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Web Application Design and Development

web-application-student900 Hours (7½ months)
Diploma Program
Day Classes
Levittown Campus Only

The internet is all around us and an integral part of all our lives. What if you could be the creator of a website or help a business build an application to make its site better? Jobs in the twenty-first century require coding, programming skills, training and talents that were never necessary up until now. If you like to figure things out and have a bit of creativity in you, then choosing to enroll in the Web Application Design and Development program is a no-brainer.

The course transforms beginning computer coding students into entry-level full-stack web developers. Learn how to code and design web and mobile responsive applications professionally in a full-time immersive course. This coding program covers both front-end and back-end web development topics, starting with client-side programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, then gradually advancing to object-oriented programming, Enterprise Java, and database design. The Web Application Design and Development program curriculum culminates with coding assignments using today’s most popular web development technologies, such as Python and PHP, encompassing e-commerce, content management, service-oriented architecture, and security.

Through a series of hands-on projects, Web Application Design and Development program students not only cultivate an understanding of computer programming concepts, but also learn to work in a collaborative team environment, practice software development methodology skills, and prepare a sizable portfolio for their new career. The assignments focus on solving the common challenges of today’s IT industry, thus preparing computer coding students for a successful career in the field of information technology. Those who successfully complete courses WA100 through WA230 will then move on to a 180-hour externship (WA240) in order to graduate from the Web Application Design and Development program.

Job Titles for Graduates of the Program

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares Web Application Design and Development program students and requires the use of the coding skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster

Courses Offered

    • Introduction to Computer Science

      WA100 (30 hours)

      This introductory module presents an overview of the Web Application Design and Development program and its objectives, as well as the breadth of computer science discipline without programming language specifics. Students gain a high-level understanding of today’s hardware, software, and applications, as well as a modern view of ethics in the virtual realm. Prerequisite: None

    • Web Design with HTML and CSS

      WA110 (60 hours)

      This course is an introduction to the latest, industry-leading website development practices. It teaches the basics of web development, starting with building basic HyperText Markup Language (HTML) web pages. Web Application Design and Development program students learn to edit HTML code using plain text editors, the basics of HTTP(S) and FTP protocols, and troubleshooting techniques.

      The second part of the course builds upon the Web Application Design and Development program students’ HTML skills and introduces the basics of webpage styling using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). They learn how to position HTML elements on a webpage, lay out the elements relative to the HTML document and other elements of the page, and style the HTML using predefined CSS values. The course also teaches the method of encoding web colors as hexadecimal values and introduces the fundamentals of the Document Object Model. Prerequisite: None

    • Programming with JavaScript and jQuery

      WA120 (60 hours)

      This coding course introduces the concepts of programming using the JavaScript programming language. The class learns about variable scope and program control flow with conditional statements and loops. The Web Application Design and Development course builds upon the skills gained in the CSS course and expands the topic of Document Object Models using the jQuery library. A strong focus is placed on industry application and emphasizes the aspects of development for touchscreen and mobile devices. A real-world project, similar to what computer coding students may encounter in a professional setting, is developed throughout this and further modules. Prerequisite: WA110

    • Cross-Platform Mobile and Web Apps Development

      WA130 (30 hours)

      Cross-platform application design provides an excellent starting point for mastering mobile application development. Web Application Design and Development program students are given the opportunity to use the technologies learned in previous courses, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery Mobile. An app-centric course curriculum emphasizes subsets of these technologies to guide computer coding students in developing sophisticated apps. These serve as models for numerous projects from various application domains. Prerequisite: WA120

    • Object-Oriented Programming with Java

      WA140 (90 hours)

      This coding course introduces beginning programmers to the power of Java through an engaging, hands-on approach. As part of the Web Application Design and Development program, students build useful applications using a Java integrated development environment while learning the basic principles of structured and object-oriented programming. The course uses the latest version of Java and meaningful, real-world exercises. The advanced topics of this course include the use of Java for enterprise application development. Computer coding students learn to build a full stack Java web application and explore the use of patterns to optimize the application design. Prerequisites: WA100, WA120

    • Data Development Utilizing Database Design and SQL

      WA150 (90 hours)

