Frequently Asked Questions

The Multimedia, Design & Development certificate program will be discontinued as of fall 2020. New students taking classes starting in summer 2020 will not be eligible to earn the certificate. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. CEUs are the standardized unit system for measuring achievement within the College of Extended Learning. 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 class hours, so a course that is listed as being 2.4 CEUs meets for a total of 24 hours.

No. CEUs are not academic credits, and they cannot be transferred to another program at SF State or other institution. Because all of our classes are based on the CEU system, and we are a non-matriculated, non-accredited program, your course work here cannot count toward any degree or regular academic program.

Registration is continuous over the course of the semester. You can register for any individual class any time on up to the day before the first class meeting provided there is a seat available in the class. You may enroll in a class after it has started by obtaining the instructor's signature on the registration form, provided the class isn't already full. For more detailed information about registering for classes, please see the registration section.

Both. This depends upon the type of class. For most lecture/demonstration classes, there are no prerequisites. Hands-on courses may require a familiarity with Mac or PC basics if they are introductory courses, while more advanced classes will require introductory or intermediate courses (or equivalent experience). Ultimately seating is based upon availability. Please note: The college trusts that students will not enroll in classes for which they have not met the prerequisites. Prerequisites are listed in the course description for each class.

Classes are paid for on an individual basis. Tuition fees for an individual class must be paid before you begin your class. You will generally have five business days, from the day that you register for a class, to pay the tuition. If the class starts in less than five business days from the day that you register, than tuition is due the day before the class begins. If you register for a class on the day that it will begin, or after it has started, tuition is due at the time that you register for the class. For more detailed information, please see the registration section.

As a College of Extended Learning student is verified, you will be given a paper ID card valid for the current semester. ID cards are available at the information desk during normal business hours. Photo ID cards can be obtained at the main campus at 1600 Holloway Avenue. Bring a photo ID and your SF State ID number to the One Stop desk. The photo and card will be printed on site.

Students do not need apply to enter the program. Students interested in receiving a certificate of completion must complete the required number of courses/CEUs in the certificate curriculum and submit a Certificate of Completion Request Form once the final course has been completed. Students must receive credit for all of the courses to receive a certificate of completion.

No, you do not have to be a certificate student to enroll in classes in the program. You may choose your own course of study. Individual courses are open to all students as long as the listed prerequisites have been met.

If you are an industry professional who already has a lot of experience with the tools we offer here, and you are just looking to keep your skills up to date, completing an entire certificate might not be the best use of your time and money.

If you are a person who has had little or no experience in the industry, or if you have experience in one area and are looking to change your career focus, then completing a certificate may benefit you.

The advantage of completing a certificate over picking and express your specific interests through elective courses. Also, the emphasis on portfolio development is invaluable if you are trying to break into the multimedia industry for the first time.

Most of our students have full- or part-time jobs and take one to one and a half years to complete the requirements for the certificate.

No, simply register for the intensive course you intend to enroll in. The intensives run over three consecutive weekends – Friday evenings/Saturday full days – and provide 30 hours of instruction. Upon completion, students who receive credit for the course will receive a certificate of completion. A graduate application is not required.

SF State Downtown Campus WiFi
Enrolled students have access to the campus wide WiFi for their mobile or laptop devices. Connect to the SFState network. Log in with your SF State ID or email address and password.

SF State Library
Students enrolled in the program have the same library privileges that regular SF State academic students receive at the J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library on the main campus. Please bring your photo ID and College of Extended Learning ID card, and be sure to obtain a zebra sticker before you try to check out any books.

SF State Bookstore
Students enrolled in the program receive the same benefits and discounts as regular academic students do at the SF State Bookstore. This includes discounts on software and hardware through the computer department. To receive discounts, just show the cashier your College of Extended Learning ID card along with a photo ID when making purchases.

SF State Student Health Services
Enrolled students also receive access to SF State Student Health Services on the main campus. For information about obtaining student health services, please go to SF State Student Health Services.

While not absolutely necessary, having access to a computer at home would make certain hands-on work easier to accomplish. Students enrolled in the Multimedia, Design & Development program qualify for the same discounts as full-time SF State students on computer hardware and software at the SF State Bookstore.

Financial aid through FAFSA is not applicable to this non-credit program. However, there are a few options available for students who are seeking financial assistance. Please see the Financial Aid page for more information.