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Web Design and Production

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Front-End Web Design

The Bachelor of Web Design & Production is a highly progressive program dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to prosper in the rapidly evolving field of "front-end" web design and development. "Front-end" designers are concerned with how web media appears and operates, addressing things such as layout, colour, typography, imagery, animation, transition and behaviour.

The Web Design & Production program emphasises creativity, ingenuity and adaptability to prepare graduates for the dynamic cultural and technical context of contemporary web design and production. It sees students addressing not only desktop computers but mobiles, tablets, kiosks and other emerging platforms. Students attain expertise in graphicdesign and media production, as well as html, CSS, Javascript, user interface, content management systems, accessibility, and responsive design.

Fully Flexible Delivery

The course supports fully flexible modes of delivery allowing students to participate on campus, online, or a combination of both. Students outside the Canberra region can study the course remotely. Students within Canberra can choose whether they want to participate on campus or online (or both). All students are free to study full-time or part-time.

A one year program is available to UC graduates with suitable qualifications. The one year degree program is fully flexible and does not require students to be physically located within the Canberra region. The program can be completed full-time or part-time at the discretion of each student. It's the perfect way for established designers to gain expertise, confidence and qualifications in front-end web without giving up their day job.

Choose Another Campus

The Bachelor of Web Design and Production is also offered at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank Campus (2nd year entry only, with 1 year approved credit).

Course Information

Open Majors and/or Minors

The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion for Web Design. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in Web Design.

What Should I Include in my Web Design Portfolio?

The purpose of the portfolio is to help us determine whether you are passionate and knowledgeable about web design. When we look at your portfolio the main question we are asking is: "does this person love web design so much that we should offer them a place in our course?"
To help us answer this question, we want you to give us a portfolio with three major sections:

  1. A short outline - write us a short outline (no more than one page) that tells us a little bit about you, including why you're applying for portfolio entry, and why you think you'd be an excellent person to have in our course. Also tell us about any experience you have in web design, including any relevant study you have
    undertaken.
  2. A review of three web sites - demonstrate that you have thought about web design by reviewing three websites that you think are great examples of cutting-edge web design. For each web site, tell us what makes them good sites and why you chose them specifically.
  3. Examples of your work - In most cases, if you love web design as much as we do, then you'll already have some skills in the area. If so, we strongly encourage you to enhance your portfolio by including some examples of your best work. This might include:
    • images demonstrating your design skills
    • site mock-ups and wireframes
    • links to web sites that you have made
    • files that make up an offline web site
    • snippets of code, or demos of techniques you have implemented

Submission format

The portfolio should be put together in an electronic format, preferably in PDF format. If you want to really impress us, give it to us as a web site: a link to a site
will suffice, or if you don't have any hosting, you can provide us with a folder containing an index.html file.

You can give us your portfolio on media (a USB memory stick, or a CD) or you we can download it from dropbox, Google drive, etc – just make sure we can access it.

Of course, if it's a site, we only need the URL.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to portfolio@canberra.edu.au.

You can also watch the following video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

The Bachelor of Web Design & Production offers opportunities for students to study overseas through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program. In addition to exchange, students may travel overseas as part of a study tour. The course offers opportunity for industry internship, industry briefs and consultancy projects.

Career Options

Today, the web is central to our personal and professional lives, and as a result there is strong demand nationally and internationally for front-end web designers. Graduates of the Bachelor of Web Design & Production may pursue career opportunities in design, media, advertising and marketing, government, tourism and events, education and training, or any number of private industries. Graduates may also explore career paths in associated fields such as graphic design, publication design, creative direction, advertising and marketing, public relations, information management, marketing communication, data visualisation, and user experience design.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff