Graphic Arts

Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts

Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts

Hybrid Program


3 months


UCR Extension

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Graphic design is a diverse and growing field with opportunities spanning across multiple industries. Developed with the working professional in mind, this program allows you the option of completing the coursework at your own pace, or over a 3-month period during our intensive academy. Begin in a face-to-face classroom session, and enjoy the flexibility of online instruction for part of the time. Gain approximately 150 hours of professional-level instruction in all key areas of digital arts and design through the following learning modules:

  • Digital Communications

    Emphasizes a "gestalt process" of design in the organization and development of visually compelling pieces with consideration to appropriate aesthetic sensibilities, spatial relations, color, typography, and layout. Centers around the use of Adobe Creative Suite applications.

  • Digital Design Process

    Instruction covers the "7-step production process" which takes the designer from conception (the idea) to output (production and finished project). Introduces you to creating content for the web using Dreamweaver.

  • Digital Art & Design

    Builds on the basics of visual communication tools and methods with a more in-depth look into the art of design. Design projects will involve using the Adobe Creative Suite tools to work on branding ID, unique business domain name, and the development of a portfolio. Business practices will be woven in.

  • Web Design for Graphic Designers

    Using Adobe's Dreamweaver, learn how to produce a consistent look and feel by taking pieces designed for print and translating them over to the web. Covers technical web topics such as CSS and XHTML, with a strong focus on how to integrate Dreamweaver with other design tools in the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Digital Design Portfolio Review & Presentation

    A comprehensive review of all design work and materials produced.

View the course calendar for onsite meetings and online coursework.

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • 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.
  • Want to sharpen current graphic and web design skills.
  • Have been novice artists who want to establish a career.

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 private and public schools, self-employment, private firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Graphic Arts/Design Teacher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Artist
  • Publications Coordinator

Program Overview


15 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“As a teacher and designer, I was happy to advance my career by adding a Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts to my credential. To top it off, I learned the most current industry skills and software. I will definitely come back to UCR Extension for professional development.”

Dan Donovan

Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, CA

Earning the Certificate

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

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Clear Single Subject, Standard Secondary or Specific Secondary Teacher Credential
  3. Familiarity with digital design software or Adobe Creative Suite

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.

Instructor Spotlight

“As the need for contemporary online teaching environments emerged, I worked with UCR Extension to develop and offer unique hybrid and online formats facilitating a high degree of interactivity, personalization, and efficiency. These formats are perfect for busy educators looking to add gold standard certifications to their credentials.”

John D. Lane

Digital Arts Institute
Cardiff, CA

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