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Web Design Schools in Buffalo, NY with Degree Program Overviews

Research web design courses in Buffalo, NY, which currently has a few schools offering training within 45 miles of the downtown area. Read an overview of the program options and requirements at three colleges to decide which one is right for you.

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Buffalo Schools with Web Design Programs

There are several schools within the area of Buffalo offering web design training through certificate and degree programs. This article highlights the areas of focus and required coursework in programs at three colleges. Also included is a table of school statistics as well as some info on a fourth institution in the vicinity.

  • Erie Community College is a 2-year, public college offering a certificate program completely devoted to web design. The program gives students the skills to pursue entry-level web design work or to transfer to related associate's degree programs. The school's South campus is located about 12 miles from central Buffalo.
  • Located in the small rural town of Batavia, New York, Genesee Community College is a public, 2-year college that offers certificate and associate's degree programs in web design, allowing students to obtain hands-on experience with industry-standard software programs. The campus sits around 44 miles from Buffalo's downtown area.
  • SUNY College at Buffalo, located about three miles from the city's center, is a 4-year public college. It provides a communication design bachelor's degree program that includes web design coursework.

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Comparison of Schools

To find out more about the featured schools and to compare them in multiple areas, check out the table below. There's info on costs, graduation rates, campus settings and more that can help you make an informed education decision.

Erie Community College Genesee Community College SUNY College at Buffalo
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 12,733* 6,876* 11,083*
Campus Setting Large city Distant Town Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $5,189 in-state; $9,784 out-of-state* $4,410 in-state; $5,010 out-of-state* $7,669 in-state; $17,519 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 84%* 91%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions 62%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2014) 53%* 57%* 73%*
Graduation Rate 22% (began studies in 2011)* 25% (began studies in 2011)* 45% (began studies in 2008)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Erie Community College

Aspiring Web designers interested in learning industry-standard programs and website creation techniques can pursue a Web design certificate program at Erie Community College's South Campus. After completing the program, students can apply for entry-level jobs at advertising agencies, local businesses and non-profit organizations, or they could transfer to an associate's degree program.

Certificate in Web Page Design

Students can complete this 30-35 credit hour program within a year, while becoming familiar with design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and QuarkXPress. In addition to liberal arts courses, students take classes in such areas as Web publishing basics, multimedia and Web page design.

Genesee Community College

The Web design programs at Genesee can help students learn about current and emerging technology used in website development. Students in these programs study both the technical and artistic sides of Web page creation, and they have the option to complete an internship.

Certificate in Web Design

Topics include computer graphics, principles of business, computer programming, multimedia Flash, digital photography and Web scripting. Students also complete a simulation project where they design a real website that is posted on the college's site and tested for functionality.

Associate in Applied Science in Web Design

Students in the associate's degree program take general education and web design courses. Specific topics include computer programming, web scripting, computer graphics, digital photography and web publishing. A simulation project is also assigned to students, to give them practical knowledge. This degree program includes a curriculum similar to the certificate program, but students in the certificate program don't have to take as many general education courses

SUNY College at Buffalo

While this college doesn't specifically offer a web design program, the communication program provides courses in web design and development. While enrolled, students can learn about multimedia and create a portfolio for job seeking.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design

This program combines artistic and technical education, preparing students to effectively design for the web, create advertisements and illustrate. Students must take foundation courses, major courses and electives. Some of the major classes include topics in computer graphics, web design, multimedia and general design. Students also may have the opportunity to intern at a local marketing firm or advertising agency.

Other School Options

A bachelor's degree program in digital media arts is also available at Canisius College, a private not-for-profit school located about three miles from downtown Buffalo. Students enrolled in this program can select from a variety of elective courses in web and graphic design.

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