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Digital Media Online Certificate

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  • SOC Digital Media Certificate graduation

    Fall 2013 Capstones

  • SOC Digital Skills student work 1

    Digital Skills
    on Display

    See what students are creating in our Digital Skills online certificate program.

  • SOC Digital Skills Mediashift

    In the News

    Recently, the Digital Media Skills Online
    Certificate program was featured in MediaShift.

  • Pam Willenz completed the American University  Digital Media Skills online certificate program.

    What Students Say

    The Digital Media Skills Certificate is designed for anyone interested in building their digital media skill set. Taught entirely online, this  program is well-suited to the needs of working professionals.  Find out about their experiences.

Online, 15 graduate credits, 12 months


The Digital Media Certificate is designed for anyone interested in learning how to use social networking in the digital media landscape. This program not only provides skills training, but also examines the theories behind new methods of conveying information, how audiences take in and react to this type of messaging, and how media must adapt its message.

As one of the only online programs of its kind, this graduate certificate is accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds, offering the opportunity to participate in graduate level learning on a flexible schedule.

The program is suited to wide range of students, including those without a prior background in digital media, mid-career professionals who left school before Web skills were taught and fresh graduates interested in advanced skills training. Read more


Students interested in skills training only may take up to three courses as a nondegree student. Students who complete at least two nondegree courses with a grade of "B" or better have the option to transfer directly into the certificate program.


Our faculty members are experts in the field of digital media: Program Director Brigid Maher, Lisa Bream, Kyle Brannon, Nick James Ray, and Edwin Mah.


Certificate program students are invited to attend an optional on-campus session at the end of the program to show their work and receive professional critiques.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, www.american.edu/soc/disclosures.

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