Many of the schools in the Torrance, CA, area that offer Web design programs are for-profit institutions. Based on location and rankings, the following college is considered a top school in Torrance for Web design:
- Winner: El Camino College is the only postsecondary institution of any kind that is located directly in Torrance offering Web design programs. Students can earn a certificate or a 2-year degree in this field of study.
School Info Chart
|Category||El Camino College|
|Rankings||#8 among 112 community colleges in California for transferring students to California State University and #9 for transferring students to University of California (2010-11)|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,142 (in state); $5,222 (out-of-state)**|
|Web Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||30%**|
|Noteworthy||Programs in web design include portfolio creation requirements|
Sources: *El Camino College; **NCES College Navigator
El Camino College
- Web design programs integrate lectures with hands-on lab experiences
- Student work can be displayed in the campus art gallery
- Students of the art department can join I.D.E.A.S., the college's student art club
The El Camino Community College District serves nearly 24,000 students in the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Lennox and Inglewood. In the Division of Fine Arts, the art department offers programs in studio art and art history, with a variety of concentrations, including Web design. The Associate in Arts in Studio Art includes a concentration in Web design, and students can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Digital Arts with a concentration in Web design.
The 60-credit Associate of Arts in Studio Art with Web Design option includes general education courses like language arts, mathematics and science. Students must complete courses in studio art, including drawing, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design, Western art, Asian art, life drawing and typography. In Web design courses, students learn about design for advertising and create projects based on various types of advertisements; they study different types of graphic design and combine photographic manipulation, typography and design to create various projects. Courses in digital photography and Internet design are also included. Students gain experience with Hypertext Mark Up Language and learn to troubleshoot technical issues before creating their own Web page.
The 36-37-credit Certificate of Achievement in Digital Arts with a Web Design option requires students to complete core classes in 2-dimensional design and digital art in addition to the Web design curriculum, which includes digital photography, multimedia design and Web design courses.