Web Design Program Overview

Web Design students will benefit from the wide range of experience brought by industry representatives devoted to teaching. Program curriculum includes Typography, Writing for the Web, the Theory of Web Design, User Centered Design and Advanced Web Design projects.

Students will learn to work with Photoshop, Illustrator, code management software, and learn to produce websites using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

Combining design classes with core IT classes will prepare our graduates for careers such as Web Designer, Information Architect, UI/UX Designer and Web Builder.

Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS–T) Degree, 89 Credits Certificate, 66 Credits

  • Students can begin the program any quarter.
  • Web Design may be a good fit for you if you like to create art or design, solve problems, and learn new technology.
  • Areas of study include Web Authoring, Typography, User Centered Design, and Client/Server Scripting.
  • Job titles include Webmaster, Web Designer and Web Builder.

Career Opportunities

Despite the recent economic downturn, the information technology field is still growing faster than any other section of the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008–2009 states: “Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to expand their use of technology.” The handbook refers to the National Employment Matrix for IT – Internet Publishing is expected to grow 40 percent by 2016. More than 1,600,000 new IT jobs will be created in the United States by the year 2014. There is a critical shortage of qualified IT professionals, and excellent opportunities exist with both large and small companies and in the public sector.

Many of our graduates have gone on to start their own freelance businesses, work for Microsoft, Amazon, and/or found a job with a Web Design and Marketing firm in the greater Seattle Area, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

The growth of the Internet and the expansion of the World Wide Web have generated a variety of occupations related to the design, development, and maintenance of Web sites and their servers. For example, webmasters are responsible for all technical aspects of a Web site, including performance issues such as speed of access, and for approving the content of the site. Internet developers or Web Developers, also called Web Designers, are responsible for day–to–day site creation and design. Graduates in the Web Design option will be qualified for several World Wide Web careers including Webmaster, Web Designer, UI/UX Designer, Web Builder, Web Administrator, and Web Specialist.

For Webmasters, the 2013 Robert Half Salary Survey Bureau of Labor Statistics lists an annual salary range of $57,000 to $90,000. The Washington State Occupational Employment Wage Estimates for 2013 expects an average salary of $73,000. A recent salary survey by the job bank dice.com reports an average salary for first year Web Designers as $46,773 annually. However, salaries rise quickly with experience. This same report gives the average salary of $54,926 for a Web Designer with 2–3 years experience.

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Contact Information

Information Technology Programs
Business, Information Technologies & Creative Arts
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3176
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.3150 206.934.3150

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