Thinking About a Career in Web Design and Development?

Web design is an important skill to have if you want to stay current and competitive in the job market. The FSU Web Design and Development Professional Certification will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to enter this exciting and dynamic field.

Our fully online program will teach you the design side of websites and the back-end programming necessary to make a site function effectively. Over the course of the program you will learn to integrate visual graphic design, information design and programming to build standards-compliant websites using HTML5 and CSS3 code, add interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery and create dynamic web pages combing client-side and server-side scripting.

You will learn how to create and edit digital graphics for the web using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. And, along with the basics of good page layout, color theory and typography you will be ready to create visually attractive and compelling websites that will capture your audience’s attention.

In combination with good visual design you will learn functional web design principles including information architecture and user experience, best practices for delivering information online and technical skills including HTLM5 and CSS3. Your work will showcase your ability to apply web technologies to create and publish well-designed, responsive webpages.

Today’s websites typically incorporate interactive content and media. You will learn client-side programming to create interactive and animated web pages that improve the user interface. You will also learn server-side scripting languages to generate dynamic web content. Using web services, you will be able to communicate with external databases to show the user updated personalized information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the format of the program?
The program is 100% online. Courses do not have have set meeting times, rather students have 24/7 access to instruction and assignments. All course lessons are released from the start so our professional development students can work around their busy schedules. This gives students the flexibility to learn at their own pace while staying on track with weekly assignments.
Do I need to apply to the program?
No, there is no application process to be able to take any of the three required courses or to complete the program.
Do I need to be an FSU student to participate in the program?
No. Our program is open to the public.
Is the registration fee different for non-Florida residents?
No. Each course is $350 regardless of where you reside.
What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion of each course, students are issued a downloadable Certificate of Completion. Students who complete all three required courses will earn the Web Design & Development Professional Certification. This is a noncredit program which does not earn academic credit.
How long does the program take to complete?
The program consists of three required noncredit courses. Each course is 15 weeks during the Fall and Spring sessions and 13 weeks during the Summer session. Taking one course at a time, you will be finished in a little under a year.
When are the courses offered?
Courses are offered three times a year: in the spring, summer and fall.
May I take more than one course at the same time?
Yes. However, you should allow 6-10 hours a week per course in order to stay on track.
Must the courses be taken in a specific order?
We recommend taking Introduction to Digital Graphic Design first as you will be able to apply more advanced visual design concepts when learning to build a website in Introduction to Web Design. However, the only order restriction is that you must first complete Introduction to Web Design before taking Web Application Development.
May I take just one course or do I have to take all three?
You may take only the courses that interest you; you will be issued a downloadable Certificate of Completion for each course that you successfully complete. However, all three courses must be completed in our program in order to earn Florida State University’s Web Design and Development Professional Certification.
What is the grading scale for the program?
Students must obtain a grade of 70% or better to receive credit for each course.

Note: Program is indefinitely postponed.

What courses will I take?
You must successfully complete the following noncredit courses:

Introduction to Digital Graphic Design
Introduction to Web Design
Web Application Development

How do I enroll?

Register for each course as you are ready to take it; the links above will take you to each course page. You will earn the Professional Certification when you complete the three required courses.

How long is the program?

Taking one course at a time, you will finish in a little under a year.

What is the cost of the program?

Each course is $350 and you pay as you go.

I received a bachelor’s degree 20 years ago, but I was considering a career change and I needed an opportunity to learn some new skills. I had always been fascinated with building web sites, and had a decent amount of computer savvy, but had very little practical knowledge. As I looked for certificate programs or other opportunities to learn online, I found the FSU program. It was only 3 classes and one at a time, and I could fit them into my schedule at any time. The extremely reasonable individual class price and the Florida State University name were major factors in making this choice. After completing the Intro to Web Design and Intro to Digital Graphic Design courses, I landed a job, blending my experience with the very skills I had just learned in both classes. Every time I use the skills in my job, I am reminded of the opportunity FSU has provided. Thank you!”
- Chris (Program Graduate)