Web Design

B.S. Degree: Media Arts


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts, area of study in Web Design and Development, prepares students for careers in web development and design fields.

This program is structured to compliment the revolutionary changes in interactive design that have catapulted the primarily print media area of graphic design into new arenas that combine audio, video, text, graphics, animation and commerce for the web world.

The program starts with an overview of the digital media field with introductory courses in web design (HTML/CSS), video production and 3D animation enabling them to gain a full understanding of platforms in the digital media field.

Students completing the program will have acquired knowledge as web designers and web developers. Their skills will include designing a functional website for multiple devices, scripting, programming, Search Engine Optimization, dynamic content, social networking and usability.

The curriculum of the program focuses on web programming (PHP), scripting (HTML/JavaScript), web content management, web animation, interactive digital media elements and usability. The fundamentals of design principles and esthetics are also an inseparable part of the curriculum. The method of instruction will be a combination of lecture, guided exercises and the application of skills to complete projects.

Students must complete all course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree: Graphic Design as well as Introduction to Digital Media courses of Term Four. In the second academic year, the students will specifically concentrate on disciplines of Web Design and Advanced Web Design. As is the case with the Associate Degree programs, a student is required to take 4 credits in each of four disciplines: Art, Mathematics / Science, Social Sciences / Humanities, and English / Language. Students may select from the below offerings. In no case, may the same credit be used for the Associate and the Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, students will be enrolled in PP200, Portfolio Project.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions such as web graphic designer and web developer.

Program Cost

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Program Courses


  • An Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Platt College or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Photoshop®, Illustrator®, HTML/CSS, Design Skills & Typography
  • An acceptable professional or educational portfolio

B.S. Design Courses


  • IA104 Introduction to Animation
  • IV104 Introduction to Digital Video
  • IW104 Fundamentals of Web


  • WR300 Responsive Web Design
  • WC300 Web Campaign Implementation
  • WS300 Scripting for the Web


  • WCM400 Content Management Systems for Designers
  • WIP400 Program for Designers
  • WUD400 User Experience Design

B.S. General Education Courses

General Education

Art/Art History

  • FIL201 Film and Society
  • MUS201 Enjoyment of Music


  • ENV201 Environmental Science
  • MAT205 * Introduction to Algebra / Geometry

Social Sciences/Humanities (two of)

  • ART202 Fundamentals of Illustration
  • HUM203 History of Graphic Design
  • BUS202 Marketing Communications

English/Language (two of)

  • ENG201 Creative Writing
  • ENG202 Multimedia Writing
  • ENG204 * Business Communications


  • IPP200 Independent Portfolio Project

* Specific content transfer required or complete this course in residence.

Upon successful completion of all Associate of Applied Science Degree requirements, Terms 4 – 6, the required General Education Courses and portfolio, students will have completed 129 semester credit hours (2540 hours of instruction) and will be issued a Bachelor of Science Degree: Media Arts.