School and Ranking Information
While few schools in or near Lexington, KY, provide studies in Web design, students can find programs in related areas of graphic design, information technology and information management, all of which contain Web design courses or areas of concentration. The following schools are considered the top three in the Lexington area based on their rankings and school type:
- Winner: Eastern Kentucky University is the winner based on its regional ranking. It is also the largest school among the three in terms of student enrollment. It offers bachelor's degrees with Web design coursework.
- Runner Up #1: Bluegrass Community and Technical College places second because it is located directly in Lexington. It also has the second-highest student population among the three schools with Web design training programs in the area. Both certificate and associate's degree programs are available in Web design at this school.
- Runner Up #3: Kentucky State University lands in the third spot due to its ranking and online course offerings. it is the smallest of the three schools offering Web design programs. Its programs are available at the associate's and bachelor's levels.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Eastern Kentucky University||Bluegrass Community and Technical College||Kentucky State University|
|Ranking (2013)||61st for Regional Universities (South)*,
27th for Top Public Schools in the South*
|N/A||26th for Historically Black Colleges and Universities*|
|Location||Richmond, KY (22 miles from downtown Lexington, KY)||Lexington, KY||Frankfort, KY (28.6 miles from Lexington, KY)|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$7,320 (in-state, undergraduate), $16,464 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**||$3,420 (in-state, undergraduate), $11,820 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**||$6,096 (in-state, undergraduate), $13,416 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**|
|Web Design Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's degrees||Certificate and associate's degree||Associate's and bachelor's degrees|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||37% (for 2005 entering class)**||20% (for 2008 entering class) **||21% (for 2005 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||Offers a state-of-the-art graphic design lab and print studio||Practicum programs, co-op, and internships prepare students with hands-on experience||School makes online courses accessible through the Kentucky Virtual University network|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Eastern Kentucky University
- Internships or paid co-ops are available to students through the College of Business and Technology
- The graphic communication program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering
- Students can become involved with the Graphic Communications Society
EKU offers graphic communication management and graphic design degree programs that incorporate training relevant to prospective Web designers. The Department of Art and Design is home to the BFA in Graphic Design program, and it has graphic design studios that offer students the latest Macintosh hardware and current graphic and Web design programs. The program offers students hands-on experience with the studio's technology and design tools. The graphic design program examines typography, visual communication, Web design and technical issues. Students learn to make a digital media and print portfolio.
The College of Business and Technology offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Graphic Communication Management program, as well as a minor in digital imaging design and Web publishing. Within the graphic communications program, prospective Web designers can complete coursework in Web animation and Web publishing.
Runner-Up #1: Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- BCTC offers more than 200 certificate, diploma, and associate's degree programs
- Offers the lowest in-state tuition, at $3,420, of the three schools in 2012-2013, according to the NCES
BCTC offers an Associate in Applied Science in Information Management & Design program that has a four specialization options - including one in Web design. Courses in the Web design concentration cover beginning, intermediate and advanced Web design, as well we teach students how to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Final Cut Pro and other editing programs. A 15-credit certificate program in Web design is also available.
Runner-Up #2: Kentucky State University
- Computer and technical sciences division has six full-time faculty members
- Student-faculty ratio of 15:1, according to the NCES
Students at KSU can find courses related to Web design in several different degree programs. For instance, its associate's degree program in computer graphics and multimedia production technology includes courses in Web design, development, programming and project management. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Technology program offers Web development and network engineering concentrations. Students in the Web development concentration are exposed to a variety of Web design-related topics; these include Web design management, Web content control, Web programming, Web database, multimedia and networking.