Web Design and Development

A Bachelor's Degree for "All Things Internet"

Are you interested in websites, apps and the growth of internet-technologies? Do you believe you have a mix of creative and technical skills that you’d like to explore as a career path? Do you want to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a city immersed in innovative technologies? If so, you are a strong candidate for Thomas Jefferson University’s B.S. in Web Design and Development degree program.

Digital technology has changed the way we visualize, conceptualize and express our ideas. Students in the program will focus on a variety of methods of visual and information design for digital platforms and the development of these designs into real products using modern technologies and development practices. Students learn HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, SASS, PHP, Ruby, MySQL, Swift, Git, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Sketch, Invision, Balsamiq, among other relevant applications and programming languages used in the industry. The culmination of this learning is demonstrated through a student being able to create sophisticated, large-scale digital products, such as websites and apps, meeting client and end-user requirements.

Web Design and Development is a fusion of multiple disciplines: computer science, graphic design and product design. The balance of these core ideas creates a field of study which focuses on meaningful communication and interaction between people and technology. Students will learn to not only design and construct products for today, but also learn to continue their advancement as the technology and requirements of the professional field continues to advance at a rapid pace.

Careers in Web Design and Development

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the 'Internet of things,' and the continued demand for mobile computing.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.”

For interactive designers to succeed in today’s workplace, professionals require a diverse combination of skills, including the understanding of basic design principles, the capacity to plan and develop a great strategy, the ability to harness the latest digital technologies and development techniques, and experience working in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment. Web Design and Development graduates are equipped with the knowledge to enter many careers, such as:

Design Careers

  • Web Design
  • App Design
  • Interaction Design
  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Graphic Design

Development Careers

  • HTML/CSS Development
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Javascript Development
  • Database Design & Development
  • App Development
  • CMS Theme Development


Program Success

Contributing to a University-wide 95% gainful employment rate, recent graduates have found themselves in creative positions at a diverse range of companies from small to medium businesses and larger companies such as Comcast, QVC, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, L'Oreal USA, Adidas and the Philadelphia Eagles. Many graduates also find themselves seeking a fast-paced career in an agency environment. Rosetta, One Trick Pony, O3 World, Inverse Paradox, Tonic Design, Mantra Design, 160over90, Brick Simple, Delphic Digital, Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners, AYC Media and Doner are just a few of the notable agencies where PhilaU graduates have established their careers.

Students who graduate from the B.S. Web Design & Development program with a 3.5 GPA or better are automatically eligible for the 18-Month Undergraduate Pathway to the M.S. in User Experience and Interaction Design program which gives students the opportunity to enter the workplace while achieving a Master’s degree in as little as 18-months of graduate-level evening classes.

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