• Program Information
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Courses
  • Career Opportunities
  • Admission Requirements

Get the best web design training, the best career skills, and the best jobs.

“Graduates from Sheridan are typically much stronger job candidates than graduates from any other web design program,” a Toronto agency executive told Marketing Magazine recently. “They are the only ones who are job-ready.”

The Sheridan Web Design program is built around professional skills that translate directly to the marketing, advertising, e-commerce and web design industries. During two semesters of intensive, project-based web design training, you'll: 
  • Design and launch up to seven websites.
  • Design additional interactive and online materials including motion graphics, banner ads, newsletters and content for mobile delivery.
  • Learn the current versions of Dreamweaver, Edge and other industry-standard web design and rich media software.
  • Gain coding skills in HTML and CSS.
  • Learn about responsive web design.
  • Learn about online marketing.
  • Learn about interaction design and usability.
  • Make connections with web design professionals, including Sheridan faculty and alumni.

View student work from the 2014 Grad Show here.

Flexibility in a Fast-paced Industry

Web design trends and technologies are constantly evolving, and so is Sheridan’s curriculum. You’ll learn the most up-to-the-moment practices — but you’ll also develop core principles that never change, so you can adapt to whatever new Web design trends come along next month, next year, or next decade.

As Canada’s only two-semester postgraduate web design diploma program, Sheridan offers the shortest path to a web design career: you can be working in less than a year. We draw students from a wide range of design-related fields, including graphic design, illustration, architecture, industrial design and fine arts. These varied backgrounds, combined with small class sizes and collaborative assignments, produce a creative environment that mirrors the workplace at a marketing firm or ad agency.

Web Design classes and courses take place at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Develop and implement solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the design process

Elements of the Performance:

  • Demonstrate a command of the design process from research and analysis through to appropriate levels of presentation of the final product.
  • Execute designs according to instructions of senior designers, supervisors, and clients using standard industry procedures and technology.
  • Demonstrate analytical ability to solve complex design problems.
  • Execute designs that are meaningful and appropriate to their target audience.
  • Develop appropriate and innovative solutions, working within the dynamics of the target market, with consideration for the project restrictions.

Create visual communications through the application of design theories and principles to develop effective design solutions

Elements of the Performance:

  • Effectively utilize the elements of visual language including composition, visual priorities, image and type.
  • Research, use, and manipulate existing images within acceptable ethical and legal guidelines under appropriate supervision and direction.
  • Use and manipulate created images.
  • Apply knowledge of design principles in the evaluation of one's own work and other designers' development of design solutions.
  • Apply a working knowledge of the characteristics of colour systems for digital media.
  • Select the visual approach most appropriate for each project.

Apply typographic skills and knowledge to create effective visual communications

Elements of the Performance:

  • Apply knowledge of basic typographic terminology.
  • Apply knowledge of industry standard software.
  • Apply a basic knowledge of web-based typographic principles in executing design work.
  • Apply typographic skills and knowledge to the creation of original designs.
  • Achieve desired impact through application of typographic skills and abilities including selection, readability, legibility, and spacing of type.

Apply a variety of technologies to create, capture, and manipulate design elements in producing a final product

Elements of the Performance:

  • Identify technical issues in the use of digital working methods for design.
  • Apply skills in the areas of image conversion, cropping, resizing, and clean-up using digital techniques.
  • Manipulate, and compose images for design purposes.
  • Create functional interactive components and finished products.
  • Create and incorporate digital motion graphics.

Communicate effectively, credibly, and accurately with clients, supervisors, coworkers, and target audiences

Elements of the Performance:

  • Plan, organize and deliver effective oral presentations.
  • Apply knowledge of computer hardware/software, web design, and interactive design to create effective communications.
  • Use market research to target communications to specific audiences.
  • Prepare all material free of language errors (e.g., typos, grammar).
  • Use terminology appropriate to the situation and audience.
  • Prepare effective reports to document and support the design process.
  • Function as part of a work group.
  • Apply knowledge of new media-at-large, IT, and web/online digital communications.
  • Develop, edit, and proofread written copy and integrate it into all phases of the design process.

Apply effective business practices and project management skills appropriate to his/her position in the web design field

Elements of the Performance:

  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of web design projects.
  • Use time and resource management skills to achieve project goals.
  • Apply the principles of cost control to all work.
  • Recognize the impact of marketing.
  • Assist in project management including budget control and time-line control.
  • Apply the principles of entrepreneurship to the web design environment.
  • Check all fine detail to ensure the professional quality of web design projects/products.
  • Support the development of brand identities and branding activities.

Develop personal and professional strategies and plans to improve job performance and professional relationships with clients, coworkers, and supervisors

Elements of the Performance:

  • Maintain a professional attitude and appropriate professional demeanour towards employers, clients, colleagues and suppliers.
  • Contribute to the development of ideas.
  • Evaluate one's own work and the work of others in reference to the project criteria.
  • Gain knowledge through analysis of existing case histories.
  • Maintain knowledge of professional organizations and associations, and career opportunities and expectations.
  • Keep abreast of changes in technology relating to web design.
  • Work in a professional manner and maintain professional relationships.
  • Act flexibly and adaptively in all work situations.
  • Maintain a portfolio of current work.
CODE TITLE CREDITS
 

TERM 1

INFO 56346 Graphic Systems Studio 1 6
TECH 58090 Computer Graphics Technology 1 3
LIFE 55921 Professional Topics 1: Career Options 3
VDES 52320 Design for Interactive Media 3
MKTG 52841 Marketing for Web Designers 3
VDES 54166 Digital Typography 3
 

Total:
21
 

TERM 2

INFO 50859 Graphic Systems Studio 2 6
VDES 54049
Design for Interactive Media 2 3
LIFE 54892 Professional Topics 2: Career Planning 3
VDES 57780 Independent Project 6
 

Total:
18

Note: Courses subject to change.

Sheridan Web Design program has a sterling reputation, so our graduates are always in high demand. Employers with an ongoing need for web design talent include:
  • Advertising agencies
  • Marketing firms
  • Corporate creative services departments
  • Government agencies
  • Design firms
Initially, graduates usually work as web designers. Over time they often move into careers as art directors, creative directors or studio principals.

Program Eligibility

  • Postsecondary diploma or degree in design, visual or fine arts.

and/or

  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience.

Applicants must be competent in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator or equivalent software. Applicants will be expected to have these competencies prior to the start of the first course.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of: 

  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience

and

  • Response to a questionnaire
  • Portfolio

Your portfolio of 15-20 pieces should consist of digital work and/or traditional work (scanned or photographed) submitted on CDs or as URLs. The questionnaire assesses suitability for a professional career in web design and outlines business/work experience and personal/professional goals.

There is a portfolio review fee.

Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date, must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

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