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August 28, 2019 at 12:10PM

When it comes to building websites, much has changed since the inception of the first web page back in the 90’s. Today, several industries across the spectrum are in need of designers and developers with a new set of tools under their belts. 

Though the terminology is rather straight-forward, there is a clear distinction between web design and web development. Web design refers to the look and feel of a website, and web development determines its functionality. Both design and development are involved in the process of creating a website, and an overlapping combination of skill sets are needed to become a  leader within the industry (--skills that Open Campus is happy to help you expand upon with our online certificate in Web Design & Development!) 

Design has a lot to do with problem-solving, especially today when the best websites are made with the user in mind. Each element of a website is designed in service of the user, to encourage repeat visits and to maximize interactions to achieve key goals. If you’re a designer within the field, you may have to determine what part of the website design and creation process you fit in best.

Web design and development career tracks might just be a perfect fit for:

  • Creatives and visual thinkers with the know-how to design and build websites

  • Beginners interested in web design, mobile design, UX/UI or web development

  • Aspiring designers looking to broaden their skills and increase their income potential,

  • User-centered designers hoping to understand code in order to effectively communicate with developers

Sound like you? Here’s an in-depth look at the web design and development industry and how you can build the skills you need to thrive.


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for Web Developers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 (about twice the average growth for all careers), and an average salary for entry-level Web Designers lands at around $42,038 per year. It’s looking like a good time to make a career change, and our job market tool, EMSI, has helped us to identify some of the best opportunities within this rapidly growing field. 

Top Cities Posting For Related Job Titles:

[Source: EMSI] 

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • New York, NY

  • Washington, DC

  • Ontario, CA

  • Redwood City, CA

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Cranford, NJ

  • Azusa, CA

  • Boston, MA


Looking to explore a new career within the industry? Here are some of the top skills you’ll need to succeed as a web designer & developer.

Skills to Acquire:

  • HTML

  • JavaScript

  • Interactive Typography

  • UX Principles 

  • CSS

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • API’s 

  • Content Management

[Source: EMSI] 

Our online Web Design & Development Certificate focuses on human-centered design for websites, mobile apps and emerging technologies. During the program, students learn the latest tools and techniques employed by the technology industry to develop world-class user experiences through project-based learning, concepts, and design methods. With this certificate, you will be able to build and design websites and mobile apps, and produce portfolio-worthy projects. 

The certificate program consists of the following 5 courses (2 core courses plus 3 track-specific courses), advised to be taken in the order listed:

Core Courses

Courses 1 & 2 launch Fall 2019

1. Intro to Web and Mobile (9 wks) 

2. Web Design Production: JavaScript for Designers (9 wks) 

Web Design Track: I like to Design

Courses 3, 4 & 5 launch Spring 2020

3. Mobile Design Patterns and Emerging Platforms (9 wks)

4. Interactive Typography for the Web (9 wks)

5. Design Systems (6 wks)

Web Development Track: I like to Code

Courses 3, 4 & 5 launch Spring 2020

3. Web Development II/Advanced HTML, CSS & JavaScript (9 wks)

4. Working with APIs (6 wks)

5. Experimental JavaScript (6 wks)

Who Should Enroll:

  • Creatives who are interested in learning how to design and build websites through a curriculum designed for visual thinkers.

  • Beginners interested in web design, mobile design, UX/UI or web development

  • Aspiring designers who want to broaden their set of skills and increase their income potential

  • Print designers who want to move into digital products and design larger ecosystems

  • UX/UI designers looking to understand code to either effectively communicate with developers or to make better and higher fidelity prototypes


Learn even more about web design & development and find your fit among various industries.

Written by Casey O’Connell for Open Campus

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