The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design program is a 2-year fully online program. Classes start in January, May, and September. 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 - Year Two
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Web design degree students are expected to present their work in a final portfolio review. Student work by Erin Ramsdale.
With an responsive design, second-year Web Design students take a deeper look at the technologies and visual design approaches that define professionals in the Web design industry. Students develop a working knowledge of the latest CSS frameworks Bootstrap, flexbox, and skeleton, and learn how to manage and customize Wordpress sites. Web Design majors develop a professional design process for building Web sites, from concept to launch. An elective course allows for further exploration of Wordpress, print design, or digital media.
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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 HTML5 and CSS via Dreamweaver and via hand coding.
- Create sophisticated, responsive layouts using CSS3, flexbox and SVG graphics.
- Manage and implement sites using the CSS frameworks Bootstrap, flexbox, and skeleton.
- Design Web graphics that are polished, consistent, and optimized, which communicate effectively and are integrated into an interface design.
- 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.
- 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 January, May, and September. 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.
"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
Whenever you're ready, talk to our friendly Admissions admissions staff or sign up for an Open House.
Software and Supplies
To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.
- A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets software manufacturers' requirements.
- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver 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. 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.
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