Microprogram in Web Design and User Interface
This intensive microprogram will be offered remotely in Fall 2023.
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 term (fall only), starting fall 2023
- 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
“The Microprogram in Web Design and User Interface was a great opportunity for me to polish my previous knowledge, learn new skills and receive constructive feedback. Santo Romano specially created a safe space for everyone to explore their ideas and to help each other out. This microprogram also gave me the courage and the confidence I needed to continue my career in design.”
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a total of 9 credits
9 credits – Core Courses
- CART 214/2 - Visual Form and Communication (3 credits)
- DART 349/2 - Introduction to Web Design (3 credits)
- DART 449/2 - The Language of the Web (3 credits)
Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for the complete description of courses.
*Note that the course prerequisites as currently listed for these three courses in the undergraduate calendar do not apply to students enrolled in the Microprogram in Web Design and User Interface.
- Your letter of intent which you are required to submit with your application, should be a maximum of 2 pages and discuss your reasons for chosing to study at university at this time, outline your goals and/or aspirations and 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. You may upload a portfolio in slideroom if you wish.
- Ready to apply? Learn more on the application process.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Tuition and Funding
This program is recognized for part time (loan funding only) through Student Financial Assistance Quebec (Aide Financière aux Etudes). In order to qualify for part time funding, students need to be enrolled in minimum 6 credits per term up to 11 credits. For more information, please direct your inquiry to: email@example.com
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