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Web Design & Development Online Associate Degree Program

Format

100% Online

24/7 Access to Coursework

Semester Schedule

Two 7-Week Terms Per Semester

Three Semesters Per Year

Credit Hours Required

60

Time Commitment

10-17 hours per course per week*

*Part-time and full-time enrollment options available Cost

Cost per Credit

$318

$250 Active Duty Military

Fees

Fast & Free Application

$150 Graduation Fee

*Demonstrate competencies to reduce your number of required courses Important Dates

Apply By

June 5, 2020

Classes Start

July 6, 2020

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Explore Web Design & Development

Capitalize on the growing demand for web designers and developers with an integrated degree. Designed for working adults, Champlain's online associate in web design and development degree will familiarize you with both creative design and back-end programming, and help you hone your existing web skills or launch your career in this dynamic field.

Build Your Career Future

With an integrated approach, our web design and development associate online degree will help you build key technical skills (including knowledge of over 19 key applications, platforms, and programming languages, listed below) in addition to in-demand soft skills such as problem-solving and communication. You'll emerge prepared to build fully functional, well-designed websites that are effective, user-focused, secure, and achieve business goals.  Plus, it's a solid stepping stone toward a full bachelor's degree in web design & development for those who are returning to school after time away, or embarking on their first degree.

Academic Excellence and Recognition

Ranked amount the best online colleges by Intelligent.com

Designated the Best Online Private College by Intelligent.com

Ranked among the most affordable online web development bachelor's degrees

Ranked among the Most Affordable Bachelor's in Web Development programs

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Ranked among the Best Colleges For Value for Web Development Bachelor's Degrees

US News & World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's Badge 2020

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Move Your Web Design & Development Career Forward

Web development careers are expected to grow 13% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for web developers is over $69,000.*

 The high demand for web design and development services across the business world means that job opportunities are available in virtually any industry, including computer systems design, creative services, finance and insurance, education, and nonprofits.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: Payscale, 2019

Top Jobs for Associate in Web Design & Development Graduates

  • Front End Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • UX Designer
Web Design & Development professional at the office in front of multiple computer screens writing code

Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online web design & development associate degree, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online web design & development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's web professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.

Professional Courses (39 credits):

  • Designing Digital Images for the Web
  • Web Site Design
  • Writing for the Web
  • Introduction to Python
  • Web Page Development I - HTML
  • Relational Database Design & SQL
  • Server Side Scripting - PHP
  • Client Side Scripting - Javascript
  • Web Page Development II - CSS & XML
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Operating Systems
  • Internet and Web Architecture
  • Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors

General Education Courses (21 credits):

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
  • Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
  • Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
  • Hum/Sci/Math Elective (3 credits required)

Web Design & Development Course Descriptions:

Today's high-quality digital images are as much art as they are science. In this course, students learn to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare and create images for web use. Hands-on activities develop familiarity with tools like eyedropper and quick mask, but also challenge students to create vector shapes and incorporate typography into the design of an ebook cover. Students also must create an email campaign and redesign a web site to specifications.

Websites must balance technology with aesthetics. In this course, students study web design patterns and personas, and then create a wireframe storyboard with at least four panels designed for a standard desktop view. Students use Mockups 3.

Prerequisites

Complete WEBD-110 and WEBD-125

Great websites are created with specific audiences in mind and are the culmination of a process that includes creating messaging and developing a strategy that maps out the best content and functionality to reach the audience and influence its behavior. In this course, students begin with a SWOT analysis and development of a mission statement, and then create a sitemap and content, before publishing a website and blog.

Prerequisites

ENGL-112

From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.

From storyboard to form creation, students walk through the steps to create a basic four to five-page website to specification in this course that introduces HTML5 and CSS. Hands-on assignments reinforce skills development and best practices in design: navigation, column layout, image editing and usage, fonts and tables.

Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.

Prerequisites

CMIT-135

Students who want to build database-driven or interactive web sites benefit from this course which covers PHP and MySQL along with how to build sites that incorporate authentication and security. Each week hands-on assignments are used to reinforce concepts. Students advance from an introduction to PHP and basic syntax, to handling user input and manipulating arrays in web forms to queries.

