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Advanced Web and Interaction Design Certificate

Web Design III project by Yanir Dekel

Web Design III project by Yanir Dekel

For experienced designers or students who have completed the DCA Certificate Program and who want greater skill and insight into the evolving world of web design, this program offers advanced training in technology, problem solving, UX/UI, dynamically delivered content, and more.  Coursework emphasizes immersive and engaging user experience, site optimization, and design solutions through critical thinking and technical application.  The 24 unit curriculum consists of 3 required courses and 3 electives, and requires permission to enroll.  Admission is restricted to DCA Certificate recipients when earned within the past three years, or by portfolio review.



  • Web Design II: JavaScript and jQuery
  • User Experience I: Survey
  • Web Design IV: Real World Application
  • 3 Elective Courses (12 units)

Students do not have to take the required courses in a particular order.  If you need to take our introductory courses to prepare for the required courses (for example, Web Design I) those courses can apply as electives toward the certificate.  You are also welcome to take electives that will enhance other areas of your professional growth that may not apply directly to the web (for example, Advanced Typography).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the Adv. Web & Interaction Design Certificate program take?

Many of our students work part or full-time in addition to their studies, and often take 1 or 2 courses per quarter.  Students taking 8 units per quarter (2 courses) can expect to complete the program in about 3 quarters.  Please note that some courses are not offered every quarter, and students are advised to contact the course catalog or Visual Arts department for the most up to date course schedule information.

What is the application process?

Students who are currently enrolled in the Design Communication Arts Certificate program, or those who have earned the DCA certificate in the last three years are welcome to enroll.  Individuals who have not previously completed the DCA certificate program may apply for candidacy via portfolio review.  Our department looks for problem-solving, concept development, systems work and your unique voice in your portfolio. Demonstration of an understanding of visual design is required.  Please see here for the Application for Candidacy.

Can I take individual courses without first enrolling in the program?

Yes, most courses offered through UCLAx Visual Arts and Design Communication Arts are open enrollment.  Students may take individual courses from the program now, and then later apply them towards the certificate should you decide to enroll.  You should select “Credit/Letter Grade” when enrolling in a course, as you must achieve a grade of ‘C’ or better in a course to count it towards a certificate program.

Can I complete the Adv. Web & Interaction Design Certificate program entirely online?

Yes, students can complete the entire curriculum online.  Please note that some required courses rotate availability between in-class and online formats, and selected elective courses may be available in only online or in-class formats.  Please consult the UCLA Extension website or the Visual Arts department for the most up to date course schedules.

What are online courses like?

The main difference between online and in-classroom courses is the scheduling flexibility they allow.  Our online courses utilize an asynchronous learning environment called Canvas, where students do not have to be online at a certain time or day.  Each week of the course, you instructor will post new course materials (watching/reading lectures, contributing to the discussion board, web resources, etc.) for you to access.  There will be deadlines for projects and assignments, but the weekly materials (which would normally be covered in each week’s class meeting) are available for you to engage on your own schedule, each week.  Our online courses have the same instructor-to-student ratio as our in-classroom courses.  For more information about Canvas, please click here.

How much homework is involved?

The amount of time spent working on assignments and projects outside of class will vary for individual students, but as a general guideline we suggest you expect about 3 – 5 hours per week for each advanced course.

What is the candidacy fee?

The $125 candidacy fee officially establishes you as a Certificate student, and confers the following benefits:

  • For any course that is full, preference on the waitlist
  • Admittance to UCLAx AIGA student group events – including talks, studio tours, hands-on workshops, and more
  • Access to DCA Program Advisor to help with course planning and career goals
  • Eligible to apply for UCLA Bruincard for just $10 – good for campus discounts, reduced bus fares, campus library access, UCLA gym memberships, and more
  • Locks in your Certificate requirements for the duration of your candidacy

Does the Adv. Web & Interaction Design Certificate program accept International Applicants?

No, unfortunately the Adv. Web and Interaction Design Certificate program is not approved for I-20/F1 Visas.  International students who wish to study at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles are encouraged to visit the International Students Office webpage for a list of approved certificate programs.  You can also reach them by emailing iso@uclaextension.edu or calling 310.825.9351.  International students who wish to enroll and complete the Adv. Web & Interaction Design Certificate entirely online do not need to apply through the International Students Office, since an F1 Visa is not required to take our online courses abroad.

How much is tuition and is Financial Aid available?

Individual course fees are due upon registration each quarter, and the tuition listed on the Adv. Web & Interaction Design Certificate page is an estimate of your total course costs upon completion of the program.   Other expenses to consider include the most recent version of the Adobe Creative Cloud and either a desktop or laptop computer.

Financial Aid options vary for individual students, and we encourage you to consult UCLA Extension’s Financial Aid office for the most detailed information on grants, loans, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid.  You can visit their webpage here, or contact them by emailing finaid@uclaextension or calling 310.825.4246.What if I have other questions or want to speak to an advisor?

You can reach us anytime during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm PT) by calling 310.206.1422 or emailing us at dca@uclaextension.edu.

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