certificate

Advanced Design Communication Arts

For graphic designers looking to take their skills to the next level. Receive master-level mentoring and instruction to create design solutions across a variety of outputs and mediums. Execute polished, portfolio-level projects that the design industry is clamoring for.

Who this is perfect for...

  • Professional graphic designers who want to dive deeper into special design topics
  • Graduates of the Design Communication Arts certificate who want to further refine their design skills

What you can learn.

  • Create comprehensive portfolio projects, including: prototyping, mockups, experience design, and packaging
  • Develop an advanced understanding of typography through historical context and contemporary applications
  • Practice cross-disciplinary and collaborative design approaches across analog and digital technologies
  • Learn the business side of design, explore freelance best practices, and how to position yourself in the marketplace

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

Courses

Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Courses may be taken in any order. 
DESMA X 479.5B
Typically Offered: Spring
DESMA X 479.7B
Typically Offered: Fall
DESMA X 479.8B
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 479.4B
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
Elective Course
Choose 1 of the following courses. 
DESMA X 481.99QU
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
DESMA X 481.99AF
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.99FG
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.99QT
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 479.47AA
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 481.55
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 482.14
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 489.5F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 499C
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.7K
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 479.8K
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.9D
Typically Offered: Summer
DESMA X 481.43
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 479.3A
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 479.3AB
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 479.4D
Typically Offered: Fall
DESMA X 479.5D
Typically Offered: Summer
DESMA X 479.5K
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
DESMA X 479.6BB
Typically Offered: Spring
DESMA X 479.6C
Typically Offered: Spring
DESMA X 479.6D
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.79H
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 479.7F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ART X 428
Typically Offered: Winter
ART X 438.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ART X 439.90
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ART X 440.22
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee

125.00

Estimated Program Tuition

4000.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

400.00

*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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