Web Design & Interactive Media Certificate

Web Design and Interactive Media at Harper College

Learn the basics of interactive media design

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  • Credit hours: 27
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Web designer, interactive media specialist

Take the first step toward a successful career in web design and interactive media by completing this 27-credit-hour certificate program. Learn the technology behind today’s Internet and website design protocols by producing professional communications and innovative interactive web solutions. You’ll also develop an understanding of the technical aspects of interactive web design. This is an ideal program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in web design/interactive media, or for people whose current jobs have expanded to include website responsibilities.

Classes include WordPress and mobile technologies, Internet fundamentals, web foundations, web graphics and prototyping, web multimedia, web authoring tools, web scripting foundations, web accessibility and interactive scripting. You’ll get hands-on experience using the latest web design programs. All courses are led by skilled instructors who are experts in the areas of web design and multimedia.

Employers in virtually every industry routinely look to hire individuals skilled in the areas of web design and interactive media. After graduating from this program, you’ll be well-prepared to seek an entry-level position in this field.

Certificate program requirements

This 27 credit-hour certificate program provides a background in web design and interactive media. Individuals seeking entry-level positions in this field will learn technology behind today’s Internet and website design protocols by producing professional communications, innovative interactive web solutions, and understanding the technical aspect of interactive web design. This program will also be useful to individuals whose job scope has expanded to include web site responsibilities.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
GRA 145 3

Description: Introduces the student to WordPress fundamentals to create basic web pages. Hands-on computer activity includes WordPress templates, dashboard and widget usage; blogging/posts; adding links, videos, photo galleries; creating user accounts and theme changes. Student will also learn to translate the WordPress full web site into a mobile website and will integrate with social media platforms. An introduction to UI (user interface) design will be explored for mobile applications.

Prerequisite: GRA 101 or WEB 110 with a grade of C or better, or consent of coordinator.

WEB 110 3

Description: Introduces the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to use the Internet and build basic web pages. Students will learn and understand introductory functions of the web, Internet communications, and project management concepts. Social networking tools and the use of multimedia on the web will be explored. Industry career opportunities will be discussed.

WEB 150 3

Description: Introduces the foundational skills needed to create web pages utilizing HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Topics include Web design best practices, web site hosting, Internet protocols, graphics, media and security. Students utilize the skills learned to create a business-oriented web site project. IAI MC 923

Recommended: WEB 110 or CIS 106 or GRA 101 are strongly recommended courses in preparation prior to WEB 150.

WEB 170 3

Description: Emphasizes techniques of sketching to develop digital wireframes and mockups to create an interactive prototype of a business-orientated website with the focus on user experience and interface design. Uses current prototyping tools to match industry standards. Explores utilization and best practices of web graphics. Examines usability testing.

Prerequisite: WEB 110 with a grade of C or better and prior or concurrent enrollment in WEB 150 with a grade of C or better.

WEB 180 3

Description: Builds on web foundation skills taught in WEB 150 with a focus on configuring multimedia for the Web, using HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and a currently popular animation tool. Students utilize the skills taught to create a business-oriented web site.

Prerequisite: WEB 150 with a grade of C or better.

WEB 190 3

Description: Utilizes current industry frontend frameworks and advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) techniques to create responsive websites. This course is project-based and students demonstrate skills by creating a business-oriented web site.

Prerequisite: WEB 150 with a grade of C or better.

WEB 200 3

Description: Builds on web foundation skills taught in WEB 150 with a focus on development of interactive web pages using HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. Students utilize the skills taught to create a business-oriented web site.

Prerequisite: WEB 150 with a grade of C or better AND math placement in MTH 101 or higher.

WEB 210 3

Description: Builds on web foundation skills taught in WEB 150 with a focus on development of useable and accessible web sites. Topics include Section 508 Accessibility compliance, the Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines, usability testing, and applications that test for adherence to coding syntax and accessibility recommendations.

Prerequisite: WEB 150 with a grade of C or better.

WEB 235 3

Description: Builds on scripting skills taught in WEB 200 with a focus on advanced JavaScript techniques which include jQuery and Ajax to create highly functional web pages. Students utilize the advanced skills taught to create a business-oriented web site.

Prerequisite: WEB 200 with a grade of C or better.

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Next steps

For more information about the Web Design and Interactive Media Certificate program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.