Computer Graphic Design—Web Design Certificate (CGWC)

This certificate is for students with prior computer knowledge, business experience, or a degree in a computer-related field who wish to upgrade their skills designing interactive websites for personal or professional use. You will learn how to create well-designed websites using state-of-the-art multimedia labs and the most powerful web production tools including: HTML, DHTML, XML, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
CGD101 Design Theory

3

Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement; CGD104 (or co-requisite)

Note: CGD101 should be taken in the fall

CGD104 Digital Imaging

3

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills;  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: CGD104 should be taken in the fall

CGD109 or

CIS 127

Introduction to Web Media

Computer Technologies

3

CGD Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; FYE101, RDG098, or placement

CIS Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

CGD110 Introduction to Animation

3

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: CGD110 should be taken in the fall

CGD112 Communication in Multimedia Design

3

CGD109 or CIS127 or beginning HTML and CSS strongly suggested
CGD240 Creative Web Design I

3

Prerequisites: CGD109 or CIS127 or permission of division dean

CGW majors: recommended CGD112 be taken concurrently with CGD240

Note: CGD240 should be taken in the spring

CGD204/

PHO115

Advanced Digital Imaging or

Digital Photography

3

CGD Prerequisites: CGD104 or permission of division dean

PHO Prerequisites: Basic computer skills

CGD105 Electronic Illustration

3

Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CGW Professional Elective*

3

Electives: See Professional Electives listed below
                                                           Total: 27 credits

*CGW Professional Electives (Please consult with an advisor)
ART251    Two-Dimensional Design
ART263    Drawing I
BCT235    DVD Authoring
BUS125    Communication for Business and Industry
CGD204    Advanced Digital Imaging (if not previously taken)
CGD205     Digital Photo Art
CGD225    Advanced Electronic Illustration
CGD235     Typography in Visual Communication
CGD241     Creative Web Design II
CGD242    Interactive Web Design
CGD244    Designing for E-Commerce
CIS109    Programming in Basic
CIS120    Microcomputer Applications
MGT110    Small Business Management
MKT142    Marketing
MKT241    Advertising
PHO115    Digital Photography (if not previously taken)

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: Courses in this program may be applied to MWCC’s Computer Graphic Design –Web Design Degree.

Special requirements: CGWC students should either have a computer at home with Internet access and the Adobe Creative Suite or be able to spend time outside of class in the graphic design computer labs where Internet access and the Creative Adobe Suite are provided. A grade of C or better is recommended for students taking CGD courses. Students should follow suggested course sequence since most courses are not offered out of sequence. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Web designers may be employed by advertising agencies, design firms, marketing departments, commercial art, reproduction firms, and other businesses that maintain websites. Also, many web designers are self-employed.

Earning potential: $30,600 to $53,310.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

Exhibit a solid understanding of the fundamentals of design, including the elements and principles of design and typography as they are applied to the development of effective communication pieces for both print and web design. Students will have an understanding of the concepts of copyrights and intellectual property.
Possess a working knowledge of the design process especially how it relates to: audience definition, research, analysis, and concept development; the production of thumbnail sketches and rough drafts; and the preparation of final comprehensive print layouts and websites.
Transform digital images into new pieces of art through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks with emphasis on the creation of high-quality graphics for print and the web.
Create complex electronic illustrations and single page layouts while exhibiting a solid understanding of the complex functions of Adobe Illustrator.
Plan and design websites utilizing basic and advanced web authoring techniques while exhibiting proficiency in the use of HTML, XHTML, CSS layouts and techniques, and Dreamweaver in code view, with the ability to design structurally as well as aesthetically.
Exhibit a solid understanding of the principles of visual communication coupled with an understanding of current web and multimedia tools, concepts, terminology, and techniques.
Create dynamic, animated computer art, web motion graphics, and websites through the use of Adobe Flash.
Prepare for the job market with career planning, skill assessment, resume writing, and interviewing, as well as compile a professional-quality portfolio for entering the job market or for transferring to a four-year program.

Technical Standards*

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Exhibit a solid understanding of the fundamentals of design, including the elements and principles of design and typography as they are applied to the development of effective communication pieces for both print and web design. Students will have an understanding of the concepts of copyrights and intellectual property.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the design process especially how it relates to:
  • Audience definition, research, analysis, and concept development; the production of thumbnail sketches and rough drafts; and the preparation of final comprehensive print layouts and websites.
  • Transform digital images into new pieces of art through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks with emphasis on the creation of high-quality graphics for print and the web.
  • Create complex electronic illustrations and single page layouts while exhibiting a solid understanding of the complex functions of Adobe Illustrator.
  • Plan and design websites utilizing basic and advanced web authoring techniques while exhibiting proficiency in the use of HTML, XHTML, CSS layouts and techniques, and Dreamweaver in code view, with the ability to design structurally as well as aesthetically.
  • Exhibit a solid understanding of the principles of visual communication coupled with an understanding of current web and multimedia tools, concepts, terminology, and techniques.
  • Create dynamic, animated computer art, web motion graphics, and websites through the use of Adobe Flash.

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