Web Design (degree)

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Visual Communications Web Design program will prepare students to become capable new media web designers creating original interactive media with a strong visual style and the level of web programming that is appropriate to the new media project’s concept and goals. With the emphasis on new media design skills, the program addresses the ever-evolving nature of visual communications within the new media environment. 

Students will gain project and goal-oriented skills in design creation, layout and presentation involved with all the major new media formats, including mobile broadcast and dynamic web site programming. The interdisciplinary project based curriculum focuses on the creation of a variety of interactive media tools that include gaming, entertainment, and other types of media. 

Students interested in the Visual Communications–Web Design program must have a strong interest in web-based technologies and have an aptitude for problem solving in an individual and collaborative group setting, excellent aesthetic judgment, and the ability to meet deadlines and project specifications.

The Visual Communications Web Design program curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in this rapidly changing field. Employment is typically found in gaming, entertainment media, virtual reality, corporate, design, and academic interactive departments. Companies that specialize in new media, such as website development, computer animation and interactive media are also sources of employment for graduates of the Visual Communications Web Design program. 

Entry-level job titles are multimedia designer, interactive designer, web page designer, animator, freelance media artist, media designer, or interactive media producer.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to


  1. Present an oral presentation meeting design industry standards.
  2. Create a professional website meeting design industry standards.
  3. Create and present a professional interactive web-based graphics portfolio.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
CISW 101Client-Side Script Language (day only)3.00
FINE 210Two Dimensional Design 3.00
VISC 115Digital Imaging 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

BUSC 220Team Development 3.00
VISC 122Web Design 3.00
VISC 220Digital Photography 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00
MATH 110Mathematics of Business 3.00
 TAOC Category Three 
BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 170Web Dev with Adobe Dreamweaver 3.00
CISW 201Object Oriented Programming I (day only)3.00
VISC 130Digital Video I (day only)3.00
VISC 208Digital Animation (day only)3.00
PSYC 105Social Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (PSYC OR SOCI) 3 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

CISW 206Server Side Programming Languages (day only)3.00
CISW 210E-Commerce Applications 3.00
VISC 201Interactive Design (day only)3.00
VISC 240Digital Portfolio 3.00
VISC 260Visual Communication Internship 3.00
VISC 218Media Design Entrepreneurship 3.00

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

CISW 101 - Client-Side Script Language

Client-Side Scripting Languages teaches students to develop interactive websites using client-side programming techniques. Websites are developed using current industry-languages including Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) and JavaScript (JS). Management skills are sharpened as students complete projects that begin with the design process and continue through coding, testing, debugging, deployment and maintenance of websites. 3-0-3

FINE 210 - Two Dimensional Design

Utilizing studio practice and lecture, this course examines the visual elements and compositional principles necessary to the artist. Principles of two-dimensional design and a knowledge of historically successful design models will then be applied to solve a variety of mixed-media design problems.

VISC 115 - Digital Imaging

Using Adobe Photoshop, students will solve media problems by producing specific digital graphic solutions while observing the principles of good design. In order to observe how form contributes to message, the student will research how designers create the essential graphics, gather design elements from various resources, and generate designs that conform to and enhance message content. The students will also consider design variables related to various destination media like monitors, printers and other deliverables. 2-2-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

BUSC 220 - Team Development

This course provides the student with the understanding and skills necessary to communicate effectively in various group situations. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for intensive team and group interaction that they will experience in both personal and career scenarios. It will also provide a firm foundation of team-oriented theory and practical application, experience in developing group problem-solving skills, and a resource for future use. 3-0-3

VISC 122 - Web Design

In this course, students will learn how to use digital tools for designing web pages. Emphasis will be on how to design effective websites for a specific user in mind. Usability guidelines, tips, and examples of effective and ineffective web sites will be discussed. Students will create a web site in class using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3

VISC 220 - Digital Photography

This course will introduce students to digital photography and photographic image manipulation through the use of digital camera and computer technology. Students will build skills and techniques in digital photography and image processing for digital printing, the web, and interactive digital media. Emphasis is placed on acquiring digital photographic skills based on proficient and appropriate use of their camera, software and imaging editing tools. Image formatting possibilities are investigated, along with aesthetic/functional aspects of traditional photography techniques. 2-2-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

