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Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design at Sessions College

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

NEXT CLASS: AUG 24th | Registration Deadline Extended – Orientation Begins August 17th

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

About This Program

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 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.

I think the biggest thing, for me, is the ability to be flexible in the battle between work, life, and education. Being able to maintain my current work schedule and attend classes without having to make changes to either is perfect for me. There is no need to feel that I cannot further my career and fulfill my dreams because classes are only available during days/times that I am at my job.

Shaun Edwards

Undergraduate Certificate Program, Class of 2018

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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.

The Curriculum

The Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design is a 24-credit 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.

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.

DES 104 Color Theory - 1.5 credits

Focus on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design projects. Projects explore the principles, terminology, and applications of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. A working knowledge of the expression and perception of color, and color interaction, lends credibility and sophistication to a designer’s work.

DES 101 Typography I - 1.5 credits

Explore the critical role of typography in graphic design. Course projects build an understanding of the anatomy of the letterform, the distinguishing features of different typefaces, and creative applications of type. An assured grasp of typography is essential in any visual communication project.

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 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.

DES 105 Design and Composition - 1.5 credits

Discover the principles of effective composition in layout design and advertising. Composition, literally the assembly of elements, the artful arrangement that guides the eye and unifies a design work. Case studies and hands-on projects address closed/open space, negative space, movement, and more.

WEB 207 Internet Marketing - 3 credits

Learn practical skills for growing your business on the Web. Studying with an Internet marketing pro, you’ll learn how to develop an entire marketing plan for your online business. Course projects will include target audience analysis, developing a site plan, creating a content development strategy, planning email marketing campaigns, optimizing for search engines, building a Facebook fan page, planning a social media crisis strategy, designing a landing page for an ad, and using site metrics.

OUTCOMES

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.

5. Marketing

Implement basic techniques for marketing web sites, including SEO, search advertising, and email marketing.

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What Our Students Say

FACULTY

Taz Tally Taz Tally is an industry-leading expert in digital imaging and pre-press techniques.
Piper Nilsson Faculty profile image Piper Nilsson is a graphic/Web designer and award-winning instructor.
Catherine George Catherine George is a digital media designer, developer, and instructor.

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Instructor Biography Degree(s) Earned
Catherine George

Catherine George is a digital media designer, developer, and instructor. Catherine has worked in the industry for more than 10 years in a variety of capacities: graphic and interface designer, Web designer, animator and motion designer, illustrator, project manager, programmer.

  • BFA in Special Studies in Art, Syracuse University
Jessica Peltz

Jessica Peltz has more than 20 years of industry experience in graphic design as an Art and Creative Director with ad agencies, design firms, publishing companies, and in-house corporations.

  • MA in Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • BA in Mass Communication, George Mason University
Kristen Becker

Kristen Becker is an educator and a graphic and business designer specializing in e-commerce. With over 12 years of experience as an award-winning educator, Kristen has developed curriculum and taught courses in graphic design, multimedia, and e-commerce/marketing.

  • MA in Digital Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • BA in Environmental Systems, University of Maryland
Margaret Penney

Margaret Penney is a teacher, designer, writer and media artist. As a Web and motion graphic designer, Margaret has worked on projects for Verizon, DC Immediate Care, TIAA-Cref, Nike, Delia's girls clothing, MTV, author Rosalyn Hoffman and artist Sol Lewitt.

  • MFA in Writing and Media Studies, Columbia University
  • BFA in Writing, Minor in Film, Johns Hopkins University
Piper Nilsson Faculty profile image

Piper Nilsson is a graphic/Web designer and educator. Piper has been working with the Web since 1997, working in various roles as a designer, programmer, and information architect, Piper blueprinted sites for such global clients as MetLife, Pepsi, ETS, and Citibank.

  • AOS in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute
Taz Tally

Dr. Taz Tally is the president of Taz Tally Seminars and Taz Tally Photography and author of numerous graphics and print production books and instructional videos, CDs, DVDs and online training courses on scanning, prepress and printing, Photoshop, and color correction.

  • PhD in Geology, University of California Santa Barbara

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GETTING STARTED

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?

Effective July 1, 2020, the tuition and fees for Undergraduate Certificate students are as follows:

Undergraduate Certificate Tuition
$510 per credit
$6,120 per semester
$12,240 total program tuition
Per-credit tuition for part-time students is the same as for full-time 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. (Active service members are exempt from registration fees.) See Undergraduate Certificate Tuition and Payment options.

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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