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Website Design Professional Concentration

The key to creating a successful website is understanding the right process, goals, organizational framework, interface design and browser and platform issues. Successful web designers know how to write their own code, use visual authoring software and create dynamic web graphics. All of the courses in this program are available online, so you can complete the entire certificate when you want, where you want.

About the Program:

Gain practical knowledge that matters

  • Learn to design visually appealing websites that grab your reader's attention
  • Utilize design techniques, such as color theory and layout concepts
  • Discover how to create well-designed, functional web pages

Designed for professionals like you

This program is designed for anyone who designs—or wants to design—websites for professional or personal use. Graphic designers, multimedia designers and marketing professionals who want to increase their expertise in the area of web page design will benefit from this program, as would home or office computer users who want to develop basic web skills.

Program Requirements:

Courses may be taken individually or as part of the professional concentration. This program is designed for those wanting to develop a solid foundation in website design. It is a great way to fill any gap in your previous training, develop a new skill set or stay on top of developments in the field. Upon successful completion of the 12 required course units and submission of the form and fee, you will receive a Professional Concentration Certificate. It is possible to complete this program in three quarters. Please call (530) 757-8598 for more information.

Quarterly schedule of courses

F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid

Elective Courses

3.0 quarter units academic credit 3.0

Design and build your own professional and attractive web pages. Learn the basics of the “language of the Internet” through hands-on coding with HTML and CSS.  Discover how to construct your own web pages by using the concepts involved with CSS and HTML5, including such fundamentals as lists, menus, hyperlinks, images, forms, tables, frames and other customizable parts. Explore the creation and production processes involved in website development by examining web interface technologies and their applications. The final project for this class can serve as a portfolio piece to showcase your capabilities to prospective employers.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
3 quarter units academic credit 3.0

Once you have an understanding of how to build static web pages, learning JavaScript is the next step in creating dynamic interactions with your web pages. JavaScript is built directly into web browsers, so learning it requires no extra software tools. Learn the power of JavaScript and discover how to create highly functional, interactive pages that can respond to the web browser and user input. Although a programming background is helpful, it's not a requirement for learning the powerful features of JavaScript. While this is not specifically a programming course, students will learn a great deal about programming while learning JavaScript.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
3.0 quarter units academic credit 3.0

Learn fundamental web design principles while practicing web production techniques using HTML and CSS. Review web standards and current best practices for the production of professional websites. Study the theories behind current best practices, learn how and why these practices were developed, and where to go to follow current web design and development trends.

Structured around the production of a series of website designs, which start simple and become more complex, this course provides students with the opportunity to practice and build upon their HTML and CSS production skills, as well as study design principles within the context of actual web designs.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

This course presents basic- to intermediate-user interaction design concepts within the context of web and mobile applications. Focus will be on application of user- centered design and usability concepts to create design patterns that lead users efficiently and effectively to their goals. Basic user testing and research will also be covered as a means of generating data that can be used to iterate and optimize student projects.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:

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“I used the websites I developed as final projects [in my classes] as portfolio websites during my job search.”

Dilhari Peiris, Washington, D.C.

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“As we create new products and experiences for people, we have to take into consideration the whole user and how that product is going to fit into that user’s life.”

-Bill Mead, Instructor

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