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Technical Communication and Copyediting Information SessionINFO-70166

Units: 0.00

Free

Copyediting and Technical Communication Information Session (INFO-70166)Free | Online Are you interested in a new career as a copyeditor or technical communicator, but not sure where to begin? Explor...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

All 14 units required. Basics of Technical Editing or Technical Communication I are recommended for the first class, but classes may be taken in any order.

Basics of Technical EditingWCWP-40307

Units: 3.00

$495

Basics of Technical Editing 10 weeks | Online The technical editor s first priority is the reader; and in this course, you will learn the basics of how to be the reader s advocate. To properly serve...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Technical Communication IWCWP-40151

Units: 3.00

$495

Technical Communication I 10 weeks | Online This is a practical, hands-on technical writing course for all currently practicing or would-be technical communicators wishing to get a firmer grasp on t...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Writing Online DocumentationWCWP-40158

Units: 3.00

$395

Writing Online Documentation 10 weeks | Online As more print publications and manuals go online, it s vital to understand the similarities and differences between writing for print and writing for o...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Information Design for Technical CommunicatorsWCWP-40339

Units: 3.00

$395

Information Design for Technical Communicators 10 weeks | OnlineProfessionals who produce technical communications whether they are technical writers, web and graphic designers, trainers, or engineer...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Critical Thinking for CommunicatorsWCWP-40265

Units: 3.00

$395

Critical Thinking for Communicators 10 weeks | Online Critical thinking affects all communication but one may not realize it. It must be learned to ensure that one thinks, reads, writes, and edits w...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This is a required class. All other required courses, listed above, must be completed before this course.

Technical Communication IIWCWP-40154

Units: 3.00

$395

Technical Communication II 10 weeks | Online This is the capstone course of the Technical Communication Certificate Program. All Required classes must be taken before enrolling in this class. This c...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Students must choose 7 units of electives from the list below.

Grammar LabWCWP-40234

Units: 3.00

$675

Grammar Lab (WCWP-40234)10 Weeks | OnlineThis ten-week online Grammar Lab course is skillfully designed to meet the needs of all students. It is beneficial for those with little grammar experience and...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Students must choose 7 units of electives from the list below.

User Interface DesignART-40535

Units: 3.00

$695

Gain a strong understanding of user interface design so you can begin to learn how to be an interactive designer or enhance your design skills. This graphic and web design training course covers refer...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Management for Technical CommunicatorsBUSA-40667

Units: 2.00

$370

Project Management for Technical Communicators 6 weeks | Online How can you keep your technical communication project on track when the goal is always changing? Let an experienced project manager te...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Tools for Technical CommunicatorsWCWP-40266

Units: 3.00

$395

Tools for Technical Communicators 10 weeks | Online Technical communicators use a variety of tools to create and present information. We will review and discuss such tools as word processors, text e...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall

Adobe InDesignART-40533

Units: 3.00

$570

Adobe InDesign 9 Weeks | $595 | OnlineLearn to use Adobe InDesign, a comprehensive page layout software, in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create various kinds of publications an...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Adobe IllustratorART-40527

Units: 3.00

$570-$595

Adobe Illustrator 9 Weeks | $595 | OnlineLearn the industry-standard professional vector drawing program Adobe Illustrator. In this graphic design training course, students will gain practical experi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to Adobe Creative CloudART-40665

Units: 3.00

$570

Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud 9 Weeks | $595 | OnlineThis introductory course will get your feet wet with some basics in the Adobe Software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

UX for Technical CommunicatorsWCWP-40341

Units: 2.00

$370

UX for Technical Communicators 6 Weeks | Online User Experience (or UX) is a new communication design discipline that emerged in the years following the birth of the internet. It is focused on creat...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Adobe PhotoshopART-40311

Units: 3.00

$570-$595

Adobe Photoshop I: Introduction 9 Weeks | $595 | OnlineAn introduction to Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software application used by professional graphic artists to create and modify images for use in...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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This Program Is Designed For:

  • Communicators working in every field, from accounting to pharmaceuticals to telecommunications.
  • Those who desire to learn how to create a wide variety of documents and scripts, including environmental impact statements, financial reports, training materials, user guides and more.
  • Demand is greatest for communicators who have degrees in science or engineering, but there are opportunities for those with a background in communications, journalism, English, visual media, and other fields.
  • The program is also designed for technical communication professionals working in the field that want to advance their careers, and the program can be completed entirely online for those with working lives.

Certificate Guidelines

The program consists of 24 quarter units in Writing and other disciplines related to technical communications. It can be completed in eight academic quarters. You must earn a Pass (C-) or better grade in each course. Extension courses in science, computing, and engineering may be applied toward electives with department approval.

Advisory Board

Lynne Friedmann, APR

Consultant

Friedmann Communications

Jamie Gillenwater

Technical Communications Consultant

Transcend Text, LLC

Brian Goldfarb

Department Chair

UC San Diego Communications Department

Alan Houser

Consultant and Trainer

Technical Publishing

Steven Margolin

Owner

Margolin Communications

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.