Web design training is multidisciplinary, and requires students to complete general education courses in mathematics, science, and English in addition to web design courses. Course topics will also include business, marketing, and communications courses to develop excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Upper level courses include basic web design, webpage scripting, digital imaging, web development, multimedia design, programming, coding, advertising layout, typography, and drawing. Technical writing courses develop editing skills, and may also provide training on search engine optimization (SEO) writing and procedures. Web design is a highly creative field, and many programs require students to complete design projects for web and print media. Most programs require a combination of traditional classroom courses and learning labs to develop technical expertise in web design principles. For further hands-on training, internships are recommended during undergraduate study.
Upon graduation, individuals with web design degrees are eligible for entry-level jobs as webmasters, graphic designers, multimedia developers, web developers, and print and multimedia editors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for web developers and related careers are expected to grow 22% through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers prefer applicants with four-year web design degrees and prior work experience. Certification in various computer applications and programs are available and are optional, but can increase earning potential.