Web Site Design and Development

Applied Certificate
Web Site Design and Development

Program Overview

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.

Web Site Design and Development is a 8-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 (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 8-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.

Career and Salary Information

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Web DesignerWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$32,000 - $85,400
WebmasterWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$32,000 - $85,400
Web TechnicianComputer Network Technicians (2281)$44,500 - $92,600

Length and Start Date

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

Length: 28 weeks


  • Distance Learning options available


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12


  • 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 for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


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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.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

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.




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DSGN 101
Elements and Principles of Design 1
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): DSGN 101CE, GAP 340, GRPH 125, GRPH 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 103
Web Site Design Principles
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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 to analyze and critique existing web sites for usability and effectiveness. Your web analysis will include testing for usability and accessibility.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): DSGN 103CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 100
Elements and Principles of Design 2
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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. 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, GRPH 100CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 114
Web Authoring 3-Javascript
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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 (DOM) and recognize browser and platform compatibility issues related to the use of JavaScript.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 124
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 114CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MULT 120
Web Authoring 1-Basic HTML/CSS
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You will learn the basics of web site authoring and publishing. You will create a web site using basic Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will use various software to create and manage a website. You will publish a website to your own domain service.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 260, MULT 120CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 124
Web Authoring 2-Intermediate HTML/CSS-CMS
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You will use intermediate HTML and CSS to design and create websites with a variety of layouts. You will incorporate interactivity along with audio and video into HTML pages. You will learn to install, configure, use, and manage Content Management Systems (CMS). You will develop the skills to apply themes and use modules.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 124CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 125
Interactive Authoring 1
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You will learn how to use the basic components of interactive authoring software. Using a timeline, drawing tools, animation and imported graphics, you will develop the skills and knowledge to create and present an interactive project. You will be able to produce projects that feature sound cues for interactivity and video with interactive user control.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 125CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 128
Web Authoring 4-Responsive Web Development
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You will continue to expand your web authoring skills as you learn to build responsive, mobile-first sites. You will acquire skills in client side development using frameworks and libraries.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 114
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 128CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

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. 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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

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.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Part-Time Delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) once all courses are completed.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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