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Delaware College of Art and Design’s Certificate Programs are compact, focused courses of study. They are perfect for individuals who wish to explore new careers, enhance current skill sets, and grow both personally and professionally. Certificate Programs are part-time, non-degree areas of study which provide students with the opportunity to accelerate their careers and artistic abilities through focused, compact courses that develop creative and technical skills.

DCAD offers Certificate Programs in the following areas of study:

If you would like to learn more, take a tour of the College or find an opportunity to sit in on a class, please call 302.622.8867 ext. 123 or email mtajzler@dcad.edu.

Register online or via phone at 302.622.8000 x123.

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Thanks in part to the fantastic skills I've developed at DCAD, I've snagged a new job! The classes at DCAD have definitely given me an edge over other candidates.
– Leah Dodd, Graphic Design Certificate Graduate
  • Overview

    Certificate Programs are part-time, non-degree areas of study which provide students with the opportunity to accelerate their careers and artistic abilities through focused, compact courses that develop creative and technical skills. Classes are conducted in the evening and the weekends, allowing students to pace their studies to fit their life and work schedules.

    In order to attain Certificate status, students must:

    a) complete all Certificate course requirements and achieve a satisfactory level of competency in each class (a letter grade of C or above equal to a grade of ‘pass’);

    b) meet attendance requirements as specified (based on the number of class sessions and acceptable absences, if any);

    c) attend a Portfolio Review Workshop for an evaluation of art and design work to demonstrate program proficiency; and

    d) satisfy all financial obligations to the College.

    Certificate Programs are open to students with a college diploma, high school diploma or equivalent. No portfolio review or special application is required for admittance to Certificate Programs.

    Students who wish to enroll in a Certificate Program must contact the Office of Continuing Education to convey intentions and pay the certificate fee. Tuition and fees for each course are listed in the Continuing Education catalog.

  • Non-Credit Courses

    Students who enroll in a non-credit CE course may request a Pass or Fail grade upon course completion. Students receive continuing education units (CEUs) upon successful completion of a class. CEUS are nationally-recognized units earned by participation in qualified CE Programs which document non-credit work completed. One CEU is awarded for every 10 hours of class participation. CEUS are not equivalent to college credits and no letter grade or official transcript is provided for non-credit coursework.

    Please note: Any student (whether in a Certificate Program or not) is welcome to take any class provided pre-requisites are met.

  • Grading Policies

    Continuing Education students who are taking classes on a non-credit basis, whether in a certificate program or not, may request a grade of ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ upon course completion. A passing grade is equivalent to a letter grade of ‘C’ or better. General grade descriptions are as follows:

    A outstanding achievement

    A- very high quality work

    B+, B, B- above average achievement

    C+, C average achievement

    C-, D+, D below average

    F failure, no credit

    I incomplete

    W withdrawal

    Course and program-specific competencies are available from each instructor via the Course Outline.

For students who seek a degree, you may learn about DCAD’s Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program online or by calling 302.622.8000 ext. 110.