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Online Web Design Courses

Professional Certificate

Our online Web Design Certificate programs provide a flexible, customizable course of study designed for adult learners. Complete your program on a part-time schedule, fully online. Build professional skills with a Professional Certificate and add concentrations in an Advanced Certificate program.

Classes start at the beginning of each month. Apply academic or experience credits to customize your program. Advanced Certificate students choose from concentrations in Advanced Web, Graphic Design, Flash Design, and more.

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Courses

Web design certificate

As a Professional Certificate student, you'll learn fundamentals of visual design, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and learn standards-based Web coding in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Your Web design portfolio at the end of the certificate program will include published Web sites that showcase your front-end visual designs and your coding skills.

Web Design course topics include coding in HTML5 and CSS3, developing Web sites with Adobe Dreamweaver, creating Web site mood boards, designing Web graphics, and building interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery.

Do you already have some website design experience? You may be able to customize your program. For example, you may be able to take 5302 dreamweaver II in place of 5300 dreamweaver I. Check our list of online Web design courses. Your advisor can help you make the best course selections.

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Program Standards

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"I decided not to lose any time and improve my skills in graphic and Web design. Taking a program has allowed me to show my thoughtful, creative, and artistic sides."
- Anita Riedner, Web Design Certificate.

The goal of the online Web Design Certificate program is to prepare you for a professional career as a Web designer. You will begin to develop a portfolio of individual creative work you can present to potential employers. Here are the standards you are expected to meet as a student in the program.

#1 Digital Imaging

Your work will demonstrate entry-level professional Photoshop skills and effective decisions in selecting and editing images. You will be able to improve images for professional publication by retouching and correction, and create realistic or imaginative images by compositing or collage.

#2 Color

You will develop distinctive color palettes based on the principles of color harmony. Your work will exhibit a sophisticated use of color and contrast, the ability to research colors and make choices that are appropriate for each client and project.

#3 Vector Art

You will develop entry-level professional skills in creating vector art illustrations in Illustrator, using shape drawing and freehand drawing tools, Pen tool, type tools, and basic effects. You will be able to create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations for effective visual communication.

#4 Typography

You will be able to research and select appropriate typefaces and design typography to support the branding or communication goal of a particular client or project. You will demonstrate the ability to organize text into a clear, readable information hierarchy in page layouts while using display type for impact and expression.

#5 Web Editor

You will be able to design professional-level, valid HTML Web sites using Dreamweaver and publish them to the Web. You can create consistent, visually appealing page designs using CSS to control presentation (typography, color, layout, and positioning).

#6 Interactivity

You will be able to create basic interactive interfaces for the Web using JavaScript and jQuery. You can write and troubleshoot basic JavaScript and jQuery syntax in order to display Web page content, create visual effects, improve form usability, and facilitate site navigation.

#7 Web Design

You will use a professional design process for Web design including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, development of CSS layouts, and basic usability testing. Your work shows the ability to design professional-level Web page layouts with attention to usability principles: consistent navigation, clear visual hierarchy, and intuitive interface design.

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Getting Started

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Web Design Certificate Online Admissions

Classes start at the beginning of each month. The Professional Certificate is open admissions: To apply for the program, simply complete our application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

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"The Professional Certificate helps you develop graphics software, coding, and design skills concurrently. It's our basic training for website design." – Brenda Meda, Senior Admissions Advisor

Whenever you're ready, talk to our admissions staff to explore program options and learn about our fast, convenient application process. Here are some next steps:

Software and Supplies

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To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.

Review the online Web Design Certificate requirements below, and be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and graphic design software. You must be an enrolled student to be eligible for educational discounts.

Course substitutions or the addition of concentrations (Advanced Certificate) may involve additional requirements. Check our list of online Web design courses or our directory of all certificate program courses.

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