The Web Design Certificate (C1_MWD1) is offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Visual Communications Department.

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Program Description

The visual communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production. The demand for these skills comes from a variety of industries including advertising, consumer products, education, entertainment, government, legal, manufacturing, medical, petroleum, publishing, transportation, and video production.

The visual communication associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of 65-67 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization.

This degree has five areas of specialization: graphic design, multimedia, video and post-production, web design, or 3D animation. Both the graphic design and multimedia degree programs are recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) as having curriculum that aligns with the national industry defined and industry-recognized skills standards.

Students completing the degree or certificate are prepared for entry-level positions. Certificates are available within specialization areas in graphic design, motion graphics, video and post-production, multimedia design, 3D animation, and web design. These certificates provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

The general education core courses will transfer to a variety of universities, and the degree articulates to many area universities. Please see the department chair, faculty, or advisor for specific information.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computers  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
ITSE 1302 Computer Programming 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
IMED 1341 Interface Design 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
IMED 1316 Web Design I 3
IMED 2345 Interactive Digital Media II 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
IMED1 2311 Portfolio Development 3
IMED1 2380 Cooperative Education - Interactive Media  
IMED 2309 Internet Commerce 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for Web Design Certificate:



  1. Capstone course