Design Process

ART X489.22

3.5 units

Web Design for Graphic Designers

ART X489.23

3.5 units

Digital Design Portfolio Review and Presentation

ART X489.24

1 units

“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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