Digital Arts & Design Intensive Academy

Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design Intensive Academy

Professional Certificate in Digital Arts & Design Intensive Academy

Hybrid Program


3 months


UCR Extension

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2019 Program Dates: October 26, 2019 - January 18, 2020

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 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.

Attend an online information session via live webcast:

  • October 5, 9-10 a.m.

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

What You Should Know

Program Cost

  • Regular Rate: $3,750
  • Early Bird Rate: $3,700 (if paid before October 16)
  • Mandatory Lab Fee: $265 (nonrefundable)
  • Balance is due on or before the first day of class.

Students are required to purchase their own Adobe Creative Cloud software and textbook.

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

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.

Information Session

Information Session: Digital Arts and Design Academy

ART 895.22

Quarter 1

Digital Arts and Design Hybrid Academy

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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