“It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
– STEVE JOBS, CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF APPLE, PIXAR AND NEXT
You can become one of the creative thinkers in digital technologies, able to provide solutions to anyone requiring a web presence to communicate, perform business transactions, and entertain. Web Designers create a seamless interface between the message and the user, applying traditional design methods on emerging technologies. Current languages such as XHTML, CSS and JQuery provide the framework for robust, dynamic, and responsive design regardless of the device you are viewing it on. Our graduates are agile designers, able to adapt and grow to meet contemporary design challenges.Back to Top
Program Description (Laptop program)
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
This program will prepare you for an exciting career in the growing field of web design. Contemporary web design is the intersection of corporate appearance and technical functionality. You will become a strategic designer, able to deliver dynamic, cross-media content in a complex and competitive business environment.
You will act as the vital bridge between the design of a website and back-end coding including being flexible, creative and able to respond to the design challenges of the ever-changing digital landscape.
Graduates possess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to design and develop web content for all methods of distribution.
This includes a focus on skills related to:
- Communications for contemporary media
- Configuration of Internet services
- Website project management
- Visual design
You will work with the latest web technologies focusing on coding for a responsive environment enabling distribution to all varieties of electronic devices. You will use the Adobe Master Collection and fundamental programming languages such as XHTML, CSS, jQuery and PHP.Back to Top
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or
- Mature Student Status
- Grade 12 English (C, M or U)*
*General Educational Development or Academic and Career Entrance courses may be considered in some programs.Back to Top
Graduate employment may be found in:
- Advertising agencies
- Graphic design agencies
- Web development firms
Past Durham College graduates have found employment with the following job titles:
- Digital Technician
- Graphic Designer
- Lead Web Developer
- Web and Graphic Designer
- Web Designer
- Web Programmer
Course List & Descriptions
Courses and course descriptions are for the next academic year and are subject to change.Back to Top
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$1,024||$1,584|
Please note: fees are based on the 2013-2014 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.Back to Top
Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.
How laptop learning works:
- Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
- Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below
Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.Back to Top
For a complete list of hardware requirements please review the Hardware requirements and FAQ document.
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later (included with new Apple notebook computer purchase)
- Apple iLife '11
- Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011
NOTE: Membership in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in the Student Fees and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SOFTWARE PRIOR TO STARTING THE PROGRAM.
Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.
Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):
- Adobe Flash Player
- Audacity 2 or later
- Firefox and Google Chrome web browser
- Printer driver for RICOH Aficio SP 5210DN
- TextWrangler 4
- Active Perl
- Authorware Web Player
- DivX Codec
- Eclipse (Java)
- Java Development Kit J2SE
- MySQL Community Server
- Internet Explorer
- Real Player
- SQL Server Management Studio Express
- Windows Journal Viewer
- Adobe Flex SDK
- VMWare Player
NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed.Back to Top
Internships & Placements
A field placement component will offer you an opportunity to connect with web developers working within the profession and be exposed to current industry practices and trends.Back to Top
Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials
Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.Back to Top
Diploma To Degree Opportunities
- Bachelor of Info Tech (Hons) (Game Development and Entrepreneurship) - UOIT
- Bachelor of Info Tech (Hons) (Networking and Information Technology Security specialization) - UOIT
- Bachelor of Science (Computer Information Systems – Web Design and Development) - Davenport University
- Bachelor of Science (Technology Management – Global IT Project Management) - Davenport University
- Irish Institutes of Technology
Students with disabilities who wish to discuss accommodation plans are encouraged to contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.Back to Top