The Digital Media Skills Certificate covers what communication professionals need to know to advance in today's tech-focused environment.The program is designed for anyone interested in building their digital media skill set. Taught entirely online, this graduate certificate program is well suited to the needs of working professionals.
How do I apply?
For online application and instructions, visit http://american.edu/soc/admissions/certificate-apply.cfm. Please note that the online programs of American University are currently authorized to operate in these states.
For nondegree study please see below.
When will the program begin?
Cohorts begin in August and January.
When are applications due?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority application deadline for the August start is June 1; priority application deadline for the January start is November 1. Applications received after the priority deadline will continue to be reviewed until the start of the cohort.
How long will it take to complete the program?
What are the program requirements?
Who will be teaching the courses?
What software is taught in the program?
Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection version 6.0. For the first class, you will need Photoshop 6.0 Extended which is part of the Master Collection. We do not teach Final Cut Pro because it is no longer supported by Apple. We teach Adobe Premiere as our non linear editing software.
What is the cost?
The cost of the entire program for students entering in the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 cohorts is $12,750. The per credit rate of $850 is locked in for the duration of study. Cost per each 3-credit class is $2,550 which is approximately 30% less than regular graduate tuition at American University. An increase of $50 per credit is anticipated for cohorts beginning in next calendar year (January 2014).
If a student defers admission or temporarily withdraws from their cohort and enrolls at a later date, current tuition rates will apply (which may be higher than at time of admission).
Please note that current American University students who are not enrolled in the certificate program will be charged the standard SOC graduate tuition. For current rates, please visit the Office of Student Accounts page.
Can I drop a course?
Students may drop a course at any time. If the course is dropped within the first week of classes, the student will receive a full refund. No refund will be given for courses dropped after the first week. Students who reside in the state of Maryland who withdraw from classes will receive tuition refunds in accordance with the Maryland Higher Education Commission's requirements as specified in Title 13B.05.01.10 of the Code of Maryland Regulations.
Are credits earned in the certificate program transferable?
Yes. Up to 6 credit hours from the certificate program may be applied to a graduate degree program at American University's School of Communication.
Are students eligible for financial aid?
Students in the Digital Media Skills Certificate program are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. However, students may qualify for military tuition assistance and/or the Post 9/11 GI Bill, non-federal loans (lender list) and/or a University based payment plan.
Are veterans eligible for tuition benefits?
Yes. Veterans can contact Valerie Verra, Veterans Services Administrator
May American University employees apply tuition benefits to courses in the Digital Media Skills Program?
No. For information about qualifying courses employees are encouraged to contact the AU Human Resources office.
Can consortium students take courses in this program?
Yes, consortium students are eligible to enroll in digital media skills courses. However, space is restricted so please contact Jodi Tirengel, Online Learning Coordinator as soon as possible with interest.
Is American University accredited and licensed?
For information about American University's accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the University's licenses, please click here.
Is there a residency requirement?
No. There is an optional on-campus session at the conclusion of the program for students who wish to get one-on-one critiques from program faculty.
Will we have synchronous meetings online?
Synchronous will be held 2 to 4 times per class depending on the availability and scheduling of the cohort. All sessions will be recorded and instructors will provide make up assignments if the session is missed.
Upon completion of the program, will I be eligible for alumni benefits?
Yes, graduates of the certificate program can receive the majority of alumni benefits with the exception of the alumni audit program. For further information, click here.
Is nondegree study possible?
Yes. Students may take up to three classes (9 credits of coursework) as a nondegree student. Please note that some courses have prerequisite requirements. Nondegree students may not enroll in the capstone course. For consideration for nondegree study, please see application instructions.
Students who earn a grade of "B" or better in at least two classes (6 credits) of nondegree coursework have the option to transfer into the certificate program. For more information on nondegree study please contact Jodi Tirengel.
Whom do I speak to?
Questions regarding admission dates and requirements
Contact: Jodi Tirengel, SOC Online Learning Coordinator
Phone: (202) 885-2025