The incredible growth of the Internet has greatly increased the demand for capable web designers. Today web technologies are a vital and increasingly important aspect of our everyday lives. This degree course is designed to address the rapidly expanding market of web-based systems, by giving students the education, academic training and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career as a web designer. It will open up a world of opportunities by enhancing your natural creative ability with technical training, and helping you to master key software applications along with fundamental design principles.

Whilst on this course you will learn about subjects such as; HTML5, CSS3, PHP, databases, Java, Java-script, Flash, usability, interaction design, user centred design, information architecture and much more. You’ll gain practical experience of creating and deploying web applications, and comprehensively understand web design principles and practices. Students will be introduced to building interactive web sites, applying design and technology concepts and other skills related to real-world situations.

With a strong emphasis on practical learning, this course will ensure that you’re well prepared for a career as an effective web technology professional. Upon graduation this qualification can help you find a web designer career in diverse areas such as advertising agencies, marketing firms, and in-house corporate communications departments.

Web design degree course overview

Although this is a deeply technical subject there is a lot of emphasis placed on not only understanding the requirements of clients and end users, but of also working closely with them. However the core objective of this course is to develop your knowledge, technical skills and expertise in those areas that are at the centre of web design, and which are affected by rapidly changing information, databases and web technologies. Students will learn how to use the latest tools and techniques to create websites including integrating sound and moving image content and have hands-on experience of creating web applications and putting them in place.

Course material is continuously amended to stay up to date with current trends in the web and any related enabling technologies, this means that programme structure and modules may change from year to year. Assessment is typically through a combination of group and individual coursework, theoretical and practical assignments, project work, case studies and formal examinations.

Typical course modules and areas of study on a Web Design Degree

  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • New Media
  • Web Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Web Content Management
  • Networking
  • Database development
  • Interactive multimedia content
  • Digital Creativity
  • Content Creation Techniques
  • Internet Technology
  • Database Application Development
  • Network Implementation
  • Emerging Web Technologies
  • Problem Solving for Programming
  • E-Commerce Applications
  • Systems Development
  • Introduction to Program Development
  • Web Design Principles
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Graphics, Audio and Video Editing
  • User Interaction Studies

Students will learn about

  • Multimedia collateral
  • Digital Imaging Fundamentals
  • Digital imaging, including editing, optimizing, and preparing images.
  • Web accessibility standards
  • Web page conceptualization
  • Page structure
  • Extensible Hypertext Mark-up Language (XHTML)
  • Cascading style sheets (CSSs)
  • WYSIWYG editors
  • Scripting
  • Online training and education
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Evaluation and problem solving
  • User support

Students will learn how to

  • Design innovative, interactive multimedia websites for business and personal use.
  • Building Web Applications using tools and languages such as MySQL, PHP, Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash), XHMTL and CSS, JavaScript, XML.


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