The Web Site Development: Web Graphic Designer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of Web site design and development as a Web Designer. The role of the designer is to visually communicate the Web site message.
Web designers should have a good understanding of design principles including layout, interface design, color theory, and typography. Designers need to understand how images need to be created for display on the Web, as well as a basic knowledge of Web site construction. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, Photoshop, Principles of Design, Illustrator, and the Web development cycle. Students will be expected to design Web sites to meet the standards of clients from the community.
This program stresses the practical application of Web development skills on real life projects. Students are expected to work in teams to create Web sites for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The ability to work in a group, communicate with a client, resolve problems, meet deadlines, and understand the Web development cycle is just as important as understanding HTML or creating graphics. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as working Web sites to feature in an electronic portfolio.
A successful Web Designer exhibits strong work ethics, perfectionist standards, patience, strong people skills and attention to detail.
Job titles include Web Graphic Artist, Web Graphic Designer, Interface Architect, Web Creative Lead, Web Designer, Design Lead.
More information about Computer and Information Sciences programs can be found at the Computer and Information Sciences Department Web site.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a competency in specific web development skills in the areas of coding, validation, user interface, and graphic design;
2. apply the skills of effective communication, time management, problem solving, and client management, as they plan and produce a Web site; and
3. evaluate the numerous tools available to create a web site and select the appropriate tool for the specific situation.