Web Design Certificate Program & Courses

This program prepares students with the technical understanding and proficiencies to work in the complex and continually evolving multimedia field of web design. Courses integrate creative design and visual communication skills with professional-level software expertise. The curriculum covers all phases of cutting-edge website design, development, and management. Advanced courses culminate in mastering sophisticated functionality for designing and building dynamic and large-scale client-centered websites, cultivating strategies for meeting client needs, and assembling a first-rate web portfolio. 

The certificate path is ideal for someone seeking a structured program or a credential representing completion of a rigorous course of study from a prestigious professional college of art and design. To earn the certificate, courses must be taken for credit. 


Depending on your needs and interests, courses may also be taken individually for credit or noncredit.


REQUIRED COURSES                       to register

Digital Design*                                 Credit            Noncredit
Computer Illustrator                                 Credit            Noncredit
Digital Imaging with Photoshop                                 Credit            Noncredit
Design with WordPress**                                 Credit            Noncredit
Web Design I: HTML & CSS                                 Credit            Noncredit
Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes                                 Credit            Noncredit
Design for Mobile Devices***                                 Credit            Noncredit
Web Design III: Advanced Projects                                 Credit            Noncredit

*Or Intro to Computer Graphics & the Mac Environment                                                                            **Or Flash Interactive Design                                                                                                                                ***Or Advanced Dreamweaver

Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met.



Each course meets once a week in the evenings for ten weeks. Students taking one course each quarter complete the program in two years. Students taking two courses each quarter complete in one year. It is recommended that students who wish to complete the program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses. 




Digital Design

This course develops proficiency in operating the Mac as applied to learning the basic design tools and protocols of Adobe Creative Suite’s major programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. There is a combined emphasis on acquiring hardware and software skills with an understanding of design fundamentals, principles of composition, and visual hierarchy in contemporary digital design.  Hands-on projects include creating, importing and editing images, as well as text and graphics in a variety of formats to develop a better understanding of computer-aided design, digital workflow and visual communication. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience including using a mouse, navigating the Internet, and saving files. Note: Certificate candidates who do not need this course may substitute Digital Photography with Lightroom or Graphic Design Studio at any time during their program.


Digital Imaging with Photoshop

Photoshop is the essential tool for digital image manipulation in graphic design, web design, and photography. Participants in this course develop digital imaging software skills, as well as applied theoretical and technical skills in solving visual design problems. Projects provide detailed coverage of Photoshop’s vast array of tools, filters, and procedures including resolution issues, retouching, color work flow, camera raw, image adjustments, compositing, and masking. A folio of digitally generated and manipulated images is completed. Prerequisite: Digital Design (or Intro to Computer Graphics & Mac Environment), which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent experience.


Computer Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is used to create the high resolution illustrations essential for contemporary print, web, video, animation, and multimedia design. Participants learn techniques for developing professional images and working efficiently with various modes, panels, and settings. Projects utilize the full range of selection, organization, drawing and editing tools used to create quality vector artwork. Color and typographic libraries are explored along with basic design disciplines for both. Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Graphics & Mac Environment (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent experience.


Design with WordPress

Learn how to design and build full-featured websites by using WordPress, a free, open-source website publishing platform that is easy to use. Students are introduced to major web development languages through customizing the WordPress core and learn how to build custom websites through examining the architecture of WordPress and covering both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress.org websites. Projects include creating a WordPress account and inserting text and multimedia, as well as utilization of custom themes, widgets, and plug-ins. Live websites are used to address WordPress implementation issues. Additional topics include Search Engine Optimization techniques, introductory web analytics concepts, and the incorporation of web analytics techniques in a WordPress website. Prerequisites: Digital Design (or Intro to Computer Graphics & the Mac Environment) or equivalent experience.


Web Design I: HTML & CSS

Web Design I introduces students to best practices in web and user interface design as well as HTML (HyperText Mark-Up Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and related coding languages that provide the foundation for building web sites. Instruction includes the following topics: user experience design, design criticism, grid systems, typography for the web, and technical trouble-shooting. At the end of the course, students will have generated a site that is based on current professional practices in web design. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent experience.


Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes

Building upon a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Photoshop and Illustrator, students learn Dreamweaver and advanced coding methods for developing web sites based upon professional standards. Projects incorporate the fundamentals of interaction design principles and production values for creating high quality web pages. Topics include working between software applications, advanced CSS and HTML, file management, advanced grid systems, and technical trouble shooting. At course end, students have generated a site that is visually dynamic, user-friendly, and technically complex. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop and Web Design I: HTML & CSS or equivalent experience.


Design for Mobile Devices

Mixing interactivity with creativity, participants in this course learn to design and build applications for mobile devices and phones. Topics include understanding how users approach mobile websites, designing for small screen sizes, developing page layouts and a navigation system that works on mobile devices, selecting appropriate content to include on a mobile site, as well as generating handheld style sheets and methods to test mobile websites. Projects incorporate effective web design principles, best practices for writing code, and creating graphics for mobile platforms. Responsive web design will be addressed in setting up interfaces that are responsive to various devices include desktop presentation, mobile and tablet. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop, Web Design I: HTML & CSS, and Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes or equivalent experience


Web Design III: Advanced Projects

This course focuses on mastering a systematic approach to designing large-scale professional client-based websites. Students develop expertise in meeting client needs through planning, building, designing, and testing sites using contemporary technologies and design styles. The full range elements used to create web structures are covered, including cross-platform compatibility, scalability, databases, and content management systems such as Joomla. Students gain understanding of JavaScript and jQuery to create a dynamic user experience.  Projects incorporate information architecture, competitive analysis, wireframes, HTML/CSS layouts, HTML5, color palettes, usability testing, designing for blogs, and portfolio design. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop, Web Design I: HTML & CSS, and Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes or equivalent experience.



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