Designing a website and understanding user experience are essential skill sets for anyone wanting a career in today’s cultural industries. Our microprogram provides an agile path to a re-skilling opportunity in digital design and communications. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds who can bring a variety of personal and professional experience to the classroom.
Duration: 1 semester (Fall only), starting September 13, 2021
Primary campus: Remote learning
Credits: 9 credits
The nine-credit Microprogram in Web Design and User Interface, completed over the course of thirteen weeks, constitutes a selection of three courses in Design and Computation Arts. The courses are bundled together to provide a highly-focused and cohesive curriculum that will develop a foundation in visual literacy and technical skills in web design, with a conceptual emphasis on a historical and contemporary overview of web design and networked environments. There is an overarching focus on user interface and user experience. The Microprogram will build conceptual and technical skills to complements any creative discipline and will enhance a graduate's professional and/or research profile. The course will be taught by award-winning faculty instructor Santo Romano.
Upon successful completion of the program
Graduates will possess technical web design skills and understand internet environments in a way that will enhance their communications with collaborators across many digital environments. By the end of this micro-program, you should be able to:
Apply visual literacy theory to develop screen-based user interfaces with an emphasis on user experience
Launch a live website that is legible, aesthetic, user-friendly, and easily navigable as a capstone project.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates with online profiles and personal websites will be able to seek employment opportunities in new domains, including:
Employment with web and graphic design teams for online promotion and marketing
Cultural industries (e.g. community centres, galleries and libraries in digital archiving, creative direction)
Employment requiring knowledge in designing for navigation, user experience, software, or scripting when working online or in digital environments
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a total of 9 credits
9 credits – Core Courses
CART 214 - Visual Form and Communication (3 credits) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 13h–16h00 (remote), weeks 1–10
DART 349 - Introduction to Web Design (3 credits) Mondays & Wednesdays, 13h–17h30 (remote), weeks 1–7
DART 449 - Designing for the Web (3 credits) Mondays & Wednesdays, 13h–17h30 (remote), weeks 8–13
Please note that Mature Entry students won’t be required to complete extra credits when enrolling in this micro-certificate.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue studies in their chosen field. Please refer to Concordia's guidelines for minimum English language proficiency for further information on Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
This program is open for applications.
Fill out our online application in SlideRoom. All the steps for admission are explained there. Applicants will be required to submit:
Letter of intent (maximum 2 pages), which asks them to discuss:
Why have you chosen to study at university at this time? Outline the reasons for your choice of program and your goals and/or aspirations.
Describe any experience, knowledge, or skills which you have acquired that would assist you in your web and visual communication studies.
Although not required, a portfolio would be considered an asset. A portfolio is broadly understood as creative projects undertaken by the individual or as part of a team. It may include, examples of sketches, drawings, story boards, scientific graphs, information maps, creative writing, client based or self-directed projects, or any other design support material.
Copies of their transcripts from institutions attended