First, we recommend that you choose a program that you are interested in completing. Students typically take the courses listed in order–the lower numbered ones first–and then proceed through the required list of courses. We recommend that you contact a faculty member to set up an educational plan that will help facilitate completing the program in a timely manner.
Many of our students work full time and take DM classes on a part time basis. Taking one or two classes a semester students can easily complete a certificate in two to three semesters.
I am interested in transitioning to a new career. Will completing a DM certificate help me reposition myself professionally?
Yes, our certificates provide professional development in areas of web and mobile design, graphic design, and digital marketing and communications. For students who complete any one of our programs (including the portfolio class) we guarantee that you will find work. DM alumni most typically secure employment within a few months after graduating. See our portfolio section that showcases student work. Our faculty enjoy discussing career pathways with students and also provide career counseling for adult students transitioning to new careers.
Yes high school students are welcome to take DM classes! Please see our schedule of classes and let us know if you have any questions.
Yes, DM classes transfer as lower division units to many four-year programs in multi media, graphic design, and communication arts. Some courses are articulated with four-year universities in California. We recommend that you meet with DM faculty to discuss transfer options to four-year university programs.
The web and mobile design program focuses on designing interfaces that will adjust to different browsers, different screens and different operating systems with little effort. You will learn foundation skills in user interface design, visual communication, and basic coding. You will also be encouraged to move from working on homework assignments to working on commercial projects as it is very important to be able to design according to a client’s specifications. The graphic design certificate focuses on designing for print and is applicable to web design too. Because design in general is about communicating messages to specific and/or mass audiences students will learn to conceptualize and design messages that connect and register with whom their intended audience is. While many people may think graphic design is about how something looks, we know, and you will too, that design is mostly about how something can be effectively and convincingly communicated. The marketing and digital communications certificate provides interdisciplinary training in business and digital media. This emerging field blends traditional concepts of marketing with the digital environment. Because the digital environment is largely a visual and textual medium you will learn how to design visuals and also develop written content in to marketing strategies for social media campaigns, mobile advertising and blogs.
Yes you can take classes for a letter grade or a P/NP.
Most course work can be completed with an older version of the software. However, it is best to check with faculty about this when you register for a class.