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Online Web Design Degree

Associate of Occupational Studies

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On computers and mobile devices across the Internet, Web designers are making information come alive. Want to design for tomorrow's Web? At Sessions College, the Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design degree trains you for this fast-evolving medium.

Sure, the Web's going to change, but you'll be prepared—by learning how to use Web standards HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by gaining command of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver, and by developing a strong sense of design. As a front-end Web designer, you will be responsible for the look and feel. Studying entirely online, you'll prepare for professional Web design work in a rigorous curriculum.

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The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design program is a 2-year fully online program. Classes start in spring, summer, and fall. Credit transfer is welcome and part-time schedules are available.

Program requirements include 54 credits in art/design and 18 credits in general education. A design business course, capstone project, and final portfolio review gear you for graduation. Click to view course information below.

Web Design Major - Year One

Web design major Erin Ramsdale
"Sessions College programs are internationally accredited and offered me the educational foundation that I was looking for."
- Erin Ramsdale, Associate Degree in Web Design.

Web Design Major - Year Two

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Program Goals

Strong graphic design is the foundation of the Web design program. First-year studies in the online Web Design degree program introduce the visual design fundamentals and software that are essential to any Web or print medium including color, typography, composition, digital imaging, and illustration. You will also learn HTML and CSS for Web publishing (including HTML5 and CSS3), digital photography, and drawing.

online Web design degree student work Web design degree students are expected to present their work in a final portfolio review. Student work by Erin Ramsdale.

General education online courses develop your critical thinking and written communication skills as well as a foundation in psychology, business, computer technology, writing, and art history. Building a foundation for lifelong learning is essential to the online design college experience, and general education concepts play an important role as you build your Web design skills.

Second-year Web Design students take a deeper look at the technologies and visual design approaches that define professionals in the Web design industry. Popular tools including Dreamweaver, Flash, and JavaScript are explored alongside essential topics such as accessibility standards, CSS layouts, and Internet marketing. Web Design majors develop a professional design process for building a Web site, from concept to launch. An elective course allows for further exploration of Wordpress, print design, or digital media.

Web Design majors are expected to develop the ability to:

  • Create sophisticated, appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.
  • Design and lay out typography for readability, impact, or expression in print or on the Web.
  • Create drawings in traditional media that show a command of proportion, perspective, and value contrast.
  • Prepare images for professional publication with Photoshop retouching, correction, compositing, or collage.
  • Create engaging and readable layout designs that attract the eye using fundamental design and composition techniques.
  • Develop effective logo designs from a client brief using an iterative design process.
  • Create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations in Illustrator.
  • Manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to take professional-level digital photographs in a range of settings.
  • Create consistent, visually appealing page designs using HTML and CSS via Dreamweaver or via hand coding.
  • Design Web graphics that are polished, consistent, and optimized, which communicate effectively and are integrated into an interface design.
  • Design basic Flash illustrations, images, animations, and interfaces for the Web.
  • Manage a professional Web design process including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, CSS layouts, and basic usability testing.
  • Program interfaces in JavaScript and in ActionScript that show a proficiency in writing accurate code and developing richly interactive Web features.
  • Apply in their work an understanding of English composition, business writing, psychology, computer science, marketing and art history.
  • Write papers and presentations that demonstrate critical thinking, clear organization, and professional style, grammar, and spelling.
  • Represent their design services to potential clients or employers and manage different aspects of the Web design process.
  • Identify current areas of strength and prepare and maintain a portfolio of their best design work in print or on the Web.

For more information on courses in this major, view Web Design degree courses or browse our complete design degree course list.

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Web Design Degree Admissions

Classes start in spring, summer, and fall. To apply to the online Web Design Degree program, you'll need to complete our degree application, write an application essay, provide 5-10 samples of art or design, and order transcripts from high school or colleges attended. 

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"I'm excited about all the changes in website design right now. The advent of mobile design makes this a good time to be a Web designer."– Mhelanie Hernandez, Director of Admissions

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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 program requirements for the Associate Degree in Web Design program 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.

  • A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets software manufacturers' requirements.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash CS6 or CC software.
  • Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • A digital camera with adjustable ISO and adjustable white balance features recommended.
  • Basic drawing supplies including pencils, charcoal, newsprint, and sketch paper.
  • A Web hosting account with an ad-free hosting service.
  • Webcam, headphones or speaker, VPN connection, and microphone connected to the computer for live proctored exams.

Please check course syllabus pages or the catalog for detailed information on course requirements or proctored exams. Your choice of elective may involve additional requirements.

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