Web Design and Development

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum in Web Design and Development establishes a strong foundation in visual thinking and conceptual skills common to most art and design fields. In advanced courses, you will develop the ability to visualize and produce work for richer digital-based information environments. You will explore complex aspects of web design, user interface design, interactive design, user experience design, and mobile communications.

In your first two years, you will concentrate on developing the basic skills necessary for visual literacy in the modern communication landscape. Basic design, expertise in typography, strategic planning, skill in electronic imaging, basic coding and navigation, and the principles of hierarchy in communication are all addressed.

Although the program is software and technology agnostic, students are taught to work with the most currently and relevant applications and programming languages including, but not limited to: HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, SASS, PHP, Ruby, MySQL, Swift, Git, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Sketch, Invision and Balsamiq.

The final four semesters include a combination of required design and development studios designed to advance your ability to conceptualize, design, develop, iterate and fully execute complete complex interactive projects, with consideration of social and economic factors as they apply to communication strategies.

All students are encouraged to participate in our active internship program, industry-sponsored projects and study abroad opportunities. These opportunities enrich a students experience and often lead to quality portfolio outcomes as well as meaningful professional relationships that can lead to future employment.

In the final semester, Web Design and Development students are required to complete a culmination capstone course where students will conceptualize and create a digital product which demonstrates their learning from their completion of the major courses in the program. This capstone is inspired by either a collaborative industry project, a student's personal interests, or their career aspirations. Examples of successful capstone projects may include, but are not limited to, a robust website, web-based application, mobile app, internet-connected device concept with corresponding app interface, digital display design, or a augmented and/or virtual reality application.

Outcome upon Graduation

Graduating students are required to demonstrate expertise in software manipulation and code development, an understanding of the social implications of the emerging technologies, and an ability to produce aesthetically pleasing & usable products that can inform and delight while serving the needs of a variety of commercial environments.

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