Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts

Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts

Classroom Program


3 months


UCR Extension

Ignite your creative vision while simultaneously earning a supplementary authorization to add-on to your credential. Learn how to create innovative, authentic designs using the latest design software and how to integrate these concepts into the classroom.

Graphic design is a diverse and growing field with opportunities spanning across multiple industries. Developed with the working professional in mind, this program allows you the option of completing the coursework over a 3-month period, or in just 4 short weeks during our intensive summer academy. The choice is yours! Boost your teaching marketability and refresh your design skills with an in-depth exposure to design fundamentals, digital photography and illustration, web design and more.

Designed For

Individuals holding a Preliminary or Clear, valid California Single Subject, Standard Secondary, or Specific Secondary Credential who are familiar with digital design software and are interested in teaching graphic arts.

What You'll Learn

  • Key design fundamentals
  • The digital design process; the seven step process from conception to output
  • Techniques for translating and optimizing print work into web-appropriate design
  • Best practices for using Creative Cloud software by Adobe
  • Relating to clients and meeting client needs
  • Portfolio design and development

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


15 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“As a teacher and designer, I was happy to advance my career by adding a Specific Supplementary Authorization in Graphic Arts to my credential. To top it off, I learned the most current industry skills and software. I will definitely come back to UCR Extension for professional development.”

Dan Donovan

Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution

  2. Clear Single Subject, Standard Secondary or Specific Secondary Teacher Credential

  3. Familiarity with digital design software or Adobe Creative Suite

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Instructor Spotlight

“As the need for contemporary online teaching environments emerged, I worked with UCR Extension to develop and offer unique hybrid and online formats facilitating a high degree of interactivity, personalization, and efficiency. These formats are perfect for busy educators looking to add gold standard certifications to their credentials.”

John D. Lane

Digital Arts Institute
Cardiff, CA

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