The Web Design & Development program at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is being revamped to accommodate learners’ needs by breaking it into three professional certificate programs. Graphic Web Design, Front End Development, and Back End Development will offer a focused approach to the different aspects of this career field.
“Web design and development skills are more desirable today than ever before. Our college is constantly evolving to lead in innovation and respond to the needs of our community and workforce,” Rebecca Mattox, program manager, said. “The programs were previously offered as one course, but offering three separate courses benefits both designers and developers. These certificates give students the opportunity to learn the fundamental design principles, tools and practices.”
Rob Smith, Graphic Web Design instructor and creative director for CCPE, will bring 20 years of design experience to the classroom. Having also successfully earned a Web Design and Development professional certificate, Smith said he understands the transition from designing for print to the screen.
“Primarily, this is a design course covering design applications in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Both designers and developers alike will gain valuable skills from this course,” he said. “Students new to design or developers looking to broaden their aesthetic design skills can expect to get a solid grounding in practical aesthetic design theory. Students who are looking to break into the world of web design will build a solid foundational knowledge of HTML and CSS programming that will give them the necessary skills to propel them into front-end development.”
Students in the course will also be introduced to the key concepts of user interface and user experience. The course will be taught with a quick pace, hands-on approach meant to introduce key concepts and build them into practical skills.
Smith said, “Usability is a deciding factor in whether or not an audience remembers a product, event, space, website or design of any kind. It is a driving factor in not only market decisions, but in the human experience as a whole. The key to success in design is understanding how design affects usability.”
Mattox adds to this, saying, “An organization’s website is a user’s first impression with your brand. A well-built website will not only lead to a better experience for the consumer but also increase traffic and conversations.”
The Graphic Web Design Certificate begins Aug. 15, 2018. Front-end and back-end development program dates will be announced at a later date. For more information on this program or other technology offerings, call 470-578-6765, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu, or email [email protected]