Web Design Online Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Web Design and Online Communication is a tremendous opportunity for working professionals to learn new skills and gain insight to assist them in their careers. The professional certificate includes four courses that can be completed in as few as two semesters.

The graduate certificate is a popular option for students who wish to enroll in the web design master’s specialization without first taking the GRE, or for those who want an introduction to web design concepts without committing to the full master’s degree track.


Students must complete the first four courses of the web design master’s program curriculum:

VIC5315 Corporate and Brand Identity on the Web (3 credits)
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. Eastern time

This course synthesizes two different but complementary tools of communication: graphic design and assembly (both print and electronic). Students will learn the fundamental design principles and techniques for effective visual communication. These principles and techniques are applied, through projects, to achieve a communication objective across different platforms. Students can expect a practical, hands-on experience. A key tool for creating your digital work in this course is Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is an effective tool for creating original artwork, and for designing logos, banners, icons and navigational elements for online and print. The artwork can then easily be exported to the Web or imported into other programs.

VIC5326 Digital Media Layout and Design (3 credits)
Mondays, 6 – 9 p.m. Eastern time

This course introduces students to the skills and concepts that will help create documents for both print and interactivity. Using Adobe InDesign, students will apply their understanding of color, type, layout, and design to create a portfolio project. While InDesign permits several possible workflows, this course will focus on those that most readily translate into digital design.

VIC5325 Digital Imagery in Web Design (4 credits)
Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. Eastern time

This course familiarizes students with the development and impact of imagery in interactive media. Students will learn how visual ‘language’ is the basis for developing contextual symbolic meanings that are shared throughout a culture. Semiotics, information design and persuasive communication will be explored in this course. Students will develop communicative images using their knowledge gained through lectures, discussions and Adobe Photoshop training.

MMC5277  Web Design Principles (4 credits)
This class is both asynchronous and live. Live meetings are determined each semester by the instructor.

By the end of this course, students will be comfortable creating, coding and posting basic HTML and CSS files to the Internet. Equipped with a historical understanding of the Web’s evolution and key industry-standard design guidelines to ensure strong online presentation, students will have a foundational knowledge of website creation, and will apply it to the planning, design and development of your own Web page over the course of the semester. Critical thinking will be encouraged through class interactions, projects, and online postings.

Enrolling in the web design graduate certificate program does not require students to take the GRE. You can prepare for and take the GRE while earning your graduate certificate. Once you successfully complete the GRE, you can transition into the full master’s degree track and transfer your credits.

Masters vs. Graduate Certificate

Many types of students apply for the web design graduate certificate. Some seek new skills to apply to their career, while others seek an introduction to graduate school. The graduate certificate program gives students the opportunity to decide if a full master’s degree is right for them. Students take classes and learn exciting new skills while also deciding if graduate school fits into their lives.

Frequently, students start the graduate certificate program and later choose to apply to the full master’s degree to gain more skills and embrace the opportunity to change their lives. The courses in the graduate certificate program apply to the master’s degree, creating a seamless transition into the full master’s program. Click here for a more detailed comparison of the master’s degree and the graduate certificate.

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Quick Facts

37 credit hours for a master's degree
14 credit hours for a graduate certificate
100% online via
recorded lectures & live online class meetings
Fall Semester starts in August
Spring Semester starts in January
Summer Semester starts in May

Courses follow the UF Academic Calendar

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Spring Semester
November 1

Summer Semester
April 1



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