Digital Design

875 hours
25 hours
per week
36 weeks

The Digital Design program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and learn basic design principles and best practices employed in the graphics, motion, video and web/content management industry. Through a hands-on approach, students will gain a foundation in the technical skills needed to be prepared for entry-level positions by planning, designing, and creating computer-based digital media using a selection of Adobe based industry-standard software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro and WordPress. Earning a Digital Design Certificate allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise with the most common skills required for the print and visual design industry.

Digital Media consists of 4 Certificate Programs.

Complete one certificate or earn all four certificates to be as competitive as possible 
in the industry.

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Visual and Vector Design

This program provides a hands-on approach by planning, designing and creating raster and vector-based documents using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for the development of a portfolio. It provides students with the knowledge and foundational skills needed to evaluate and apply appropriate basic design principles and best practices employed in the print design industry.

Receive Visual and Vector Design certificate by completing two courses:

  • COMM 660 Visual Design
  • COMM 661 Vector Design

Digital Design

Using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, students will learn the technical skills needed to be prepared for entry-level employment in the print, digital media and design industry by planning, designing and creating computer-based digital media using a selection of industry-standard software.

Receive Digital Design Certificate Program by completing four courses:

  • COMM 660 Visual Design
  • COMM 661 Vector Design
  • COMM 662 Page Layout Design
  • COMM 663 Portfolio Design

Motion and Video Production

This program explores Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, teaching students the technical skills needed for the motion graphics and video production industry. Students will plan, design and create computer-based animation, motion graphics, and videos to prepare for entry-level positions in this industry.

Receive Motion and Video Production Certificate Program by completing two courses:

  • COMM 667 Motion Graphics
  • COMM 668 Video Production

Web Design and Content Management

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and learn basic design principles employed in the web design content management industry. Using a hands-on approach with WordPress, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, and Illustrator apps, students will gain a working knowledge and technical skills to be ready for an introductory position in web design and content management systems.

Receive Web Design and Content Management Certificate Program by completing two courses:

  • COMM 666 Workflow for Modern Web Design
  • COMM 669 Web Design and Content Management
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Digital Media Orientation

Enrollment is currently available for this program. Sign up for mandatory orientation prior to enrollment. Please also add your name to the mailing list to receive information and updates about programs and classes at San Diego Continuing Education.

Possible Career Paths

Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of this program:

  • Multimedia Artists and Animators $35/hr.
  • Graphic Designers $26/hr.
  • Web Developers $36/hr.

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