Web design programs teach students the necessary skills for landing careers in the fields of site programming and page creation. In New Jersey, web design programs are offered at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. Undergraduate certificate programs, ranging from 31-34 credit hours, are also available. Web design may be the main area of study, or it may be offered as an area of focus within a degree program in digital or visual arts, information systems, information technology or computer graphics.
Camden County College
Camden County College in Blackwood, has an associate's degree program for students who are interested in web design. With course titles like web multimedia and interactive interface design, the 61-credit web design and development program arms students with skills that are vital in the high-tech world of online production. Students can also opt for Camden's 33-credit certificate in web design program, which covers basic topics like computer-graphic design, webpage design and multimedia technology.
College of New Jersey
Ewing's College of New Jersey offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts. The program prepares students for careers in the fields of 3D animation, computer illustration and video production. Requirements for the major include multiple sub-topics in web design and digital arts, as well as specific courses in color theory and 20th century art. Non-art majors can earn a minor in digital arts.
County College of Morris
The County College of Morris in Randolph, prepares students for the field of web design with its certificate program in web development. The program - one of several offered in the school's Department of Information Technologies - teaches students how to master animation and database programming. Particular courses in this program focus on web design tools, digital media production and information security.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - College at Florham
This Madison-based university has a Visual and Performing Arts Department that offers a bachelor's program in computer graphics at its College of Florham. Students can learn about everything from 3D modeling and Flash animation to studio arts and web design. They also learn to master the software programs that form the backbone of web-design work, including After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Gloucester County College (Rowan College of South Jersey)
Situated in Sewell, Gloucester County College offers an associate's degree program for students who are passionate about developing e-commerce websites. To complete the degree program, students must earn between 67 and 69 credits in topics ranging from communications and math to business and computer graphics. The major concludes with core courses that deal with database applications and the fundamentals of programming. Web development courses cover HTML, Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College in West Windsor offers an Associate in Applied Science in Visual Arts with three elective concentrations: 3D animation, multimedia and web design. The latter emphasis readies students for interactive media careers with classes in digital imaging and design tools. Core curriculum for the degree program consists of topics ranging from modern art and basic drawing to English composition and public speaking.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
This Newark school offers a Bachelor of Science in Web and Information Systems program, which contains an intro and advanced course in web development. The 129-credit program also explores databases, e-commerce, web applications, the user experience and web standards.
Raritan Valley Community College
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Seton Hall University
Based in South Orange, Seton Hall has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic, Interactive & Advertising Design program. The 51-credit program is comprised of core classes such as digital art, 2D design, drawing and graphic design. Electives are available in topics like web design, digital photography, digital painting and computer-assisted illustration.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Web Design Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Academic Certificate in Web Design Development,
Associate in Applied Science in Web Design and Development
| $4,320 (in-district)*
|College of New Jersey||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts|| $16,551 (in-state)*
|County College of Morris||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Systems - Web Development Option|| $4,920 (in-district)*
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - College at Florham||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Computer Graphics Concentration||$43,142*|
|Rowan College of South Jersey||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Web Site Development for E-Commerce|| $4,470 (in-district)*
|Mercer County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Visual Arts - Web Design Concentration|| $4,206 (in-district)*
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Web and Information Systems|| $17,338 (in-state)*
|Raritan Valley Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certificate in Web Developer,
Certificate in Web Programming,
Associate of Science in Web Development
| $4,612 (in-district)*
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology and Informatics|| $14,974 (in-state)*
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Graphic, Interactive & Advertising Design||$42,170*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator