Web Design Certificate Program

Web Design classroom

Our Web Design Certificate Program was created by an advisory board of web designers and managers from the area’s leading employers and by a team of instructors with deep industry experience. This challenging program teaches skills that are directly transferable to the workplace. Hands-on classes offer high-level training in the most current industry practices and emphasize learning by doing. Instructors are respected professionals currently working in the field.


See an Overview Table of required and elective courses for more details. Courses in the program may be taken individually or as part of the full certificate program.

Program Components

Required courses comprise 177 course hours and focus on User Experience/User Interface, effective web design, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, scripting, and more.

Note: The program components for this Certificate have been updated beginning Winter Quarter 2016. Please see the Overview Table for a summary of changes and guidance for students who enrolled in the Web Design Certificate program prior to Winter Quarter 2016.

The Bellevue College Continuing Education Web Design Certificate Program offers a breadth of classes that can’t be found in other web design programs. Unlike other programs, BC CE’s program includes courses on user experience design, responsive design for a variety of devices, search engine optimization, and web accessibility, all of which are critical skills for any web design professional.

The program offers a broad range of non-required courses as well, including courses in web analytics, Adobe graphic design tools and WordPress.

The program culminates in the Capstone course, which focuses on completion of the Capstone Project. In this project, students build a website for themselves or the client of their choice. The project highlights the skills acquired in the other courses in the program and helps the student to prepare for a final class presentation on their design. Satisfactory completion of the Web Design Capstone Project is required to receive the Web Design Certificate.

Accommodating and Flexible

The program’s small classes let instructors give students personal attention. Classes are taught during evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Our flexible program lets you start any quarter you like and finish at your own pace. You can take as few as one or two classes a week. Although the program can be completed in as little as 3 quarters (9 months), you may take as long as 3 years to earn your certificate.


 Updating Classes...

Current Web Design Certificate Program Classes

  • Web Design Certificate Program Information Session

    Getting started with a new training program can be a challenge because you may not have enough information to decide your first step. Find answers to your questions about required skills and expected outcomes. Meet our instructor, an industry professional... More about Web Design Certificate Program Information Session

  • Design Principles

    Explore the planning and design phase of creating a user-focused site. This course covers the steps to take before you start building, including defining the purpose and audience; outlining the structure and navigation; and designing the look and feel. In... More about Design Principles

  • Design Tools

    Learn the process of building a website and the various tools you can use. In this class you will explore the planning tools, text editors, authoring software, online tools and content management systems used by web designers. You will learn... More about Design Tools

  • Developing Web Content

    This course is designed for writers who want to learn how to write effective web content. Students will learn how to focus on the reader, set the tone on a home page, write pathway pages that are focused and well... More about Developing Web Content

  • HTML and CSS: Level 1

    Create the content of a webpage with text, images and hyperlinks using web technologies like HTML and CSS. Competencies: Create the structure and content of a webpage Apply styles to a webpage Add inline images to webpages Create internal and... More about HTML and CSS: Level 1

  • HTML and CSS: Level 2

    Build on the web technology basics and develop more complex webpages. Competencies: Create, develop and style more advanced webpages with web technologies, including tables, forms and code Create and modify tables; set up forms; add multimedia; validate code and publish... More about HTML and CSS: Level 2

  • Illustrator CC: Level 1

    Illustrator is a powerful vector illustration tool used to create artwork for the Web and print media. Topics: creating and editing shapes, drawing with the pen tool, using live trace and live paint, creating and manipulating color and fill swatches,... More about Illustrator CC: Level 1

  • InDesign CC: Level 1

    InDesign is the benchmark tool for producing print-based brochures, flyers, business cards, or newsletters at your home or office. Topics include: setting up new documents, importing and manipulating text and graphics, working with master pages and typography. Bring a USB... More about InDesign CC: Level 1

