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Web Design Professional

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 Why You Should Participate in the Web Design Professional Certificate:

  • You want to learn the complete process of building a complex website with advanced features.
  • You want to learn server-side development, programming code, and how to create a comp as well as skills to evaluate user needs and aesthetic appeal.
  • You want to build sites that use and expand your abilities in writing HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
  • You want to showcase your design abilities and advanced technical skills in a self-directed Capstone project. 

UArts Continuing Education is not currently accepting applications for this certificate. Please join the Continuing Education mailing list to get updates on this program, and for information on the application deadline to join the next cohort.

In the meantime, we welcome you to consider one of our certificate prerequisite courses. If you would like to schedule an advising session to discuss your options with Continuing Education staff, please email 

Required Courses


Students must first complete all requirements of the Web Design Essentials Certificate (15 credits)*

Select 9 credits from these options:

  • Introduction to Programming

Learn the fundamentals of programming with the web browser scripting language. This course also provides an in-depth tour of the JavaScript programming language. Programming is a difficult subject to master, but the underlying concepts and techniques are easy to learn. The course will introduce basic programming terminology, concepts and best practices. No direct programming experience is required; however, some previous familiarity with JavaScript may be useful. Knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3 is required. Prerequisite: Usability + User Experience or equivalent experience.

  • Emerging Tools for the Web Workshop

In this workshop, review latest trends and the newest tools for web design. Review the front-end web designer workfl ow to improve your wireframing tools, explore alternatives to Photoshop and/or Illustrator such as Sketch and Pixelmator and some in-the-browser tools (MACAW, Adobe Edge Refl ow). Test desktop designs on mobile interfaces (Sketch, Coda, iOS) to stay current in this changing industry. Prerequisite: Web I or equivalent experience.

  • Evaluating Content Management Systems Workshop

Examine, discuss and compare CMS options (Drupal, Joomla, MODX) to WordPress. Assess the functionality of a CMS and its ability to meet the client’s needs including an examination of open source and commercial CMS solutions and WordPress and MODX similarities and differences. In addition, the workshop considers getting a custom theme into MODX and building a blog in MODX. Prerequisite: Web II and WordPress Development Workshop or equivalent experience.

  • Mobile Application Design

This course teaches the fundamentals of designing for mobile applications. You will learn about user experience and user interface design standards for both iOS and Android mobile applications. Also learn the fundamental differences between the two main mobile platforms and how to design unique experiences that follow the design paradigms for each. User experience and user interface patterns for each platform are examined so you can create engaging mobile experiences that take into account content, platform and use cases. Prerequisite: Usability + Responsive Design or relevant experience.

  • Fundamentals of Digital Operations + Project Management

Are you freelancing, starting a design services-based business, or looking to become a member of an existing design and development team? This course on digital agency operations, business development and project management offers a comprehensive guide to the potential and pitfalls inherent in web-based projects. All aspects of digital agency operations are examined, from finding the right clients and negotiating the best price for your services, to contract writing basics and effectively scheduling and managing your workflow. Perform the steps an operations industry professional follows in planning, running, tracking and completing projects. By the end of this course you will be able to scope potential web-based work, create project tasks and identify and confirm user requirements, including interviewing techniques, and present solutions to common web-based project problems. Prerequisite: Web Design I or Overview of Social Media or equivalent experience.

  • Server-Side Web Development – PHP + AJAX

Th is course takes you beyond the client-side process and technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and introduces server-side concepts and technologies. Learn to use the Apache web server, the MySQL relational database and the PHP scripting language to create a simple database-driven web application. Programming concepts will be explored using PHP. Design and create your own database, as well as learn basic Structured Query Language (SQL) and AJAX. Prerequisite: Introduction to Programming or equivalent experience.

  • Usability + User Experience

This course explores the user-centered design paradigm via readings, case studies, research and testing, and hands-on design exercises, providing theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills to understand the user-centered web development process and to manage a web project from start to finish. You will be exposed to the entire user-centered website design process, from planning and discovery to launch, promotion and maintenance. Prerequisite: Web III or equivalent experience.

  • WordPress Workshop

Learn how to use the WordPress Content Management System as the backbone and platform of all development projects. This is an advanced, intensive and comprehensive class geared to give developers the tools to develop solid websites using the open-source technology of WordPress. This course will help you understand WordPress so you can make it work for you and your clients without having to do all the heavy lifting of development yourself. Prerequisite: Web II or equivalent experience.

     Required Course:

  • Capstone Project: Web Design Professional

This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have learned in the Web Design Certificate program. At its core, this course focuses on project management skills, planning and the creation of a successful website that meets the needs and expectations of a real-world client. You must arrive at the first class session having identified a client for your project. This course concludes with a formal presentation to a panel of instructors and students. Prerequisite: This class is for Web Design Certificate enrollees only; successful completion of all prerequisite classes is mandatory.

Total Minimum Required                                 27.0      10 courses (including 2 labs)

*For those not proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, up to 6.0 additional credits may be required beyond the 27 total required credits.