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Web Design Schools in San Jose, CA with Course and Degree Info

There are about a dozen schools in the San Jose, CA, area that have Web design courses. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program options and requirements at three of those colleges located within roughly five miles of downtown.

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San Jose Schools with Web Design Classes

Aspiring Web designers can choose from several schools in the San Jose area. Courses in the field are often offered through certificate and degree programs, which is the case with the following profiled colleges. Explore the required coursework and focus areas in three schools' programs below. Be sure to also take a look at the table of stats for more details on the institutions and check out the info on a few other education options.

  • San Jose City College is located about four miles from the city center and offers both certificate and associate's degree programs in Web design.
  • In the nearby city of Santa Clara, Santa Clara University offers a bachelor's degree for those who want an extended education in Web content and development. The campus is around three miles from downtown San Jose.
  • Situated about seven miles from central San Jose, Mission College offers certificate programs in Web design and development.

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Comparison of Schools

Cost is usually a major factor in deciding where to attend college, and the profiled schools have very different tuition rates. Get specifics on costs, financial aid, campus settings and more in the table below.

San Jose City College Santa Clara University Mission College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 9,336* 8,629* 7,420*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,356 in-state; $7,852 out-of-state* $49,858* $1,185 in-district; $1,189 in-state; $6,105 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 71%* 46%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* 54%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 65% for full-time students* 94% for full-time students* 67% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 26% (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 90% (for those who began their studies in 2011)* 24% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

San Jose City College

San Jose City College offers two levels of certificates and an associate's degree program for students interested in Web design and media arts.

Certificate of Achievement in Web/Interactive Design

Students can complete a level-two certificate, which includes eight courses, or a level-three certificate, which builds on the level-two certificate with an additional three courses. Course topics include communications, writing for the media, computer graphics, multimedia and specific software packages, such as Photoshop and Flash. Students in the level-three certificate program prepare a portfolio of their work and take additional courses in multimedia design and programming.

Associate of Science in Web/Interactive Design

The A.S. program includes the coursework from the level-three certificate program with additional general education courses. Students may also choose elective courses.

Santa Clara University

Students at this university can choose the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in Web design. The technical program can help students develop their multimedia, communication and design skills.

Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Engineering

This program provides instruction in math, computer science, computer imaging and graphic design. Students also learn about Web infrastructure, usability and programming. A design project is required of all students.

Mission College

This college provides two certificate programs that specifically focus on Web development. The Web developer program provides technical coursework, like programming. The Web design program focuses more on visual communication and the aesthetic appeal of websites.

Web Design Certificate of Achievement

In this program, students are required to take courses in Photoshop, computer graphic design, Web page design, Web animation and page layout/typography. Students can also choose creative electives like digital art, graphic design and computer animation. A course on professional portfolio design is required.

Web Developer Certificate of Achievement

The required courses include Web page design, Java programming, advanced Web programming and database programming for the Web. Students can choose a variety of electives to supplement their technical skills. Electives may include digital audio, networking, Web animation and digital multimedia.

Other Schools

Web design courses are also available at West Valley College, which is located about nine miles away from San Jose's downtown, and Ohlone Community College, located roughly 13 miles away from downtown. Cabrillo College is about 36 miles away from downtown San Jose and also offers Web design programs of study.

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