Web Development

Web Development

Web sites are indispensable tools for every aspect of business. If you’re interested in being a part of this growing field of employment, you will want to secure the right set of skills.

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Training Tomorrow’s
Web & Application Developers

The Web Development AAS Program offers the student a strong educational core focused on design and programming for the web. Students develop the skills necessary to develop and maintain robust, well-designed, interactive and dynamic web sites.

Students study client-side scripting, server-side scripting, object-oriented programming and database systems as a means to develop programming skills. Courses such as Computer Graphics, Introduction to Web Design, Web Animation, and Interactive Programming give students the chance to develop their design skills.

Learning In-Demand
Skills & Technology

In your final semester, you will develop an Advanced Web Portfolio and create a functional dynamic web site in the capstone course, Advanced Web Technologies. The student portfolio and capstone project will be key tools in your job search.

Our program is geared toward gaining employment upon graduation, rather than transferring to a four-year college. Upon graduation, students will be equipped with the skills to qualify for positions such as web developer, web programmer, web designer, interactive web developer, web application developer, and director of web services.

This program can be completed in two years of full-time study with a combination of day and evening courses.

Career Opportunities in Web Development

Web developers create interactive applications for web and mobile platforms. They use computer software and programming languages to provide solutions to problems for companies. They help to make an organization more productive by building functional applications that serve both consumer and internal needs within the organization.

Web Developer
Mobile Developer
Application Developer
Website Manager
UI/UX Designer
Web Services Director

Our Students Successfully Transfer

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer hands-on learning?

Northampton’s Communication Design program offers you a well-balanced education through classroom and computer lab learning experiences under the supervision of talented and experienced instructors, in the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. This education will be critical when you enter the workforce or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs.

What are the job opportunities?

As a graduate of the Web Developer program, you can expect to find employment as a web programmer, application developer, mobile developer, UI/UX Designer, or website administrator.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants to the program should contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for general information on applying to the College.

Who should apply for this program?

  • High school graduates.
  • College students.
  • Individuals presently employed in the communications and technical field seeking an opportunity to upgrade current skills and knowledge.
  • Individuals considering a career change.

What will I learn in the program?

  • You will develop effective approaches to solving problems related to web site development.
  • You will analyze user needs to determine technical requirements for web site creation.
  • You will design, build, and/or maintain aesthetically pleasing web sites using WYSIWYG editors and graphic design tools, with a focus on usability.
  • You will develop proficiency with programming, scripting languages, and database design techniques needed for interactive dynamic web applications.
  • You will exhibit proficiency in both the design and technical aspects of web design.

Web Development Courses

First Semester

Introductory course for Computer Information Technology majors with the goal of establishing entry-level skills for three CIT options: Software, Networking, and Web. HTML, programming logic and design, and basic networking concepts will be covered as well as the exploration of CIT careers, and Excel and Word core level skills. Also available through Online Learning.
Introduction to computer graphics and basic design principles. Utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software, students will learn the fundamentals of digital design, image editing/scanning and printing. Assignments, both in and outside of the classroom, will be contextually based, providing real world applications with each lesson. Also available through Online Learning.

Third Semester

This course is designed to introduce students to the many different creative aspects of web animation, while building a strong technical foundation. Students will learn a foundation in the basic principles of animation as well as how to implement them in different types of web animation software. Students are encouraged to experiment with this broad application and find their own personal expression while learning how to apply it to everyday work environments. Prereq. – ARTA130. Also available through Online Learning.
Server-side scripting covers topics related to the creation of dynamic web pages using interactive scripting languages for web development. Formerly CISC158. Prereq. – CISC128. Pre- or coreq. – CISC270.
This advanced course focuses on interface design, web usability, standards-based design, optimization, and cutting-edge interactivity. Students will be exposed to theories of information architecture and content management, which aid in creating more functional, dynamic websites. Students will build on the skills presented in ARTA130 Introduction to Web Site Design to create functional, compliant, and aesthetically pleasing websites. Prereq.- ARTA130.
This course is designed to further develop and strengthen the skills and knowledge obtained in Digital Design & Typography I. Assignments are selected with the student’s portfolio in mind and provide a variety of design challenges that will enhance students’ competitive power for industry needs. Special emphasis will be placed on typographic detail, vocabulary, the design process, presentation, assemblage, and problem solving in a “real world” context. This course concludes with a hardcopy built portfolio. Formerly ARTA181. Prereq. – ARTA180.
This course is an introduction to the concepts of database systems. Topics include the definition, creation, and maintenance of database systems, logical models of data organization such as hierarchical, network, and relational, database integrity and security, effects of redundancy, specification and design of query functions, data entry and retrieval, and query languages. Prereq. – CISC100 or CISC115.

Second Semester

This course includes basic web site design and front-end web development principles using a variety of tools with a strong emphasis on the use of core scripting languages and latest frameworks currently utilized in the industry. Particular focus is placed on the understanding of the core toolset for client-side scripting with additional focus on most popular plug-in libraries and introductory focus on trending concepts and frameworks. Prereq.- CISC100 or ARTA240.
Introduction to Web Site Design explores online website design and basic programming with industry standard software and basic coding with HTML and Cascading Style Sheets. The course addresses best practices in current web design and web standards as well as methods of publishing web sites via FTP servers. Finally, students will discuss web design careers and freelance design opportunities. Prereq. – ARTA170. Also available through Online Learning.
This course is designed to introduce students to the visual and conceptual issues of graphic design and typography. Assignments investigate typography as an element of design whose form and purpose is to convey information in a structured, legible and expressive manner. Students will work with a variety of software applications as they develop their understanding of letterform, graphic design, Gestalt theories, and typographic organization. This course is a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience. Prereq.- ARTA170.

Fourth Semester

This course is a comprehensive overview of developing native mobile apps for a variety of platforms. The focus is on group work from students majoring in a variety of disciplines with the goal of creating real-world products that exemplify the strengths of Communication Design, Web Development and Computer Science students. Prereq.- CISC257, and CISC270 or CISC125. Offered spring semester only.
This course provides an introduction to object-oriented programming using Java. Basic programming structures such as input, output, decisions and loops, as well as concepts of object-oriented design are covered. Inheritance, polymorphism, data types such as arrays, strings, enumerated types, and graphical user interfaces are also included. Prereq.- CISC115 or CISC128. Offered spring semester only.
In this capstone course in the Web Development program, students will use cutting-edge technologies focused on interactivity, design and web standards. Students will apply knowledge of database design, programming, client-side scripting, and server-side programming to create functional, dynamic and aesthetically pleasing websites. Prereq. – ARTA130, CISC158 and CISC270. Offered spring semester only.

68 total credit hours which includes 4 General Education electives** and 1 program elective.

** One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D). Students must take one Social Science Elective (SIT or SSHB) in a Writing Intensive (WI) section. Students must take on MATH elective. **

This program requires the attendance of day classes and can not be completed taking only evening classes.

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