      Web Application Design and Development program students are introduced to database technology and Structured Query Language (SQL) programming using straightforward instruction, extensive hands-on exercises, and a strong foundation in real-world business applications. This coding course teaches basic SQL commands in the context of a running case, in which a business uses SQL to manage orders, items, customers, and sales reps. Focus is on the fundamental data modeling principles and practices and serves as a prerequisite for the subsequent programming courses. Prerequisite: WA140

    • Team Project I

      WA160 (30 hours)

      Experience extensive hands-on exercise that reinforces the skills gained in the previous courses by creating a multilayered application. The project scope boundaries are intentionally open-ended to allow freedom of choice and personal expression. Prerequisites: WA130, WA150

    • Programming with Python

      WA170 (60 hours)

      The Python course teaches computer coding students a new programming language through problem solving and algorithm development. Web Application Design and Development program students learn several application design strategies using case studies and enhance coding proficiency by expanding their portfolios of mastered programming languages. Prerequisite: None

    • PHP Programming with MySQL

      WA180 (60 hours)

      This coding class covers the basics of PHP and MySQL, as well as advanced topics including PHP object-oriented programming and how to build websites that incorporate authentication and security. After Web Application Design and Development program students complete this course, they will be ready to use PHP and MySQL to build professional quality, database-driven websites. Prerequisite: WA150

    • E-commerce and Content Management Systems (CMS)

      WA190 (60 hours)

      This is a hands-on course with a focus on preparing for a career in the fields of e-commerce and CMS development and administration. It introduces the main components of an e-commerce solution and enriches Web Application Design and Development program student portfolios with practical implementation examples. In the second half of the class, two of the most popular CMS systems are explored. Prerequisite: WA180

    • Web Services with Node.js, XML, and JSON

      WA200 (30 hours)

      Web Services focuses on distributed application development using web services and the service-oriented architecture paradigm. Web Application Design and Development program students learn about service orchestration, the basics of middleware, and their roles in distributed application architecture. Prerequisites: WA120, WA180

    • Fundamentals of Digital Security and Software Development Life Cycle Methodology

      WA210 (60 hours)

      Covered in this course are the basics of IT security, the different types of common threats, and protective measures to avoid security pitfalls. The Web Application Design and Development program curriculum includes exercises that expose common security issues and teaches how these issues can be preemptively avoided.

      The software development lifecycle component of the course introduces aspects of methodology and the roles that IT professionals play in the various stages of a project. Students learn how to collect and document requirements, translate them to application design, and trace each project artifact to its original scope. Prerequisite: WA100

    • Career Development

      WA220 (30 hours)

      All sections of the Web Application Design and Development course of study were developed to provide students with the practical hands-on experience necessary for working in the field. Career development knowledge, skills, and abilities are part of the foundation of this Web Application Design and Development program and have been integrated throughout so that students are properly prepared for the employment process. Throughout the program, and during this Career Development course, students prepare for their job search. Prerequisite: None

    • Team Project II

      WA230 (30 hours)

      Extensive hands-on exercises reinforce the skills gained in the previous courses by creating a complex multilayered web application. The project scope boundaries are intentionally open-ended to allow freedom of choice and personal expression. Web Application Design and Development program students are encouraged to work in teams to simulate a real-world project setting. Prerequisite: None

    • Externship

      WA240 (180 hours)

      During externship computer coding students use programming skills and languages they have studied in school, apply them to real-world projects, and gain initial experience at IT departments of major employers across Long Island and New York City. Externs work in team environments with a broad range of technologies and are mentored by a variety of experienced IT professionals. Students who excel on externship and fit the host company’s culture may be offered an employment opportunity at the end of the program. Prerequisites: WA100 through WA230

Admission Criteria

Since admission to the Web Application Design and Development program is competitive, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admittance to the program. All components of the approval process are considered in making the decision to accept a student.

First, you must meet the following requirements to apply

  • Complete an interview with an Admissions representative
  • Pass a program assessment test
  • Submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Offer an essay prior to an interview with a program faculty member, topic to be provided by the Admissions department
  • Supply a letter of recommendation from a professional
  • Prove proficiency in navigating the internet and use of Microsoft Office and type a minimum of 25 words per minute
  • Own a Windows based laptop computer with the following requirements
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8.x, or 10
    • Minimum 8 GB RAM
    • Quad-core processor or equivalent
    • Minimum 128 GB hard drive
    • Wireless internet capability
  • Complete an entrance project prior to interview with a program faculty member
  • Interview with a program faculty member


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