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 10-12 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!

In-Depth, One-Week Certificate Programs in Film, Video, Web Development, Web Design, Web Marketing and Photography from Boulder Digital Arts

Our Certificate Programs

Graphic Design Certificate Program

Graphic Design Certificate Program

In this Certificate Program you will get an in-depth introduction to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, 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!

Digital Photography Certificate Program

Digital Photography Certificate Program

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. Learn to harness the creative power of exposure and composition, natural and artificial lighting, and working with a live model. Gain working knowledge of how to manage and enhance your photos using Adobe Lightroom, and the keys to building an effective digital workflow. This intensive course is created to help you uncover your path towards working professionally in photography or to just enjoy the art of photography fully equipped to go in any direction your passion takes you. We will give you an introduction to the business concepts that will separate you from the rest.   Details and upcoming dates!

Adobe After Effects Motion Graphics Certificate Program

Adobe After Effects Motion Graphics Certificate Program

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!

Video Production Certificate Program

Video Production Certificate Program

In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to produce professional quality video using state-of-the-art equipment including cameras, audio, and lighting gear.   Details and upcoming dates!

Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing Certificate Program

Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing Certificate Program

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!

UI/UX Design Certificate Program

UI/UX Design Certificate Program

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!

WordPress Web Development Certificate Program

WordPress Web Development Certificate Program

In this In-Depth Intensive you will learn how to efficiently create custom WordPress themes using industry-standard web development tools, a robust parent theme called WP Jump Start, and a variety of labor-saving plugins.   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 18 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.

Great Value

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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What People Are Saying

BDA is THE place to turn to for professional development. You can't find classes of this caliber, at these prices, anywhere else – not even close. Alyson Miller, Partner, Venture Growth
BDA training gives students the practical skills they just aren't getting from traditional academic experiences. To be honest, we have been very disappointed by the lack of portfolios or work experience in recent college graduates we've hired and encourage those looking for jobs to get more real-world skills through something like BDA. Doyle Albee, President and New Media Practice Director, Metzger Associates
When I took similar classes at the local community colleges I quickly realized that I knew more than many of my teachers! They seemed out-of-touch with the current technologies and trends. The instructors at BDA really know what they're talking about because they are true professionals not just teachers. Catherine McCormack
BDA helped give me the skills I needed to work on professional projects - including the documentary "The Cove," which I helped edit, and has just won an Academy Award! Mike Scalisi, Editor, The Cove

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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.


We've been empowering Colorado's creatives, tech and marketing professionals with affordable and practical-skills focused training for 16 years! We invite you to join our community today.