Web Design - Course Planning

As a student in the Web Design program at Seattle Central College, you will share many core classes with students in other Information Technology (IT) programs in order to gain a more complete understanding of what it's like to work as part of a web team on large-scale projects.

Web Design students have the option of earning a certificate or going on to complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.


Prior to enrolling in the Web Design program, you should complete the following courses with a minimum grade of a 2.0 GPA.

Skill Development Courses
Prefix Course Credits
ITC 102 Information Systems Concepts 3
Intro to computers and information systems, including hardware, software, data organization, data communications, systems development and the evolving role of computers in society.
BTM 111 Business Applications Support I 5
Intro to Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Personal Information Management and Presentation software. Creating letters, business correspondence, spreadsheets and presentations commonly used in business settings. Previously known as MIC 101.

Program Courses

During the program students will take classes in typography, Adobe Photoshop, user-centered design, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, content management systems and more.

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
WEB 105 Working on a Web Project 3
This course provides an overview of different web–related careers in the context of web team job descriptions, functions, workflow, processes, and overall project management.
WEB 110 Web Authoring 1 4
Covers the mechanics of web page production starting with absolute basics. Covers document structure, text elements, list elements, links, tables and working with images and creating framesets. Focuses on creating HTML/XHTML files by hand with emphasis on browser compatibility issues and HTML/XHTML validation.
WEB 112 Typography 3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the elements of traditional typography as it will apply to your web design career.
WEB 114 Photoshop for the Web 3
Gain insight and skill with Adobe Photoshop. Covers the basic concepts of pixel–based image editing and making graphics for the web.
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
ITC 220 Database Development 5
Overview of database theory and systems. Work with relational databases, simple ADO, SQL and XML.
WEB 120 Web Authoring 2 4
Covers more advanced elements of web page development and production. Includes style sheets, designing and coding forms, XHTML and an intro to XML. Code elements by hand and create content compatible with all major browsers.
WEB 200 Theory of Web Design 4
Covers principles and practices of professional web site design, including site structure, page layout, navigation, color theory, typography and best coding practices.
ITC 240 Web Application Programming 1 5
Covers the fundamentals of programming using a server side scripting language such as PHP. Learn basic programming skills such as Variables, Control Structures, and Arrays, how to elegantly incorporate their scripts into their websites and gather data from HTML forms.
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
WEB 130 Web Authoring 3 4
This course follows WEB 120, building on students existing knowledge of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students learn more advanced styles, including animation. Additionally, students learn how to effectively create a website that utilizes both client side and server side scripting in conjunction with their HTML markup. Students will create a final project to include in their portfolio.
WEB 150 Introduction to JavaScript 4
Studies programming concepts and techniques affecting web page design. Examines theoretical concepts that make the world of JavaScript programming unique. Uses a hands–on approach when examining programming styles. Examines different coding, the advancement of programming and problem–solving strategies.
WEB 170 Content Management Systems 4
This course gives an overview of the basic principles and practices of professional website design and development using the open–source technology of WordPress.
WEB 202 User Interface & Experience Design 4
This course provides an overview and detailed look at how the User Interface & User Experience dictates the design, functionality, features and content of a website in while successfully achieving the client's business goals.
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
ITC 136 Unix Operating System 5
Introduces the LINUX operating systems and its basic commands. Explores the unique aspects of Linux and its interoperability with other Operating Systems. Hands-on assignments utilizing a Linux-based system. PREREQ: MIC 101 and ITC 102 w/2.0 or higher or instructor's permission. This course satisfies 'Restricted IT Elective' requirement.
CIS 197 Internship 1
Cooperative Education (Co–op) is a "work for credit" program offered to students enrolled in college transfer or workforce education programs. Academic credit is earned for the learning that occurs on the job. Students may earn credit for their jobs (with permission), or paid/unpaid internships. A separate component of our program enables students to earn credit for their volunteer service in non–profit, community–based organizations. Co–op is a coordinated effort between the student, the employing organization, and the college.
WEB 160 Writing for the Web 2
This course provides an overview and detailed look at the techniques used to write successful copy for a website.
WEB 205 Web Career Strategies 2
Presents various tools and skills needed to transition into the web industry. Learn about web careers, presenting skills, finding appropriate positions and creating a portfolio.
WEB 210 Advanced Web Design 5
This course provides the student with the experience of designing and producing an effective web site for a live client with advanced web design techniques while practicing a team workflow process.

Total Certificate credits = 61 (before prereqs)

AAST-Degree - Web Design Certificate plus:

BUS 240 Internet Law
5 credits

ENGL&101 Composition
5 credits

HUM 105 Intercultural Communications
5 credits

ITC 285 Capstone Project
5 credits

MAT 136 or MAT& 146 Statistics
5 credits

Elective: Social Science or Natural Science
5 credits

Total Credits = 30
Total for AAS–T Degree credits = 92 (after prereqs)

Class Schedule