Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

The Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design provides an excellent foundation in coding and visual design for the web. In our two semester 24-credit program, you'll learn the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator, color, layout, and typography, and apply this knowledge in your interactive projects. Students learn how to design responsive, interactive websites for mobile and desktop applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the popular new Bootstrap framework. Get expert feedback on your coding and visual designs as you tackle exciting web design projects.

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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

DES 121 Photoshop I
WEB 101 HTML and CSS I
DES 141 Illustrator I
DES 104 Color Theory
DES 101 Typography I

Second Semester

WEB 213 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver I
WEB 205 Javascript For Designers I
DES 105 Design and Composition
WEB 232 Web Typography
WEB 207 Internet Marketing

Program Courses

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.

Program Objectives

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

  • Layout and design websites using standards-compliant HTML and CSS code.
  • Design responsive website designs using modern frameworks Bootstrap and skeleton.
  • FTP sites to the Web, validating and troubleshooting sites to fix errors or cross-browser issues.
  • Write clean, valid Javascript code to create basic interactive features for websites.
  • Create images in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator at a high standard of quality.
  • Use a knowledge of color, typography, and layout design to develop effective, professional-level designs for clients.
  • Implement important techniques for marketing web sites, including SEO, search advertising, and email marketing.

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

The courses were well-written and covered all of the subjects very well. The information was relevant and our instructors consistently ensured we were truly understanding the concepts.

Sarah Muir, Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Student Work

Learn to design from a faculty of professional artists and designers.

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.

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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