• Application Deadline
  • 18 months


What you can learn in the Design Communication Arts (DCA) Certificate program at UCLA Extension

  • How to create a robust user experience for a variety of outputs, including print and electronic media
  • How to utilize critical thinking and your unique perspective to offer even greater value when conceptualizing and executing ideas
  • How to contribute value at different stages of the design process to distinguish yourself from other professionals in the graphic design job market
  • Core design principles including HTML and CSS web design best practices; JavaScript programming and jQuery framework use; photography skills; how to use graphic design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator; and typography

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Color Methodologies
  • Design: Collateral Communication
  • Design: Capstone
  • Design: Branding
  • Design History and Context
  • Typography
  • Design Fundamentals

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                Academic Requirements

                Documents required:

                • Financial certification, such as a bank statement or bank letter, declaring you have a minimum of $26,300 USD, or equivalent, to cover your school and living expenses for a year.
                • A copy of your TOEFL iBT score or Academic IELTS score, which must be no more than two years old.
                • A copy of the page in your passport showing your full legal name, birth date, passport expiration date, and photograph.
                • An official copy of high school or college transcripts. An English copy must be included with foreign language transcripts.
                • One passport-size photo.

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  15250 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 15250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
                • National Applies to you

                  15250 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 15250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Los Angeles

                • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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                Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.