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Advanced Design Communication Arts Certificate

DCA Alumn Grace Hutchison

Package Design by DCA Alumn Grace Hutchison

The Advanced Design Communication Arts (ADCA) certificate is designed for students who have completed the core DCA program and are ready for more advanced and targeted classes. Students will further refine their strengths in targeted classes, producing comprehensive design projects to be successful in the marketplace. Taught by prominent artists and designers, this advanced program offers master-level mentoring and instruction.  The 20-unit curriculum consists of 4 required courses and 1 elective.  Students do not have to take the required courses in a particular order.


  • Special Topics: Digital and Analog Craft (4 units), typically offered in fall quarter
  • Special Topics: Design Entrepreneurship (4 units), typically offered in winter quarter
  • Special Topics: Cross Disciplinary Design (4 units), typically offered in spring quarter
  • Typography II (4 units), typically offered in fall and spring quarters
  • 1 Elective Course (4 units)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the Adv. Design Communication Arts 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 consult the course catalog or Visual Arts department for the most up to date course scheduling 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 five years are welcome to enroll.  Individuals who have not previously completed the DCA Certificate program may apply for candidacy via portfolio review. Please click here to apply for candidacy.

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

Yes, most courses offered through UCLAx Visual 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 apply.  Individuals should select “Credit/Letter Grade” when enrolling in a course, as students must achieve a grade of ‘C’ or better in a course to count it towards a certificate program.

Can I complete the Adv. Design Communication Arts Certificate program entirely online?

No, unfortunately the program cannot be completed entirely online.  Although some elective courses are available in both online and in-class formats, select required courses in the ADCA Certificate are only offered in-class.

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 5 – 8 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 courses that are full, preference on the waitlist
  • 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 ADCA Certificate program accept International Applicants?

No, unfortunately the ADCA 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.

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. Design Communication Arts 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 ET) by calling 310.206.1422 or emailing us at dca@uclaextension.edu.
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