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Value of an Undergraduate Certificate

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with an undergraduate certificate? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing a certificate, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.

Why Pursue a Certificate in Design Communication and Fabrication?

Design communication and fabrication methods are increasingly informing the changes within the practice of Architecture and Interior Design. Today, means, materials, and methods are constantly changing due to the integration and evolution of digital technology and the increased use of data collection, automation and AI. UTSA’s Certificate in Design Communication and Fabrication is open to students in all majors.

What You'll Study

This certificate requires students to complete 15 credit hours (5 courses). The following two courses are required:

  • Computer Projects in Design
  • Color Theory and Behavior

An additional three elective courses are also required. Listed below are the Architecture and Interior Design elective courses that can be used for this certificate:

  • Advanced Digital Visualization
  • Topics in Architecture and Thought
  • Design and Fabrication Workshop
  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Special Studies in Architecture
  • Special Studies in Interior Architecture

Additional electives can be found in the 22-24 School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Catalog. Some of the courses have a prerequisite requirement, please contact the respective Department or School if the elective class you’re interested in taking has a prerequisite.

Adding a Certificate


Add On to Your Major - recommended path
Currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and looking to enhance your degree with an undergraduate certificate? Contact the Certificate Program Advisor listed below, and request permission to enter into the program. Approval to enter into a certificate program must be granted by the Certificate Program Advisor and the Dean of the college in which the certificate program is housed.

Non-Degree Seeking Student
Not currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UTSA but interested in an undergraduate certificate program? You can apply as a non-degree seeking student. Prospective students must apply for admission to UTSA as non-degree seeking and indicate on their application their interest in an undergraduate certificate. Prospective students are required to meet UTSA's admission requirements for special students at the undergraduate level. Once admitted, students can contact the Certificate Program Advisor listed below, and request permission to enter into their desired program. Approval to enter into a certificate program must be granted by the Certificate Program Advisor and the Dean of the college in which the certificate program is housed.

Certificate Program Advisor

Armando Araiza

armando.araiza@utsa.edu