FAQ

 Who created the Web Design Certificate Program?

The program was created in Spring 2008 by the Computers & Technology department faculty and staff with input from local industry professionals representing retail, municipal, corporate, small business and nonprofit areas. These professionals helped us select courses that best reflect the set of skills designers need to succeed in the field. Many of the courses have been part of our Continuing Education program for years; others were created specifically for the program.

What can I do as a web designer?

The primary job responsibilities associated with web designers are:

  • Designing attractive and useful web pages
  • Creating storyboards to present to clients
  • Defining the look of the site using features such as color, typeface, and layout
  • Factoring in security and download speed of the design pages
  • Creating the navigational path for user movement within the site
  • Determining what information appears on each page
  • Laying out the components of individual web pages
  • Performing usability testing

In general, Web designers work with others, including marketing people who define the content of the website, and graphic designers who are responsible for graphic images appearing on the site.

What industries employ web designers?

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the top industries that employ web designers in King County are:

  • Prepackaged software
  • Computer integrated systems design
  • Computer processing and data preparation
  • Information retrieval services
  • State government
  • Aerospace
  • Online retailers
  • Telecommunications

Are there websites listing web design jobs?

Yes, there are both industry specific and many general websites you can search for web design jobs. We recommend, before you make a training commitment, that you research many job descriptions to familiarize yourself with the types of skills employers require.

What are the technical and nontechnical skills a web designer needs to have?

Because software is used extensively and changes frequently, this list is just a guideline. Skills can vary immensely from industry to industry. For instance, a designer working on a banking application might be required to have accounting skills while a designer in the retail industry may have to know about industry regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley. The following list provides just some of the basic common technical skills potential job seekers might find in a job posting:

Technical
  • Ability to use website creation languages and software tools
  • Ability to create attractive page layouts.
Nontechnical
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to learn technical concepts and tools quickly
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to manage time
  • Able to work on one’s own
  • Able to resolve conflicts
  • Able to work effectively with others who may want to do things differently
  • Able to be flexible and change objectives
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Requires working in a seated position and looking at a computer screen for prolonged periods
Skill Maintenance Requirement

High. This technology is changing rapidly, and one must stay current to be effective. Remaining current can be accomplished by reading industry publications and books as they come out, attending conferences, and taking short courses.

If I have no experience and do this program, are there entry-level jobs, and what is the salary range?

After finishing this program, you’ll have enough tools to pursue entry-level Web designer jobs. Often you will be working with a team and will learn additional skills from your experienced co-workers. The salary range depends on many factors, and we suggest you look at the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook. In addition, labor market information for King County and Washington State is available.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Web Design Certificate will usually take up to a year on a part-time basis to complete, but it must be completed in no more than 13 quarters from the quarter in which you take your first class.

Is there a minimum number of classes I need to take per quarter?

The program was created with a busy student in mind. It’s up to you how many classes you take in a quarter. Our only requirement is that you complete the certificate within 13 quarters after taking the first class.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites to begin the program. These courses assume that you are familiar with using personal computers and word processing. You should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on your computer. Specifically, you should be able to launch and close programs, navigate to information stored on the computer, manage files and folders, and select text prior to taking the specific Web Design computer courses. Specific courses do have prerequisites.

Do you have to take classes in a specific order?

You can take classes in any order except where noted otherwise in class prerequisites (For example, you will need to take the HTML and CSS Level 1 before taking HTML and CSS Level 2. Taking the core classes in the order outlined in the Visual Course Planning Guide is recommended.

Some electives may be taken prior to completing the required classes. Be sure to check the prerequisites for any electives prior to registering.

All required classes must be completed before enrolling in the Web Design Capstone course.

What if I have an extensive experience in some of the topics taught? Can I skip or substitute classes?

Yes, on case-by-case basis and subject to approval based on work history/experience and prior education, one of the required classes might be substituted with an elective class. However, you must still complete the total number of required/substituted classes and elective classes. To request a class substitution, please fill out the Class Substitution Request Form.

What happens if I’m close to the end of the program and a class is cancelled or not given that quarter?

We’ll allow for an extension or select/approve a substitute class for you to complete the program.

Are these classes software specific?

Some classes, such as Web Graphics, may use specific software.

What kind of computers do you use in class?

Our classrooms are equipped with personal computers with current versions of software.

Where are the classes held?

These classes are held at the Bellevue College North Campus at 14673 NE 29th Place, Bellevue, 98007. The current quarterly print and web schedule always specifies the location of each class.

Do I have to buy the software used in class?

You don’t need to purchase the software to take your class. Our classrooms are equipped with PCs with current versions of software loaded for your use. If you pursue a career in Web design, you might need to have your own software, especially if you work as a freelancer. By taking a class at Bellevue College, you are eligible to purchase full version software at a discounted price at our bookstore. Please note that this software is for academic use only.

Are additional supplies and materials required?

If a book is required for your class, you’ll be given the book when you arrive. We recommend you bring a USB drive to class, and paper and pencil for taking notes. If you prefer to use a MAC you may bring your laptop, but cannot connect it to our network.

May I retake a class if I miss a session or want a refresher?

Retakes are not permitted.

How do I get my certificate?

You must complete all required and elective courses in your program before receiving a Certificate of Completion. Once you’ve completed all your courses, click here to request a Certificate of Completion. You’ll be asked to complete a brief program survey, and then will be directed to the certificate request page. Your request will be forwarded electronically to an advisor for review. You will be contacted by the college if there are any questions. You can expect to receive your Certificate of Completion in the mail about three weeks after filling out your request. Retain your individual class completion certificates in case there is any discrepancy.

How can I register for classes?

  • Register online
  • Register by phone by calling Customer Service at (425) 564-2263
  • Register in person at our North Campus
  • Mail registration to 14673 NE 29th Place, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Register by fax at (425) 564-3113

Print out a current BC CE Registration Form.