Online Associate Degrees in Web Design

An online associate degree in web design may provide students with the skills needed to design, build, and maintain websites. These two-year programs may teach students how to write HTML code, design web graphics, and develop proficiency in the use of popular web design software. Program coursework may include general education courses combined with major-specific courses such as typography, logo design, and computer technology.

Graduates of the program may either seek entry-level employment in their chosen field or continue their studies by enrolling in a four-year degree program. Associate-level graduates may gain employment in social media, advertising, corporate communications, education, and marketing.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for the associate-level degree program in web design may incorporate some general education courses alongside major-specific web design coursework. These courses may teach students the fundamentals of digital design, web publishing, and how to utilize technical web design software. Possible core web design classes may include the following:

  • Color Theory
  • Logo Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Typography
  • Computer Technology
  • Design and Composition
  • Drawing

Career Options

Those who graduate with an associate-level degree in web design may seek employment opportunities in advertising, communications, social media, and marketing. Select web designers may choose to freelance, allowing them to work at their own pace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in web design are expected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Web Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Editor
  • Freelance Web Designer
  • Art Director

Continuing Education

Students who complete an associate-level degree in web design may choose to continue their education by pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree program. A bachelor’s degree in web design may provide additional training in the process of web design, including animation and advanced programming. Employers typically require individuals to hold a bachelor’s degree for mid-level to senior-level positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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