MATH 110 - Mathematics of Business

The first part of the course reviews the mathematics fundamental not only to employment in business but also to intelligent participation in consumer life. Topics to be reviewed include fractions and decimals; ratio and proportion; units of measurement; and percentage. The second part of the course is devoted to business applications. Topics include trade and cash discounts; markup; simple interest; payroll; sales and property tax; and elementary statistical notions. 3-0-3

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

CIST 170 - Web Dev with Adobe Dreamweaver

Web development with Adobe Dreamweaver is an introduction to website development, programming and maintenance using Adobe Dreamweaver as the primary software IDE. Current industry-standard practices are used to program web pages with responsive design that can deploy on a variety of computers and mobile devices. Current versions of HTML and CSS are used within the Dreamweaver framework to create interactive websites. Animation techniques are introduced in the Adobe Suite of products as students learn to manage files, across Adobe CC. 3-0-3

CISW 201 - Object Oriented Programming I

The Object-Oriented computer programming course emphasizes concepts using JAVA as the primary object-oriented programming language. Students learn how to write, debug and execute programs in a variety of developmental environments. This course is a project-based class where object-oriented programming techniques are used to develop applications. Projects requiring control structures, methods in classe are included in the course curriculum. Data structures are introduced as arrays. 3-0-3

VISC 130 - Digital Video I

Digital Video I is an introduction to digital video and audio technologies, as well as an examination of the social, cultural, political, and theoretical implications of moving-image production in the digital age. The course will primarily focus on commercial, Hollywood, Independent, and Experimental media. Students will gain competency in digital pre-production, production and post-production while exploring various formal, conceptual, and structural strategies. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3

VISC 208 - Digital Animation

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PSYC 105 - Social Psychology

This is the study of the individual’s interaction with his/her environment. Culture; socialization processes; attitudes; values; roles; and communication will be investigated as well as other factors, which influence personality development. 3-0-3

CISW 206 - Server Side Programming Languages

Server-side Programming Languages expands the development and management of websites by building on client-side programming and introducing server-side programming languages. The course begins with a review of client-side scripting. Next, students learn essential server-side development including PHP, Data-driven web programming, error handling and site management. Specialized topics such as frameworks, security, web services and social networks are reviewed. Projects are developed throughout the course to offer hands-on programming experiences. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: CISW101

CISW 210 - E-Commerce Applications

E-Commerce Applications explores knowledge of e-commerce concepts from both technological and business standpoints. The course begins with the introduction of the history of e-commerce and the rapidly evolving internet structure. Software applications and e-commerce business models are used to gain understanding of interactive web design, business needs and the expectations of the customer base. Online business case studies are examined. The capstone project incorporates web design, programming and interactivity with business models. 3-0-3 Pre-Requisite: CIST100

VISC 201 - Interactive Design

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VISC 240 - Digital Portfolio

This course is designed to develop students' strategies for exploring and creating a dynamic digital portfolio. The students will explore current tactics and practices used to display their best works and showcase projects. Students will research sites, create storyboards and prototypes, packaging for portfolio, resume, and analyze the potential audiences. Concepts, cross-platform developments and issues concerning aesthetics, interface design and the use of media are addressed. Students will also explore and implement various current techniques for electronic self-promotion. This is the Visual Communications's capstone course. 2-2-3

VISC 260 - Visual Communication Internship

This course is an individualized activity in a designated enterprise cooperating with the Visual Communications program(s). The student will obtain professional work experience with a mass media related organization. Course proposal must be approved by the Visual Communications faculty. 1-6-3

VISC 218 - Media Design Entrepreneurship

Once students have built a portfolio filled with new media work samples, they need help with how to position themselves for a successful career. In Media Design Entrepreneurship, students will learn the essentials of setting up and managing their own media design/new media business. Students will be guided through everything from how to present their portfolios, find work, and market themselves, to the more daunting tasks of registering a company name, establishing an accounting system, and setting up their own corporation. Whether they're going freelance, setting up their own shop, or just starting out with a big company, this course will set their career on the right track. 3-0-3