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Web Design Courses: Top Rated Web Design School - San Francisco, CA

Students interested in studying web design in San Francisco, CA have about 17 schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to help you decide on the school for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are almost 20 postsecondary institutions within roughly 40 miles of San Francisco, CA, offering studies in web design. These include city and community colleges as well as public and private nonprofit universities and art institutes. Based on such considerations as regional rankings, low student-to-teacher ratio and relatively high graduation rate the following university is considered a top school for web design in the San Francisco area:

  • Winner: Santa Clara University is the top overall pick because it awarded the most bachelor's degrees in web design among area schools and is considered one of the best value schools in the West region. Students at SCU can take web design courses through the university's interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in web design and engineering.

School Info Chart

Category Santa Clara University
Rankings #2 among regional universities in the West (2014)*
Location Santa Clara, CA
School Type 4-year, private not-for profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $43,812*
Web Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Web Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012 10**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 84%**
Noteworthy 14th Best Value School among regional universities (West)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator

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Santa Clara University

  • Web design research areas in website construction, graphic design, web infrastructure, web services and multimedia systems
  • Web design students can participate in 6-month internships within the Silicon Valley or take part in study abroad experiences
  • School of Engineering offers networking opportunities for students

Santa Clara University is the oldest institution for higher learning in the State of California. Founded as a Jesuit Catholic university, SCU had a student population of 8,770 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 in 2013. The university offers a total of 80 programs of study, including its web design program, which is offered through the School of Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Engineering combines technical computing knowledge, implementation and graphic design. Students learn how to structure and implement engaging content on the World Wide Web and gain an understanding of the means by which users interact with and are affected by Internet tools and resources. Coursework in this program includes visual communication, graphic design and mass communications. Students round out the program by completing a final capstone project.

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