"TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”
– Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
Do you have a favorite website that you often visit for news, research, shopping or entertainment? A web designer was responsible for providing you with that information by designing, building and implementing technical applications to create the website. Learn how to get noticed, inform and engage with TU’s web design program.
TU’s web design concentration is designed to provide students the practical knowledge and real world concepts to assimilate and deploy modern websites and web applications. Combined with TU’s computer science core, the web design concentration provides students with the computer science knowledge they need to build robust websites for desktop and mobile devices. Students will learn to follow industry protocols and to use modern programming languages, database structures and frameworks to deploy, maintain and create websites and applications. Students will have the opportunity to earn a number of industry certifications including the MCSA: Web Applications (Microsoft Certification). Many of these certifications can be tested for on-campus at Tiffin University.
Employment of web designers is projected to increase as e-commerce continues to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of web designer jobs will grow over 200% faster than the national average in 2018 through 2028, and, per CNBC, there are over 700,000 open jobs in tech, most of which require a technically focused skillset. The median salary for web designers is $69,430, which is over 175% of the national average. Web designers can work in many different areas. They can be self-employed, work in consulting, and medium to large size organizations. The field can be limited to basic design, or expand into marketing, advertising and publishing.
Not only will students learn how to design a website for a desktop computer, they will create sites that work on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.
Students in the web design concentration will be required to take the computer science core:
The Web Design Concentration will consist of the following courses from Tiffin University:
The Web Design Concentration will consist of the following courses from the RIZE Consortium:
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
Introduction to Digital Media (DMD 134) - This course will provide an overview of digital media design. Students will gain introductory skills in photography, video production, and multimedia as they relate to visual problem solving. Additionally, students will explore potential professions within the field of digital media design.
Web Design (DMD 320) - In this course students develop a fully-functional e-portfolio website where their work in the digital media design program will be showcased for potential employers. Building upon web design skills from CIS 201 and CIS 255, students will make decisions related to layout, functionality, accessibility and hosting.
Graphic Design (ART 325) - This course will investigate the mechanics of visual perception using digital design tools. Focus will be on the formal properties of design including space, line, plane, mass, shape, texture, and color; and the organizational fundamentals of unity, balance, rhythm, and movement. Students will prepare and produce a series of digital design projects that are relevant to professional practices. Emphasis will be given to the principles of planning and visual thinking needed to communicate ideas. Problem solving on an individual and group level will be stressed.