What's the Top School for a Web Graphic Design Associate's Degree?

College graduates with an associate's degree in web graphic design can pursue such careers as web designer, usability specialist and design firm principal. Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the top U.S. schools offering associate's degree programs in web graphic design. Schools offering Digital Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Southwest Tennessee Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Web Technology and an AAS in Graphic Arts Technology. Both programs teach you graphic design subjects as applied to website creation, but the first program is more technically oriented while the second is focused more on art and design.

AAS in Web Technology

The AAS in Web Technology requires you to complete some general education courses in English, the humanities, mathematics, science and social sciences. There are eight core courses in the web technology curriculum. Below are descriptions for a few of these courses:

  • Web Design: Practice using image editing and web page publishing software to create websites.
  • Web Design Graphics: Learn how to use cameras, scanners and software to edit images. Explore programs like Photoshop, Photoshop CS3 and Image Ready.
  • Web Page Applications: Learn how to use software programs in the Adobe Creative Suite to create multimedia applications that can be added to web pages.

Additionally, you can complete a concentration in web development. Courses for this program cover software programs, like Photoshop, Flash and JavaScript. Here are descriptions for some of the classes in this concentration option:

  • Web Audio and Video: Topics covered in this course on Internet multimedia include the acquisition of digital video/audio files, file type conversion and streaming audio and video.
  • Advanced Computer Graphics: Increase your photo manipulation skills using Photoshop CS3.
  • Advanced Web Page Design: Explore techniques for developing dynamic and interactive websites. Learn about site optimization and effective layout design that will make your websites stand out.

AAS in Graphic Arts Technology

This AAS program offers a concentration in interactive multimedia production. In addition to general education courses, the curriculum includes classes in pixel imaging, vector illustration, video editing and 3-D modeling. Also, you can take courses in animated web graphics and web publishing. This program includes an interactive media practicum course where you can design projects for your portfolio. Below are descriptions for some of the most relevant classes:

  • Animated Web Graphics: This class teaches you skills like frame-by-frame animation, editing multiple scenes, adding sound and embedding movies in web pages.
  • Web Publishing: This course covers topics like using HTML, adding graphics files onto websites (including GIF, JPEG and animated graphics files) and including other interactive items (like maps or tables) onto websites.

Other Web Graphic Design Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Palomar College2-year, Public San Marcos, CA
Bakersfield College2-year, Public Bakersfield, CA
Glendale Community College2-year, Public Glendale, AZ
Jackson College4-year, Public Jackson, MI
Lenoir Community College2-year, Public Kinston, NC
Stark State College2-year, Public North Canton, OH
Western Texas College2-year, Public Snyder, TX
Villa Maria College4-year, Private Buffalo, NY
Montgomery County Community College2-year, Public Blue Bell, PA
College of Southern Nevada4-year, Public Las Vegas, NV

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