Online Web Design Degree

Associate Degree in Web Design

On computers and mobile devices across the Internet, Web designers are making information come alive. Want to design for tomorrow's Web? At Sessions College, the Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Web Design degree trains you for this fast-evolving medium. Prepare for this dynamic medium by learning how to use Web standard languages HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by gaining command of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver, and front end design skills. The program focuses on responsive design, and provides training in the latest Web technologies, including the popular frameworks Bootstrap, flexbox, and skeleton, as well as Wordpress. Studying entirely online, you'll prepare for professional Web design work in a rigorous curriculum.

Online web design degree student work
Student work by Jessica Somerton, AOS in Web Design

Launch Your Career with a Degree in Web Design


Creative Classes, Expert Instructors

Focus on Career Preparation

Build Professional Skills and a Portfolio

Program Outline

Web Design Major - Year One

First Semester

  • DES 104 Color Theory
  • DES 101 Typography I
  • DES 111 Drawing I
  • DES 121 Photoshop I
  • GEN 104 English Composition

Second Semester

  • DES 105 Design And Composition
  • DES 131 Logo Design I
  • WEB 101 HTML and CSS I
  • GEN 105 Computer Technology
  • GEN 107 General Psychology

Third Semester

  • WEB 211 Dreamweaver I
  • GEN 106 History Of Art
  • DES 141 Illustrator I
  • WEB 205 Javascript For Designers

Web Design Major - Year Two

Fourth Semester

  • DES 222 Photoshop II
  • DES 151 Digital Photography I
  • GEN 205 Business And Technical Writing
  • WEB 231 Web Design I

Fifth Semester

  • WEB 212 Dreamweaver II
  • WEB 209 Advanced CSS
  • WEB 206 Web Accessibility Design
  • WEB 232 Web Typography
  • GEN 204 Intro To Marketing
  • Elective (Choose One): DES 102 Typography II, DES 201 InDesign I, DES 232 Logo Design II, DIG 204 Digital Video Production

Sixth Semester

  • WEB 207 Internet Marketing
  • WEB 240 Wordpress Development
  • WEB 233 Web Portfolio Design
  • GEN 206 Design Business
  • WEB 259 Capstone Project
  • DEG 260 Portfolio Review

Program Courses

Program highlights for Web Design majors in the AOS in Web Design 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.

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 207 Internet Marketing - 3 credits

Learn practical skills for growing your business on the Web. Studying with a professional Internet marketing consultant, you'll learn how 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.

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). Using SVG, you can create (and animate) images that scale to fit any screensize without loss of image quality. Combined with CSS3 animation, SVG provides performance, consistency, and interactive/creative potential for your Web graphics.

WEB 212 Dreamweaver II - 3 credits

Learn powerful features that lie just below the surface in Dreamweaver, including precision layouts through Cascading Style Sheets, templates and asset management, and even the ability to create high-end interactive features without wading through reams of code. Each hands-on lesson and exercise combines upper-level Dreamweaver technology with visual Web design know-how.

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.

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 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

Strong graphic design is the foundation of the Web design program. First-year studies in the online Web Design degree program introduce the visual design fundamentals and software that are essential to any Web or print medium including color, typography, composition, and digital imaging, and vector illustration. You will also learn current approaches to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery for Web publishing (including HTML5 and CSS3).

With an responsive design, second-year Web Design students take a deeper look at the technologies and visual design approaches that define professionals in the Web design industry. Students develop a working knowledge of the latest CSS frameworks Bootstrap, flexbox, and skeleton, and learn how to manage and customize Wordpress sites. Web Design majors develop a professional design process for building Web sites, from concept to launch. An elective course allows for further exploration of Wordpress, print design, or digital media.

Students complete the Web Design degree online with studies in design business and portfolio building as well as a live online portfolio review and a capstone project. The Sessions College online AOS program is one of the most professionally-oriented and comprehensive website design degree programs available.

Web Design majors are expected to develop the ability to:

  • Create sophisticated, appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.
  • Design and lay out typography for readability, impact, or expression in print or on the Web.
  • 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 engaging and readable layout designs that attract the eye using fundamental design and composition techniques.
  • Develop effective logo designs from a client brief using an iterative design process.
  • Create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations in Illustrator.
  • Manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to take professional-level digital photographs in a range of settings.
  • Create consistent, visually appealing page designs using HTML5 and CSS via Dreamweaver and via hand coding.
  • Create sophisticated, responsive layouts using CSS3, flexbox and SVG graphics.
  • Manage and implement sites using the CSS frameworks Bootstrap, flexbox, and skeleton.
  • Design Web graphics that are polished, consistent, and optimized, which communicate effectively and are integrated into an interface design.
  • Manage a professional Web design process including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, CSS layouts, and basic usability testing.
  • Develop functional and interactive programs and interfaces with JavaScript and jQuery.
  • Apply in their work an understanding of English composition, business writing, psychology, computer science, marketing and art history.
  • Write papers and presentations that demonstrate critical thinking, clear organization, and professional style, grammar, and spelling.
  • Represent their design services to potential clients or employers and manage different aspects of the Web design process.
  • Identify current areas of strength and prepare and maintain a portfolio of their best design work in print or on the Web.

Financial Aid

Did You Know? Eligible students entering Associate Degree 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

In the Web design program, you'll gain a foundation for creating rich interactive experiences. A focus on visual design will make your work stand out from the crowd. We’ll help you add more value to the sites you design: aesthetically, conceptually, semantically - Piper Nilsson, Department Head of Web Design.

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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Getting Started

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Program At a Glance

Classes start in January, May, and August, with early start options in February, June, and October.

To apply, you'll need to complete our convenient online application and provide an application essay, official transcripts from high school OR for any college degree completed, and 5-10 samples of your art/design work. (Transcripts must be provided for any course you wish evaluated for credit transfer.)

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.

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

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver CC.
  • MS word or equivalent application
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.
  • Basic drawing and painting supplies including pencils, charcoal, newsprint, and sketch paper.
  • 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 full-time Associate Degree students is as follows:

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Program
$350 per credit
$4,200 per semester
$12,600 per year
$25,200 total program tuition

Tuition for part-time students is $400/credit and paid by semester. Federal financial aid available for eligible students. Ask about our $500-$2,000 scholarships for exemplary applicants.

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 Associate Degree Tuition and Payment options.

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