Advertising Certificate Programs in Santa Monica, CA

Oct 04, 2018

There are a handful of colleges in the Santa Monica area that offer advertising certificate programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info for three schools within 55 miles of the city center to find out which school is the right one for you.

Santa Monica Colleges with Advertising Certificate Programs

This article looks at three schools, all within about an hour's drive of Santa Monica, that offer vocational training for students who want to go into the advertising industry. There is information on each school's advertising certificate program as well as a table that details important facts about each institution, including size, tuition and graduation rates. Prospective students can use this information to make a sound decision about their education.

  • At Santa Ana College, students can earn a contemporary marketing certificate. This community college is the largest of the three schools on this list and is about 48 miles southeast of downtown Santa Monica.
  • Fullerton College is another option for students who want an advertising certificate. It is in Orange County, about 40 miles from downtown Santa Monica.
  • The third option for an advertising certificate can be found at Santiago Canyon College, the smallest community college out of the three schools. It is around 54 miles from the Santa Monica downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

This table presents pertinent facts about these three schools in a format that invites easy comparisons.

Santa Ana College Fullerton College Santiago Canyon College
School Type Four-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 28,083* 24,124* 12,307*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,142 for in-state students
$8,034 for out-of-state students*
$1,138 for in-state students
$6,010 for out-of-state students*
$1,142 for in-state students
$7,982 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 85%* 67%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission policy* N/A - open admission policy* N/A - open admission policy*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) N/A 74% of full-time students, 57% of part-time students* 72% of full-time students, 53% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate 25% (9% transfer-out rate) (Students who started in Fall 2011)* 29% (13% transfer-out rate) (Students who started in Fall 2014)* 39% (11% transfer-out rate) (Students who started in Fall 2014)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Santa Ana College

The Business Division at Santa Ana College provides students with entry-level courses that cover advertising, accounting, computer science and business administration. Many of the certificates can be earned in less than a year. Upon completion, students should be prepared for sales, marketing and retail positions.

Contemporary Marketing Certificate

The marketing certificate program consists of an advertising and distribution sequence. Four credits will be completed in advertising and promotion techniques and the process of distribution.

Fullerton College

The Division of Technology and Engineering offers a certificate program that covers advertising within its Technology & Engineering Department.

Advertising and Graphic Design Certificate

Students need to earn a total of 16 units to receive this certificate. The courses can generally be completed in less than a year. Students take seven required courses that cover advertising design, digital publishing and publication design.

Santiago Canyon College

The business department offers certificate programs designed to provide students with practical skills in a specialized area of marketing, one of which is focused on advertising.

Advertising Certificate of Proficiency

It takes a total of 12 units to earn this advertising certificate. The program involves a total of four courses that can be completed in less than a year. Students get to study web marketing, consumer behavior and advertising.

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