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Getting Started

Make an appointment for advisement with the program supervisor, stop by to see our facility, or just register to get started. You may register by phone, fax, or in person. See our 6 Easy Ways to Register page for more registration information. In addition, some of the information below may be helpful to you.

Prerequisites and Course Options


The prerequisites listed with the course descriptions are intended to prepare you for the next course. If you have prior experience with a topic, you may place yourself in the most appropriate class. For basic prerequisite course assessments, see our Course Skills Assessment Flyer.

Operating System Basics (51101 or 54101) or basic computer experience is a prerequisite for all beginning computer courses.

Equipment and Materials

Most classes provide you with all the necessary equipment and materials needed for class. However, some classes may require that you purchase certain equipment or materials. These requirements are listed at the end of the course description or on your class receipt.

Homework and Practice Time

Most classes require homework or practice time. Projects created for classes are useful for portfolio building. For computer classes, we recommend three hours of practice for every hour in the classroom. Contact the program supervisor to schedule computer practice time, if needed.

Customized Certificates

If you have prior experience, or you have specific goals in mind, you may customize your certificate curriculum with approval from the department. Contact the program supervisor to schedule an advisement appointment.

Online Courses

Online courses are available in many topics, offered in partnership with Ed2Go and UGotClass. Because our online offerings are not exact equivalents to our local classes, they may not substitute for local classes when pursuing a certificate. For current online class options, please see the Online tab.

Tuition Assistance

Funding is available for many of our certificate programs through special funding programs or employer tuition assistance. UNM employees may use their Tuition Remission benefit for all Digital Arts classes. Contact the program supervisor early in the process to complete any required paperwork for financial aid. Visit our Loans & Financial Aid page for more information. 


Attendance and Grades

One hundred percent attendance is required to receive a passing grade for any class. If you must miss a class session due to an emergency, you may request to make up the class by emailing the program supervisor within two weeks of the missed class. You will then be contacted regarding make-up options.

All classes at UNM Continuing Education are non-degree and non-credit. Classes are Pass/Incomplete; these grades are recorded on your UNM Continuing Education transcript.

Waiting Lists and Changes to the Schedule

If a class you want is full, be sure to add your name to the waiting list. If enough people are interested, we may open another section. Register early to ensure a seat. Occasionally the dates and times of a class will change.

Refunds and Discounts

Your tuition, minus a $15 cancellation fee per non-credit class, will be refunded if you provide a written request three business days prior to the first scheduled class. This policy applies to all registrations, regardless of the payment method. Phone requests will not be accepted. Call the registration office at 505-277-0077, option 1 to ask about current discounts.

Visit our Policies Page for complete policy information