Web Site Design and Development

Applied Certificate

Program Overview

  • Distance Learning options available
Length: 35 weeks

Every organization has a website. Public agencies and private companies, big box brands and mom & pops—they all have a website (or need a better website). If this is something that interests you, check out Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s online Web Site Design and Development program.

Learn to build easy-to-navigate websites, design interactive content, setup and customize a web development environment, develop security protocols and more. It’s a great way to build your skill set … or take your career in an exciting new direction. Graduates are in demand as employees and independent contractors.

Our Program

Web Site Design and Development is a 10-course applied certificate program that you take entirely online. Learn the skills you need to:

  • apply graphic design and production principles
  • build visually attractive, functional websites
  • develop interactive content
  • provide web site administration
  • respond to website security issues
  • set up and customize a web development environment
  • use industry-standard applications, programming and scripting languages (Flash, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.)

Program curriculum is regularly updated to keep pace with new capabilities and evolving industry standards. This ensures your training is relevant and in demand.

Project-Based Learning

The applied certificate uses a hands-on approach to learning. Through class assignments, projects and online discussions, you’ll learn how to design, develop and manage a website from the ground up.

Online Advantage

Offering the entire 10-course program online lets you complete the applied certificate on your own schedule. Courses use a proven combination of internet-based resources, videos, text-based chat sessions and more. Each course is led by an instructor, who provides guidance, answers questions and offers feedback.

Your Career

Web Site Design and Development graduates work in a wide variety of web-related jobs. Typical job titles include web designer, web developer, web master, web technician, and website administrator.

Potential employers include computer software firms, information technology (IT) firms, marketing agencies and graphic design firms. Carve a career as a freelance consultant or get a job in the IT department of a private corporation or an education, health, government or municipal agency.

Go Further

Build on the knowledge and skills you gained in the Web Site Design and Development applied certificate program by honing your skills with an advanced certificate. The Dynamic Web Development advance certificate provides the skill development to be proficient in sophisticated and secure interactive web content utilizing MySQL, AJAX and server side scripting.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September (full-time); Varies (part-time):

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




Admission Requirements


  • A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful program completion. Contact the program at 306-765-1647 for more information.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


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  • 75 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • All of the courses are fully credited to our New Media Communications Certificate Program offered at Wascana Campus and Woodland Campus.
  • After successfully completing the program, you will have completed approximately 40% of the New Media Communications Certificate Program. You may continue your education by enrolling in the New Media Communications Certificate Program and, after successfully completing the remaining courses, obtain your certificate.


DSGN 101
Design Principles
You will study basic design theory in the context of visual communications. You will learn about design tools and materials, and design processes (including critiques and drawing). Using the formal elements of design, you will develop practical design skills. A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful course completion.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): GAP 340, GRPH 125, GRPH 260
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 103
Web Page Design Principles
You will learn how to integrate the knowledge and skills from other courses to design, develop and test effective Web sites. You will also learn how to analyze and critique existing Web sites for effectiveness.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 100, MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Online
GRPH 100
Graphic Elements
Your studies will focus on the graphic elements of type, format and image. You will analyze how graphic elements are used alone and in combination in design. You will apply these skills to create effective communication solutions.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 101
Equivalent Course(s): GAP 340
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 114
Introduction to JavaScript
You will learn the basics of programming in JavaScript and apply those skills to enhance Web pages. Your studies will include the examination and use of the programming model, programming concepts, events and event handlers, and variable methods. You will also study and use the Document Object Model and recognize browser and platform compatibility issues related to the use of JavaScript.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 124
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 120
Web Authoring
You will learn computer application programs used to prepare and edit graphics, text and animation for the Web. You will acquire knowledge and technical skills in the use of these programs to develop specific components for the Web. You will learn how to use basic HTML and Web authoring applications to create basic Web sites. A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful course completion. Please contact the program for specific details.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 260
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 124
Intermediate HTML
You will develop intermediate HTML skills such as creating image maps, using frames, incorporating multimedia elements and adding interactivity. You will learn to create standards based websites with CSS layouts. You will apply these intermediate skills to a Web site project.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 125
Introduction to Flash
You will learn how to use the basic components of the Flash software program. Using Flash's interface, drawing tools, animation and tweening, you will create and present a Flash project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 126
Web Development Essentials
Your studies will prepare you to set up, configure and administer various types of servers for the Web, develop data integrity and backup plans, and appreciate security considerations for Web sites. You will research and develop an e-commerce implementation plan.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
MULT 127
Intermediate Flash
Building on your existing Flash knowledge and skills, you will learn advanced Flash features (including ActionScript programming to increase interactivity and to develop non-linear presentations).Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 125
Learning Method(s): Online
MULT 128
Advanced HTML
You will continue to expand your HTML skills as you learn to develop DHTML-based Web sites. You will acquire skills in Cascading Style Sheets, layers, form creation and JavaScript programming. You will use DHTML to provide animation and enhanced navigational structures for Web pages. You will also learn about the components of project proposals, develop a proposal and then develop the actual project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 114, MULT 126
Learning Method(s): Online


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