Web design studies in and near San Diego, CA, are commonly found in 2-year colleges. Based on distinction and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the San Diego area for Web design studies:
- Winner: Palomar College is the largest postsecondary institution in terms of enrollment within 50 miles of San Diego that offers Web design coursework. The school awards certificates and associate's degrees in Web development, multimedia and graphic communications, all of which provide classes in Web design.
School Info Chart
|Distinction||Part of the 108-college California Community Colleges system, which provides the most affordable education among community colleges in the U.S.*|
|Location||San Marcos, California|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,328 (in-state); $5,472 (out-of-state)**|
|Web Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Web Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||12**|
|Most Popular Web Design Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (11 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||25%**|
|Noteworthy||Some graphic communications courses are available online|
Source: *Palomar College; **NCES College Navigator
- Web design programs allow for hands-on learning opportunities
- Eight off-campus centers offered throughout San Diego County
Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, about 30 miles north of San Diego, enrolls nearly 25,000 students in more than 300 certificate and 2-year degree programs. The Arts, Media, Business, and Computing Science Division at PCC has several divisions, including computer science and information systems, art, business administration, graphics and communications. Students can choose from six certificate programs and two associate's degree programs that contain Web design or related classes.
In the Certificate of Proficiency in Web Data Base Design program, students take courses in Web page layout and design as well as online store design. Electives can address such topics as Web graphics, social Web designing and server programming. A Certificate of Achievement in Interactive Web Multimedia and Audio program covers Web motion graphics, digital imaging, Web multimedia, Web graphics and Web design. A Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications is available as well.
In 2-year degree programs, students find the much of the same coursework as that offered in the certificate programs. In the Associate of Arts in Interactive Web Multimedia and Audio program, students learn to use software applications to design animated objects, build interactive Web pages and audio for the Web. Students of the Associate of Arts in Internet with an emphasis in Graphic Communications can gain Web design skills in e-commerce, Web page layout, Web graphics, online store design, Web standards design and Web motion graphics.