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CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES

Looking to explore new interests but don't think you need a full degree or need to refine an existing skillset?

Certificate in Media Production

CERTIFICATE IN UI/UX, WEB DEVELOPMENT AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

Certificate in Social Media

Certificate in Business Management

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Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Social Media

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Media Arts

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in UI/UX

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Social Media around the world

Social Media Around the World

With globalization we have seen a major increase in the types of social media being utilized in the world. Having the ability to span such far reaches adds an exciting new levels to how businesses and individuals can connect to new audiences. Understanding how different cultures use and interact with social media is critically important for anyone interested in the global market. This course walks students through the current state of trends and platforms across the globe.

Social Media Ethics and Responsibility

Social Media Ethics and Responsibilities

Whether you are representing yourself or your company, maintaining an ethical and responsible online presence is a must. Though the rise of social media has created unprecedented opportunities for individuals to connect, it has also brought many unwanted consequences - hate speech, harassment, lack of anonymity, questionable use of our data, etc. This course walks students through the considerations that must understood to use social media in a way that is productive and safe for everyone involved.

Personal Brand Management

Personal Brand Management

Whether we like it or not, we all have a digital footprint in this world. If you are not actively managing your online presence, it means it’s being done for you. Personal branding is the art of communicating to the world the unique and marketable talents you have to offer, and a critical aid to the development of your career. This course gives students the skills they need to successfully self-market their brand and learn how to cultivate their online reputation on their own terms.

Social Media Production

Social Media Production

It’s no secret that social media can be one of the most effective and profitable strategies a business or entrepreneur can use to generate attention. The key to a successful social media campaign often comesdown to the ability to generate good content. What makes one video go viral and another go unnoticed?


This course breaks down the process of planning and creating the kinds of social media content that will make a lasting impression on your customers or followers.

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Creating Social Media Graphics and Animations

In a saturated social media market, the best way to get noticed is to make something that catches the eye. Social media is not known for embracing boring graphics. On the contrary, the need to create stunning, or beautiful or humorous images and animations is a requirement to stay relevant. This course walks users through the principles and practices of creating memorable animated gifs, cinemagraphs, banners, memes, and kinetic typography assets.

social media marketing

Social Media Marketing for Business

Whether a business is a start up or an established entity, having a strategic social media presence is essential for success and longevity. Learning how to effectively market on various forms of social media can be an incredible way to attract new customers, identify trends, anticipate customer needs and generate new revenue streams. This course covers in concrete detail how to manage social media accounts to increase customer base and improve your bottom line.

social media analytics

Social Media Analytics

The better a business or an entrepreneur can understand who their customers really are, the better they can streamline their marketing efforts. This course introduces students to the powerful tools available online to analyze the activity of social media users so they can turn it into marketing insights for their company or organization. Students in the course will use data to set up, track and monitor existing social media campaigns.

writing a blog

Writing a blog

With so many blogs available on the Internet, what is it that makes one stand out from the rest? This course takes students through the wide range of factors a blogger must consider to maintain a successful following. Students will learn the specialized craft of writing blog content, as well as the best practices for generating and maintaining a loyal fanbase. Whether you are blogging for a company or for yourself, this course will give you the skillsets you need for success.

Writing for Social Media

Writing for Social Media Marketing

Businesses and individuals today regularly turn to social media platforms to promote their brands and connect with their customers or followers. In such a saturated social media landscape, and with the limited attention span of the average user, the marketing message has to be loud and it has to be clear. This course teaches students how to improve their writing skills in order to create the most effective, top of the line marketing materials.

monetize hobby

How to monetize your hobby

Ever thought about how you could turn your hobby into a fortune? The rise of social media has ushered in unprecedented opportunities for people all over the world to find new ways to generate income. This course examines how people have historically turned their individual interests into widely appealing and successful social media businesses, and how students in the course can take the same steps for themselves.

social media star

How to be a Social Media Star

Whether a business is a start up or an established entity, having a strategic social media presence is essential for success and longevity. Learning how to effectively market on various forms of social media can be an incredible way to attract new customers, identify trends, anticipate customer needs and generate new revenue streams. This course covers in concrete detail how to manage social media accounts to increase customer base and improve your bottom line.

social media around the world

Social Media Around the World

After successful completion of the required classes, students will have the opportunity to create a capstone project, which will demonstrate the culmination of the skills they have learned in the degree program. Students work with a mentor to plan and execute their projects.

Principles of Graphic Design

Principles of Graphic Design

Whether you are creating content for print, broadcast or the web, having a strong foundation in graphic design is a hugely important component of your success. This course walks students through the fundamental principles of graphic design, including but not limited to color palettes, shape selections, proportions, patterns, composition, balance and typography.

