There is only one for-profit and one public postsecondary institution found directly in Tucson that offer Web designer studies. Based on distinction, school type and total number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Tucson for Web design programs:
- Winner: Pima Community College is the only public school located in Tucson and the only one within 50 miles of the city to offer Web design programs. Students can earn an associate's degree or post-degree certificate in digital arts, both of which provide courses in Web design.
School Info Chart
|Category||Pima Community College|
|Ranking||Ranks in the top ten among largest multi-campus community colleges in the U.S.*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,724 (in state); $8,048 (out-of-state)**|
|Web Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Web Design Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||28**|
|Most Popular Web Design Award in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (25 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||7%**|
|Noteworthy||School partners with more than 300 businesses and 85 educational and governmental institutions*|
Sources: *Pima Community College; **NCES College Navigator
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Pima Community College
- 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Latest technology available to Web design students
- Web design programs combine classroom instruction with hands-on learning experiences
Pima Community College has a total of six campuses with an annual enrollment of about 70,000 students. It offers a total of 182 transfer and occupational programs in areas of health, science, engineering, business and computer information technology. Through its Arts, Humanities and Communication division, students can earn an associate's degree or post-degree certificate in digital arts.
The Associate of Applied Science in Digital Arts program's core topics begin with the fundamentals of art, including its cultural role and its development from prehistory to the modern age. Prerequisites include drawing and basic Mac skills. Students learn to apply the concepts of perspective, color theory, typography and design to different digital and Web environments. Students select a concentration, of which one choice is Web design. Photo image editing, multimedia design, video editing and advanced web design are all explored using industry-standard equipment and techniques.
In addition to students with an associate's degree in digital arts, the Post-Degree Certificate in Digital Arts program is intended for working Web designers who want to update or enhance their skills. Core classes provide training in advanced Web design techniques for creation of websites, user interfaces, database management and multimedia features. Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash are among the software programs used. Electives can be chosen in, among other areas, interactive design, 3D animation and digital drawing. Students without an associate's degree in digital arts will need to have an associate's or bachelor's degree in a similar field and submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for enrollment.