The goal of the Certificate of Proficiency in Web Design Development is to prepare candidates for a rewarding career in this expanding field. The curriculum is based on web standards and best practices of web design development companies, as well as in-house or corporate web teams. Learners are assisted in the development of technical, design and professional skills while building a strong, marketable portfolio. The certificate offers in-depth coursework in a broad range of web related skills, from coding to user experience. This sequence is especially beneficial for those who already hold a degree in a related field but wish to update or add web design development to their skillset. Learners who wish to apply these courses to obtain an Associate of Applied Business degree in Visual Communication and Design with a concentration in Web and Interactive Media may do so seamlessly.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Utilize interviews, surveys, questionnaires and general research to assess client and end users needs. Identify possible technical and organizational solutions to meet desired outcomes.
  2. Build wireframes, flowcharts, lists, navigational structure and visual designs per research and client consensus.
  3. Construct websites per specifications, conduct usability and technical testing, make corrections and adjustments as needed and deploy. Measure and analyze post-execution outcomes.
  4. Develop essential interpersonal skills including collaboration, adaptability, presenting ideas and understanding cultural diversity. Practice maintaining a good attitude, balancing multiple deadlines, work ethic, listening, written, and verbal communication skills. Utilize knowledge of copyright law and ethics to ensure the integrity of project. Plan for ongoing professional development.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
VCIM-1570 Web Publishing I: HTML 3
VC-1000 Visual Communication Foundation 3
 Credit Hours6
First Semester
VC-1201 Typography I 3
VCPH-1450 Digital Imaging I 3
VCIM-2281 Web Publishing III: JavaScript 3
Select one of the following: 3
2D Animation
Vector Graphics
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
VCIM-1770 Web Publishing II: Site Theory & Construction 3
VCIM-2291 Web Publishing IV: Data-Driven Sites 3
VCIM-2700 User Experience Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Portfolio Preparation
Service Learning: Real World Experience in Web, Game Design, and Interactive Media
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours30

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.