Boulder Digital Arts Certificate Programs provide maximum training value in an accelerated format and are taught by talented working professionals who will teach you today's best tools, technology and techniques. Most of our programs are offered remotely but some are held-in person in Colorado. Regardless of location or format, all classes are taught live so you get to learn and interact with an expert instructor, and the other peers in your class, while attending from anywhere in the world. Many of our Certificate programs employ the “flipped classroom” approach where you’ll learn and practice on your own, so that there is more time for questions and interactive learning during class sessions.
Our unique Certificate Programs emphasize practical knowledge and skills over academics using a project-based learning approach that combines engaging lectures with hands-on practice. Every Certificate Program program has a clear and concise learning outcome and each participant receives a certificate of completion. Finally, most programs are limited to only 15 participants so that the instructor can properly engage with every participant.
We offer a variety of financial aid programs. Learn more about these programs.
A Modern Alternative for Learning Practical Skills Quickly
We are here to help you learn specific new skills quickly throughout your career or creative process - just what you need, when you need it. Since we are not a school or academic institution, our classes and workshops are open to anyone regardless of your age, profession or background with no admissions requirements. As a non-academic organization, our sole focus is providing great learning experiences. We don't test or issue degrees or academic credentials. You can take any class at any time on any subject and in any sequence. How refreshing!
Our Certificate Programs
In this Certificate Program you will get an in-depth introduction to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and InDesign and the universal threads that weave between them when used for graphic design. In addition to learning these industry-standard tools, you'll also learn about core design theory, best practices and processes commonly used when addressing different graphic design projects. Along the way you'll be working on real-world design projects and leave the program with a small portfolio of work. Details and upcoming dates!
In this certificate program, you will gain real-world skills and knowledge to be able to manage world-class digital projects such as websites and mobile applications. This class will cover the processes to build digital applications with a heavy focus on the deliverables and disciplines needed to bring a digital vision into reality. Details and upcoming dates!
Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool for anyone's "digital tool box." It is widely used for developing components of designs in both the digital and print worlds. Whether you are a graphic designer, web developer, filmmaker, photographer or other digital artist, fluency with Adobe Photoshop will enhance your work and creative process. In this intensive, five-day course our expert instructor will guide you through the key features of Photoshop while providing the opportunity for you to practice what you've learned by working on a variety of projects with the help of the instructor. Details and upcoming dates!
In this certificate program you'll learn a wide range of essential and practical skills to become a professional portrait photographer. You'll learn how to shoot great portraits, edit them in Adobe Lightroom, and all about the business of portrait photography. Details and upcoming dates!
In this certificate program you will learn both the basics of digital marketing as well as advanced methods of Search Engine Marketing (SEM/PPC/Paid Search) and how it interacts with other aspects of digital marketing including SEO, social media marketing, website development, email marketing and more. Details and upcoming dates!
In this fast-paced, comprehensive certificate program you'll learn everything you need to know to start photographing weddings professionally. From essential background information, to marketing yourself and finding clients all the way through shooting the wedding itself, getting the best coverage and delivering the results to the newlyweds. You'll also get a chance to practice what you've learned shooting a "mock" wedding with models using your equipment. Details and upcoming dates!
In this Certificate Program you will learn to master Adobe After Effects CC and create visually stunning motion graphics. We’ll cover animation, masking, compositing, and effects. Add depth to your work as we cover After Effect’s 3D capabilities as well as many other tools and techniques packed into the powerful program. Details and upcoming dates!
In this Certificate Program you will learn how to design and build a "responsive" website from scratch using Bootstrap CSS and HTML/HTML5 including preparing the user interface design in Photoshop, building standards compliant pages and publishing to a web server. Details and upcoming dates!
In this Certificate Program you will learn storytelling techniques, how to professionally edit video in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, workflow and polishing techniques. We'll go from raw footage to a finished product. Details and upcoming dates!
In this certificate program, you will gain real-world skills and knowledge in all the key areas of UI/UX design. This class will cover both web and mobile interfaces, with an emphasis on UI/UX design principles and best practices, user research, wireframing and usability testing. Details and upcoming dates!
In this certificate program you will learn about the massive changes in online digital marketing, including mobile device outreach, search engine optimization, how to thrive in the engagement economy and a variety of insider social media marketing techniques. You will gain the skills necessary to increase site traffic, improve site conversion and build bigger online audiences. Details and upcoming dates!
Why Choose Boulder Digital Arts
Proven Track Record
Boulder Digital Arts has a proven track record of providing top-quality training for digital professionals for over 16 years. We've helped thousands of people just like you!
Learn Practical Skills Quickly
Our classes & workshops are efficient and powerful. By focusing on practical knowledge and skills, you get top-notch instruction in a short period of time.
Learn from Industry Professionals
Based in the tech mecca of Boulder, Colorado allows us to leverage the world-class talent in the area offering our participants some of the best instructors around. All our instructors are working professionals who have deep knowledge, real-world experience and expert insights in the subjects they teach.No Academic Red Tape
As a professional resource organization, we don't have to be difficult like a school. Sign up online in minutes with no admissions or complicated bureaucratic hassles. If you've ever had to work with a traditional academic institution, you will appreciate our simple transparency and dedication to great customer experiences.
We have always strived to keep our classes & workshops affordable as part of our mission of empowering creative professionals with training and resources.
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Plan for Success
Our Certificate Programs are offered in a wide variety of formats to accommodate the busy schedules of our participants including weekday and weekend intensives, as well as evening sessions taking place over the course of multiple evenings for several weeks.
For most programs, you'll need a computer. Using your own computer also allows you to experiment and self-learn after class, while the training is fresh in your mind.
If you're attending a remote program, be sure to read our Remote Class FAQs.