>Graphic Design for the Web

Graphic Design for the Web

This course offers students strong foundational knowledge of the principles of graphic design for the web/screen environment, including best practices and common pitfalls to avoid when developing websites and web applications. In addition to the strong emphasis on the aesthetics of the design, students will learn how to use programs like Photoshop or Illustrator to create the wireframes for the site.

Graphic Design for Mobile Applications

Graphic Design for Mobile Applications

This course is designed for mobile app developers and designers who are looking to improve their graphic design skills. In the highly competitive mobile app world, having a great looking app is crucial. Mobile app users are extremely savvy and demand rich visual experiences. This course provides strong skillsets in design and a thorough review of the current trends in mobile app creation.

Introduction to UX Design

Introduction to UX Design

The goal of user centered design is to allow users to meet their needs in the most efficient and satisfying manner. More and more employers are on the hunt for designers who can truly understand the psychology of their customers, and who are capable of implementing that into design. This course gives students a thorough overview of the user experience design process.

Advanced UX Design

Advanced UX Design

This course picks up on skills developed in the introductory course. This advance course dives deep into the sophisticated tools cutting edge developers are using in the rapidly advancing web and mobiles industries. Additionally, the course delves into the complex research methodologies that can and should be used before the design process begins.

Introduction to UI Design

Introduction to UI Design

Students who take this course will gain a critical understanding of the importance of user interface design. The class thoroughly walks students through the key theories and frameworks that should underlie your design approach. Demonstrated examples of good and poor design will help students understand how vital UI design is too the success of their projects.

Intro to Mobile Application Development

Intro to Mobile Application Development

This course is a great introduction for anyone interested in creating a mobile application technology. Covering a wide array of topics such as industry standard design software, planning considerations, methods for how to approach design and the differences between Android and iOS platforms.

Front End Development for Designers

Front End Development for Designers

This course builds a strong foundation in design for people interested in building websites. Giving a general overview of what makes good websites work and bad websites fail, students will be able to directly apply this knowledge to any site they develop in the future.

HTML Fundamentals

HTML Fundamentals

For any new or established web designer, having a thorough understanding of HTML is crucially important. This course will quickly enhance your web design capabilities by teaching you everything you need to know to master the HTML language.

CSS Fundamentals

CSS Fundamentals

This course offers and in depth examination of the fundamentals of CSS, along with a complete review of the styling tools necessary for successful front end design. The skillsets taught in this course will allow designers to create more visually interesting and dynamic websites.

Programming with Javascript

Programming with Javascript

Learn how to program the language of the web. Javascript is one of the most exciting and important tools for web designers to learn, as it allows you to easily add dynamic behavior, store information and handle requests on a website. This course takes students through the fundamental elements of designing with the Javascript language.

UIX, Web, and Graphic Design Capstone

UIX, Web, and Graphic Design Capstone

After successful completion of the required classes, students will have the opportunity to create a capstone project, which will demonstrate the culmination of the skills they have learned in the degree program. Students work with a mentor to plan and execute their projects.

Business Management Capstone

Business Management Capstone

After successful completion of the required classes, students will have the opportunity to create a capstone project, which will demonstrate the culmination of the skills they have learned in the degree program. Students work with a mentor to plan and execute their projects.

Intro to Finance

Intro to Finance

This course walks students through the fundamental financial aspects that any business, large or small, must manage on a day to day basis. From budgets and financial statements to tax structures and the cost of capital, students will get a comprehensive understanding of the financial responsibilities that must be accounted for by every organization.

Intro to Economics

Intro to Economics

Understanding how money flows through organizations, municipalities and nations can be vitally important for anyone working in the field of business. This course examines the nature of modern day economics as globalization expands and takes new forms. The class covers an in-depth comparison of macro and micro economic systems.

Branding for Business

Branding for Business

In an increasingly global and specialized economy, the only way for any company to maximize their success is to create a strong market brand. This course introduces students to the importance of branding for small and large businesses, and the steps every business must take to successfully build a brand from the ground up

Intro to Marketing

Intro to Marketing

As consumer behavior evolves, businesses must adapt their marketing strategies to stay relevant and viable. This course introduces students to the basic fundamentals of marketing, and demonstrates how businesses can apply these principles in today's shifting landscape.

Introduction to Video Production

Introduction to Video Production

The demand for video is increasing at an exponential pace across all spectrums of the economy. Having the skills to do video production could have a huge impact on future earning power. This course introduces students to the basic principles and equipment of DSLR and iPhone video production. Students will gain considerable professional knowledge about camera settings, lighting techniques, framing principles and basic audio recording. The course is designed for anyone interested in creating high quality media

Advanced Video Production

Advanced Video Production

This course picks up on the skills learned in the introductory video production course. Students will dive deep into the principles and techniques used in creating narrative, documentary, and promotional style films on a professional scale. Emphasize will be placed on strong storytelling skills and an appreciation for cinematography and sound production.

