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Location: Online Interactive Program

Cost: $2,495. Please contact Amanda Pham for tuition assistance options.

  • 8-week program
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Certificate in Presentation Design

Proudly presented by UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business in partnership with The Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the Certificate in Presentation Design is an interactive, 8-week, online program led by faculty and industry leaders.

This program includes live Zoom sessions with faculty and industry leaders for each educational module. The dates are listed in the program schedule dropdown below. All sessions are recorded and will be posted on the course website for your convenience.

A business practical program designed for professionals in all fields who are required to conceptualize, design, refine and execute top-notch presentations to groups both small and large.


  • Individuals required to be a good communicator and a good conveyor of ideas, including those in the field of sales, marketing, advertising, public relations and communications.
  • Instructors, educators and faculty members striving to make concepts more memorable.
  • Researchers and project managers looking to present their findings persuasively and with authority.
  • Anyone desiring to gain new skills on how to effectively lead remotely, including understanding best practices for ‘Showing Up’ onscreen.

Program Highlights

  • Convenient — Easily access all learning materials (e.g., videos, handouts, templates, discussion threads) through one, simple online platform.
  • Doable depth — Insightful content from decades of research and experience distilled into a compact, eight-week program.
  • Network building — Connect with your instructors and fellow participants through live webinars via Zoom. Attend to ask questions in real-time or watch the recorded versions later at your convenience.
  • Recognized credentials — Receive a fully-endorsed certificate from UCI's Paul Merage School of Business & Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Program Schedule

Orientation July 30, 2020 5:30 – 7 p.m. PST

Module 1: Design and Delivery Fundamentals for Presenters

October 11 - October 24

Live Module: October 20 5:30-6:30pm PST 

Core concepts in presenting, crafting a narrative, examining structure of stories, etc. Students will identify a presentation they will work on for their Capstone.

Module 2: Presenting Using Digital Tools

October 25 – November 7

Live Module: October 29 5:30-7:00pm PST

Introduction to various presentation tools. Students will be asked to explore a tool that they will use for their capstone. Students will submit short, visual snippets of their planned presentation using one of the suggested tools. 

Module 3: Presenting in a Digitally Driven World

November 8 – November 21

Live Module: November 17 5:30-6:30pm PST

Specifics of presenting to a business audience. Students will be given short presentation assignments (e.g. present a quarterly sales report). Students will also analyze successful and unsuccessful presentations. 

Module 4: Capstone Project

November 29 – December 12

Live Module: TBD, 2 hour session 

Apply the concepts from Modules 1-3 and incorporate these new skills into a final presentation. This module is dedicated to giving and receiving feedback on individual’s presentations.

Faculty and Industry Leaders

Andrea Caban Andrea Caban
Associate Director
Knight-Thompson Speechwork

Andrea is the Associate Director and designated Master Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork™, an Associate Professor and Head of Voice & Speech at Cal State University, Long Beach, and a presentation coach for Google executives, College Presidents, CEOs, and CFOs in contexts as large as a TED talk at the Dolby Theatre, and as small as a job interview over internet conference software.

She has been on faculty at UC Irvine and CSU Fullerton, and has been guest faculty at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, University of Cape Town, Penn State University, and the MotherTongue Project in Cape Town, South Africa, among others.

An award-winning scholar and author, she has performed and presented research at conferences and institutions internationally.

Andrea Caban Andrea Caban Amanda and Jason Vande Brake

Amanda and Jason Vande Brake are co-founders of Kindred — a consulting and design company based in Los Angeles. The Vande Brake’s marketing services center on the human experience of digital spaces: from designing stunning websites that convert visitors to clients, to developing positive customer experiences (CX), to devising sensible content strategies that get traction. Their clients include: Elite Educational Institute, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, The Strategic Hotbox, Teachers College Columbia University, Western Growers, Urban Confessional, Crash Acting, College Essay Guy, Heard Podcast, and The V.O. Dojo.

Sasha Strauss Sasha Strauss
Innovation Protocol

Sasha is founder of Innovation Protocol — an award-winning brand strategy consultancy with integrated teams in LA, SF, & NYC. Sasha’s expertise on branding is truly comprehensive: strategy (personal, for-profit, non-profit), brand architecture, brand storytelling, Brand Experience, Brand Engagement, Employer Branding, B2B Brand Strategy, Non-profit Brand Strategy, Personal Branding, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Nurturing Innovation. Sasha’s expertise has been called upon for over 500 speaking engagements, including SpaceX, Google, Nestlé, NXP, Hershey, LEGO, Disney, The Wonderful Company, Ship Compliant, Ingram Micro, Anytime Fitness, JP Morgan Chase, Terpel, Össur, CSN, Kofax, Pop Chips, Altegra Health, Puig, American Express, Gimbal, DoorDash.


Q. What is Presentation Design?
A.  Presentation Design is a new field of creative practice that combines storytelling, public speaking and graphic design.
Q. Are there any program pre-requisites?
A.  No, there are no program pre-requisites.
Q. Why should you attend?
  • Discover a fresh set of digital tools to make your presentations easier to produce and greater visual appeal
  • Practice analyzing a variety of presentations, identifying what works, what doesn’t and why. Apply your analysis back to nearly any situation – interviews, negotiations, sales pitches, business presentations, speaking engagements and even weekly team or department meetings. Participate in capstone project where you will receive detailed, meaningful feedback on your own presentations
  • UCI Certificate of Completion
Q. What types of industries are hiring presentation design staff?
A.  Research shows a wide range of industries posted jobs where presentation design skills were needed. Below is just a sample of these industries:
  • Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services
  • Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Manufacturing
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Business Support Services
  • Software Publishers
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Depository Intermediation
  • Computer System Design and Related Services
Q. Will this program fit in to my schedule?
A.  The program was designed with a busy, working professional in mind.
  • The program is online, 8 weeks, and self-paced (with a few required/scheduled interactive sessions with faculty and peers)
  • Program modules are completed in sequence
  • Though no grades will be issued for the program, there are, however, some assignments and group/peer work to assess learning
Q. What will I receive at the end of the program?
A.  Participants who successfully complete all the program requirements will receive an official UC Irvine Certificate of Completion.
Q. Are there discounts or payment plants available?
A.  Yes. Please contact us for more information.
Q. Can the program be audited?
A.  Sorry, the program is not available for audit.
Q. If I cannot register for the current program, when will the next program be scheduled?
A.  Please email if you wish to be added to our distribution list to receive updates on upcoming programs.

Payment Plan Offering

We are currently waiving the $50 administrative fee for all payment plans.

For questions relating to the payment plan, please contact Tatiana Walton at 949.824.6610 or

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