Program Description

Interactive Art & Design is a field where art and design practices meet technology. Entry-level employment in fields like web design, interaction design, graphic design, game design, creative coding, entertainment, and mobile apps. Emphasis on interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration. Students will develop a portfolio and participate in a shared incubator course with all Design/Media Arts students.

Required: Students must select 3 courses (9 units) from any of the emphases to complete the certificate.

All courses in this certificate require literacy and proficiency in writing and math. Projects require written, oral, and visual presentations as well as the application of basic math principles and skills.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop original interactive art and design content using foundational creative processes, principles of interactivity, and appropriate technologies.

  2. Identify essential industry competencies and explore applications and learning resources to identify practical approaches to problem-solving.

  3. Strategize and manage efficient design and production workflows.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in teams effectively.

  5. Communicate interactive art and design projects effectively through appropriate verbal, written and visual techniques.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.


Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units:  21


  • DMA 002 - History of Design and Media Arts (3)
    or DMA 004 - History of Digital Games (3)
  • DMA 012 - Digital Art: Painting & Drawing (3)
  • DMA 070 - Motion Graphics (3)
    or DMA 072 - 2D Animation (3)

Option for Web Design & Development

  • DMA 050 - Web Design & Development (3)
  • DMA 032 - Interaction Design (3)
  • DMA 062 - Creative Coding for the Internet (3)

Option for Interaction Design & User Experience (UX)

  • DMA 032 - Interactive Design (3)
  • DMA 034 - User Experience Design (UX) (3)
  • DMA 064 - Creative Coding for Mobile Devices (3)

Option for Game Design & Development

  • DMA 090 - Game Design I (3)
  • DMA 092 - Game Design II: Game Engines (3)
  • DMA 080A - 3D Modeling & Sculpting (3)
    or DMA 080B - Animation & Simulations (3)

Options for Creative Coding

  • DMA 060 - Creative Coding (3)
  • DMA 062 - Creative Coding for the Internet (3)
  • DMA 064 - Creative Coding for Mobile Devices (3)

Required Capstone Course

  • DMA 098 - Design/Media Arts Incubator (3)
    or ART 075 - Exhibition and Presentation of Visual Art (3)

Recommended Electives

  • ART 011A - Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 015 - Sketching for Design (3)
  • ART 031A - Color and Composition - Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • BUS 116 - Entrepreneurship (30
  • CINE 026A - Beginning Electronic Filmmaking (3)
  • DMA 020A - Graphic Design I (3)
  • SPCH 001 - Fundamentals of Speech (3)
    or SPCH 001H - Honors Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • SPCH 010 - Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • TVR 002A - Beginning Audio Production (3)
  • TVR 019 - Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts (3)

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

Download AS Degree Requirements

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