Website Design Specialized Diploma

Website Design Specialized Diploma

This specialized diploma 16-credit program provides hands-on training and experience in designing compelling and functional web sites.

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Training Tomorrow’s
Web Designers & Web Developers

The Web Site Design program provides an introduction to the cycle of creative web site design and development as is commonly found in the industry today. Students will develop original design concepts created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software, and build layouts using Adobe Dreamweaver, hand-coded HTML & CSS, Javascript, and Flash elements.

Learning the Required Skills and Tools

You will learn the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator, and graphic design concepts in Computer Graphics. An Introduction to Web Design, students are exposed to modern design and usability concepts, as well as instruction on the technical implementation of web layouts in HTML & CSS.

The Advanced Web Site Design course focuses on concepts related to dynamic, interactive layouts, advanced CSS concepts, javascript galleries and content-manipulation scripts, PHP scripts, and WordPress layouts. In the Web Animation and Interactive Design classes, students learn topics related to animation, interactivity, and basic video game design.

Upon completion of the specialized diploma program, students will publish a portfolio of websites and interactive designs online on the personal webspace provided by the college.

Career Opportunities in Website Design

Web designers create visual concepts, using computer software and scripting languages to communicate ideas and solve problems for companies and consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting colors, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions.

Assistant Web Director
Web Designer

Most of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

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 Communication Design program, you can expect to find employment as a web designer, freelance designer, web developer, and webmaster.

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 or 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 understand the basic concepts and use of HTML scripting language.
  • You will know how to use current Web design authoring software.
  • You will know how to optimize graphics files for the Web.
  • You will know how to use a basic digital camera to capture content for the Web.
  • You will understand copyright laws as they apply to Web design.
  • You will understand the history and development of the World Wide Web and the Internet.
  • You will know how to place a Web site online using FTP software.
  • You will know how to test and monitor Web sites that are online.
  • You will know how to “tweak” Web sites for viewing on current Web browsers.

Website Design Courses

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.
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 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.
This course presents a visual and creative approach to learning interactive design with the basic fundamentals of object-oriented programming. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming within a visual context, including how to develop strong conceptual skills required for creating interactive applications. Interactive design and programming is intended for both creative and technical oriented individuals. Formerly ARTA136. Prereq. – ARTA132.
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 program requires the attendance of day classes and can not be completed taking only evening classes.

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Northampton Community College

3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020