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.
These 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 10 participants so that the instructor can 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 be introduced to the art, science and business of photography to help prepare you to be a professional photographer. We will cover many disciplines of photography, learning both universal concepts and specific techniques. From the creative power of exposure and composition to the nuance of identifying and modifying both natural and artificial lighting from understanding how to enhance photos in Lightroom to building an effective digital workflow and finally an introduction to the business concepts that will separate you from the rest. 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 application 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!
Throughout this two-day course, you will gain real-world, hands-on experience producing professional 360° virtual reality video using a wide range of professional-level tools from cameras to editing software and you'll also be able to experience the results in a variety of popular VR headsets! You'll leave the class with a solid understanding of the process, recommended tools, and best practices for producing high-quality VR productions. 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 you'll also learn all about the business of portrait photography. 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 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 search engine optimization, managing pay-for-placement advertising campaigns (including Google AdWords) and social media marketing techniques. You will gain the skills necessary to increase valuable traffic 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 ten 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.
Boulder Digital Arts training takes place in our comfortable, 6,000 square foot facility, including a state-of-the-art classroom with high-definition projection and up-to-date hardware and software. We invite you to come in for a tour!
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.
Boulder is a Great Place To Visit
If you happen to be coming from out of town to attend one of BDA's classes, you're in for a real treat! Boulder is a small yet dynamic town, full of great restaurants, exciting nightlife, and tons of outdoor activities, including many miles of mountain bike trails, exceptional hiking, and some of the best rock climbing in the country!
If you'd like to arrange lodging during your stay, BDA has arranged discounts at several hotels located very close to our training facility. Please email us and we'll be happy to provide you with great recommendations regarding where to eat, sleep, hike, bike, climb, and - most importantly - get coffee!
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Plan for Success
Our Certificate Programs are offered in a variety of formats to accommodate the busy schedules of our participants including weekend intensives, a weekday format (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) for one full week, a weekend format (five consecutive weekend days) and a evening format taking place over the course of multiple evenings for several weeks.
For some programs, you'll need to bring your own computer loaded with the appropriate software and in other cases Boulder Digital Arts supplies a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer. However, we always recommend that you bring own computer during the classes so that you get familiar with your own particular environment. Using your own computer also allows you to experiment and self-learn in the evenings while the training is fresh in your mind.
As part of our concierge service for Certificate Program customers we will follow-up with you after your registration to answer any questions you might have and confirm all the details. We are also happy to help arrange accommodations, transportation or other logistical needs. Boulder Digital Arts has negotiated discounted rates at several local hotels and service providers for our customers.