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.