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As of May 2020, the University is no longer accepting applications for Continuing Education certificates. 

Please direct all questions and inquiries to ce@uarts.edu.


The Web Design program will give you the technical chops and design acumen needed to enter this competitive industry.

The Web Design Certificate is an encompassing program that introduces students to everything from the fundamentals of front-end design to new interfaces for visual communication on web-based platforms.  This program will give you the tools and languages needed for an entry-level position within an agency or brand — or to launch a freelance career in the web design field.  

Read about this program on Technical.ly Philly: Meet our faculty and learn about the experience of program graduates

The program is a hybrid format (courses occur both online and in-person).  The benefits of the hybrid course format include:

  • Online synchronous sessions with the instructor to provide additional assistance with assignments, project development, and exercises.

  • Presentations by experts in the field on a range of special topics including emerging technologies, agency life, building a freelance career.

  • Office hours may be scheduled for one-on-one sessions with the instructor.

Digital Design Panel Discussion with UArts Faculty
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Gershman Chapel, 401 S. Broad St. (Broad & Pine)  |  7 PM - 8 PM

Join us for a panel discussion with UArts digital design and technology faculty.  The conversation will focus on trends in various digital design fields, and recommended courses and certificates to help you navigate the digital landscape.

Past visiting artists, events & lectures have included:

Lauren Woodward
Web Life, Work Experiences and Supporting the Next Generation
Lauren owns her own freelance business where she acts as project manager, developer, and partners with designers to develop sites and provide general consulting services to companies in the NY and PA area.  She is currently working on a project for a small pharma manufacturing company.  

Lindsay Tabas, Tabas Consulting 
How to Jump the Chasm Between What Customers Need & What Your Product Does     

Marc Coleman, President + Chief Executive Officer, The Tactile Group      
Case Study: Building a Website to Pitch City of Philadelphia for Amazon    ​​​​

Web Design Certificate participants often wish to complete additional coursework and certificates to grow their skill sets.  Students may elect to add on the UX Design Certificate or JavaScript & Front-end Development Certificate to diversify and enhance their professional and technical proficiencies.    

Email ce@uarts.edu to schedule an advising appointment with the Program Director at our Center City Philadelphia office to learn how you can skill up in these areas.

Pay as you go by semester.


  • Web Design I 10 Weeks | 4.0 Credits | Tuition: $1,250, Fee: $40


  • Web Design II 10 Weeks | 4.0 Credits | Tuition: $1,250, Fee: $40


  • Web Design III 10 Weeks | 4.0 Credits | Tuition: $1,250, Fee: $40

    Total credits: 12
    Total tuition & fees: $3,870
    Matriculation fee*: $100

     Total program cost: $3,970 

    *one-time payment due upon acceptance into the Web Design Certificate. If you are already enrolled in a certificate program and entering a second certificate program, the matriculation fee is discounted to $50.

    As of May 2020, the University is no longer accepting applications for Continuing Education certificates. Please direct all questions and inquiries to ce@uarts.edu.


    A portfolio of five example design projects or samples is required and can be submitted as PDF (max file size: 30MB) or a link to a website.  Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is required.  If you are brand new to the Adobe Creative Cloud applications, consider taking either Adobe Creative Cloud Overview (CE 1403) or Adobe Photoshop (CE 2423) before applying to the program.


    If accepted, students must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the certificate program such as UArts CS student photo ID and computer lab access.

    Web Design Course Sequence

    Participants complete the 12-credit course sequence in three semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall).  The 10-week classes meet twice weekly: Once on-campus (in-person) and once online via video conference. Course content will include guest speakers and final presentations. Additionally, students attend two Thursday evenings on campus for guest speakers and final presentations.

    1: Web Design I

    This course offers a high-level overview of web design, an introduction to web graphics, and an introduction to HTML and CSS. Students will begin to explore the web as a design medium through discussions, readings, explanations, and hands-on projects. Begin to build skills in the tools and languages used on the web; process images for use on the web; learn the roles of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Explore the importance of a multi-platform, multi-screen approach to web design, learn current development best practices, and develop thoughtful user interface, user experience and information architecture for a website. This course culminates with the design and execution of a simple website, presented during a formal critique with instructor and peers. (First course | 4 cr | 10 Weeks | $1290)

    2: Web Design II

    Expand upon your foundation of web design in HTML and CSS to design and build more complex websites. Coursework builds stronger CSS skills and provides an expanded focus on multi-screen design, UI/UX design, accessibility, site architecture, and the web design process. You will also explore adding interactive elements to your websites using JavaScript and jQuery. Over the course of the class students will create two complete websites. (Second course | 4 cr | 10 Weeks | $1290)

    Final Course: Web Design III

    Learn the basic building blocks of HTML5 and CSS3 as you explore the creative possibilities for interactive design on the web. Build upon this foundation to turn your website designs into fully functional web pages. You will learn how HTML5 and CSS3 form the core of web development as well as how other languages can be used to enrich a basic site. This course takes you through the full lifecycle of developing a web project from conception, design and development to launch. Prerequisite: Web II or equivalent experience. (Final course | 4 cr | 10 Weeks | $1290)



    If you would like to meet with a staff member or schedule an advising session, please email ce@uarts.edu to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour — admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049


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    School of Critical & Professional Studies
       with the Center for Engagement
    211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 905
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    (215) 717 - 6006