16 Courses Required

The Design Communication Arts (DCA) Certificate program prepares students for careers in graphic design by offering a solid foundation in design fundamentals, along with courses in web and interaction design, photography, and more. The DCA program will not only teach you the tools of graphic design, but also how to think strategically and position yourself for a competitive market. While knowing and understanding production is an integral part of design, your unique perspective and critical thinking skills offer even greater value to the process. That's why we emphasize conceptualizing the idea, not just decorating the product. If you pay attention and challenge yourself, you will leave the program with confidence in your creative and practical skills, and with a portfolio that reflects your unique lens on the world. Please see the course catalog for complete listings of available electives.

At the end of the 16-course program, students participate in a mandatory Portfolio Review with design professionals before being awarded their certificate.

Kate Reeves
(310) 206-1422

Estimated Cost
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $13,000.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $2,000.00
Estimated Total Cost: $15,250.00

Students will also need access to the Adobe Creative Suite at an estimated cost of $19.99 per month.

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.

Internship Available: Yes

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Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
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Certificate in Design Communication Arts


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