About Us

At UC San Diego Extension, we believe great social and economic prosperity comes from integrating the collective knowledge of the university, community leaders, and professionals.

A UC San Diego Extension certificate is a widely respected credential certifying completion of a rigorous and specialized course of study. Designed by industry experts and academic faculty, our innovative programs meet high academic standards and provide real-world skills.

We hope your study at UC San Diego Extension is rewarding and enjoyable.

Extension by the numbers

  • Founded in 1964
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization
  • 54,000 enrollees per year
    • 1/2 of students have graduate or post-graduate degrees
    • More than 2,200 visiting students from more than 45 countries
  • Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) and CSCU (Commission for Senior Colleges & Universities)

About the Digital Arts Center

Since 2003, our comprehensive curriculums have taught students the real-world skills necessary to enter today’s competitive workplace. Our programs are designed  to do the following:

  • Offer comprehensive, project-based professional training
  • Provide a learning environment for students to advance their skills in the field of Digital Arts
  • Provide an environment that fosters student growth
  • Create accomplished professionals by offering real-world projects, contact with industry professionals, and internship opportunities

Student body

  • Student goals
    • Full career change
    • Professional development
    • Personal enrichment
  • Strong creative skill set
  • Varied level of experience within the field
  • Committed to a comprehensive one-year study

Program focus

  • Develop professionals with competitive skills
  • Provide targeted, real-world professional training
  • Prepare students with skills necessary to enter today’s competitive workplace
  • Students complete the program with a comprehensive, project focused final portfolio


  • Accredited evening programs (5:30pm – 9:30pm)
  • One-year accelerated study in the digital arts field of your choice
  • Comprehensive training in industry standard software and hardware
  • Project-based learning in a realistic production environment
  • Small class sizes – limited seating fosters one-on-one learning
  • Financial aid available, VA funding also accepted
  • Own and be trained on all of your own industry preferred hardware and software (Mac laptop, Canon DSLR, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut, Logic, and more)
  • Internship opportunities

How can I learn more about the programs?

Join us for an information session that will give you an opportunity to:

  • Find out what the programs can do for you
  • Discover how to become marketable and hirable in a creative field
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Meet faculty and staff
  • Tour the facilities

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