This programme takes graduates from many disciplines and provides them with the skills to plan, design, build and promote effective websites. It is designed for people who manage corporate websites, those who wish to start their own web business and those who would like to build a career in the web design industry. The design of excellent websites presents a notable intellectual challenge and, during the programme, students develop a contemporary, professional and 'real-world' approach. Our objective is to provide a balanced education in the three main aspects of web design: technical, functional and aesthetic.
The technical aspects provide an understanding of the tools, technologies and principles used for the design and development of contemporary websites. This includes the creation of semantically correct markup, the separation of presentation from content (HTML and CSS) and compliance with web standards (W3C).
The functional aspects focus on the creation of websites that provide a good user experience. Principles include, information architecture, content strategy, accessibility, search engine marketing and optimisation (SEM/SEO).
The aesthetic aspects of web design are considered in relation to graphic, artistic, typographic and business objectives, including corporate identity and branding.
The Department is based in a new state of the art building designed by the award winning architects Heneghan Peng; it is equipped with fourteen rooftop landscapes, cutting edge digital workshops, extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces.
Our building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.
The aims of the programme are:
- To equip students with a professional level of competence in web design and content management - To provide students with the opportunity of creating a live website and to measure its success - To help students become familiar with the growing and fast-evolving body of knowledge within the web design discipline.
Come and study in the award-winning Department of Computing & Information Systems on the magnificent Greenwich Campus. Welcoming home and international students from all backgrounds, CIS provides an exciting, diverse and friendly environment in which to study.
The latest university league table published in the Sunday Times, has rated the computer science department as seventh in the UK for teaching excellence.
What you'll study
- Design for Web Content (30 credits) - Content Management (30 credits) - Applied Art for the Web (30 credits) - Major Project (60 credits) - User Experience Design (15 credits) - Social Media and SEO (15 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
Students are assessed through coursework, a portfolio of project work and their involvement with online activities.
This programme offers enhanced skills for use within the applicant's current career or a new career in web design. Graduates from this programme are now working as front-end developers, user experience designers, SEO consultants and project managers in digital media.