Certificate On Campus

Design Communication Arts

UCLA Extension

18 months
6666 USD/year
6666 USD/year
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We offer a short course degree in Design Communication Arts at UCLA Extension. Ignite your creativity and prepare for a career in graphic design. Learn how to think like a designer while developing the visual literacy needed to thrive in a professional setting.


Feel confident in your skills through portfolio reviews, a capstone course, mentorship and internship opportunities. The Design Communication Arts (DCA) certificate at UCLA Extension can be completed online or in the classroom. 

What you can learn.

  • An understanding of fundamental design principles, tools and techniques for graphic designers, and how to put your ideas into action.
  • How to position yourself for the competitive job market, including how to build a strong portfolio that shows off your creative abilities. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Color Methodologies
  • Photoshop 
  • Design: Branding
  • Design History and Context
  • Typography
  • Design Fundamentals

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply to a certificate program
  • Complete the International Student Certificate Program Application
  • Purchase health insurance
  • Provide us with your supporting documents

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    6666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    6666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 USD for the full programme during 18 months.

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.


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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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