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Web Design Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

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August 26, 2024

Program Overview

The Sessions College Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design provides a foundation in visual design and coding for the Web. Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of digital imaging, color, and typography and how to implement them using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students learn graphic design and coding skills practiced by front end designers, applying them to projects to develop the concepts, layouts, images, and code for responsive websites.

The instructors were knowledgeable and considerate. The web design certificate course focused on real world scenarios. This made the course material relevant and easy to master.

Angelique Shipley

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Truly Affordable Education

Our Fall 2024 tuition is:

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50% lower than the average annual cost of tuition at 4-year colleges in the United States.

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Significantly more affordable than other online design / digital media colleges.

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So affordable that 100% of tuition costs may be covered for eligible students.* Find out today if you qualify.

* Federal student aid and military education benefits available for eligible students.

Program Outcomes

By completing the program, Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design students develop the following competencies:

1. Web Coding / Design

Layout and design responsive websites using standards-compliant HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code, and adapting modern frameworks such as Bootstrap.

2. Technology

Create images and design layouts by effectively and efficiently using design software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other industry technologies.

3. Art/Design Principles

Demonstrate the ability to produce visually compelling work by applying knowledge of color, typography, and composition.

4. Web Publishing

Publish sites to the Web, validating and troubleshooting sites to fix errors or cross-browser issues with a knowledge of accessibility best practices.

To learn more about our outcomes assessment process, visit our Academic Team

Program Curriculum

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

First Semester

Course Descriptions

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

DES 121 Photoshop I - 3 credits

Get a thorough grounding in Adobe Photoshop, the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. You’ll learn to choose and use the best techniques for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects. Every designer must tame this creative powerhouse of a program.

DES 106 Design Foundations - 3 credits

Color is a fundamental medium for any artist or designer. Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. Composition, literally the assembly or construction of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the viewer's eye through an image. In this course, you will analyze everything from Grand Masters to Madison Avenue ads to tubes of toothpaste, and discover how color, type, and composition are combined to create effective and powerful visual communications. Class projects challenge you to build and apply your design skills in application to real-life creative scenarios

WEB 101 HTML and CSS I - 3 credits

To create Web pages, a Web designer must have a foundation in HTML and CSS. This course begins with the basics of HTML markup and specifications for standards-compliant Web pages. CSS scripting is examined as a method for positioning page elements and styling typography. Cutting-edge features of HTML5 and CSS3 are also introduced. The emphasis is on the contemporary use of markup and scripting to create effective and attractive Web sites.

DES 141 Illustrator I - 3 credits

Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost any application.

WEB 213 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver I - 3 credits

Bootstrap provides a framework of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to speed up your site development. Working with an expert instructor, you'll learn how to build responsive, mobile-first web sites using Bootstrap 4 and Dreamweaver, Adobe's HTML editor. This course will show you how to design web sites by using CSS to structure and design layouts, ensuring that your designs work on a range of platforms and devices.

WEB 205 Javascript for Designers I - 3 credits

Learn the fundamentals of JavaScript, the programming language that allows you to make things happen when a user interacts with your website. You will learn how to create clean, valid code as you create programs that respond to various kinds of user interaction. Assignments include a range of projects: interactive dialogue boxes, a trivia quiz, a rainbow color picker, a sortable database, and more.

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 232 Web Typography - 1.5 credits

Learn how to enhance your Web designs with the latest techniques for styling, typesetting, and embellishing text. Get up to speed on the latest in Web font options and how to use CSS font stacks. You’ll take your fonts into the grid, studying a mix of classic and cutting edge techniques to ensure on-screen readability and effective vertical rhythm, and learn how to retain viewer attention by embellishing text with CSS3 effects and building typography-driven information graphics.

WEB 222 UX/UI Design - 3 credits

Work with veteran UX/UI designer and learn UX/UI from the ground up. Using your favorite prototyping tool - Sketch, Invision, Adobe XD, or Figma – you will learn how create a concept for an app, and turn your sketches into live prototypes with hotspots, transitions, and slick graphics, using the iterative development process practiced in the industry.

Studying Online at Sessions

Founded in 1997, Sessions College has delivered accredited and affordable fully online programs for creative professionals for more than 20 years. Earning your Web Design Certificate at Sessions has never been more accessible.

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What Our Students Say

Program Benefits

Advance Your Creative Career

Advance your creative career in a focused 2-semester program.

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By Creatives, For Creatives

Collaborate with a community of creative learners and industry professionals.

Enhance Your Portfolio

Enhance your portfolio with creative projects that put you through your paces.

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Structure and Flexibility

Weekly deadlines keep you on track, but with no set login times you can build your studies around your schedule.

Education You Can Afford

Affordable programs with low per credit tuition, and financial aid available for those who qualify.

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Open Enrollment Program

Open enrollment with a convenient application process.

Student Work

Career Outlook for Web Designers

Web Designers and Web Developers produce web designs, interfaces, and E-Commerce resources for a wide range of organizations to effectively engage with customers, vendors, and other stakeholders. Web industry professionals need to possess technical skills, communication skills, creativity, customer-service skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.

Exciting Job Opportunities

Graduates could be employed as a Back-end Web Developer, Front-end Web Developer, Web and Digital Interface Designer, Webmaster, Content Editor, Graphic Designer, Content Writer, Advertising Sales Representative, Multimedia Specialist, E-commerce Specialist, Computer Programmer, or Marketing Manager.

Median Annual Wage and Income Potential

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for web designers and digital designers and was $98,540 as of May 2023.

Median annual wages for the professionals in top industries (in which they work):

Computer occupations$104,420
Web and digital interface designers$98,540
Web developers and digital designers$92,750
Web developers$84,960
Total, all occupations$48,060

Job Projections and Employment Trends

Employment opportunities for web developers and digital designers are projected to grow 16 percent from 2022 to 2032.

There are about 19,000 openings for web developers and digital designers projected each year over the next decade.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our online application process makes getting started easy, fast, and convenient.

What's the Admissions Process?

Open Admissions.

Students entering the Undergraduate Certificate 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, April, and August, with early start options in February, June, and October. Our online application is simple and convenient, and there is no application fee.

How Long is the Program?

Two Semester Program.

The Undergraduate Certificate program is a 2-semester, 24 credit program. Students can graduate in under eight months and part-time schedules are available.

Will the Program Fit My Schedule?

Weekly deadlines help you stay on track. And with no set login times, you can build your studies around your schedule, wherever you are located. Many of our students complete their programs while working part-time or full-time.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

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.

There are no textbook or course material costs to participate in this online program. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

What are the Program Costs?

Truly Affordable Tuition. Since our founding in 1997, we have been committed to making the highest-quality design and digital media education available at the lowest cost.

Our truly affordable Fall 2024 tuition is:

Undergraduate Certificate Program - Fall 2024 Tuition
$300 per credit
$3,600 per semester
$7,200 total program tuition

Per-credit tuition is the same full-time and part-time students. Federal financial aid available for eligible students.

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. See Undergraduate Certificate Admissions.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Federal Student Aid. Federal student aid is available to students who qualify. If you are eligible, you may be able to fund your program using Pell Grants and Federal student loans. Check out our Financial Aid Information pages and ask to set up an interview with our Financial Aid Director.

Military Student Aid. Military servicemembers and their families who are eligible for GI Bill Education Benefits or active service member Tuition Assistance (TA) may also be able to utilize these programs to pay for their education.

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