Prerequisites

WEBD-125, CMIT-200

Hands-on learning begins in week one when students must create a Pen in CodePen before they can submit a short program written in Javascript and continues through the final project in which students produce a web application that contains specific elements. Functions, objects, and events, but also DOM (Document Object Model), AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML), and JSON (Javascript Object Notation), are presented in this course.

Prerequisites

WEBD-225, CMIT-135

Complex web page designs fully utilized all the functionality provided by the browser. In this course, students complete a variety of hands-on assignments as part of a redesign of an existing site. One week they recreate a page using appropriate HTML5 tags, while in another they implement drag and drop functionality that must work when the site is displayed in the Chrome browser. Later in the course, students animate transitions and build a basic responsive version of the site.

Prerequisites

WEBD-125

This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.

Use Windows? Want to know more about Linux and or Apple? In this course, students don't just read about other operating systems, they step out of their comfort zones and develop a working knowledge of their structure and functionality. As part of these activities, students also learn how to use VMware and, in the case of students without access to Apple hardware, resources offered in the cloud as a services. Students also survey/compare mobile device operating systems.

This course examines web servers from the page "in" rather than website design, which is from the page "out". Students learn the differences between TCP and UDP, gain an understanding of XML, and build a use case for a course enrollment system. Hands-on labs allow students to use ping and traceroute, and create XAMPP alias directories.

Prerequisites

CMIT-130, CMIT-140

Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.

Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.

Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.

Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.

In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.

Prerequisites

ENGL-111

Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.

A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.

How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.

A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.

A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.

Graduates of the web design & development associate online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:

  • Apply fundamental computer theory to basic programming techniques.
  • Maintain web server services required to host a website.
  • Select and apply markup languages for processing, identification, and presentation of information on web pages.
  • Use scripting languages and web services to transfer data and add interactive components to web pages.
  • Create advanced web components.
  • Incorporate aesthetics and formal concepts of layout and organization to design visually appealing and effective websites.
  • Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
  • AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML)
  • CodePen
  • CSS
  • DOM (Document Object Model)
  • HTML5
  • Javascript
  • JSON (Javascript Object Notation)
  • MySQL
  • Photoshop
  • PHP
  • PyCharm
  • Python
  • Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
  • SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • TCP
  • UDP
  • VMware
  • XAMPP
  • XML

Champlain College Online's web design and development faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our web development curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s web design and development professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Alumni of the Champlain College Online associate in web design and development program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • AT&T
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Department of Defense 
  • National Life Group
  • Toyota
  • Verizon
  • VSAC
  • Winston Benefits

 

Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Owner
  • Configuration Analyst
  • Graphic Designer
  • Internet Sales
  • Technician 

Tuition & Costs

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.

Dare to Expect More of Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Our programs are designed for busy adults. Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Everything you learn in our online classrooms is relevant and immediately applicable to your work.

Expect Support

Your education journey is our priority and our student support team has your back every step of the way.

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

Meet the Program Director

Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, Chair of Cybersecurity Programs, Champlain College Online faculty

Kathleen Hyde

MCIS MBA
Program Chair, Cybersecurity
  • Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificate)
  • Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
  • Information Security (M.S., Certificate)
  • Management Information Systems (B.S.)
  • Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)

About

Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, is the Chair of Cybersecurity Programs for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online cybersecurity and computer forensics and digital investigations undergraduate programs, as well as the M.S. in digital forensic science program.

As program director, Ms. Hyde maintains the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promotes the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and shares her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes.

For more than 20 years, Ms. Hyde has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity, and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional, and residential customers. She has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.

Ms. Hyde holds both an MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Studies from the University of Phoenix.

Why Champlain

Don Mulvihill, Bachelor's Degree in Web Design & Development

Career Growth

"Just having a bachelor's degree has made me feel more prepared and more confident than ever when applying to jobs, and has had a significant impact on my career. I've finally achieved something I've wanted for my entire life, and I'm proud of myself."

Don Mulvihill Bachelor's Degree in Web Design & Development
Senior User Experience Designer, App Orchid

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