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Computer Studies: Web Designer Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 28
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Term Effective: Fall 2014


The Computer Studies: Web Designer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of website design and development as a Web Designer. The role of the designer is to visually communicate the website 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 website construction. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and various industry standard applications used in the web development cycle. Students will be expected to design websites to meet the standards of clients from the community.

This program stresses the practical application of web development skills in real life projects. Students are expected to work in teams to create websites 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 websites 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 Front-End Developer, Web Designer, Front-End Designer, User Interface Designer, UIX 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 Designer Certificate program are:

  • Complete 28 units from
    • Web Development Core Requirements
    • Web Designer Emphasis Requirements

Web Development Core Requirements - complete 12.00 units
CS 50AWeb Development 13.00
CS 50BWeb Development 23.00
CS 50CWeb Development 33.00
CS 57.11Introduction to Social Media3.00
Web Designer Emphasis Requirements - complete 16.00 units
CS 50.21Web Design 13.00
CS 50.32Web and Digital Media Projects4.00
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
GD 72Principles of Screen Design3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2014

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 2015

Previous Versions:

Computer Studies: Web Graphic Designer - effective Spring 2012
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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