Although online diplomas in Web development or design are not widely available, some private career schools and art institutions do offer them. Typically taking around a year to complete, these programs focus on the computer programming, coding, design principles and Internet technologies used to create and manage effective Web sites. Students may be able to take on positions as Web developers, Web designers and Web marketing or e-commerce specialists after earning their diploma.
Distance learners seeking admission to an online diploma program typically must have a high school diploma or GED. Some programs require students to submit placement test scores or prior undergraduate credits to verify their English and math skills -- the latter of which is particularly important when it comes to programming coursework. Students may need to purchase design or photo editing software.
Students generally have to take some general education classes along with the web development coursework. Available courses vary by program, but the following list represents some of the typical online classes students can expect to take.
This class teaches students how to use Adobe Acrobat's creation, editing, reading and printing features. Students learn how to store documents on the Web, intranet, file system or CD. The distribution of documents via email, adding interactive elements to documents and viewing files on various computer platforms are also discussed.
This course focuses on website development basics, such as hypertext markup language (HTML), how to code in HTML and work with HTML editors. Students construct websites using menus, hyperlinks, tables, frames, forms, lists and images.
Web Authoring and Animation
Using Adobe Flash or Shockwave, students will create website elements, such as sound, animation, clickable buttons and interactive features.
Digital Imaging and Photoshop
Students will learn how to manipulate digital images using Photoshop. Topics include color correction, colorizing techniques, digital scanning and digital capture.
This course teaches Extensible Markup Language (XML), which structures Web content. Students receive hands-on experience with XML and cascading style sheets.
In this class, students use Adobe Dreamweaver to build websites and upload them to a server. Students learn basic Web design, simple graphic design elements and the following:
- Cascading style sheets
- Navigation bars
Enrollees should have experience using the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and Access and have a minimum typing speed of 25 words per minute. Students who do not meet these requirements may have to take additional classes to learn these skills prior to enrolling in Web development courses. Distance learning programs may also require students to purchase additional programs, such as design software, that they can run on their personal computers.
Web development diploma programs are available entirely online, though they are not very common. Students may be required to have their own software such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver to complete digital imaging and animation courses.