Social Media Management Certificate

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Social Media Management Certificate program at Academy of Art University prepares social media specialists via industry-based training. The Center includes a series of 6 PRO courses across the full spectrum of social media management, as well as a gateway to the industry via partnerships with industry giants in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

What We Teach

PRO/LA 320 Social Media Law & Ethics
Building on information covered in the previous Social Media courses, this course addresses the legal issues and ethical considerations of publicly presenting information and interacting with consumers online as social media is adopted by a rising number of brands and consumers. This course helps establish clear rules for social engagement, solicitation, communication, marketing, advertising and other everyday actions conducted by a variety of agents within the social web.

Choose Your Own Pace

The six courses can be taken within one semester in a 15-week period, but students can also take as few as one course per semester. Check out our Course Catalog to find both onsite and online classes that work with your schedule.

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

Navigate the Social Media World with Confidence

Our mission is to prepare professionals for a successful career in social media via industry-based training. Offered onsite and online, our series of six Professional Development courses cover social media content development, strategies, data analytics, and management to give students a strong foundation in the social media field.

Social Media Management Certificate Faculty

Social Media Management FAQs

I'm Currently Enrolled
Can current Academy students take these courses?

Yes, please contact your advisor to register for courses.

Time Commitment?
Previous Knowledge?
How much do I need to know about Social Media to enroll?

The instructors adapt to a mix of students. As long as you know how to use computers, the Internet, and have a general understanding of social media, that is enough to get you started. 

Why the Academy?
Job Prospects?
What are the job prospects for Social Media industry positions?

Please click here to discover job opportunities in San Francisco (or elsewhere in the United States)

According to a 2018 Hootsuite report, 77% of brands expect their use of social media to increase, but 58% are challenged with measuring effectiveness and ROI.

Social Media Manager was also listed in the top 19 Most In-Demand Digital Creative Talents for 2019.

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What About Cost?
How can I finance these courses?

The Social Media Management Certificate program is available for financial aid! Contact our financial aid office for more information at or 1-800-544-2787 x 6190.

Alternatively, if you are currently employed inquire with your employer as many companies provide tuition reimbursement/assistance for professional development courses.

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