In Utah, over 20 schools have bachelor's degree and certificate programs that feature web design or related courses. Graduates of these programs are prepared for a variety of computer-related positions, but may need to further develop their skills in order to qualify for work in this field. In addition to general education and classroom-based courses, students will spend much of their time in computer labs, learning and fine-tuning web design and development skills. Many programs facilitate the development of a professional portfolio.
Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Bridgerland Applied Technology College has just over 750 students and is based in Logan, with additional campuses in West Logan, Brigham City and Woodruff. Bridgerland's media design program teaches students how to communicate with graphics, multimedia and the Internet. Students can choose to specialize in media design technology, which requires 1,500 hours of coursework, or in computer graphics, which requires 900 hours. Both programs include instruction in media graphic design. The media design technology specialization has core courses in business and career skills, with electives in web design and development, web design authoring and web animation. The computer graphics specialization includes electives that focus more heavily on creating media and graphics, such as typography, illustration and web animations.
Davis Applied Technology College
Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville has over 3,300 students. Aspiring web designers can earn a 1,200-hour certificate in digital media design with a specialization in web design or web development. Other areas of emphasis include 3D modeling and animation, digital graphics and publishing, multimedia game design and multimedia development.
The web and graphic design program teaches students how to work with hardware and software to create interactive designs, preparing them for several Adobe certification exams. Students take core courses in media and graphic design, math and career skills and can choose from electives that cover topics such as HTML and CSS. The web designer specialization includes electives in topics related to web authoring with programs like Wordpress. Electives in the web developer specialization focus more on scripting, programming and creating databases for websites.
Dixie State University
Formerly known as Dixie State College of Utah, Dixie State University in Saint George serves over 8,500 students. Its computer information technology department offers a 1-year visual technologies certificate program and a visual technologies emphasis in its Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program. The certificate program requires at least 27 credits, with 7-8 credits in general education and 21 credits in design-related classes, such as web publishing, programming and development, digital arts, interactive media and communications design.
Students earning the BS in Computer and Information Technology must fulfill general education requirements and 57-59 credits of core courses. Students with an emphasis in visual technologies take 21 credits of electives in topics such as illustration, web and multimedia development, graphic design and digital video.
Other programs that may be of interest are a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Internet and visual technologies and a BA or BS in integrated studies with an emphasis in visual technologies, art, communication, computer science or information technology.
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College is located in Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. It serves over 6,000 students annually and offers classes in more than 40 occupational areas, including web design and computer graphic design. The Web Development Certificate program typically takes 11-22 months to complete and teaches students how to create functional, interactive websites with optimized graphics using software like Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Students earning the Computer Graphic Design Certificate learn how to create commercial art for use in websites, working with industry-standard software suites. The computer graphic design program typically takes 10-20 months to complete.
Salt Lake Community College
As one of the largest schools in Utah, Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City enrolls over 30,000 students. Aspiring web designers can earn a Web Site Designer Certificate of Proficiency, which requires 675 hours of study. This program teaches students how to use industry-standard web authoring software to design and publish websites that are user-friendly and easy to maintain. Classes for this program are offered in the day and evening. Students who want to learn how to create websites and digital content may also be interested in certificates offered in web programming, media design technology and graphic design.
Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University, located in Orem, is one of the largest schools in Utah that offers web design programs, serving over 31,000 students. Aspiring webmasters can earn a BS in Digital Media with an emphasis on Internet technology. The program requires 121 credits total, with 35 credits of general education courses and 25 credits of core courses in digital media on topics such as web and media essentials and communication. Students take 60 credits for their emphasis in Internet technologies, on topics like web authoring, programming and design. Utah Valley University also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Communication Technology.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Web Design Programs Offered||Estimated Total Tuition Cost (2016)|
|Bridgerland Applied Technology College||2-year, public; small city|| Media Design Technology Certificate,
Computer Graphics Certificate
|Media Design Specializations: $2,945*|
|Davis Applied Technology College||2-year, public; large suburb||Digital Media Design Certificate of Completion||$3,740 (plus some individual fees)*|
|Dixie State University||4-year, public; small city|| Visual Technologies Certificate,
BS in Computer Information Technology - Visual Technologies
| Certificate program tuition & fees: $4,620 (residents)*
|Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College||2-year, public; small city|| Web Development Certificate,
Computer Graphic Designer Certificate
| Web Development program: $4,006*
Graphic Design program: $3,195 (including fees and supplies)*
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Web Site Designer Certificate of Proficiency||$2,320 (including fees and supplies, 2016)*|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, public; small city||BS in Digital Media -Internet Technologies|| $19,360 in-state (tuition & fees)*
$60,000 out-of-state (tuition & fees)*
Source: *Schools' Websites