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Computer Studies: Web Graphic Designer Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 29
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Term Effective: Spring 2012


The Computer Studies: 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 Studies programs can be found at the Computer Studies 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.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Computer Studies: Web Graphic Designer Certificate program are:

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Web Graphic Designer Emphasis Requirements

Web Graphic Designer Emphasis Requirements - complete 29.00 units
APGR 72Principles of Screen Design1.50
CS 50.11ACreating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 11.50
CS 50.11BCreating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 21.50
CS 50.11CCascading Style Sheets (CSS)3.00
CS 50.21AWebpage Design with Cascading Style Sheets and Graphics1.50
CS 50.21BAdvanced Web Graphics Projects1.50
CS 50.25Creating an Electronic Portfolio for the World Wide Web1.50
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
CS 50.31Web Content Development4.00
CS 50.32Web / Interactive Media Projects4.00
CS 99IComputer Studies Occupational Work Experience Intern0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
CS 70.11BAdobe Photoshop 23.00
CS 70.12Photoshop Advanced Concepts4.00
CS 70.13Image Correction and Restoration with Adobe Photoshop3.00
CS 71.11Adobe Illustrator 13.00
GD 20Introduction to Typography and Letterforms3.00
GD 53Design Techniques in Illustrator3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Web Site Development: Web Graphic Designer - effective Fall 2010
Web Site Development: Web Graphic Designer - effective Fall 2008
Web Site Development: Web Graphic Designer - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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