Design Communication Arts at UCLA Extension comprises three certificate programs: a 16-course core program to prepare you for a transition to a meaningful career in graphic design, and two advanced programs for those who already have design portfolios and want to continue developing their skills: Advanced Print and Graphic Communication and Advanced Web and Interactive Design.
With us, you will not only learn the tools of design, but also how to think strategically and position yourself in 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.
To get a sense of what our students have accomplished, please peruse the “Some Graduates” links at right, as well as the selected sample work below.
Click here to see what we’re offering this quarter. There are courses appropriate for all experience levels, and we provide a classroom environment that is supportive yet challenging. All three certificate programs may also be completed online.
Questions about the program? Call (310) 206-1422 to speak with an advisor.
Sample work of DCA graduate Eric Gardner in his new position as Design Associate with the Hammer Museum:
Award-winning pieces by DCA graduate Stacy Kimmel: