Computer Graphic Design—Web Design Degree (CGW)

This program provides students with the visual design, communication, and computer graphic skills necessary to obtain an entry-level position in this field or to continue their education at a four-year college or university. For those already employed, they can enroll in this career program to upgrade their skills for potential advancement. Students learn basic and advanced techniques for creating effective, well-designed, and interactive websites. Students are taught basic design theory, digital imaging and electronic illustration skills and techniques, in addition to learning basic hypertext markup languages and top level authoring software using what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) technology. The most current graphic and web design software is used in the CGW program. This includes: the Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Flash), QuarkXPress 8.0, and the latest web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera).

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


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

Note: CGD101 should be taken in the fall

CGD104 Digital Imaging


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

Note: CGD104 should be taken in the fall

CGD109 or


Introduction to Web Media or

Computer Technologies


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

CIS Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

ART263 Drawing I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CGD105 Electronic Illustration


    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: CGD105 should be taken in the spring

CGD112 Communication in Multimedia Design


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


    Prerequisites: CGD109 or CIS127 (grade C or better) or permission of division dean

CGW majors: recommended CGD112 be taken concurrently with CGD240

Note: CGD240 should be taken in the spring

ART251 Two-Dimensional Design


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement; ART263 (strongly recommended)

English Composition II


CGD110 Introduction to Animation


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

Note: CGD110 should be taken in the fall

CGD204 Advanced Digital Imaging


    Prerequisites: CGD104 or permission of division dean
CGD241 Creative Web Design II


    Prerequisites: CGD240 (grade C or better) or permission of division dean

Note: CGD241 should be taken in the fall

CGD242 Interactive Web Design


    Prerequisite: CGD240

Co-requisites: CGD110, 241, or permission of division dean

Note: CGD242 should be taken in the fall

  Health Elective




Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)


    MAT096 or placement
CGD210 Advanced Website Portfolio


    Prerequisites: Grade C or better in the following courses CGD101,104,110,112, 204, 240, 241, 242 and CGD 109 or CIS127, or permission of division dean

Co-requisite: CGD244

Note: CGD210 should be taken in the spring

CGD244 Designing for E-Commerce


    Prerequisites: CGD240, 241
  Professional Elective


    Electives: See Professional Electives listed to the right

Social Science Elective


    Electives: ANT,  ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Science Elective


    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
                                                           Total: 62/64 credits

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

Transfer options: Students are encouraged to continue their education in areas such as electronic media, marketing, or communications. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

Special requirements: CGW 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 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/coordinators are self-employed.

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

**Professional Electives for Web Majors:

ART***    Any higher level ART beyond ART251& 263
BUS125     Communication for Business and Industry
CIS109      Programming in Basic
CIS120      Microcomputer Applications
CGD102    Publication Design
CGD103    Print Production
CGD205    Digital Photo Art
CGD225    Advanced Electronic Illustration
CGD235    Typography in Visual Communication
MGT110   Small Business Management
MKT142   Marketing
MKT241   Advertising

Program Competencies for CGW, CGWC

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.
  • Manage and develop client-based websites with the use of effective navigational architecture and interface design while meeting strict deadlines.

Technical Standards* for CGDC, CGD, CGWC, and CGW

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

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

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Write at a college level as evidenced by completion of ENG098 or placement into ENG101.
  • Read and proof printed text from a computer screen, with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Perceive, interpret, and use graphic images in their entirety from a computer screen.
  • Perceive and use computer screen RGB colors.
  • Learn to operate a computer with sufficient manual dexterity to manipulate peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, and graphics tablets.
  • Be physically capable to work at a computer for a minimum of several hours.