Degree Spotlight: Web Design & Development

degree spotlight - web design and development

Full Sail’s Web Design & Development bachelor’s degree program is a 21-month on-campus program (or 27-month online degree program) that teaches students both the front and back ends of creating interactive web content. Since the programs’s first student graduated in December of 2009, alumni have gone on to have successful web careers on both the corporate and freelance levels.

“When our students graduate, they are able to go to work and be able to manage web content, design websites, and create code,” says Edward Almeida, the Web Design & Development Department Chair.

Subject matter focuses slightly more on code (HTML5, CSS, XML, ActionScript, JavaScript) than it does on design, but does cover front-end topics in courses like Designing Computer Graphics and Web Design Fundamentals. According to Edward, this well-rounded curriculum makes it possible for students to be more marketable when they leave Full Sail.

The faculty stays current with new technologies and trends by frequently connecting with the industry, reaching out to alumni, and doing their own project work on the side. “We’ll invite people from the industry to come to campus, and actually have employers come in and talk to students about what they do in their line of work,” says Edward.

The end of the program culminates with a three-month final project, where students pitch an idea for a website, present a pre-production plan, and complete all of the design and code for the site. Selected students are then chosen to present their project and other work done throughout their studies at the Final Project Showcase, which is open to all faculty, staff, and students. The program’s next showcase is scheduled for Thursday, August 2 in the Entertainment Business Auditorium.

“I just saw a graduate when I was out in Los Angeles who is now working at a major recording studio,” says Edward. “He’s their go-to guy for all of the studio’s web-related work. It’s great – he’s getting to work with musicians and all kinds of other people in the industry.”

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