Web Design

BA single honours Web Design 2016/17

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop the creative skills, design awareness and technical aptitude to make sophisticated and eyecatching industry-standard websites. Intended for those primarily interested in design and interaction rather than code, the programme provides students with a hands-on approach to building websites, combining consideration of the design of a website, the creative and aesthetic use of web-design software and technical awareness in coding and mark-up.

The programme is designed for those who have an active interest in web design but may not necessarily have studied it in the past. Students acquire skills in the use of professional software such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop. Web theory, such as web standards, semantic mark-up, accessibility and usability, will be explored to ensure that websites not only look good, but are browser and platform compatible and adhere to professional usability and accessibility guidelines. The programme is multi-disciplinary, supporting students to combine imaging, type, video and animation elements with awareness of layout in addition to the use of specialist professional web-design skills such as XHTML, CSS and content management systems. It develops students’ understandings of the essential creative, technical and professional principles needed to produce web-design work.

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Web Design is designed to provide progression from introductory web-design skills and understandings in Year 1, through increasing subject expertise and specialisation in Year 2, to student-led, professional-standard project work in Year 3.

Year 1 provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential creative contexts, software applications, and professional practices related to digital design. Students share a common first year with the other single honours digital design programme at the Broadstairs campus: Graphic Design.

In Year 1, all students study hands-on modules in Web Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Lens Based Media, Creative Practice, and an underpinning theoretical module, Design Contexts.

In Year 2, students select a range of modules from those available, tailoring their studies with the skills relevant to their career objectives. The compulsory ones are: Creative Web Design, Design for Content Management Systems, Introduction to Professional Practice, and Creative Contexts. The optional ones are: Design for Screen, Design for Print, 3D Graphics, Digital Image Manipulation, Lens Based Media, Advanced Animation, or Individual Project.

In Year 3, students further develop their specialist expertise by working on a large, industry-equivalent project that demonstrates professional web design skills. The compulsory modules are: Major Practical Project, Mixed Media Research Methods, Mixed Media Essay, and Professional Practice. Optional ones are: Advanced Web Design, Advanced Graphic Design, or Advanced Video & Motion Graphics.

The rapid growth of the internet has increased the demand for graduates who possess the creative and technical skills and understandings needed to produce high quality interactive content for the web. Web Design is designed to deliver these skills and understandings and equip students for employment in the web-design industry. It also equips students for employment in the wider creative sectors and would provide a strong foundation for those intending to start their own companies.

The programme offers the opportunity to obtain Adobe Certified Associate qualifications alongside the degree; such qualifications may enhance students’ employment opportunities.

Year 1

  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Lens Based Media
  • Creative Practice
  • Design Contexts

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Creative Web Design
  • Design for Content
  • Management Systems
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Creative Contexts

Optional Modules

  • Design for Screen
  • Design for Print
  • 3D Graphics
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Lens Based Media
  • Advanced Animation
  • Individual Project

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Major Practical Project
  • Mixed Media Research Methods
  • Mixed Media Essay
  • Professional Practice

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Web Design
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Advanced Video & Motion Graphics


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk .

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 


Included in the Tuition Fee

Additional Cost to Student

Further information if additional cost to student – what the costs cover, when payable and how much

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink.

Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.



Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements


Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.


Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements.


Text books


Own purchase text books.


DBS / Health Checks


Yes, although some checks may be reclaimed for courses funded by the NHS.


Professional Body Registration




Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons)




Clothing / Kit

Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons.

Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for Health & Safety reasons.


Learning Materials

Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course.

Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.


Library Fees and Fines





Printing & Photocopying



Some Web Design modules require students to submit printed work as part of their learning. In these cases students will be provided with sufficient materials / university print credit to complete the submissions to an appropriate standard. This material / credit is allocated according to the requirements of the module. If students choose other production methods or require repeat printing due to error this is not automatically covered by the budget.

Social Events

No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.

Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.



Graduation Ceremonies

It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself.

Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Learning and teaching methods are designed to meet the objectives of each module. Core theoretical knowledge and understanding is acquired through lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual study. Professional skills are acquired and developed in workshops that simulate the professional work environment. Students benefit from technical support and have access to a wide range of the latest digital media equipment including Apple Mac and PC computing suites and professional studios. Students can book equipment including HD solid-state video cameras and digital SLRs to complete their project work.

A variety of assessment methods are used, as appropriate to test the achievement of the learning outcomes of each module and to best reflect the demands of the creative and cultural industries. The understanding of theoretical concepts is typically assessed through written essays, reports and presentations. Professional skills are assessed through the production of individual projects to professional design briefs. There are no examinations on the programme.

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In addition to working towards a degree in Web Design, we provide you with the opportunity to gain Apple Pro Certification. Apple offers certification programmes designed to create high levels of competency. Showcase your expertise in Apple's pro applications; become an Apple Certified Pro. We provide training and certification as part of the programme at no extra cost.  Level one certification attests to basic operational knowledge of the application.

We currently provide training and certification in the following applications:

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Motion
  • Color


The specialist facilities of the Broadstairs Campus have been awarded Adobe Certified Associate Training Centre status. If you study with us you therefore have the opportunity to attain Adobe Certified Associate qualifications alongside your degree.



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UCAS code

  • WG2L


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 240-280 UCAS Tariff points
    Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for this programme through an interview and, where appropriate, the presentation of a portfolio of relevant practical work. More entry requirement details.



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