Online Advanced Web Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Web Design

In the Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Web Design you can take your front-end web design skills to the next level. The program will provide you with advanced training in software, design, and coding skills for the web design field. Students entering the program are expected to have completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design or have equivalent experience.*

In the program, you will hone your Photoshop and Illustrator skills and deepen your knowledge of Bootstrap, CSS/Flexbox, and JavaScript/JQuery. Classes in Wordpress, portfolio design, and accessibility will help you extend your web design services. You will graduate with a range of completed web site projects.

* Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Bootstrap, as well as a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver.

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Program Outline

The Undergraduate Certificate is a 24-credit program completed in two semesters. Part-time schedules are available.

First Semester

WEB 214 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver II
DES 222 Photoshop II
ILL 142 Illustrator II
WEB 209 Advanced CSS
WEB 206 Web Accessibility Design

Second Semester

WEB 220 Javascript For Designers II
GEN 206 Design Business
WEB 233 Web Portfolio Design
WEB 231 Web Design I
WEB 240 Wordpress Development

Program Courses

The program builds current skills for entry-level Web design work or further study. All credits can be later transferred into the Associate in Web Design degree program.

WEB 214 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver II - 3 credits

In this course, Web design students will further their exploration of Bootstrap using Adobe Dreamweaver, focusing on the use of CSS, templates, and library items to design responsive sites. Topics includes using image effects, animated content areas, and interactive navigation, and creating mobile and tablet layouts with CSS3 media queries.

DES 222 Photoshop II - 3 credits

Transcend the basic Photoshop skillset to learn vector illustration techniques, photo-realistic painting tools, high-impact typography approaches, and professional photo editing methods, all with attention to preserving the editability of your original images. Students will build proficiency with the Pen tool, select perfect color harmonies, use Smart Objects and Smart Filters to non-destructively edit images, and even create paintings with custom brushes and the Mixer Brush.

ILL 142 Illustrator II - 3 credits

Create photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, rich designs, and learn how to speed your efforts with helpful workflow features. You’ll build on your existing Illustrator skills to tackle high-end projects with depth, dimension, and wow-power.

WEB 209 Advanced CSS - 1.5 credits

Take your coding to the next level with flexbox, a new set of CSS properties that swoop in where floats leave off. Flexbox easily adapts to different screen sizes and different sizes of content, providing limitless, robust ways to structure page content, designing navigation, create column based layouts, and add sticky footers. The course also focuses on using scalable vector graphics (SVG). to create and animate images.

WEB 206 Web Accessibility Design - 1.5 credits

Web site content, navigation, and color schemes are often challenging for people with disabilities. This course gives students a basic knowledge of how to implement accessibility design practices on the Web. Students develop a broad understanding of current accessibility initiatives and how these guidelines impact Web designers, learning how to apply this knowledge in their work.

WEB 220 JavaScript for Designers II - 3 credits

Learn how to program using JavaScript and jQuery with techniques geared to visually oriented designers. Master the fundamentals of JavaScript programming, focusing on how you can add interactivity and responsiveness to your Web designs without too much technical jargon or coding mumbo jumbo. Working with a JavaScript guru, you’ll learn coding and programming concepts through fun, step-by-step exercises and apply what you’ve learned to creative, professionally oriented projects. Class projects include a range of interactive projects: a trivia quiz, a user adaptive form, a single-page site, a Web application, a responsive site, and portfolio or personal site enhanced by plugins.

WEB 233 Web Portfolio Design - 1.5 credits

Students will learn to skillfully display and present their Web design work for potential clients. They will learn how to showcase their best work and build an attractive Web portfolio to serve as a platform for Web design services.

GEN 206 Design Business - 1.5 credits

Learn the essentials of finding work as a designer, whether in a design firm, in-house design department, or freelance. You'll gain feedback from a design pro on everything from how to present your portfolio and resume, find work opportunities, and market yourself, to building a professional persona and networking with your peers.

WEB 231 Web Design I - 3 credits
Learn a systematic professional approach to Web design. You’ll use site maps, wireframes, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your responsive designs hit the mark. Students entering this class are expected to have a basic competence in HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Building upon those skills, students will complete four portfolio projects that challenge their Web design skills and build an understanding of how to manage Web design projects in a professional context.

WEB 240 WordPress Development - 3 credits

Explore the world of WordPress development and learn how to develop sites that take advantage of the power, versatility, and community of WordPress. You’ll start with the basics of WordPress navigation and interface, then you’ll open the hood, learning the anatomy of WordPress themes and how to make your own. From there, you’ll explore child themes, functions, hooks, filters, plugins, widgets, custom post types, and more, all with one big goal in mind: learning the techniques and tools essential to developing excellent WordPress sites.

Program Objectives

In the program, students can expect to learn how to:

  • Layout and design responsive websites using HMTL, CSS, and Bootstrap and flexbox frameworks.
  • Create images in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator at an advanced standard of quality.
  • Use visual design principles to develop effective, professional-level designs for clients.
  • Building on basic JavaScript knowledge, create interactive features for web sites using clean, valid JQuery code.
  • Adapt web site designs to current standards for web accessibility.
  • Create an effective portfolio site to showcase your design work.
  • Design a Wordpress site, implementing existing themes and making basic customizations.

Financial Aid

Did You Know? Eligible students entering Undergraduate Certificate programs may be entitled to Federal financial aid. Grants and loans can help you cover the cost of your education.

Student Feedback

"I loved everything about Sessions online courses. The instructors were all fantastic! They answered any question that I may have had during the course. I learned so much during the time that I was a student." - Virginia Lamp, Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration Design

Student Work

Featured Faculty

Piper Nilsson Faculty profile image Piper Nilsson is a graphic/Web designer and award-winning instructor.
Geoph Essex Geoph Essex is a Web developer, programmer, animator, and educator.
Catherine George Catherine George is a digital media designer, developer, and instructor.

Career Information

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in Web design and development. Potential employers for Web design program graduates include specialized design firms (e.g. Web design firms), advertising agencies, publishers, computer systems design firms, and Fortune 500 companies. Job titles include Web Designer, Front End Designer, UX/UI Designer, and more.

Visit our Career Center for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database. For Gainful Employment information on this program, visit this page.

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Program At a Glance

Students entering the program are expected to have earned a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent. Any students under 18 years of age will need to provide the signed permission of a parent or guardian.

Classes start in January, May, and August, with early start options in February, June, and October. Our online application is simple and convenient, and there is no application fee.

NOTE: Students entering the program are expected to have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

To take this program, you’ll need the following:

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver CC.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.
  • 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.

Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

The tuition for Undergraduate Certificate students is as follows:

Undergraduate Certificate Tuition
$425 per credit
$5,100 per semester
$10,200 total program tuition

Tuition for part-time students is $475/credit and paid by semester.

A $200 registration fee is required to process your enrollment in the program. Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from the scheduled beginning of program orientation. (Active service members are exempt from registration fees.) See Undergraduate Certificate Tuition and Payment options.

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