The Web Graphic Design and Programming and eCommerce certificate is a broadbased introduction to designing and scripting small business marketing and commercial websites. Students learn the basic principles behind effective design and web programming, including uploading content to the Internet and the basics of ecommerce.

This certificate is for students who have programming skills and would like to gain creative design and eCommerce skill, or for students who have creative graphic design/art skill and would like to gain skills in programming and eCommerce, or for students who have business/eCommerce skills and would like to gain skills in computer programming and creative design. Some courses are offered online.

This certificate is also a great entry point to begin an A.S. degree in Graphic Design, Computer Science, or Business Computer Systems and Management.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2901
    Course Title:Graphic Design Tools I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces students to the use and function of industry-standard graphic design software applications Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Students will learn to effectively use the essential techniques, tools, and principles of each application by emulating a professional approach to design projects. Students will apply problem solving techniques to design projects that simulate real-world design challenges faced in todays graphic design industry.
    Graphic Design Tools IView-ART 2901n/a3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2561
    Course Title:Web Design I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course explores the foundations of interactive design for the (world-wide) web. Using industry-relevant tools, students will learn the fundamentals of designing and building a website. Students will be introduced to the concepts of user interface (UI) design, user experience (UX), and front-end development. Experience with digital photography and image editing (Photoshop) is suggested. Students will demonstrate and incorporate the techniques and theories of web design in design projects, build websites incorporating appropriate file formats, file sizes, functionality, site plan and organizational concepts, develop skill in web design and proficiency using the tools of web design software in design projects, critically and competently evaluate and analyze web projects, creatively solve web design problems and work on a web portfolio.
    Web Design IView-ART 2561n/a3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2562
    Course Title:Web Design II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This is the second of two courses focusing on graphic design for the internet (world-wide web) and/or interactivity. This course explores advanced concepts from a graphic designer's perspective. Students will adapt graphic design and illustration to web design using current web design and animation software/technologies. Students will explore web user interface (UI) topics, user experience (UX) topics, web animation techniques, integration of video and sound, and the use of type design in web applications. Students will explore prototyping a web site and working with a developer/programmer. Understand and incorporate the techniques and theories of graphic design, web design and animation projects. Critically and competently evaluate and analyze advanced web design projects. Creatively solve web design problems. Develop skill in project design and computer graphic proficiency using current web technologies.
    Web Design IIView-ART 2562n/a3
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1320
    Course Title:Web Tools      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on exploring, evaluating and learning how to use the latest tools and applications on the Internet. You will explore your interests and build a portfolio to demonstrate what you can do using innovative web based tools.Some of the tools and applications may include:Marketing and Business, Professional Networking, Virtual Environments, Bookmarking, Social Networks, Multimedia, Photos and Digital Images, Employment and Jobs, Collaboration, Video-Sharing Sites, Podcasts, Wikis, Blogs, Content Aggregation and Management, Organization, Games and Entertainment and more.This course is for anyone who wants to increase their internet skills and knowledge and understand current web tools.Some knowledge of the internet is required such as ability to use email and search engines. If you need more internet knowledge before taking this class, CIS 1310 The Whole Internet is recommended.The course may be modified as class needs dictate and to incorporate current events.
    Web ToolsView-CIS 1320n/a2
    Course Subject: CSCI         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Beginning Web Page Programming      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:Students learn practical techniques and principles of Website authoring; create multimedia-enhanced commercial, entertainment or educational sites; and plan site maintenance, promotion and implementation of user feedback. Prerequisite: Some experience with Microsoft Windows
    Beginning Web Page ProgrammingView-CSCI 1020n/a1
    Course Subject: CSCI         Course Number:1030
    Course Title:Programming for Internet      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers the practical aspects of a programming language used for development of advanced Internet applications which include: on-line animation and interactivity, feedback, and browser control enhancements. The actual language used (JavaScript, Perl, or Java) will be chosen by the instructor. The course also includes a brief introduction to advanced HTML and SCS, uploading the site to a Web server and promoting it.Prerequisite: CSci 1000 or 1010 or 1020 or CIS 1101 or 1102
    Programming for InternetView-CSCI 1030n/a3
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Program Electives - 1 course
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:2310
    Course Title:Introduction to E-Commerce      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces students to the key strategic business and technological elements of electronic commerce. Students will explore the theory, practice and technology of conducting business over the internet and the World Wide Web.This course is for students who want to put their business on the internet, work at companies that want to do business over the internet, want to know more about business and the internet or want to know more about emerging e-commerce technology. Students will focus on applying key concepts through hands-on real world e-commerce planning and web site development. Topics covered include identifying e-commerce opportunities, marketing and selling on the internet, building a web presence, designing a web site, improving efficiency and reducing costs through business-to-business activities, using social networking to connect with customers and suppliers, exploring mobile commerce opportunities, analyzing electronic commerce software, hardware and commerce service providers, investigating electronic payment systems, examining electronic commerce security, thinking globally, scrutinizing legal, ethical and tax issues and planning. Also includes identifying current issues in e-commerce and emerging technology. Experience with programming languages or creating web sites is not required.NOTE: Computer and internet knowledge recommended
    Introduction to E-CommerceView-CIS 2310n/a3
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    5 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required18

  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, including:

    • Effectively use basic visual design principles.
    • Effectively use basic scripting practices.
    • Effectively use basic marketing and business concepts

    Integrative and Applied Learning, including:

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    ‚ÄčIf you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504