Web Design

The internet has fundamentally changed the world of design, and today’s web design professionals rely not only on their extensive creativity, but also a mastery of the technological skills required to create interactive experiences for this arena. Find out how our Web Design Diploma program can prepare you for a rewarding career in this ever-evolving industry.


Enhance your Web Design skills

In this program, you can:

  • Learn how to create websites, graphics, and animations designed to make your clients stand out
  • Focus on topics like image manipulation, digital color theory, design and typography, user-centered information design, screen design and graphics, interactive authoring, and more
  • Acquire key skills from instructors with professional experience working in web design

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you could pursue entry-level roles in communications departments, web development firms, interactive media companies, and more—including these positions:

  • Website Designer
  • Web Artist
  • Content Developer
  • Multimedia Producer

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.

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Our students, alumni, and faculty are invited to join The Art Institute Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network — to gain broader exposure for your work, connect with fellow students and alumni, and make it easier for potential clients, recruiters, and creative enthusiasts to find your work.

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Course listing

The courses in the Diploma in Web Design are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Jenna Setticasi

Mrs. Setticasi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She also received a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. At the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Mrs. Setticasi serves on the curriculum committee and tutors students in the help forum in addition to teaching. Before joining the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, she taught for National American University and the University of Phoenix. She has also worked as a Web developer, utilizing technologies such as PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and HTML/CSS.

Erikk Ross

Mr. Ross graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinential University. He has worked for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division for more than six years and joined the fulltime faculty in 2009. Erikk has been a developer for over a decade and has worked as an software engineer and program manager in the private and public sectors. Erikk utilizes a highly interactive and hands-on approach in his classes. Erikk’s students benefit from video tutorials, as well as real-world insight and resources.

Katherine Humphreys

Katherine Humphreys lives with her husband Joe, and twin toddlers Charles and Frances, in Tierra Verde, Florida.

Her experience includes working as a visual journalist, multimedia art director, game producer, graphic artist and animator for such clients as Quark, 3M, Nabisco, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and Acme Filmworks. Her work has received honors, including the Children’s Software Review award and an ADDY Award for Illustration. She also provided post-production work on the Academy Award-nominated short, “More.”

When not working on a digital project, she pursues fine art interests such as painting, mosaics, and drawing. Katherine has exhibited in various galleries including The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Annual Faculty Show.

Katherine has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Web Design degree requirements

The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, final high school GPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Captivate (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite - including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Adobe Flash Professional (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • QuickTime Compatible Video Editing Software (Recommended: Adobe Premiere Elements or Apple iMovie) (Version 7 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor, Windows 7 with SP 1, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1280x800 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit color, 512 MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
  • Mac: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1280x800 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit color, 256 MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
    *Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud.

Web Browser requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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