Design Communication Arts, Certificate

Design Communication Arts, Certificate


The Design Communication Arts Design Communication Arts (DCA) Certificate program at UCLA Extension UCLA Extension will not only teach you the tools of graphic design, but also how to think strategically and position yourself for 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. Please see the course catalog for complete listings of available electives.

At the end of the 16-course program, students participate in a mandatory Portfolio Review with design professionals before being awarded their certificate.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Drawing for Communication 
  • Design Ill: Branding 
  • Design History and Context 
  • Typography 
  • Design Fundamentals 
  • Design II: Collateral Communication 
  • Design 'V: Advanced Design Practice 
  • Design 
  • Color Methodologies 

                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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                • 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

                • Create a student profile, apply to your certificate program, and pay the candidacy fee
                • Navigate to the International Student Certificate Program Application and submit when all pages are complete
                • Pay international student fees.  You will be prompted to pay the international student fee when you submit your completed application. You will pay the remaining international student fees via the links on the international student fee page.
                • Send required documents to the International Student Office

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  13000 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 13000 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
                • National Applies to you

                  13000 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 13000 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                Estimated Total Cost: $15,250

                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.

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