Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design

Our Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design provides a foundation in visual design for the Web. In a two semester, credit-bearing program, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of digital imaging, color, and typography and how to implement them on the Web using HTML, CSS, and Adobe 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

DES 121 Photoshop I
WEB 101 HTML and CSS I
DES 141 Illustrator I
DES 111 Drawing I

Second Semester

DES 104 Color Theory
DES 101 Typography I
WEB 211 Dreamweaver I
WEB 205 Javascript For Designers
WEB 231 Web Design I

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 111 Drawing I - 3 credits


Learn how to analyze what you see in the world around you and communicate it on paper. Through hands-on projects, and guided by a professional artist, you will explore the critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid foundation for all your art and design work.

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 211 Dreamweaver I - 3 credits

Develop practical skills for Dreamweaver, the HTML editor of choice for professional Web designers. Dreamweaver integrates a host of Web design tools in one easy-to-use application. Without any prior HTML knowledge, students learn to design sites, creating advanced layouts by using Cascading Style Sheets, typography, colors, tables, and more.

WEB 205 Javascript for Designers - 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.

WEB 231 Web Design I - 3 credits

Learn a systematic professional approach to Web design. You’ll use site maps, wireframes, HTML and CSS layouts, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your designs hit the mark. Students entering this class are expected to have a basic competence in HTML and CSS design, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. 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.

Program Objectives
  • Create job-appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.
  • Design and lay out typography for readability, impact, or expression.
  • 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 consistent, visually appealing page designs using HTML and CSS via Dreamweaver or via hand coding.
  • Develop functional and interactive programs and interfaces with JavaScript and jQuery.
  • Design Web graphics that are polished, consistent, and optimized, which communicate effectively and are integrated into an interface design.
  • Create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations in Illustrator.
  • Manage a professional Web design process including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, CSS layouts, and basic usability.

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

"Every class I took during my time here has been a collaborative effort for everyone to learn the techniques and get better..." Kyle Gilbreath, Associate Degree in Graphic 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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