  • InDesign CC: Level 2 - Interactive PDFs

    This course builds on the skills learned in the InDesign CC: Level 1 class. InDesign is commonly used to create PDFs for print and electronic interaction. In this course we will explore the interactive features. Learn how to add buttons,... More about InDesign CC: Level 2 - Interactive PDFs

  • Infographics Using Illustrator CC

    Take Illustrator vector graphics editor software application to the next level and discover what an effective infographic can do. Competencies: Use the best tools for infographic creation in Illustrator Create Infographics for resumes, business and online purposes Utilize a map... More about Infographics Using Illustrator CC

  • JavaScript

    JavaScript is the key language behind Rich Internet Applications. This course covers core language constructs, the document object model (DOM) and custom objects, and introduces the principles of Ajax. Topics: function, date, array, strings, RegExp, math, document, node, objects; HTML... More about JavaScript

  • jQuery Fundamentals

    Use jQuery JavaScript to add professional-quality code modules and UI widgets. Competencies: Describe what JavaScript frameworks are, what they do and their advantages and disadvantagesEmploy the jQuery framework to simplify the application of common JavaScript tasks with reliable cross-browser results... More about jQuery Fundamentals

  • Photoshop CC: Level 1

    Photoshop offers an impressive array of tools for editing digital photos, scanned photographs and creating photorealistic images. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop. You will be introduced to Photoshop's powerful capabilities including selection techniques, image retouching and restoration, and using... More about Photoshop CC: Level 1

  • Responsive Web Design

    Skilled web designers are adept at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience — easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling — across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile... More about Responsive Web Design

  • Scripting for Web Designers

    This course is designed as an introduction to web page scripting for the designer. Students will learn how and when web page scripting is used, how scripting affects the behavior and presentation of a web page, and how to communicate... More about Scripting for Web Designers

  • Search Engine Optimization

    This class will outline what you can do to help people find your website. Discover the steps you can take to increase your chances of being in the top of the search engine results. Look at the differences in how... More about Search Engine Optimization

  • User Experience (UX) - Information Architecture

    Information Architecture is the underlying premise for how content is organized in software and websites, to give it meaning for the end-user. With roots in library science and the core skill for understanding how to build an effective website navigation,... More about User Experience (UX) - Information Architecture

  • User Experience (UX) - Interaction Design

    Good design solves a problem, and great design solves a problem in a way that is not only effective, but also satisfying and efficient. This course will help you to generate effective user-centered designs for web and software solutions through... More about User Experience (UX) - Interaction Design

  • User Experience Design Fundamentals

    This project-based class simulates the work of the design team in implementing user experience design principles when planning a website. Topics: incorporating business and marketing goals while catering to the user, improving the usability of the site and its acceptance... More about User Experience Design Fundamentals

  • User Experience Research

    A core skill for UX professionals, this project-based, workshop-style course will teach you how to prepare, conduct, and analyze user experience research studies that result in an understanding of user needs and design recommendations. Students will learn how to present... More about User Experience Research

  • Web Accessibility

    Study the current guidelines and requirements for making a website accessible to users with disabilities. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act establishes guidelines for government agencies, and the W3C has published specifications for web designers. Students will learn ways in... More about Web Accessibility

  • Web Design Certificate Capstone

    This last required class in the Web Design Certificate Program helps prepare students for their final presentation. Combine all the elements in your prior classes as you complete your website. Each session has a focus in the development of your... More about Web Design Certificate Capstone

  • Web Development Certificate Capstone

    The final capstone project utilizes all the skills learned throughout the Web Development Certificate Program. This project will form a central part of your professional portfolio. Each of the sessions has a focus in the development of your site. The... More about Web Development Certificate Capstone

  • Web Graphics

    Web Graphics is currently not offered. Please take Photoshop CC: Level 1 class to meet the Web Graphics requirement for Web Design Certificate Program. Students must have a Bellevue College NetID before the first class session. Please click here to... More about Web Graphics