Skills relevant to Web design can be attained through programs in information technology, computer science, and design at these private non-profit and public colleges. Programs in Web design lead to the award of associate's and bachelor's degrees. Classroom instruction, computer laboratory training, and internship opportunities may all be included in the curriculum. Following are brief overviews of Vermont's three institutions offering Web design programs, as well as a comparison table presenting the degree offerings and tuition info.
Located in Burlington, this small, private college was founded in 1878 and enrolls about 3,000 students each year. Aspiring Web designers can minor in Web development while earning an undergraduate degree in a related field. Students work with content and database management systems and implement programming languages to design, build and manage websites. Courses include Web development, programming and applications, as well as electives in topics such as interactivity or usability.
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program in graphic design and digital media, which covers graphic, Web, layout and typography design. While enrolled, they have the opportunity to intern for leading companies and to build a professional-quality portfolio. Students can also pursue a B.F.A. in Creative Media with a specialization in interaction design, allowing them to study time-based media and human-computer interaction. The program also covers designing and building websites, media content and applications. Throughout their studies, students have access to 24/7 Mac and PC computer labs, traditional art studios, a photo lab, a darkroom and an off-campus media center.
Community College of Vermont
This 2-year public school, situated in Winooski among other locations throughout the state, offers associate's degrees and career certificates. With 12 different learning centers across Vermont and classes accessible online, the college provides over 6,000 students with continual access to learning resources and facilities. The school offers a career certificate program that teaches students to design, create and manage websites. Courses include Web development and programming, database management, design, color theory and flash animation.
Students seeking an associate's degree can choose from programs that offer training in Web design and other relevant skills. These programs include an Associate of Arts in Graphic Design and an Associate of Arts in Multimedia Communications.
Vermont Technical College
Enrolling around 1,000 students per year, this small, public college in rural Randolph Center offers associate's and bachelor's degrees covering computer science topics. Students interested in Web design can pursue associate's and bachelor's degrees in computer information technology and computer software engineering. These programs are offered at Vermont Tech's main campus in Randolph Center and also on its campus in Williston. The associate's degree programs have similar requirements, including coursework in Web design, Java programming, math, networking and system administration.
The bachelor's programs are more specialized, beginning with the associate's degree courses, but continuing with advanced classes. The computer software engineering program offers courses in areas like business ethics and law, programming languages, algorithms and operating systems, while the computer information technology program covers e-commerce, computer forensics, systems analysis and database systems. Before graduating, students in both majors complete a final project. Computer science students have access to technical laboratories on the main campus and can benefit from an average class size of 15 students.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Web Design Programs Offered||Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Champlain College||4-year; private not-for-profit; small city|| Web Development Minor,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design & Digital Media,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Media with an interaction design specialization
|Community College of Vermont||2-year; public; midsize suburb|| Website Design Certificate,
Associate of Arts in Multimedia Communications,
Associate of Arts in Graphic Design
|$7,120 (in-state); $14,090 (out-of-state)*|
|Vermont Technical College||4-year; public; remote rural|| Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology,
Associate of Science in Computer Software Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Software Engineering
|$15,108 (in-state); $27,780 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator