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Web Design Degree Outlook

The development of WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) software for Web design seemed to make this field obsolete. But, the Web has become sophisticated and that evolution hasn't ceased. What mattered in Web design ten years ago isn't relevant today. What works today may not be relevant in two years. Therefore, the person who wishes to become proficient in Web design must stay ahead of the curve in this field.

Some of the changes that occurred in this field over the previous five years include an emphasis on accessibility and usability. One, accessibility, is a human rights issue. The other, usability, can affect a client's ability to sell products online. If the general public can make little sense from a site's navigation, for instance, the client's Web site will suffer.

So, while many Web designers are self-taught, it's a rare Web designer who can design the site, understand how to deal with navigation, code the site and manage databases and more. Instead, many students who study Web design in school will pick an area where they want to work upon graduation. This may include the graphic interface, the site's navigation and usability, or programming.

The student who wants to design Web sites still must understand how Web sites work behind the graphical interface. Otherwise, any design they choose to use will be useless, as coders and programmers will not be able to implement the design. This does not mean that the Web designer needs to understand how to build databases. Instead, a general knowledge of what is prevalent in the field is sufficient in most cases.

The Web is still new enough to seduce designers into believing they can create the "next best thing" when it comes to designing Web sites. However, browser incompatibilities, code that renders a site inaccessible, and designs that are slow to load still remain problematic. Many Web site designers have discovered that a site that holds relevant content, that is helpful to customers, and that is easy to use all count toward a successful design.

Most Web design students will study typography, color theory, and other design elements in their college courses. They will also learn how to use various software tools, such as Flash and Dreamweaver. But, in most cases, the Web designer who knows how to create some of the design elements in a Web design will find his or her way into entry level positions faster than those graduates who don't learn HTML or CSS basics.


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Web Design and Interactive Media (BA)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Dedicated career services team that helps students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary
  • Program Coordinators focus on improving program content and ensure that students have the resources they need
  • Over 50 locations nationwide
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Web Development
  • Online Master’s in IT was ranked among the Best Online Programs in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Offers several bachelor’s degree programs, including Cyber Security, Information Systems Management, and Information Technology
  • Students study core concepts such as programming, system administration, security, and databases
  • Concentrations in Information Technology include IT Security, Network Management, Web Development, and more
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Web Design & Development
ECPI University , North Charleston
  • Named a Best for Vets school by the Military Times in 2014.
  • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
  • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
  • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
  • Online Courses
Associate Degree-Web Design
  • Features a public spa where massage students can get real-world experience.
  • Honored by the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Century in 2013.
  • New terms start every 10 weeks.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Main campus is located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with satellite campuses in Phoenixville and Warminster.
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  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
A.S. - Digital Design
Good for Working Adults

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment. As a student at Southern Technical College, you will have the opportunity learn in several different ways.

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Associate of Science in Graphic Arts and Design
Keiser University Campus , Port Saint Lucie

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.