Photography

Photography

Learn to take control of your camera. With the advent of mobile technology and access to affordable DSLR cameras, most people have the ability to take a photo in an instant. But how do you take your photos to the next level? Students in this course will receive strong foundational knowledge in the psychology of the image, visual aesthetics and how the frame can be used as a storytelling tool. Students will also gain strong technical knowledge of camera settings so they can shoot with confidence.

Photoshop for Everyone

Photoshop for Everyone

Photoshop is an incredibly powerful and valuable tool for any type of artist, social media producer or entrepreneur. This class explores the basic principles of digital image creation and enhancement while giving students exposure to sophisticated graphic design tools, advanced compositing tools, photo repair tools, and animation possibilities. Students will learn the wide array of possibilities this program opens up to enhance your films, photos, social media platforms or business.

Intro to Video Editing

Intro to Video Editing

This course introduces students to the fascinating and ever important world of video editing by covering the various editing styles that are used to create all types of media. Students will gain a deep understanding of Adobe Premiere and the powerful tools available in the program to help them achieve their final edits. Students will learn how to manage their files, organize their footage, perform timeline operations, create titles and export their films.

Advanced Video Editing

Advanced Video Editing

This course picks up on the skills gained in the introductory editing course. Students gain the opportunity to practice and advance their storytelling skills by editing a provided, short documentary film. Advanced techniques in sound editing, trimming, color correction, multi-cam editing and graphics integration will be covered.

Introduction to Motion Graphics

Introduction to Motion Graphics

This course introduces students to the theories and techniques of motion graphic design, with a strong introduction to Adobe After Effects, the industry’s leading motion design software. Students will learn how to use key framing to create animated title sequences, simple and complex vector animations, and stunning photo and video manipulations that can enhance existing projects or stand on their own.

Advanced Motion Graphics

Advanced Motion Graphics

This course picks up on skills learned in the introductory motion graphics course. Students will gain an advanced understanding of After Effects and will be able to successfully implement high end composites, camera tracking, motion tracking, character animation, 3D and green screen into their work. Students will gain valuable animation skills that can be used for their films, businesses, social media posts and channels.

Lighting for Video

Lighting for Video

The difference between a good looking image and a great looking image often comes down to the quality of the lighting. This course introduces students to the art of lighting for video of all types - narrative, documentary and green screen. Whether you’re making a film, lighting your social media channel or creating a video for your company, lighting will be a crucial part of the process. This course also gives practical advice on how to light your scenes with the available lights in your home and office.

Principles of Sound Design and Audio Recording

Principles of Sound Design and Audio Recording

One of the most critical, and often overlooked, aspects of a great video production is the quality of the sound. Bad sound can turn a viewer away quicker than anything else. This course covers how to capture great sound in the field, and how to mix it properly in the editing room. The course also covers the various types of microphone and setups that will make your business videos or social media channels a head above the rest.

Color Grading for Video

Color Grading for Video

Discover how the power of color grading can be used to make your images shine. Whether you need reparative color correction or artistic color enhancement, this course offers a wealth of technical and theoretical knowledge on everything from color harmonies to highly technical processes that will help you achieve exactly the looks you want.

Media Arts Production Capstone

Media Arts Production Capstone

With globalization we have seen a major increase in the types of social media being utilized in the world. Having the ability to span such far reaches adds an exciting new levels to how businesses and individuals can connect to new audiences. Understanding how different cultures use and interact with social media is critically important for anyone interested in the global market. This course walks students through the current state of trends and platforms across the globe.

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Cambridge Institute of Communication Arts

The only comprehensive social media curriculum in the world.

Founded in 1630 in honor of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Massachusetts is known to be the epicenter of innovation in American education. With universities like Harvard and MIT calling Cambridge home, it’s no surprise many leaders of government, industry and education trace their roots back to this small city across the river from Boston.

In addition to its claim as a hub of top tier higher learning, Cambridge also hosts industry giants such as Akamai, Apple, Google, Novartis, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pfizer, not to mention the dozens of tech startups coming out of "the most innovative square mile on the planet" in Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood.

In this center of education and innovation, Nick Manley and Pamela Lim founded the Cambridge Institute of Communication Arts. “We saw an opportunity to provide real, forward facing solutions to gaps in the evolving online educational market.” says Manley. “What we’re developing represents tangible opportunity for a global community in need. It’s an opportunity to provide meaningful access to those who didn’t have it.”

“It’s not just the access either.” adds Lim, “What we’re offering is not just an invitation to view or participate in courses online, it’s an opportunity change students lives through the earning of verifiable certificates and degrees backed up by the strength and accountability of the blockchain.”

“The blockchain is everything at CICA. It offers students, universities, and employers with a secure and level playing field in terms of assessment, transferring of credits, record keeping, and verification of certifications and degrees.” “It’s a game changer.”